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On This Day - Jan 9, 1980: Eight-time Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia is born

 After becoming the youngest ever player to play in a Ryder Cup - aged 19 in 1999 - Garcia went on to help Europe to four Ryder Cup titles

ON THIS DAY

1811: The first recorded golf tournament for women took place in Musselburgh, Scotland. The local golf club put up a prize of a creel (fishing basket) to be contested by the fishwives of the area.

1942: Joe Louis successfully defended his world heavyweight title for the 20th time when he knocked out Buddy Baer, brother of Max, four seconds from the end of the first round. In their previous encounter, a year earlier, Baer had become the first man to be disqualified in a world heavyweight title fight.

2001: Sven-Goran Eriksson resigned as Lazio manager earlier than expected to assume his coaching role with England, a month ahead of a friendly against Spain. The Swede had signed a five-year contract three months earlier to take over in the summer.

2003: Two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter announced his retirement from professional tennis.

2004: Southampton manager Gordon Strachan announced he would not extend his contract with the club beyond the end of the season. Strachan later returned to management with Celtic in the summer of 2005.

2008: Newcastle parted company with manager Sam Allardyce after just eight months in charge.

2009: Andrew Strauss was appointed England captain for the tour of the West Indies following Kevin Pietersen's departure from the post.

2011: Ryan Giggs' second-minute penalty condemned Kenny Dalglish to a losing start as Liverpool manager as Manchester United recorded an FA Cup win over the Merseysiders, who also had Steven Gerrard sent off.

2012: Lionel Messi won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the fourth year in a row.

 Messi pictured with 2015 Ballon d'Or presenter Jimmy Nesbitt

2013: Kevin Pietersen signed a full central contract with the ECB, ending a spell of uncertainty over his future after a falling-out with the England dressing room.

2014: Pepe Mel was appointed head coach of West Brom on an 18-month contract, but he lasted a little over four months and left by mutual consent a day after the 2013-14 season finished.

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BIRTHDAYS

Iain Dowie (soccer) - Former QPR, Oldham, Crystal Palace, Charlton and Coventry manager, and Northern Ireland international, born 1965.

Claudio Caniggia (soccer) - Former Roma, Boca Juniors, Rangers and Argentina striker, born 1967.

Jimmy Adams (cricket) - Former captain of West Indies, born 1968.

Gennaro Gattuso (soccer) - Former Italy, AC Milan and Rangers midfielder, born 1978.

Sergio Garcia (golf) - Spanish eight-time Ryder Cup star, born 1980.

Lucas Leiva (soccer) - Liverpool and Brazil midfielder, born 1987.

Lucas Leiva 

Michaella Krajicek (tennis) - Dutch former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, born 1989.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (athletics) - British heptathlete, born 1993.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 Who has scored the most one-day international centuries for England?

2 Who is the only foreigner to have coached the Scotland national football team?

3 How many times have the United States and Europe tied in the Ryder Cup?

4  What two teams hold the record for most Dr McKenna Cup titles?

5 What nationality is tennis player Eugenie Bouchard?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, January 9)
SOCCER: FA Cup, Cambridge v Leeds - BT Sport 2 1900; LaLiga, Osasuna v Valencia - Sky Sports 1 1940

CRICKET: Big Bash League, Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades - BT Sport 2 0830

TENNIS: ATP, The Sydney International - Eurosport 1 0700; WTA, Sydney - BT Sport 1 0100

BASKETBALL: NBA, Chicago Bulls v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 2 0100 (Tues)

DARTS: BDO Lakeside World Professional Championship - Channel 4 1235; BT Sport 1 1845

Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 10)
SOCCER: EFL Cup, Manchester United v Hull City - Sky Sports 1 1930, Coupe de la Ligue, Sochaux v Monaco - BT Sport 2 1945

CRICKET: Big Bash League, Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers - BT Sport 2 0830

TENNIS: ATP, The Sydney International - Eurosport 1 0500; WTA, Sydney - BT Sport 1 0100

BASKETBALL: NBA, Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 2 1230 (Weds)

DARTS: BDO Lakeside World Professional Championship - Channel 4 1205; BT Sport 1 1845

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Marcus Trescothick (12); 2 Berti Vogts; 3 Once (1989); 4 Monaghan and Tyrone (14) ; 5 Canadian

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