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On this Day, June 3, 2016: Three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74.

Muhammad Ali became heavyweight champion of the world in 1964, when, aged 22 and then named Cassius Clay, he sensationally beat Sonny Liston. He is pictured above, standing over a prone Liston, in the rematch in 1965. He died on this day in 2016.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

1927: The Ryder Cup was inaugurated when the United States and Great Britain met at Worcester, Massachusetts. The Americans won by seven points.

1931: Freddie Fox rode Cameronian to victory in the first televised Epsom Derby.

1981: Shergar won the Derby by a record 10 lengths.

1991: Thomas 'The Hitman' Hearns beat Virgil Hill to win the WBA light-heavyweight crown - it was his sixth title at a different weight.

2002: Brazil beat Turkey 2-1 in the World Cup group stages. Rivaldo scored the winning penalty and was also involved in the dismissal of Hakan Unsal, clutching his face when Unsal kicked the ball against his legs.

2004: Tottenham announced that France coach Jacques Santini would become their new manager after Euro 2004. Santini did not last long, however, resigning in November for "personal reasons".

2008: FIA president Max Mosley won a vote of confidence with a clear majority at an extraordinary meeting in Paris. The Englishman's position had come under threat after lurid allegations about his private life were published in a Sunday newspaper.

2008: Gretna resigned from the Scottish Football League after the financially-stricken club failed to find a buyer. They were formally liquidated on August 8, 2008.

2013: Chelsea confirmed Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a four-year contract.

2015: Rafael Benitez was appointed as Real Madrid's new coach on a three-year contract.

2016: Three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74.

2017: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to reach 600 career goals as Real Madrid won the Champions League after beating Juventus 4-1 in the final in Cardiff.

 

On this day in 2013, Chelsea reappointed Jose Mourinho as its manager. 

 

 

SPORT BIRTHDAYS

Hale Irwin (golf) - American who won the US Open three times (1970, 1979 and 1990), born 1945.

George Burley (soccer) - former Scotland defender and manager, born 1956.

Wasim Akram (cricket) - former Pakistan captain, born 1966.

Christian Malcolm (athletics) - British sprinter, an Olympic 200 metres finalist in 2000 and 2008, born 1979.

Yelena Isinbayeva (athletics) - Olympic and world pole vault champion and world record holder, born 1982.

Rafael Nadal (tennis) - 17-time grand slam champion from Spain, born 1986.

Mario Gotze (soccer) - Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder, born 1992.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1 Daryl Powell is head coach of which rugby league side?

2 Which cricket team won the 2018 T20 Vitality Blast?

3 The Ducks play their NHL home games in which US city?

4 Which American boxer was nicknamed The Greatest?

5 How many grand slam singles titles has tennis player Stan Wawrinka won?

 

SPORT ON TV    

Today (Monday, June 3)

CRICKET: World Cup, England v Pakistan - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1000.

TENNIS: French Open - Eurosport 1 0930, Eurosport 2 0955, ITV4 1000.

SPEEDWAY: Premiership, Belle Vue v Ipswich - BT Sport 1 1930.

BASEBALL: MLB, Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN 0300 (Tues).

 

QUICK QUIZ ANSWERS

Answers: 1. Castleford; 2. Worcestershire; 3. Anaheim; 4. Muhammad Ali; 5. Three.

 

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