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On This Day - Nov 21 2000: Leeds and West Ham agreed an £18million fee for Rio Ferdinand making him the most expensive defender in the world

Former soccer star Rio Ferdinand

BIRTHDAYS

Jacques Laffite (motor racing) - six-time grand prix winner for Ligier, born 1943.

Alan Smith (soccer) - former Arsenal and England striker, born 1962.

Sabine Busch (athletics) - German triple world champion and Olympic bronze medallist, born 1962.

Troy Aikman (American football) - former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who won three Super Bowl titles, born 1966.

Andrew Caddick (cricket) - former England and Somerset bowler, born 1968.

Ken Griffey Jr (baseball) - former Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox centre fielder, born 1969.

Justin Langer (cricket) - Australia coach and former opener, born 1970.

Jesus Navas (soccer) - Sevilla and Spain winger, formerly with Manchester City, born 1985.

Fabian Delph (soccer) - Manchester City and England midfielder, born 1989.

Georgie Twigg (hockey) - midfielder who was part of Team GB's gold medal-winning team at Rio 2016 and a bronze medal winner at London 2012, born 1990.

Dani Rowe (cycling) - member of Great Britain's gold medal-winning team pursuit team at London 2012, born 1990.

ON THIS DAY

1990: 250-1 shot Equinoctial won at Kelso to confound the bookies and go into the record books as the longest-priced horse ever to win a race in Britain.

2000: Leeds and West Ham agreed an £18million fee to take Rio Ferdinand to Elland Road, making him the most expensive defender in the world at the time.

2004: Paul Casey and Luke Donald teamed up to win golf's World Cup for England in Seville.

2007: England lost 3-2 to Croatia at Wembley to end their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008 and seal the fate of manager Steve McClaren.

2011: Wales rugby union assistant coach Rob Howley agreed a new contract to remain part of the national set-up until 2016.

2012: Chelsea parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo and confirmed the appointment of Rafael Benitez as interim first-team manager until end of the season.

2015: Jamie Vardy scored for the 10th match in a row to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record and seal a 3-0 win at Newcastle which took Leicester to the top of the Premier League.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which Formula One driver will attempt to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport at the Indianapolis 500 next May?

2. In which year did the Tour de France start in Leeds?

3. Name the only Welsh football club playing in League Two.

4. Which Dutch darts player has announced he will retire after the 2020 PDC World Championship?

5. Where are the NHL team the Blackhawks and NFL side the Bears based?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Wednesday, November 21)

SOCCER: Women's Under-17 World Cup, Spain v Canada - Eurosport 2 1645; Germany v United States - Eurosport 2 1945; FA Cup, Salford v Shrewsbury - BT Sport 1930.

CRICKET: T20 Australia v India - BT Sport 1 0730.

CURLING: Men's European Championships - Eurosport 1 1200; Women's European Championship - Eurosport 1 1700.

GOLF: World Cup of Golf - Sky Sports Golf 0100.

Tomorrow (Thursday, November 22)

CRICKET: Women's T20 World Cup first semi-final, West Indies v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 1930; Women's T20 World Cup second semi-final, England v India- Sky Sports Cricket 2330. Third Test, day one, Sri Lanka v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sport Cricket 0400 (Fri).

GRIDIRON: NFL, Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1700; Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 2130; Atlanta Falcons v New Orleans Saints - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0100 (Fri).

CURLING: Men's European Championships, semi-final - Eurosport 1 1700.

GOLF: World Cup of Golf - Sky Sports Golf 0100; European Tour, Hong Kong Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0600; Ladies European Tour, Open de Espana Femenino - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1400.

HOCKEY: FIH Women's Hockey Champions Trophy, Argentina v Japan - BT Sport 1 0600; China v Australia - BT Sport 1 0800; Great Britain v Holland 1000.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Fernando Alonso 2. 2014; 3. Newport County; 4. Raymond Van Barneveld; 5. Chicago.

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