This week in history: O’Neal breaks records

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January 7

1899 Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier’s

1910 Stanley Cup, Dey’s Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (ON), 3-1 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

1927 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois 1932 1st game played at Or

1932 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich

1936 Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)

1947 Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882

1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

1955 20-year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5thround TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden

1961 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16

1962 1st AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 47-27; MVP Cotton Davidson, Dallas Texans, QB

1963 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

1972 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134- 90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports

1973 British Darts Organisation founded in North London

1979 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 34-5

1979 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 28-0

1980 Minn ends Philadelphia Flyers’ NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends

1982 Islander’s Bryan Trottier’s 10th career hat trick

1983 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England

1985 Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

1987 Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

1989 NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11)

1989 Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record 1992 Last day of Test cricket for Imran Khan

1992 Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

1994 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

1994 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Petr Korda defeats Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-3, 6-3 for an unassailable 2-0 lead (ends 2-1) and the Czech Republic’s first title

1995 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Boris Becker beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany’s second title

1995 Larry Brown posts his 500th career NBA coaching victory, following the Indiana Pacers’ 88-83 road win at the Houston Rockets

1998 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal blocks 3 shots in a 114-102 win over Milwaukee to bring his career total to 1,002

1999 NBA Board of Governors unanimously ratifies a new 6-year collective bargaining agreement between the league and the National Basketball Players Association

2007 Phil Jackson wins his

900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

2008 College Football, 10th BCS National Championship Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24

2010 College Football, 12th BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: #1 Alabama beats #2 Texas, 37-21

2012 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Tomáš Berdych beats Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead; 2nd title for Czech Republic

2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 4th consecutive year; US forward Abby Wambach wins women’s award

2013 College Football, 15th BCS National Championship, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Alabama beats #1 Notre Dame, 42-14

2017 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: French pair Kristina Mladenovic & Richard Gasquet beat Americans Coco Vandeweghe & Jack Sock 4-1, 4-3 to clinch 2-1 win; 2nd French title

2019 Rain ruins last 2 days of 4th cricket Test in Sydney as India wins series 2-1; become first Asian side to win a Test series in Australia, 71 years after the first Indian touring team in 1947-48

2019 College Football, National Championship, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara: #2 Clemson beats #1 Alabama, 44-16

January 8

1913 Frank Chance becomes NY Yankees manager

1925 England cricket opening batsman Herbert Sutcliffe follows his 1st innings 176 with 127 in the 2nd innings but his team cannot avoid an 81 run defeat to Australia in the 2nd Test in Melbourne

1945 University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win

1947 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game

1955 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pts

1955 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky’s 130-game home basketball win streak

1962 21-year-old future Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus makes his first professional appearance; tied 50th in Los Angeles Open

1972 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall 1973 Greg Chappell’s best

1973 Greg Chappell’s best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG

1977 Australian Open Women’s Tennis: In an all-Australian final Kerry Melville Reid wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 7-5, 6-2

1978 American Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title at Madison Square Garden, NYC

1980 Islander Glenn Resch’s 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0

1980 NCAA decides to sponsor women’s championships in 5 sports

1984 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams

1984 AFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks, 30-14

1984 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers, 24-21 1986 Willie McCovey is 16th

1986 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year

1987 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games 1988 9th largest NBA crowd

1988 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit

1989 AFC Championship, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills, 21-10

1989 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 28-3

1991 Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins & Rod Carew elected to Hall of Fame

1991 Rod Carew is 22nd player elected to Hall of Fame on 1st try

1991 Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)

1993 Michael Jordan’s gamehigh 35 points leads Chicago to 120-95 win over Milwaukee; gives him exactly 20,000 points in 620th game of his NBA career; 2nd-fastest to reach milestone after Wilt Chamberlain (499)

1993 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Michael Stich beats Emilio Sánchez of Spain 7-5, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany’s first title

1995 Philadelphia Phillies 12- time All Star third baseman Mike Schmidt is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

1996 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1998 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position

2000 “Music City Miracle”, in AFC Wild Card Playoff, Tennessee Titans defeat Buffalo Bills 22-16 in last 16 seconds with Kevin Dyson, running length of the field for a gamewinning touchdown

2000 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Amanda Coetzer & Wayne Ferreira wrap up South Africa’s first title (3-0) with an abbreviated 8-1 mixed doubles win over Tamarine Tanasugarn & Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand

2005 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Guillermo Coria of Argentina 6-4, 6-1 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and 2nd Slovakian title 2007 9th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Ohio State, 41-14

2008 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

2009 College Football, 11th BCS National Championship, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14

2011 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands & John Isner beat Belgian pair Justine Henin & Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-3 to clinch a 2-1 victory; 6th title for the United States

2012 “The 3:16 Game” AFC Wild Card Playof, underdogs Denver Broncos defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 29–23 with Tim Tebow connecting with Demaryius Thomas on an 80- yard touchdown pass on first scrimmage play of overtime

