On This Day - May 18 1975: John Higgins - four-time world snooker champion - is born

Snooker star John Higgins<br />&nbsp;
Snooker star John Higgins
Snooker star John Higgins


Nobby Stiles (soccer) - member of 1966 England World Cup-winning squad, born 1942.

Yannick Noah (tennis) - French winner at Roland Garros, later a successful singer, born 1960.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (motor racing) - German driver who won three Formula One grands prix, born 1967.

Brad Friedel (soccer) - former Blackburn, Tottenham and United States goalkeeper, born 1971.

John Higgins (snooker) - four-time world champion, born 1975.

Lee Hendrie (soccer) - former Aston Villa midfielder, capped once by England, born 1977.

Danny Mills (soccer) - former England, Leeds and Manchester City defender, born 1977.

Ricardo Carvalho (soccer) - former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Portugal defender, born 1978.

Julian Speroni (soccer) - Crystal Palace goalkeeper, born 1979.

Kevin Anderson (tennis) - South African who reached Wimbledon final in 2018, born 1986


1909: Fred Perry was born. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1934-36 and he was the first man to win the singles titles at all four grand slam events.

1950: Jimmy Mullen became England's first substitute in a football international, coming on for Jackie Milburn against Belgium in Brussels. He went on to score and thus became the first sub to score in an international.

1990: Roberto Baggio was transferred from Fiorentina to Juventus for a then world record £7.7million.

2001: Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would sever all ties with Manchester United at the end of the season - a decision he went back on in February 2002 with a new three-year deal.

2004: London was confirmed as one of five cities shortlisted by the IOC for the 2012 Olympics, and later won the right to stage the Games.

2005: CSKA Moscow beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 to win the UEFA Cup, becoming the first Russian club to win a major European title.

2011: Andre Villas-Boas' Porto won the Europa League, beating Braga 1-0 in the final in Dublin.

2016: Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League final, despite a Daniel Sturridge strike having put the Reds 1-0 ahead in Basle.

2016: It was announced that 31 athletes had tested positive for doping following the retesting of samples for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


1 Which Premier League manager began his coaching career at Italian side Stia in 1990?

2 How many times has Rafael Nadal won the men's singles title at Wimbledon?

3 Sarah Hunter captains England Women in which sport?

4 Milos Raonic, Wayne Gretzky and Donovan Bailey represented which country?

5 In what year did Sri Lanka win the T20 World Cup?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Saturday, May 18)

SOCCER: FA Cup final, Manchester City v Watford - BBC One 1555, BT Sport 2 1600 & eir Sport 1 1655; Ladbrokes Premiership, Dundee v St Mirren - BT Sport 1; LaLiga, Sevilla v Athletic Bilbao - ITV4 1500; Ligue 1, Lyon v Caen - BT Sport 2 1945; A-League, Grand Final - BT Sport 1 0800.

GOLF: US PGA Championship, day three - Sky Sports Golf 1600 & Sky Sports Main Event 1730; Ladies European Tour, La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf 1200.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia, stage eight - Eurosport 1 1200, S4C 1400; Tour of California, stage seven - Eurosport 1 2000.

BOXING: World super-middleweight title bout between Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi - BT Sport 1 1930; World Boxing Super Series, Josh Taylor v Ivan Baranchyk and Naoya Inoue v Emmanuel Rodriguez - Sky Sports Action 2000.

RUGBY UNION: Gallagher Premiership, Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints - BT Sport 1 1515; PRO14, Leinster v Munster - eir sport 1 1400, Ospreys v Scarlets - eir Sport 1 1945; Super Rugby, Blues v Chiefs - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0830, Reds v Waratahs - Sky Sports Action 1040, Lions v Highlanders - Sky Sports Action 1400.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Catalans Dragons v Wigan - Sky Sports Main Event 1515; Championship, Toronto v Toulouse - Sky Sports Main Event 1315.

MOTO: MotoGP, French Grand Prix free practice - BT Sport 2 0800, French Grand Prix qualifying BT Sport 2 1100.

BASKETBALL: NBA play-off, Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Sky Sports Main Event 0030 (Sun).

BASEBALL: MLB, Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN 2100, Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Sun).

HORSE RACING: Live coverage from around the UK - ITV & STV 1330.

UFC: Fight night - BT Sport 2 2300.

Tomorrow (Sunday, May 19)

CRICKET: One-day international, England v Pakistan - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1030.

GOLF: US PGA Championship, day four - Sky Sports Golf 1600 & Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Ladies European Tour, La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational - Sky Sports Golf 1200.

SOCCER: Ladbrokes Premiership, Kilmarnock v Rangers - BT Sport 2 1430; FA Trophy final, AFC Fylde v Leyton Orient - BT Sport 1 1545; FA Vase, Chertsey Town v Cray Valley - BT Sport 1 1200.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia, Stage nine - Eurosport 1 1200 & S4C 1400.

ATHLETICS: Great Manchester Run - BBC Two England 1200.

TENNIS: WTA, Italian Open - BT Sport/ESPN 1200; The No.1 Court Celebration - BBC One 1400.

RUGBY UNION: TOP 14, Montpellier v Stade Francais - Sky Sports Action 1125.

MOTO: MotoGP, French Grand Prix race - BT Sport 2 1230; Motocross World Championship, Portuguese Grand Prix race - Eurosport 2 1400.

BASKETBALL: NBA play-off, Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Sky Sports Main Event 0030 (Mon).

BASEBALL: MLB, Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, Washington Nationals v Chicago Cubs - 0000 (Mon).

QUICK QUIZ answers 1 Maurizio Sarri; 2 Two (2008 & 2010); 3 Rugby union; 4 Canada; 5 2014