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Today In Sports History

Posted: December 20, 2013 - 1:12am
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Golden State Warriors guard Al Attles defends the Seattle Supersonics' Lenny Wilkens (19) during a game in 1971.
Golden State Warriors guard Al Attles defends the Seattle Supersonics' Lenny Wilkens (19) during a game in 1971.

DECEMBER 20

1966 — The NBA grants a franchise to Seattle, expanding the league to 11 teams for the 1967-68 season.

1973 — Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 1,000th point, getting an assist in a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres.

1981 — Winnipeg’s Doug Smail scores a goal 5 seconds into the game to tie an NHL record as the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4.

1983 — Montreal’s Guy Lafleur scores his 500th goal as the Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 6-0.

1985 — In a 2-2 tie with the New York Rangers, Denis Potvin of the New York Islanders assists on Mike Bossy’s goal for his 916th career point to break Bobby Orr’s NHL record for points by a defenseman.

1985 — North Carolina sets an NCAA record with 18 blocked shots in an 87-55 rout of Stanford.

1998 — Green Bay’s Brett Favre becomes the first NFL player to throw for more than 30 touchdowns in five different seasons. Favre connects three times with Antonio Freeman in the first half of a 30-22 win over Tennessee to break a tie with Dan Marino.

2000 — In the second-lowest scoring game in NBA history, the Charlotte Hornets hold the Miami Heat to a franchise-low in points in a 65-56 victory. The teams combine for 121 points — two more than Boston and Milwaukee scored between them on Feb. 27, 1955.

2003 — St. John’s provides a perfect ending for coach John Gagliardi’s record-breaking season, snapping Mount Union’s NCAA-record 55-game winning streak with a 24-6 victory in the Division III championship game.

2005 — Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 62 points in just three quarters and Los Angeles downs Dallas 112-90. Bryant scores a franchise-record 30 points in the third quarter and sits out the fourth.

2006 — Bode Miller wins the super-giant slalom in Hinterstoder, Austria, 90 minutes after Lindsey Kildow and Julia Mancuso finish 1-2 in a downhill at Val d’Isere, France. Those successes give the U.S. team five wins and an unprecedented nine podium results over six days. It’s the most impressive streak for the American team since 1983.

2007 — Marian Gaborik scores five goals, the most in the NHL since Sergei Federov scored five for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, to lead Minnesota to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

2009 — Ben Roethlisberger completes 29 of 46 passes with three TDs and 503 yards, becoming the first Pittsburgh quarterback to throw for 500 yards in a game during a 37-36 win over Green Bay. He hits rookie Mike Wallace for a 19-yard touchdown on the final play. It’s the first 37-36 game in NFL history.

2009 — Cleveland’s Jerome Harrison scores his third touchdown with 44 seconds left for the winning points and rushes for a team-record 286 yards in a 41-34 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Joshua Cribbs of the Browns has two kickoff returns for touchdowns, setting an NFL career record with seven. After his 100-yard return in the first quarter to break the mark, Cribbs dashes 103 yards in the second quarter.

2010 — In Minnesota’s first outdoor home game in 29 years, Devin Hester and the Chicago Bears clinch the NFC North title. Hester sets the NFL record with his 14th kick return touchdown, running back a punt 64 yards for a score shortly after halftime to help the Bears to a 40-14 win.

2011 — The NCAA hits Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties for violations that started with eight players taking $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other memorabilia.

DECEMBER 21

1941 — The Chicago Bears win the NFL championship with a 37-9 rout of the New York Giants.

1975 — The Buffalo Sabres score eight goals in the third period of a 14-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

1981 — Doug Schloerner’s 15-foot jump shot with 1 second remaining in the seventh overtime gives Cincinnati a 75-73 victory over Bradley. The seven overtimes set an NCAA record.

1997 — Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions becomes the third player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season when he gains 184 in a 13-10 win over the New York Jets. Sanders finishes with 2,053 yards, second to Eric Dickerson’s 2,105 in 1984.

2001 — Dwayne DeRosario scores six minutes into overtime as the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 to win their first MLS Cup.

2003 — Detroit loses its 24th straight road game, an NFL record, falling at Carolina 20-14. The Lions last won on the road on Dec. 17, 2000, at the N.Y. Jets.

2003 — Peyton Manning of Indianapolis extends his NFL record to five straight seasons with at least 4,000 yards passing in a 31-17 loss to Denver. No other quarterback has had more than three 4,000-yard seasons in a row.

2007 — Rusty Smith passes for 336 yards and a New Orleans Bowl record five touchdowns to lead Florida Atlantic to a 44-27 victory over Memphis.

2008 — Detroit becomes the first 0-15 team when it’s routed 42-7 by the New Orleans Saints. The Lions also break NFL records by being outscored by a combined 176 points at home and by an average of 22 points.

2008 — Cleveland’s Jamal Lewis becomes the 24th player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 career yards in the Browns’ 14-0 loss to Cincinnati.

2008 — San Francisco’s Isaac Bruce becomes the fifth player to reach 1,000 catches on a 3-yard touchdown grab in the 49ers’ 17-16 win at St. Louis.

2009 — Martin Brodeur surpasses Terry Sawchuk’s 40-year-old NHL record with his 104th career shutout, leading New Jersey to a 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh.

2010 — The No. 1-ranked Connecticut women’s basketball team tops the 88-game winning streak by John Wooden’s UCLA men’s team from 1971-74, beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62. Maya Moore has a double-double with a career-high 41 points and 10 rebounds and Bria Hartley adds 21 points for the Huskies, who hold the record for the longest winning streak in all of college basketball history.

2012 — Chris Paul has 24 points and 13 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers break a 38-year-old franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory, 97-85 over the Sacramento Kings. The previous mark was set by the Buffalo Braves during the 1974-75 season. That team won 49 games, still a record for a beleaguered organization that has called three cities home.

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