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For those who wonder why the Big Apple hasn’t hosted an NCAA basketball Final since 1950, the answer might lie in a game-fixing scandal that for years had left an indelible mark on college basketball. more
Since Hollywood debuted the Academy Awards in 1929, only three Best Pictures went to sports related movies: (2004) “Million Dollar Baby”, (1981) “Chariots of Fire”, and (1976)“Rocky”. more
There was a time when rugby might have become America’s contact sport and Monday morning office chats might have mused around tries, scrums and drop-kicks more
John L. Sullivan, the celebrated 19th century fist fighter who embodied the spirit of a fighting Irishman, died one hundred years ago in Abington, Massachusetts. more
Sports fans will be tickled and amused to learn that the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held every February at New York City’s Madison Square more
Thirty-eight years ago this month, a U.S. team of college hockey players stunned the world by defeating a professional Soviet squad before going on to claim gold at the 14th Winter Olympics. more
Officially called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game”, the first Super Bowl was less super and more scrimmage. more
It’s difficult to quantify the changes in sports nutrition over the past decades, but today’s athletes are bigger, stronger and faster partially as a result of improvements in their fuel intake. more
The famed off-road endurance race featuring a variety of motorcycles, cars and trucks kicked off its 40th annual rally this month in Lima, Peru. more
Lawrence Phillips was a stellar high school football player, a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy and the 6th overall pick at the 1996 NFL draft. But.. more
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10 years ago

BOXING  July 11, 2009  Boxer Arturo Gatti is found dead at his hotel while vacationing in Brazil with his wife. She is initially charged with homicide, but then released for lack of evidence. However, a 2nd autopsy performed later in Canada where the Italian-born pugilist was living, determined he died by strangulation. Gatti was a world champion in 2 lightweight classes, retiring in 2007 with a 40-9 record.

20 years ago

FOOTBALL  July 18, 1999  Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson marries long-time girlfriend, Rhonda Rookmaaker, in the Florida Keys; he has two sons from a previous marriage. The illustrious football figure started coaching college in 1965 before moving to the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (1989) and Miami Dolphins (1996). He won two consecutive Super Bowls with the former (XXVII, XXVIII).

30 years ago

GOLF  July 16, 1989  Betsy King claims the 44th annual U.S. Women’s Open Championship, firing 278 (-6) at the Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Orion Lake, Michigan. Winning by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez, it was the first of her two consecutive victories at the event and the second of her six major career titles. The Pennsylvania native turned pro in 1977 and retired in 2005 with 39 LPGA Tour wins.

40 years ago

BASEBALL  July 12, 1979  The Chicago White Sox hold a “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park during a double header with the Detroit Tigers. The event turns into a promotional fiasco as fans pelt debris and destroy the field while a box full of vinyl disco records is blown up by local radio disc jockey, Steve Dahl. The White Sox end up forfeiting the second game after the field is made unplayable.