On This Day, June 8, 1985: Barry McGuigan becomes WBA featherweight champion

Barry McGuigan ends Panamanian Eusebio Pedroza's seven-year reign as WBA featherweight champion at Loftus Road Stadium in London


1985: Barry McGuigan ended Panamanian Eusebio Pedroza's seven-year reign as WBA featherweight champion to become the first UK holder of the title since Howard Winstone in 1968.

1990: The opening game of the World Cup in Italy produced a shock for defending champions Argentina, who were beaten 1-0 by Cameroon in front of 73,780 fans in Milan.

2006: Andrew Strauss was named as England captain for the one-day series against Sri Lanka after Andrew Flintoff was rested on medical advice. Strauss held the job for the rest of the summer as Flintoff underwent ankle surgery.

2008: Rafael Nadal thrashed world number one Roger Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0 to win a fourth consecutive men's singles crown at the French Open.

2009: Kaka left AC Milan to sign for Real Madrid on a six-year deal for a reported fee of around £59million.

2010: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti confirmed Rafael Benitez would become the new coach of the Serie A club.

2011: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council after a window was smashed in the dressing room at Lord's during the previous day's play, the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

2012: West Brom confirmed the appointment of Steve Clarke as their new head coach, succeeding Roy Hodgson who had been recruited to manage England.

2018: Former Celtic and Liverpool striker Kenny Dalglish received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to football, charity and the city of Liverpool. Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe received an OBE for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation.




Ray Illingworth (cricket) - former England, Yorkshire and Leicestershire captain, born 1932.

Doug Mountjoy (snooker) - 1981 World Championship finalist, born 1942.

Derek Underwood (cricket) - former England and Kent spin bowler, born 1945.

Butch Reynolds (athletics) - American former 400 metres world record holder, born 1964.

Lindsay Davenport (tennis) - three-time grand slam singles champion and Olympic gold medallist, born 1976.

Kim Clijsters (tennis) - former US Open and Australian Open champion, born 1983.

Javier Mascherano (soccer) - Former Argentina and Barcelona midfielder, now at Hebei China Fortune, born 1984.

Alexandre Despatie (diving) - Canadian who in 1998 won Commonwealth Games gold at the age of 13, born 1985.

Jelena Ostapenko (tennis) - Latvian winner of the 2017 French Open, born 1997.



1. Which football club used to play their home games at the Dell?

2. Who holds the British men's record for the javelin with 91.46m?

3. Which side will be the most northerly team in the Gallagher Premiership next season?

4. Which League One side are known as the Pirates and the Gas?

5. Where do the Blues play NHL ice hockey?



Today (Saturday, June 8)

SOCCER: Euro 2020 qualifier, Croatia v Wales - S4C 1330; Scotland v Cyprus - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Belarus v Germany - Sky Sports Premier League 1940; Women's World Cup, Germany v China - BBC One 1350.

CRICKET: World Cup, England v Bangladesh - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1000; Afghanistan v New Zealand - Sky Sports Cricket 1900.

TENNIS: French Open - Eurosport 1 1330, ITV4 1330, eir Sport 1 1350.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Warrington v Catalans Dragons - Sky Sports Arena 1500.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Crusaders v Melbourne Rebels - Sky Sports Arena 0830; Waratahs v Brumbies - Sky Sports Arena 1040; Jaguares v Sharks - Sky Sports Arena 2100; Under-20 Championship, France v Wales - eir Sport 1 1700; England v Italy - eir sport 1 1920.

GOLF: European Tour, GolfSixes - Sky Sports Golf 1130; PGA Tour, Canadian Open - Sky Sports Golf 1800, Sky Sports Main Event 2215.

MOTOR SPORT: F1, Canadian Grand Prix practice - Sky Sports F1 1545; Qualifying - Sky Sports F1 1855.

MOTOR CYCLING: World Superbikes, race one - Eurosport 2 0930.

DARTS: World Cup - Sky Sports Action 1200 & 1800.

BOXING: Gennady Golovkin v Steve Rolls - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0200 (Sun).

HORSE RACING: Live racing - ITV 1300.

UFC: Henry Cejudo v Marlon Moraes - BT Sport 1 0300 (Sun).

BASEBALL: MLB, Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees - BT Sport 2 2100.



Answers: 1. Southampton; 2. Steve Backley; 3. Sale; 4. Bristol Rovers; 5. St Louis

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