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On This Day, Feb 7 1959: Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy is born

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy turns 60 today
 

BIRTHDAYS

Cliff Jones (soccer) - former Wales winger and part of Tottenham's 1960/61 double-winning side, born 1935.

Terry Marsh (boxing) - world light-welterweight champion who retired unbeaten, born 1958.

Sammy Lee (soccer) - former Liverpool and England midfielder, and ex-assistant manager at Everton, born 1959.

Mick McCarthy (soccer) - former Republic of Ireland defender and now manager of national team for a second time, born 1959.

Brian Deane (soccer) - former Sheffield United, Leeds and Benfica striker, born 1968.

Aftab Habib (cricket) - former Leicestershire and England batsman, born 1972.

Steve Nash (basketball) - former Los Angeles Lakers star and twice voted NBA's Most Valuable Player, born 1974.

Daniel Van Buyten (soccer) - former Belgium, Manchester City and Bayern Munich defender, born 1978.

Pippa Wilson (sailing) - 2008 Olympic gold medallist who became known as one of the 'Three Blondes in a Boat', born 1986.

ON THIS DAY

1976: Joan Bazeley became the first woman to referee a football match between two men's teams when she took charge at Croydon. In the same year, Diane Thorne became the first woman to ride a National Hunt winner, achieving the feat on Ben Ruler at Stratford.

1992: Bob Paisley was forced by ill health to leave the Liverpool board of directors. He had been associated with the club since joining as a player in 1939 and went on to become one of the most successful managers in the English game.

2003: Demolition work began on Wembley Stadium.

2005: Ellen MacArthur set the world record as the fastest person to sail single-handed around the world, completing the feat in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds.

2006: Fifa ordered Turkey to play six matches behind closed doors and on a neutral ground after violence marred their World Cup qualification play-off against Switzerland.

2007: Umpire Darrell Hair confirmed he was beginning legal proceedings against the International Cricket Council and the Pakistan Cricket Board, alleging racial discrimination. He dropped his claim in October of the same year.

2008: Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to examine a proposal to create a new round of 10 competitive fixtures to be played across the world over one weekend in January, beginning in the 2010-11 season. The controversial plan was later mothballed after widespread criticism.

2012: Scotland fly-half Dan Parks announced his retirement from international rugby, days after making his 67th Test appearance in their RBS 6 Nations loss to England.

2013: Liverpool announced that defender Jamie Carragher would retire from football at the end of the season.

2016: Veteran Denver quarterback Peyton Manning won a second championship ring in his final NFL game as the the Broncos secured a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50.

2017: Huddersfield and Leeds were charged with failing to control their players by the Football Association following the touchline melee which marred their Sky Bet Championship derby clash.

2018: Erik Lamela scored his first goal in 17 months as Tottenham sauntered past Newport and into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win.

On this day in 1992, former Liverpool boss Bob Paisley (centre) was forced to leave the club's board of directors as a result of ill health

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ (ANSWERS BELOW)

1 What nationality is tennis player Leonardo Mayer?

2 Ian Bell currently plays county cricket for which club?

3 Who did Novak Djokovic beat in the final of Wimbledon 2018?

4 Premiership Rugby team the Exeter Chiefs play their home matches at which ground?

5 The Cardinals are a Major League Baseball franchise based in which city?

TODAY’S TV

TENNIS: Fed Cup, Great Britain v Greece - BT Sport 2 1615.

CRICKET: BBL, Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades - BT Sport 2 0830.

SNOOKER: World Grand Prix - ITV 4 1245& 1845.

GOLF: European Tour, ISPS Handa Vic Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0600; PGA Tour, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - Sky Sports Golf 1600.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers - Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Fri)

DARTS: Premier League Darts - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1900.

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

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