Chimney Sweep

On This Day, July 19, 2010: Liverpool signed England worldwide Joe Cole on a four-year contract.


1903: Maurice Garin, nicknamed “the little chimney sweep”, wins the first Tour de France.

1957: Alec Russell is only the second man after Gordon Richards in 1933 to ride all six winners in one race.

1997: Crystal Palace settles a £ 2.1 million fee for Juventus winger Attilio Lombardo, who manages the Eagles for a short period.

2002: The Football Association deducts four points from newcomers to the Boston Football League and fines £ 100,000 for irregularities. The pilgrims could still stay up at the end of the season and finished in 15th place.

2004: Chelsea agree with Marseille a £ 24m fee for striker Didier Drogba.

2005: Newcastle sign Turkish international Emre Belozoglu from Inter Milan for £ 3.8m.

2006: David O’Leary leaves Aston Villa by mutual agreement after three years in office.

2007: Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello were confirmed as Honda drivers for the 2008 Formula 1 season.

2009: American Stewart Cink won the Golf Open Championship after beating 59-year-old compatriot Tom Watson in a four-hole play-off.

2010: Liverpool sign England international Joe Cole on a four-year deal.

2011: Keri-Anne Payne became the first British athlete to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics after winning the 10-kilometer open water race at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

2012: Tottenham and England defender Ledley King retires from professional football.

2015: Liverpool reached an agreement with Aston Villa on the terms of payment for Christian Benteke’s transfer of £ 32.5m.

2017: Jodie Taylor became the first English player to score a hat trick in a major tournament when the Lionesses kicked off their European Championship campaign with a 6-0 win over Scotland.

2018: Liverpool announce the signing of a six-year deal with Brazil international Alisson after agreeing a world record fee for a goalkeeper from Rome.

2018: Lewis Hamilton agrees a two-year contract extension with Mercedes until the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season.

Ledley King was described by Harry Redknapp as an “absolute freak” because he was able to perform at Premiership level despite a lack of training due to a knee injury. He retired that day


Ilie Nastase (tennis) – Romanian who won the French Open, US Open and two Wimbledon finals, born in 1946.

Paul Bracewell (soccer) – former Everton, Sunderland and Newcastle midfielder who later ran Fulham, born in 1962.

Vitali Klitschko (boxing) – former WBC heavyweight champion and now mayor of Kiev, born in 1971.

Malcolm O’Kelly (Rugby Union) – Lock, who won 92 caps for Ireland, was born in 1974.

Shayne McMenemy (Rugby League) – former Hull FC striker, born 1976.

Ed Smith (cricket) – former Kent batsman who won three England Test Caps before retiring in 2008 and is now the national selector, born in 1977.

Luke Young (soccer) – former England and Charlton defender, born 1979.

Xavier Malisse (tennis) – Belgium’s former Wimbledon semi-finalist, born in 1980.

LaMarcus Aldridge (basketball) – San Antonio Spurs striker, born 1985.

Manuel Akanji (soccer) – defender of Borussia Dortmund and Switzerland, born in 1995.

Matt Miazga (soccer) – Defender of Chelsea and the United States, born 1995.

Jean Michael Seri (soccer) – Fulham and Ivory Coast midfielder, born 1997.


1. Who won two Everton Players of the Season in the 2015/16 season?

2. Who is the youngest winner of the US Open Men’s Singles Title?

3. Which golfer won the Open Championship in 2002 and 2012?

4. Who has scored 118 goals for Manchester United in 292 games in six seasons?

5. What American sport do the Baltimore Orioles play in?

(See quiz answers below)


Today (Friday 19th July)

GOLF: The Open Championship – Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf 0630.

CRICKET: Women’s Ashes, England v Australia – Sky Sports Cricket 1030; Vitality T20 Blast, Hampshire v Sussex Sharks – Sky Sports Cricket 1845 and Sky Sports Main Event 2030.

CYCLING: Tour de France – ITV4 0930, Eurosport 1 1230 & S4C 1400; La Course by Le Tour de France – Eurosport 1 0845.

NETBALL: World Championship – BBC Two 1445.

FOOTBALL: African Nations Cup final, Senegal v Algeria – Eurosport 2 1945; Betfred Cup, Motherwell v Morton, BT Sport 1 1915.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Hull KR v Huddersfield Giants – Sky Sports Arena 1900.

RUGBY UNION: Currie Cup, Griquas v Pumas – Sky Sports Action 1545; Blue Bulls versus Free State Cheetahs – Sky Sports Action 1800.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v San Diego Padres – BT Sport / ESPN 1900.

Tomorrow (Saturday 20th July)

GOLF: The Open Championship – Sky Sports Golf 0930 & Sky Sports Main Event 1430.

CYCLING: Tour de France – Eurosport 1 1200.

NETBALL: World Championship – Sky Sports Main Event 0845 & BBC Two 1430.

CRICKET: Women’s Ashes, England v Australia – Sky Sports Cricket 1030 & Sky Sports Main Event 1045; Vitality T20 Blast, Kent Spitfires v Somerset – Sky Sports Cricket 1845 and Sky Sports Main Event 2000.

Athletics: London Anniversary Games – BBC One 1315.

TENNIS: WTA, Bucharest Open – BT Sport 2 1300.

DARTS: World Matchplay Darts – Sky Sports Action 2100 and Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

FOOTBALL: Premier League Asia Trophy, Newcastle United v West Ham – Sky Sports Premier League 0945, Manchester City v Wolves – Sky Sports Premier League 1215.

RUGBY LEAGUE: NRL, Sydney Roosters versus Newcastle Knights – Sky Sports Arena 0555, Canberra Raiders versus West Tigers – Sky Sports Action 0825, North Queensland versus South Sydney Rabbitohs – Sky Sports Action 1030.

UFC: Fight Night, Rafael dos Anjos versus Leon Edwards welterweight title fight – 0000 (Sun).

RUGBY UNION: Rugby Championship, South Africa – Australia – Sky Sports Action 1530, Argentina – New Zealand – Sky Sports Action 1830.

MOTO: Speedway, Speedway of the Nations – BT Sport 1 1745.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Colorado Rockies – BT Sport / ESPN 1800, San Francisco Giants v New York Mets – BT Sport 2 2100, Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals – BT Sport 2 0000 (Sun).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Gareth Barry; 2. Pete Sampras (aged 19 years and one month); 3. Ernie Els; 4. Cristiano Ronaldo; 5. baseball

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