1875 — Harvard beats Yale 4-0 in the schools’ first football meeting. With 15 players on each side, the game is a mix of rugby and soccer.
1945 — Jim Benton of the Cleveland Rams is the first NFL player to have more than 300 receiving yards in a game. Benton has 10 receptions for 303 yards and a touchdown in a 28-21 victory over the Detroit Lions.
1950 — The Fort Wayne Pistons edge the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in the lowest-scoring game in NBA history. John Oldham leads the Pistons with five points and George Mikan had 15 of the Lakers’ points.
1959 — The AFL holds its first player draft. First-round choices are Boston, Gerhard Schwedes; Buffalo, Richie Lucas; Dallas, Don Meredith; Denver, Roger LeClerc; Houston, Billy Cannon; Los Angeles, Monty Stickles; Minneapolis, Dale Hackbart; New York, George Izo.
1961 — Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks sets an NBA record by hitting 19 of 19 free throws in a 141-121 loss to the Boston Celtics.
1965 — Muhammad Ali knocks out Floyd Patterson in the 12th round to retain the world heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
1981 — Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers catches five touchdown passes in a 55-21 rout of the Oakland Raiders.
1986 — Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champion ever when he knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round to win the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
1986 — Wayne Gretzky, playing in his 575th NHL game, scores his 500th goal in the Edmonton Oilers’ 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
1992 — North Carolina wins its seventh straight Division I women’s soccer title with a 9-1 win over Duke. The Tar Heels also set the record for most goals in a championship game.
1998 — John Elway of the Denver Broncos joins Dan Marino as the only players with 50,000 yards as the Broncos post a 40-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
2003 — The Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3, in the NHL’s first outdoor game. The game marking the 86th anniversary of the founding of the league is played in front of a record crowd of 57,167 at a football arena in Edmonton.
2006 — Teemu Selanne scores his 500th career goal in Anaheim’s 3-2 loss to Colorado. Selanne, the 36th player in NHL history to reach the milestone, joins Jari Kurri as the only Finnish-born NHL players to score 500 goals.
2007 — Brett Favre sets a Green Bay record with 20 consecutive completions and finishes with 381 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 37-26 victory over the Detroit Lions.
2008 — Abilene Christian sets a record for points in an NCAA playoff game, beating West Texas A&M 93-68 in the second round of the Division II playoffs. Bernard Scott rushes for 292 yards and scores seven touchdowns, both playoff records. The combined 161 points is also an NCAA Division II record.
2009 — Jimmie Johnson wins a NASCAR record fourth consecutive championship with a fifth-place finish in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnson needed only to finish 25th or better to beat teammate Mark Martin in the race, won by Denny Hamlin, to give team owner Rick Hendrick his own NASCAR record, a 12th championship.
2009 — Matthew Stafford completes 26 of 43 for 422 yards and five touchdowns in Detroit’s 38-37 win over Cleveland. Stafford sets the record for most yards by a rookie quarterback and becomes the first rookie to throw five TDs in a game since Ray Buivid did it for the Bears in 1937.
2009 — Brett Favre passes for four touchdowns in Minnesota’s 35-9 rout of Seattle. It’s the 22nd game Favre has four or more touchdowns in a game, breaking Dan Marino’s record of 21.
2010 — Alex Kovalev records his 1,000th point with a power-play goal midway through the first period of Ottawa’s game against Los Angeles. The 37-year-old is the 76th NHL player to record 1,000 points and joins Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny as the only Russian players to reach the milestone.
2012 — New Enlgand embarrasses the New York Jets with a 35-point second quarter in a 49-19 victory to give and Bill Belichick his 200th NFL victory. Belichick is the eighth coach in NFL history with 200 career victories, including the playoffs.
1947 — Sammy Baugh throws six touchdown passes as the Washington Redskins beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 45-21.
1958 — Bobby Mitchell of the Cleveland Browns returns a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
1968 — Houston scores 49 points in the fourth quarter to complete the rout an injury-riddled, flu-stricken Tulsa, 100-6.
1984 — Doug Flutie passes for 472 yards and leads Boston College to a 47-45 upset victory over Miami with a last second touchdown throw to Gerard Phelan.
1986 — Bernie Kosar of the Cleveland Browns passes for 414 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-31 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1991 — Tony Sands smashes NCAA records with 396 yards and 58 carries and scores four touchdowns as Kansas trounces Missouri 53-29. Sands broke the NCAA one-game rushing record of 386 yards set this season by Marshall Faulk of San Diego State.
1996 — Iowa State’s Troy Davis becomes the first Division I-A player to rush for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, gaining 225 yards in a 35-20 loss to Kansas State. Davis, who had 2,010 yards in 1995, finishes with 2,185 yards.
1997 — Washington Redskins receiver Henry Ellard (seven receptions, 77 yards) becomes the fifth player in NFL history to catch 800 passes in a 7-7 tie with the New York Giants.
2001 — Middleweight boxer James Butler punches his opponent Richard Grant long after the final bell at Madison Square Garden in New York. Grant, winner of a 10-round decision, is dropped by Butler who connects with a short hook with gloves off. Butler, facing second-degree assault charges, is suspended indefinitely by the New York State Athletic Commission.
2002 — Penn State’s Larry Johnson becomes the ninth running back in NCAA Division I-A history to run for 2,000 yards in a season when he gained 279 yards and scored four TDs in a 61-7 win against Michigan State.
2007 — In a rare instance of double triple-doubles, Baron Davis and the Golden State Warriors get the better of Caron Butler and the Washington Wizards. Davis finishes with 33 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds and Golden State beat Washington 123-115. Butler ends with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
2008 — Matt Cassel passes for 415 yards, including three touchdowns to Randy Moss, in New England’s 48-28 win at Miami. Cassel is the fifth quarterback to throw for 400 yards in consecutive games, joining Dan Fouts, Dan Marino, Phil Simms and Billy Volek.
2008 — Ed Reed returns an interception an NFL-record 108 yards in Baltimore’s 36-7 rout of Philadelphia.
2008 — Steve Asmussen breaks his own record for most wins in a year when Prophesy wins a race in Oklahoma to give the trainer victory No. 556. Asmussen set the record of 555 wins in 2004.
2009 — Dwayne Roloson makes 58 saves — the most by an NHL goalie in 18 years — and Josh Bailey scores at 4:18 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last goalie to turn aside at least 58 shots was Ron Tugnutt, who had 70 saves for the Quebec Nordiques at Boston on March 21, 1991.
2012 — The San Diego Sockers set a U.S. professional team sports record with their 41st consecutive victory, 14-4 against the Toros de Mexico in the Professional Arena Soccer League. The Sockers had been tied with the Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football, who set the old record of 40 from 2005-08.
2012 — The NHL announces its latest round of cancellations on Day 69 of its labor lockout. All games through Dec. 14 are wiped out, and this time All-Star Weekend, scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio, is lost.