Today In Sports History: April 7

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 re-watching the Cricket World Cup semi-final from 2011, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 7.

1963

Twenty-three-year-old Jack Nicklaus wins the first of a record six 'Green Jackets' at the US Masters. The American sunk a three-foot par putt on the final hole to complete a one-stroke win. 

1989

The New York Supreme Court strips the San Diego Yacht Club of the America's Cup. Dennis Connor's Stars & Stripes catamaran had smashed the Sir Michael Fay-funded New Zealand 'Big Boat' challenge a year earlier in a one-off race. 

New Zealand's Big Boat challenge fell flat
New Zealand's Big Boat challenge fell flat Photo credit: Photosport

That decision was later overturned on appeal and SDYC's win was reinstated. Fay then appealed to New York's highest court and lost. 

Thus SDYC successfully defended the 'Auld Mug' in what many regard as the most controversial match ever.

1997

New Zealand-bred Lord Gyllene, ridden by Tony Dobbin, wins a rescheduled 150th Grand National steeplechase race.

Lord Gyllene leads from the second fence, going on to secure victory by a distance of 25 lengths. 

The race was scheduled to be run on April 5, but was postponed by two days, after an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb threat forced the evacuation of the course.

2000 

Hansie Cronje in 1997
Hansie Cronje in 1997 Photo credit: Photosport4

Delhi Police charge South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje with fixing one-day international matches against India. 

Cronje was eventually banned from cricket for the rest of his life, which ended when he died in a 2002 plane crash.

2014 

NZ Warriors confirm the departure of Matt Elliott as their head coach, after their dreadful 37-6 loss to Cronulla Sharks.

The heavy defeat proved to be the final straw for the embattled coach, with the Warriors announcing that assistant Andrew McFadden had taken over as caretaker coach after a 2-3 start to the season. 

Andrew McFadden
Andrew McFadden Photo credit: Photosport

McFadden would lead the club to within one win of the NRL finals, but three losses in their final four games meant the club missed the playoffs on points differential.

2018 

Cyclist Sam Webster (individual sprint)  and para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe (individual medley) win gold at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

2019 

Retiring NBA legends Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) play their final home games, while, Magic Johnson sensationally quits as LA Lakers president of basketball operations.

Birthdays 

1965 - Former Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic 

1985 - New Zealand Olympic cyclist Jack Bauer 

1990 - New Zealand road cyclist George Bennett

Deaths  

1968 - Scottish auto racer Jim Clark (Indianapolis 500 1965, F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in a race accident at Hockenheim, Germany, aged 32

The scene of Jim Clark's tragic death
The scene of Jim Clark's tragic death Photo credit: Getty

Newshub's top story 12 months ago…

No surprise 'humble' Ronda Rousey making history at Wrestlemania

If you know Ronda Rousey, then you wouldn't be surprised she has set the world of sports entertainment on fire, much like she did for mixed martial arts.

The former UFC champion made a seamless transition into the crazy world of WWE pro wrestling in 2018, surprising many fans, doubters and her fellow performers.

Rousey put on a show-stealing performance at WrestleMania 12 months ago - her very first match - proving her credentials as one of the best female athletes on the planet.

Now, on her one-year anniversary, Rousey is one-third of the first women's main event at WWE's Super Bowl - WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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