Happy Birthday: Lucas Moura, Alan Shearer, Johnny Gaudreau

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Lucas Moura, Alan Shearer, Johnny Gaudreau.

One of the deadliest centre forwards England has produced was born on this day, 46 years ago.

Shearer fired Blackburn Rovers to a first – and only – Premier Leagu crown, broke the world transfer fee record, struck fear into defenders across the world while wearing the Three Lions and became the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer with 260 goals.

His career exploded when he moved to Blackburn from Southampton in 1992, scoring 34 times in 42 games as his new club lifted the title in 1994/95.

He would go on to win the Golden Boot on home soil with England at Euro 1996, before making a historic £15 million (Dh71.4m) switch to boyhood club Newcastle United.

A further 206 goals in 405 games would follow before retirement in 2006. Not even relegating the team as boss in 2009 could sour the memories.

Other sports stars born on this day

1975: Shoaib Akhtar, controversial ex-Pakistan pace bowler nicknamed the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ (41).

1976: Nicolas Lapentti, retired tennis player from Ecuador who made the Australian Open semi-finals in 1999 (40).

1992: Lucas Moura, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil winger renowned for his pace (24).

1993: Johnny Gaudreau, American ice hockey winger who was a 2015 NHL All-Star in his first full season (23).

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On this day in 1997: Kipketer smashes 800m record

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Elite athletes can often look back on a golden spell when they were at their peak. For middle-distance runner Wilson Kipketer, the summer of 1997 was that time.

The naturalized Danish competitor equalled then – on this day 19 years ago – surpassed the 16-year-old world 800 metres record.

The Kenya-born athlete had gone agonisingly close to Sebastian Coe’s mark, but his one minute 41.73 second-run in Stockholm could only level it.

Bang in form, it seemed only a matter of time before the mark would be bettered. This came at the Weltklasse Zurich GP, with a new benchmark of 1:41:24. Remarkably, he would better this again on August 24 with 1:41.11.

Other memorable events on this day

1920: Ted Ray wins the 24th US Open, shooting a 295 at Inverness Club in Ohio.

1948: Yugoslavia’s Boris Stankovic goes into record books as the first footballer to be sent off at Wembley.

1999: Steffi Graf announcs her immediate retirement from tennis.

2015: Leicester hand Jamie Vardy a “substantial fine” after being filmed using racist language.

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Sport360 staff 12/08/2016

From Jose Mourinho to Mickey Arthur, we pick out the best quotes from the sporting world!

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