Happy Birthday: Ivan Lendl, Viv Richards, Ronan O'Gara, Mathieu Flamini

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One of tennis’ most dominant forces in the 1980s, Ivan Lendl, who turns 56, is on many people’s greatest of all-time list.

Originally from Czechoslokia before becoming a US citizen in 1992, Lendl helped usher in the era of “power tennis” with his strength and heavy topspin from the baseline. During his career, Lendl contested 19 grand slam finals – a record later surpassed by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – and won eight of them.

Before the formation of the ATP, Lendl reached 12 year-end championships – a record he shares with John McEnroe. He reached the world No1 spot for the first time in February 1983 and held that ranking for a total of 270 weeks throughout his career.

He coached Andy Murray to his two grand slam titles in 2012 and 2013.

1952: Viv Richards, retired West Indian cricketer. One of the greatest batsmen of all-time (64).

1957: Mark Richards, Australia surfer who is a four-time world champion (59).

1977: Ronan O’Gara, Ireland’s second most-capped rugby union player. Now coaches Top 14 team Racing 92 (39).

1984: Mathieu Flamini, French footballer who plays as a midfielder for Arsenal in the Premier League (32).

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Happy Birthday - March 5 - All Blacks legend Dan Carter

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Dan Carter.

Considered one of the greatest fly-half in the game, this All Blacks superstar was born on this day 34 years ago. He was near faultless in every department: in attack, while making a break or kicking tactically and accurately at goal.

Brave and unyielding on defence, he repeatedly proved his ability to play with almost equal effectiveness in other positions, particularly the midfield. His tally of 1,598 points is the highest in Test rugby.

He was named the International Rugby Board player of the year in 2005, 2012 and 2015 and has won four Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, and six Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks. A dual Rugby World Cup winner (2011 and 2015) he was man of the match in the 2015 final.

After ending his international career last year, he currently plays for French club, Racing 92.

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Tweets of the week: Tennis stars at the Oscars

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Tennis trio Sharapova, Federer and Williams hit the red carpet in Hollywood.

The sports world tuned into the Oscars last Sunday and apparently all of them were quite emotionally invested in Leonardo Di Caprio’s win. Host Chris Rock got mixed reviews from Jeremy Lin and Hope Solo while a few tennis stars lit up the Red Carpet.

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