Sports Echoes — April 6

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GOLF — Six-times Masters champion Jack Nicklaus with fellow legends Arnold Palmer and Gary Player at the Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia.

Nicklaus, who has won the most majors (18) of any golfer, made the cut in a field littered with past champions but Player and Palmer missed out.

Nicklaus struggled throughout the course and eventually tied for 54th, 25 strokes behind winner Vijay Singh. (2000)

SUMO WRESTLING — Emanuel Yarbrough, the world's heaviest sumo wrestler weighing 350 kg (771.62 lb), looks down at a young boy after his exhibition match during the Czech Sumo Open in Prague.


Yarbrough, who was an ambassador for the sport in the United States, also tried his hand at Mixed Martial Arts and professional wrestling but did not enjoy much success.

The American had a history of ill health and died in 2015 at the age of 51. (2002)

HORSE RACING — Tape goes up signalling the start of the 155th Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool. Jockey Jim Culloty, riding 20-1 shot Bindaree, beat Richard Johnson, who was riding What's Up Boys, by a length and three quarters.

Culloty, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup a few weeks earlier, got to ride Bindaree after an injury to fellow jockey Jamie Goldstein.

Bindaree looked to be in trouble after being overtaken by What's Up Boys over the last fence but Culloty manoeuvred him back into the lead to pick up the win and collect 290,000 pounds ($355,540) in prize money. (2002)

FORMULA ONE — Michael Schumacher's Ferrari crashes into Antonio Pizzonia's Jaguar during the 71-lap Brazilian Grand Prix, which was abandoned on lap 56 due to crashes that blocked the circuit in Sao Paulo.


Pizzonia and Juan Pablo Montoya both aquaplaned and crashed on lap 25 and Schumacher followed suit two laps later, failing to finish a race for the first time since the 2001 German Grand Prix.

Mark Webber later crashed into the barricades and Fernando Alonso, unaware of the yellow flags, struck one of the wheels of the Australian's car and lost control.

The injured Alonso was transported to hospital and the race called off, with the win initially awarded to Kimi Raikkonen but later given to Giancarlo Fisichella on appeal. (2003)

BASEBALL — Toronto Blue Jays second baseman John McDonald and Vernon Wells collide in front of Alex Rios on a fly ball hit by Boston Red Sox batter Kevin Youkillis during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto.

The Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 7-4 victory after Frank Thomas' 11th grand slam and Vernon Wells' two-run homer put them in a commanding position.

The defeat left the Red Sox, the world series champions, in last place in the American League East for the first time in three years. (2008)

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