On This Day, June 13 2008: Aaron Ramsey completed his move from Cardiff to Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey soon begins life in Turin with Juventus, but on this day in 2008, he completed a move from Cardiff to Arsenal for an undisclosed fee


Alan Hansen (soccer) - Former defender who won three European Cups with Liverpool, born 1955.

Tony Knowles (snooker) - Former World Championship semi-finalist, born 1955.

Peter Scudamore (horse racing) - Former National Hunt champion jockey, born 1958.

Chris Cairns (cricket) - Former New Zealand all-rounder, born 1970.

Florent Malouda (soccer) - Former Chelsea and France winger, born 1980.

Darius Vassell (soccer) - Former England and Aston Villa striker, born 1980.

Kenenisa Bekele (athletics) - World record holder over 5,000 and 10,000 metres who won gold in both events at the 2008 Olympics, born 1982.

Chris Cusiter (rugby union) - Former Sale and Scotland scrum-half, born 1982.

Ryan Mason (soccer) - Former Hull and England midfielder, born 1991.

Thomas Partey (soccer) - Atletico Madrid and Ghana midfielder, born 1993

Kingsley Coman (soccer) - Bayern Munich and France midfielder, born 1996



1895: The first 'real' motor race ended. The first car to cross the line in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race was a Panhard-Levassor, driven by Emile Levassor at an average speed of 15mph.

1897: One of the greatest long-distance runners of all time, Paavo Nurmi, was born. The Finn won a record 12 medals, including nine golds, in the three Olympic Games between 1920 and 1928.

1915: Donald Budge, the first man to achieve a Grand Slam in tennis, was born. His second successive Wimbledon title in 1938 formed part of his Grand Slam - the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles.

1982: Italian driver Riccardo Paletti died in a tragic accident on the start grid at the Canadian Grand Prix. Driving for the Osella team, the 23-year-old Formula One rookie's car went into the rear of the stalled Ferrari of Didier Pironi, and Paletti was left with fatal injuries.

2001: Referees became professional for the first time in English football and came under the control of the Professional Game Match Official Board.

2004: England lost 2-1 to France at Euro 2004, having led 1-0 going into injury time.

2005: England beat Australia by 100 runs at the Rose Bowl in the first Twenty20 international between the two countries.

2008: Midfielder Aaron Ramsey completed his move from Cardiff to Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

2011: Former England manager Steve McClaren was appointed the new manager of Nottingham Forest on a three-year contract. He resigned four months later.

2011: Andy Murray won the AEGON Championships, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 in the final at Queen's Club.

2013: Australia batsman David Warner was suspended from all cricket up to the first Ashes Test that summer and fined almost £7,000 after accepting a charge of unbecoming behaviour for his bar-room attack on England's Joe Root.

2014: Holland thrashed holders Spain 5-1 in their World Cup opener.

2018: Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just a day before the World Cup.

2018: FIFA announced that the United States, Canada and Mexico will jointly host the 2026 World Cup after beating bid rival Morocco.


Steve McClaren was appointed the new manager of Nottingham Forest on a three-year contract. Four months later, he was gone.



1. How many appearances did Ryan Giggs make for Wales during his senior international career?

2. How many Wimbledon singles titles has Venus Williams won?

3. Who were the first French side to play in Super League?

4. In which year did Usain Bolt set the current 100 metres world record of 9.58 seconds?

5. Who was the first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft?

(See quiz answers at bottom)



Today (Thursday, June 13)

CRICKET: Cricket World Cup, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket World Cup 1000; Women's one-day international, England v West Indies - Sky Sports Main Event 1900, Sky Sports Cricket World Cup 1915.

SOCCER: Women's World Cup, Australia v Brazil - BBC Two 1645.

GOLF: US Open - Sky Sports Golf 1500 & Sky Sports Main Event 2130.

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

MOTOR RACING: Le Mans 24 Hours, qualifying - Eurosport 1 1750.

TENNIS: WTA, Nature Valley Open - Eurosport 2 1200; Libema Open - BT Sport 1 1330.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League, The Bislett Games - Eurosport 2 1900.

CYCLING: Criterium du Dauphine - Eurosport 1 1400.

BASEBALL: MLB, Minnesota Twins v Seattle Mariners - BT Sport/ESPN 1800; Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Fri).


Tomorrow (Friday, June 14)

CRICKET: Cricket World Cup, England v West Indies - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket World Cup 1000.

SOCCER: FIFA Women's World Cup, Japan v Scotland - BBC One 1330, England v Argentina - BBC One 1930.

GOLF: US Open - Sky Sports Golf 1500 & Sky Sports Main Event 2000.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Leeds v Wigan - Sky Sports Arena 1900.

TENNIS: WTA, Libema Open - BT Sport 1 1000; Nature Valley Open - Eurosport 2 1100.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Highlanders v Waratahs - Sky Sports Action 0830; Rebels v Chiefs - Sky Sports Action 1040; Jaguares v Sunwolves - Sky Sports Action 2305.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP Catalunya, opening two free practice sessions - BT Sport 2 0745.

HOCKEY: Hockey Pro League, Great Britain v Netherlands - BT Sport 1 1930.

CYCLING: Criterium du Dauphine - Eurosport 1 1400.


QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. 64; 2. Five; 3. Paris St Germain; 4. 2009; 5. Baker Mayfield

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