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Posted: Jan 17, 2015 12:00 AM
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA
Jan. 18

1938 — Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. His 90 shutouts is second on the all-time list to Walter Johnson and his 16 shutouts in 1916 is still the major league record.

1958 — Canadian born Willie O'Ree becomes the NHL's first black player for the Boston Bruins.

1972 — The Lakers' Jerry West, hits a last second, 20-foot jumper to lead the West team to a 112-110 NBA All-Star victory over the East, as he garners the MVP award.

1973 — Orlando Cepeda becomes the first player signed specifically to be a designated hitter. He signs with the Boston Red Sox one week after the designated hitter rule is approved.

1976 — Pittsburgh wins the Super Bowl for the second straight year. Terry Bradshaw's 64-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann and Glen Edwards' interception on the last play of the game gives the Steelers a 21-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Swann, with four receptions for 161 yards, is the game's MVP.

1992 — Brett Hull scores two goals with the help of linemate Wayne Gretzky to lead the Campbell Conference to a 10-6 victory over the Wales Conference in the NHL All-Star game.

1994 — The Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat combine for an NBA-record 23 3-point baskets. Los Angeles sets a team record with 11 3-pointers in a 126-124 win.

1996 — Baseball owners break with more than a century of tradition by unanimously approving interleague play in 1997.

2003 — Michelle Kwan wins her sixth straight title, and seventh overall, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Michael Weiss, despite splattering on his quad lutz, two-footing a quad toe and not doing a triple axel the entire competition, gets his third U.S. men's title.

2004 — The New England Patriots earn their second trip to the Super Bowl in three seasons by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the AFC championship game. The Philadelphia Eagles fall one win short of the Super Bowl for the third straight year as the Carolina Panthers post a 14-3 win.

2005 — Earl Boykins breaks the NBA record for points in an overtime, scoring 15 of Denver's 21 points in the extra period as the Nuggets beat the Seattle SuperSonics 116-110. The 5-foot-5 guard, the league's smallest player, broke the record of 14 overtime points set by Butch Carter of Indiana against Boston on March 20, 1984.

2009 — Ryan Smyth and Milan Hejduk score their 300th career goals in Colorado's 6-2 victory over Calgary to become just the second set of players in NHL history to reach the milestone in the same game.

2011 — Kim Clijsters starts her Australian Open run with a 6-0, 6-0 romp of three-time Grand Slam finalist and former No. 1-ranked player Dinara Safina. It's the first time a woman who was once the top-ranked player in the world had ever lost by that score.

2013 — Kevin Durant scores a career-high 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.5 seconds left in overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off a Dallas Mavericks rally for a 117-114 victory.

2014 — The NBA fines Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $100,000 for confronting referees and using inappropriate language toward them after the Mavericks blew a 17-point lead in the final 5 minutes of a 129-127 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 15.

Jan. 19

1937 — Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker and Cy Young are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in the second year of voting.

1952 — The Professional Golfers Association approves the participation of blacks in golf tournaments.

1972 — Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the youngest player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame at 36. Yogi Berra and Early Wynn are also elected.

1974 — UCLA's 88-game winning streak is snapped when Notre Dame overcomes an 11-point deficit in the final 3:32 to win 71-70. With 29 seconds remaining, Dwight Clay's jump shot from the right corner gives the Irish the lead.

1992 — John Cook is the first golfer in PGA history to chip in on two consecutive holes to win a playoff after he edges Gene Sauers in the Bob Hope Classic.

2002 — Yana Klochkova of Ukraine and Luo Xuejuan of China break short-course world records at a World Cup swim meet in Paris. Klochkova had a time of 4:27.83 in the women's 400-meter individual medley, topping the mark of 4:29 set by China's Dai Guohong in December 1993. Luo finishes the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.47 seconds, beating Zoe Baker of Britain, who held the old record of 30.51 seconds.

2004 — Colorado's Milan Hejduk scores on a penalty shot 59 seconds into overtime to give the Avalanche a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. It's the third time an NHL game ended on a penalty shot in overtime.

2005 — LeBron James becomes the youngest player (20 years, 20 days) in NBA history to record a triple-double, with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Cleveland's 107-101 win over Portland.

