Today In Sports History

1934 — Busher Jackson scores four third-period goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Eagles.

 

1960 — Jerry Norton of St. Louis intercepts four passes to lead the Cardinals in a 26-14 victory over the Washington Redskins.

1977 — Walter Payton rushes for an NFL record 275 yards as the Chicago Bears edge the Minnesota Vikings 10-7.

1983 — Seattle’s Dave Krieg passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seahawks to a 27-19 victory over the Denver Broncos.

1983 — Steve Bartkowski throws a 42-yard desperation pass that is deflected to Billy Johnson at the 5-yard line, and he then fights his way into the end zone to give the Atlanta Falcons a 28-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

1993 — Hayden Fry wins his 200th game as Iowa beats Minnesota 21-3.

1994 — Tisha Venturini scores twice and Angela Kelly, Sarah Dacey and Robin Confer add goals as North Carolina beats Notre Dame 5-0 for its ninth consecutive NCAA women’s soccer championship.

1997 — A.C. Green breaks the NBA record for consecutive games, making his 907th straight appearance in the Dallas Mavericks’ 101-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Green surpasses Randy Smith’s mark of 906 set from 1972-83.

1999 — TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for an NCAA Division I record 406 yards on 43 carries with six touchdowns in a 52-24 victory over UTEP.

2001 — Ball State beats No. 3 UCLA 91-73 in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational, just one day after knocking off No. 4 Kansas in the opening round.

2004 — Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma ties the NCAA record for most 100-yard rushing games by a freshman with his 10th in the Sooners’ 35-0 win over Baylor. Peterson rushes for 240 yards on 32 carries, with three TDs.

2005 — Annika Sorenstam closes another spectacular year with her 10th LPGA Tour victory, holding off Liselotte Neumann at the ADT Championship by two strokes.

2005 — The New York Giants become the third NFL team in history with 600 victories, behind Chicago (667) and Green Bay (638), after a 27-17 win over Philadelphia.

2010 — Mikel Leshoure of Illinois rushes for a school-record 330 yards and scores two touchdowns in the Fighting Illini’s 48-27 win over Northwestern at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. All offensive plays are run toward the same end zone because a brick wall, albeit heavily padded, is too close behind the east one.

2010 — Notre Dame returns to the Bronx for the first time in 41 years and sends the subway alumni home happy as the Irish beat Army 27-3 in the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium.

2010 — Michigan’s Denard Robinson sets two NCAA records in a 48-28 loss to Wisconsin. He becomes the first player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing in one year and breaks Beau Morgan’s major-college record of 1,494 yards rushing by a quarterback.

2011 — Brittney Griner has 32 points and 14 rebounds while Baylor establishes itself as the clear No. 1 team with a 94-81 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame in the preseason WNIT championship game.

2011 — Tony Stewart holds off Carl Edwards to win his third NASCAR championship with a powerful and relentless drive in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart and Edwards finish tied in the final standings, but Stewart wins the title on tiebreaker: He has five wins this season to Edwards’ one.

2011 — Detroit erases a 24-7 deficit to defeat Carolina 49-35 and become the first team in NFL history to win three games in a single season in which it trailed by at least 17 points. The Lions won games in Weeks 3 (20-point deficit vs. Minnesota) and 4 (24-point deficit vs. Dallas) after trailing by at least 17 points.

2011 — Landon Donovan scores in the 72nd minute on passes from Robbie Keane and David Beckham, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s three superstars win their first MLS Cup together with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.

2012 — Jack Taylor scores 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Division III Grinnell’s 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible in Grinnell, Iowa. Taylor, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore makes 27 of 71 3-point attempts, is 52 of 108 overall from the field and adds seven free throws on 10 attempts in 36 minutes.

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