SPORT: BIRTHDAYS

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Tomorrow: Ever-smiling Mary Peters, who won Olympic gold in Munich in 1972, is 60. The Northern Ireland athlete won the pentathlon by the tiniest of margins.

Wednesday: Tony Jacklin who won The Open in 1969 and the US Open 12 months later, will be 55. He went on to captain the European Ryder Cup side to victory at the Belfry in 1985 and a first-ever win on US soil two years later.

Saturday: Virginia Wade, Wimbledon winner in 1977 and now a tennis commentator, is 54. Sunil Gavaskar, the Indian cricketer who was the first man to score 10,000 Test runs, reaches his half century. Arthur Ashe was born in 1943. He was responsible for the establishment of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and died in 1993 after contracting the AIDS virus following a blood transfusion during surgery. One of Britain's most successful racehorse trainers, John Dunlop, is 60. Former Irish champion National Hunt jockey Tommy Carmody was born in 1956.

Sunday: Heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks was born in 1953. He took the title from Muhammad Ali in 1978 but lost it back to Ali seven months later. Spinks was one half of the only pair of brothers to hold the title. His brother, Michael, won it from Larry Holmes in 1985.

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