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On This Day, June 20, 2012: Didier Drogba leaves Stamford Bridge for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua

Chelsea's Didier Drogba confirmed that he was leaving Stamford Bridge to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua

BIRTHDAYS

Allan Lamb (cricket) - South Africa-born former Northamptonshire and England Test player, born 1954.

Peter Reid (soccer) - Former England midfielder and Manchester City and Sunderland manager, born 1956.

MaliVai Washington (tennis) - American player who lost to Richard Krajicek in the 1996 Wimbledon final, born 1969.

Juliano Belletti (soccer) - Former Chelsea and Brazil defender, born 1976.

Frank Lampard (soccer) - Former England, Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder, now Derby manager, born 1978.

Brede Hangeland (soccer) - former Norway, Fulham and Crystal Palace defender, born 1981.

Vasili Berezutski (soccer) - former Russia and CSKA Moscow defender, born 1982.

Aleksei Berezutski (soccer) - twin brother and former team-mate of Vasili, born 1982.

Asmir Begovic (soccer) - Bournemouth and Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper, born 1987.

Sead Kolasinac (soccer) - Arsenal and Bosnia-Herzegovina defender, born 1993.

 

ON THIS DAY

1949: American tennis player Gussie Moran caused a stir at Wimbledon when she appeared wearing lace-trimmed knickers designed by Teddy Tinling. The All England Club was so outraged that Tinling was not a welcome visitor for 33 years.

1960: Floyd Patterson knocked out Sweden's Ingemar Johansson in the fifth round at the New York Polo Grounds to become the first man to regain boxing's world heavyweight title. Patterson had lost his crown to the Swede a year earlier.

1987: New Zealand beat France 29-9 in Auckland to become the first winners of the Rugby World Cup.

2006: Michael Owen was carried off on a stretcher with a ruptured knee ligament in England's 2-2 draw with Sweden in their group match at the World Cup in Germany. He was out of action for almost a year.

2008: Dutch club FC Twente named former England manager Steve McClaren as their new coach. McClaren led Twente to the Eredivisie title in 2010.

2010: The France squad refused to train after declaring their opposition to the decision to send home Nicolas Anelka from the World Cup in South Africa.

2011: FIFA confirmed that its vice-president Jack Warner, who had been accused of bribery in the run-up to the FIFA presidential vote, had resigned from all football activity.

2012: Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba confirmed he was joining Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

2014: West Brom signed defender Joleon Lescott from Manchester City on a two-year contract.

Michael Owen ruptured his knee ligament in England's 2-2 draw with Sweden the World Cup in Germany. He was out of action for almost a year.

QUICK QUIZ

1 How many sixes did Eoin Morgan hit to set a new one day international record in England's World Cup win over Afghanistan?

2 Which country is tennis player Alexander Zverev from?

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

4 Which racecourse hosts the Shergar Cup?

5 Who did Germany beat to win Euro 96?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Thursday, June 20)

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

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

TENNIS: WTA, Mallorca Open - BT Sport 1 1100, 1530; WTA, The Nature Valley Classic - Eurosport 1 1130; The Fever-Tree Championships, Queen's Club - BBC Two England 1300.

CYCLING: Tour of Slovenia - Eurosport 2 1200; Route d'Occitanie - Eurosport 2 1400.

GOLF: European Tour, The BMW International Open - Sky Sports Golf 1030, 1430; PGA Tour, The Travelers Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1230, 2000, Sky Sports Main Event 2200; LPGA Tour, The KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1100.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, London Broncos v Hull KR - Sky Sports Main Event 1900.

HORSE RACING: Royal Ascot - ITV/STV 1330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians - BT Sport/ESPN 1900.

 

Tomorrow (Friday, June 21)

CRICKET: Cricket World Cup, England v Sri Lanka - 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: Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt v Zimbabwe - Eurosport 2 2045; European Under-21 Championship, England v Romania - Sky Sports Football 1700, France v Croatia - Sky Sports Football 1955.

GOLF: European Tour, The BMW International Open - Sky Sports Golf 1030, 1430; PGA Tour, The Travelers Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1230, 2000; LPGA Tour, The KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1100.

MOTOR SPORT: F1, French Grand Prix, practice sessions - Sky Sports F1 0945, 1345.

TENNIS: WTA, Mallorca Open - BT Sport 2 1100, 1530; WTA, The Nature Valley Classic - Eurosport 1 1130; The Fever-Tree Championships, Queen's Club - BBC Two England 1300.

CYCLING: Tour of Slovenia - Eurosport 2 1200.

HORSE RACING: Royal Ascot - ITV 1330.

ATHLETICS: European Games 2019 - BT Sport 1 2000, eir Sport 1 0700, 1200, 2000.

BASEBALL: MLB, St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Angels - BT Sport 1 0100 (Sat).

BOXING: JD Nxtgen Boxing, Conor Benn v Jussi Koivula - Sky Sports Action 1900.

MOTOR CYCLING: World Superbikes, free practice - Eurosport 2 0925.

 

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. 17; 2. Germany; 3. 64; 4. Ascot 5. Czech Republic

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