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September 11, 2013, 5:05 am
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Sept. 15

1899 - Willie Smith wins the U.S. Open golf title, beating George low, Val Fitzjohn and W.H. Way.

1923 - Bill Tilden wins the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship, beating William Johnston in straight sets.

1962 - Frank Tripucka of the Denver Broncos passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills.

1971 - Stan Smith wins the U.S. Open title over Jan Khodes and Billie Jean King beats Rosemary Casals for the women's title. It's the first time in 16 years both titles were won by U.S. players.

1973 - Three-year-old Secretariat wins the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap in the then-world record time of 1:45 2-5 for 1 1/8 miles.

1973 - Archie Griffin of Ohio State starts his NCAA record string of 31 games of rushing for at least 100 yards.

1978 - Muhammad Ali becomes the first three-time heavyweight champion with a unanimous 15-round decision over Leon Spinks at the Superdome in New Orleans.

1978 - The Los Angeles Dodgers become the first major league club to pass the 3 million mark in total home attendance. The Dodgers celebrate with a 5-0 triumph over Atlanta.

1991 - The United States women's gymnastics team makes history with its first team medal - a silver - at the World Championships in Indianapolis.

2002 - Sam Hornish Jr. wins another incredible race at Texas Motor Speedway, and his second straight IRL title. Hornish side-by-side with Helio Castroneves for many of the last 25 laps in the season-ending Chevy 500, crosses the finish line 0.0096 seconds - only a few inches - ahead of the other driver in contention for the season championship. Hornish wins his IRL-record fifth race of the season and becomes the first driver to win two IRL championships.

2003 - The WUSA shuts down operations five days before the Women's World Cup, saying it doesn't have enough money to stay in business for a fourth season.

2012 - LSU beats Idaho 63-14 to give the Tigers an NCAA FBS record 40th-straight non-conference regular season victory. LSU also set a Tiger Stadium mark with 20 straight home wins. Kansas State had 39 straight non-conference regular-season wins from 1993-2003.

2012 - Ryan Blaney becomes the youngest winner in NASCAR Trucks history at 18 years, 8 months, taking the caution-filled race at Iowa Speedway in his third series start. Blaney, the son of Sprint Cup driver Dave Blaney, breaks the age record of 20 years, 18 days set by Kyle Busch in 2005 at Charlotte.

Sept. 16

1885 - The America's Cup is successfully defended by U.S. yacht Puritan as it beats Britain's Genesta in two heats.

1926 - Henri Cochet ends Bill Tilden's six-year reign as the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association champion as he beats Tilden in the quarterfinals.

1927 - Rene Lacoste wins the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship, beating Bill Tilden in three sets.

1951 - Betsy Rawls wins the U.S. Women's Open golf title by edging Louise Suggs.

1955 - The formation of the United States Auto Club is completed. It will oversee four major categories of auto races.

1973 - O.J. Simpson rushes for 250 yards to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 31-13 victory over the New England Patriots.

1993 - Dave Winfield of the Minnesota Twins becomes the 19th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits, with a single off Oakland's Dennis Eckersley.

1996 - Paul Molitor gets his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 21st major leaguer to reach the mark and the first to do it with a triple.

1997 - Philadelphia's Curt Schilling strikes out nine in the Phillies win over the New York Mets to become the 13th pitcher since 1900 to record 300 strikeouts in a season.

2000 - Zippy Chippy, a 9-year-old gelding, finishes third in the eighth race at the Three-County Fair in Northampton, Mass., extending his record as the losingest horse in American thoroughbred history to 88 races.

2001 - Jason Bohn shoots a 13-under 58 at Huron Oaks Country Club to win the Canadian Tour's Bayer Championship by two strokes and go one below the best round ever shot in PGA Tour-sanctioned competition. Bohn matches the 58 shot by Shigeki Maruyama of Japan in qualifying for the 2000 U.S. Open at the par-71 Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.

2006 - Washington's Alfonso Soriano becomes the fourth player in major league history to record 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season in an 8-4 win over Milwaukee.

