On This Day in 2007: Manning outduels Brady

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There were many great clashes between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, throughout their rivalry, but the one on this day in 2007 is particularly memorable.

Meeting in the AFC Championship, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots battled for the right to make the Super Bowl.

The Patriots, behind Brady, took a commanding 21-3 lead and appeared as if they would once again thwart the Colts.

Manning had other ideas however and led Indianapolis to an 18-point comeback, the largest ever in an NFL conference championship game, to win 38-34 in an epic shootout.

The Colts and Manning would go on to win it all.

Other memorable events on this day

1979: The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 to win Super Bowl XIII.

1985: Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr’s NHL career record of 270 goals.

1990: Oatty Sheehan wins the LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic.

1990: John McEnroe becomes the first player since 1963 to be disqualified from a grand slam at the Australian Open.

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On this day in 2014 - Pakistan pull off a sensational chase

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It was on this day in 2014, when Pakistan – having been set a target of 302 by Sri Lanka – chased it down in 57.3 overs.

A run-rate of 5.25 throughout, thanks to fantastic knocks from Azhar Ali (103), Misbah -Ul-Haq (68*) and Sarfraz Ahmed (48), led them to a memorable win at Sharjah.

Sri Lanka’s ultra-defensive strategy and Pakistan’s desperation to win along with their attacking approach proved to be the difference as the men-in-green won by five wickets.

Pakistan’s intentions to chase the target down were clear, right from the start and Sri Lanka’s captain Angelo Mathews setting up defensive fields, in an attempt to stop boundaries, didn’t help.

Azhar Ali was awarded the Man of the Match for his century in the second innings.

Other memorable events that took place on this day

1892: The first game of basketball was played at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1974: Millwall beat Fulham 1-0 at The Den in the first Football League match ever to take place on a Sunday.

2006: Arsenal signed 16-year-old striker Theo Walcott from Southampton for an initial £5million.

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Happy Birthday: Hargreaves, Chambers, Adams

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The sports stars born January 20.

Retired English footballer, Owen Hargreaves turns 36 today.

A career that went from Calgary Foothills to Bayern Munich and eventually to Manchester United, achieving great heights, ended in a not-so-good manner.

A hardworking defensive midfielder, Hargreaves’ time at Manchester United though was plagued with injuries, one after the other.

He retired at the age of 31, but his career had been virtually over by 28.

Hargreaves could have been a long-time defensive midfield master for England but numerous injuries bogged his career to a point where he was forced to give up.

Other sport stars born on this day

1995: Calum Chambers, English footballer, plays as a defender for Middlesbrough, on loan from Arsenal.

1991: Jolyon Palmer, British Formula One driver with Renault Sport.

1977: Paul Adams, Former South African Chinaman bowler, known for his 412-wicket First-class record.

1976: Francis Stephenson, former Wigan, London Broncos and Hull KR prop.

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