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April 2017 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 2 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ryu So-yeon of South Korea wins 2nd major in a playoff with Lexi Thompson who had earlier been penalised 4 strokes
  • Apr 2 36th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: South Carolina defeats Mississippi State, 67-55; Gamecocks power forward A'ja Wilson, 23 points
  • Apr 3 79th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina defeats Gonzaga, 71–65; Tar Heels point guard Joel DeWayne Berry II, 22 points
  • Apr 8 170th Grand National: Derek Fox wins aboard 14/1 One For Arthur; second ever Scottish-trained winner of the event
  • Apr 9 81st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Spaniard Sergio García beats Justin Rose of England in a sudden-death playoff, after they completed 72 holes at -9; Garcia's 1st major title in his 74th attempt
  • Apr 17 121st Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Kirui takes men's title in 2:09:37; Edna Kiplagat women's champion in 2:21:52

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern Munich

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

Sport awardFederation Cup

Apr 22 Ilie Năstase thrown off tennis court for insulting British female players during Fed Cup play-off against Romania in Constanta

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Apr 26 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Apr 27 NFL Draft: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first pick by Cleveland Browns

Weddings in Sport

  • Apr 14 Actress and model Nicky Whelan (36) weds former NFL player-turned-actor Kerry Rhodes (34) at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 6 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • Apr 21 Ugo Ehiogu, English soccer defender (4 caps; Aston Villa, Middlesborough), dies from cardiac arrest at 44
  • Apr 23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97