2006 — Tennessee coach Pat Summitt gets her 900th victory in her first shot at the milestone, as the Lady Vols rally from their biggest deficit this season to beat Vanderbilt.

2006 — Irina Slutskaya wins her seventh European figure skating title, breaking the record she shared with Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie.

2008 — Bode Miller wins the downhill at the traditional Hahnenkamm World Cup races to become the most successful American skier ever with 28 World Cup wins, overtaking Phil Mahre.

2012 — Serena Williams moves into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova for her 500th career match win. The win improves her career record to 500-104 in tour matches and it is her 16th consecutive match win at Melbourne Park, where she has won five Grand Slam titles.

2012 — Olympic champion Hannah Kearney wins a record 11th consecutive FIS Freestyle World Cup moguls event, besting the old record of Swiss star Conny Kissling. Kearney's win comes at Whiteface Mountain at Wilmington, N.Y.

2014 — Ana Ivanovic ends Serena Williams' bid for a sixth Australian and 18th Grand Slam title in a stunning fourth-round upset at Melbourne Park. Ivanovic posts a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 comeback victory to beat top-seeded Williams in her 70th match at the Australian Open, a record in the Open Era.

2014 — Peyton Manning passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns to lead Denver to a 26-16 victory over New England and send the Broncos to their first trip to the Super Bowl in 15 years.

2014 — Russell Wilson throws a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and Seattle's top-ranked defense forces two late turnovers, lifting the Seahawks into their second Super Bowl with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Jan. 20

1891 — The International YMCA in Springfield, Mass. is the site of the first official basketball game. Peach baskets were used, but it wasn't until 1905 that someone removed the baskets' bottoms.

1937 — Nels Stewart of the New York Americans becomes the NHL's all-time scorer with his 270th goal in a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

1952 — George Mikan scores 61 points, a career-high, to lead the Minneapolis Lakers to a 91-81 double-overtime victory over the Rochester Royals.

1966 — Ted Williams, longtime star of the Boston Red Sox, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Williams was a two time triple crown winner, a two time MVP and the last player to hit over .400 — despite losing five prime years to service in the Marine Corps.

1968 — Elvin Hayes scores 39 points to lead Houston to a 71-69 victory and end UCLA's 47-game winning streak. A regular-season record 52,693 fans attend the game at the Houston Astrodome.

1970 — Lou Boudreau is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The eight time American League fielding leader won one batting title and was the league's MVP in 1948 when, as player-manager, he led the Cleveland Indians to a world title.

1970 — Cincinnati's Tom Van Arsdale and Phoenix's Dick Van Arsdale are the first brothers to play in the same NBA All-Star game. Dick scores eight points for the West team, while Tom scores five for the East, which wins the game 142-135 at Philadelphia.

1980 — President Carter announces the U.S. Olympic team will not participate in the Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the previous month.

1980 — Terry Bradshaw passes for 309 yards and sets two passing records to help the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 and become the first team to win four Super Bowls.

1985 — Joe Montana passes for a Super Bowl record 331 yards and three touchdowns to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 38-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Roger Craig scores a record three touchdowns.

1990 — The University of Calgary women's basketball team sets an NCAA record for consecutive wins with a 90-45 victory over Alberta. It's the 55th win for Calgary, breaking the mark of 54 set by Louisiana Tech from 1980-82.

1996 — Rudy Galindo, in the biggest upset in decades, wins the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, earning two perfect marks along the way.

1999 — After 204 days, hundreds of millions of dollars in losses and countless fits, fights and snags, the NBA lockout officially ends.

2001 — Alan Webb of South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., becomes the first American prep runner to break four minutes for the indoor mile, with a time of 3:59.86 at the New Balance Games in New York.

2002 — Steve Yzerman becomes the ninth player in NHL history to notch 1,000 assists, which he earns on Mathieu Dandenault's game-winning goal when Detroit beats Ottawa 3-2 in overtime.

2008 — Despite a shaky Tom Brady, New England Patriots are too much for the banged-up San Diego Chargers in the AFC championship game, pulling out a 21-12 victory that sends them back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven seasons.

