On This Day

April 2005 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 2 Bubba Stewart becomes first African-American to win a major motor sports event when he takes out the Monster Energy AMA Supercross C'ship event in Irving, Texas
  • Apr 2 Newcastle United teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer are sent off for fighting each other in a 3-0 home defeat to EPL rivals Aston Villa at St. James’ Park
  • Apr 4 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois, 75-70; Tar Heels' 4th national championship
  • Apr 5 24th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Michigan State, 84-62; Bears' small forward Sophia Young is named Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 5 The Washington Nationals lose their inaugural season opener, 8-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies; first team to represent the nation's capital since the Washington Senators left after the 1971 season
  • Apr 9 158th Grand National: 9-year-old 7/1 favourite Hedgehunter, ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins, win by 14 lengths from 40/1 shot Royal Auclair

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Apr 10 69th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 4th green jacket on the 1st hole of a playoff with Chris DiMarco

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  • Apr 10 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
  • Apr 10 At 16 years, 271 days James Vaughan scores for Everton in a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park; becomes youngest goalscorer in EPL history
  • Apr 18 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia claims men's section in 2:11:44; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya wins back-to-back races and 4th overall women's title in 2:25:12
  • Apr 23 NFL Draft: University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith first pick by San Francisco 49ers

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 3 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 6 Geoff Millman, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), dies at 70
  • Apr 7 Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • Apr 7 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Apr 8 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Jerrel Wilson, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1970-72; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), dies of cancer at 63
  • Apr 10 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • Apr 11 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (scored the first ever FIFA World Cup goal), dies at 97
  • Apr 13 Don Blasingame, American baseball player, dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests, top score 92), dies at 79
  • Apr 18 Sam Mills, American football player, dies at 46
  • Apr 21 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • Apr 23 Earl Wilson, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; AL wins leader 1967 Boston Red Sox), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 25 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, dies at 80
  • Apr 27 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 95
  • Apr 28 Chris Candido, American wrestler, dies at 33