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On This Day - Jan 24 1987: Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is born

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez turns 32 today

ON THIS DAY

1948: The BBC televised its first steeplechase horse race, with Sandown Park the venue.

1982: The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 to win Super Bowl XVI. It was the first of five wins for the 49ers, who dominated American football in the 1980s.

1992: Monica Seles, then of Yugoslavia, won her second successive Australian Open title when she beat American Mary-Jo Fernandez 6-2 6-3.

2000: Rivaldo was voted Fifa's World Player of the Year ahead of David Beckham and Gabriel Batistuta.

2005: Former England captain Martin Johnson announced his retirement from all competitive rugby.

2007: Wales midfielder Simon Davies completed a move from Everton to Fulham for an undisclosed fee, ending an 18-month spell at Goodison Park.

2011: Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray were stood down from duty following comments about referee's assistant Sian Massey. Gray was later sacked from his role with the broadcaster, with Keys resigning soon afterwards.

2014: Spain midfielder Juan Mata travelled to Manchester United to undergo a medical ahead of his £37.1million transfer from Chelsea.

2015: League One Bradford recovered from going two goals down to win 4-2 at Premier League leaders Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round. Then-Championship Middlesbrough also produced a shock with a 2-0 win against Manchester City at the Etihad.

On this day in the year 2000, Gabriel Batistuta and David Beckham finished as runners up to Rivaldo, who was crowned Fifa World Player of the Year

BIRTHDAYS

Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics) - American who won five medals including one gold at the 1984 Olympics, born 1968.

Neil Johnson (cricket) - former Zimbabwe all-rounder, born 1970.

Rebecca Romero (rowing and cycling) - former rower who converted to cycling and won Olympic gold in Beijing, born 1980.

Michael Kightly (soccer) - Southend winger, born 1986.

Luis Suarez (soccer) - Barcelona and Uruguay striker, formerly with Liverpool, born 1987.

Ki Sung-yueng (soccer) - Newcastle's South Korea midfielder, born 1989.

Becky Downie (gymnastics) - European Championship and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, born 1992.

 

Former Celtic attacker Shaun Maloney celebrates his 36th birthday today

Shaun Maloney (soccer) - Former Celtic, Hull and Scotland forward, now a coach with the Belgium national team, born 1983.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 Former Wales fly-half Neil Jenkins was the first player to reach what milestone in international rugby

2 Which tennis star was attacked by a knife-wielding robber in December 2016?

3 Gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh is associated with which sport?

4 At 14 years and 227 days old, who was the Pakistan cricketer who broke the record for the youngest-ever Test debut in 1996?

5 Which Olympic sport takes its name from the Gloucestershire home of the Duke of Beaufort?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

TODAY'S SPORT ON TV

CRICKET: First Test, West Indies v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1330; First Test, Australia v Sri Lanka - BT Sport 1 0245 (Fri); BBL, Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder - BT Sport 2 1030.

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, Chelsea v Tottenham - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0515 and 0800, Eurosport 1 0000 (Thu) and 0300 (Thu).

GOLF: European Tour, Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0600 and 1130; PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open - Sky Sports Golf 1615.

MOTOR SPORT: World Rally Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo - BT Sport 1 1830.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 0100 (Fri).

BOWLS: World Championships - BBC Two England 1300.

CYCLING: Six Day Berlin - Eurosport 2 2000.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1 Score 1000 points; 2 Petra Kvitova; 3 Hockey; 4 Hasan Raza; 5 Badminton

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