On this day: 2007 – Kimi ‘The Ice Man' Raikonnen cometh in Interlagos

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Thrilling Finn-ish: Kimi Raikkonen.

Kimi Raikonnen might be a less-than-inspirational figure for Ferrari in the current Formula One season, but on this day eight years ago he reached the zenith of the sport as he lifted the drivers’ championship.

The victory had seemed an unlikely one weeks previously, McLaren rookie Lewis Hamilton thrashing all before him.

By the time the season swung by to Brazil for the decider, a three-way battle had emerged including McLaren’s defending champion Fernando Alonso.

An incident-packed race ensued, Raikonnen taking the win thanks to team-mate Felipe Massa’s pit-stop strategy while Hamilton finished seventh. In the end, only one point separated the Finn from the McLarens.

1973: Baseball great Dick Williams chose the perfect moment to step down as Oakland Athletics, leaving after clinching a second-consecutive World Series title.

1979: Greta Weitz of Norway became the first woman to run a marathon in under two hours and 30 minutes, clocking 2:37:33 in the New York City Marathon.

1984: Niki Lauda clinched his third Formula One world title. 2014: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting his girlfriend dead.

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Skydive Dubai’s Andrea Palini wins opening stage of Tour of Hainan

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Stage winner: Andrea Palini.

UAE’s Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team could not have had a better start to their Tour of Hainan as Andrea Palini won the opening stage to take over the general classification yellow jersey on Tuesday.

Palini edged out fellow Italian Roberto Ferrari of Lampre-Merida and Fabio Silvestre of Trek Factory Racing to triumph in the 76.1km sprint stage in Xinglong.

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Also the holder of the points classification green jersey Palini enters today’s stage two with a four-second lead over Ferrari.

The second stage will see riders traverse 188.3km from Xinglong to Wenchang on the northeastern coast of the paradise island of Hainan.

The Tour of Hainan is a 2.HC nine-stage race on the Asia Tour calendar and is considered the top cycling road race to be held in China following the cancellation of the Tour of Beijing last year.

A total of 20 teams are taking part in this 10th edition of the Tour of Hainan, including three UCI WorldTeams – Astana, Lampre-Merida and Trek Factory Racing – and five continental professional teams.

Skydive Dubai, the UAE’s first-ever professional cycling team, is a UCI Continental team formed last year.

The riders competing in Hainan alongside Palini are UAE’s Mohammed Al Murawwi, Spaniard Francisco Mancebo, Tunisians Rafaa Chtioui and Meher Hasnaoui, and Moroccan duo Soufiane Haddi and Adil Jelloul.

Tuesday’s triumph was Palini’s fourth stage win of the year, having won two stages in the Tour of Egypt in January, and one at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon in February.

The 26-year-old Italian, who turned pro in 2012 with Team Idea before spending two seasons with Lampre-Merida, is no stranger to success in China as he had won the fifth stage at the Tour of Hainan last year.

The $350,000 Tour of Hainan concludes with stage nine on Wednesday October 28 where the riders will cycling from Wuzhishan back to Xinglong over a 119km distance.

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On this day in 1996: Newcastle United 5-0 Manchester United

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Les Ferdinand put the Red Devils to the sword in a 5-0 rout.

Newcastle United's pursuit of the Premier League title under Kevin Keegan looked like it could come true on one October night in 1996.

The Toon, who were vying for the coveted crown with Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils all season before being pipped at the wire, inflicted the biggest defeat on a United side for 12 years – a 5-0 battering at St. James' Park.

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An early goal from Darren Peacock was followed by a wonderful strike from the mecurial David Ginola before Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer got in on the act. 

Belgian Philippe Albert then wrapped up a memorable night for the Geordies with a delicious left-footed chip over Peter Schmeichel from 25 yards to send the Toon to the top of the table.

Other memorable events on this day

1990: Twenty-one Arsenal and Manchester United players were involved in a mass brawl which resulted in both clubs being fined £50,000 and a deduction of two points for Arsenal and one for United. 

Manchester United and Arsenal players fight on the pitch during a match at Old Trafford in 1990.

2003: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was handed a two-match touchline ban and fined £10,000 by the Football Association following a verbal attack on referee Jeff Winter. 

2004: Formula One's contract recognition board refused to ratify Jenson Button's move from BAR to Williams. He was forced to stay with BAR. 

2006: Great Britain's  Beth Tweddle won the gold medal in the uneven bars competition at the gymnastics World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. 

England lost a bruising contest 15-6 to South Africa in France.

2007: Holders England lost the Rugby World Cup final 15-6 to South Africa in Paris. 

2009: The Football Association dismissed an appeal by Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny against a nine-month suspension for a failed drugs test. 

2010: Wayne Rooney released a statement confirming he wanted to leave Manchester United. The England striker later reversed his decision. 

2011: Stuart Pearce and Hope Powell were named by the Football Association as the coaches for the British men's and women's football teams at the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Tom Queally rides Frankel to victory at Ascot.

2012: Frankel, trained by Sir Henry Cecil and ridden by Tom Queally, won the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in what was the 14th – and final – victory of his unbeaten career ahead of his retirement. 

2014: Keiron Cunningham was named the new head coach of Super League Grand Final winners St Helens, succeeding Nathan Brown. 

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