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April 2007 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Morgan Pressel wins by 1 from Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew & Suzann Pettersen; youngest-ever winner of an LPGA major at 18 years, 313 days

World Record

Apr 1 American super swimmer Michael Phelps smashes his own world record in the 400m individual medley (4:06.22) to win his record 7th gold medal at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia

  • Apr 2 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State, 84-75; Gators' back-to-back titles; forward Corey Brewer named Most Outstanding Player

Laureus Awards

Apr 2 Laureus World Sports Awards, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Yelena Isinbayeva; Team: Italy Men's National Football team

  • Apr 3 26th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Rutgers, 59-46; Volunteers' 7th national title; Candace Parker is named Most Outstanding Player

US Masters Golf

Apr 8 71st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Zach Johnson wins his first major title, 2 strokes ahead of Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods

  • Apr 14 160th Grand National: 33–1 shot Silver Birch, ridden by Robbie Power, edges out McKelvey to win by three-quarters of a length
  • Apr 16 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya goes back-to-back for 3rd title in 2:14:13; Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia wins women's race in 2:29:18
  • Apr 28 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell first pick by Oakland Raiders

Sports History

Apr 28 Cricket World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Australia defeats Sri Lanka by 53 runs to win their 3rd consecutive World Cup; Glenn McGrath Player of Series


Weddings in Sport

  • Apr 14 Supermodel Esther Canadas (30) weds MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau (34) in Spain
  • Apr 21 NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia marries 2004 Playmate of the Year Carmella DeCesare

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (Minnesota Twins 1962-2006; Ford C. Frick Award 1996), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • Apr 3 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Apr 5 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • Apr 16 Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • Apr 16 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • Apr 21 William "Parry" O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, and silver 1960), dies of a heart attack during a swimming competition at 75
  • Apr 25 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 25 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • Apr 25 Les Jackson, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 7 wickets; Derbyshire), dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 94
  • Apr 29 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, dies at 29
  • Apr 29 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 100 wickets, BB 6/63; Canterbury CA), dies at 67
  • Apr 30 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)