Sports-On this day... March 23
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[March 23, 2020]
SOCCER - Manchester United
players surround the referee after forward Eric Cantona was sent off
following two bookings in the space of three minutes for fouls on
Arsenal's Ian Selley and Tony Adams in a 2-2 Premier League draw at
It was Cantona's second dismissal in four days -- following his red
card for violent conduct in a 2-2 league draw at Swindon Town where
he stamped on John Moncur -- and earned the gifted but volatile
Frenchman a five-match suspension.
March 23, 1995:
SOCCER - Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince arrives at Croydon
Magistrates Court to go on trial after being accused of assaulting a
spectator following a fracas involving his team mate Eric Cantona.
Ince was charged with assault on a Crystal Palace fan during a
Premier League match at Palace on January 25 that year, but was
cleared. The Englishman told magistrates he walked away after
Cantona launched a "kung-fu" kick on a Palace fan.
He joined Italian side Inter Milan in June of that year.
March 23, 2002:
SOCCER - Arsenal's French midfielder Robert Pires receives treatment
after damaging his knee ligaments in an FA Cup clash against
Newcastle United, which ruled him out for the rest of the season and
the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Arsenal won the sixth round replay against Newcastle 3-0 before
going on to defeat Middlesbrough in the next round and Chelsea in
the final for the Cup. They also won the Premier League title for a
Pires was named the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the
Year. "Obviously it's a difficult time for me but winning this award
has given me something to smile about," he told the FWA.
March 23, 2003
CRICKET - Australian captain Ricky Ponting celebrates with his team
mates after they beat India in the 50-overs World Cup final at
Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, to retain their
Australia won all 11 of their matches in the tournament in their
ruthless charge towards a third World Cup crown that made them the
most successful team in one-day international cricket.
Ponting guided Australia to another World Cup triumph four years
later in the West Indies, before the team clinched a fifth title on
home soil in 2015 under Michael Clarke.
March 23, 2008:
SOCCER - Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring
his team's second goal in the 79th minute of their 3-0 victory over
Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Portuguese forward played a crucial role for his team with 31
league goals as they won a 10th Premier League title and 17th top
division crown overall to sit one behind Liverpool's then record of
Ronaldo scored another eight goals in the Champions League as United
won the title for their third European Cup, beating Chelsea on
penalties in the final.
March 23, 2009:
TENNIS - Spain's Rafa Nadal lifts the Indian Wells title after
defeating Briton Andy Murray in the final for his second title of
the year, following a maiden Australian Open triumph.
He added three more titles in the clay court swing later in the
season, winning in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome, but suffered his
first ever defeat at the French Open.
Nadal, winner of the previous four editions at Roland Garros, was
stunned by Swede Robin Soderling in the fourth round. Roger Federer
went on to claim the title.
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ON THIS DAY -- March 23 March 23, 2008: SOCCER - Manchester United's
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his team's second goal in the
79th minute of their 3-0 victory over Liverpool in the Premier
League. The Portuguese forward played a crucial role for his team
with 31 league goals as they won a 10th Premier League title and
17th top division crown overall to sit one behind Liverpool's then
record of 18. Ronaldo scored another eight goals in the Champions
League as United won the title for their third European Cup, beating
Chelsea on penalties in the final. Action Images via Reuters/Jason
March 23, 2013:
SOCCER - Former England captain David Beckham slips while trying to
kick the ball at an event in Wuhan, Hubei province, during his
ambassadorial visit to promote the game in China.
The former Manchester, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and Paris St Germain
midfielder called time on his 20-year playing career later in 2013
having won league trophies in four different countries -- the first
Englishman to do so.
He is currently the co-owner of U.S. Major League Soccer side Inter
Miami, who made their debut this year, and English fourth-tier side
March 23, 2017:
FORMULA ONE - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton takes a selfie during
the driver portrait session at the first race of the year -- the
Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
The Briton won nine races in the season to clinch his fourth title.
He extended his dominance in the next two years to become only the
second six-times champion in Formula One history behind Michael
Schumacher, who won seven titles and retired in 2012.
March 23, 2018:
SOCCER - England fans face the Dutch police in Amsterdam ahead of an
international friendly against the Netherlands.
British police described the behaviour of some England fans as
"appalling" after 90 were arrested before and after the game. Videos
on social media showed some fans throwing bottles at police and
bicycles into Amsterdam's historic canals.
The Dutch national anthem was also booed by a minority of England
fans, an act that was described as "unacceptable" by England manager
March 23, 2019:
SOCCER - Italy striker Moise Kean celebrates scoring their second
goal in a European championship qualifying game against Finland.
Italy won 2-0 to maintain their perfect record of 10 wins in as many
matches to qualify as Group J winners.
The 24-team tournament, which was originally scheduled to be held
this year in 12 nations across the continent, was postponed to June
11-July 11, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian
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