Happy Birthday: Mary Lou Retton, Luis Suarez, Rebecca Romero

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(Clockwise): Luis Suarez, Rebecca Romero and Mary Lou Retton.

‘America’s Sweetheart’ was quite simply a pioneer. At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, she won gold in the individual allaround gymnastics competition to add to her two silver medals and two bronze.

But her performance to win gold made her one of the most popular athletes in the United States as Retton became the first ever American woman to win allaround gold and was the only one to do so for 20 years.

Celebrating her 49th birthday today, Retton may well dig out the footage of her breathtakingly executed routine which saw her take home gold by just 0.05 points.

She is credited with inspiring American women’s gymnastics to the incredibly high standards we see today with Carly Patterson (2004), Nastia Liukin (2008), Gabby Douglas (2012), and Simone Biles (2016) all since following in her footsteps.

More sport stars born on this day:

1955: Jim Montgomery, is an American former competition swimmer and four-time Olympic medallist (62).

1979: Nik Wallenda, is an acrobat who holds nine Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats (38).

1980: Rebecca Romero, is a former Olympic track cycling champion and rowing Olympic silver medallist (37).

1987: Luis Suarez, is a forward for Uruguay and Barcelona, a club where he has won eight major trophies (30).

Luis Suarez.

Luis Suarez.

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On this day in 2014 - Sherman's leap of faith

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During the 2013/14 NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks had relied on their defence so it wasn’t all that surprising that on this day two years ago, that unit made the play to send them to the Super Bowl.

With 22 seconds remaining and the Seahawks clinging on to a six-point lead, Richard Sherman leaped into the air and tipped in the end zone from Colin Kaepernick’s pass intended for Michael Crabtree to Malcolm Smith.

The play preserved a 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Even more memorable was Sherman trashing Crabtree in a postgame interview with Erin Andrews.

They would then go on to batter the Denver Broncos in the big show.

Other memorable events that took place on this day

1965: Boston Celtic center Bill Russell missed all 14 shots in a loss to the Philadelphia Warriors

1981: New York Islanders star Mike Bossy became the first in NHL history to score 50 goals in 50 games

1983: Bjorn Borg announced his retirement from tennis

1984: The Buffalo Sabres won an NHL record 10th straight road game after beating the Boston Bruins 5-3

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Happy Birthday: Paisley, Gibbs, Robben

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“I love the city and the people here. I’ve been with them for many years and I fought alongside them.”

Bob Paisley is one of the greatest football managers of all time and will long be fondly remembered by Liverpool fans in particular.

The great man would have been celebrating his 99th birthday on Monday and few brought success to the city quite in the way Paisley did. Both he and Carlo Ancelotti are the only managers to have won the European Cup three times.

During his nine-year tenure as Liverpool manager, Paisley won honours at a rate of 2.2 per season, a rate surpassed only by Pep Guardiola.

He spent almost fifty years with Liverpool as a wing half, physiotherapist, coach and manager, and is one of bosses to have won the English top flight as both a player and a manager at the same club.

Other sport stars born on this day

1971: Scott Gibbs, is a former centre for Wales who was named 1997 Player of the Series with the Lions (46).

1975: Tito Ortiz, is a former MMA fighter best known for his stint as UFC light-heavyweight champion (42).

1984: Arjen Robben, is a Bayern Munich winger a team he has won 15 major trophies with (33).

1987: Leo Komarov, is a centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs and a world champion with Finland (30).

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