2007 - Jim Thome is the 23rd player - and third this season - to reach 500 home runs. The slugger hits a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning off reliever Dustin Moseley to give the Chicago White Sox a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

2007 - Bengals QB Carson Palmer passes for six TDs and the Browns' Derek Anderson has five in Cleveland's 51-45 win over Cincinnati, making it just the third time in NFL history that two QBs threw five TD passes apiece in the same game. Jamal Lewis of the Browns rushes for 215 yards and a touchdown. Palmer passes for 401 yards and Chad Johnson has 11 catches for 209 yards and two TDs.

2010 - Rafael Nadal clinches the year-end No. 1 ranking for the second time in three years. The 24-year-old Spaniard, who won the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010, also finished at the top of the ATP rankings in 2008.

2010 - The Seattle Storm complete their undefeated march through the postseason, beating the Atlanta Dream 87-84 for a three-game sweep in the WNBA finals.

2012 - Jiyai Shin avoids mistakes in miserable weather to cruise to a nine-shot victory at the Women's British Open. With the last two rounds played today, Shin holds a three-shot lead after shooting a 1-under 71 in the morning and closes with a 73 to finish with a 9-under total of 279.

2012 - Eli Manning hits 31 of 51 passes for 510 yards - the second-best passing day in team history - with three touchdown passes and three interceptions as the New York Giants rally for a 41-34 win over Tampa Bay. Hakeem Nicks has 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown and Victor Cruz grabs 11 passes for 179 yards and a TD for New York. The Giants are the first team in NFL history with two receivers with at least 10 catches and 175 yards in the same game.

2012 - The Philadelphia Eagles are the first team in NFL history to win each of its first two games of the season by one point after edging Baltimore 24-23. The Eagles beat Cleveland 17-16 in Week 1.

Sept. 17

1920 - The forerunner of the NFL, the American Professional Football Association, is founded in an automobile showroom in Canton, Ohio. Twelve teams pay a $100 fee to obtain a franchise.

1938 - Don Budge completes the grand slam of tennis with a four-set victory over Gene Mako in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships.

1954 - Rocky Marciano knocks out Ezzard Charles in the eighth round at the Yankee Stadium in New York to retain his world heavyweight title.

1967 - Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-31 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

1994 - UNLV wide receiver Randy Gatewood catches 23 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown in a 48-38 loss to Idaho.

2002 - Suzy Whaley becomes the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event, earning an exemption to the 2003 Greater Hartford Open by winning a PGA Section Championship. Whaley, also is the first woman to win a Section Championship.

2004 - San Francisco's Barry Bonds hits the 700th home run of his career, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone. Bonds connects in the third inning at home, a 392-foot solo shot to left-center. San Francisco beats San Diego 4-1.

2006 - Paul Casey turns in a record-setting performance to win the World Match Play Championship. Casey completes a dominating week by winning the last five holes for a 10-and-8 victory over Shaun Micheel, the largest margin of the championship match in the 43-year history of this tournament.

2006 - Italy wins its first Fed Cup title, beating Belgium 3-2 after Justine Henin-Hardenne is forced to stop because of searing knee pain during the deciding doubles match. The Italian duo of Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci beat Henin-Hardenne and Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-2, 2-0.

Sept. 18

1899 - A tennis tournament known as ``The Cincinnati Open'' begins. Today, it is the oldest tennis tournament in the United States still played in its original city and is now known as the Cincinnati Masters & Women's Open.

1946 - Joe Louis knocks out Tami Mauriello in the first round at Yankee Stadium in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1960 - Goose Gonsoulin intercepts four passes to lead the Denver Broncos to a 27-21 win over the Buffalo Bills.

1965 - In his first collegiate game, quarterback Billy Stevens of Texas-El Paso gains 483 total yards against North Texas State. Receiver Chuck Hughes has 349 of those yards.

1967 - U.S. yacht Intrepid beats the Australian yacht Dame Pattie in four straight races to defend the America's Cup.

1977 - U.S. yacht Courageous beats the challenger Australia in four straight races to defend the America's Cup.

1996 - Roger Clemens equals his own major league record, fanning 20 batters and pitching a four-hitter to lead Boston over the Detroit Tigers 4-0.

2003 - Atlanta clinches its 12th straight division title when second-place Florida is mathematically eliminated from the NL East race. The record title streak started in 1991, when the Braves won the NL West. They moved to the East Division in 1994 and trailed Montreal by six games when the strike stopped the season in August.

