On This Day - Feb 23 1874: Major Walter Clopton Wingfield patented his game of 'Sphairistike', which later became known as lawn tennis.

Tennis was first patented on this day 144 years ago


1874: Major Walter Clopton Wingfield patented his game of 'Sphairistike', which later became known as lawn tennis. He had demonstrated the new game to friends on the lawn of a house at Nantclwyd, Wales, during a Christmas party two months earlier.

1979: Pakistan wicketkeeper Wasim Bari caught seven New Zealand batsmen during the Auckland Test - a record which England's Bob Taylor equalled a year later.

2001: Sprinter John Skeete was withdrawn from the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Lisbon after testing positive for the banned substance stanozolol. He took the substance innocently, but was later suspended for two years by the IAAF.

2003: Canada opener John Davison hit what was then the fastest hundred in World Cup history against the West Indies in Pretoria, bringing up three figures off just 67 balls.

2005: Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan withdrew from the Amateur Boxing Association after a row over ticket allocation.

2009: British tennis star Anne Keothavong broke into the world's top 50 for the first time. The 25-year-old moved from 52nd to 48th place, becoming the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1993 to feature in the top 50.

2010: Australia fast bowler Brett Lee announced his retirement from Test cricket.


Satoru Nakajima (motor racing) - former Formula One driver for Lotus and Tyrrell, born 1953.

Helena Sukova (tennis) - Czech doubles specialist who won 14 grand slam titles, born 1965.

Warren Hegg (cricket) - former Lancashire wicketkeeper, born 1968.

Brian Tinnion (soccer) - former Bristol City player-manager, born 1968.

Michael Campbell (golf) - New Zealand's 2005 US Open winner, born 1969.

Joe-Max Moore (soccer) - former Everton and United States striker, born 1971.

Herschelle Gibbs (cricket) - big-hitting former South Africa batsman, born 1974.

Rhys Williams (rugby union) - former Cardiff Blues and Wales back, born 1980.

Gareth Barry (soccer) - West Brom's former England midfielder, born 1981.

Mirco Bergamasco (rugby union) - Italy centre, born 1983.

Mido (soccer) - former Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Egypt striker, born 1983.

Nicolas Gaitan (soccer) Atletico Madrid's Argentina midfielder, born 1988.


1 Who is the only Scottish golfer to win the US Masters?

2 In what year did Red Bull first enter Formula One?

3 By what name is the 1923 FA Cup Final also known as?

4 Which English boxer appeared in the 2015 Hollywood film Creed?

5 Who won the 1994/95 Carling Premiership title? 

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Friday, February 23)

SOCCER: Championship, Hull v Sheffield United - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Bundesliga, Mainz v Wolfsburg - BT Sport 1 1915; A-League, Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix - BT Sport 1 0845.

WINTER OLYMPICS: Live coverage - BBC One 0915, 0025 (Sat) and 0400 (Sat), BBC Two 0600 and 1300; Curling, men's bronze medal match - Eurosport 1 0645, women's semi-final stage - Eurosport 2 1135; Ice hockey, men's semi-final matches - Eurosport 2 0730 and 1400; Speed Skating, men's 1,000m final - Eurosport 2 1000; Alpine Skiing, team event - Eurosport 1 0300 (Sat); Biathlon, men's relay - Eurosport 1 1100; Bobsleigh, heats of the four-man discipline - Eurosport 1 0030 (Sat) and 0230 (Sat); Snowboarding, men's and women's finals of the parallel giant slalom - Eurosport 1 0345 (Sat); Cross-Country Skiing, men's 50km mass start event - Eurosport 1 0445 (Sat).

RUGBY UNION: Six Nations, France v Italy - BBC One 1930; PRO14, Munster v Glasgow Warriors - Sky Sports Action 1845; Super Rugby, Highlanders v Blues followed by Rebels v Reds and Sunwolves v Brumbies - Sky Sports Action from 0630 and 0410 (Sat).

GOLF: European Tour, Commercial Bank Qatar Masters - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0730 and 1100; PGA Tour, Honda Classic - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1400, Sky Sports Golf 2000.

TENNIS: ATP, Rio Open - Sky Sports Action 1800 and 2100, Sky Sports Main Event 2315; WTA, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - BT Sport 1 1300

SNOOKER: World Grand Prix - ITV4 1245 and 1845.

MOTORCYCLING: World Superbikes, qualifying for Australian Grand Prix - Eurosport 2 0115 (Sat), race one of Australian Grand Prix - Eurosport 2 0345 (Sat).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v Minnesota Timberwolves - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sat); BBL, Leicester Riders v Sheffield Sharks - eir Sport 1 1930.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Sandy Lyle; 2. 2005; 3. White Horse Final; 4. Tony Bellew; 5. Blackburn Rovers.



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