Today in sports history: April 23 - Stacey Jones makes NZ Warriors debut

Stacey Jones during the 1995 season.
Stacey Jones during the 1995 season. Photo credit: Photosport

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 23.


NBA Rookie of the Year Shaquille O'Neal rips down the backboard during a game between the Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets. 

The incident occurred in the first quarter and the game was delayed for 45 minutes, while stadium staff replaced the backboard. The Magic went on to win 119-116. 


Stacey Jones makes his NZ Warriors debut in a 40-14 win over the Parramatta Eels. The 'Little General' scored a try and kicked a goal.


West Indian master blaster Chris Gayle breaks Brendon McCullum's world record highest T20 score with 175 not out in an Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors India.

Chris Gayle.
Chris Gayle. Photo credit: Getty

En route, Gayle hit a 30-ball century in the same match, still a record, as the Challengers cruised to a 130-run victory. 


Steven Adams' Oklahoma City Thunder are eliminated from the NBA Playoffs, after Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit a game-winning buzzer beater from long range to seal a 118-115 win in game five of their series. 

Damian Lillard.
Damian Lillard. Photo credit: Getty

Adams scored 10 points and claimed four rebounds in the defeat, while Russell Westbrook and Paul George played their last games for the Thunder. 


1936 - Former Blackcaps batsman John D'Arcy

1957 - Former Kiwi Coast to Coast star Kathy Lynch

David Kidwell with Simon Mannering.
David Kidwell with Simon Mannering. Photo credit: Photosport

1977 - Former Kiwis league coach David Kidwell 

1983 - Former NZ Warriors & Scotland league hooker Ian Henderson

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Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams tipped to be traded

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams could bear the brunt of the backlash from the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA playoffs failure, says American journalist Bill Simmons.

Steven Adams.
Steven Adams. Photo credit: Getty

A popular author, podcaster and sports pundit, Simmons said Adams' underwhelming performance in the Thunder's series against the Trailblazers may see the 27-year-old become the 'fall guy'.

"The guy they are going to have to trade is Adams who has been really, really disappointing … not only in this series but down the stretch too," he said on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

"This is a series where he is by far the best big man and he's not really having an impact on it. I've seen nothing from him this series."