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On This Day, July 16, 2017: Roger Federer beat a tearful Marin Cilic to become the first man ever to win eight singles titles at Wimbledon

On this day in 2017, Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic to become the first man ever to win eight singles titles at Wimbledon 

ON THIS DAY 

1895: Archie MacLaren, of Lancashire, compiled what was then the world's highest cricket score of 424 - made in seven hours and 50 minutes against Somerset at Taunton.

1950: The World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, was watched by 199,854 people. Uruguay won 2-1.

1983: The British and Irish Lions suffered a 38-6 drubbing by New Zealand in Auckland. At the time it was the heaviest defeat in the side's history.

1989: Brazil beat Uruguay 1-0 in the final of the Copa America - their first major title since the 1970 World Cup.

2000: Britain's tennis team suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Ecuador in their Davis Cup tie at Wimbledon, relegating them from the elite 16-nation World Group.

2005: Amir Khan won his first professional fight with a first-round stoppage of David Bailey at Bolton.

2012: Heather Watson claimed the first WTA Tour title of her career as she and Marina Erakovic beat Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova to win the women's doubles title at the Bank of the West Classic in California.

2013: Paris St Germain confirmed the signing of Edinson Cavani from Napoli on a five-year deal.

2016: France international midfielder N'Golo Kante joined Chelsea from Premier League champions Leicester for a reported £32million.

2016: Mark Cavendish won stage 14 of the Tour de France, his fourth stage victory of the 2016 Tour and 30th of his career.

2017: Roger Federer trounced a tearful Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the first man ever to win eight singles titles at Wimbledon while the Swiss extended his overall haul in grand slams to 19 titles.

2018: Cristiano Ronaldo was officially unveiled as a Juventus player, saying he is "very motivated, concentrated and focused" on playing for the club.

N'Golo Kante leaves then-Premier League champions Leicester to join Chelsea for a reported £32 million

BIRTHDAYS

Margaret Court (tennis) - Australian who won 62 grand slam tournaments, including three Wimbledon singles titles, born 1942.

Lars Lagerback (soccer) - former Sweden, Nigeria and Iceland manager, currently in charge of Norway, born 1948.

Miguel Indurain (cycling) - Spanish five-time Tour de France winner, born 1964.

Joel Stransky (rugby union) - former South Africa stand-off, who had a spell at Leicester after winning the World Cup in 1995, born 1967.

Shaun Pollock (cricket) - former South Africa all-rounder and captain, born 1973.

Wendell Sailor (rugby) - former Australia dual code international, born 1974.

Anna Smashnova (tennis) - former Israeli tennis player, born 1976.

Adam Scott (golf) - Australian who won the 2013 Masters, born 1980.

Carli Lloyd (soccer) - American Olympics and World Cup-winning midfielder who spent time on loan at Manchester City women in 2017, born 1982

Andre Greipel (cycling) - German sprinter, born 1982.

Mousa Dembele (soccer) - former Tottenham midfielder, now with Guangzhou R&F and Belgium, born 1987.

Sergio Busquets (soccer) - Barcelona and Spain midfielder, born 1988.

Gareth Bale (soccer) - Real Madrid and Wales forward, born 1989.

Andros Townsend (soccer) - Crystal Palace and England winger, born 1991.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1 Tiger Roll won the 2018 and 2019 Grand Nationals, but who was the jockey?

2 Who were the last team other than Celtic or Rangers to win the Scottish league title, and in what year?

3 How many times did George Best play for Northern Ireland - 27, 37 or 47?

4 Which city is home to the NBA team known as the Celtics?

5 Which US golfer was nicknamed The Golden Bear?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

 

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Tuesday, July 16)

CYCLING: Tour de France - Eurosport 1 1045 & ITV4 1100 & S4C 1400.

NETBALL: World Cup - Sky Sports Main Event 0845 & BBC Two 1445.

TENNIS: WTA, Bucharest Open - BT Sport 1 1200.

BASEBALL: MLB, Phillies v Dodgers - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Wed).

 

Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 17)

CYCLING: Tour de France - Eurosport 1 1215 & ITV4 1230 & S4C 1400.

NETBALL: World Cup - Sky Sports Main Event 0845 & BBC Two 1445.

GOLF: The Open Championship, practice round at Royal Portrush - Sky Sports Golf 1400.

SOCCER: Africa Cup of Nations, Third place play-off - Eurosport 2 1945; Premier League Asia Trophy, Newcastle v Wolves - Sky Sports Premier League 1045 & Sky Sports Main Event 1055, Manchester City v West Ham - Sky Sports Premier League 1315 & Sky Sports Main Event 1330; Champions League, Riga FC v Dundalk - eir Sport 1 1725.

TENNIS: WTA, Bucharest Open - BT Sport 1 1200.

BASEBALL: MLB, Brewers v Braves - BT Sport/ESPN 1900.

BASKETBALL: WNBA, Phoenix Mercury v Dallas Wings - Sky Sports Action 2030.

 

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Davy Russell; 2. Aberdeen in 1984; 3. 37; 4. Boston; 5. Jack Nicklaus

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