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ON THIS DAY

1909: The first rugby match was played at Twickenham when resident club Harlequins faced Richmond.

1968: Robert Gibson of the St Louis Cardinals pitched a championship record 17 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. The Tigers won the best-of-seven series 4-3.

1980: Muhammad Ali had his 25th and last world heavyweight title fight. He was stopped in the 10th round by Larry Holmes at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.

2006: Lord Stevens, leading the inquiry into allegations of corruption in English football, announced there were 39 transfers involving eight English league teams which merited further investigation.

2007: Hugh Morris was appointed managing director of the England team by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

2009: Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Olympic Games.

2010: Wigan beat St Helens 22-10 in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.

2011: Former England boss Steve McClaren resigned as Nottingham Forest manager after just 10 league matches in charge.

2015: Leading FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola, Visa, Budweiser and McDonald's demanded Sepp Blatter's immediate resignation as president of the governing body.

BIRTHDAYS

Sir Trevor Brooking (soccer) - former West Ham and England midfielder, born 1948.

Frankie Fredericks (athletics) - Namibian four-time Olympic sprint silver medallist, born 1967.

Jana Novotna (tennis) - 1998 Wimbledon champion, born 1968.

Michael Ball (soccer) - former Everton and Manchester City full-back, born 1979.

Stephen Pearson (soccer) - former Scotland international midfielder who most recently played for Motherwell, born 1982.

Marion Bartoli (tennis) - 2013 Wimbledon champion, who announced her retirement just weeks after her victory at SW19, born 1984.

George Boyd (soccer) - Sheffield Wednesday winger, born 1985.

Roberto Firmino (soccer) - Liverpool forward, born 1991.

Michy Batshuayi (soccer) - Chelsea striker, born 1993.

Tammy Abraham (soccer) - Swansea City's on-loan Chelsea striker, born 1997.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which French soccer side play at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy?

2. Who beat Mayo in the 2016 GAA All-Ireland Senior Football final?

3. In which sport played at the Winter Olympics would you hear the terms house, hurry and take out?

4. What is the weight limit for a featherweight boxer?

5. What colour jersey does the general classification wear in each of the three cycling grand tours?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, October 2)

CRICKET: Final day of the first Test from Potchefstroom, South Africa v Bangladesh - Sky Sports Cricket 0855.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, China Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0600, 1230 & 0530 (Tues); Japan Open - Sky Sports Main Event 0445 (Tues); WTA Tour, China Open - BT Sport 1 1400 & 0530 (Tues).

SNOOKER: European Masters - Eurosport 1 1200 & 1800.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Kansas City Chiefs v Washington Redskins - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0115 (Tues).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 3)

TENNIS: ATP Tour, China Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0600, 0400 (Wed); WTA Tour, China Open - BT Sport 1 1230 & 0530 (Wed).

SNOOKER: European Masters - Eurosport 1 1200 & 1800.

BASEBALL: MLB postseason, AL wild-card game - BT Sport//ESPN 0100 (Wed).

QUICK QUIZ answers 1. Lille; 2.Dublin 3. Curling; 4. 9st (57kg); 5. Yellow (Tour de France), Pink (Giro d'Italia), Red (La Vuelta).
 

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