On this day 13 years ago, Rio Ferdinand was omitted from the England squad to face Turkey in their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier after failing to attend a drugs test.
Ferdinand was due to take the test at Manchester United’s Carrington training facilities but forgot the date and went shopping instead.
He returned to Carrington when he remembered, only to be told he was too late to take the test.
The Manchester United defender passed a subsequent test the following day but had irked the England FA.
An inquest was opened and Ferdinand was handed an eight-month ban.
He eventually returned to the England setup and went on to make 81 appearances for his country before retiring.
2000: Kevin Keegan resigned as England coach after the 1-0 defeat by Germany in the final match to be played at the old Wembley stadium.
2006: England suffered humiliation at the hands of Macedonia for the second time in four years as they were held to a goalless draw in their European Championship qualifier at Old Trafford.
2009: Avram Grant was appointed as the new director of football at Portsmouth. He went on to become manager but could not save the club from relegation.
2010: England’s Rebecca Adlington won a swimming gold medal in the women’s 800m freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games.
2012: West Indies won the ICC World Twenty20 title, beating Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the final in Colombo.
2015: Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu’s World Cup try-scoring record as he led South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing 64-0 victory over the United States.
Zaheer Khan is one of India’s most recognisable bowlers, having played 200 ODIs for this country, 92 Tests and 17 T20Is.
He has the ability to swing the new ball both ways and reverse the older ball and the 38-year-old made this an art-form.
Although he no longer represents his country, Zaheer still plays in the IPL and led the Delhi Daredevils as captain last season.
Seen as many as one of the country’s greatest swing bowlers, Zaheer left a real mark on the cricket mad country.
Today’s other sporting birthdays:
Graham Yallop (cricket) – former Australia Test captain, born 1952.
Jayne Torvill (ice skating) – former world and Olympic ice dance champion with partner Christopher Dean, born 1957.
Paul Stewart (soccer) – former Tottenham, Liverpool and England midfielder, born 1964.
Sami Hyypia (soccer) – former Liverpool and Finland defender, born 1973.
Dida (soccer) – former Brazil and AC Milan goalkeeper, born 1973.
Santiago Solari (soccer) – former Real Madrid and Argentina winger, born 1976.
Gilberto Silva (soccer) – former Arsenal and Brazil midfielder, born 1976.
Jermain Defoe (soccer) – Sunderland and England striker, born 1982.
Dwayne Bravo (cricket) – West Indies all-rounder and former captain, born 1983.
Salman Butt (cricket) – former Pakistan captain who was jailed on spot-fixing charges, born 1984.
Sam Querrey (tennis) – American Davis Cup player, ranked world number 24, born 1987.
Diego Costa (soccer) – Chelsea and Spain striker, born 1988.
Sebastian Coates (soccer) – Sunderland and Uruguay defender, currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon, born 1990.
One of the most followed campaigns of any player in MLB history culminated on this day in 2001, when Barry Bonds set a new benchmark for home runs in a season with his 71st long ball.
The San Francisco Giants slugger broke the record at home in Pac Bell Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers and wasted no time as he did it in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning.
Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park didn’t intentionally walk him like so many other teams chose to do, but went after him only to see his second pitch to Bonds deposited 445 feet into the right field bleachers.
The home run broke Mark McGwire’s mark of 70 set just three years earlier in 1998.
More memorable events on this day:
1957: The Britain and Ireland Ryder Cup team beat America at Lindrick to register their first win since 1933.
1975: Niki Lauda won his first Formula One Drivers Championship.
2010: Australia retained the Champions Trophy with a six-wicket win over New Zealand at Centurion.
2013: Wladimir Klitschko beat Alexander Povetkin to retain the WBA heavyweight belt.