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April 2010 in Sports History

Events in Sport


AgreementContract of Interest

Apr 2 Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Apr 4 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins her 2nd major title by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Suzann Pettersen of Norway
  • Apr 5 72nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Butler, 61-59; Blue Devils' forward Kyle Singler, 19 points
  • Apr 6 29th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Stanford, 53-47; UConn forward Maya Moore scores 23 points
  • Apr 10 163rd Grand National: Tony McCoy wins aboard 10/1 joint-favourite Don't Push It by 5 lengths ahead of Black Apalachi

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 74th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Phil Mickelson wins his 3rd green jacket by 3 strokes from England's Lee Westwood

  • Apr 19 114th Boston Marathon: Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya wins 4th men's title in 2:05:52; Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia women's champion in 2:26:11
  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford first pick by St. Louis Rams

Sport awardIndian Premier League

Apr 25 IPL Cricket Final, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 22 runs; Suresh Raina 57 no (35)

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar

Weddings in Sport

  • Apr 9 Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (30) weds Julie Lesicki at St. Augstine Catholic Church in Philadelphia

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 2 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74); World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), dies from stomach cancer at 72
  • Apr 2 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), dies from suicide at 40
  • Apr 4 Alec Bedser, English cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer), dies at 91
  • Apr 6 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's), dies at 85

Person of interestGeorge Nissen

Apr 7 George Nissen, American inventor (created the trampoline), dies at 96

Inventor and Gymnast George Nissen
Inventor and Gymnast
George Nissen
  • Apr 9 Zoltán Varga, Hungarian Footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 9 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • Apr 19 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (undefeated world champion WBA super featherweight 2006-08; WBC lightweight 2009-10), commits suicide at 28
  • Apr 21 Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish sports administrator (President International Olympic Committee 1980-2001), dies of cardio-respiratory failure at 89