Happy Birthday: Mancini, Raina, Peko

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Roberto Mancini turns 51 today and will have plenty of time for celebrations as he’s currently unattached after being sacked by Inter Milan this season.

The Italian won the Serie A with Sampordia and Lazio during his playing career while he secured three consecutive league title wins for Inter during his first spell as manager of the club.

Mancini took over Manchester City in 2009 and delivered their first Premier League title in the 2011-12 campaign in dramatic fashion.

More sporting birthdays on this day:

1949: Masanori Sekiya, racing car driver and first Japanese to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans (67).

1964: David Giles, Australian star sailor and Olympic bronze medallist (52).

1984: Domata Peko, defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL (32).

1986: Suresh Raina, India limited overs batsman and 2011 World Cup winner (30).

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On this Day: Marino breaks Tarkenton’s record

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Although he would never claim a Super Bowl, few would question Dan Marino’s place in the pantheon of outstanding NFL quarterbacks.

The Miami Dolphins-stalwart would cement his legacy on this day, 21 years ago when he threw his 343rd touchdown pass, breaking Fran Tarkenton’s record.

Marino led a prolific offence from 1983-99, racking up huge figures throughout his career.

This breakthrough day would come in a 36-28 defeat against Indianapolis Colts, with the recipient of his pass being running back Keith Byars.

Marino would keep on adding his statistics, retiring four years later with 420 touchdowns under his belt and 61,361 total passing yards.

1932: Sir Donald Bradman completes 10,000 runs in first-class cricket from 126 innings.

1958: The FIA finally approved flame-proof clothing, in a bid to reduce number of fatalities in Formula One.

1962: Australia win their only Test in 20 played between 1985-87, beating New Zealand by four wickets.

1999: NHL legend Steve Yzerman scores his 600th career goal.

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Happy Birthday: Shell, Kemp, Welbeck

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The mould was broken when Shell was born on this day, 70 years ago.

His career is intrinsically linked to the Raiders franchise, for whom he became a Hall of Fame offensive tackle for his exploits there from 1968-82.

During this time, he became a two-time Super Bowl winner as a player and eight-times Pro Bowl selection.

This ability to achieve incredible things in the NFL would continue after his playing days ended. Shell went on to become just the second-ever African American head coach in the history of professional football, and the first in the sport’s modern era, when he was first hired to lead them from 1989-94.

This stint included being named AFC Coach of the Year in 1990 after winning the AFC West. A second stint in 2006 would, regrettably, end with the Raiders’ worst record since 1963 of two wins and 14 losses.

More sporting birthdays on this day:

1963: Joe Lydon, a versatile back for Wigan and Great Britain rugby league teams in the 1980s and 90s (53).

1969: Shawn Kemp, retired power forward who became a six-time NBA All-Star with Supersonics and Cavs (47).

1977: Ivan Basso, ex-road cyclist who is a two-time winner of his native Giro d’Italia (39).

1990: Danny Welbeck, England and Arsenal forward who came through the ranks at Manchester United (26).

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