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A remote South Pacific island with a sheep population four times greater than humans has produced the world's most successful rugby union squads for over a century.  more
From sports, to fashion, to collectibles- the athletic shoe has seen it all.  Today’s subculture craze for celebrity sneakers has spawned a lucrative reseller market below the radar of  most older adults.  more
The NHL turns 100 this year but as we are often reminded, tradition doesn’t come easy in a world driven by dollars and cents.  Of the 122 teams comprising the four majors- NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB- only 12 original franchises have survived... more
Basketball’s long-range shooting stars owe their celebrity status to a sports team entrepreneur they never met and a defunct league they never played in.  Though the three-point shot was adopted by the NBA in 1979, it was first introduced in 1961... more
Street gangster, prize fighter and war hero, Barney Ross’ greater than life story was unmatched inside and outside the ring.  Born Dov-Ber Rosofsky in 1909, his dreams of becoming a Talmudic scholar were shattered when his father... more
Today’s scantily-clad cheerleading beauties started off as college boys howling into megaphones trying to galvanize school spirit at football games.  The first known school chant originated in the 1880’s by a pep squad at... more
The bygone Soviet era of the 1950’s & 60’s produced the most successful Olympian in modern history, that is until Michael Phelps touched the swimming pool wall at the 2012 London games to win his 19th medal.  more
1980's and 90's Colombia was ravaged by an endless cycle of narco-violence, yet in the midst of this deadly scourge soccer thrived and enjoyed a golden era.  The unlikely catalyst- laundered drug money that... more
The late communist dictator who threw political curve balls on the world stage for 50 years mixed baseball and revolution like a mojito cocktail.  Historically, baseball was ingrained into the Cuban soul like music, rum and  tropical breezes.  more
46 years ago this month, the deadliest aviation accident in U.S. sporting history wiped out the entire Marshall University football team.  Thirty seven players and 9 members of the coaching staff were killed on their way back...  more
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10 years ago

MOTOR RACING July 20, 2008  Lewis Hamilton wins the German Grand Prix driving for McLaren-Mercedes. The victory was Hamilton’s second consecutive triumph after taking the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. At season’s end, the 23-year old would become the then youngest and only black racer in F1 history to win a championship title.

20 years ago

GOLF July 17, 1998  Mark O’Meara shoots a 280 to win the 127th British Open at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club. In a playoff against fellow American Brian Watts, O’Meara claimed his second major championship of the year after topping the Masters three months earlier. Those victories were the only major titles of his 34 professional wins.

30 years ago

HOCKEY July 16, 1988  In a lavish event dubbed by the Canadian press as the “Royal Wedding”, Wayne Gretsky weds actress Janet Jones; the couple would have 5 children. After 20 seasons in professional hockey, Gretsky wrapped up his career in 1999 playing for 4 teams and producing more goals and assists than any other player in NHL history.

40 years ago

BASEBALL  July 17, 1978  Yankee Manager Billy Martin and slugger Reggie Jackson clash at a Royals game after Jackson tried to bunt when he was told to hit away, causing Martin to suspend him. A week later, Martin himself would resign following 3 tumultuous years with the NY club, but the troubled and controversial manager would eventually return.