Happy Birthday - Davenport, Mascherano & Illingworth

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(L-R) Davenport, Mascherano and Illingworth.

Born on this day 39 years ago, the tall American Lindsay Davenport earned a reputation as one of the hardest hitting female tennis players to ever take up the game.

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Davenport was an elite competitor during an era containing the likes of Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis, being at her best between 1998 and 2000 when she won three grand slam titles.

A semi-final loss at the 1998 French Open was the only thing which stopped her from completing a clean sweep.

She was world No1 on eight different occasions, also winning gold on home soil at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Her game was built around her solid groundstokes and devastating serve, though her height preventd her from being the most mobile of competitors.

Davenport last played competitively in 2011, since going on to be a well-respected and frequently-booked pundit.

Also celebrating their birthdays today are…

1932: Ray Illingworth, former England, Yorkshire and Leicestershire cricket captain (83).

1970: Steve Renouf, Australian former rugby league player nicknamed ‘The Prince of Centres’ (45).

1983: Kim Clijsters, former US Open and Australian Open champion who was engaged to Lleyton Hewitt (32).

1984: Javier Mascherano, Argentina international with more than 100 caps and Barcelona star (31).

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Cameroon celebrate a famous victory.

One of the great World Cup upsets took place on this day 25 years ago, little-fancied and little-known Cameroon stunning holders Argentina in the opening match of the 1990 tournament with nine men.

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Journeyman striker Francois Omam-Biyik wrote his name into the history books, his header embarrasingly slipping through goalkeeper Nery Pumpido’s grasp for the only goal.

Cameroon fought hard – often too hard – for their victory as all-time great Diego Maradona was the recipient of some especially physical treatment.

Andre Kana- Biyik and Benjamin Massing were the men dismissed, yet this did not hold them back from a remarkable victory.

1857: MCC ’s James Grundy earns a quirky place in cricket history as he becomes the first player to be given out handled the ball.

1985: Northern Irishman Barry McGuigan ends Panamanian Eusebio Pedroza’s seven-year reign as the WBA featherweight champion.

2008: Rafael Nadal thrashes Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 to win a fourthconsecutive French Open crown.

2009: Brazil attacking midfielder Kaka joins Real Madrid from AC Milan on a six-year deal for a reported £59 million (Dh330.9m).

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Happy Birthday – June 7 – Cafu, Keegan Bradley, Anna Kournikova

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Keegan Bradley, Cafu and Anna Kournikova celebrate their birthdays.

Few footballers in the history of the game can match the achievements of the flying former Brazil full-back, who turns 45 on Sunday.

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Cafu is the only player to have appeared in three World Cup finals – winning two in 1994 and 2002. Memories of him will forever be entwined with Roberto Carlos, the pair racing down the flanks for more than a decade with Brazil.

Cafu’s incredible stamina and speed stayed with him until retirement in 2008 following a five-year spell with AC Milan which included a Champions league triumph.

He bowed out for Canarinho in 2006 with 142 caps, making him the leading appearance maker for the sport’s most successful nation.

Keegan Bradley, leading American golfer who triumphed in the 2011 PGA Championship (29).

Anna Kournikova, retired tennis player who became more well known for her celebrity status (34).

Allan Iverson, leading former basketballer who was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2001 (40).

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