Football/Soccer

On This Day, Feb 21 1991: Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez was born

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates his 27th birthday today. 

BIRTHDAYS

Leroy Burrell (athletics) - American sprinter who twice broke the 100m world record, born 1967.

Michael Slater (cricket) - former Australia opener who played in 74 Tests before retiring in 2001, born 1970.

Ivan Campo (soccer) - Former Real Madrid, Bolton and Spain defender, born 1974.

Georgios Samaras (soccer) - Greece international striker playing for Samsunspor, born 1985.

Matthias de Zordo (athletics) - German world javelin champion, born 1988.

Federico Fernandez (soccer) - Swansea defender, born 1989.

Riyad Mahrez (soccer) - Leicester winger, PFA footballer of the year in 2016, born 1991.

Molla Wague (soccer) - Watford defender, born 1991.

Phil Jones (soccer) - Manchester United and England defender, born 1992.

Davy Klaasen (soccer) - Everton midfielder, born 1993.

ON THIS DAY

1958: Duncan Edwards, one of the best-known members of the famous 'Busby Babes' Manchester United team, died in hospital at the age of 21 following the Munich air crash on February 6.

1988: Geet Sethi, playing in the Indian national snooker championship, became the first amateur to register an official maximum 147 break in a tournament.

2004: Wales, Leeds and Juventus great John Charles died, aged 72.

2006: Thierry Henry scored a stunning solo goal to clinch a 1-0 Champions League win for Arsenal away to Real Madrid - the first victory for an English club at the Bernabeu.

2007: The All England Club announced men and women were to receive equal prize money at Wimbledon for the first time.

2010: Ian Poulter won the WGC-Accenture Match Play title with a 4&2 victory over Paul Casey in Tucson.

2011: AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was banned for four matches for assaulting Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan following the previous week's Champions League fixture.

2012: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez apologised "sincerely and unreservedly" for his conduct after a long dispute with the club, and accepted a club fine of six weeks' wages for gross misconduct. The move allowed him to revive his City career.

2014: Wayne Rooney signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Manchester United.

2016: Leeds Rhinos lost the World Club Challenge 38-4 to North Queensland Cowboys as Australian clubs completed a whitewash of their Super League counterparts for the second successive year in the World Club Series.

2017: Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw resigned from the club after eating a pie in the dugout during Monday's FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. A bookmaker had offered odds on him to do so.

QUICK QUIZ

1 Which European football club are nicknamed The Old Lady?

2 To the nearest 10 grams, how much does a Pyeongchang Winter Oympics gold medal weigh?

3 How many times did Lester Piggott win the Epsom Derby?

4 How old was Wigan chairman David Sharpe when he was appointed in 2015?

5 Aorangi Terrace is the official name of which part of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, February 21)

SOCCER: Champions League last 16 first leg, Sevilla v Manchester United - BT Sport 2 1900; Sky Bet Championship, Derby v Leeds - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

WINTER OLYMPICS: Live coverage - BBC Two 0600 and 1300, BBC One 0915, 0000 (Thurs) and 0400 (Thurs); Ice hockey, women's bronze-medal match - Eurosport 2 0730, men's quarter-final match - Eurosport 2 1350, women's final - Eurosport 2 0400 (Thurs); Speed skating, men's and women's team pursuit finals - Eurosport 2 1100; Alpine skiing, first run of the men's slalom - Eurosport 1 0040 (Thurs), second run of the men's slalom - Eurosport 1 0430 (Thurs); Freestyle Skiing, men's half-pipe final - Eurosport 1 0230 (Thurs); Cross-Country Skiing, men's and women's team sprint semi-finals - Eurosport 1 0800, men's and women's team sprint finals - Eurosport 1 1000; Bobsleigh, concluding heats of the women's discipline - Eurosport 1 1120; Snowboarding, qualifying for the men's and women's parallel giant slalom events - Eurosport 1 0345 (Thurs).

CRICKET: T20 Trans-Tasman Tri-Series final - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; Second Twenty20 international, South Africa v India - Sky Sports Cricket 1555, Sky Sports Main Event 1600.

TENNIS: ATP, Rio Open - Sky Sports Main Event 2300; WTA, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - BT Sport 1 1000.

SNOOKER: World Grand Prix - ITV4 1245 and 1845.

Tomorrow (Thursday, February 22)

SOCCER: Europa League last-32 second leg, Lokomotiv Moscow v Nice and Arsenal v Ostersund - BT Sport 2 1600 and 1930, RB Leipzig v Napoli and Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund - BT Sport 1 1800 and 2000.

WINTER OLYMPICS: Live coverage - BBC Two 0600 and 1300, BBC One 0915, 0030 (Fri) and 0400 (Fri); Curling, men's semi-final stage - Eurosport 1 1245; Figure Skating, women's single free programme - Eurosport 1 0330 (Fri); Speed Skating, men's 500m final - Eurosport 2 0945; Alpine Skiing, women's downhill in the combined discipline - Eurosport 1 0200 (Fri), women's slalom in the combined discipline - Eurosport 1 0540 (Fri); Freestyle Skiing, final of the women's skicross event - Eurosport 1 0500 (Fri); Nordic Combined Skiing, large hill ski jump in the team Gundersen - Eurosport 1 0715, team Gundersen 4x5km relay cross-country race - Eurosport 1 1010; Biathlon, women's 4x6km relay - Eurosport 1 1120; Snowboarding, women's big air final - Eurosport 1 0030 (Fri).

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 Main Event 2230; WTA, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - BT Sport 1 1000 and 1500.

DARTS: Premier League Darts - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1900.

SNOOKER: World Grand Prix - ITV4 1245 and 1845.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Fri) and 0330 (Fri).

QUICK QUIZ ANSWERS:

1 Juventus; 2 590 grams; 3 Nine; 4 23; 5 Henman Hill

 

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