On this day in 1929: The Rome Derby is born

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Lazio and Roma faced off for the first time, with Roma winning thanks to a late goal from striker Rodolfo Volk.

Roma were founded in 1927 – brought together by consolidating three other clubs based in the capital in an effort to construct a team that could compete with the stronger clubs based in the north. On the other hand, Lazio, founded in 1900, resisted inclusion, becoming the only major from Rome to do so.

Their first meet was a Serie A tie played at the Campo Rondinella, where AS Roma claimed victory after a 73rd minute strike from Volk. Since this first encounter, the fierce rivalry has extended to more than 180 matches, with Roma boasting more wins than Lazio. The Giallorossi hold the record for the longest-winning streak, recording six consecutive triumphs from 1950 to 1953.

Known in Italy as the Derby della Capitale, the fixture has become one of the more heated derbies in football, with several incidents of extreme violence on both sides. The worst moment came in 1979, when a Roma supporter fired a flare into the crowd, killing Lazio supporter Vincenzo Paparelli.

More memorable events on this day:

1956: 16th Olympic Games close at Melbourne, Australia.

1985: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd to lift the 74th Australian Open title.

1987: Philadelphia Flyers’ Ron Hextall becomes first goalie to score a goal.

1988: New York Knicks set NBA record of 11 3-pointers & sink Milwaukee Bucks 113-109.

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Happy Birthday: Khan, Elkington, Sterling

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Born 29 years ago in Bolton, it was quite obvious to many who watched Amir Khan to know he was predestined for boxing greatness. First taking up boxing at the age of 11, his early honours included school and junior ABA titles, but by far the most impressive was his gold medal at the 2003 Junior Olympics.

He also collected junior medals in internationally-accredited tournaments in Lithuania and South Korea as well as compiling a respectable amateur record of 101-9.

But it was his runner-up finish during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where he exploded onto the world stage of lightweight boxing. Despite his loss to the Cuban Mario Kindelan, at the age of 17 he became the youngest British Olympic boxer since Colin Jones in 1976.

In his professional career to date, Khan has won multiple belts and famously rose to the occasion in numerous victories against Chris Algieri, Marco Antonio Barrera and Carlos Molina.

More sport stars birthdays on this day:

1962: Steve Elkington, Australian golfer, who spent more than 50 weeks in the top of the official World Golf rankings, boasting ten PGA Tour wins in the 1990s (54).

1981: Philip Rivers, American quarterback who features for the San Diego Chargers, and is ranked fourth all-time in consecutive starts by a quarterback in NFL history (35).

1985: Josh Donaldson, American third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays. Voted as MVP for his impressive form in the 2015 MLB season (31).

1994: Raheem Sterling, English winger who plays for Manchester City. Notably awarded the ‘Golden Boy’ for his Liverpool exploits in 2014 (22).

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​Arab MMA fighters shine at Brave 2: Dynasty

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Four Arab MMA fighters made the world take notice at  at Brave 2: Dynasty with huge victories over tough opposition.

Jarrah Al Silawi, Hamza Kooheji and Ottman Azaitar all gained career-defining victories and continued their charge up the ranks, although the most impressive winner was surely the Algerian Elias Boudegzdame.

He stalked, battered and submitted the world class veteran Walel Watson in the first round, making him look amateurish and inferior.

The truth is that the Arab star just had too much for Watson to handle on this night, and put in an inspired performance – by far the best of his career.

Elias continually backed up Watson, walked him down confidently and landed some big right hands which surprised the lanky American. The smiling Algerian then landed a beautiful takedown and immediately held onto the arm of the hapless American, who could do nothing to stop Boudegzdame steal the show with a fine piece of Jiu Jitsu magic.

It was all the more impressive since Watson is well known for his brilliance on the mat and he was still unable to stop the clinical Kimura attack of Boudegzdame.

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This same Kimura lock was used by the second most impressive Arab winner, Jarrah Al Silawi, who defeated Erik Carlsson via submission in the second round following a competitive opening stanza.

Carlsson showed his quality and was able to take down Jarrah, yet unable to damage the Jordanian Lion, who was relaxed and confident throughout until he finally capitalized on a mistake by Carlsson. The “Last Viking” from Sweden may have been hurt by the vicious body kicks of Al Silawi as he went for a takedown and his sloppy attempt landed him in a Kimura lock, Al Silawi’s favorite technique. It was a nasty submission which may have damaged the arm of the Swede, hopefully not.

The final two Arab winners were equally as impressive in terms of their will to win, as Azaitar and Kooheji both won a unanimous decision against their respective opponents. Azaitair looked unstoppable in there as he continually pressed forward and threw punches, outmuscling, out-working and proving too much for Koldobsky who had taken the fight on short notice. He left “El General” in a bloody mess and continued his undefeated streak in Mixed Martial Arts.

The golden boy from Bahrain, introduced as the “Pride of Bahrain”, Kooheji, showed why he’s such a prospect in defeating the previously undefeated and highly talented Jeremy Pacatiw, handing the Filipino his first loss. Kooheji simply refused to lose the fight and was buoyed by his fans, who chanted his name as he overcame some scary moments and submission attempts, winning thanks to his superior wrestling, as he landed the crucial takedowns when it mattered and controlled from the top enough to secure the win.

All four Arab fighters are genuine prospects and will move on to bigger fights, with Boudegzdame and Al Silawi expected to land big some big name opposition in their next fight following their incredible finishes.

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