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On this day... April 21

By Reuters | Apr 21st 2020 | 2 min read
Manchester United’s Dwight Yorke and Roy Keane. [Courtesy]

APRIL 21, 1995

Boxing- Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, stands with a sculpture of himself after it was unveiled in Las Vegas.

The sculpture, along with two others, commemorate the induction ceremony was to be held for the American by the International Boxing Hall of Fame later that year.

APRIL 21, 1996

Marathon- Runners get the 20th Paris Marathon underway on the Champs Elysees, France.

Around 20,000 people took part in the race which was eventually won by Portugal’s Henrique Crisostomo with a personal best time of two hours, 12 minutes and 16 seconds.

APRIL 21, 1999

Football - Manchester United’s Dwight Yorke and Roy Keane celebrate their 3-2 win against Juventus in their Champions League semi-final second leg match in Turin, Italy.

The first leg at Old Trafford ended in a 1-1 draw and Juventus took control of the return leg, with Filippo Inzaghi’s brace giving the Italian side a 2-0 lead within 11 minutes.

However, goals from Keane, Yorke and Andy Cole helped United complete the comeback and earned them a spot in their first European Cup final in 31 years.

Alex Ferguson’s side, who had already won the FA Cup and Premier League, defeated Bayern Munich in dramatic fashion in the final to complete a historic treble.

APRIL 21, 2010

Basketball - Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson walks with his headband pulled down during his side’s 92-77 loss to Orlando Magic in the second game of their Eastern Conference playoff series in Orlando, Florida.

Jackson led all scorers with 27 points but Orlando got big contributions from Vince Carter (19 points) and Dwight Howard (15 points, nine rebounds) to pick up the victory and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

APRIL 21, 2019

Tennis- Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates after defeating France’s Caroline Garcia in the third rubber of their Fed Cup semi-final tie in Kindarena, France. [Reuters]

Halep dropped the first set in a tiebreak but fought back to complete a 6-7(6) 6-3 6-4 victory which gave Romania a 2-1 lead in the tie.

However, Pauline Parmentier levelled the tie with a victory against Irina-Camelia Begu before the French duo of Kristina Mladenovic and Garcia defeated Halep and Monica Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4 to deny Romania their first-ever Fed Cup finals berth.

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