Today in sports history: April 25 - legends celebrate birthdays

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 25.


The nickname 'Suns' was chosen as the name of the Phoenix NBA franchise, in a contest sponsored by a local newspaper.


In a baseball match between the LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, two anti-war protesters ran onto the field with the intention of burning a US flag. Cubs outfielder Rick Monday stepped in and saved the flag, an act that would make him a famous sporting name in the US. 

Rick Monday takes the flag from the anti-war protesters.
Rick Monday takes the flag from the anti-war protesters. Photo credit: Getty


The first annual ANZAC Day NRL clash between the NZ Warriors and Melbourne Storm took place. After no one scored a golden-point, the game ended in a 14-14 draw.


The Stephen Fleming-coached Chennai Super Kings won the third season of the Indian Premier League.

Stephen Fleming.
Stephen Fleming. Photo credit: Sky sports

They beat the Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in the final.


The Crusaders beat the Blues 29-15 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

Mitchell Drummond.
Mitchell Drummond. Photo credit: Photosport

Mitchell Drummond, Jordan Taufua, Tom Taylor and Codie Taylor were the try-scorers for the home side, while Brendon Ryan O'Connor and Francis Saili scored for the Blues. 


Ukraine's heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko beat American Bryant Jennings in his first fight in the United States in seven years.

Alex Leapai in action against Wladimir Klitschko
Alex Leapai in action against Wladimir Klitschko Photo credit: Getty

The win was  Klitschko's last, as he'd lose to Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in his next two bouts. 


1905 - Former All Blacks fullback George Nepia 

1929 - Former NZ track and field athlete Dame Yvette Williams 

1947 - Ducth football legend Johan Cruyff

Eric Bristow was born on April 25,  1957.
Eric Bristow was born on April 25, 1957. Photo credit: Reuters

1957 - Five-time world darts champion Eric Bristow

1962 - NBA commissioner Adam Silver 

1963 - West Ham managed David Moyes

1976 - NBA great Tim Duncan

1980 - Former Blackcaps bowler Bruce Martin 

1981 - Former F1 driver Felipe Massa

Johnathan Thurston.
Johnathan Thurston. Photo credit: AAP

1983 - Australian rugby league great Johnathan Thurston

1989 - World darts No.1 Michael van Gerwen 

Newshub's top story 12 months ago 

Live Updates: NZ Warriors v Melbourne Storm

The Warriors fall to a gut-wrenching 13-12 defeat, after a horrible referee call in the final moments.

Ken Maumalo's try early in the second half gave his side the 12-10 lead, which they held until four minutes remaining, when Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona dropped the ball in a tackle, but the referee penalised Warriors defenders in front of their posts.

AAMI Park before the Storm v Warriors match.
AAMI Park before the Storm v Warriors match. Photo credit: Getty

Brodie Croft slotted the goal to level scores and then kicked a field goal for victory.   

The result proved costly for the Warriors, who finished the season 9-14-1, four points outside the playoffs.