Today in sports history: April 22 - Manchester United's 20th league title

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 22.


Babe Ruth's first professional Major League Baseball start as a pitcher is a six-hit 6-0 win. Regarded as one of the greatest baseballers in history, Ruth finished his career 21 years later, hitting 714 home runs with the bat and pitching 94 wins. 


Tonya Harding (left), Kristi Yamaguchi (centre) and Nancy Kerrigan (right_ after the 1991 World Championships
Tonya Harding (left), Kristi Yamaguchi (centre) and Nancy Kerrigan (right_ after the 1991 World Championships Photo credit: Getty

Disgraced Ice skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gillooly for US$42,500 for releasing an intimate video of the two. 

Gillooly was one of the 'henchmen' behind the infamous attack on Harding's skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan, earlier that year.


Former lineal heavyweight boxing champion Michael Moorer
Former lineal heavyweight boxing champion Michael Moorer Photo credit: Getty

Michael Moorer beats Evander Holyfield via unanimous decision for WBA, IBF and lineal heavyweight boxing titles. 

Moorer lost the titles to veteran George Foreman in his next bout and would also drop the rematch with Hollyfield three years later. 

Moorer would slowly fade away from the heavyweight landscape, after a devastating knockout loss at the hands of Kiwi David Tua in 2002.


The great Sir Alex Ferguson
The great Sir Alex Ferguson Photo credit: Getty

Manchester United defeat Aston Villa to claim the 2012/13 English Premier League. 

The Red Devils' 20th league title was also their most recent. Legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired a few weeks later, ending the greatest period of dominance in the history of English football. 

Five men have since been tasked with the United reins, all achieving limited success. United currently sit sixth in the suspended Premier League. 


David Moyes is sacked as manager of Manchester United. 

The popular Scotsman was handpicked by Ferguson as his successor, but failed to live up to the hype.

Exactly 12 months after winning the title, United sacked the former Everton manager after 51 games in charge, even though his winning percentage (52.9) was the third-best in club history.


1943 - New Zealand test cricket umpire Steve Dunne
1987 - Brazilian footballer David Luiz (Chelsea, Arsenal & Brazil)


1998 - Springboks coach Kitch Christie, 1995 Rugby World Cup winner, aged 58
2004 - American football player & US Army Ranger Pat Tillman, killed in action, aged 27

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Sean Marks
Sean Marks Photo credit: Getty

Kiwi Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks fined, suspended for referee confrontation

Brooklyn Nets' Kiwi general manager Sean Marks was suspended for one game without pay and fined $US25,000 ($NZ37,386) in the latest twist in the team's volatile playoff series with Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers.

The NBA said Marks entered the referee's locker room, after the Nets lost Sunday's (NZ time) game four 112-108.

The Nets' Jared Dudley and 76ers' Jimmy Butler were ejected from the game after a melee erupted in the third quarter.

Marks served his suspension, when the Nets and 76ers played game five of their opening-round series at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.