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On This Day - Oct 2 1980: Muhammad Ali fights his last world heavyweight title battle

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali 


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.


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.


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)


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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