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On this Day, May 30 2012: Brendan Rodgers tells Swansea that he is leaving to manage Liverpool

On this day, former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers told Swansea that he was accepting an offer to manage Liverpool

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

1911: Ray Harroun won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in a Marmon Wasp.

1996: England's footballers returned from a tour of Hong Kong amid allegations of a drunken binge which started in a club and continued on the flight home. The airline, Cathay Pacific, reported £35,000 of damage to its plane.

1999: Manchester City scored twice in the dying stages to force extra time in their play-off final against Gillingham at Wembley and went on to win a penalty shoot-out which secured their promotion to Division One.

2002: Former Great Britain international Karl Harrison took over as coach at Super League Salford on the same day the club suspended Bobbie Goulding over an alleged training-ground bust-up.

2005: West Ham were promoted to the Premier League after a 1-0 win over Preston in the Championship play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.

2006: Theo Walcott became England's youngest international at 17 years and 75 days in a 3-1 friendly victory over Hungary at Old Trafford.

2007: Wales captain Ryan Giggs confirmed his decision to retire from international football.

2009: Chelsea beat Everton 2-1 to win the FA Cup final.

2011: Swansea beat Reading 4-2 to win the Championship play-off final and promotion to the Premier League.

2012: Brendan Rodgers told Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins he wanted to take up an offer to manage Liverpool. He was soon installed as the new boss at Anfield.

2013: Mark Hughes was appointed Stoke manager, six months after being sacked by QPR.

2015: Alastair Cook became England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, surpassing mentor Graham Gooch's 8,900, during the match against New Zealand. On the same day, Arsenal secured back to-back FA Cup triumphs with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley.

 

SPORT BIRTHDAYS

Bob Willis (cricket) - former England fast bowler, born 1949.

Phil Brown (soccer) - former Southend and Hull City manager, now at Indian side Pune City, born 1959.

Ian Austin (cricket) - former Lancashire and England all-rounder, born 1966.

Thomas Hassler (football) - former Germany footballer, born 1966.

Paul Grayson (rugby union) - former England fly-half and Northampton coach, born 1971.

Andy Farrell (rugby union) - former England and Saracens centre, previously Great Britain and Wigan rugby league captain, born 1975.

Steven Gerrard (soccer) - former Liverpool captain and England midfielder, current Rangers boss, born 1980.

James Simpson-Daniel (rugby union) - former Gloucester and England winger, born 1982.

Nikolay Bodurov (soccer) - Bulgarian former Fulham centre back, now at CSKA Sofia, born 1986.

Jonathan Fox (swimming) - Paralympian who won gold in the 100m backstroke S7 at the 2012 London Paralympics and holds several S7 world records, born 1991.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1 Who came runner-up in the 2018 World Series?

2 How many goals did Lionel Messi score during Barcelona's Champions League campaign?

3 Which famous stadium is in the Woolloongabba suburb of Brisbane?

4 Who did British number two Katie Boulter beat in the first round for her first Wimbledon win in 2018?

5 Kaizer Chiefs FC are based in which South African city?

 (see answers below)

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Thursday, May 30)

CRICKET: World Cup, England v South Africa - Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports Main Event 0930.

TENNIS: French Open - Eurosport 1 0930, ITV4 1000.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia, Stage 18 - Eurosport 2 1200.

GOLF: PGA Tour, The Memorial Tournament - Sky Sports Golf 1300, Sky Sports Main Event 2000; European Tour, Belgian Knockout - Sky Sports Golf 1100; LPGA, US Women's Open - Sky Sports Golf & Sky Sports Main Event 2330.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Challenge Cup, Hull FC v Catalans Dragons - Sky Sports Arena 1930.

SOCCER: Ligue 1 relegation play-offs, Lens v Dijon - BT Sport 1 1945.

HOCKEY: Men's, Belgium v Great Britain - BT Sport 1 1230; Women's, Belgium v Great Britain - BT Sport 1 1430.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Fri).

 

QUIZ ANSWERS

Answers: 1 Los Angeles Dodgers; 2 12; 3 The Gabba 4 Veronica Cepede Royg 5 Johannesburg

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