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On This Day - Mar 14, 1979: Former Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka was born

Much-travelled French striker Nicolas Anelka turns 40 today

BIRTHDAYS

Bob Charles (golf) - New Zealander acclaimed as his sport's greatest left-hander, born 1936.

Tessa Sanderson (athletics) - first Briton to win an Olympic throwing title when taking javelin gold in 1984, born 1956.

Steve Harper (soccer) - former goalkeeper who spent 20 years at Newcastle, born 1975.

Pieter Van Den Hoogenband (swimming) - Dutch triple Olympic champion, born 1978.

Nicolas Anelka (soccer) - much-travelled former Chelsea striker, born 1979.

Elton Chigumbura (cricket) - former Zimbabwe captain, born 1986.

Joe Allen (soccer) - Stoke and Wales midfielder, born 1990.

Javier Sanchez (soccer) - Real Madrid defender, born 1997.

ON THIS DAY

1981: Surrey batsman Ken Barrington, who was capped 82 times and scored 6,806 runs at international level, collapsed and died of a heart attack while touring as assistant manager of the England team in the West Indies.

1996: Imperial Call, ridden by Conor O'Dwyer, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Ireland in a year when 10 horses died at the festival.

2000: Former Liverpool, Rangers and Southampton manager Graeme Souness became the new boss of Blackburn, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

2004: Steve Harmison took seven wickets for 12 runs at Sabina Park as England bowled out West Indies for 47 on their way to a 10-wicket victory in the first Test of their series.

2007: Uefa suspended Valencia's David Navarro for seven months for his role in the on-pitch brawl that marred a Champions League game against Inter Milan.

2010: David Beckham tore his Achilles while playing for AC Milan, ending his hopes of playing in the World Cup.

2012: Chelsea overturned a 3-1 first-leg deficit with a 4-1 home win over Napoli to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal sealed a 5-4 aggregate win as the eventual European champions just scraped through.

2017: Leicester reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League as goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton earned the Foxes a 2-0 win (3-2 on aggregate) against Sevilla in Craig Shakespeare's first game in full-time charge.

2018: Mark Hughes was appointed as the new manager of Southampton.

On this day nine years ago, David Beckham tore his Achilles, ruling him out of the 2010 World Cup

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Which player broke the million pound transfer record in England when he moved from Birmingham to Nottingham Forest?

2. Which English football club was nicknamed the Crazy Gang?

3. In what year did Rafael Nadal first top the ATP rankings?

4. What was the first year of the Ryder Cup?

5. Which nickname links a basketball team in Sacramento and an ice hockey team in Los Angeles?

TODAY’S SPORT ON TV

SOCCER: Europa League, Arsenal v Rennes - BT Sport 2 1930, Inter v Eintracht Frankfurt BT Sport/ESPN 2000.

HORSE RACING: Cheltenham Festival - ITV 1300.

GOLF: Players Championship - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports the Players from 1130; European Tour, Kenya Open - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports the Players 0800.

DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Action 1900.

FORMULA ONE: Australian Grand Prix Practice 1 & 2 - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1 from 0030 (Fri).

TENNIS: WTA Tennis, Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 1800 and 0000.

CYCLING: Tirreno-Adriatico - Eurosport 2 1245.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1. Trevor Francis; 2. Wimbledon; 3. 2008; 4. 1927; 5. Kings.

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