2008 — Lawrence Tynes, who missed a 36-yard field goal at the end of regulation following a bad snap, nails a 47-yarder in overtime to give the New York Giants a 23-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC championship at Lambeau Field. The Giants win their 10th straight on the road in the third-coldest championship game ever.

2013 — San Francisco's Frank Gore runs for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounds from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game.

2013 — Joe Flacco outduels Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots for the AFC championship. The win sets up the first Super Bowl coached by brothers, Baltimore's John Harbaugh and San Francisco's Jim.

2014 — The NHL suspends Vancouver coach John Tortorella without pay for 15 days for his conduct after a brawl between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames on Jan. 19. Tortorella went to Calgary's locker room at intermission following the first period, which began with several fights and four game misconducts per team.

Jan. 21

1921 — Kenesaw Mountain Landis takes office as baseball's commissioner.

1947 — Carl Hubbell, Frank Frisch, Mickey Cochrane, and Lefty Grove are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1953 — Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The baseball writers pass over Joe DiMaggio in his first year of eligibility.

1954 — For the first time in NBA All-Star history, an overtime period is needed. Boston's Bob Cousy scores 10 points in the overtime to give the East a 98-93 victory and Cousy the MVP honors.

1958 — Bob Pettit of St. Louis becomes the first member of the losing team to win the NBA All-Star MVP award, scoring 28 points and grabbing 26 rebounds, even though the East beats the West 130-118.

1969 — Roy Campanella and Stan Musial are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1979 — Terry Bradshaw throws four touchdown passes to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to their third Super Bowl win, a 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Bradshaw, the game's MVP, completes 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards.

1990 — John McEnroe becomes the first player thrown out of the Australian Open. McEnroe's tantrum comes while leading Mike Pernfors 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 2-4.

1996 — Karrie Webb becomes the second quickest winner in LPGA Tour history winning the HealthSouth Inaugural at Walt Disney World. Webb, in her second LPGA start, beat Jane Geddes and Martha Nause on the fourth hole of a playoff. Webb finished second in her first LPGA start a week earlier in the Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions.

1997 — Michael Jordan scores 51 points to lead Chicago to an 88-87 victory over the New York Knicks.

2005 — Roger Clemens puts off retirement for the second straight season, agreeing to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros, the highest salary for a pitcher in baseball history.

2005 — Four-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen wins his 49th career World Cup biathlon, breaking the record for career victories. Bjoerndalen edges fellow Norwegian Frode Andresen in the 10-kilometer sprint event to pass former cross country great Bjorn Daehlie at 48 career wins.

2006 — LeBron James scores 51 points to lead Cleveland to a 108-90 win over Utah. James, 21, becomes the youngest player in NBA history with 5,000 in his career.

2007 — Lovie Smith becomes the first black head coach to make it to the Super Bowl when his Chicago Bears win the NFC championship. Tony Dungy joins him when his Indianapolis Colts take the AFC title.

2007 — Phoenix wins its 13th straight, 131-102 over Minnesota, becoming the eighth team in NBA history to have two winning streaks of at least 13 games in a season.

2009 — New Jersey Institute of Technology ends its 51-game losing streak, getting 26 points from Jheryl Wilson in a 61-51 victory over Bryant. NJIT had not won since it defeated Longwood on Feb. 19, 2007.

2010 — Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant becomes the 15th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 career points and the youngest to hit the milestone. Bryant finishes with 31 points in the Lakers' 93-87 loss at Cleveland. At 31 years, 151 days, Bryant got to 25,000 in 35 fewer days than Wilt Chamberlain.

2011 — The New Orleans Hornets take control late in the first half and hold the Hawks to their lowest-scoring game in Atlanta history with a 100-59 rout. The previous scoring low, since moving to Atlanta 42 years ago, was a 73-63 loss to Cleveland in 1996.

2012 — Notre Dame upsets No. 1 Syracuse 67-58 and hands the Orange their first loss after 20 straight victories. It's the eighth time Notre Dame has beaten a No. 1 team — that ties for fourth-most all-time.

2014 — Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic is upset in a dramatic five-setter against Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarterfinals, ending his 25-match winning streak at Melbourne Park. Wawrinka lost 14 straight head-to-heads to Djokovic before his 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 win.

