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Today In Sports History

Posted: November 3, 2013 - 1:10am
James Jeffries, hog-fat and long past his prime, attempted unsuccessfully to come out of retirement and beat Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, on July 4, 1910 in Reno, Nevada.  Johnson held Jeffries' vacated title from 1908 to 1915 after 'The Boilermaker's" retirement in 1905. Jeffries had first retired undefeated.
James Jeffries, hog-fat and long past his prime, attempted unsuccessfully to come out of retirement and beat Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, on July 4, 1910 in Reno, Nevada. Johnson held Jeffries' vacated title from 1908 to 1915 after 'The Boilermaker's" retirement in 1905. Jeffries had first retired undefeated.

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1899 — Jim Jeffries beats Sailor Tom Sharkey to retain the world heavyweight title after referee George Siler stops the fight in the 25th round at the Greater New York Athletic Club.

1968 — Jim Turner of New York kicks six field goals to lead the Jets to a 25-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

1973 — Roosevelt Leaks rushes for 342 yards to lead Texas to a 42-14 victory over Southern Methodist.

1973 — Jay Miller sets an NCAA record with 22 catches for 263 yards as Brigham Young beats New Mexico 56-21.

1973 — Freshman Mike Northington scores five touchdowns to set an NCAA record and lead Purdue to a 48-23 victory over Iowa.

1973 — Stan Mikita of Chicago scores his 1,000th NHL point with an assist in a 5-4 loss to Minnesota.

1990 — David Klingler tosses seven TD passes, offsetting the NCAA record of 690 passing yards by Texas Christian substitute quarterback Matt Vogler, to lead Houston to a 56-35 victory.

1995 — The Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies open their first NBA season with victories. The Raptors beat New Jersey 94-79 and the Grizzlies beat Portland 92-80.

1996 — Jerry Rice becomes the first player with 1,000 career NFL receptions in San Francisco’s 24-17 victory over New Orleans.

2001 — Arkansas beats Mississippi 58-56 in seven overtimes in the longest major college football game in history. The Razorbacks stop the Rebels’ 2-point conversion try in the seventh overtime for the win. After ending regulation tied at 17, the teams score touchdowns in every extra period but the second.

2006 — Pitcher Greg Maddux wins his 16th Gold Glove, tying the record shared by pitcher Jim Kaat and third baseman Brooks Robinson.

2007 — Navy snaps an NCAA-record 43-game losing streak to Notre Dame with a 46-44 victory in triple overtime. It’s the first time Navy beat Notre Dame since a 35-14 win in 1963 when Roger Staubach was quarterback for the Midshipmen. The loss is a school-record five straight for the Irish.

2012 — Fort Larned, a 9-1 long shot, leads all the way to win the $5 million Classic by a half-length, capping a weekend of upsets at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Brian Hernandez Jr., aboard the winner, celebrates his 27th birthday with the biggest victory of his career. Game On Dude, the 7-5 favorite, is seventh in the field of 12. Upsets dominate five of the first seven races on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup, with Little Mike pulling off the biggest stunner at 17-1 odds in the $3 million Turf.

2012 — Kenjon Barner rushes for a school-record 321 yards and five touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon produces another landmark offensive performance in a 62-51 victory over No. 18 Southern California. Oregon’s 730 yards and 62 points are the most ever allowed by USC, which began playing football in 1888.

2012 — Brooklyn makes a winning return to major pro sports with the Nets topping the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in the first regular-season game at Barclays Center.

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