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Today In Sports History

Posted: November 26, 2013 - 1:04am
Washington Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen is shown against the N.Y. Giants. Jurgensen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
Washington Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen is shown against the N.Y. Giants. Jurgensen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

NOVEMBER 26

1949 — Boston College beats Holy Cross 76-0 as Al Cannava rushes for 229 yards.

1956 — In the Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia, Vyacheslav Ivanov of the Soviet Union wins the gold medal in the single sculls. After receiving the medal, he jumps up and down and accidentally drops the medal through the slats in the float and it sinks to the bottom of the lake.

1961 — Jerry Norton of St. Louis becomes the only NFL player to have four interceptions in a game twice, as he picks off four in the Cardinals’ 30-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two of the interceptions were for touchdowns.

1967 — Sonny Jurgensen of the Washington Redskins passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

1982 — Larry Holmes wins a unanimous decision over Tex Cobb to retain the world heavyweight title in Houston.

1988 — For the first time in series history, Notre Dame and Southern Cal enter the game undefeated and occupying college football’s top two spots in the nation. The top-ranked Fighting Irish win 27-10.

1994 — The Dallas Mavericks, led by Jimmy Jackson’s 50 points, beat the Denver Nuggets 124-123 in overtime after trailing by 25 points in the first half.

1997 — Charles Jones scores a school record 53 points and Long Island University beat Division III Medgar Evers 179-62, breaking the NCAA record for margin of victory. The 117-point difference eclipses the mark of 97 set by Southern University in a 154-57 victory over Patten on Nov. 26, 1993.

2005 — Marek Malik ends the NHL’s longest shootout in the 15th round, fooling goalie Olie Kolzig with a trick shot to give the New York a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. With only two healthy skaters left on the Rangers’ bench, Malik, a defenseman, takes a shot with his stick between his skates and beats Kolzig for the victory.

2005 — Florida International ties an NCAA record by returning four interceptions for touchdowns in a 52-6 rout of rival Florida Atlantic. Keyonvis Bouie, Lionell Singleton, Nick Turnbull and Marshall McDuffie each score on interception returns.

2006 — Rookie Arizona quarterback Matt Leinart completes 31 of 51 passes for 405 yards in a 31-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

2010 — Connecticut beats Howard 86-25 to win its 82nd straight game, setting an NCAA women’s basketball record for consecutive victories. Maya Moore scores 20 points to help top-ranked UConn break its tie with Washington University in St. Louis, a Division III school, which won 81 straight between Feb. 20, 1998-Jan. 12, 2001.

2010 — Cam Newton passes for three touchdowns and runs for another, leading No. 2 Auburn back from a 24-point deficit for a stunning 28-27 victory over No. 9 Alabama that kept the Tigers on course for a shot at the national championship. Auburn trailed 21-0 before it even picked up a first down.

2011 — Illinois finishes the season with its sixth straight loss, 27-7 at Minnesota. The Illini, who started the season 6-0, becomes the first FBS team to open the regular-season with six straight wins, and close it with six losses in a row.

2012 — The Oklahoma City Thunder open a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history on their way to a 114-69 blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats. Russell Westbrook’s right-handed slam is an exclamation point on the first half and put Oklahoma City up 64-24. It’s the fifth-biggest halftime lead in NBA’s shot clock era and the largest since Golden State set the record with an 88-41 edge on Sacramento on Nov. 2, 1991.

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