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On this day - August 15, 1993: Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is born

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turns 26 today. Picture by PA

BIRTHDAYS

John Childs (cricket) - former Gloucestershire, Essex and England spinner, born 1951.

Jack Russell (cricket) - former Gloucestershire and England wicketkeeper, born 1963.

Boudewijn Zenden (soccer) - former Sunderland, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Holland midfielder, born 1976.

Siobhan Chamberlain (soccer) - England and Manchester United Women goalkeeper, born 1983.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (soccer) - Liverpool and England midfielder, born 1993.

ON THIS DAY

1972: Off-spinner Pat Pocock had one of the most prolific spells in first-class cricket while playing for Surrey against Sussex at Eastbourne. He took five wickets in six balls, six in nine

and seven in 11.

1979: Sebastian Coe broke his third world record in six weeks at Zurich when he set a new best for the 1,500 metres. The other records broken during that span were the 800m and the mile.

2005: England drew the third Ashes Test against Australia at Old Trafford en route to a series victory.

2006: West Ham striker Dean Ashton broke his ankle in training with England following his first call-up to the national squad. The injury eventually forced him to retire from the game.

2008: Men's cycling team sprint final trio Chris Hoy, Jamie Staff and Jason Kenny won Olympic gold for Great Britain in Beijing.

2012: England batsman Kevin Pietersen issued an apology for sending "provocative" text messages to South Africa players.

2013: Marion Bartoli announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28, just over a month after winning Wimbledon.

2016: Charlotte Dujardin successfully defended the Olympic individual dressage title on Valegro in Rio, while Mark Cavendish claimed his first Olympic medal with silver in the omnium.

2016: Former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson died at the age of 48 after he was Tasered by police.

West Ham's Dean Ashton had looked set for a promising career until it was blighted by ankle injuries

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Which League One side are known as the Shakers?

2. Who is the highest ranked European on the WTA Tour?

3. Which two-time PDC World Darts champion is known as Jackpot?

4. Which NHL side won last season's Stanley Cup?

5. What number shirt does Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio wear?

TODAY’S TV

CRICKET: England v Australia, second Ashes Test - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports The Ashes 1000; Vitality Blast, Derbyshire v Leicestershire - Sky Sports The Ashes 1855.

GOLF: European Tour, Czech Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1000 and 1400; PGA Tour, BMW Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1700, Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

TENNIS: WTA, Western & Southern Open - BT Sport 2 1600.

CYCLING: BinckBank Tour - Eurosport 1 1400; Arctic Race of Norway - Eurosport 1 1600; Tour of Utah - Eurosport 1 2030.

TRIATHLON: ITU World Olympic Qualification Event - Eurosport 1 2330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Miami Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport 2 2000.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1. Bury; 2. Karolina Pliskova (3); 3. Adrian Lewis ; 4. St Louis’ Blues; 5. 11

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