On this day: Sir Ben Ainslie inspires Oracle Team USA to America's Cup victory

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Team Oracle beat Emirates NZ by 44 seconds in a thrilling finale.

Emirates New Zealand appeared to be coasting to victory in the 2013 America's Cup until Sir Ben Ainslie was asked to join the American.

The British Olympic legend combined superbly with Oracle's Australian skipper James Spithill to drag the syndicate back and launch a stunning late surge to snatch the title on this day two years ago.

The victory marked one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of sport. The team won 11 races to score the 9 points required for victory due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.

This was the third time in the history of the America’s Cup with a winner-take-all final race.

1962: Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in the first round of a Heavyweight title fight.

1988: American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner runs an Olympic 100m record of 10.49s in Seoul.

1991: American Carl Lewis wins 100m gold in the third World Athletics Championships in Tokyo.

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Happy Birthday: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Scottie Pippen

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Happy Birthday to Rummenigge, Pippen & Gardner.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, 60 today, is a former Bayern Munich and Germany football captain who is now chairman of the European Club Association.

Known in his playing days as King Kalle, Rummenigge helped Bayern to triumphs in the Intercontinental and European Cup as well as two league titles and two domestic cups.

As a member of the West Germany national team, the fearsome striker won the 1980 European Championship and was part of the squad that finished runner-up in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

He was also honoured twice as European Footballer of the Year.

1978: Ricardo Gardner, ex-Jamaica and Bolton Wanderers footballer (37).

1981: Rocco Baldelli, former MLB star who was a designated hitter for Tampa Bay (34).

1995: Scottie Pippen, retired NBA star who alongside Michael Jordan helped the Chicago Bulls to six titles (50).

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Happy Birthday – September 24: John Arne Riise, Ryan Briscoe, Randy Foye

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Happy Birthday to Riise, Briscoe and Foye.

John Arne Riise plays left back for Delhi Dynamos FC in the Indian Super League but is more famously remembered in football circles for his seven year stint with Liverpool in the Premier League. 

The red-haired Norwegian, 34 today, became a firm favourite on the Kop having helped the team to Champions League success in 2005 and an FA Cup title the next season.

With 110 caps, Riise is the most-capped player for the Norwegian, scoring 17 goals before his retirement from international duty in 2013.

1979: Fábio Aurélio, former who played for Valencia, Liverpool and Brazil in the 2000 Sydney Olympics (35).

1981: Ryan Briscoe, Australian professional racing driver who has races open wheel and sports cars in Europe and America (33).

1983: Randy Foye, NBA star for the Denver Nuggets and seventh overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics (32).

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