On This Day

April 2018 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 37th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Mississippi State, 61-58; Fighting Irish forward Jessica Shepard, 19 points
  • Apr 2 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden gains her first pro win in a sudden-death playoff against Inbee Park and Jennifer Song that extends to 8 holes
  • Apr 2 80th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats Michigan, 79–62; Wildcats guard Donte DiVincenzo 31 points
  • Apr 8 82nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Patrick Reed wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of fellow American Rickie Fowler
  • Apr 14 171st Grand National: Davey Russell wins aboard 10/1 Tiger Roll in a photo finish from Pleasant Company
  • Apr 16 122nd Boston Marathon: Yuki Kawauchi of Japan wins men's race in 2:15:58; Desiree Linden (2:39:54) first American to win women's title since 1985
  • Apr 20 Arsène Wenger announces he will leave London EPL club Arsenal after 22 years as manager
  • Apr 21 Oakland A's left hander Sean Manaea no-hits the Boston Red Sox
  • Apr 22 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah is named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year

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Apr 22 Monte Carlo Tennis Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to extend his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first pick by Cleveland Browns; 4 QBs taken in top 10 selections for first time in history
  • Apr 28 Shaquem Griffin is the first one-handed person to be drafted into the NFL, for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Apr 29 Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal equals his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11 Monte Carlo) with his 11th Barcelona ATP title

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 4 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, dies at 61
  • Apr 5 Eric Bristow [The Crafty Cockney], English darts legend and 5 time world champion, dies of a heart attack at 60 while attending a Premier League Darts event in Liverpool
  • Apr 23 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", dies of colon cancer at 71