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On This Day - Sep 27 1976: Italian soccer star Francesco Totti is born

Italy players pose for a photo before the Italy v Ghana Group E World Cup 2006 soccer match at World Cup Stadium in Hanover, Germany on Monday June 12 2006..From top left: Alessandro Nesta (13) Cristian Zaccardo (2) Alberto Gilardino (11) Fabio Grosso (3) Toni Luca (9) Gianluigi Buffon (1) Daniele De Rossi (4) Andrea Pirlo (21) Fabio Cannavaro (5) Simone Perrotta (20) Francesco Totti (10) 

ON THIS DAY

1930: Amateur golfer Bobby Jones completed a unique 'grand slam' when he captured the US Amateur Championship to add to the British Amateur Championship, the Open Championship and US Open.

1950: Joe Louis failed to regain the world heavyweight title, 18 months after announcing his retirement, when he lost on points to Ezzard Charles in New York.

1987: Europe's Ryder Cup team made history by inflicting the first home defeat on the United States since the tournament began in 1927. The Europeans, under captain Tony Jacklin, won 15-13 to retain the title in Ohio.

2003: Ricky Hatton made the 10th defence of his WBU light-welterweight title. Aldo Rios retired at the end of the ninth round in the Manchester fight.

2004: England A cricketer Graham Wagg pleaded guilty to using cocaine at a disciplinary hearing at Lord's. He was later banned for a year and had his Warwickshire contract terminated.

2008: Durham won their maiden County Championship title after they beat Kent and Nottinghamshire drew against Hampshire.

2011: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claimed that striker Carlos Tevez refused to go on as a substitute during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich, leading to a rift that took months to be resolved.

2012: John Terry was banned for four matches and given a £220,000 fine for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand following a Football Association independent regulatory commission hearing.

2012: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew signed a new eight-year contract.

2013: Brian Cookson was elected as the new president of cycling's world governing body, the UCI. The head of British Cycling overcame incumbent Pat McQuaid in the vote.

2015: Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix to equal Ayrton Senna's tally of 41 career victories.

BIRTHDAYS

Peter Bonetti (soccer) - former Chelsea and England goalkeeper who made 729 appearances for the Blues, born 1941.

Dick Advocaat (soccer) - former Holland, Rangers and Sunderland boss, now in charge of Fenerbahce, born 1947.

Duncan Fletcher (cricket) - Zimbabwean former England and India coach, born 1948.

Claudio Gentile (soccer) - former Juventus defender, part of Italian 1982 World Cup-winning squad, born 1953.

Brian Mullins (gaelic games) - The Dublin GAA legend played football with his club St Vincent's and was a member of the Dublin senior football team from 1974 until 1985, winning an All-Ireland crown, born 1954.

Steve Archibald (soccer) - former Tottenham, Barcelona and Scotland striker, born 1956.

Neil Adams (judo) - two-time former world champion, born 1958.

Marcus Gayle (soccer) - former Wimbledon and Jamaica striker, born 1970.

Francesco Totti (soccer) - Roma and former Italy forward, born 1976.

Brendon McCullum (cricket) - former New Zealand captain, born 1981.

Adam Bogdan (soccer) - Hungarian goalkeeper, currently on loan at Wigan from Liverpool, born 1987.

Park Tae-hwan (swimming) - South Korean four-time Olympic medallist, born 1989.

Simona Halep (tennis) - Romanian who reached the final of the 2014 French Open, born 1991.

Granit Xhaka (soccer) - Arsenal and Switzerland midfielder, born 1992.

Monica Puig (tennis) - Puerto Rican who won the 2016 Olympic singles title in Rio, born 1993.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 Name the two Welshmen who have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award this century.

2 Scottish athlete Liz McColgan won world championship gold over 10,000 metres in which year?

3 Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf plays international football for which country?

4 Name Ferrari's two drivers for the 2016 Formula One season.

5 What is the nickname of Houston's major league baseball team?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Tuesday, September 27)

SOCCER: Champions League, Leicester v Porto - BT Sport 1900, CSKA Moscow v Tottenham - eir Sport 1 1900, Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid - BT Sport//ESPN 1930.

CRICKET: One-day international, Ireland v Australia - Sky Sports 2 1230.

TENNIS: WTA, Wuhan Open - BT Sport 1 1200 and 0500 (Wed).

BASEBALL: MLB, two games TBC - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 and 0300 (Wed).

CYCLING: Tre Valli Varesine - Eurosport 1 1400.

Tomorrow

SOCCER: Champions League, Celtic v Manchester City - BT Sport 2 1900, Arsenal v Basle - eir Sport 1 1900; MLS, Toronto FC v Orlando City SC - Sky Sports 1 0040 (Thu).

TENNIS: WTA, Wuhan Open - BT Sport 1 0500 and 1200.

BASEBALL: MLB, two matches TBC - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Thu) and 0300 (Thu).

CYCLING: Milano-Torino - Eurosport 1 1400.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Joe Calzaghe (2007) and Ryan Giggs (2009); 2 1991; 3 Senegal; 4 Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen; 5 The Astros.

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