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On This Day, July 20. 2006: Zinedine Zidane, having already retired from football, was suspended for three matches for his headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final

Zinedine Zidane's playing career came to an ignominious end after he was sent off in the Word Cup final for a headbutt on Italy's Marco Materazzi. He was suspended for three matches despite having already retired

ON THIS DAY 

1871: Football Association secretary Charles Alcock first suggested the idea of the FA Challenge Cup.

1885: The FA legalised professionalism in football.

1986: Britain's Frank Bruno challenged Tim Witherspoon for the world heavyweight title. He was knocked out in the 11th round.

2003: Ben Curtis of the United States was a surprise winner of the Open at Royal St George's, Sandwich.

2005: Peter Crouch joined Liverpool from Southampton for £7million.

2006: Zinedine Zidane, who had already retired from football, was suspended for three matches and fined £3,260 for his headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final. Materazzi was banned for two matches and fined £2,170.

2009: England won the second Ashes Test, beating Australia by 115 runs at Lord's to take a 1-0 series lead. They went on to win the series 2-1 to reclaim the urn.

2012: Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Manchester United had made a bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie. The Red Devils eventually signed the Dutchman, whose goals played a key role in United winning the 2012-13 Premier League title.

2014: Rory McIlroy won the Open at Royal Liverpool by two strokes.

2015: Zach Johnson defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a play-off for the Open Championship after Jordan Spieth failed to keep his grand slam dream alive at St Andrews.

2018: Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas signed a one-year contract extension, with an option for a further year.

Rory McIlroy had a tough day of it in the first round of this year's Open, but on this day in 2005 he won the The Open at Royal Liverpool by two strokes

BIRTHDAYS

Charlie Magri (boxing) - former world flyweight champion, born 1956.

Paula Ivan (athletics) - Olympic 1,500 metres gold medallist for Romania in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, born 1963.

Claudio Reyna (soccer) - former Rangers, Sunderland, Manchester City and United States midfielder, now sporting director for New York City FC, born 1973.

Debashish Mohanty (cricketer) - former India bowler, born 1976.

Alex Yoong (motor racing) - ex-Formula One driver for Minardi, born 1976.

Damien Delaney (soccer) - Irish midfielder who played for Crystal Palace, currently at Waterford, born 1981.

Niall McGinn (soccer) - Aberdeen and Northern Ireland winger, born 1987.

Lucas Digne (soccer) - Everton and France defender, born 1993.

Ben Simmons (basketball) - Philadelphia 76ers' Australian forward, named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2018, born 1996.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1 Pat Jennings spent most of his career at Spurs and Arsenal, but how many caps did he win with Northern Ireland, was it 99, 109 or 119?

2 Who is the only Englishman in the top 10 of the men's world golf rankings?

3 What nationality is tennis player Kiki Bertens?

4 Who bought David Murray's shares in Scottish club Rangers for £1 in May 2011?

5 How many rugby union Triple Crowns have Wales won, is it 18, 21 or 23?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

 

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Saturday, July 20)

GOLF: The Open Championship - Sky Sports Golf 0930 & Sky Sports Main Event 1430.

CYCLING: Tour de France - Eurosport 1 1200.

NETBALL: World Cup - Sky Sports Main Event 0845 & BBC Two 1430.

CRICKET: Women's Ashes, England v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 1030 & Sky Sports Main Event 1045; Vitality T20 Blast, Kent Spitfires v Somerset - Sky Sports Cricket 1845 & Sky Sports Main Event 2000.

ATHLETICS: London Anniversary Games - BBC One 1315.

TENNIS: WTA, Bucharest Open - BT Sport 2 1300.

DARTS: World Matchplay Darts - Sky Sports Action 2100 & Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

SOCCER: Premier League Asia Trophy, Newcastle United v West Ham - Sky Sports Premier League 0945, Manchester City v Wolves - Sky Sports Premier League 1215.

RUGBY LEAGUE: NRL, Sydney Roosters v Newcastle Knights - Sky Sports Arena 0555, Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers - Sky Sports Action 0825, North Queensland Cowboys v South Sydney Rabbitohs - Sky Sports Action 1030.

UFC: Fight Night, Rafael dos Anjos v Leon Edwards welterweight title bout - 0000 (Sun).

RUGBY UNION: Rugby Championship, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Action 1530, Argentina v New Zealand - Sky Sports Action 1830.

MOTO: Speedway, Speedway of Nations - BT Sport 1 1745.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Colorado Rockies - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, San Francisco Giants v New York Mets - BT Sport 2 2100, Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals - BT Sport 2 0000 (Sun).

 

Tomorrow (Sunday, July 21)

GOLF: The Open Championship - Sky Sports Golf & Sky Sports Main Event 0800.

CYCLING: Tour de France - Eurosport 1 1045 & S4C 1400.

NETBALL: World Cup - Sky Sports Main Event 0845 & BBC Two 1430.

CRICKET: Women's Ashes, England v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 1030.

DARTS: World Matchplay Darts - Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Championship, Widnes Vikings v Toronto Wolfpack - Sky Sports Action 1700.

SOCCER: Betfred Cup, St Johnstone v Ross County - BT Sport 1 1430.

MOTO: Speedway, Speedway of Nations - BT Sport 1 1745.

BASEBALL: Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport 0000 (Mon).

AUSSIE: AFL, Melbourne Demons v West Coast Eagles - BT Sport 1 0600.

 

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 119; 2 Justin Rose (fourth); 3 Dutch; 4 Craig Whyte; 5 21.

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