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On This Day - Jan 9 1980: 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia, is born

Sergio Garcia finally captured his first MAjor title at the 74th attempt when he won the Masters at Augusta last April

BIRTHDAYS

Ian Dowie (soccer) - Former QPR, Oldham, Crystal Palace, Charlton and Coventry manager, and Northern Ireland international, born 1965.

Claudio Caniggia (soccer) - Former Roma, Boca Juniors, Rangers and Argentina striker, born 1967.

Jimmy Adams (cricket) - Former captain of West Indies, born 1968.

Gennaro Gattuso (soccer) - Former Italy, AC Milan and Rangers midfielder, now manager of AC Milan, born 1978.

Sergio Garcia (golf) - Spanish eight-time Ryder Cup star and 2017 Masters winner, born 1980.

Lucas Leiva (soccer) - Lazio and Brazil midfielder, born 1987.

Michaella Krajicek (tennis) - Dutch former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, born 1989.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (athletics) - British heptathlete, born 1993.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

1811: The first recorded golf tournament for women took place in Musselburgh, Scotland. The local golf club put up a prize of a creel (fishing basket) to be contested by the fishwives of the area.

1942: Joe Louis successfully defended his world heavyweight title for the 20th time when he knocked out Buddy Baer, brother of Max, four seconds from the end of the first round. In their previous encounter, a year earlier, Baer had become the first man to be disqualified in a world heavyweight title fight.

2001: Sven-Goran Eriksson resigned as Lazio manager earlier than expected to assume his coaching role with England, a month ahead of a friendly against Spain. The Swede had signed a five-year contract three months earlier to take over in the summer.

2003: Two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter announced his retirement from professional tennis.

2004: Southampton manager Gordon Strachan announced he would not extend his contract with the club beyond the end of the season. Strachan later returned to management with Celtic in the summer of 2005.

2008: Newcastle parted company with manager Sam Allardyce after just eight months in charge.

2009: Andrew Strauss was appointed England captain for the tour of the West Indies following Kevin Pietersen's departure from the post.

2011: Ryan Giggs' second-minute penalty condemned Kenny Dalglish to a losing start as Liverpool manager as Manchester United recorded an FA Cup win over the Merseysiders, who also had Steven Gerrard sent off.

2012: Lionel Messi won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the third year in a row.

2013: Kevin Pietersen signed a full central contract with the ECB, ending a spell of uncertainty over his future after a falling-out with the England dressing room.

2014: Pepe Mel was appointed head coach of West Brom on an 18-month contract, but he lasted a little over four months and left by mutual consent a day after the 2013-14 season finished.

2017: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was named best men's player at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards.

2018: Trevor Bayliss said he would not continue as England men's cricket coach beyond the end of his contract in 2019.

QUICK QUIZ

1 What is England's largest football stadium after Wembley?

2 Which British golfer said she would "rather go to the dentist than play a practice round"?

3 Republic Of Ireland Under 21s Manager Stephen Kenny won his first League of Ireland title with which club?

4 What club won the Wexford senior football Championship in 2017?

5 In what year did Scotland last win rugby union's Triple Crown?

(See quiz answers at the bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, January 9)

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, first leg semi-final Man City v Burton Albion - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; French Coupe de la Ligue, Paris St Germain v Guingamp - BT Sport 1 2000.

CRICKET: BBL, Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers - BT Sport 2 0800; WBBL, Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars - BT Sport 2 0245 (Thurs).

TENNIS: WTA, Sydney International - BT Sport 1 0630, 0930 and 0200 (Thurs); ATP, Sydney International - Eurosport 1 0800 and 0400 (Thurs).

DARTS: BDO World Championships - Eurosport 1 1300 and 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v Milwaukee Bucks - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 0100 (Thurs).

Tomorrow (Thursday, January 10)

CRICKET: International T20, New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Cricket 0555; BBL, Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades - BT Sport 2 0800.

TENNIS: Live Australian Open draw - Eurosport 1 0800; ATP, Sydney International - Eurosport 2 1000 and 0500 (Fri); WTA, Sydney International - BT Sport 1 0300 (Fri).

GOLF: PGA Tour, Sony Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0000 (Fri).

DARTS: BDO World Championships - Eurosport 1 1300 and 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 0230 (Fri).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Old Trafford; 2. Dame Laura Davies; 3. Bohemians; 4. Starlights; 5. 1990

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