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Today In Sports History

Posted: June 27, 2014 - 12:08am

June 27

1903 — Willie Anderson captures the U.S. Open with a two-stroke victory over David Brown in a playoff.

1914 — Jack Johnson wins a 20-round referee’s decision over Frank Moran at the Velodrome d’Hiver in Paris.

1950 — Chandler Harper wins the PGA championship by beating Henry Williams Jr., 4 and 3 in the final round.

1959 — Mickey Wright beats Louise Suggs by two strokes for her second straight U.S. Women’s Open title.

1971 — JoAnne Carner wins the U.S. Women’s Open with a seven-stroke victory over Kathy Whitworth.

1992 — Top-seeded Jim Courier, the Australian and French Open champion, loses 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to qualifier Andrei Olhovskiy of Russia at Wimbledon. It’s the first time in Wimbledon history that a qualifier beat the top seed.

1999 — Juli Inkster shoots a 6-under 65 to win the LPGA Championship, becoming the second woman to win the modern career Grand Slam. Pat Bradley won her Grand Slam 13 years earlier.

2004 — Jason Windsor pitches a five-hitter, Kurt Suzuki’s RBI single caps a three-run seventh inning and Cal State Fullerton wins the College World Series with a 3-2 victory over Texas.

2006 — Roger Federer wins his record 42nd straight grass-court match, beating Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to open his bid for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship. Federer breaks the record he shared with Bjorn Borg, the five-time Wimbledon champion who won 41 straight matches on grass from 1976-1981.

2008 — Zheng Jie completes the biggest victory of her career at Wimbledon, beating new No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round. The 133rd-ranked Zheng’s victory, her first against a top-10 player, is the earliest exit by a top-ranked woman at Wimbledon since Martina Hingis lost in the first round in 2001.

2009 — Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi wins his 100th career Moto GP race at the Assen TT, claiming victory in 42 minutes, 14.611 seconds.

2010 — Cristie Kerr cruises to a 12-stroke victory in the LPGA Championship in one of the most lopsided wins at a major. Kerr leads wire-to-wire, closing with a 6-under 66 for a 19-under 269 total. Kerr breaks the tournament record for victory margin of 11 set by Betsy King in 1992 and matches the second-biggest victory in a major.

2011 — Australian teenager Bernard Tomic reaches the quarterfinals at Wimbledon with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 win over Xavier Malisse, becoming the youngest quarterfinalist at the All England Club since Boris Becker in 1986.

2011 — Venus and Serena Williams are eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals at the All England Club. Six-time men’s champion Roger Federer comes back to down Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and reach his 29th successive Grand Slam quarterfinal.

2012 — Rafael Nadal makes his earliest Grand Slam exit since 2005 when he is overpowered by big-serving Lukas Rosol 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon. Rosol, a 26-year-old Czech ranked No. 100, becomes the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nadal in a major tournament.

2013 — The Cleveland Cavaliers select UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick, a surprising start to the NBA draft.

June 28

1939 — Joe Louis stops Tony Galento in the fourth round at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.

1953 — Betsy Rawls wins the U.S. Women’s Open with a six-stroke playoff victory over Jacqueline Pung.

1966 — Ernie Terrell scores a unanimous 15-round decision over Doug Jones in Houston to win the WBA title, which had been stripped from Muhammad Ali.

1971 — Muhammad Ali wins a four-year legal battle to overturn his 1967 conviction for draft evasion in an 8-0 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1992 — Connie Price-Smith, who earlier won the discus, wins the shot put at 62 feet, 6 inches, to become the first woman to win both events at the U.S. Olympic trials since Earlene Brown in 1960.

1994 — Oleg Salenko scores a World Cup record five goals as Russia beats Cameroon 6-1.

1995 — Chanda Rubin beats Patricia Hy-Boulais in a record marathon match at Wimbledon. Rubin’s 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5), 17-15 victory breaks the record for the most games (58) in a women’s Grand Slam singles match. The previous record was 56 games, set in 1972 when Kerry Melville beat Pam Teeguarden 9-7, 4-6, 16-14, in the French Open semifinals.

1997 — Evander Holyfield, bleeding badly from his right ear after being bitten by Mike Tyson, retains the WBA heavyweight championship in Las Vegas when Tyson is disqualified after the third round.

2006 — The Toronto Raptors select Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick in an unpredictable NBA draft, as four of the top seven picks are traded by the middle of the first round.

2007 — The Portland Trail Blazers end months of debate when they choose Greg Oden over fellow college freshman Kevin Durant with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

2007 — Frank Thomas hit his 500th home run to become the 21st major leaguer to reach the career mark.

2007 — Craig Biggio becomes the 27th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits in Houston’s 8-5 11-inning victory over Colorado.

2009 — Mariano Rivera earns his 500th save, becoming the second reliever to reach the milestone, and the New York Yankees beat the Mets 4-2 for a Subway Series sweep.

2009 — Nineteen-year-old Joey Logano becomes the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, winning the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

2011 — Former All-Star goalie Ed Belfour is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, joining Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk as the newest class of inductees.

2012 — Kentucky becomes the first school to go 1-2 in the NBA Draft. New Orleans Hornets select Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick. Then Charlotte follows by taking fellow freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The Wildcats join UNLV with six players drafted in the entire draft. UNLV had six players drafted in 1977 — but none in the first round.

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