Happy Birthday: Thuram, Davis, Wilshere

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There are few hitters in Major League Baseball history better than ‘Hammerin’ Hank’.

The American, who was born on this day in 1911, carved out a Hall of Fame career despite serving with the military during World War II.

Greenberg played 12 of his 13 seasons in the majors with the Detroit Tigers, with whom he was a member of four World Series teams, including two which won championships (1935 and 1945).

He was also a five-time All-Star, a two-time MVP in 1935 and 1940 and led the American League in home runs in four seasons.

Greenberg remains the AL record-holder for most runs batted in for a single season by a right-handed hitter with 183 in 1937, which came in a 154-game season.

The Tigers retired his No5 jersey and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1956. Greenberg died at the age of 75 in 1986.

Other sport stars born on this day

1972: Lilian Thuram, World Cup-winning full-back who is the most capped player in French history (45).

1985: Steven Davis, Northern Irish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Southampton (32).

1986: Glen Davis, American basketball player who played for Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and LA Clippers (31).

1992: Jack Wilshere, English footballer who is a midfielder for Bournemouth and the England national team (25).

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Top 10 Tweets of 2016

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From the wisecracks of Danny Willett’s brother, to Andrew Bogut’s TripAdvisor-style reviews of the Olympic Village, Virender Sehwag’s philosophical musings and, of course, Tiger Woods’ nipples… here is our round-up of some of the best sports tweets of 2016….

Well, Iceland’s victory against England in Euro 2016, was certainly a shocker. And Gary Linekar had this to say for it.

And Virender Sehwag’s witty humour certainly got the better of demonetization in India.

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The year’s most retweeted, including Muhammad Ali’s passing and McGregor’s fake retirement…

Remember when Zlatan signed Manchester United from PSG?

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On this day in 2011: RVP eclipses King Henry

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It was all smiles for everyone associated with Arsenal, particularly Robin Van Persie. On this day five years ago at the Emirates Stadium, the Dutchman scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners defeated London rivals Queens Park Rangers 1-0 to move fourth in the Premier League.

More importantly, it was Van Persie’s 35th Premier League goal in 2011 and set a new record of most goals in a calendar year.

He eclipsed legend Thierry Henry who scored 34 times in the top flight in 2004 but fell one short of the all-time mark set by Alan Shearer when the former England striker netted 36 times for Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

Other memorable events on this day

1955: Johan Cruyff is named European Football Player of the Year, the second time he won the award.

1995: Australian Test opener Matthew Elliott scores two centuries on the same day – 104 and then 135 a Victoria after following on against Western Australia in Perth.

2011: Bottom club Blackburn Rovers stun Manchester United 3-2 in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

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