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On this day, December 14, 1979: Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen was born

On this day, December 14, 1979: Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen was born

BIRTHDAYS

Stan Smith (tennis) - 1971 US Open and 1972 Wimbledon men's singles champion, born 1946.

Chris Waddle (soccer) - former England, Newcastle, Tottenham and Marseille winger, born 1960.

Tomasz Radzinski (soccer) - former Everton, Fulham and Canada striker, born 1973.

Ben Kay (rugby union) - former Leicester second row who was part of England's World Cup-winning side in 2003, born 1975.

Jamie Peacock (rugby league) - former Great Britain, England and Leeds Rhinos forward, born 1977.

Michael Owen (soccer) - Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke striker who scored 40 goals for England, born 1979.

Jean-Alain Boumsong (soccer) - former France, Rangers and Newcastle defender, born 1979.

Didier Zokora (soccer) - former Tottenham and Ivory Coast midfielder, born 1980.

Steve Sidwell (soccer) - former Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham, Stoke and Brighton midfielder, born 1982.

Chris Brunt (soccer) - West Brom and former Northern Ireland midfielder, born 1984.

Sam Burgess (rugby league) - England forward who returned to South Sydney in the NRL after a spell in rugby union with Bath and England, born 1989.

ON THIS DAY

1901: French Davis Cup tennis star Henri Cochet was born. Cochet won four French Opens, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open between 1926 and 1932 and won the Davis Cup on six occasions. He died on April 1, 1987.

1935: Arsenal striker Ted Drake scored all his side's goals in a 7-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

1960: The Test match between Australia and West Indies at Brisbane ended level and was declared a tie. The tourists scored 453 and 284 while the hosts managed 505 and 232.

2003: Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein revealed Chelsea had made a bid for striker Thierry Henry, reported to be worth £40million.

2007: The Football Association confirmed the appointment of Fabio Capello as England manager.

2008: Triple Olympic champion Chris Hoy was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was second with double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington third.

2009: Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson was appointed coach of Swedish second division side Landskrona Bois.

2010: The Football Association of Wales announced the appointment of Gary Speed as the new Wales manager. He died in November 2011.

2011: Jockeys Greg Fairley, Paul Doe, Jimmy Quinn and Kirsty Milczarek were disqualified from racing following an investigation into alleged corruption by the British Horseracing Authority. Fairley and Doe, both of whom quit riding earlier in the year, were handed bans of 12 years each, while Milczarek was banned for two years and Quinn six months. Milczarek later won an appeal against her disqualification.

2012: The start of the 2014 Tour de France was awarded to Yorkshire, with the July 5 opening stage beginning in Leeds.

2014: Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, with golfer Rory McIlroy second and athlete Jo Pavey third.

2015: Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt left their positions as England rugby union assistant coaches as new head coach Eddie Jones made the first major move of his reign.

2016: Birmingham sacked manager Gary Rowett, with the club seventh in the Sky Bet Championship table.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Morientes have all played for which two clubs?

2. Stuart Broad plays cricket for which county?

3. Who is France's top ranked male tennis player?

4. Jenson Button began his Formula One career with which team?

5. What is the name of Ottawa's NHL team?

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Friday, December 14)

SOCCER: EFL, Sheffield United v West Brom - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; SPL, Livingston v Hearts - BT Sport 1 1915; NIFL Premiership Glenavon v Coleraine - BBC Two Northern Ireland 1930; Bundesliga, Nuremberg v Wolfsburg - BT Sport/ESPN 1930; A-League, Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory - BT Sport 2 0845.

DARTS: World Darts Championship - Sky Sports Main Event 1230 & Sky Sports Action 1900.

CRICKET: Test cricket, New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Cricket 2155, Australia v India - BT Sport 1 0200 (Sat).

GOLF: European Tour, Indonesian Masters - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0700; Alfred Dunhill Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1030.

HORSE RACING: Meeting from Cheltenham - ITV4 1330.

RUGBY UNION: Gloucester v Exeter - BT Sport 2 1900.

SNOOKER: Scottish Open - Eurosport 1 1845.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Philadelphia 76ers v Indiana Pacers - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0030 (Sat).

Tomorrow (Saturday, December 15)

SOCCER: Premier League, Manchester City v Everton - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1230, Fulham v West Ham - BT Sport 1 1700; EFL, Bristol City v Norwich - Sky Sports Main Event - 1715.

GOLF: European Tour, Indonesian Masters - Sky Sports Golf 0500.

DARTS: World Darts Championship - Sky Sports Main Event 1500 & 1930.

RUGBY UNION: Heineken Cup, Cardiff Blues v Saracens - Channel 4 1230, Glasgow Warriors v Lyon - BT Sport 2 1230, Toulouse v Wasps - BT Sport 2 1500, Leinster v Bath - BT Sport 2 1715.

CRICKET: Test Cricket, New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Cricket 0955, Australia v India - BT Sport 1 0200 (Sun).

HORSE RACING: Meeting from Cheltenham - ITV4 1330.

SNOOKER: Scottish Open - Eurosport 1 1245 & 1845.

TABLE TENNIS: ITTF World Tour finals - Eurosport 2 0715.

BOXING: Fight Night Live, Daniel Dubois v Razvan Cojanu - BT Sport 1 2100; Fight Night International, Rocky Fielding v Saul Alvarez - Sky Sports Main Event 0200 (Sun).

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, New York Jets v Houston Texans - Sky Sports Action 2130, Denver Broncos v Cleveland Browns - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0100 (Sun).

UFC: Kevin Lee v Al Iaquinta - BT Sport 2 0100 (Sun).

HOCKEY: FIH World Cup - BT Sport/ESPN 1000

Answers: 1. Liverpool and Real Madrid; 2. Nottinghamshire; 3. Richard Gasquet; 4. Williams; 5. Senators

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