On this day in 2011: Darren Clarke wins The Open

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Darren Clarke.

The Northern Irishman certainly had happy memories on this day five years ago.

Playing in his 20th Open Championship at Royal St George’s, Clarke, who had a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson going in the last day, kept his nerve to clinch his maiden major title to win by three shots. But he showed no signs of slowing down and fired a final-round 70 to finish five under to hold off Americans Phil Mickelson (68) and Johnson (72).

The victory saw him not only become the oldest Open champion since 1967, but also the first winner from the UK since Paul Lawrie in 1999, and only the second Northern Irishman to hoist the trophy after Fred Daly in 1947.

Here’s what else what happened on this day:

1979: Seb Coe sets new world mile record in 3 mins and 48.95 secs.

2000: Paul Gascoigne agrees terms for a free transfer move from Middlesbrough to Everton.

2009: World number one Tiger Woods misses the cut at the Open Championship at Turnberry.

2015: Fabian Delph joins Man City less than a week after publicly committing his future to Aston Villa.

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Happy Birthday: Carlos Alberto, Jaap Stam, Eduardo Romero

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Carlos Alberto, Jaap Stam and Eduardo Romero.

The Brazilians have been fortunate to have had a number of talented footballers and few more so than Carlos Alberto.

Celebrating his 72nd birthday today, Alberto is widely considered as one of the best defenders of all time.

One of his best career moments came in the 1970 World Cup where he not only captained Brazil to glory but also scored the fourth goal in the 4-1 final victory over Italy. That strike is now considered as one of the greatest goals with a total of eight outfield players involved in the build-up.

At club level, he won numerous titles with Fluminense, Santos and New York Cosmos, while he was also inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame, and the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

After retirement, he tried his luck at coaching with spells at different clubs including Flamengo, Corinthians and Oman.

Other sports stars born on this day:

1941: Bob Taylor, ex-cricketer who played for Derbyshire and England as a wicketkeeper (75).

1954: Eduardo Romero, Argentinian golfer who won the Scottish Open in 2002 (62).

1972: Jaap Stam, ex-Manchester United, Lazio and AC Milan defender and now Reading manager (44).

1976: Marcos Senna, former footballer who played in midfield for Villarreal and Spain (40).

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On this day - July 16, 1950 - Ghiggia’s Maracanazo goal strikes cruel blow to Brazil

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‘Phantom of 50’: Ghiggia’s goal.

Few losses in sporting history have left as traumatic a mark on a nation than the one suffered by Brazil on this day, 65 years ago.

Alcides Ghiggia’s strike 11 minutes from time in the 1950 World Cup final saw the hosts lose 2-1 to unfancied Uruguay. This caused both one of the biggest upsets in football history – earning the nickname ‘Maracanazo’ which is translated as ‘The Maracana Blow’ – and left lasting psychological damage which can still be felt today.

The term ‘Phantom of 50’ came into use, referring to the fear held by Brazil and its supporters about a repeat of such a moment. The 7-1 semi-final humiliation to Germany at World Cup 2014 had echoes of this moment.

Memorable events on this day:

1895: Archie MacLaren hits 424 for Lancashire, which remain highest first-class cricket score until Brian Lara’s 501 not out 99 years later.

1988: French cycling legend Jacques Anquetil claims the second of his five Tour de France victories, winning by more than 12 minutes.

2008: Brandon Jennings signs with Italian team Virtus Roma, becoming the first American to go directly from high school to a European pro team.

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