Today in sports history: May 15 - Arsenal complete 'invincible' Premier League season

Robert Pires, Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry.
Robert Pires, Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry. Photo credit: Getty

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out most 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 favourite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on May 15.

1970 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes to expel South Africa.

South Africa didn't compete in the 1964 and 1968 Games, but IOC went one step further by expelling it, due to apartheid.

The republic was readmitted in 1992. 

1990

Manly Sea Eagles announce the signing of All Blacks fullback Matthew Ridge.

Matthew Ridge.
Matthew Ridge. Photo credit: Photosport

Ridge went on to win Dally M Fullback of the Year in 1995 and played 122 games for Manly, before joining the NZ Warriors in 1997. 

2004

The Crusaders and Brumbies qualify for the Super Rugby final, after winning their respective semi-finals.

Dan Carter scored 17 points for the Crusaders in a 27-16 win over the Stormers, while the Brumbies scored five tries in a 32-17 win over the Chiefs. 

Dan Carter.
Dan Carter. Photo credit: Photosport

The Brumbies would go on to win their second Super Rugby title, beating the Crusaders 47-38 in the final. 

2004

Arsenal celebrate their third Premier League title, after a 2-1 win against Leicester City makes them the first team to remain unbeaten in a 38-game league season.

The 'Gunners' finished the season with 26 wins and 12 draws, and became known as 'The Invincibles'.

2010

Australia's Jessica Watson crosses the finish line of her unassisted solo voyage around the world in her yacht Ella's Pink Lady at Sydney Harbour.

Jessica Watson.
Jessica Watson. Photo credit: Getty

The 16-year-old, battled storms and a ripped main sail to complete the journey of around 23,000 nautical miles over 210 days to become the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world.

Birthdays

1975 - NFL legend Ray Lewis 

1979 - Former All Blacks flanker Chris Masoe

1981 - Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra 

Andy Murray.
Andy Murray. Photo credit: AAP

1987 - Scottish tennis star Andy Murray  

Newshub 12 months ago... 

Olympian exposes Triathlon NZ's unhealthy attitude to athlete welfare

Ryan Sissons counts himself lucky to have the chance to compete at another world triathlon series event.

The two-time Olympian walked out of the NZ high performance squad last year, after growing frustrations with the way it was run.

"It wasn't a healthy situation for me to be in or for other athletes to be in," Sissons told Newshub. "And I didn't want to be a part of that."

That feeling stemmed from a dysfunctional high-performance programme.

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