Happy Birthday: Foreman, Poulter, Cielo

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We look at the sporting superstars born January 10 through history.

‘Big George’ might have retired two decades ago but the fact he is still named as one of the best ever boxers shows how good he was in the ring.

Celebrating his 68th birthday today, Foreman’s potential was there to see when he took gold in the heavyweight category at the 1968 Olympic Games.

He turned professional a year later and won the world heavyweight title by beating undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973, before suffering his first loss to Muhammad Ali in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ 12 months later.

Having retired in 1977, he announced his comeback aged 45, in 1994, knocking out 27-year-old Michael Moorer to win the unified WBA and IBF belts.

Foreman called it quits for the second time in 1997 with a record of 76 wins, five losses and 68 knockouts and is now inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.

Other sports stars born on this day: 

1976: Ian Poulter, English golfer and former Ryder Cup winner, who has 16 professional victories (41).

1984: Marouane Chamakh, Moroccan striker who played for Arsenal and Crystal Palace (33).

1987: Cesar Cielo, Brazil’s 2008 Olympic 50m freestyle champion and six-time world champion (30).

1992: Emmanuel Frimpong, former Arsenal midfielder, now with Russian club Arsenal Tula (25).

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On this day in 1985: Shastri hits the fastest double-ton

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Shastri in action.

Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri made it a habit of scoring big runs during his illustrious career, reaching triple figures 15 times on the international stage.

On this day 32 years ago, Shastri achieved a remarkable feat in the domestic game.

Playing for Bombay in their Ranji Trophy zonal match against Baroda, he smashed the fastest double-century of all time, taking just 113 minutes to reach 200 not out.

During the innings, he became only the second batsman to hit six sixes in an over, following in the footsteps of Garry Sobers (in 1968), with Tilak Raj being the unfortunate bowler.

Just a week earlier Shastri had made a seven-hour hundred against England.

Other memorable events that took place on this day: 

1920: A new record NHL score is set by the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto St Patricks. The Canadiens won 14-7, and the 21-goal aggregate beat the 19 set three years earlier when the Montreal Wanderers beat the Toronto Arenas 10-9.

2006: Manchester United sign Patrice Evra from Monaco on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

2007: Walter Smith resigns as Scotland manager to take over as Rangers boss.

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On this day in 1942: Twenty is plenty for the ‘Brown Bomber’

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Bombed: Louis.

On this day in 1942 Joe Louis aka the ‘Brown Bomber’ successfully defended his world heavyweight title for the 20th time when he knocked out Buddy Baer, brother of Max, four seconds from the end of the first round.

Baer had been knocked down three times before he was counted out and it was to be the last time he laced up his gloves for a pro fight as he retired with a 53-7 record.

In their previous encounter, a year earlier, Baer had become the first man to be disqualified in a world heavyweight title fight. Referee Arthur Donovan disqualified him before the beginning of the seventh round as a result of stalling by his manager.

Other memorable moments that took place on this day

1811: The first recorded golf tournament for women took place in Musselburgh, Scotland.

2003: Two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter announced his retirement from professional tennis.

2012: Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or award for the third year in a row.

2013: Kevin Pietersen signed an ECB central contract, ending a spell of uncertainty over his future after a falling-out with the dressing room.

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