Today in sports history: April 12

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or rewatching another replay of your favorite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 12.


The Manly Sea Eagles and Parramatta Eels play their first matches in the New South Wales Rugby Football League. Manly are pipped 15-13 by Western Suburbs at Brookvale Oval, despite scoring three tries to one. Parramatta are beaten 34-12 by Newtown at Parramatta's Cumberland Oval.


The Minneapolis Lakers became the first team to win three NBA titles in a row by defeating the Syracuse Nationals 87-80 in game seven of the 1954 NBA Finals.


Arnold Palmer wins by six shots from Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus to become the first four-time winner of the Masters. The win was his seventh and final major victory.

Jack Nicklaus with Arnold Palmer (c) and Gary Player in 2016.
Jack Nicklaus with Arnold Palmer (c) and Gary Player in 2016. Photo credit: Getty


The US Olympic Committee voted to forgo the Moscow Olympic games.


New Zealand beat France 34-11 in the final of the under-19 world championship in Durban. 

It was the Baby Blacks' fourth success in the tournament, having won in 1999, 2001 and 2002. 

Two-test All Black Jamie MacKintosh was the captain of the side, while other members of the team included Jermey Thrush, Richard Kahui and Kieran Read. 

Sam Gaze.
Sam Gaze. Photo credit: Photosport


Mountain biker Sam Gaze won New Zealand's only gold on day eight of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Overall NZ won four medals on the day, with fellow mountain biker Anton Cooper winning silver along with para-bows triples team of Mark Noble, Bruce Wakefield and Barry Wynks. Beach volleyball brothers Ben and Sam O'Dea won bronze in their sport. 

Cameron Smith.
Cameron Smith. Photo credit: AAP


Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point-scorer in NRL history during a 18-12 win over the North Queensland Cowboys. A 49th minute penalty saw him reach 2420 points, passing Bulldogs legend Hazem El Masri.


1883 - Former Australian rugby league footballer Herbert Henry 'Dally' Messenger

1917 - Former Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad

1941 - World Cup-winning England football captain Bobby Moore

1952 - Former All Black Leicester Rutledge

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck with the Daly M medal in 2018.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck with the Daly M medal in 2018. Photo credit: AAP


1980 -  New Zealand billiards and snooker player Clark McConachy, aged 84

1989 - Former welterweight boxer Sugar Ray Robinosn, aged 67

Newhub's top sports story 12 months ago…

Ryan Bridge: Why nobody should be offended by Israel Folau

OPINION: A man who runs and throws balls around a paddock for a living has told the internet that gays, fornicators and adulterers are destined for hell.  

Some gays, fornicators and adulterers are upset about this and would like this man's bosses to stop paying him for playing around in the paddock.

Others have gone further and think that the paddock man should get in trouble with the police.

His views don't define a sport and his comments, while stupid and misguided, should not really offend anybody.