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Today In Sports History

Posted: November 18, 2013 - 1:02am
Chicago Bears quarterback Bill Wade (9) passes against the New York Giants during the 1962 NFL season.
Chicago Bears quarterback Bill Wade (9) passes against the New York Giants during the 1962 NFL season.

1962 — Bill Wade of the Chicago Bears passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns to edge the Dallas Cowboys 34-33.

1970 — Joe Frazier knocks out Bob Foster in the second round to retain the world heavyweight title in Detroit.

1974 — Charley Johnson of the Denver Broncos passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-34 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.

1978 — Vanderbilt’s Frank Mordica rushes for 321 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-27 victory over Air Force. Mordica scores on runs of 48, 30, 6, 70 and 77 yards.

1990 — Monica Seles captures the first five-set women’s match since 1901, defeating Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Virginia Slims Championships.

1995 — Iowa State’s Troy Davis becomes the fifth player in NCAA Division I-A to rush for 2,000 yards, reaching that plateau in a 45-31 loss to Missouri.

1995 — Alex Van [filtered word] sets an NCAA record for most receiving yards in a season, catching 13 passes for 314 yards as Nevada beats San Jose State 45-28. Van [filtered word] raises his total to 1,874 yards, surpassing the record of 1,779 set in 1965 by Howard Twilley of Tulsa.

2000 — Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El becomes the second player in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for 200 points and pass for 200 points in a career in a 41-13 loss to Purdue.

2003 — American soccer phenom Freddy Adu, 14, signs a six-year deal with MLS.

2006 — Top-ranked Ohio State beats No. 2 Michigan 42-39 in Columbus in the regular-season finale. The Big Ten rivals had the top two spots in The AP football poll since Oct. 15.

2007 — Jimmie Johnson becomes the first driver to win consecutive Nextel Cup championships since Jeff Gordon in 1997 and ‘98, wrapping up the title by finishing a trouble-free seventh in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

2007 — Top-ranked Roger Federer wins his fourth Masters Cup title in five years, overwhelming No. 6 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Federer collects $1.2 million and a new car for the win, increasing his winnings for the season to over $10 million — a record for the ATP Tour.

2011 — D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario is named Major League Soccer’s most valuable player, capping an unusual season in which he is traded twice. Even while moving from Toronto FC to the New York Red Bulls and then to D.C. United in a three-month span, De Rosario became the league’s leading scorer with an MLS-best 16 goals and 12 assists.

2012 — Brad Keselowski gives Roger Penske his first Sprint Cup championship 40 years after the owner’s first stock car race. Keselowski beats five-time champion Jimmie Johnson of mighty Hendrick Motorsports to fill the glaring hole on Penske’s otherwise sterling racing resume.

2012 — The Czech Republic wins the Davis Cup for the first time as an independent nation, beating Spain 3-2 in the final after Radek Stepanek upsets Nicolas Almagro in the last reverse singles.

2012 — Matt Schaub has a career-high five touchdown passes, completes a franchise-record 43 passes and finishes with 527 yards passing, second most in NFL history, to lead the Houston Texans to a 43-37 overtime win over Jacksonville. Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.

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