2004 - Maurice Drew of UCLA rushes for a school-record 322 yards and five touchdowns in the Bruins' 37-31 victory over Washington. By halftime, he had 235 yards on 13 carries.

2005 - Green Bay's Brett Favre joins Dan Marino and John Elway with 50,000 yards passing and also breaks Elway's single-stadium NFL touchdown record of 180 with a 4-yard toss to Tony Fisher with 4 seconds left of a 26-24 loss to Cleveland at Lambeau Field.

2005 - San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson scores a 16-yard touchdown against Denver to set an NFL record with TDs rushing in 14 straight games.

2006 - The Los Angeles Dodgers hit four consecutive homers in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and Nomar Garciaparra's two-run homer in the 10th lifts Los Angeles to an 11-10 victory over the San Diego Padres.

2010 - Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki hits two more home runs, tying a modern major league record with 14 shots in a 15-game stretch, in a 12-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-2. Tulowitzki joins Albert Belle (1995) and Barry Bonds (2001) as the only players since 1900 to homer 14 times in a span of 15 games.

2011 - The Atlantic Coast Conference announces that its council of presidents unanimously votes to accept Big East schools Pittsburgh and Syracuse, increasing its membership to 14.

2011 - At 16, Lexi Thompson becomes the youngest player to win an LPGA Tour event. The 16-year-old Floridian closes with a 2-under 70 to win by five strokes over Tiffany Joh at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. Thompson shatters the age record for winning a multiple-round tournament held by Paula Creamer, who won in 2005 at 18.

2011 - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sets an NFL rookie record by throwing for 432 yards against the Green Bay Packers. Newton, who tied the record by throwing for 422 yards in last week's loss at Arizona, completes 28 of 46 passes with one touchdown in the 30-23 loss to the Packers. Newton's 854 yards passing is also the most yards for a player in his first two games.

2011 - Tom Brady is 31 for 40 for 423 yards and three TDs in New England's 35-21 win over San Diego. Brady sets an NFL record with 940 yards passing in the first two weeks of the season. Brady, who passed for 517 yards last week, is the only player in NFL history to follow a 500-yard passing performance with a 400-yard game.

Sept. 19

1948 - Pancho Gonzales, 20, wins the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association title with a three-set victory over Eric Sturgess.

1951 - Ford C. Frick, president of the National League, is elected baseball commissioner by the team owners.

1981 - Southern Cal's Marcus Allen rushes for 274 yards and scores two touchdowns in a 21-0 triumph over Indiana.

1985 - Minnesota's Tommy Kramer passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' 33-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

1992 - Sergei Bubka raises the world record in the pole vault, his 32nd world record, clearing 20 feet, 1 1/2 inches in the Toto International at Tokyo.

1993 - Nigel Mansell overpowers the field in the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix to become the first rookie to win the Indy car PPG Cup championship.

1998 - Evander Holyfield wins a unanimous decision over Vaughn Bean to retain his IBF and WBA heavyweight titles before 41,357 at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

2000 - In the Sydney Olympics, the Americans strand a staggering 20 baserunners in an 11-inning, 2-1 loss to Japan which ends their 112-game winning streak. It's the first loss for the U.S. women softball the 1998 world championships.

2001 - Roger Clemens becomes the first pitcher in major league history to go 20-1, pitching the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

2004 - Jerry Rice's run of 274 straight games with a catch ends in the Oakland Raiders' 13-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The last time Rice didn't catch a pass was Dec. 1, 1985, at Washington.

2009 - Texas College of the NAIA is trounced 75-6 by Texas Southern, a week after losing 92-0 to Stephen F. Austin. The Steers fall to 0-4 and have been outscored 300-12.

2010 - Matt Schaub is 38 of 52 for a franchise-record 497 yards with three touchdowns in Houston's 30-27 overtime win over Washington. Donovan McNabb of the Redskins is 28 of 38 for 426 yards. It's the first time two quarterbacks throw for 400 yards in an NFL game since 1994.

2010 - New England's Randy Moss becomes the fourth NFL player to reach 150 career touchdowns in a 28-14 loss to the New York Jets.

Sept. 20

1913 - Twenty-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet beats Britain's Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open.

1924 - Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 300th game as the Chicago Cubs defeat the New York Giants 7-3 in 12 innings.

