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On This Day: Mar 16 2001: George Graham dismissed as Tottenham boss

Former Arsenal and Tottenham manager George Graham  
ON THIS DAY

1872: The first FA Cup final was contested by the Wanderers and the Royal Engineers. A crowd of 2,000 at the Kennington Oval saw Wanderers striker Morton Betts score the only goal of the game.

1991: Simon Hodgkinson kicked five goals for England against France, taking his tally to a Five Nations championship record of 60 points for the season.

2001: George Graham was dismissed as Tottenham manager following a meeting with new executive vice-chairman David Buchler. He had been in charge at White Hart Lane for two and a half years.

2004: Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took his 500th Test wicket, bowling Australian tail-ender Michael Kasprowicz in the second Test in Kandy.

2008: Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. He would go on to become world champion.

2009: West Ham and Sheffield United confirmed they had agreed an out-of-court settlement following their dispute over the Carlos Tevez affair.

2011: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was fined £30,000 and given a five-match touchline ban by the Football Association for comments he made about referee Martin Atkinson in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

2012: India batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored his record 100th international century, reaching the milestone in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

2013: Wales retained the RBS 6 Nations title with a 30-3 defeat of England at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

2014: Nico Rosberg won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after team-mate Lewis Hamilton retired, while home favourite Daniel Ricciardo finished second but was then disqualified for a technical fuel infringement.

BIRTHDAYS

Donal Og Cusack (GAA) - former Cork hurler and three time All-Ireland winner, born 1977.

Lar Corbett (GAA) - Tipperary hurler and two time All-Ireland winner, born 1981.

Carlos Bilardo (soccer) - former Argentina coach who won the 1986 World Cup, currently general manager of the national side, born 1939.

Cliff Lazarenko (darts) - British four-time World Championship semi-finalist, born 1952.

Heath Streak (cricket) - former Zimbabwe and Warwickshire captain, born 1974.

Joe Denly (cricket) - Middlesex's former England limited-overs batsman, born 1986.

Theo Walcott (soccer) - Arsenal and England forward, born 1989.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Who did Arsene Wenger replace as Arsenal manager in 1996?

2. Who was hurler of the year in 1998?

3. Who was the last American to win a men's grand slam singles title?

4. In what county do Horeswood play their football?

5. Zhang Jike is the reigning Olympic gold medallist in which sport?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today

GAA: a roundup of all of the week's action from the National Football League and National Hurling League Setanta Ireland 2145.

SOCCER: Champions League, Bayern Munich v Juventus - BT Sport 2 1900. CRICKET: World Twenty20, Pakistan v Qualifier - Sky Sports 2 0900; World Twenty20, England v West Indies - Sky Sports 2 1330.

TENNIS: ATP Masters Tennis, Indian Wells - Sky Sports 1 1800; WTA Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 1800.

HORSE RACING: Cheltenham Festival - Channel 4 1235.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 1 2300.

Tomorrow

GAA: Na Piarsaigh v Ruairi Og and Ballyboden/St Enda's v Castlebar Mitchels (Throw-ins 2.00pm and 4.00pm). Micheal O Domhnaill presents coverage of the respective All-Ireland Club Hurling and Football finals, both which come from Croke Park TG4 1330.

GAA: Part two of two, documentary exploring the lives of GAA athletes and how they compare to their professional counterparts across the world. Mayo footballer Aidan O'Shea leaves his club Breaffy for the US and the NFL, while former NFL star Roberto Wallace tries his hand at Gaelic football RTE2 2030.

SOCCER: Europa League, Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund - BT Sport 1 1930; Manchester United v Liverpool (TBC); Sevilla v Basel - BT Sport 2 2000.

CRICKET: Women's World Twenty20, England v Bangladesh - Sky Sports 2 0930; World Twenty20, Sri Lanka v Qualifier - Sky Sports 2 1330.

TENNIS: ATP Masters Tennis, Indian Wells - Sky Sports 3 2000; WTA Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 1800.

GOLF: European Tour, Indian Open - Sky Sports 4 0700; PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational - Sky Sports 4 1800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Wigan v Widnes - Sky Sports 2 1930.

MOTORSPORT: Formula One, Australian Grand Prix practice - Sky Sports F1 0100 (Friday).

DARTS: Premier League, Glasgow - Sky Sports 1 1900.

HORSE RACING: Cheltenham Festival - Channel 4 1235.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Indiana Pacers v Toronto Raptors - BT Sport 2 2300.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Bruce Rioch 2. Tony Browne 3. Andy Roddick (US Open 2003) 4. Wexford 5. Men's table tennis singles.

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