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On This Day - Apr 30 1981: John O'Shea, Republic of Ireland soccer star, is born

Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea (left) with team-mate Damien Duff 

BIRTHDAYS

Ian Healy (cricket) - Former Australia wicketkeeper, born 1964.

Jamie Staff (cycling) - British three-time world champion who also won Olympic Team Pursuit gold in 2008, born 1973.

John O'Shea (soccer) - Reading and former Republic of Ireland defender, born 1981.

Ali Williams (rugby union) - Former New Zealand lock, born 1981.

Rohit Sharma (cricket) - India batsman, born 1987.

Jonathan Brownlee (triathlon) - Triathlon World Champion in 2012 and Olympic silver and bronze medal winner, born 1990.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (soccer) - Barcelona's German goalkeeper, born 1992.

ON THIS DAY 

1938: The Preston versus Huddersfield FA Cup final was the first to be televised in its entirety by the BBC.

1939: Lou Gehrig set a Major League record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game for New York Yankees. His run of appearances stretched back to June 1925. He died in 1941 of a muscle-wasting disease which became known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

1995: Middlesbrough played their last match at Ayresome Park before moving to the Riverside Stadium. They beat Luton 2-1 in a Division One encounter.

2005: Chelsea won the Barclays Premiership title after beating Bolton 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium.

2006: England were awarded the 2019 World Cup by the International Cricket Council.

2008: Chelsea beat Liverpool 3-2 at Stamford Bridge for a 4-3 aggregate victory to qualify for the Champions League final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow.

2010: Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney was voted the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year.

2012: Sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar were cleared to be selected for London 2012 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport declared the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban on drugs cheats was not in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

2013: Former FIFA president Joao Havelange resigned as honorary president of the world governing body after an ethics committee report named him as having received bribe money.

2018: Former Castleford full-back Zak Hardaker was banned for 14 months by UK Anti-Doping for failing a drugs test.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Olivier Giroud joined Arsenal in 2012 from which club?

2. Maria Sharapova won the US Open in which year?

3. Damon Hill became Formula One world champion in what year?

4. Who did Cork beat to win the 2010 GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship?

5. How many NFL teams play their home games in New York state?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Tuesday, April 30)

SOCCER: Champions League semi-final, Tottenham v Ajax - BT Sport 2 1900.

SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two 1000, 1300, 1900; Eurosport 1 1000, 1430, 1830.

TENNIS: WTA, Prague Open - BT Sport 1 1000; Morocco Open - BT Sport/ESPN 1100.

BASKETBALL: NBA play-offs - Sky Sports Main Event 0300 (Weds).

CYCLING: Tour of Romandy - Eurosport 2 1500.

BASEBALL: MLB, Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Weds); Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport 1 0300 (Weds).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 1)

SOCCER: Champions League semi-final, Barcelona v Liverpool - BT Sport 2 1900.

CRICKET: Royal London One-Day Cup, Northamptonshire v Yorkshire - Sky Sports Cricket 1255, Sky Sports Main Event 1300.

SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two 1000, 1300, 1900; Eurosport 1 1000, 1430, 1830.

TENNIS: WTA, Prague Open - BT Sport 1 1000; Morocco Open - BT Sport/ESPN 1100.

BASKETBALL: NBA play-offs - Sky Sports Main Event 0300 (Thur).

CYCLING: Tour of Romandy - Eurosport 2 1500.

BASEBALL: MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 2030; Minnesota Twins v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Thur).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Montpellier; 2. 2006; 3. 1996; 4. Down (0-16 to 0-15); 5. One (the Buffalo Bills)

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