Happy Birthday: Schumacher, Hull, McDermott

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These sporting stars were all born on January 3rd.

The discussion over the best Formula One driver of all-time has to start and end with the German.

Turning 48 on January 3, Schumacher enjoyed a trophy-laden career in Formula One, breaking numerous records and winning multiple championships.

He won two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before leaving for Ferrari and adding to his haul with a run of five straight championships from 2000 to 2004.

Along with his seven titles, Schumacher is F1’s all-time leader in race victories (91), fastest laps (77), pole positions (68) and most races won in a single season (13 in 2004).

He’s also the only driver to finish in the top three in every race of a season and holds the mark for most consecutive podium finishes with 19.

Schumacher unfortunately suffered a severe head injury while skiing in December 2013, from which he is still recovering.

We continue to wish the German ace all the best with his recovery.

Here are the other sport stars born on this day:

1939: Bobby Hull, Canadian former NHL player who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame (78).

1967: Magnus Gustafsson, Swedish retired tennis player who reached a career-high singles ranking of No10 (50).

1981: Eli Manning, American NFL quarterback for the New York Giants and two-time Super Bowl winner (36).

1992: Doug McDermott, American NBA player for the Chicago Bulls and 2014 NCAA scoring champion (25).

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Your key guide to sport over the next twelve months!

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2-14 MOTORSPORT: Dakar Rally, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina

NFL: Playoffs start

13 MOTORSPORT: Dubai 24H

14-Feb 5 FOOTBALL: African Cup of Nations, Gabon

15-22 CRICKET: India v England, ODI series

20 MARATHON: Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

16-29 TENNIS: Australian Open, Melbourne

19-22 GOLF: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

20 MOTORSPORT: Start of WRC season, Monte Carlo

26-Feb 1 CRICKET: India v England, T20I series

28 BOXING: Frampton v Santa Cruz, Las Vegas


2-5 GOLF: Dubai Desert Classic

3-6 CYCLING: Dubai Tour

4-Mar 18 RUGBY UNION: Six Nations

5: NFL Super Bowl, Houston

Can Tom Brady inspire the Patriots to another SuperBowl?

7-Mar 7 CRICKET: Pakistan Super League

23-26 CYCLING: Abu Dhabi Tour

23-Mar 28 CRICKET: India v Australia, Test series

26 FOOTBALL: English League Cup final, London

20-Mar 3 TENNIS: Dubai Duty Free

Reigning champion: Stan Wawrinka.

Reigning champion: Stan Wawrinka.


2 RUGBY LEAGUE: NRL season starts

3-4 TRIATHLON: Abu Dhabi triathlon

4 BOXING: Haye v Bellew, London/Garcia v Thurman, New York

23 AUSSIE RULES: AFL season starts

25 RACING: Dubai World Cup

26 MOTORSPORT: Start of new F1 season, Melbourne

26 MOTORSPORT: Start of new MotoGP season, Qatar

Will Lewis Hamilton win a fourth drivers' title?

Will Lewis Hamilton win a fourth drivers’ title?


2 MLB: Start of new season

5-May 21 CRICKET: Indian Premier League


6-9 GOLF: Masters

8 RACING: Grand National

12-16 CYCLING: UCI World Track Championships, Hong Kong

12 NHL: Start of playoffs

15 NBA: Start of playoffs

27 NFL: Draft

29 BOXING: Klitschko v Joshua, London

Will Anthony Joshua make it 19 consecutive wins?


5-28 CYCLING: Giro d’Italia

5-9 SQUASH: PSA World Series finals, Dubai

6 RACING: Kentucky Derby

13 RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup final, Edinburgh

20 RACING: Preakness Stakes


24-29 CRICKET: England v South Africa, ODI series

Can England beat South Africa?