2013 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

2018 College Football National Championship, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta: #4 Alabama beats #3 Georgia, 26-23

January 9

1811 1st Women’s Golf Tournament held

1903 Baseball’s National & American Leagues make peace

1903 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League’s Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)

1930 Boston Bruins wins then NHL record 14th straight game

1942 In his 20th title defence, Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in the 1st round of their rematch to retain his world heavyweight boxing title at New York’s Madison Square Garden 1947 Providence Steamrollers

1947 Providence Steamrollers guard Dino Martin becomes the first NBA player to ever score 40 points in a game, in a 91-68 win over Cleveland Rebels at Rhode Island Auditorium

1951 Washington Capitals NBA club folds

1952 Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

1952 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty

1953 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game

1954 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game

1958 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

1962 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks

1967 NFL New Orleans’ franchise takes name “Saints”

1972 Led by future Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks beat LA Lakers, 120-104, ending LA’s consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history 1975 Australia beat England

1975 Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes

1976 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

1977 Super Bowl XI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14; MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

1977 Australian Open Men’s Tennis: American Roscoe Tanner wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

1979 Bobby Orr’s #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins 1984 Braves pitcher Pascual

1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez is arrested for cocaine possession

1985 Flames set NHL record 264th regular season game without being shut-out

1986 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

1988 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

1989 Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1990 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78

1990 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1991 Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame for betting on baseball

1991 Dean Smith of NC is 6th

to win 700 career coaching basketball games

1991 Chicago’s Michael Jordan scores a game-high 40 points to lead the Bulls to a 107-99 win over Philadelphia at the Spectrum; reaches the 15,000-point mark of his career 1993 Franziska van Almsick

1993 Franziska van Almsick swims world record 100m free style (53.33)

1998 Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title

1998 Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving

1998 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky as the best NHL player ever

1999 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Mark Philippoussis clinches Australia’s unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1), with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Sweden’s Jonas Björkman; Australia’s first title

2000 Miami Dolphin QB Dan Marino wins his last career NFL game (20-17 vs Seattle)

2009 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Russia’s Marat Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and Slovakia’s 3rd title 2010 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: María José Martínez Sánchez & Tommy Robredo of Spain beat British pair Laura Robson & Andy Murray 7-6, 7-5 to clinch a 2-1 win; Spain’s 3rd title

2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 3rd consecutive year; Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa wins women’s award

2012 College Football, 14th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 Alabama beats #1 DB

1957 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates 1965 15th NFL Pro Bowl, LA

1965 15th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 34-14; MVPs: Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, QB; Terry Barr, Detroit Lions, DB

1967 17th NBA All-Star Game, Cow Palace, San Francisco, Ca: West beats East, 135-120; MVP: Rick Barry, SF Warriors, SF

1982 Petra Schneider swims world record 1500 m freestyle (15:43.31)

1982 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; “The Catch” - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58” remaining; SF goes on to win Super Bowl

1982 AFC Championship, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Bengals beat San Diego Chargers, 27-7 in the “Freezer Bowl”

1983 NY Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring NY Yankees from playing season-opening series against Tigers in Denver

1984 Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, & D Drysdale elected to Hall of Fame

1985 Lenny Wilkens becomes first to coach in 1,000 NBA games when his Seattle SuperSonics defeat the Golden State Warriors, 89-86

1986 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)

1989 LA Kings center Wayne Gretzky becomes NHL’s alltime leading scorer in combined regular season & playoff points; 4 assists in 5-4 home win over Edmonton brings his total to 2,011, 1 more than Gordie Howe

1990 NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players

1996 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

1996 Boston guard Dana Barros sinks a 3-point field goal in his 89th straight game, during the Celtics’ 113-104 win over Sacramento Kings; NBA record streak ends in next game when he goes 0 from 9

1998 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Karina Habšudová & Karol Kucera beat French pair Mary Pierce & Cédric Pioline 6-3, 6-4 for a 2-1 win, and Slovakia’s first title

1998 Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan wins his 600th NBA game with a 111-84 victory at the Houston Rockets

1998 Vancouver Canucks veteran center Mark Messier becomes the 6th player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists in a 2-2 tie against the Florida Panthers at General Motors Place ‘2003 NBA announces Charlotte, N.C. is awarded an NBA expansion franchise to be known as the Charlotte Bobcats and start play in 2004-05; eventually changes to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-15 season

2004 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Lindsay Davenport & James Blake beat Slovakian pair Daniela Hantuchová & Karol Kucera 6-2, 6-3 for a 2-1 win, and 3rd American title

2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins 2nd straight award from teammates Andrés Iniesta & Xavi; Brazilian forward Marta wins women’s award for 5th consecutive year 2011 College Football, 13th

2011 College Football, 13th BCS National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #1 Auburn beats #2 Oregon, 22-19

2015 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska & Jerzy Janowicz beat American pair Serena Williams & John Isner 7-5, 6-3 to clinch a 2-1 win; earlier Radwanska defeats Williams 6-4, 6-7, 6-1