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On This Day - Aug 23 1968: Celtic defeat Rangers en route to Scottish League Cup celebrations

Start off your day with a few sporting greats, dates and a quick quiz blitz...

The Celtic team line up before defeating Inter Milan 2-1 to win the European Cup in Lisbon in 1967: (back row, l to r) Jim Craig, Tommy Gemmell, Ronnie Simpson, Billy McNeill, Bobby Murdoch, John Clark (front row, l to r): Steve Chalmers, Willie Wallace, Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Lennox, Bertie Auld. 
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ON THIS DAY 

1938: England's Len Hutton made what was then the highest individual score in Test cricket, against Australia at the Oval. His 364 surpassed Walter Hammond's record of 336 not out and stood until Sir Garfield Sobers made an unbeaten 365 in 1958.

1968: The 1968–69 Scottish League Cup was the 23rd season of Scotland's second football knockout competition. European champions in 1967, Celtic defeated Glasgow rivals Rangers on this day, before going on to win the competition for the fourth successive season, defeating Hibernian in the final.

1992: Dublin defeated shock Munster champions Clare, 3-14 to 2-12, in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. The Dubs were to lose the decider to Donegal. 

1999: The English Rugby Football Union dropped drugs charges against former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio, who had been accused of taking recreational drugs during a party celebrating the Lions' Test series victory over South Africa in 1997.

2004: Kelly Holmes won the gold medal in the 800 metres at the Athens Olympics - the first part of her middle-distance double.

2008: Great Britain's James DeGale won a gold medal in the men's middleweight boxing at the Beijing Olympics.

2009: England regained the Ashes after beating Australia by 197 runs in the fifth Test at the Oval.

2011: Arsenal agreed terms with Manchester City for the sale of France midfielder Samir Nasri.

2013: Scotland striker Kenny Miller announced his retirement from international football.

2015: Jessica Ennis-Hill won the heptathlon at the World Championships in Beijing, just 13 months after the birth of her son.

2017: England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.

2018: Trainer Mark Johnston claimed a record-breaking 4,194th career victory in Britain after Poet's Society won at York.

BIRTHDAYS

Donal Murray (gaelic games) - played hurling with his local club Croom and was a member of the Limerick senior inter-county hurling team in the 1970s and 1980s. born 1956.

Richard Illingworth (cricket) - former Worcestershire and England spinner, now a first-class umpire, born 1963.

Gary Mabbutt (soccer) - former Tottenham and England defender, born 1961.

Chris DiMarco (golf) - three-time winner on the PGA Tour, born 1968.

Demetrio Albertini (soccer) - former AC Milan and Italy midfielder, born 1971.

Mark Butcher (cricket) - former Surrey captain, with 71 Test caps for England, born 1972.

Kobe Bryant (basketball) - five-time NBA championship winner with the Los Angeles Lakers, born 1978.

Saskia Clark (sailing) - gold medallist, along with Hannah Mills, in the women's 470 at the Rio 2016 Olympics, born 1979.

Carlos Cuellar (soccer) - former Norwich, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Rangers defender, born 1981.

Natalie Coughlin (swimming) - first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals at one Games in Beijing, born 1982.

James Collins (soccer) - former West Ham and Wales defender, born 1983.

Glen Johnson (soccer) - former Liverpool, Chelsea and England full-back, born 1984.

Fabian Balbuena (soccer) - West Ham and Paraguay defender, born 1991.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Brendan Rodgers began his senior managerial career with which club?

2. Who has won more Wimbledon singles titles: Serena Williams or Martina Navratilova?

3. Carlow GAA's county ground goes by what name?

4. What is the name of the trophy presented to the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship winners?

5. Which Major League Baseball team plays at Citi Field?

SPORT ON TV

Today (Friday, August 23)

CRICKET: The Ashes, day two of the third Test - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports The Ashes 1000; Vitality Blast, Birmingham Bears v Worcestershire Rapids - Sky Sports The Ashes 1855.

SOCCER: Premier League, Aston Villa v Everton - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League 1900; Bundesliga, Cologne v Borussia Dortmund - BT Sport 1915.

GOLF: European Tour, Nordea Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1000 & 1400; PGA Tour, Tour Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1800.

CYCLING: Tour of Denmark, stage three - Eurosport 1 1400.

HORSE RACING: Live from York - ITV & STV 1330.

MOTO: MotoGP, British Grand Prix practice - BT Sport 2 0745.

BADMINTON: World Championships - BT Sport 2 1600.

DARTS: New Zealand Darts Masters - eir Sport 1 0700.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals - BT Sport/ESPN 1900, New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Sat).

EQUESTRIAN: European Championships - Eurosport 2 1400.

AUSSIE: AFL, Collingwood v Essendon - BT Sport 1 1030.

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 24)

CRICKET: The Ashes, day three of the third Test - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports The Ashes 1000; Vitality Blast, Somerset v Glamorgan - Sky Sports The Ashes 1855.

SOCCER: Premier League, Liverpool v Arsenal - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League 1700, Norwich v Chelsea - BT Sport 1 1200; Vanarama National League, Torquay v Aldershot - 1700.

GOLF: European Tour, Nordea Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1200; PGA Tour, Tour Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1800 & Sky Sports Main Event 2030.

CYCLING: La Vuelta, opening stage - Eurosport 1 1715; Tour of Denmark, stage four - Eurosport 1 1400; Tour de l'Avenir, stage nine - Eurosport 1 1230.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Challenge Cup final, St Helens v Warrington - BBC One 1400.

RUGBY UNION: International, England v Ireland - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 1400.

TENNIS: WTA, Bronx Open - BT Sport/ESPN 1900.

HORSE RACING: Live from York - ITV & STV 1325.

MOTO: MotoGP, British Grand Prix practice - BT Sport 2 0800.

BOXING: Light-heavyweight bout, Sergey Kovalev v Anthony Yarde - BT Sport 2 1700.

BADMINTON: World Championships - BT Sport/ESPN 1600.

DARTS: New Zealand Darts Masters - eir Sport 1 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Yankees - BT Sport 1 2100.

MMA: Bellator 225 - Sky Sports Main Event 0300 (Sun).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Watford; 2. Navratilova (nine); 3. Dr Cullen Park; 4. Andy Merrigan Cup; 5. New York Mets.

 

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