Today in sports history: June 29 - Scott Styris scores century in Blackcaps test debut

  • 29/06/2020
Former Blackcap Scott Styris
Former Blackcap Scott Styris Photo credit: Getty

Some stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on June 29.


United States beat England 1-0 in a Football World Cup group match in Belo, Brazil.

The English were one of the pre-tournament favourites and could have booked their spot in the final round with a win over the Americans, but Joe Gaetjens' 38th minute strike was enough to secure one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. 

Uruguay upset hosts Brazil 2-1 in the final to win the Jules Rimet Trophy for the second time.

England would have to wait 16 years to win their first and only World Cup. 


Football legend Pele leads Brazil to their first World Cup win, scoring two goals in a 5-2 win over Sweden in the final. 

The South Americans were favoured to win the previous two tournaments, but had crumbled under the pressure of the tag. Thanks to Pele's brilliance, that all changed in Stockholm. Striker Vava scored two goals to join Pele on the scoresheet, while midfielder Zagallo's 68th-minute strike gave Brazil an unassailable 4-1 lead. 

Sweden scored a consolation 80th-minute second, before Pele scored with the final kick of the game and was anointed as the best player in the world.

Brazil would win again four years later and then secure a third title in 1970, before a 24-year wait for their fourth World Cup. 

Diego Maradona lifts the World Cup in 1986
Diego Maradona lifts the World Cup in 1986 Photo credit: Getty


Diego Maradona's Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in the World Cup final in Mexico City. The South Americans dominated the tournament off the back of the skilful play of their midfield maestro, who scored five goals - second only to England's Gary Lineker (six).  

The Argentinian played a major role in England's elimination from the tournament in the quarter-finals, thanks to his 'Hand of God' goal, that ultimately proved the difference between the two sides. 

Maradona failed to score in the final, but walked away a world champion and regarded as the best player in the world.


Light heavyweight Tito Ortiz defends his UFC title for the third time, knocking out Australian Elvis Sinosic in the first round. 

'The Huntington Beach Bad Boy' was a key figure in the UFC's rise from the underground to the mainstream, thanks to his infamous feuds with Ken Shamrock and Chuck Liddell. Ortiz was the company's first true superstar and a dominant champion, until he was dethroned by Randy Couture in November 2002.

Ortiz retired in 2019, after five wins in his last six fights. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012.


Blackcap Scott Styris scores 107 in his test debut innings against the West Indies in Grenada. 

The powerful right-handed batsman backed it up with a second-innings 69 in the drawn encounter. 

Styris played 29 tests between 2002-07, scoring 1586 runs at an average of 36.04 per innings. The now-commentator added a further four tons to his tally, as well as four one-day international centuries in 188 matches.


1973 - American road cyclist & former Lance Armstrong teammate George Hincapie
1991 - NBA superstar and two-time finals MVP Kawhi Leonard

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Live updates: Super Rugby - Crusaders v Hurricanes semi-final

The Crusaders have staved off a mighty Hurricanes challenge to win their Super Rugby semi-final 30-26 and set up a home decider against the Jaguares.

Out-scored four tries to three in Christchurch on Saturday, the Crusaders found a way to remain on track for a third straight title, with five-eighth Richie Mo'unga once again a key figure.

Mo'unga scored 20 points, while winger Sevu Reece scored a double to push him clear as the competition's leading try-scorer with 15.

It was enough to win a Kiwi derby thriller, quelling a Hurricanes side who were led by Ngani Laumape's double and an inspiring display from halfback TJ Perenara, whose 127th game was a Hurricanes record.

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