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On This Day, June 26, 2014: Luis Suarez banned from all football activity for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup

Luis Suarez was banned for nine international matches for biting Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup

BIRTHDAYS

Greg LeMond (cycling) - three-time winner of Tour de France (1986, 1989 and 1990), born 1961.

Paolo Maldini (soccer) - former AC Milan and Italy defender, born 1968.

Iwan Roberts (soccer) - former Wales and Norwich striker, born 1968.

Derek Jeter (baseball) - former New York Yankees shortstop, born 1974.

Michael Vick (American football) - former NFL quarterback who served time in prison for his part in a dog-fighting scandal, born 1980.

Samir Nasri (soccer) - ex-Arsenal and West Ham midfielder, served an 18-month suspension from football until January 2019 due to a doping violation, born 1987.

Joel Campbell (soccer) - Costa Rican former Arsenal striker, now playing for Mexican club Leon, born 1992.

 

ON THIS DAY

1906: The first motor racing Grand Prix, the French Grand Prix, was run at Le Mans - with Romanian Ferenc Szisz driving a Renault to victory at an average speed of 63mph.

1954: The highest-scoring match in the final stages of the World Cup was recorded in the quarter-finals of the competition in Lausanne. Host nation Switzerland were beaten 7-5 by neighbours Austria.

1959: Ingemar Johansson stopped Floyd Patterson in the third round at Yankee Stadium, New York, to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

2003: Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe died after collapsing during a Confederations Cup match against Colombia in Lyon. Foe was 28.

2005: British and Irish Lions lock Danny Grewcock was banned for two months for biting New Zealand's Keven Mealamu.

2006: Athletics governing body IAAF announced all Dwain Chambers' performances from January 1, 2002 had been annulled after the sprinter admitted he had been using performance-enhancing drugs since that time.

2009: Manchester United and Real Madrid finalised an agreement for the £80million transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish club with effect from July 1.

2012: England captain Jamie Peacock announced his retirement from international rugby league with immediate effect.

2014: FIFA announced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez would be suspended for nine international matches and banned from all football activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup encounter.

2017: Frank de Boer was announced as the new Crystal Palace manager on a three-year deal.

2018: Hector Cuper left his position as Egypt coach in the wake of their World Cup exit.

Manchester United and Real Madrid finalised an agreement for the £80million transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo

QUICK QUIZ

1. El Madrigal is the home stadium of which Spanish football club?

2. Sir Ian Botham played cricket for which three English counties?

3. Prior to Andy Murray, who was the last British man to get to a grand slam final?

4. In which year did golfer Justin Rose win the US Open?

5. Bobbyjo won the Grand National in which year?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

 

SPORT ON TV

 

Today (Wednesday, June 26)

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

SPORT: European Games, day six - eir Sport 1 0700 & BT Sport 1000.

SOCCER: Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria v Guinea - Eurosport 2 1515, Uganda v Zimbabwe - Eurosport 2 1745, Egypt v DR Congo - Eurosport 2 2045.

TENNIS: WTA, Eastbourne - Eurosport 1100 & BBC Two England 1300.

SNOOKER: World Cup - Eurosport 2 1225 & Eurosport 1 0555 (Thurs).

POOL: World Cup - Sky Sports Action 1330 & 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport//ESPN 2030, Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets - BT Sport 1 0000 (Thurs).

 

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 27)

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

SPORT: European Games, day seven - eir Sport 1 0700 & BT Sport 1000.

SOCCER: Africa Cup of Nations, Madagascar v Burundi - Eurosport 2 1515, Senegal v Algeria - Eurosport 2 1745, Kenya v Tanzania - Eurosport 2 2045.

TENNIS: WTA, Eastbourne - Eurosport 1100 & BBC Two England 1300.

GOLF: European Tour, Andalucia Valderrama Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1100; PGA Tour, Rocket Mortgage Classic - Sky Sports Golf 1300 & Sky Sports Main Event 2200; Seniors Tour, US Seniors Open - Sky Sports Golf 2300.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Hull KR v Hull FC - Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Main Event 1900.

SNOOKER: World Cup - Eurosport 1 0730 & 0555 (Fri) & Eurosport 2 1225.

POOL: World Cup - Sky Sports Action 1330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport//ESPN 1900.

 

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Villarreal; 2. Somerset, Worcestershire and Durham; 3. Greg Rusedski; 4. 2013; 5. 1999

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