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On This Day - July 24 2010: Former world snooker champion Alex Higgins died at the age of 61

Alex Higgins was world snooker champion twice, in 1972 and 1982. He was also a runner-up in the world final in 1976 and 1980. In addition, he won the UK Championship in 1983 and the Masters in 1978 and 1981  
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ON THIS DAY

1883: Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel, died aged 35 while attempting to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls.

1926: The first greyhound meeting with a mechanical hare took place at Belle Vue, Manchester.

2000: Portugal midfielder Luis Figo, star of Euro 2000, became the world's most expensive footballer when he joined Real Madrid for £37million from Barcelona.

2005: Australia won the first Ashes Test at Lord's by 239 runs. England recovered to win a memorable series 2-1.

2005: Lance Armstrong won a record seventh successive Tour de France - his final Tour before his temporary retirement. He was later stripped of all his titles after evidence of his doping emerged.

2007: Freddy Shepherd stepped down as Newcastle chairman and was replaced by Chris Mort following Mike Ashley's takeover the previous month.

2009: England midfielder Steven Gerrard was found not guilty of affray by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court.

2010: Former world snooker champion Alex Higgins died at the age of 61.

2013: Former British number one Anne Keothavong announced her retirement from professional tennis aged 29 after reaching a career-high ranking of 48 four years previously.

2014: Brothers Alastair and Jonny Brownlee finished first and second for England in the Commonwealth Games men's triathlon in Glasgow.

2016: Chris Froome won his third Tour de France title after crossing the finishing line with his Team Sky team-mates at the end of stage 21 in Paris.

BIRTHDAYS

Zaheer Abbas (cricket) - former Pakistan and Gloucestershire batsman, born 1947.

Jim Leighton (soccer) - former Manchester United, Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper, born 1958.

Barry Bonds (baseball) - controversial former San Francisco Giants star, holder of the all-time record for home runs in Major League, born 1964.

Martin Keown (soccer) - former Arsenal and England defender, born 1966.

Steven Richardson (golf) - played in 1991 Ryder Cup, born 1966.

Dino Baggio (soccer) - former Italy midfielder who had a brief spell on loan at Blackburn in 2003, born 1971.

Daniele De Rossi (soccer) - Roma and Italy midfielder, born 1983.

Lukas Rosol (tennis) - Czech world number 54, famous for defeating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, born 1985.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Which American state is golfer Jordan Spieth from?

2. Who captained Dublin to the 2007 Leinster SFC title?

3. In which year did Italy compete in their first Six Nations Championship?

4. Name the two brothers who were sent off in a provincial senior football final in 2008?

5. What nationality is Everton's Yannick Bolaise?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, July 24)

GAA: GAA 2017, action from the weekend's matches in the senior and minor provincial football and hurling championships - TG4 2000. 

SOCCER: UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in Holland, Group A Holland v Belgium - Eurosport 1 1930, Group A Denmark v Norway - Eurosport 2 1930.

TENNIS: ATP, German Open in Hamburg, Germany - Sky Sports Main Event 1000; WTA, Jiangxi International Women's Tennis Open in Nanchang, China - BT Sport 2 1000; WTA, Ericsson Open in Bastad, Sweden - BT Sport 1 1400.

CYCLING: Tour de Wallonie in Belgium, third stage from Arlon to Houffalize - Eurosport 1 1430.

DARTS: World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 1900.

SWIMMING: World Championships in Budapest, Hungary - Eurosport 1 0830-1115 & 1630-1825 & BBC Two England 1630.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN 1915, MLB fixture St Louis Cardinals v Colorado Rockies - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Tue).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 25)

GAA: Off the Ball, an offbeat look at recent football developments - eir Sport 1 1900.

SOCCER: UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in Holland, Group B fixture (match TBC) - Eurosport 1 1930, Group B fixture (match TBC) - Eurosport 2 1930.

CRICKET: NatWest T20 Blast, Gloucestershire v Glamorgan - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1800.

TENNIS: ATP, German Open in Hamburg, Germany - Sky Sports Main Event 1000; WTA, Jiangxi International Women's Open in Nanchang, China - BT Sport 2 1000; WTA, Ericsson Open in Bastad, Sweden - BT Sport 1 1000.

CYCLING: Tour de Wallonie in Belgium, fourth stage from Brussels to Profondeville - Eurosport 1 1430.

DARTS: World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool - Sky Sports Action 1900 & Sky Sports Main Event 2145.

SWIMMING: World Championships in Budapest, Hungary - Eurosport 1 0830-1115 & 1630-1855 & BBC Two England 1630.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN 1915, Los Angeles Angels v Cleveland Indians - BT Sport 1 0000 (Wed).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Texas; 2 Collie Moran; 3 2000; 4 Darragh and Marc O'Se; 5 Congolese.

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