ON THIS DAY 1914: Joe Louis, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, was born. Louis first won the world title in 1937 by beating James J Braddock and made 25 defences over 11 years. He retired in 1948 but changed his mind, eventually quitting for good after losing to Rocky Marciano in 1951. Louis died in 1981. 1950: The first Formula One world championship race took place at Silverstone. Italy's Giuseppe Farina won the event, called the British Grand Prix, in an Alfa Romeo from team-mate Luigi Fagioli. 2005: Sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis was given a public warning by UK Athletics after testing positive for cannabis. 2006: Liverpool won the FA Cup, beating West Ham 3-1 on penalties after the match finished 3-3 following extra-time at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. 2007: Sheffield United were relegated from the Premier League on goal difference after losing 2-1 to Wigan. West Ham, who had been fined but not deducted points over the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier … [Read more...] about VIDEO: On This Day
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Larry O'Connor The Detroit News Published 10:01 PM EDT Apr 6, 2019 Trevor James' debut as Detroit City FC coach was spoiled by the right foot of a marksman whose 30-yard strike was the difference in a 1-0 Chattanooga FC victory Saturday during a friendly before 4,129 spectators at Finley Stadium. James was hired in January to replace Ben Pirmann, who left after six seasons to become an assistant with USL Championship side Memphis 901 FC. In the 52nd minute, Chattanooga FC's Markus Smarzoch was unmarked and was able to launch a howitzer into the upper-left corner that DCFC goalkeeper Nate Steinwascher had little chance to stop. Detroit's new manager has brought back many familiar faces, but still has made some intriguing signings in the offseason. A handful made of those their DCFC debuts against Chattanooga, including midfielder Willie Spurr (Evergreen State College/Portland Timbers U23) and defender Jalen Crisler (Gonzaga/Seattle Sounder U23). Most impressive, … [Read more...] about Trevor James’ debut as Detroit City FC coach undone by solitary goal in exhibition loss
Rangers set to seal four major signings while Celtic target double striking boost: Old Firm transfer rumours BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Rangers are about to complete deals for four new players, according to the latest transfer rumours. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/rangers-set-to-seal-four-major-signings-while-celtic-target-double-striking-boost-old-firm-transfer-rumours-37681071.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37681061.ece/00e37/AUTOCROP/h342/SOCCER%20R%20126.jpg Email Rangers are about to complete deals for four new players, according to the latest transfer rumours. Two of those will join the club immediately. The first, of course, is Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis, who is set to undergo a medical ahead of his transfer from Premier League strugglers Southampton. Davis is expected to earn around £12,000-a-week at Ibrox and will be one of the club's highest paid players, despite taking a substantial pay cut as … [Read more...] about Rangers set to seal four major signings while Celtic target double striking boost: Old Firm transfer rumours
The future car buyers of Nigeria. Picture © Devesh Uba, all rights reserved. Africa is progressively shedding its image of a continent embroiled in poverty, corruption and never-ending wars. Yet the dramatic Ebola outbreak in Western Africa is a harsh reminder that the road to development is a long and tortuous one. Three years ago, I created the Africa Project to jump start the collection of new car sales data in a region that remains very secretive. From only a couple of countries in 2012, official sales data for Africa on BSCB now covers 23 nations, and its scope is expanding every month. New car sales on the continent are still for the most part in their infancy, making Africa the last frontier in terms of automotive development. If the economic growth we have witnessed in the past decade continues at the same rate, could Africa become the new China and replace it as the world automotive sales engine of growth? As is often the case in such … [Read more...] about STRATEGY: Is Africa the new China?
BIRTHDAYS Stan Smith (tennis) - 1971 US Open and 1972 Wimbledon men's singles champion, born 1946. Chris Waddle (soccer) - former England, Newcastle, Tottenham and Marseille winger, born 1960. Tomasz Radzinski (soccer) - former Everton, Fulham and Canada striker, born 1973. Ben Kay (rugby union) - former Leicester second row who was part of England's World Cup-winning side in 2003, born 1975. Jamie Peacock (rugby league) - former Great Britain, England and Leeds Rhinos forward, born 1977. Michael Owen (soccer) - Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke striker who scored 40 goals for England, born 1979. Jean-Alain Boumsong (soccer) - former France, Rangers and Newcastle defender, born 1979. Didier Zokora (soccer) - former Tottenham and Ivory Coast midfielder, born 1980. Steve Sidwell (soccer) - former Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham, Stoke and Brighton midfielder, born 1982. Chris Brunt (soccer) - West Brom and former Northern Ireland midfielder, born … [Read more...] about On this day, December 14, 1979: Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen was born