Happy Birthday - Billie-Jean King, Gyan, Fellaini, Becker

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A host of sporting stars are celebrating.

King is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of women’s tennis.

The American won 39 Grand Slam titles (12 in singles) during an illustrious career which included comprehensive Fed Cup success as a player and captain for her country.

In 1973,  she won the Battle of the Sexes tennis match against 55-year-old Bobby Riggs and she has longed campaigned for gender equality.

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Here are the other sporting superstars who are celebrating:

1959: Frank McAvennie – former Scotland, Celtic and West Ham striker (57).
1963: Tony Mowbray – ex-Middlesbrough and West Brom manager (53).
1967: Boris Becker – youngest Wimbledon champion at the age of 17 (49).

1970: Marvan Atapattu – former Sri Lanka captain (46).
1982: Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Nigerian striker previously with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn (34).
1985: Asamoah Gyan (soccer) – Ghana and Al-Ahli striker, formerly with Sunderland (31).
1985: James Roby – St Helens hooker (31).
1987: Marouane Fellaini – Manchester United and Belgium midfielder (29).

1989: Chris Smalling – Manchester United and England defender (27).

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WATCH: These insane trick shots will make your day

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A trick shot in today’s times is not just limited to the arena of a pool or snooker table. With pin-point accuracy, precision and the use of foreign objects, a ball or a frisbee looks as good as anything when it reaches the intended location.

Of course the added ‘thug life’ celebrations and delight that follow are obvious, but what is also an ingredient in the whole process is the camera that records the event.

While some become experts in the art, others make a fool of themselves while trying to chase it. If not for these videos, we would never be able to admire the brilliance of such talented people.

Here, those talented people are Whistle Sports, who in this video show an array of youngsters trying to make trick shots of various difficulties.


And boy do they pull of some excellent ones thanks to the hard work and practice that has made them trick shot extraordinaires.








It’s got us wanting to grab a frisbee and a dustbin…



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Happy Birthday: Griffey Jr, Aikman, Navas

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The big names born on this day through history.

A lot is expected of the first pick of an MLB draft. A lot more was expected from Ken Griffey Jr though when the Seattle Mariners made him the first pick of the 1987 draft.

He entered baseball with just potential, but with the anticipation that he would go on to become a great. Well, as he celebrates his 47th birthday today, he can look back on a career which truly delivered.

Twenty-two seasons, 630 home runes and an endless list of accolades, the man dubbed “The Natural” left an indelible mark on the game.

He spent most of his career with the Mariners and the Cincinnati Reds, along with a short stint with the Chicago White Sox.

A 13-time All-Star, Griffey is one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history and was also an exceptional defender having won 10 Gold Glove Awards in centre field.

1966: Troy Aikman, is a Hall of Fame QB having guided the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl successes (50).

1968: Antonio Tarver, is a multiple-time light heavyweight champ and former cruiserweight titleist (48).

1971: Michael Strahan, is a former defensive end for the NY Giants, winning the Super Bowl in 2007 (45).

1985: Jesus Navas, is a World Cup and Euros winner with Spain and Premier League winner with Man City (31).

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