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On This Day - Sep 20 1971: Henrik Larsson, former Celtic, Manchester United and Barcelona star striker, is born

Celtic's Henrik Larsson (centre) holds off Rangers' Frank De Boer and Zurab Khizanishvil (right) during their Bank of Scotland Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow on Saturday May 8 2004

ON THIS DAY

1896: The first organised motorcycle race took place, involving eight riders on a 476-mile course from Paris to Nantes and back.

1947: Chris Marron of South Shields scored 10 goals against Radcliffe Borough in an FA Cup qualifying round game.

2004: Former Nottingham Forest and Derby manager Brian Clough died in hospital aged 69.

2005: Celtic captain Neil Lennon was given a three-match ban by the Scottish Football Association for barging into referee Stuart Dougal at the end of his side's 3-1 defeat to Rangers.

2007: Chelsea parted company with manager Jose Mourinho - for the first time - by mutual consent having won six trophies in three years at Stamford Bridge.

2009: England beat Australia by four wickets in the final one-day international series match at Chester-le-Street to avert a 7-0 whitewash.

2010: The England and Wales Cricket Board "completely rejected" an accusation by Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt that English players received "huge amounts of money" to lose the third one-day international against Pakistan. The ECB threatened Butt with legal action and he later withdrew the allegation.

2014: Durham beat Warwickshire by three wickets in the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord's.

2015: America won a controversial Solheim Cup, taking eight-and-a-half points from 12 singles matches. Suzann Pettersen's failure to concede a short putt to Alison Lee in the fourballs had caused tension between the teams.

2018: The World Anti-Doping Agency was accused of "failing clean athletes" around the globe by its own vice-president, Linda Helleland, after it controversially lifted the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's suspension.

BIRTHDAYS

Henrik Larsson (soccer) - former Celtic, Manchester United and Barcelona striker, and ex-manager of Swedish side Helsingborg, born 1971.

Jo Pavey (athletics) - European 10,000 metres champion in 2014 and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist over 5,000m the same year, born 1973.

Juan Pablo Montoya (motorsport) - former Formula One driver from Colombia, born 1975.

Sean Davis (soccer) - former Fulham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Bolton midfielder, born 1979.

Feliciano Lopez (tennis) - Spanish three-time Wimbledon singles quarter-finalist, born 1981.

Jonathan Walters (soccer) - former Ipswich, Stoke and Republic of Ireland forward, born 1983.

Julian Draxler (soccer) - Paris St Germain's Germany international, born 1993

Rob Holding (soccer) - Arsenal defender, born 1995.

QUICK QUIZ

1. What major has Rory McIlroy not won?

2. Dan Cole and Ben Youngs share the highest number of caps in England's current World Cup squad. How many Tests have they each played? A. 91 B: 89 C: 79.

3. Which city will host the World Athletics Championships later this month?

4. Who are the only two Irishmen to be named World Rugby Player of the Year?

5. In which city do Ukrainian football team Shakhtar Donetsk currently play their home matches.

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Friday, September 20)

RUGBY UNION: Rugby World Cup 2019, opening ceremony - eir Sport 1 1015, ITV 1025, Japan v Russia - eir Sport 1 1100, ITV 1130; Premiership Rugby Cup, Harlequins v Bristol Bears - BT Sport 1 1930.

SOCCER: Premier League, Southampton v Bournemouth - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1900.

MOTOR RACING: F1, Singapore Grand Prix first practice - Sky Sports F1 0915, Second practice - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports F1 - 1315.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League play-off, Wigan v Salford - Sky Sports Arena 1900.

GOLF: European Tour, BMW PGA Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1000, Sky Sports Main Event 1120 and 1520; PGA Tour, Sanderson Farms Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1800.

TENNIS: WTA, Guangzhou Open - BT Sport/ESPN 0900, BT Sport 2 1730; Laver Cup, Team Europe v Team World - Eurosport 1 1155 and 1755.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP, Aragon opening two free practice sessions - BT Sport 2 0745.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN 1900; Cleveland Indians v Philadelphia Phillies - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sat).

Tomorrow (Saturday, September 21)

RUGBY UNION: Rugby World Cup 2019, Australia v Fiji - ITV 0515, eir Sport 1 0530, France v Argentina - ITV and eir Sport 1 0745, New Zealand v South Africa - ITV and eir Sport 1 1015.

SOCCER: Premier League, Leicester v Tottenham - BT Sport 1 1200, Newcastle v Brighton - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1700; Championship, Leeds v Derby - Sky Sports Main Event 1215; National League, AFC Fylde v Eastleigh - BT Sport 1 1700.

CRICKET: T20 Blast semi-finals, Derbyshire v Essex - Sky Sports Cricket 1030, Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire - Sky Sports Cricket 1430, Final - Sky Sports Cricket 1815, Sky Sports Main Event 2000.

MOTOR RACING: F1, Singapore Grand Prix, third practice - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports F1 1045, Qualifying - Sky Sports F1 1355.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Championship play-off, York City Knights v Featherstone - Sky Sports Arena 1500.

GOLF: European Tour, BMW PGA Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1200; PGA Tour, Sanderson Farms Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1800, Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

TENNIS: WTA, Korea Open - BT Sport 1 0600, Pan Pacific Open - BT Sport 2 0430 (Sun), Wuhan Open - BT Sport/ESPN 0500 (Sun), Laver Cup, Team Europe v Team World - Eurosport 1 1155 and 1755.

UFC: Yair Rodriguez v Jeremy Stephens - BT Sport 1 0100 (Sun).

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP, Aragon third free practice session - BT Sport 2 0800, Qualifying - BT Sport 2 1100.

CYCLING: Primus Classic - Eurosport 1 1400.

HORSE RACING: ITV Racing from Ayr - STV North, STV Central 1330.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. The Masters; 2. B: 89; 3. Doha; 4. Keith Wood (2001) and Jonathan Sexton (2018); 5. Kharkiv.

 

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