Leonard "Bud" Lomell, at the time a 24-year-old sergeant, led a platoon of US army Rangers, climbing hand-over-over hand by rope, up the sheer, 100ft Pointe du Hoc cliffs in Normandy on 6 June 1944 in one of the most crucial actions of the Second World War. The objective of his platoon, and 200 other men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, was a cluster of five or six clifftop German 155mm artillery guns which threatened the entire allied D-Day landing force on the nearby Omaha and Utah beaches. Allied intelligence had suggested that the guns, with a range of up to 15 miles, could decimate the allied landing force and turn the D-Day landing into a disaster.
Bob Feller was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. In his 20-years career with the Cleveland Indians, he won 266 games and struck out 2,581 batters in an era when strike-outs were harder to come by.
Ticker-tape parade awaits unlikely champions as the City by the Bay emerges from the baseball shadows
Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, may have seen his side claim a much needed victory at the weekend but if he was hoping for further good news he would have been sorely disappointed yesterday. The Anfield club's new owners, New England Sports Ventures, revealed that they will not sanction any big-money signings in the January transfer window.
"There is," declared one notable Liverpool supporter yesterday, "only one reason why people like this buy football clubs – to make money." That he was standing outside Stamford Bridge, possibly the biggest sporting plaything we will ever see, did not add weight to his argument. But the suspicion that prickles among the club's fans is readily understandable, and matches that troubling the minds of the Red Sox Nation when John W Henry and his partners first arrived in Boston in 2002.
The view from Boston
News of Liverpool's sale to another American businessman has been greeted with "cautious optimism" by fans' group Spirit of Shankly (SoS).
Liverpool fans may be wary of another American owner, but in John W Henry they have a very different breed to Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
America's richest team wrap up Series – and win the popularity contest too
In this World Series, all eyes will be on the four men in blue who run it. A run of glaringly bad calls by umpires during the 2009 play-offs could see Major League Baseball finally joining cricket, tennis and many other sports and allowing instant replays of contested decisions.
The New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has admitted that his cousin repeatedly injected him with a substance from the Dominican Republic. Joined at a press conference by the Yankees general manager, Brian Cashman, and manager, Joe Girardi, Rodriguez again apologised for taking banned drugs from 2001-2003 while he was with the Texas Rangers and blamed his 2003 positive doping test on being young and naive.
Since their inception Tampa Bay have been baseball's big joke; but not any more. Rupert Cornwell describes a remarkable awakening