Jan. 22

1920 — The New York Yankees announce they will be the first team to wear uniform numbers, according to the player's position in batting order.

1960 — Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson in a 15-round split decision to capture the world middleweight boxing title.

1962 — Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Robinson, who had the distinction of becoming the first black to play in the Major League, is also the first to enter the "Hall".

1968 — The NBA awards expansion franchises to Milwaukee and Phoenix.

1973 — George Foreman knocks out Joe Frazier in the second round in Kingston, Jamaica, to win the world heavyweight title.

1976 — Robin Roberts and Bob Lemon are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1983 — Houston becomes the first NBA team not to score a point in overtime as the Portland Trail Blazers outscore the Rockets 17-0 for a 113-96 victory.

1988 — Mike Tyson knocks out Larry Holmes in the fourth round at Atlantic City to retain his world heavyweight title.

1994 — New York Islanders' Pierre Turgeon has four assists to help the Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference 9-8 in the NHL All-Star game. The game produces a record 102 shots and New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter wins MVP for his second-period performance of 19 saves on 21 shots.

1998 — New York's Pat LaFontaine reaches the 1,000-point mark, scoring his 19th goal in the Rangers' 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.

2003 — Andy Roddick wins one of the longest matches of the Open era, beating Younes El Aynaoui in a fifth set that ended 21-19 to reach the Australian Open semifinals. The 20-year-old American won 4-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 in a match lasting 4 hours, 59 minutes — the longest men's singles match at the Australian Open since tiebreaker sets were introduced into Grand Slam events in 1971.

2003 — Texas coach Jody Conradt becomes the second women's basketball coach to win 800 games, when the Longhorns beat Texas Tech 69-58.

2004 — The Los Angeles Lakers lose in Dallas 106-87, their ninth straight on the road. It's their longest skid since dropping 10 in a row in 1963-64.

2005 — Jockey Russell Baze passes Bill Shoemaker to take over second place on the all-time win list. Russell gets his 8,834th victory aboard Hollow Memoires in the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields.

2006 — The Pittsburgh Steelers are the first team since the 1985 Patriots to win three postseason road games thanks to a 34-17 dismantling of the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game.

2006 — Kobe Bryant scores a staggering 81 points — the second-highest total in NBA history — and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 122-104.

2012 — The New England Patriots beat the stunned Ravens 23-20 in the AFC championship game after Baltimore's Billy Cundiff misses a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining that would have tied the score.

2012 — Lawrence Tynes kicks a winning 31-yard field goal in sudden-death overtime and New York beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in the NFC championship game. Devon Thomas put the Giants in position as he recovers his second fumble of the game after Jacquian Williams strips the ball from fill-in return man Kyle Williams.

Jan. 23

1944 — The Detroit Red Wings defeat the New York Rangers 15-0 to set an NHL record for consecutive goals.

1959 — In the NBA All-Star game in Detroit, St. Louis' Bob Pettit and Elgin Baylor of Minneapolis become the first co-winners of the MVP award as their West team wins 124-108.

1975 — Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 15th and final year of eligibility.

1979 — Willie Mays is named on 409 of 432 ballots and elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

1980 — George Gervin of San Antonio scores 55 points in a 144-130 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

1987 — Hana Mandlikova upsets Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6 to win the Australian Open.

1988 — Steffi Graf wins the Australian Open with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Chris Evert.

1993 — Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers sets an NHL record when he reaches the 30-goal mark for the 14th consecutive season. Gartner, with three goals in the Rangers' 8-3 victory over Los Angeles, surpasses Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull and Wayne Gretzky.

2001 — Sam Cassell scores 22 points and the Bucks hit a franchise record 14 3-pointers to beat the Knicks 105-91 and snap New York's NBA-record 33-game streak of holding opponents to under 100 points.

2005 — Jennifer Rodriguez becomes the first American woman in nine years to win the World Sprint Speedskating Championship. Rodriguez sets a personal best in the 500 for the second straight day and had the fastest 1,000 meters in the women's field to claim the world sprint championship.

