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Today In Sports History

Posted: December 11, 2013 - 1:00am
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A Chicago Bears pass from Johnny Lujack (not shown) in the first quarter of a game against the New York Giants at Crump Stadium in 1951. The Bears' Gene Schroeder (45) is defended by the Giants' John Amberg.
A Chicago Bears pass from Johnny Lujack (not shown) in the first quarter of a game against the New York Giants at Crump Stadium in 1951. The Bears' Gene Schroeder (45) is defended by the Giants' John Amberg.

DECEMBER 11

1949 — Johnny Lujack of the Chicago Bears passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns in a 52-21 rout of the Chicago Cardinals.

1971 — The Los Angeles Lakers set an NBA record with 21 straight wins by beating the Atlanta Hawks 104-95, breaking the record of 20 set by the Milwaukee Bucks the previous year.

1972 — Joe Namath of the New York Jets passes for 403 yards and Don Maynard sets an NFL record for career receptions in a 24-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Maynard, with seven catches, breaks Raymond Berry’s record of 631 by one catch.

1977 — Philadelphia’s Tom Bladon scores four goals and collects four assists to set a record for defensemen with eight points in the Flyers’ 11-1 victory over the Cleveland Barons.

1982 — Dan Fouts the San Diego Chargers passes for 444 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-37 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco’s Joe Montana passes for 356 yards to set an NFL record with five consecutive games of 300 yards or more passing.

1983 — John Henry becomes the first racehorse to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he wins the Hollywood Turf Cup with jockey Chris McCarron at Hollywood Park.

1985 — Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers registers seven assists in a 12-9 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks. The teams tie the NHL record for most total goals in a game.

1992 — Gary Bettman, the NBA’s senior vice president and general counsel, is named the NHL’s first commissioner.

1999 — Rowan ends Mount Union’s NCAA-record 54-game winning streak, beating the Purple Raiders 24-17 in overtime in a Division III semifinal game.

2002 — Danielle Dube becomes the third female goalie to start in a men’s professional hockey game, stopping 18 shots in the Long Beach Ice Dogs’ 4-1 loss to San Diego in the West Coast Hockey League.

2004 — Vitali Klitschko stops Danny Williams in the eighth round to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

2005 — Ronde Barber becomes the first cornerback in NFL history with at least 20 sacks and 20 interceptions when he gets one of each in Tampa Bay’s win over Carolina.

2006 — Jerry Sloan becomes the fifth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games after Utah defeats Dallas 101-79.

2008 — Petr Sykora ends the longest streak in NHL history without a hat trick by a player who had at least two goals in a game, scoring three times to lead Pittsburgh to a 9-2 rout of the New York Islanders. Sykora previously had 38 games with two goals without getting a third, far surpassing the 28 games by Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Murphy.

2010 — Auburn quarterback Cam Newton wins the Heisman Trophy after a season in which he played brilliantly but was also the focus of an NCAA investigation. Newton wins in a landslide vote with 729 first-place votes, beating runner-up Andrew Luck of Stanford by 1,184 points.

2010 — Carl Hagelin scores two goals in the Michigan’s 5-0 victory over Michigan State at Michigan Stadium. The announced attendance of 113,411 crowd sets a world attendance record for a hockey game.

2011 — New England’s Rob Gronkowski has six receptions for 160 yards and two TDs in a 34-27 victory at Washington. Gronkowski sets the mark for most touchdown catches in a season by a tight end with 15, breaking the record of 13 held by Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis.

2011 — The Green Bay Packers go to 13-0 after a 46-16 rout of Oakland. Going back to last season and including the playoffs, they have won 19 straight, the second-longest NFL streak behind New England’s 21.

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