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On This Day - November 29, 1973: Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs was born

Former Manchester United winger, and current Wales boss, Ryan Giggs turns 45 today
Neil Loughran

BIRTHDAYS

Santiago Luna (golf) - Spanish golfer, born 1962.

Ken Monkou (soccer) - former Southampton and Chelsea defender, born 1964.

Kasey Keller (soccer) - former Fulham, Tottenham and United States goalkeeper, born 1969.

Pierre van Hooijdonk (soccer) - former Holland, Celtic and Nottingham Forest striker, born 1969.

Mark Pembridge (soccer) - former Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, Everton and Wales midfielder, born 1970.

Ryan Giggs (soccer) - former Manchester United and Wales winger, now manager of the Wales national team, born 1973.

Younis Khan (cricket) - former Pakistan captain and batsman, born 1977.

John Mensah (soccer) - former Sunderland defender, now playing in Sweden for AFC United, born 1982.

Becky James (cycling) - former professional cyclist, a double world champion and Olympic silver medallist on the track, born 1991.

ON THIS DAY

1897: Charles Jarrott won the first motorcycle race around a track at Sheen House, Richmond.

1975: British racing driver Graham Hill was killed when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed onto Arkley Golf Course near Elstree in Hertfordshire. Also killed was Tony Brise, a promising young driver who was to spearhead Hill's new Embassy team.

2000: Stoke suffered their heaviest home defeat in 97 years, losing 8-0 to Liverpool in the League Cup.

2002: Martin Edwards resigned as non-executive director of Manchester United and announced he would leave his post as chairman at the end of the season.

2006: England rugby's head coach Andy Robinson stood down after a record of nine wins and 13 losses during his two years in charge.

2010: England drew the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane. They went on to take the series 3-1 for their first Ashes success Down Under since 1986-87.

2011: Acting chief executive Martyn Thomas left the Rugby Football Union with immediate effect, having been criticised in the report into the hiring and firing of former chief executive John Steele. Stephen Brown took over in a temporary capacity.

2011: Republic of Ireland football manager Giovanni Trapattoni signed a contract extension running until the 2014 World Cup. The Italian left his post in September 2013.

2015: Great Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 as Andy Murray inspired a 3-1 success against Belgium.

2016: A plane carrying 22 players from the Serie A football team Chapecoense, along with 23 coaching and other staff, two guests and 21 journalists, crashed in Colombia killing 71 of 77 people on board.

2017: Alan Pardew was appointed as West Brom's new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

On this day in 2011, Giovanni Trapattoni signed a new contract to manage the Republic of Ireland for the duration of the 2014 World Cup campaign

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey began his professional career at which club?

2. How many grand slam single titles has Serena Williams won?

3. Who pipped Dustin Johnson to win the 2015 US Open?

4. What year did Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fight in the bout known as 'the Rumble in the Jungle'?

5. The Baltimore Orioles are a franchise in which sport?

TODAY’S SPORT ON TV

SOCCER: Europa League, Spartak Moscow v Rapid Vienna - BT Sport 1545; Vorskla v Arsenal - BT Sport 2 1715; Salzburg v RB Leipzig - BT Sport and ESPN 1745; Eintracht Frankfurt v Marseille - BT Sport and ESPN 2000; Chelsea v PAOK - BT Sport 2 2000.

GOLF: European Tour, AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 0830; PGA Tour, Hero World Challenge - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 1830.

HOCKEY: Men's World Cup, Argentina v Spain - BT Sport 1115; New Zealand v France - BT Sport 1330.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Dallas Cowboys v New Orleans Saints - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0030 (Fri).

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1. Cardiff; 2. 23; 3. Jordan Spieth; 4. 1974; 5. Baseball

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