Today in sports history: April 18

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 18.


West Indian batsman Brian Lara completes a world record single-innings cricket score of 375 beating the 365 hit by countryman Sir Gary Sobers 36 years earlier. 

Despite Lara's achievement, the test against England ended in a draw.


Ice Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky ends his NHL career at Madison Square Garden with an assist as his New York Rangers fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime.

Before the game, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the league is retiring No. 99 in honor of "The Great One."

Wayne Gretzky waves to the crowd as he skates a lap around the ice.
Wayne Gretzky waves to the crowd as he skates a lap around the ice. Photo credit: Reuters


The Auckland Warriors are held scoreless for the first time in the NRL after suffering a 24-0 defeat to the North Queensland Cowboys. 


NBA owners give approval of a potential Seattle SuperSonics relocation to Oklahoma City in a 28–2 vote by the board of governors.

Kevin Durant playing for Seattle.
Kevin Durant playing for Seattle. Photo credit: Reuters


Richie McCaw made a return from injury to help the Crusaders to a 13-10 win over the Sharks in Durban. McCaw scored the Crusaders' only try in a man-of-the-match performance.

Richie McCaw.
Richie McCaw. Photo credit: Photosport

Meanwhile the Chiefs also secured victory in South Africa, beating the Cheetahs 28-10.


The All Blacks win Team of the Year at the Laureus Sports Awards.

Novak Đoković won Sportsman of the Year, with fellow tennis star Serena Williams winning the women's award.


1962 - Former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones

Dean Barker.
Dean Barker. Photo credit: Photosport

1973 - Former Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker 

1989 - New Zealand cyclist Lauren Ellis 

1995 - Liverpool striker Divock Origi 

Newshub's top story 12 months ago...

Anthony Joshua's opponent Jarrell Miller tests positive for banned substance

Jarrell Miller.
Jarrell Miller. Photo credit: Getty

American Jarrell Miller has returned an "adverse finding" in a voluntary drug test ahead of his world heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua.

The finding could disrupt Miller's upcoming bout with world champion Joshua, scheduled for June 2 (NZ time) in New York.

Joshua's boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, said he had been informed of Miller's positive test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), which works with athletes in boxing and mixed martial arts.

Ultimately, Miller was replaced by American-Mexican Andy Ruiz Jnr, who shocked the world with a seventh-round knockout win over Joshua.