Today in sports history: April 27 - Kangaroos hammer Kiwis in Anzac Test

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 27.


The Summer Olympics in London get underway.


Undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retires, aged 32.

He compiled a 49-0 record through his career and eventually died in a plane crash in Newtown, Iowa, the day before his 46th birthday.


The NBA Board of Governors grant a franchise to a Vancouver group, headed by Vancouver Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths.

Vancouver Grizzlies became the NBA's 29th franchise and second located in Canada, joining the Toronto Raptors in entering the league for the 1995/96 season.

The franchise moved to Memphis before the 2001/02 season.


Mat Rogers and Brad Fittler both score two tries, as the Kangaroos hammer the Kiwis 52-0 in the Anzac Test at ANZ Stadium. 


Nick Evans misses a conversion attempt after the full-time siren, which sees the Highlanders lose 22-21 to the Hurricanes in Super Rugby.

On the same day, the Chiefs beat the Waratahs 28-23, while the Bulls, who went on to win the title that year, dismantled the Blues 40-19.  


Jon Jones successfully defends his UFC light heavyweight title against fellow American Chael Sonnen.

The UFC 159 bout was Jones' fifth defence of the title he first won in 2011. The controversial combat sports superstar has never lost a title fight inside the Octagon, although he was stripped of the championship belt in 2017, after testing positive for a banned substance. 


Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No.1 pick of the NFL draft.

Garrett made headlines for all the wrong reasons last season, when he stripped Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph of his helmet and began beating him on the head with it.

He was suspended indefinitely, missing the remainder of the season, and fined US$45,000.


1969 - NZ tennis star Brett Steven

1995 - Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios 

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Live updates: Super Rugby - Hurricanes v Chiefs from Wellington

Jordie Barrett scores two tries and the Hurricanes pile on the final 19 points to overwhelm their rivals 47-19 at the Cake Tin.

The home side were quickly on top, with Barrett crossing twice and lock Kane Leaupepe once for an early 21-0 advantage.

Soon after halftime, Lachlan Boshier brought the Chiefs within 28-19 and a comeback was on the cards.

But when Wes Goosen was the next to score, the Hurricanes shut out their guests over the final half hour to romp home.

Despite a disastrous four-loss start to the Chiefs campaign, both teams went on to make the Super Rugby playoffs, with the Hurricanes losing to eventual champions Crusaders in the semis and the Chiefs falling to runners-up Jaguares in the quarter-finals.