2008 — Baylor, which waited 39 years to get back into the Top 25, has to wait some more, enduring five overtimes to get their first win as a ranked team. Curtis Jerrells scores a career-high 36 points, including 11 in the fifth overtime to lead No. 25 Baylor to a 116-110 win over No. 18 Texas A&M.

2010 — Rachael Flatt wins her first title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, overpowering the rest of the field. She scores 200.11 points, finishing more than 10 points ahead of Mirai Nagasu.

2010— Lindsey Vonn makes it five wins in five downhills this season. Her 30th World Cup victory ties her with Croatia's Janica Kostelic for eighth place on the career list and nearly halfway to Austrian leader Annemarie Moser-Proell's 62 wins.

2011 — Francesca Schiavone wins the longest women's match in Grand Slam history — a 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova that takes 4 hours, 44 minutes at the Australian Open. Schiavone saves six match points, then converts on her third match point in the longest women's match at a major in terms of time in the Open era.

2011 — Aaron Rodgers runs for a touchdown and makes a saving tackle, B.J. Raji returns an interception for a score and Sam Shields has two interceptions to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game. The Packers, with road wins in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago, become the first NFC No. 6 seed to advance to the Super Bowl.

2011 — The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to their third Super Bowl in six years with a 24-19 victory over the New York Jets.

2012 — Skylar Diggins matches a season high with 27 points and No. 2 Notre Dame routs No. 7 Tennessee 72-44, holding the Lady Vols to their lowest scoring output in modern school history.

Jan. 24

1939 — Eddie Collins, Wee Willie Keeler and George Sisler are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1956 — Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks captures the first of his NBA record four All-Star MVP awards. Pettit leads the West team with 20 points and 24 rebounds in a 108-94 win over the East.

1981 — Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scores his 50th goal in the 50th game of the season in a 7-3 victory over the Quebec Nordiques.

1982 — Ray Wersching kicks a Super Bowl record-tying four field goals to help the San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21.

1986 — Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scores his 1,000th career point with an assist in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1990 — Winston-Salem State basketball coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines wins his 800th career game, 79-70 over Livingstone.

1998 — The Denver Nuggets snap their record-tying, single-season losing streak at 23 games, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 99-81.

1999 — David Duval shoots a magic number — a round of 59 that matches the best score in PGA Tour history. Duval surges from seven strokes off the pace for a one-stroke victory over Steve Pate in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Duval makes an 8-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to match the 59s shot by Al Geiberger in the 1977 Memphis Classic and Chip Beck in the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. The 13-under 59 is the best closing round in tour history.

2007 — Colorado's Joe Sakic has four assists to lead the Western Conference to a 12-9 victory in the NHL All-Star game. Daniel Briere, one of three starters from Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo, has a goal and four assists and is selected the MVP.

2008 — Mirai Nagasu pulls off one of the biggest upsets ever at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The 14-year-old — in her first competition as a senior — wins the short program with a spectacular performance. Her score of 70.23 is the second-highest ever by an American woman in a short program.

2010 — Kelly Kulick becomes the first woman to win a PBA Tour title, beating Chris Barnes in the final of the 45th Tournament of Champions. Kulick outscores Barnes 265-195 to take home the $40,000 first prize and a two-year PBA Tour exemption.

2010 — Peyton Manning throws three touchdown passes and the Indianapolis Colts rally from an 11-point, first-half deficit to beat the New York Jets 30-17 in the AFC championship game.

2010 — The New Orleans Saints make it to their first Super Bowl after battering Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime on unheralded Garrett Hartley's 40-yard field goal.

2011 — Rudy Gay hits a tiebreaking jumper with less than a second to play to lift Memphis to a 100-98 victory over struggling Toronto. The short-handed Raptors finish 0 for 13 from 3-point range, failing to make a 3 for the first time in 986 games.

2012 — Playing his 1,000th match, four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer advances to his ninth straight semifinal at Melbourne Park with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Juan Martin del Potro. Federer is the seventh man to reach the 1,000 match milestone.

2014 — Carmelo Anthony scores a career-high and franchise-record 62 points, most at the current Madison Square Garden, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96. Anthony, with 56 after three quarters, stays in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break Bernard King's Knicks record of 60 points and Kobe Bryant's arena record of 61, set five years earlier.

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