24 FOOTBALL: Europa League final, Stockholm

27 FOOTBALL: FA Cup final, Wembley

28-Jun 11 TENNIS: French Open, Paris


1 NBA: Start of Finals

1-18 CRICKET: Champions Trophy, England and Wales

3 FOOTBALL: Champions League final, Cardiff

Who will stop Barcelona?

Who will stop Barcelona?

10 RACING: Belmont Stakes

15-18 GOLF: US Open, Wisconsin

17-18 MOTORSPORT: 24 Hours of Le Mans

17-27 SAILING: America’s Cup, Bermuda

17-Jul 2 FOOTBALL: Confederations Cup, Russia

22 NBA: Draft

24: RUGBY UNION: First British & Irish Lions Test v New Zealand, Auckland

26-Jul 23 CRICKET: Women’s World Cup, England

Will the All Blacks beat the Lions?

Will the All Blacks beat the Lions?


1-23: CYCLING: Tour de France

1: RUGBY UNION: Second British & Irish Lions Test v New Zealand, Wellington

3-16: TENNIS: Wimbledon

Who will challenge Murray, Djokovic and co. at Wimbledon?

Who will challenge Murray, Djokovic and co. at Wimbledon?

6-Aug 8: CRICKET: England v South Africa Test series

8: RUGBY UNION: Third British & Irish Lions Test v New Zealand, Auckland

9: RUGBY UNION: Women’s World Cup, Ireland

16: FOOTBALL: Women’s Euro 2017, Netherlands

20-23: GOLF: Open Championship, Royal Birkdale


4-13: ATHLETICS: World Championships, London

10-13: GOLF: PGA Championship, Quail Hollow

17-Sep 7: CRICKET: England v West Indies, Test series

18-20: GOLF: Solheim Cup, Des Moines

Solheim Cup.

Solheim Cup.

19-Sep 10: CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana

21-27: BADMINTON: World Championships, Glasgow

28-Sep 10: TENNIS: US Open


17-24: CYCLING: World Road Race Championships, Bergen, Norway

28-Oct 1: GOLF: President’s Cup, New Jersey

30: AUSSIE RULES: AFL Grand Final

Who would you like to see win this season?

Who would you like to see win this AFL season?


1: RACING: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

23-29: TENNIS: WTA Finals, Singapore

24: BASEBALL: World Series starts

27-Dec 2: RUGBY LEAGUE: World Cup, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

History makers in 2016: Chicago Cubs.

History makers in 2016: Chicago Cubs.


7: RACING: Melbourne Cup

13: TENNIS: ATP World Tour Finals, London 

16-19: GOLF: DP World Tour Championship

23-27: CRICKET: First Ashes Test, Brisbane

Who will win the Ashes?

24-26: TENNIS: Davis Cup final

26: MOTORSPORT: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix


1-2: RUGBY: Dubai Sevens (TBC)

2: CRICKET: Second Ashes Test, Adelaide

6-16: FOOTBALL: Club World Cup, UAE

13-17: BADMINTON: World Superseries Finals, Dubai

Dubai fan favourite PV Sindhu.

14: CRICKET: Third Ashes Test, Perth

26: CRICKET: Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne

26: RACING: King George V, Aintree

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On this day in 1992 - Warne makes his Test debut

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One of the greatest cricketers of all time began his journey on this day against India at Sydney.

However, it was not the best of starts. After Australia made 313 in the first innings, India went after the hosts.

Opener Ravi Shastri hit a majestic double century while Sachin Tendulkar missed his 150 by two runs.

Warne had a forgettable outing, going for 150 runs from 45 overs and picking up just one wicket. The match ended in a draw but greater rewards awaited Warne.

The leg-spinner ended up as the second most successful bowler of all time, picking up 708 scalps, and was an important member of the all-conquering Australian side of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Other memorable events that took place on this day

1879: Australian fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes the first hat-trick in Test cricket, against England in Melbourne.

1966: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in the NFL championship game. It was the last one played before the Super Bowl era.

1986: New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy becomes quickest NHL player to 500 goals.

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