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Today In Sports History

Posted: November 7, 2013 - 1:13am

NOVEMBER 7

1925 — Brown and Boston University attempt a “scripted” game in which the teams ran 40 plays (20 each) from scrimmage each quarter without running a clock. Brown wins 42-6.

1968 — Red Berenson scores six goals, including four in the second period, to lead the St. Louis Blues to an 8-0 victory over Philadelphia.

1976 — Minnesota’s Sammy White catches seven passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings post a 31-23 victory over the Detroit Lions.

1985 — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former middleweight boxer convicted twice of a triple murder in 1966 and the hero of a Bob Dylan song, is released after 19 years in prison. Carter, 48, is freed after a federal judge rules the boxer and a co-defendant were denied their civil rights by prosecutors during trials in 1967 and 1976.

1991 — Magic Johnson, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships, announces he has tested positive for the AIDS virus and is retiring.

1998 — Awesome Again steals Skip Away’s thunder and the $5.12 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs with a three-quarter length victory over Silver Charm. Skip Away finishes sixth and misses becoming the first horse to earn $10 million.

1999 — Tiger Woods becomes the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight tournaments, capturing the American Express Championship.

2003 — The defending champion U.S. baseball team fails to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics, losing to Mexico 2-1 in the quarterfinals of a qualifying tournament in Panama City, Panama.

2004 — Pittsburgh, a week after stopping New England’s record 21-game winning streak, hands Philadelphia its first loss, 27-3. The Steelers are the only team in NFL history to beat undefeated teams in consecutive weeks after each had won at least six games.

2007 — Dallas center Mike Modano breaks Phil Housley’s NHL record for career points by an American-born player with two quick goals in the opening minutes of the Stars’ 3-1 victory against San Jose. Modano, with 1,233 points and 511 goals in 1,253 regular-season games, does it in 242 fewer games than Housley.

2008 — Jerry Sloan is the first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with one team when his Utah Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-97. Sloan, 1,000-596 with the Jazz, has an overall coaching record of 1,094-717 with the Jazz and Chicago Bulls.

2008 — Peter Laviolette becomes the winningest American-born coach in NHL history when the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Laviolette moves ahead of former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella with his 240th career victory.

2009 — David Haye wins the WBA heavyweight title with a majority decision over Nikolai Valuev in Nuremberg, Germany. Haye beats the tallest and heaviest champion in history, in his third fight since moving up from cruiserweight.

2009 — Zenyatta comes from last after a poor start and fights off Gio Ponti in the stretch to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The 5-year-old mare, ridden by Mike Smith, beats a loaded field of 11 males and becomes the first female to win the race in its 26-year history.

2010 — Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia wins the men’s title at the New York City Marathon in his debut at the distance. Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat takes the women’s race for her first major marathon championship.

2010 — Flavia Pennetta routs 18-year-old CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2 to give Italy its second straight Fed Cup final victory over the United States.

2010 — Brett Favre rallies Minnesota from 14 points down to force overtime and drives the Vikings into position for Ryan Longwell’s 35-yard game-winning field goal for a 27-24 win over Arizona. Favre completes 36 of 47 passes for a career-high 446 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

2010 — Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning starts his 200th consecutive game, a 26-24 loss at Philadelphia. Manning joins Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to start 200 consecutive games.

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