Today in sports history: May 25 - Kiwi Scott Dixon wins Indianapolis 500

Scott Dixon celebrates his win at the Indianapolis 500 in 2008.
Scott Dixon celebrates his win at the Indianapolis 500 in 2008. Photo credit: Photosport

Some of the stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on May 25.


Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) knocks out Sonny Liston in the first round of their heavyweight clash in Florida. 

Clay had beaten Liston the year before to become the world heavyweight champion and they were meant to fight again in November, but the bout was postponed, when Clay needed surgery on a hernia. 

The fight is remembered for an iconic photo of Clay taken standing above Liston lying on the canvas. 

Today in 1965: Muhammad Ali stopped Sonny Liston in one.
Today in 1965: Muhammad Ali stopped Sonny Liston in one. Photo credit: Twitter: @MuhammadAli


A momentous day in South Africa, as the third Rugby World Cup opens at Newlands, with  the home-team Springboks upstaging holders Australia 27-18. 

South Africa was unable to compete in the first two tournaments in 1987 and 1991, due to its  apartheid policies.

The Boks would go on to beat the All Blacks 15-12 in the final, also winning tournaments in 2007 and 2019. 


The Blues win the inaugural Super 12 title, beating Natal 45-21 at Eden Park, Auckland. 

Tries from Andrew Blowers, Carlos Spencer, Charles Riechelmann, Eroni Clarke, Johnny Ngauamo and Jonah Lomu helped the Kiwi side to the first of their three titles. 

Zinzan Brooke receives the Super 12 trophy.
Zinzan Brooke receives the Super 12 trophy. Photo credit: Photosport


Kiwi IndyCars driver Scott Dixon wins the biggest race in the sport at the 92nd Indianapolis 500.

Dixon led 115 of the 200 laps to secure his only victory in the famous race. He's the only Kiwi to win the race and now has five IndyCars championships to his name. 

An excited Dixon was greeted in Victory Lane by wife Emma and then celebrated his $2.5 million win with a chug from the traditional bottle of milk.


New Zealand-born England international Dylan Hartley is sent off during the Aviva Premiership final, after calling referee Wayne Barnes a "****ing cheat", minutes after receiving a warning for a similar comment.

The incident took place for halftime and Hartley's Northampton Saints would go on to lose the match 37-17.

This was the first time a player has ever been red-carded in a Premiership Final.

He was handed an 11-week ban, which cost him a spot in the British & Irish Lions side to tour Australia.


1968 - Former NZ Kiwis league utility Kevin Iro

1979 - Former England rugby first-five Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson.
Jonny Wilkinson. Photo credit: Reuters

1981 - Former NZ Kiwis league wing Matt Utai

1986 - Former Tour de France cycling winner Geraint Thomas

1994 - All Blacks first-five Richie Mo'unga 

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Live updates: Super Rugby 2019 - Crusaders v Blues in Christchurch

The Crusaders have held on to record a scrappy 19-11 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Christchurch.

The hosts started the better of the two sides, going close to scoring a couple of times in the opening five minutes.

Richie Mo'unga got the defending champions on the board with an eighth-minute penalty and a Harry Plummer mistake saw Mo'unga double the lead.

Mo'unga was again involved six minutes later, when his kick was gathered by Ryan Crotty, who calmly passed to Bryn Hall for the opening try.