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On This Day - Oct 18 1958: Thomas Hearns, legendary world boxing champion, is born

Thomas Hearns, (40) of Southfield, Michigan. paces the canvas as the referree Mills Lane looks over a Jay Snyder (37) of Spartenburg, South Carolina after Hearns knocked out Snyder in 88 seconds into the first round of their cruiserweight fight at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Friday Novemeber 6 l998

ON THIS DAY

1871: Twelve teams agreed to inaugurate the FA Cup competition, suggested by Football Association secretary Charles Allcock.

1968: American Bob Beamon shattered the world long jump record to set a new mark of 8.90 metres. His record would stand for nearly 23 years.

2004: Warwickshire cricketer Graham Wagg was banned until January 2006 after failing a drugs test.

2005: Former Fulham and England star Johnny Haynes died aged 71. He was the first £100-a-week footballer.

2011: Wales rugby union centre Gavin Henson joined Cardiff Blues. His contract was terminated just six months later following a drunken incident on a flight.

2012: Chelsea defender John Terry decided not to appeal against a four-match ban and fine of £220,000 for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

2013: Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts launched a fierce attack on chairman Greg Dyke's decision to name an all-white, all-male commission to improve the England team. Rabbatts, who was born in Jamaica and is of mixed race, wrote to all fellow board members criticising the lack of diversity on the commission and saying the FA was letting down black players.

2015: Scotland were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup with a 35-34 quarter-final defeat to Australia while Ireland were dumped out 43-20 by Argentina.

BIRTHDAYS

Martina Navratilova (tennis) - nine-time winner of the women's singles at Wimbledon, and 18-time grand slam singles champion, born 1956.

Thomas Hearns (boxing) - former world champion, born 1958.

Gladstone Small (cricket) - Barbados-born former England and Warwickshire pace bowler, born 1961.

Michael Stich (tennis) - 1991 men's singles champion at Wimbledon, born 1968.

Stuart Law (cricket) - former Lancashire, Queensland and Australia batsman, born 1968.

Robbie Savage (soccer) - former Leicester, Birmingham, Derby and Wales midfielder, now TV pundit, born 1974.

Mike Tindall (rugby union) - former England captain and Gloucester centre, born 1978.

Lindsey Vonn (skiing) - four-time overall World Cup champion and Olympic gold medallist from the United States, born 1984.

SPORT QUIZ

1. How old was Wayne Rooney when he scored his first senior goal for England?

2. Who scored the winning goal for Wales against the Republic of Ireland in the Nations League soccer clash in Dublin on Tuesday October 16 2018?

3. Steffi Graf won her last grand slam at which tournament in 1999?

4. Which famous Irish racecourse is set to close by the end of 2018?

5. Which US city has a Major League Baseball team named the Brewers?

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Thursday, October 18)

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Arizona Cardinals v Denver Broncos - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0030 (Fri).

BASEBALL: MLB, TBC v TBC - BT Sport 1 0100 (Fri).

GOLF: PGA Tour, The CJ Cup - Sky Sports Golf 0300 & Sky Sports Main Event 0500; Ladies European Tour, The Hero Women's Indian Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0700; European Tour, The Andalucia Valderrama Masters - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1100 & 1430.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Japan opening two free practice sessions - BT Sport 2 0045.

SPORT: Youth Olympics, futsal final - Eurosport 2 1700.

SNOOKER: English Open - Eurosport 1 1245 & 1845.

TENNIS: WTA, Luxembourg Open - BT Sport 2 1200 & 1700; Kremlin Cup - BT Sport 1 1000.

Tomorrow (Friday, October 19)

SOCCER: Championship, Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt v Fortuna Dusseldorf - BT Sport 1 1915; A-League, Adelaide United v Sydney FC - BT Sport 1 0945.

BASEBALL: MLB, TBC v TBC - BT Sport 1 0100.

CRICKET: One-Day International, Sri Lanka v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0500.

GOLF: PGA Tour, The CJ Cup - Sky Sports Golf 0300 & Sky Sports Main Event 0500; Ladies European Tour, The Hero Women's Indian Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0700; European Tour, The Andalucia Valderrama Masters - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1100 & 1430.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Japan third free practice session - BT Sport 2 0100, MotoGP Japan Qualifying - BT Sport 2 0400.

MOTOR SPORT: Formula 1, The United States Grand Prix opening practice session - Sky Sports F1 1545 & eir Sport 1 1555; The United States Grand Prix second practice session - Sky Sports F1 1945 & eir Sport 1 1955.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Leicester v Scarlets - BT Sport 2 1900.

SNOOKER: English Open - Eurosport 1 1145 & 1845.

TENNIS: WTA, Luxembourg Open - BT Sport/ESPN 1600; Kremlin Cup - BT Sport 1 1300.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. 17; 2. Harry Wilson; 3. French Open; 4. Down Royal at Maze, outside Lisbutn; 5. Milwaukee.

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