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1) Perhaps the most old-school mouthwatering FA Cup fourth round tie of the weekend pits sixth-tier Chorley against Premier League Wolves, not least because there’s previous. Back in 1986, the sides met in the first round – with Wolves in the Division Four and at their lowest ebb – and after failing to put the non-league side away in a replay at a decaying Molineux, they were dumped out 3-0 at Burnden Park in the third meeting. Friday’s match isn’t the only reunion of David and Goliath; Wycombe host Spurs having gone agonisingly close to claiming their scalp in a thriller at White Hart Lane four years ago. Chelsea and Luton meet at Stamford Bridge this weekend having met at Wembley in the semi-finals in 1994, the Blues winning 2-0. Everton v Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, is a rerun of the enthralling 1966 final. Here’s Everton’s 3-2 win, lone pitch invader and all.

2) A quarantined Belinda Bencic knocks up against a hotel window as “practice” for the Australian Open. She’s not the only one.

3) Set piece specialist: Newport’s goalkeeper Tom King has a go from distance and scores direct from a goal kick in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in League Two. You’ll be wanting a showreel of great goals by keepers to accompany that, won’t you?

4) India’s stunning win over Australia is already being talked about as one of the all-time great series, but the two sides have served up their share of classics over the years. Perhaps most notably in 2001, when India also came from behind to win 2-1, this time on home soil. Feast on their famous win at Kolkata during that series, Laxman, Harbhajan and all. And the series-clinching victory at Chennai. It’s easy to forget that India’s first series win over Australia didn’t come until 1979-80, and here’s a review of how and why it happened. The absorbing 2003-04 series ended with Steve Waugh’s final Test innings. And just to cheer up Australian readers further, here they are hammering India 3-0 in 1999-2000.

5) Happy birthday Jack Nicklaus. The 18-time major winner turns 81 on Thursday, so here’s a compilation featuring the Golden Bear’s top 10 PGA Tour shots. And savour his miracle one-iron at a gale-swept Pebble Beach in 1972. And if you’ve got time on your hands (and some people have) here’s his full instructional video, Golf My Way.

6) There was drama in the race to reach the America’s Cup off the coast of New Zealand, as American Magic were capsized by a gust of wind.

1) Those great entertainers Alex Higgins and Jimmy White team up for nine-ball doubles in the Mosconi Cup in 1995. From the same competition, Ronnie O’Sullivan v Earl Strickland and the Rocket pairing up in an intriguing contrast of styles with Steve Davis in 1997.

2) British athletics is mourning the death of Lloyd Cowan, the coach whose triumphs include Christine Ohuruogu’s 2008 4oom Olympic gold. And here’s her 2013 UK record.

3) More retro Manchester United v Liverpool moments: Jan Molby’s League Cup goal in 1985, and Bryan Robson in the FA Cup semi-final replay earlier in the same year.

4) Freeform excitement and disaster in group B rallying.

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