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On This Day - June 26 2009: £80 million transfer sends Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo


1906: The first motor racing Grand Prix, the French Grand Prix, was run at Le Mans - with Romanian Ferenc Szisz driving a Renault to victory at an average speed of 63mph.

1954: The highest-scoring match in the final stages of the World Cup was recorded in the quarter-finals of the competition in Lausanne. Host nation Switzerland were beaten 7-5 by neighbours Austria.

1959: Ingemar Johansson stopped Floyd Patterson in the third round at Yankee Stadium, New York, to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

2003: Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe died after collapsing during a Confederations Cup match against Colombia in Lyon. Foe was 28.

2005: British and Irish Lions lock Danny Grewcock was banned for two months for biting New Zealand's Keven Mealamu.

2006: Athletics governing body IAAF announced all Dwain Chambers' performances from January 1, 2002 had been annulled after the sprinter admitted he had been using performance-enhancing drugs since that time.

2009: Manchester United and Real Madrid finalised an agreement for the £80million transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish club with effect from July 1.

2012: England captain Jamie Peacock announced his retirement from international rugby league with immediate effect.

2014: FIFA announced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez would be suspended for nine international matches and banned from all football activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup encounter.


Greg LeMond (cycling) - three-times winner of Tour de France (1986, 1989 and 1990), born 1961.

Paolo Maldini (soccer) - former AC Milan and Italy defender, born 1968.

Iwan Roberts (soccer) - former Wales and Norwich striker, born 1968.

Gary Coleman (gaelic games): The St Trea's GFC, Ballymaguigan man lined out for the Derry senior football team in the 1990s and early 2000s, born 1972.

Derek Jeter (baseball) - former New York Yankees shortstop, born 1974.

Michael Vick (American football) - Former NFL quarterback who served time in prison for his part in a dog-fighting scandal, born 1980.

Paolo Cannavaro (soccer) - Sassuolo defender, born 1981.

Jason Puncheon (soccer) - Crystal Palace midfielder, born 1986.

Samir Nasri (soccer) - Manchester City's France international playmaker, born 1987.

Dermot McBride (gaelic games):plays for St Colm's GAC Ballinascreen and Derry senior footballers, born 1988.

Joel Campbell (soccer) - Arsenal and Costa Rica striker, born 1992.


1. Eldrick Tont are the real first names of which golfer?

2. Which international rugby side were originally known as the Shaw & Shrewsbury Team?

3. Which county won the GAA National Football League title in 1991?

4. Arsenal's 2017-18 kit is produced by which sportswear brand?

5. Which Formula One team signed Mark Webber as a lead driver in 2003?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, June 26)

TENNIS: ATP and WTA, Wimbledon Qualifying - Eurosport 2 1100; AEGON International - Eurosport 1 from 1045 and BBC Two England 1400.

SAILING: America's Cup final - BT Sport 1 1730.

BASEBALL: MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies - BT Sport/ESPN 2030 and 0300 (Tues).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 27)

RUGBY UNION: Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions - Sky Sports 1 0800.

SOCCER: European Under-21s Championship, semi-finals - Sky Sports 1 1630 and 1915.

CRICKET: ICC Women's World Cup, England v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 1020.

TENNIS: ATP and WTA, Wimbledon Qualifying - Eurosport 2 1100; AEGON International - Eurosport 1 from 1045, BBC Two England 1300 and BBC Two Wales 1425.

SAILING: America's Cup final - BT Sport 1 1730.

HOCKEY: Women's Hockey World League semi-finals, South Korea v China followed by New Zealand v Malaysia, Holland v Italy and Belgium v Spain - BT Sport 2 from 1245.

BASEBALL: MLB, Washington Nationals v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport 1 0000 (Wed).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Tiger Woods; 2. The British and Irish Lions; 3. Dublin they beat Kildare 1-9 to 0-10; 4 Puma; 5. Jaguar.


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