On this day: July 4, 1999 – 'Pistol Pete’s' Wimbledon masterclass against Andre Agassi

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Grass Kings: Sampras.

Many gave Agassi the edge going into the final having just won the French Open for the first time and cementing the top spot in the rankings. Sampras, however, was in inspired form, saving three break points to take the first set 6-3.

When in the zone, “Pistol Pete” was almost unstoppable and he took the second set 6-4 and claimed his sixth Wimbledon crown in seven years with a 7-5 win in the third. He later said Agassi brought out “the best tennis” of his career in that final.

Memorable events on this day. 

1984: New York Yankee Phil Niekro became the ninth to strikeout 3,000.

1987: Pakistan’s Imran Khan took his 300th Test cricket wicket against England.

 2004: Greece defied the odds to beat hosts Portugal 1-0 to lift the European Championship.

2015: In the 20th Super Rugby Championship the Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14.

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On this day: Steffi Graf beat Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon

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Steffi Graf claims 1988 Wimbledon title

In an early chapter of their iconic on-court rivalry, Steffi Graf defeated Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to win the Wimbledon title in 1988.

Navratilova was then the six-time defending champion, winner of eight of the previous ten Ladies Singles titles and was on a 48-match Wimbledon winning streak.

However, the American was overpowered by Graf who went on to the Golden Grand Slam.

1921: Jack Dempsey KOs George Carpentier for the heavyweight title.

1948: Henry Cotton wins the 77th Open Championship with 284. 

2010: Ghana, the only African teamremaining in the FIFA World Cup, are eliminated by Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

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Happy Birthday - June 2 - Troy Brown, Joe Thornton, Danny Rose

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Troy Brown (L) & Danny Rose

Former NFL star Troy Brown played college football at Marshall and in 2010 was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Brown’s career spanned over 15 years and he spent every one of them with the Patriots. He won three Super Bowl rings with the team and played on five of the eight Patriots teams to reach the Super Bowl.

He was primarily a wide receiver and retired as the NFL’s leader in career receptions.

Here are the other sporting stars who are celebrating their birthday:

1979: Joe Thornton, Canadian-American centre and alternate
captain for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks (37).

1973: Dominque Monami, Belgian former tennis player, who won bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics (43).

1990: Danny Rose, English footballer for Premier League club Tottenham and the England national team (26).

1995: Ezekiel Elliott, American running back for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and fourth overall pick in 2016 draft (21).

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