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Sports-On this day... April 15

Jul 5th 2020, 12:24 am
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April 14 (Reuters) - ON THIS DAY - APRIL 15

April 15, 1996

SOCCER - Arsenal's David Platt clears the ball in acrobatic fashion during a 0-0 draw against bitter north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Platt, playing in his first season for Arsenal following his move from Sampdoria, scored six league goals and helped the club secure European football with a fifth-placed finish.

The Englishman lasted two more seasons at Arsenal and left in 1999 to join Nottingham Forest as a player-manager.

April 15, 2001

BOXING - World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis pays homage to the 43 people crushed to death at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium four days earlier -- considered the worst sporting accident in South African history.

The tragedy occurred during a soccer game between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates when thousands of fans forced their way into the stadium, which was filled to capacity, and caused a stampede.

Lewis was in South Africa to defend his title against Hasim Rahman, who was a 20-1 underdog heading into the fight.

Rahman went toe-to-toe with Lewis for the first four rounds before knocking out the champion with a strong right hand in the fifth.

April 15, 2001

FORMULA ONE -- Williams driver Ralf Schumacher celebrates after winning the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola.

The German started from the second row on the grid but was quick off the blocks and passed David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen's McLarens to take the lead into the first corner.

Ralf - the younger brother of Formula One great Michael -- maintained his pace over the rest of the race to seal his first Grand Prix win.

April 15, 2001

CYCLING - Servais Knaven of the Netherlands en route to winning the Paris-Roubaix in wet and muddy conditions.

Knaven launched an attack with 10km to go and pulled away from the rest of the pack to cross the line in first place followed by team mates Johan Museeuw and Romans Vainsteins.

Knaven shares the record for most finishes at the Paris-Roubaix (16) with Raymond Impanis, Mathew Hayman and Bernhard Eisel.

April 15, 2006

CRICKET - India celebrate after winning the seven-match one-day international series against England with a seven-wicket victory in the final game in Indore.

India, who led 4-1 coming into the game, restricted England to 288 thanks to S.

Sreesanth's career-best figures of 6-55.

India's top four batsmen -- Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh -- all scored half-centuries to seal India's 16th successive win while chasing.

April 15, 2007

SOCCER - Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack celebrates with his team mate Frank Lampard after scoring in a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.

Lampard's opener was cancelled out by Jason Roberts before Ballack's strike in extra time sent Chelsea into the final, where they defeated Manchester United 1-0 to lift their fourth title.

Ballack spent three more seasons at Chelsea and won the Premier League and two FA Cup trophies before returning to Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 on a two-year deal.

April 15, 2012

MARATHON - Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie celebrates after winning the novel half marathon against Paula Radcliffe during the Vienna City Marathon in Vienna.

Radcliffe had a head start of seven minutes and https://ffxiv-knights-ivalice.org/index.php?title=Yuvraj_Singh_apos;s_Father_Yograj_Had_To_Plead_With_His_Son_To_Get_Treatment 52 seconds -- the difference between their personal best times in a half marathon -- but was quickly caught by Gebrselassie and overtaken after 16km.

Gebrselassie finished the race in one hour and 52 seconds, while Radcliffe, who was hoping to use this event as preparation for the London Olympics later that year, crossed the line almost 12 minutes later -- the first time she had taken more than 70 minutes to run a half marathon.

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