Happy Birthday - Donnarumma, Noah, Park

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The prodigiously-talented AC Milan shot-stopper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, turns just 18 today.

Long considered one of Italy’s most exciting prospects, Donnarumma began his career with Milan in 2015, becoming the second youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A, aged 16 years and 242 days.

He immediately broke into the starting line-up, earning a reputation as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in the world. He also broke the record as the youngest Italy under-21 player ever to play, aged 17 years and 28 days in March 2016.

Six months later, he made his senior international debut, becoming the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for Italy, aged 17 years and 189 days.

Now he already boasts two caps for Italy, plus over 50 Serie A appearances for Milan in two campaigns in what’s set to be a glittering career.

1918: Bobby Riggs, American tennis player (“The Battle of the Sexes”, US Open 1939, 41), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

1958: Jeff Fisher, ex-NFL star and coach who led the Tennessee Titans from 1995-2010 (59).

1982: Flavia Pennetta, ex-Italian tennis player who retired soon after winning the 2015 US Open (35).

1985: Joakim Noah, center for the New York Knicks and a two-time NBA All-Star (32).

1981: Park Ji-Sung, former Manchester United and South Korean footballer (36).

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Happy Birthday: Mayweather, Law, Johnson

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The notorious Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the most successful boxers of all time and celebrates his 40th birthday today.

Winning 49 fights out of 49 [26 by knockout], Mayweather is well known for not only being successful, but also one of the most lucrative pay-per-view attractions of all time in any sport.

He topped both the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013 respectively, and the Forbes list again in both 2014 and 2015, listing him as the highest paid athlete in the world.

Since his retirement from the sport in 2015, there have been constant rumours that Mayweather is set to come out of retirement for a bout with UFC’s Conor McGregor, although nothing has yet been confirmed.

For now, it’s safe to say that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers that have ever lived and his birthday celebrations will surely be eventful.

1940: Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland

1955: Alain Prost, Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93)

1956: Eddie Murray, 1st baseman (Orioles, Dodgers, Cleve Indians), born in Los Angeles, California

1976: Zach Johnson, professional golfer

1981: Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player, Wimbledon Champion 2002

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Happy Birthday: Erving, Lauda, Tait

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Few nicknames rival Dr J’s. Even fewer match his impact on the basketball court. Julius Erving was the dominant player of his era and he fundamentally changed the way the game is played.

He was an artist on the court, his dancing feet like paintbrushes and his individual expression adding a splash of colour to the game, setting a style which would prevail in decades to come.

Dr J turns 67 today and he can look back on a career which saw him regarded as one of the greatest players of his time.

He began his professional career in the ABA with the Virginia Squires and the New York Nets and he is often considered to have been the main catalyst for the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.

He won three ABA championships and the NBA title with Philadelphia. He’s also the only man to be MVP in both the ABA and NBA.

Other sport stars born on this day

1949: Niki Lauda, three-time F1 world champion and the only driver to win titles for both Ferrari and McLaren (68).

1963: Vijay Singh, is a three-time major championship winner and the former world No1 in golf (54).

1969: Brian Laudrup, was a stellar Danish forward who formed a vital part of Denmark’s Euro 92 triumph (48).

1984: Tommy Bowe, is a winger for Ireland who was impressive for on British and Irish Lions tour in 2009 (34).

1983: Shaun Tait, Australian pacer, plays only in the T20 format.

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