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ON THIS DAY IN SPORT.

1936: Australia''s Lionel van Praag won the first World Speedway Championship, which was held at Wembley.

1962: Rod Laver beat fellow Australian Roy Emerson in four sets to win the US Open and complete tennis'' Grand Slam. He repeated the feat seven years later.

1972: Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in a Lotus to clinch the world drivers'' title. At 25 years and 273 days, he was the youngest-ever world motor racing champion.

2000: Michael Schumacher of Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix to record the 41st win of his career - equalling that of the late Ayrton Senna.

However, the race was overshadowed by the death of a fire marshal who was hit by a wheel following a crash at the Monza track.

2006: Maria Sharapova won the US Open with 6-4 6-4 victory over Justine Henin at Flushing Meadows. 2008: Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick as England beat Croatia 4-1 in Zagreb in qualifying for World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

2011: England beat Argentina 13-9 in their Rugby World Cup match in Dunedin, while Scotland overcame Romania 34-24 in Invercargill.
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