On This Day, June 17, 2003: David Beckham leave Manchester United to become a Galactico at Real Madrid

David Beckham became a Real Madrid Galactico on this day in 2003


Eddy Merckx (cycling) - Five-time Tour de France winner from Belgium, born 1945.

Des Drummond (rugby league) - Young player of the year in 1981 and 1982 who won 24 caps for Great Britain, born 1958.

Steve Rhodes (cricket) - Former Worcestershire and England wicketkeeper, born 1964.

Leander Paes (tennis) - Indian doubles specialist, born 1973.

Venus Williams (tennis) - Five-time Wimbledon ladies' singles champion, born 1980.

Shane Watson (cricket) - former Australia all-rounder, born 1981.

Alex (soccer) - former Brazil and Chelsea defender, born 1982.

Marcos Baghdatis (tennis) - Former Australian Open finalist from Cyprus, born 1985.

Helen Glover (rowing) - Two-time Olympic champion, born 1986.

Jordan Henderson (soccer) - Liverpool and England midfielder, born 1990.



1930 - Don Bradman became the first Australian to score a Test century at Trent Bridge - one of the 11 he scored on English soil. Despite his 131-run total, Australia lost by 93 runs.

1962 - Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in Santiago to win the World Cup, with goals from Amarildo, Zito and Vava. They became only the second team to retain the trophy, after Italy first achieved the feat in 1938.

1991 - Payne Stewart won his first US Open and second major title at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minnesota. He defeated fellow American Scott Simpson in an 18-hole play-off.

2003 - Manchester United announced they had accepted a £25million bid from Real Madrid for David Beckham.

2013 - Justin Rose captured his first major championship after winning the US Open at Merion.

2015 - Leicester sacked players Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson for their part in a sexually-explicit video during which racist language was used.

2016 - The IAAF Council voted to maintain Russia's ban from athletics ahead of the Rio Olympics.

2017 - American Justin Thomas equalled the lowest score in major championship history, producing a nine-under-par 63 in his third round at the US Open at Erin Hills.

2018 - Brooks Koepka retained the US Open title at Shinnecock Hills as Tommy Fleetwood finished second with a final-round 63.

Tennis star Venus Williams also celebrates her birthday



1. Who scored a hat-trick in England's 6-1 win against Panama in last year's World Cup?

2. Which basketball player recently became the first to win the NBA Finals MVP in both conferences?

3. Newcastle and which other English football club are known as the Magpies?

4. Which British boxer was named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year in 2005?

5. Which former India spinner is nicknamed "Jumbo"?

(See quiz answers at bottom)




Today (Monday, June 17)

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

SOCCER: European Under-21 Championship, Serbia v Austria - Sky Sports Football 1725, Germany v Denmark - Sky Sports Football 1955.

TENNIS: WTA, The Nature Valley Classic - Eurosport 1 1130; The Fever-Tree Championships, Queen's Club - BBC Two England 1300; WTA, Mallorca Open - BT Sport 2 1300, 1730.

CYCLING: Mont Ventoux - Eurosport 2 1215.

BASEBALL: MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport/ESPN 0300 (Tues).


Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 18)

CRICKET: Cricket World Cup, England v Afghanistan - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket World Cup 1000; Women's International T20 Cricket, England v West Indies - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket World Cup 1845.

SOCCER: European Under-21 Championship, Romania v Croatia - Sky Sports Football 1725, England v France - Sky Sports Football 1930.

TENNIS: WTA, Mallorca Open - BT Sport 1 1000, 1500, 1730; WTA, The Nature Valley Classic - Eurosport 1 1130; The Fever-Tree Championships, Queen's Club - BBC Two England 1300.

HORSE RACING: Royal Ascot - ITV/STV 1330.


QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Harry Kane; 2. Kawhi Leonard; 3. Notts County; 4, Ricky Hatton; 5. Anil Kumble.

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