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On This Day - April 18, 1973: Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebrselassie is 46

Retired Ethiopian distance-running star Haile Gebrselassie was born this day in 1973

BIRTHDAYS

Phil Simmons (West Indies) - former West Indies all-rounder who went on to coach his national side, born 1963.

Paul Jones (soccer) - former Wales and Southampton goalkeeper, born 1967.

Stefan Schwarz (soccer) - Swedish midfielder who had stints at Arsenal and Sunderland, born 1969.

Graham Rowntree (rugby union) - former Leicester and England prop, now a forwards coach, born 1971.

Haile Gebrselassie (athletics) - retired Ethiopian distance-running star, double Olympic and four-time world 10,000 metres champion, born 1973.

Matthew Upson (soccer) - former Arsenal, West Ham and England defender, born 1979.

Anthony Davidson (motorsport) - former Formula One driver, currently racing in the World Endurance Championship, born 1979.

Lukasz Fabianski (soccer) - West Ham and Poland goalkeeper, born 1985.

Wojciech Szczesny (soccer) - Juventus and Poland goalkeeper, formerly with Arsenal goalkeeper, born 1990.

Divock Origi (soccer) - Liverpool and Belgium forward, born 1995.

ON THIS DAY

1903: Bury registered the biggest winning margin in FA Cup final history when they beat Derby 6-0 at Crystal Palace.

1942: Racing driver Jochen Rindt was born. He was the first, and to date only, posthumous Formula One world champion. In 1970, the Austrian driver was killed during practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He was leading the world championship standings at the time and his points total was not overtaken.

1958: West Indian pace bowler Malcolm Marshall was born. He became the second West Indian, after Lance Gibbs, to take 300 Test wickets. He died in 1999.

1994: Cricketer Brian Lara scored 375 runs against England, then a record score in Test Cricket. His feat was broken by Matthew Hayden in 2003 who scored 380 against Zimbabwe, but Lara reclaimed his record a year later when he became the first Test batsman to achieve a quadruple century.

2002: The International Rugby Board confirmed Australia would act as sole hosts for the 2003 World Cup, upholding the controversial move to axe New Zealand as co-hosts because of a row over advertising.

2007: Uefa awarded Poland and Ukraine the right to jointly host the European Championships in 2012.

2011: Toulon announced they had suspended Wales international Gavin Henson for one week following a breach of club discipline. He left the club in May 2011.

2012: Chelsea won the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues went on to lift the trophy for the first time in their history, after defeating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final.

2013: Cyclist Chris Hoy, winner of six Olympic gold medals, announced his retirement.

2014: The England and Wales Cricket Board and Warwickshire announced that Jonathan Trott would take an indefinite break from all cricket after suffering a repeat of the stress-related illness which forced his early departure from the 2013-14 Ashes series.

2016: Directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King quit Aston Villa to plunge the relegated club deeper into a crisis. The pair resigned just 48 hours after Villa were relegated from the Premier League.

2018: Fleetwood announced the appointment of Joey Barton as head coach, with the former Burnley midfielder taking over in June when his suspension for breaching betting rules expired.

Which of golf's four Majors did Tiger Woods win first? Find out below

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Hungary have never won the World Cup, coming closest when they lost the final in 1954. Who beat them in Bern?

2. Which of golf's four Majors did Tiger Woods win first?

3. How many times has Petra Kvitova won Wimbledon?

4. I hold the British national record in the heptathlon, I was coached by Toni Minichiello and I once had a stand named after me at Bramall Lane. Who am I?

5. 'The Green Monster' is a popular nickname for a field wall at which baseball stadium?

TV LISTINGS

SOCCER: Europa League, Napoli v Arsenal - BT Sport 2 1915; Chelsea v Slavia Prague - BT Sport 3 1915; Valencia v Villarreal - BT Sport/ESPN 1945.

CRICKET: IPL, Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians - BT Sport 1 1515.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Castleford v Wakefield - Sky Sports Arena 1900.

GOLF: PGA Tour, RBC Heritage - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf 1215.

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

BASEBALL: MLB, Atlanta Braves v Arizona Diamondbacks - BT Sport 1 2330, Milwaukee Brewers v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Fri).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1. West Germany; 2. The Masters (in 1997); 3. Twice (in 2011 and 2014); 4. Jessica Ennis-Hill; 5. Fenway Park, Boston

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