Happy Birthday: Derek Underwood, Javier Mascherano, Lindsay Davenport

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(L-R) Derek Underwood, Javier Mascherano, Lindsay Davenport.

There was a reason why his nickname was ‘Deadly’. Underwood was one of the finest spinners in the world during the 1960s and 70s.

Not a conventional left-arm spinner, Underwood was a master of varying his pace according to conditions and could bowl close to medium pace.

Underwood, who turns 71 today, was nearly unplayable on sticky wickets and his in-swinging arm ball was particularly notorious, getting many batsmen lbw.

In 86 Tests, Underwood snared 297 wickets with 17 five-wicket hauls.

His best effort with the ball came against Australia at the Oval in 1968. He took 7 for 50 in the second innings to clinch a remarkable win, scalping the last four Australian wickets in 27 balls in the final half an hour to square the series.

In 2009, Underwood was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Other sporting stars born on this day:

1976: Lindsay Davenport, American former tennis player who won three major titles (40).

1976: Kenji Johjima, Japanese former baseball player who was a catcher in MLB with the Seattle Mariners (40).

1983: Kim Clijsters, Belgian former tennis player who was world No1 in both singles and doubles (33).

1984: Javier Mascherano, Argentine footballer who plays for Barcelona as a midfielder (32).

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On this day: Wawrinka stuns Djokovic at Roland Garros

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Wawrinka holds his French Open cup with Djokovic at his side.

Djokovic entered having already won the Australia Open to start the major season and later went on to also earn titles at Wimbledon and the US Open. But it was Wawrinka who reigned supreme on clay, keeping Djokovic from completing the career grand slam.

After dropping the first set, the Swiss responded with three straight set wins, utilising his powerful one-handed backhand to smack 59 winners, compared to 30 for Djokovic.

Wawrinka added the victory to his Australian Open triumph.

Other memorable events in history today:

1975: The first edition of the Cricket World Cup begins in England.

1978: The Washington Bullets beat the Seattle SuperSonics 105-99 in Game 7 to win the franchise’s first and only NBA championship.

2004: The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.

2014: Tonalist wins the 146th Belmont Stakes in 2:28.52.

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Happy Birthday: Cafu, Allen Iverson and Jordan Clarkson

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Cafu, Allen Iverson and Jordan Clarkson.

Known for his great pace, stamina and technical ability, Cafu certainly falls into the bracket of being one of the greatest full-backs to ever play the game and you only have to look at his CV why.

Turning 46 today, the Brazilian made a name for himself with Sao Paulo winning numerous titles. More success followed when he moved to Italy, adding the Serie A and Coppa Italia to his cabinet.

He was soon plying his trade for AC Milan and it was there where he enjoyed his most successful club stint as part of a formidable side that included Andrea Pirlo and Kaka claiming six accolades including the 2007 Champions League.

For Brazil, he is a proud owner of two World Cup medals, winning in 1994 and 2002. Just before his retirement in 2008, he was named as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers by compatriot and legend Pele.

Other sporting stars born on this day:

1970: Mike Modano, former NHLer, all-time leading goal scorer and points leader for American-born players (46).

1975: Allen Iverson, American retired NBA guard, former MVP (2001), 11-time All-Star and Hall of Famer (41).

1981: Anna Kournikova, Russian retired tennis player who reached the No8 world ranking (35).

1992: Jordan Clarkson, Filipino-American NBA combo guard for the Los Angeles Lakers (24).

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