1939 - Joe Louis knocks out Bob Pastor in the 11th round at Briggs Stadium in Detroit to retain the world heavyweight title.

1973 - Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in straight sets to win the Battle of the Sexes and the $100,000 winner-take-all purse in Houston.

1982 - The NFL Player's Association announces a strike at the completion of the Green Bay-New York Giants Monday Night game.

1987 - Chicago's Walter Payton breaks Jim Brown's NFL record with his 107th rushing touchdown as the Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-3.

1990 - Howard Griffith of Illinois sets an NCAA scoring record when he rushes for all eight of the Illini's touchdowns in its 56-21 victory over Southern Illinois.

1992 - Raymond Floyd makes PGA Tour history, becoming the first player to win tournaments on the regular and Senior PGA tours in the same year. Floyd birdies five of his last seven holes to win the GTE North Classic after winning the Doral-Ryder Open in March on the regular tour.

2002 - Mike Altman and Simon Carcagno become the first Americans to reach the finals of the lightweight men's pair event at the World Rowing Championships at Seville, Spain.

2003 - Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State, catches seven touchdown passes to set an NCAA Division I-A record in the Cowboys' 52-6 win over SMU. Woods breaks the mark of six set by San Diego State's Tim Delaney in a 1969 game against New Mexico State. Woods finishes with 13 catches for 232 yards.

2007 - Floyd Landis loses his expensive and explosive case when two of three arbitrators uphold the results of a test that showed the 2006 Tour de France champion used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback victory. Landis forfeits his Tour title.

2009 - The first game at the Cowboys Stadium sets an NFL regular-season attendance record with a crowd of 105,121, and most of them go home disappointed after the Giants win 33-31.

2009 - Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre sets an NFL record with his 271st straight start in a 27-13 win over the Detroit Lions. Defensive end Jim Marshall had the previous mark for consecutive starts, 270 games in a row for Minnesota from 1961-1979.

Sept. 21

1940 - For the first time in the history of photo finishes a triple dead heat for first place is recorded, at Willow's Park, Victoria, British Columbia.

1955 - Rocky Marciano knocks out Archie Moore in the ninth round at Yankee Stadium in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1980 - Richard Todd of the New York Jets completes an NFL record 42 passes and throws for 447 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-27 loss to San Francisco.

1985 - Michael Spinks wins a 15-round unanimous decision over Larry Holmes Las Vegas to win the world heavyweight title.

1985 - Montana State's David Pandt catches 21 passes for 169 yards against Eastern Washington to set an NCAA record.

1986 - Ken O'Brien's 43-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Walker at 2:35 in overtime ends one of the highest scoring games in NFL history as the New York Jets defeat the Miami Dolphins 51-45. O'Brien passes for 479 yards and four touchdowns, all to Walker. Miami's Dan Marino passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns as both quarterbacks set a record with 884 combined yards passing.

1994 - The North Carolina women's soccer team wins its 89th straight game, setting the unofficial record for the longest winning streak in college sports. The 5-1 victory over rival N.C. State broke the mark of 88 in a row set by the UCLA men's basketball team during the early 1970s.

1997 - The Buffalo Bills stage the third-biggest comeback in NFL history, overcoming a 26-0 deficit to beat the Indianapolis Colts 37-35. The Bills made the greatest comeback in the 1992 AFC playoffs, wiping out a 35-3 deficit to beat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime.

2002 - The New York Yankees clinch their fifth straight AL East title with a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

2003 - Sam Hornish Jr. wins the fastest open-wheel race in history at California Speedway. Hornish's Chevrolet-powered Dallara averages 207.151 mph in the Toyota Indy 400 - breaking the previous closed course race record of 197.995, set here last year by Jimmy Vasser in a CART Champ Car event.

2008 - The United States take back the Ryder Cup with a 16 1/2-11 1/2 victory over Europe. It's the largest margin of victory for the Americans since 1981.

2008 - Baseball says farewell to Yankee Stadium, the home of baseball's most famous team.

2008 - Miami wins for just the second time in 22 games, ending New England's NFL record 21 straight regular-season wins with a 38-13 win over the Patriots. Ronnie Brown scores a Miami-record four rushing touchdowns and passes for another. The 25-point loss is New England's biggest in seven seasons at Gillette Stadium.