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• 1882: Sir Jack Hobbs, one of England’s finest cricketers, was born. In a first- class career lasting from 1905 to 1934, he scored 61,237 runs at an average of 50.65 – mostly for Surrey. He made an all- time record 197 first- class hundreds. He died on December 21, 1963.

• 1996: Blackburn announced the appointmen­t of Sampdoria coach

Sven- Goran Eriksson as their new manager. The Swede, who went on to manage England from 2000 to 2006, later changed his mind about a move to Ewood Park.

• 1997: Frank Williams, former chief designer Adrian Newey and technical director Patrick Head were cleared of manslaught­er charges in Imola at the inquest into the fatal crash of Ayrton Senna in 1994.

• 2001: Tottenham’s Les Ferdinand scored the 10,000th Premiershi­p goal, against Fulham at White Hart Lane.

• 2004: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was fined £15,000 and ‘severely reprimande­d’ by the Football Associatio­n after being found guilty of improper conduct. He accused Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy of cheating in a television interview.

• 2008: Blackburn announced manager Paul Ince had been relieved of his duties, with the club secondbott­om of the Premier League.

• 2013: Andre VillasBoas was sacked as Tottenham manager after 18 months in charge.

• 2014: England slumped to an 87- run one-day internatio­nal defeat against Sri Lanka in Colombo to concede a 5- 2 series defeat.

• 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick gave Real Madrid a 1- 0 win over Brazilian side Gremio as they retained their FIFA Club World Cup title in Abu Dhabi.

• 2019: Former Wales assistant coach Rob Howley was given an 18- month ban from all rugby activities, with nine months suspended, for breaching World Rugby’s anticorrup­tion and betting regulation­s.

• 2022: Mark Williams, 47, became the oldest player to make a competitiv­e 147 break but still crashed out of the English Open snooker quarter-finals after a 5-3 defeat to Neil Robertson.

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