April 1986 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 2 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 4 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 5 140th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard West Tip wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 15th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Apr 6 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hrs

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 50th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 279

  • Apr 13 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 13 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Apr 15 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 20 Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Apr 21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella of Australia 1st man in 2:07:51 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • Apr 21 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
  • Apr 27 Pat Bradley wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Apr 29 1986 NFL Draft: Bo Jackson from University of Auburn first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater
  • Apr 3 Sergio Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 4 Aiden McGeady, Republic of Ireland and Celtic footballer,
  • Apr 4 Cameron Barker, Professional ice hockey player
  • Apr 8 Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
  • Apr 8 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia
  • Apr 10 Olivia Borlée, Belgian athlete
  • Apr 10 Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer
  • Apr 12 Blerim Džemaili, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 14 Matt Derbyshire, English footballer
  • Apr 15 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 16 Paul di Resta, British racing driver
  • Apr 18 Maurice Edu, American soccer player
  • Apr 18 Billy Butler, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Candace Parker, American basketball player
  • Apr 21 Audra Cohen, American tennis player
  • Apr 21 Alexander Edler, Swedish hockey player
  • Apr 22 Dusan Sakota, Serbian-Greek basketball player
  • Apr 22 Marshawn Lynch, American Football player
  • Apr 23 Sven Kramer, Dutch speed skater

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 5 Colin McCool, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies
  • Apr 23 Jim Laker, cricketer (193 wkts for England at 21 24), dies
  • Apr 24 Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies