Today in sports history: April 24 - Kiwis beat Kangaroos to win Anzac Test

The Kiwis celebrate their win over the Kangaroos in 1998.
The Kiwis celebrate their win over the Kangaroos in 1998. 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 24.


Philadelphia 76ers beat San Francisco Warriors 125-122 to claim the NBA championship, ending Boston's eight-year string of league titles.

In 1980, the title-winning 76ers were voted the NBA's all-time greatest team.


Tampa Bay is awarded the 27th NFL franchise to begin operation in the 1976 season.

The Buccaneers went 0-14 in their inaugural season, but eventually won the Super Bowl in 2002. 

Tom Brady recently joined the Buccaneers.
Tom Brady recently joined the Buccaneers. Photo credit: Getty

Since then they've missed out on the playoffs for 12 straight years, but their fortunes may change, after signing legendary quarterback Tom Brady for next season.


The NZ Kiwis stun Australia 22-16 to win the Anzac Test at North Harbour Stadium. 

Terry Hermansson and Sean Hoppe.
Terry Hermansson and Sean Hoppe. Photo credit: Photosport

Tony Iro scored a brace of tries, while Sean Hoppe and Terry Hermansson were the other tryscorers for New Zealand. 


Fernando Alonso holds off a late charge from Michael Schumacher to win the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy.

Fernando Alonso.
Fernando Alonso. Photo credit: Getty

Schumacher began the race from 13th on the grid, but quickly moved up the field and challenged race leader Alonso over the final 12 laps of the circuit.


Rookie first-five Aaron Cruden scored his first Super Rugby try, as the Hurricanes beat the Highlanders 33-31 in Wellington.

Aaron Cruden after winning the Super Rugby title.
Aaron Cruden after winning the Super Rugby title. Photo credit: Photosport

Cruden would go on to play for the All Blacks, starting the 2011 World Cup final, and won Super Rugby titles with the Chiefs in 2012 and 2013. 


1955 - Former All Blacks midfielder Bill Osborne 

1967 - Foundation NZ Warrior Tony Tuimavave

1973 - Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko.
Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko. Photo credit: Getty

1997 - Kiwi golf pro Lydia Ko


2000 - Former Blackcaps test batsman John Beck, aged 65

Newshub 12 months ago… 

Theo Quax channels memory of father Dick for NZ U20 record

When Theo Quax broke a 25-year-old New Zealand U20 1500m record, he immediately thought of dad.

Theo Quax.
Theo Quax. Photo credit: Supplied

"It's a bit of a shame he's no longer around to see it, but it's awesome knowing that if he was here, how stoked he would be," Quax told Newshub.

Theo was coached by father Dick Quax, right up until the Olympic 5000m silver medallist and former world recordholder lost his long battle with cancer in May 2018.

Now, Quax Jnr is pursuing a career they always talked about - a track-and-field scholarship at the University of Northern Arizona.

"I find a lot of comfort in that I'm making him proud still," he said from his Flagstaff dorm room.