Today in sports history: June 3 - 'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali dies age 74

'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali in 1974
'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali in 1974 Photo credit: Getty

Some of the stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on June 3.

1971

Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan during the 1992 Cricket World Cup final
Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan during the 1992 Cricket World Cup final Photo credit: Getty

Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan makes his test debut against England, age 19, in Karachi.The future captain has a match to forget, scoring five runs and going wicketless through two innings. 

The all-rounder would eventually make his mark and establish himself as one of the greatest players of all time. Khan led Pakistan to World Cup glory in Australia in 1992 with the final against England proving to be his final game of international cricket. The now 67-year-old finished his career with 362 test wickets at 22.81, while his 3,807 test runs yielded him a career batting average of 37.69.

1995

Tragedy hits the Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Ivory Coast winger Max Brito suffers a broken neck after being stuck in a compromised position during a ruck in a pool match against Tonga.

Brito was rushed to hospital but despite several operations was left a quadriplegic.

"It is now 12 years since I have been in this state," he said in 2007. "I have come to the end of my tether. If one day I fall seriously ill, and if I have the strength and courage to take my own life, then I will do it. This bloody handicap - it's my curse. It kills me and I will never accept it. I can't live with it and it's going to be with me for the rest of my life."

Tonga won the match 29-11.

2017 

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as defending champions Real Madrid top Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League Final in Cardiff. 

The 2017 title was the Spanish clubs' 12th European triumph, while for the Italian club, it was their fifth consecutive final loss. 

Ronaldo, who currently plays for Juventus, is one of the most prolific footballers of all-time, winning 29 major trophies. The Portuguese maestro is a five-time Champions League winner, while he also led his country to European glory in 2018.

2015

Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans turns his back on a lucrative four-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans to re-sign with the Sea Eagles in a record-breaking eight-year deal reportedly worth AU$10 million.

"I was fully committed to going (to the Gold Coast) until 48 hours ago and I can honestly say that," he said.
"I made commitments to them outside of rugby league terms. I had processes in place that would have seen me move up there and have my family in an area on the Gold Coast."

The controversial saga caused the NRL to scrap the 'Round 13' rule for future seasons.

The round 13 rule allowed any player that has signed for another club for the next season to go back on their word and re-sign with their current club before a mid-year deadline.

It has long been the bane of fans and clubs alike and then NRL head of football Todd Greenberg described it as unseemly and an unwanted distraction.

2018

Steph Curry during Game 2 of the 2017 finals
Steph Curry during Game 2 of the 2017 finals Photo credit: Getty

Golden State Warriors guard Stephan Curry breaks Ray Allen's NBA Finals record for most three-pointers (nine) in a game. The then defending champions hammered LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers 112-103 in Game 2, to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

It was the fourth year in a row the two rival teams met in the finals, with Cleveland's only win coming in 2015. The Warriors' won the 2018 series 4-0 to complete a third championship run in four seasons.  

Birthdays 

1928 - Former New Zealand test allrounder John Reid 
1936 - All-time All Blacks great Colin Meads
1966 - Former Pakistan cricket captain and 1992 World Cup winner Wasim Akram 
1986 - Spanish Tennis great and 19=time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal 

Deaths 

1994 - Former New Zealand test cricket bowler Jack Cowie, age 82 (Nine tests, 45 wickets at 21.53)

2016 - 'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali, former heavyweight boxing champion, age 74

Newshub 12 months ago....

Transgender woman CeCe Telfer, who previously competed as a man, wins NCAA track championship

A transgender woman has won a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championship in athletics. 

CeCe Telfer, who was born and raised as Craig Telfer, won the women's 400-meter hurdles national title at the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships for Franklin Pierce University.

Telfer won the final with a time of 57.53s. Second-place was way back in 59.21s.

Telfer also earned All-American First Team honours with a fifth-place finish in the 100m hurdles earlier in the day .

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