Happy Birthday: Valdes, Crawford, Cabaye

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The sporting superstars born January 14 throughout history.

He is plying his trade with Middlesbrough but Victor Valdes will be fondly remembered for his time at Barcelona where he enjoyed an illustrious stint.

Celebrating his 35th birthday today, Valdes began his career with the Catalan club, breaking into the first team in 2002.

With 535 caps, Valdes won 21 major titles including six La Liga crowns and three UEFA Champions League trophies.

He holds the club record for most appearances by a goalkeeper, breaking Andoni Zubizarreta’s mark during the 2011–12 season.

After leaving Spain in 2014, he moved to Manchester United before moving to Middlesbrough this season.

On the international stage, chances were hard to come by with Iker Casillas ahead of him but still played 20 games for Spain and was part of the squad to win the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Other sports stars born on this day:

1971: Lasse Kjus, Norway’s 1996 and 1999 World Cup skiing champion (46).

1973: Giancarlo Fisichella, former Formula One driver with Ferrari, Minardi, Jordan and Force India (44).

1978: Shawn Crawford, United States sprinter who won Olympic 200 metres gold in 2004 and silver in 2008 (39).

1986: Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace’s French midfielder, who played for PSG (31).

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Quotes of the week: "Andy is fine..."

Sport360 staff 13/01/2017
A look through the quotes with biggest impact in sport this week.

It’s safe to say sportsmen and women are never shy of a word or two and this week has been no different.

In the NFL, New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo was honest about his side’s locker room antics, while Sir Andy Murray addressed his new title.

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s latest signing explained how he went from redundancy at a Bentley dealership and non-league football to signing with the Premier League outfit.

Also, Maria Sharapova outlined her plans to return to the court, while England’s Haseeb Hameed offered captain Alastair Cook his full support.

What are your thoughts on these athletes’ comments and what do you make of the incredible rise of Arsenal’s new signing?

Have your say by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

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Happy Birthday: Coria, Yepes, Akmal

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A look at the sports stars born January 13.

Retired Argentine Tennis player Guillermo Coria turns 35 today.

Known as El Mago [The magician in Spanish], he had the best years of his career from 2003-2005.

His shot at glory was for a brief period. And this was when he was a Master of clay and he won a total of nine titles in his career.

Since 2005 though, he began suffering from service “yips”, which led to plenty of double faults in his games. The situation turned worse and he had to spend a year and a half, away from the game.

Coria’s stature though, as King of clay was soon taken up by Rafael Nadal, and officially he retired in 2009.

Perhaps Coria might go down in Tennis history, as someone who ‘could have been’.

Other sport stars born on this day

1976: Mario Yepes – Retired Colombian footballer, played as defender, now manager of Deportivo Cali.

1982: Kamran Akmal – Pakistan wicketkeeper, right-hand-batsman, brother of Umar Akmal, who also plays for Pakistan.

1989: Bryan Arguez – American Professional Soccer player, plays for Pittsburgh Riverhounds in United Soccer League.

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