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Today In Sports History

Posted: July 27, 2014 - 11:08pm

July 28

1913 — The United States wins its first Davis Cup since 1902 by beating Britain three matches to two.

1928 — The Summer Olympics open in Amsterdam and the Olympic flame is lit for the first time.

1929 — The Chicago Cardinals become the first NFL team to train out of state, holding camp in Michigan.

1972 — The American Basketball Association announces that San Diego will receive a franchise and the NBA’s Buffalo Braves relocate to San Diego and are renamed the San Diego Clippers.

1972 — The Dallas Cowboys beat the College All-Stars in Chicago 20-7.

1984 — The Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles with a record 140 nations competing. The Soviet Union and 13 Communist allies, including Cuba and East Germany, boycott the Games.

1987 — Laura Davies shoots a 1-under 71 to defeat Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

1987 — Angel Cordero Jr. becomes the fourth U.S. jockey to win 6,000 races when he rides Lost Kitty to victory at Monmouth Park, N.J.

1991 — Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game as the Montreal Expos beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0.

1992 — American Mike Barrowman sets a world record in winning the 200-meter breaststroke, and Russian Evgueni Sadovyi becomes the Summer Olympics’ first triple gold medalist, also smashing a world record in the men’s 400-meter freestyle.

1994 — On the night baseball players set an Aug. 12 strike date, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitches a perfect game for a 4-0 victory over California.

2000 — Blaine Wilson, America’s pre-eminent gymnast, wins his fifth straight championship in St. Louis. He becomes the first gymnast to win five straight national titles since George Wheeler did it from 1937-41.

2002 — Lance Armstrong wins his fourth straight Tour de France. His final winning margin over second-place Joseba Beloki of Spain is 7 minutes, 17 seconds, making it Armstrong’s second-biggest victory. The four titles were stripped in 2012 for doping.

2005 — In Montreal at the World Swimming Championships, Poland’s Otylia Jedrzejczak breaks her own world record in the 200 butterfly. Jedrzejczak’s time of 2:05.61 lowers her own mark of 2:05.78 set in Berlin on Aug. 4, 2002.

2009 — Germany’s Paul Biedermann hands Michael Phelps his first major individual loss in four years, setting a world record in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships in Rome. Biedermann touches in 1:42.00, beating Phelps’ record of 1:42.96 set at last year’s Beijing Olympics. Phelps, a body length behind, suffers his first loss in a major international meet since Ian Crocker beat him in the final of the 100 butterfly at the 2005 world championships.

2011 — Ryan Lochte celebrates the first world record set since high-tech bodysuits were banned 1 1/2 years ago. Lochte edges Michael Phelps in 200-meter individual medley at the world championships at Shanghai. Lochte touches the wall in 1:54.00 to lower his old mark set two years ago in Rome by a tenth of a second.

2012 — China’s Ye Shiwen sets the first world record at the Olympic pool, winning the women’s 400-meter individual medley with a dominant finishing kick. The 16-year-old Ye trailing American teenager Elizabeth Beisel more than halfway through the grueling race pulls away to win in 4:28.43. She beat the mark of 4:29.45 set by Stephanie Rice at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

2013 — Brek Shea scores less than a minute after entering the game as a second-half substitute, giving the United States a 1-0 victory over Panama in the Gold Cup final. It’s the fifth Gold Cup title for the Americans, but their first since 2007.

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