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On This Day, June 29, 2015: Petr Cech completes his move to Arsenal following 11 seasons with London rivals Chelsea.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech completed his move to Arsenal on this day. He has since gone back to Chelsea to become Technical Director

BIRTHDAYS

John Dawes (rugby union) - won 22 caps for Wales between 1964 and 1971, born 1940.

Susan Brown (rowing) - first woman to compete in the Boat Race, as cox in 1981, born 1958.

Simon Brown (cricket) - former Durham left-arm medium-pacer who earned one England Test cap against Pakistan in July 1996, born 1969.

Anthony Hamilton (snooker) - former world number 10 from Nottingham, born 1971.

Andy O'Brien (soccer) - former Newcastle, Leeds and Republic of Ireland defender, born 1979.

Troy Deeney (soccer) - Watford striker, born 1988.

Fran Kirby (soccer) - Chelsea and England Women striker, born 1993.

Kawhi Leonard (basketball) - Small forward who led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship and won his second Finals MVP award in 2019, born 1991.

 

ON THIS DAY

1899: The Headingley ground in Leeds was used for Test cricket for the first time when England and Australia fought out a low-scoring draw.

1967: Primo Carnera, once the heaviest world boxing champion, died at the age of 60. He weighed in at 19st 4lb when he made his second defence against Tommy Loughran in 1934.

2006: Arsenal were cleared by FIFA of any breach of rules concerning their relationship with Belgian club Beveren. The Gunners had an arrangement with Beveren to play friendly matches and loan players.

2009: Wimbledon's new Centre Court roof was used in a match at the tournament for the first time after rain interrupted the clash between Dinara Safina and Amelie Mauresmo.

2011: New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed Roberto Di Matteo as his assistant first-team coach at Stamford Bridge. Di Matteo would later succeed Villas-Boas on an interim basis following the sacking of the Portuguese and guide the club to a Champions League and FA Cup double before being handed the job permanently.

2012: London Welsh won promotion to rugby union's Premiership after winning their appeal against a Rugby Football Union decision to block them from the top flight on the grounds that they did not meet minimum standards. The appeal's success meant Newcastle were relegated.

2015: Petr Cech completed his protracted move to Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee following 11 seasons and nearly 500 appearances with London rivals Chelsea.

2017: Preston's Simon Grayson was appointed Sunderland's new manager on a three-year deal. On the same day, it was revealed takeover talks with a series of interested parties had ended with no sale agreed, leaving owner Ellis Short still at the helm.

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed Roberto Di Matteo as his assistant first-team coach at Stamford Bridge. Di Matteo would later succeed Villas-Boas on an interim basis following the sacking of the Portuguese.

QUICK QUIZ

1 Which team did Wayne Rooney score his first DC United goal against?

2 Graeme Hick played how many Tests for England? A) 65 B) 66 C) 69

3 Who is the highest-ranked German men's tennis player on the ATP Tour?

4 In 2014, who became the third golfer after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win three major tournaments by the age of 25?

5 Which American city do the NBA team the Bucks hail from?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Saturday, June 29)

CRICKET: World Cup, Pakistan v Afghanistan - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1000, New Zealand v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event 1300 & Sky Sports Cricket 1830.

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

SOCCER: Women's World Cup, quarter-final, Germany v Sweden - BBC Two England 1715; Africa Cup of Nations, Mauritania v Angola - Eurosport 2 1515, Cameroon v Ghana - Eurosport 2 1800, Benin v Guinea-Bissau - Eurosport 2 2045; MLS, Atlanta United v Montreal Impact - Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

TENNIS: WTA, Eastbourne - BBC Two England 1220 & Eurosport 1 1230.

AUTO: Formula One, Austrian Grand Prix practice - Sky Sports F1 1045.

GOLF: European Tour, Andalucia Valderrama Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1300; PGA Tour, Rocket Mortgage Classic - Sky Sports Golf 1800 & Sky Sports Main Event 2130; Seniors Tour, US Seniors Open - Sky Sports Golf 2300.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Crusaders v Hurricanes - Sky Sports Action 0815.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Grand Prix of Assen practice - BT Sport 2 0800.

HORSE RACING: Live racing from the UK - ITV 1330.

BOXING: WBO world middleweight title fight, Demetrius Andrade v Walter Kautondokwa - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0200 (Sun).

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

POOL: World Cup - Sky Sports Action 1330 & 1830.

 

Tomorrow (Sunday, June 30)

CRICKET: World Cup, England v India - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 0930.

SPORT: European Games, day 10 - eir Sport 1 & BT Sport 0700.

AUTO: Formula One, Austrian Grand Prix race - Sky Sports F1 1405.

SOCCER: Africa Cup of Nations, Madagascar v Nigeria - Eurosport 1 1645, Uganda v Egypt - Eurosport 1 1945.

GOLF: European Tour, Andalucia Valderrama Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1230; PGA Tour, Rocket Mortgage Classic - Sky Sports Golf 1800 & Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Seniors Tour, US Seniors Open - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf 2300.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Grand Prix of Assen race - BT Sport 2 1230.

SNOOKER: World Cup - Eurosport 1 1225.

POOL: World Cup - Sky Sports Action 1330 & 1830.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport 1 1400, Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins - BT Sport//ESPN 1900, New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport//ESPN 0000 (Mon).

CANOEING: Slalom World Cup - Eurosport 2 1100.

 

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Colorado Rapids; 2. A - 65; 3. Alexander Zverev (5th); 4. Rory McIlroy; 5. Milwaukee.

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