April 2008 in sports

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Deaths[edit]

Main article: Deaths in April 2008

Current sporting seasons[edit]

30 April 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

29 April 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

28 April 2008 (Monday)[edit]

27 April 2008 (Sunday)[edit]

65. Detroit Lions: Running back Kevin Smith, UCF
73. Kansas City Chiefs (from Denver through Minnesota): Running back Jamaal Charles, Texas
81. Arizona Cardinals: Wide receiver Early Doucet, LSU
86. Baltimore Ravens (from Seattle): Free safety Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame
89. Houston Texans (from Jacksonville through Baltimore): Running back Steve Slaton, West Virginia
95. New York Giants: Wide receiver Mario Manningham, Michigan
137. Minnesota Vikings (from St. Louis through Green Bay): Quarterback John David Booty, USC
156. Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback Dennis Dixon, Oregon
162. New York Jets (from Green Bay): Quarterback Erik Ainge, Tennessee
186. Washington Redskins: Quarterback Colt Brennan, Hawaii
202. Indianapolis Colts: Running back Mike Hart, Michigan
209. Green Bay Packers (From St. Louis through Minnesota): Quarterback Matt Flynn, LSU
252 (Mr. Irrelevant). St. Louis Rams: Linebacker David Vobora, Idaho
(1) Kimi Räikkönen Finland (2) Felipe Massa Brazil (3) Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom
(1) Dan Wheldon United Kingdom (2) Tony Kanaan Brazil (3) Scott Dixon New Zealand
(1) Pedro Lamy Portugal & Stéphane Sarrazin France (2) Alexandre Prémat France & Mike Rockenfeller Germany (3) Harald Primat Switzerland & Christophe Tinseau France
(1) Kyle Busch Nevada (2) Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia (3) Denny Hamlin Virginia
(1) Mikko Hirvonen Finland (2) Dani Sordo Spain (3) Chris Atkinson Australia

26 April 2008 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Basketball:
    • FIBA, the sport's international governing body, announces major rules changes, set to take effect for major international competitions in late 2010 and other competitions in late 2012, which will result in its court markings being much more similar to those of the NBA. These changes are: (FIBA)
      • FIBA will scrap its trapezoidal restricted area (free-throw lane) and adopt a rectangular area with the same dimensions as currently used by the NBA.
      • The three-point line will move to 6.75 m (22 ft 2 in) from the center of the basket, compared with the current 6.25 m (20 ft 6 in).
      • FIBA will adopt the "no-charge semicircle" currently used in the NBA, by which an offensive player cannot be called for charging if the defensive player is within this semicircle near the defender's basket.
    • NBA:
13. Carolina Panthers: Running back Jonathan Stewart, Oregon
18. Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Joe Flacco, Delaware
55. Baltimore (from Seattle): Running back Ray Rice, Rutgers
56. Green Bay Packers (from Cleveland): Quarterback Brian Brohm, (Louisville)
57. Miami (from San Diego): Quarterback Chad Henne, Michigan

22 April 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

21 April 2008 (Monday)[edit]

20 April 2008 (Sunday)[edit]

(1) Marco Werner Germany & Lucas Luhr Germany (2) Frank Biela Germany & Emanuele Pirro Italy (3) Scott Sharp United States & David Brabham Australia
(1) Timo Scheider Germany (2) Martin Tomczyk Germany (3) Bruno Spengler Canada
(1) Karl Wendlinger Austria & Ryan Sharp United Kingdom (2) Michael Bartels Germany & Andrea Bertolini Italy (3) Philipp Peter Austria & Allan Simonsen Denmark
(1) Danica Patrick United States (2) Hélio Castroneves Brazil (3) Scott Dixon New Zealand
Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to win a race in a top-flight American motor racing series.
(1) Will Power Australia (2) Franck Montagny France (3) Mario Dominguez Mexico
Will Power claims his debut IRL victory, winning the last ever Champ Car race after 28 seasons of Champ Car racing.
(1) Garth Tander Australia (2) Steven Richards New Zealand (3) James Courtney Australia

19 April 2008 (Saturday)[edit]

Rain, and rain water seeping through the track forced officials to delay the race until April 20.

18 April 2008 (Friday)[edit]

  • Basketball:
    • NBA team owners vote 28–2 in favor of allowing the Seattle SuperSonics to move to Oklahoma City. Although the team could potentially move for the 2008–09 season, the move is contingent on the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the city of Seattle in an attempt to force the team to honor its lease at KeyArena, which does not expire until 2010. It may also hinge on a potential breach-of-contract lawsuit by former owner Howard Schultz to reclaim the franchise.

17 April 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

16 April 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

13 April 2008 (Sunday)[edit]

(1) Mattias Ekström Sweden (2) Timo Scheider Germany (3) Tom Kristensen Denmark
(1) Jimmie Johnson California (2) Clint Bowyer Kansas (3) Denny Hamlin Virginia
Lorenzo becomes the youngest ever winner in 500cc/MotoGP.

12 April 2008 (Saturday)[edit]

11 April 2008 (Friday)[edit]

10 April 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

9 April 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

8 April 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

7 April 2008 (Monday)[edit]

6 April 2008 (Sunday)[edit]

(1) Felipe Massa Brazil (2) Kimi Räikkönen Finland (3) Robert Kubica Poland
(1) Carl Edwards Missouri (2) Jimmie Johnson California (3) Kyle Busch Nevada
(1) Graham Rahal United States (2) Hélio Castroneves Brazil (3) Tony Kanaan Brazil
(1) Nicolas Minassian France & Marc Gené Spain (2) Alexandre Prémat France & Mike Rockenfeller Germany (3) Jan Charouz Czech Republic & Stefan Mücke Germany
(1) Stijn Devolder Belgium (2) Nick Nuyens Belgium (3) Juan Antonio Flecha Spain

5 April 2008 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Basketball: NCAA Men's Tournament Final Four in San Antonio
    • Memphis 78, UCLA 63
      • Memphis sets an NCAA record with its 38th win of the season. The Tigers establish a quick pace early and maintain it by keeping fresh legs on the floor. Guards Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose score 28 and 25 points, respectively. Memphis' frontcourt defense keeps the ball out of Kevin Love's hands; the Bruins' star freshman accounts for only four field goals and 12 points. The Tigers put the game away at the foul line, hitting 20 of 23 free throws.
    • Kansas 84, North Carolina 66
      • In a game of extreme momentum swings, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams loses to his former school. UNC opens extremely sloppily, committing 10 first-half turnovers and falling behind by 28 at one point. Kansas returns the favor, and North Carolina slowly crawls within four. But the Jayhawks pull away late behind guard Brandon Rush, who finishes with 25 points. Tyler Hansbrough, faced with extremely tight defense from Kansas' deep frontcourt, has a modest 17 points.

4 April 2008 (Friday)[edit]

3 April 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

2 April 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

1 April 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

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