Today in sport, May 17: TV listings, a world record transfer, and a major Man Utd escape

Sport is eternal, and we trawled through the history books to see what happened on May 17 sport in years gone-by.

On this day in sport

1909: Fred Perry was born. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1934-36 and was the first man to win the singles titles at all four grand slam events. He last won Wimbledon in 1934, and Britain has to wait until 2013 and Andy Murray for another male winner.

1950: Jimmy Mullen became England's first substitute in a football international, coming on for Jackie Milburn against Belgium in Brussels. He went on to score and thus became the first sub to score in an international.

1990: Roberto Baggio was transferred from Fiorentina to Juventus for a then world record £7.7million. The crafty Old Lady made sure they pushed the deal through before Baggio went on to star in the Italia 90 World Cup.

2001: Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would sever all ties with Manchester United at the end of the season - a decision he went back on in February 2002 with a new three-year deal. It was a good decision, with Man Utd going on to win another six Premier League titles under him, as well as a Champions League.

2004: London was confirmed as one of five cities shortlisted by the IOC for the 2012 Olympics, and later won the right to stage the Games.

2005: CSKA Moscow beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 to win the UEFA Cup, becoming the first Russian club to win a major European title.

2011: Andre Villas-Boas' Porto won the Europa League, beating Braga 1-0 in the final in Dublin. He was just 33 years and 213 days old and became the youngest manager to ever win a European competition.

2016: Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League final, despite a Daniel Sturridge strike having put the Reds 1-0 ahead in Basel.

2016: It was announced that 31 athletes had tested positive for doping following the retesting of samples for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

2019: Manchester City beat Watford 6-0 at Wembley to lift the FA Cup and complete the domestic treble.

Live sport TV listings

It might be worth trying to reserve the family TV for the next few days if the sporting schedule is anything to go by.

Tuesday 18 May


Manchester United v Fulham - Sky Sports Main Event, 17:00

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes had a 20-day gap between the end of last season and the start of the current one
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes had a 20-day gap between the end of last season and the start of the current one

Southampton v Leeds - Sky Sports 17:00

Brighton v Manchester City - BT Sport, 18:30

Chelsea Leicester - Sky Sports Premier League, 20:00

Oxford v Blackpool (League One play-offs) - Sky Sports Football 17:30

Newport v Forest Green (League Two play-offs) - Sky Sports Football 20:00

Lazio v Torino - Premier Sports, 19:25.

Rugby Union

London Irish v Exeter Chiefs - BT Sport 2 19:30


Tour of Andalusia - Eurosport, 13:00


Cincinnati Reds v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport, 23:30

Texas Rangers v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN, 01:00 (Wed)


NBA play-in tournament, fixture TBC - Sky Sports, 00:00 (Wed)

Wednesday 19 May

Aiden McGeady earns Sunderland draw in top-of-table clash with Peterborough
Aiden McGeady earns Sunderland draw in top-of-table clash with Peterborough


Tottenham v Aston Villa - Sky Sports, 17:00

Everton v Wolves - Sky Sports, 17:00

Newcastle v Sheffield United - Sky Sports, 17:00

Crystal Palace v Arsenal - BT Sport, 18:30

Burnley v Liverpool - Sky Sports, 20:00

West Brom v West Ham - Sky Sports 20:00

Lincoln v Sunderland (League One play-offs ) - Sky Sports, 17:30

Atalanta v Juventus (Coppa Italia) - BT Sport, 19:45

Notable sporting birthdays

Yannick Noah (tennis) - French winner at Roland Garros, later a successful singer, born 1960.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (motor racing) - German driver who won three Formula One Grands Prix, born 1967.

Brad Friedel (soccer) - former Blackburn, Tottenham and United States goalkeeper, born 1971.

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John Higgins (snooker) - four-time world champion, born 1975.

Lee Hendrie (soccer) - former Aston Villa midfielder, capped once by England, born 1977.

Danny Mills (soccer) - former England, Leeds and Manchester City defender, born 1977.

Ricardo Carvalho (soccer) - former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Portugal defender, born 1978.

Julian Speroni (soccer) - former Crystal Palace goalkeeper, born 1979.

Kevin Anderson (tennis) - South African who reached Wimbledon final in 2018, born 1986.

Ryan Sessegnon (soccer) - Hoffenheim left-back, on loan from Tottenham, born 2000.

Top Trivia

Alisson Becker
Alisson Becker

Alisson Becker's winning goal for Liverpool at West Brom was like a dagger to the heart to the Baggies, as well as those battling Jurgen Klopp's men for a Champions League spot.

If you were wondering how many other goalkeepers have scored a Premier League goal, the answer is five. They are:

Peter Schmeichel (2002, Aston Villa), Brad Friedel (2004, Blackburn), Paul Robinson (2007, Tottenham), Tim Howard (2012, Everton), Asmir Begovic (2013, Stoke).