Today in sports history: June 25 - All Blacks beat British & Irish Lions in series opener

Dan Carter.
Dan Carter. Photo credit: Photosport

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


India win their first-ever Cricket World Cup, beating the West Indies by 43 runs in the final at Lord's. 

Set 184 for victory, the West Indies were cruising at 50/1, but quickly found themselves at 76/6 and eventually out for 140. 

Back then, games were 60 overs, with Man of the Match awarded to Mohinder Amarnath for his 26 runs and 3/12. Kris Srikkanth lead all scorers with 38.


The All Blacks open their test series against the British & Irish Lions with a 21-3 win at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. 

The win was overshadowed by a dangerous tackle that saw Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll dislocate his shoulder in the opening minutes of the match. 

Brian O'Driscoll.
Brian O'Driscoll. Photo credit: Photosport

O'Driscoll was driven head-first into the ground by opposite number Tana Umaga and hooker Keven Mealamu. 

Dan Carter kicked three penalties and a conversion, with Ali Williams and Sitiveni Sivivatu scoring tries. Johnny Wilkinson kicked the only goal for the Lions. 


French centre Mathieu Bastareaud admits he lied about being attacked by up to five people outside the team hotel, after a 14–10 defeat to New Zealand in Wellington.

Mathieu Bastareaud.
Mathieu Bastareaud. Photo credit: Getty

He later revealed that his injuries were caused by a drunken fall in his hotel room.


American Jordan Spieth secures victory at the Travelers Championship, after holing out from the bunker.

Spieth, who finished -12, led wire-to-wire at TPC River Highlands and had to land a 60-foot shot from the bunker to win the tournament in a playoff against Daniel Berger.

Kiwi Danny Lee finished two shots back in a tie for third. 


1905 - Former Blackcaps bowler Ian Cromb 

1942 - NBA Hall of Famer Willis Reed 

1971 - Former Aussie rugby player and current commentator Rod Kafer 

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Andy Ruiz Jnr keen for rematch with Joseph Parker

The man who stunned the heavyweight boxing world three weeks ago has indicated he'd welcome the chance to avenge his 2016 defeat to Joseph Parker.

Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jnr has been paraded through his hometown of Imperial Valley, California, after his shock win over Anthony Joshua.

Joseph Parker fights Andy Ruiz Jnr
Joseph Parker fights Andy Ruiz Jnr. Photo credit: Photosport

When asked about potential opponents beyond his rematch with the Brit, Ruiz didn't shy away from the Kiwi.

"I'd like to fight him [Joseph Parker], after we get the fight I have first," Ruiz told media.


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