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Today In Sports History

Posted: October 25, 2013 - 12:07am
In 1997 the Seahawks dropped their regular-season opener to the Jets, 41-3, and quarterback John Friesz broke his right thumb - an injury that sidelined him for nine weeks. Warren Moon (1) stepped in and passed for 3,678 yards and 25 touchdowns in 14 starts.
In 1997 the Seahawks dropped their regular-season opener to the Jets, 41-3, and quarterback John Friesz broke his right thumb - an injury that sidelined him for nine weeks. Warren Moon (1) stepped in and passed for 3,678 yards and 25 touchdowns in 14 starts.

OCTOBER 25

1947 — In front of a capacity crowd of 35,000 at Columbia’s Baker Field in New York, the Lions end Army’s 32-game unbeaten streak in a 21-20 upset. An interception in Army’s final drive seals the win, the first over an Army team that had not surrendered a point all season until the loss to Columbia.

1964 — Cotton Davidson of the Oakland Raiders passes for 427 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-7 rout of the Denver Broncos.

1980 — Mike Weaver knocks out Gerrie Coetzee in the 13th round to retain the WBA heavyweight title in Sun City, Bophuthatswana.

1981 — Brian Sipe of the Cleveland Browns passes for 444 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-28 victory over the Baltimore Colts.

1981 — Miami’s David Woodley passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-27 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

1990 — Evander Holyfield knocks out Buster Douglas in Las Vegas to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.

1998 — Jerry Rice sets an NFL record for receptions in consecutive games with his 12-yard catch from Steve Young on San Francisco’s first offensive play. Rice has caught passes in 184 straight games, breaking the mark set by Art Monk from 1980-95.

1998 — Denver’s Jason Elam kicks a 63-yard field goal, tying Tom Dempsey’s 28-year-old NFL record. Elam’s kick, which came at the end of the first half, matches the record Dempsey set for the New Orleans Saints against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970.

2003 — Trainer Richard Mandella wins a record four races at the Breeders’ Cup, capping perhaps the greatest day in racing history when Pleasantly Perfect wins the $4 million Classic at Santa Anita. Mandella wins the $1 million Juvenile Fillies with Halfbridled, the $1.5 million Juvenile with long-shot Action This Day and the $2 million Turf with Johar, who dead-heats with High Chaparral.

2003 — Florida’s Josh Beckett throws a shutout to lead the Marlins to a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees to win the World Series. Pitching on three days rest, Beckett allows five hits in Game 6 and captures MVP honors.

2003 — Florida State’s Bobby Bowden becomes the winningest coach in major college football history with his 339th victory as the Seminoles beat Wake Forest 48-24. Bowden, 339-97-4 in 38 seasons as a head coach, surpasses Joe Paterno, whose Penn State team loses 26-14 at Iowa.

2005 — Geoff Blum homers in the top of the 14th inning in his first World Series at-bat to help the Chicago White Sox defeat Houston 7-5 in Game 3. At 5 hours, 41 minutes, it’s the longest game by time in Series history and matches the longest in innings.

2006 — Joe Sakic becomes the 11th player in NHL history to reach 1,500 career points with an assist during the first period of Colorado’s 5-3 loss to Washington.

2008 — Sergei Fedorov scores twice for Washington, giving him 475 goals for his career to set a record for Russian-born players. Fedorov, who also holds the Russian records for assists (678) and points (1,153), broke the goal-scoring tie with Alexander Mogilny (473), who retired in 2006.

2008 — Navy doesn’t attempt a pass in a 34-7 victory over Southern Methodist in a game played in a driving rain.

2008 — Raven’s Pass wins the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in an upset, stunning defending champion Curlin on the new synthetic surface at Santa Anita. Raven’s Pass, ridden by Frankie Dettori and sent off at 13-1 odds, posts a 1 3/4-length victory in his first race on such a surface.

2009 — The Vikings-Steelers game is the first in NFL history to feature three return touchdowns of 75 yards or longer in a fourth quarter. All three scores — two by Pittsburgh, one by Minnesota — come in the final 6 1/2 minutes of Pittsburgh’s 27-17 victory. LaMarr Woodley returns Brett Keisel’s forced fumble of Brett Favre 77 yards to give the Steelers a 20-10 lead with 6:23 remaining. Percy Harvin answers 14 seconds later with an 88-yard kickoff return. The Steelers complete the frantic fourth quarter by scoring on linebacker Keyaron Fox’s 82-yard return of an interception with one minute remaining.

2009 — The New York Yankees, the sport’s top spenders finally cash in with their first pennant in six years, beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 in Game 6 of the AL championship series.

OCTOBER 26

1907 — Jim Thorpe makes his Carlisle (Pa.) debut dazzling a crowd of 22,800 in a 26-6 defeat of No. 4 Penn at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field. Thorpe rushes, returns kicks and does all the kicking in putting on a one-man show.

1968 — Brooks Dawson of Texas-El Paso completes 17 of 24 passes for 304 yards in the final 10:21 of the fourth quarter as the Miners beat Brigham Young 31-25.

1980 — The St. Louis Cardinals sack Baltimore quarterback Bert Jones 12 times in a 17-10 victory.

1980 — Earl Campbell of the Houston Oilers rushes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

1990 — Wayne Gretzky becomes the NHL first player to reach the 2,000-point plateau when he helps set up a goal by Tomas Sandstrom at 14:32 of the first period of the Los Angeles Kings’ game at Winnipeg.

1993 — The NFL expands, adding a team in Charlotte, N.C., starting in 1995.

1997 — Warren Moon of the Seattle Seahawks passes for 409 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-34 victory over Oakland. It’s the seventh 400-yard passing game of his NFL career, tying Joe Montana for second place behind Dan Marino’s 13.

2000 — The New York Yankees become the first team in more than a quarter-century to win three straight World Series championships, beating the New York Mets 4-2. The Yankees match the Oakland Athletics’ three in a row from 1972-74, and win their fourth title in five years.

2002 — Volponi, a 43-1 long shot, finds room along the rail and blows past the fading Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem to take the Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6½ lengths ahead of Medaglia d’Oro.

2005 — Jermaine Dye singled home the only run in the eighth, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 1-0 to win their first World Series title in 88 years. Chicago’s sweep, its eighth straight postseason win and 16th in 17 games overall, made it the second team to go through the postseason 11-1 since the extra round of playoffs was added in 1995, joining the 1999 Yankees.

2006 — Ryan Miller stops 29 shots as Buffalo beats the New York Islanders 3-0 to win its 10th straight game. The win matches the best start in NHL history, tying the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs.

2008 — Joe Blanton became the first pitcher in 34 years to homer in the World Series, Ryan Howard drove in five runs and the Philadelphia Phillies romped over the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 to move within one win of their first championship since 1980.

2009 — Chicago drops Minnesota to 0-8 on the road with a 3-1 win. Minnesota becomes the first NHL team to earn zero points in its opening eight road games since Pittsburgh in 1996.

2012 — The NHL cancels all its games through the end of November because of the labor dispute between owners and players. A total of 326 regular-season games, more than 26.5 percent of the season, are lost.

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