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On This Day: Aug 14 1968: Dungannon golfer Darren Clarke is born

Dungannon golfer Darren Clarke, who was born on this day in 1968, tees off The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

ON THIS DAY

1948: Cricketing great Sir Donald Bradman was out second ball for nought in his final Test match innings. The Australian needed just four runs to finish with a Test average of 100 but, after receiving a standing ovation on his way to the crease at The Oval, he had tears in his eyes and did not see the ball properly from Warwickshire leg-spinner Eric Hollies, leaving him with an average of 99.94. He was knighted the following year.

1999: A goal from Tommy Mooney gave Premiership new boys Watford a shock 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield. But the Hornets eventually finished bottom of the table and were relegated.

2001: Skipper Matthew Fleming ran out four players with direct hits as Kent, who eventually went on to win the Norwich Union League, beat Surrey at Canterbury.

2012: England bowler Stuart Broad denied having any involvement in a parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account set up by a member of the public.

2014: Manager Tony Pulis left his position at Crystal Palace in a sudden and unexpected move, less than 48 hours before the start of the new Premier League season.

2016: Usain Bolt won his third straight Olympic 100 metres title as he took gold in 9.81 seconds in Rio.

2016: Max Whitlock became the first British gymnast to win Olympic gold as he finished first in the men's floor event, then added a second gold in the pommel horse hours later.

2016: British cyclist Jason Kenny triumphed in the men's sprint to claim his fifth Olympic gold and Justin Rose was victorious in the men's golf competition.

2018: England all-rounder Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray at Bristol Crown Court and added to the squad for his county's third Test against India.

BIRTHDAYS

Barrie Leadbeater (cricket) - former Yorkshire player and umpire, born 1943.

Morten Olsen (soccer) - former Denmark coach, who led the national team from 2000 to 2015, born 1949.

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson (basketball) - star of the United States' 1992 Olympic gold medal-winning 'Dream Team', born 1959.

Rameez Raja (cricket) - former Pakistan right-handed batsman, born 1962.

Paul Broadhurst (golf) - member of the 1991 Ryder Cup team, born 1965.

Darren Clarke (golf) - winner of the 2011 Open Championship, born 1968.

Jason Leonard (rugby union) - former England and Lions prop who won 114 caps and defied a career-threatening neck injury, born 1968.

Stig Tofting (soccer) - former Denmark, Hamburg and Bolton defender, born 1969.

Jay-Jay Okocha (soccer) - former Bolton, Hull and Nigeria midfielder, born 1973.

Brian Hogan (hurling) - played as a centre-back for the Kilkenny senior hurling team, announced his retirement in 2014, born 1981

Giorgio Chiellini (soccer) - Italy and Juventus defender, born 1984.

Robin Soderling (tennis) - Sweden's two-time French Open finalist, born 1984.

Paddy Kelly (Gaelic football) - Cork senior footballer, his league and championship career spanned nine seasons from 2008 to 2016, born 1985.

Ander Herrera (soccer) - former Manchester United midfielder, now at Paris St Germain, born 1989.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which two players have scored a record 11 Premier League hat-tricks?

2. At which grand slam would players take to the Margaret Court Arena?

3. Where would you find the Nordschleife circuit, nicknamed the Green Hell?

4. Which city has hosted the summer Olympic Games three times?

5. Which two countries outside the United States will host NFL games in the forthcoming season?

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, August 14)

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

SOCCER: UEFA Super Cup, Liverpool v Chelsea - BT Sport 2 1900.

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

CYCLING: BinckBank Tour - Eurosport 1 1400; Tour of Utah - Eurosport 1 2030.

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

BASEBALL: MLB, Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, Philadelphia Phillies v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Thu).

Tomorrow (Thursday, August 15)

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.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Leeds v St Helens - Sky Sports Main Event 1900.

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 answers:

1. Alan Shearer and Sergio Aguero; 2. Australian Open; 3. Nurburgring; 4. London; 5. The UK and Mexico

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