Happy Birthday: Imran Khan, Xabi Alonso and Peter Siddle

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Happy Birthday to Imran Khan, Xabi Alonso and Peter Siddle.

1951: Jonny Rep, right winger who starred alongside Johan Cruyff in the great Netherlands team of the 1970s (64).

1952: Imran Khan, indisputably the finest cricketer Pakistan has produced, his prowess with ball and ball, urbane presence and good looks put millions in his thrall (63). 

1965: Cris Carter, Hall of Fame wide receiver in the NFL who starred mainly for Minnesota Vikings (50).

1981: Xabi Alonso, cultured midfielder who has excelled for Spain, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich (34).


1984: Peter Siddle, the fearsome right-arm fast bowler has excelled for Australia, Victoria and Nottinghamshire (31).

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Happy Birthday - November 24 - Sir Ian Botham, Dean Ashton, Nabil Bentaleb

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Sir Ian Botham's Test wicket record for England was broken by James Anderson earlier this year.

Without doubt England’s greatest all-rounder of all time, Sir Ian Botham claimed 383 wickets and scored 14 centuries in 102 Test matches for England.

Arguably Botham’s finest moment in an England shirt arrived during the 1981 Ashes Series – which has since been coined ‘Botham’s Ashes’.

The Sky Sports commentator, who turns 60 today, took 34 wickets and backed that up with 399 runs as England inflicted an overdue win on the old enemy Australia.

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1936: Dave Whelan (soccer) – Wigan’s owner and former chairman (79).

1958: Roy Aitken (soccer) – former Chelsea, Celtic, Motherwell and Scotland defender (57).

1965: Tom Boyd (soccer) – former Celtic and Scotland defender (50).

1982: Sean O’Loughlin (rugby league) – Wigan and England captain (35).

1983: Dean Ashton (soccer) – former Crewe, Norwich and West Ham striker who won one England cap and retired through injury in 2009 (32).

1994: Nabil Bentaleb (soccer) – Tottenham and Algeria midfielder (21).

1987: Jeremain Lens (soccer) – Sunderland’s Holland international striker (28).

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On this day: November 24, 2013 – Sebastian Vettel equals Formula One record

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Sebastian Vettel enjoyed a fine 2013 campaign.

Exactly two year agos, German driver Sebastian Vettel won a record-equalling ninth race in a row at the Brazilian Grand Prix en-route to his fourth drivers’ championship.

The former Red Bull Racing star levelled the record set by Alberto Ascari in 1953, in his last championship-winning season for Red Bull.

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Vettel’s 13th race victory of the 2013 campaign also meant he equalled Michael Schumacher’s 2004 feat with Ferrari.

1894: England and Yorkshire batsman Herbert Sutcliffe was born. He scored 4,555 runs in 54 Tests and scored more than 50,000 first-class runs between 1919 and 1945. He died aged 83 in 1978.

2001: Fifteen fans were injured after being hit by a car driven by two-time world champion Carlos Sainz at the Network Q Rally of Great Britain.

2003: West Brom striker Lee Hughes was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later convicted and jailed.

2004: Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of Portsmouth after his managerial style was compromised by the appointment of Velimir Zajec as executive director.

2005: Portsmouth sacked manager Alain Perrin.

2009: Manager Paul Hart was ”relieved of his duties” at Portsmouth.

2013: The All Blacks became the first ever side to register a perfect season in the professional erawith a last-gasp 24-22 win over Ireland in Dublin, secured after fly-half Aaron Cruden was allowed a second attempt at an overtime conversion.

2014: Marco Mattiacci was axed as Ferrari team principal after just seven months in the job and replaced by Maurizio Arrivabene.

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