Weight’s dramatic FA Cup double, Ews jackpot, Nick hit


Retrieved 12 May 2020, 11:32 IST

Michael Owen celebrates his victory in the 2001 FA Cup Final

In the history of the FA Cup, basketball and rugby union, May 12 is a great sporting date.

Today, nineteen years ago, Liverpool made an impossible revival in a memorable FA Cup final against Arsenal.

It also marks the 35th anniversary of a franchise change moment for the New York Knicks.

Here we look back at the game world on May 12th.

1975 – Birth of all black legend Lomur

One of the best sons in New Zealand rugby was born in Auckland 45 years ago today.

Jonah Tali Lomu became the most influential player in the famous all-black jersey.

He has made 3 Test appearances for New Zealand and shared the all-time World Cup record, scoring 15 runs in just two tournaments.

Severe kidney disease affected his playing career and he retired in 2007. Lomu died at the age of 40 from a heart attack related to his kidney condition.

1979 – Everton’s clay court is closed

Chris Evert has won seven of his 18 Grand Slam titles, reflecting his incredible winning streak on the dirt with his dominance on the clay court at the French Open.

Between 1973 and 1979, Evert won 125 matches in a row on the ground, although he did not compete in the Roland Garros in 1976, 1977 or 1978.

After losing the third set tiebreak to American patriot Tracy Austin, this remarkable run finally came to an end in the semifinals of the Italian Open.

The frustration he felt as his series finally came to an end was soon thrown into bed, but the following month Wendy returned the crown of the French Open by crushing Wendy Turnbull in a straight set.

1985 – Knox hits the jackpot with Young

The NBA used a lottery to win first place overall in the draft for the first time in 1975, and it was the New York Knicks who were lucky.

The pay-off may be more than that.

The New York Georgetown Center used the top selection of Patrick Ewing, who became Nick’s superstar.

The 11-time All-Star turned Ewing Knicks into a multiple championship contender, but his rise with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls was unfortunate.

Eve has twice made it to the NBA Finals with Nick, but lost to the Houston Rockets in 1994 and the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.

He later enjoyed spells with the Seattle Supersonics and Orlando Magic. Ewing’s No. 33 Knicks retired and in 2007 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

1989 – Gascoat begins its journey with trouble

The debut of England center Jeremy Guscott has hinted at a great international career as they beat Romania.

Guscott scored a hat-trick in a 58-3 victory over Busherest, surpassing Chris Otti in just four attempts.

However, Guscott was the one to go to England’s stardom and made 30 attempts at s5 cap.

Two years after his bow, Guscott was playing in the World Cup final, but the English went down in defeat, beating Australia 12-6 at Tikenham.

2001 – Owen’s dramatic late doubles down Gonzalez

Liverpool’s sixth FA Cup win proved to be a thriller as Michael Owen took pride of place with the help of a late brace against Arsenal.

The Freddie Luxembourg opener thought he had won for Arsenal, but One equalized within seven minutes of the end of normal time.

He then made a great change by beating David Simon with a great run to the top of Patrick Berger and a great left-footed finish.