On this Day - November 30 - Flintoff wins boxing bout

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A sporting double: Success in cricket and boxing.

The former cricket star, famous for his role in England’s 2005 Ashes-winning triumph, switched the crease for the boxing ring in 2012.

Two years after retiring from cricket, Flintoff beat American Richard Dawson on points on his boxing debut in Manchester.

Freddie battled to a 39-38 points victory and in May 2014 came of out of retirement to play professional cricket again.

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Here’s what else happened on this day in the sporting world:

1872: England and Scotland played the first ever football international. The game at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, finished 0-0.

1956: Floyd Patterson became the then youngest world heavyweight boxing champion when, at the age of 21, he beat Archie Moore.

1991: United States defeated Norway 2-1 to win football’s first women’s World Cup, in China.

2004: Four-time Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent announced his retirement from rowing three months after his final triumph in Athens in the coxless fours.

2011: Martyn Thomas left the Rugby Football Union and was replaced by Stephen Brown as acting chief executive.

2014: Tyson Fury beat Dereck Chisora by 10th-round stoppage to become the new European and British heavyweight champion in a one-sided contest at London’s ExCel Arena.

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Happy Birthday - November 30 - Lineker, Gray, Gradel

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The ex-England forward, who scored 48 goals in 80 appearances for his country, turns 56.

He won the Golden Boot in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Lineker had a decorated playing career at boyhood club Leicester City before enjoying goal-laden spells at Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham.

Interestingly, Lineker never received a yellow or red card throughout his many years in the game.

He is well known for presenting Match of the Day and being one of the faces of English football in the UK.

Lineker is also prolific on social media.

Here’s who else is celebrating:

1944: George Graham – former Arsenal, Leeds and Tottenham manager (72).
1955: Andy Gray  – former Aston Villa, Wolves and Scotland striker (61).

1970: Phil Babb – former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender (46).
1972: Abel Xavier – former Liverpool, Everton and Middlesbrough defender from Portugal (44).
1976: Josh Lewsey – Ex-Wasps and England full-back/wing and head of rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union until January 1 2017 (40).
1984: Alan Hutton – Aston Villa and Scotland defender (32).
1984: Nigel de Jong – former Manchester City midfielder, currently playing for Galatasaray (32).

1987: Max Gradel – Bournemouth midfielder (29).
1991: Ryan Bowman – Motherwell striker (25).

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Team Abu Dhabi win at home

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There might have been a home victory for Team Abu Dhabi at the final race of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship season, but they were pipped to the overall title by a point by Victory Team, who regained the world title they had ceded to Team Abu Dhabi a year ago.

Abu Dhabi stunned their arch Dubai rivals to win the third race of the championship at the capital’s Corniche Breakwater yesterday. The Dubai crew earned four points for running the same engines throughout the race and Team Abu Dhabi were penalised for lifting a Mercury valve cover to make necessary engine checks, and only earned two of the four bonus points on offer.

Trailing multiple world champions, Arif Saif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi, by 10 points heading into the showdown, Team Abu Dhabi No 6 boat duo of John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough led through the opening lap and began to pull away from their rivals, using a quick three short lap strategy to perfection to enhance the gap.

When the Victory boat slowed to a crawl with a broken propeller and found themselves unable to finish higher than fourth, it looked as though the host team would retain their title in dramatic circumstances by a single point.

“I guess that is why we go racing,” said Team Abu Dhabi’s racing manager Randy Scism. “This is what it is all about. The boys worked around the clock to get the second boat back in the water. We got the first boat running right, so this is unbelievable for us. What a great finish.”

The gripping finale brought down the curtain on an exciting week of Class 1 racing hosted by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club’s (ADIMSC), which saw Team Abu Dhabi No5 pair Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori hold off Italy’s Giovanni Carpitella and England’s Ian Blacker in Zabo 91 to take second position.

To cap a superb afternoon for the host club, the new XCAT partnership of triple UIM F1 H2O world champion Alex Carella and Faleh Al Mansoori dominated their second race together in two days to claim the inaugural Abu Dhabi Cup.

Carella’s UIM F1 H2O team manager Guido Cappellini said: “This was an incredible afternoon. To win the Class 1 race was a terrific achievement against a very strong team. “The win in the Abu Dhabi Cup is special as well. They finished in front of the team that won the XCAT Grand Prix here last weekend and finished second in the championship.”

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