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On This Day - Oct 29 1960: Future boxing great Muhammad Ali wins his first pro fight

Muhammad Ali beat Tunney Hunsaker in Louisville in October 1960 

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

1960: Future boxing great Muhammad Ali won his first professional fight in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, beating Tunney Hunsaker on points over six rounds.

1985: Jockey Lester Piggott rode one winner at Nottingham before going into retirement - only to make a successful comeback five years later, aged 54.

1991: Colin McMillan became the fastest outright winner of a Lonsdale Belt when he won his third British title fight as a featherweight, against Sean Murphy.

1997: The Republic of Ireland scraped a 1-1 draw with Belgium in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Dublin. A 2-1 defeat in Brussels saw Mick McCarthy's men eliminated.

2003: Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand was charged with misconduct by the English Football Association after missing a drugs test. He was later banned for eight months.

2009: Wigan sacked Marlon King after the striker was jailed for 18 months having been found guilty of sexual assault and actual bodily harm.

2012: Swede Peter Eriksson was appointed Olympic head coach by UK Athletics.

2014: QPR defender Rio Ferdinand was suspended for three matches and fined £25,000 by the English Football Association for comments he made on Twitter.

2015: The lawyers of former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro served notice on the club that she intended to seek a claim for constructive dismissal. Carneiro had left the club after being criticised by manager Jose Mourinho.

2017: Lewis Hamilton was crowned Formula One world champion for a fourth time despite a stunning opening-lap collision with rival Sebastian Vettel at the Mexican Grand Prix.

 

SPORT BIRTHDAYS

Dougie Brown (cricket) - former Warwickshire, Scotland and England one-day international all-rounder, now UAE coach, born 1969.

Edwin van der Sar (soccer) - former Fulham, Manchester United and Holland goalkeeper, born 1970.

Phillip Cocu (soccer) - former Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Holland midfielder, now manager of Fenerbahce, born 1970.

Matthew Hayden (cricket) - former Australia opening batsman, born 1971.

Robert Pires (soccer) - former Arsenal and France midfielder, born 1973.

Michael Vaughan (cricket) - former England Test captain and Yorkshire batsman, born 1974.

Stephen Craigan (soccer) - former Motherwell and Northern Ireland defender, born 1976.

Kaine Robertson (rugby union) - Italy's New Zealand-born winger, born 1980.

Amanda Beard (swimming) - seven-time Olympic medallist from America, born 1981.

Lance Stroll (motor racing) - Canadian Formula One driver, born 1998.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1 How many times have Barcelona won LaLiga championship? a) 25, b) 22, c) 27?

2 The Millennium Trophy is contested annually between which two teams?

3 Where do Birmingham City play their home games?

4 In what year did Lavey last win the Derry Senior Football Championship?

5 In golf, who won the 2017 and 2018 US Open?

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, October 29)

SOCCER: Premier League, Tottenham v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League 1900.

TENNIS: ATP, Paris Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 1000.

CYCLING: Tour of Hainan - Eurosport 2 0500.

SNOOKER: International Championship, China - Eurosport 1 0625 and 1130.

GYMNASTICS: World Gymnastics Championships - BBC Two England 1300.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0000 (Tue).

Tomorrow (Tuesday October 30)

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Ligue 1, Strasbourg v Lille - BT Sport 1 2000; A-League, Adelaide v Sydney - BT Sport 2 0830.

TENNIS: WTA, Elite Trophy Zhuhai - BT Sport 1 0600 and 1130; ATP, Paris Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 1000.

CYCLING: Tour of Hainan - Eurosport 2 0430.

SNOOKER: International Championship, China - Eurosport 1 0625 and 1125.

GYMNASTICS: World Gymnastics Championships - BBC Two England 1300.

BASEBALL: MLB World Series Game 6 - BT Sport 1 0000 (Wed).

 

QUIZ ANSWERS

1 a) 25; 2 England and Ireland; 3 St Andrew's; 4 1993; 5 Brooks Koepka.

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