Today in sports history: May 16 - T20 World Cup heartbreak for White Ferns

Australia celebrate their win over NZ in the final.
Australia celebrate their win over NZ in the final. 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 16.


Boxer Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in the 11th round to retian his  WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles.

He would retain all three titles until his loss to Leon Spinks in February 1968. 

Muhammad Ali (L) in action against Ken Norton.
Muhammad Ali (L) in action against Ken Norton. Photo credit: Getty


Holders America Team USA defeats challengers  Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to retain the America's Cup in San Diego.

The San Diego Yacht Club would lose the 'Auld Mug' three years later to Team New Zealand. 


The Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 39-16 to qualify for the Super Rugby final. 

Dan Carter kicked five penalties and three conversions in the win, with Sam Broomhall, Richard McCaw, Scott Robertson all scoring tries. 

Dan Carter.
Dan Carter. Photo credit: Photosport

The Crusaders would go on to lose to the Blues 21-17 in the final. 


Australia defeated New Zealand by three runs to win the Women's Twenty20 World Cup in Barbados. 

After the Aussies made 106/8, New Zealand needed a four off the final ball to win, but Sophie Devine smacked the ball into Elise Perry's foot and the Kiwis only managed to add one more run to finish on 103/6.

New Zaland had lost to England by six wickets in the final the previous year. 


A try to forward Bodene Thompson in golden point helped the NZ Warriors to a 17-13 win over the Parramatta Eels in Western Sydney. 

The Warriors led 12-0 at the break before the Eels fought back to level the match which went to golden point. 

Bodene Thompson.
Bodene Thompson. Photo credit: Getty

Both teams would miss out on the playoffs finishing with nine wins each. 


1959 - NZ Olympic rower Greg Johnston

1972 - Former Blackcaps spinner Matthew Hart

1991 - Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov 

Newshub Sports' top story 12 months ago… 

Sonny Bill Williams graduates with distinction in his sports management degree 

Injured All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams has made the most of his time on the sidelines, graduating from Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Management, with distinction.

The 33-year-old posted a picture of him dressed in his graduation gown, alongside his family, with his certificate on social media accounts.

"Yes a Pacific Islander, boxer, league, sevens & rugby player can GRADUATE! Don't ever let anyone pigeon hole you," wrote Williams.

Williams underwent knee surgery last month and isn't expected to return for the Blues until the late rounds of Super Rugby.

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