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Posted: Feb 07, 2015 12:00 AM
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA
Feb. 8

1936 — Jay Berwanger, University of Chicago halfback and Heisman Trophy winner, is the first player ever selected in the NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles make the pick and eventually trade his rights to the Chicago Bears.

1950 — Man o' War is selected the greatest horse of the half century by The Associated Press. Man o' War, as a 2- and 3-year-old, is a winner in 20 of 21 races and holds five track records.

1962 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 59 points in a 136-120 victory over the New York Knicks and beats his own single-season scoring record of 3,033 by six points.

1964 — Billy Kidd and James Heuga win the first men's Olympic Alpine skiing medals for the United States with a silver and bronze in the slalom.

1975 — The New Orleans Jazz get their first road win in franchise history, ending a 28 game road losing streak. The Jazz beat the Hawks in Atlanta 106-102 to improve their record to 7-44.

1987 — Nancy Lopez assures herself a spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame by winning the $200,000 Sarasota Classic. The victory is Lopez's 35th, which automatically qualifies her.

1987 — Seattle's Tom Chambers, a last-minute replacement for the injured Ralph Sampson, scores a game-high 34 points to lead the West to a 154-149 overtime win over the East in the NBA All-Star Game before 34,275 at the Kingdome.

1993 — Julius Erving and Bill Walton are selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame along with former NBA stars Walt Bellamy, Dan Issel, Dick McGuire and Calvin Murphy, Soviet Olympic standout Ulyana Semyonova and UCLA and Olympic star Ann Meyers.

1996 — Charles Barkley becomes the 22nd NBA player to reach 20,000 points, scoring 30 in the Phoenix Suns' 107-102 victory over New Jersey.

1997 — Scotty Bowman becomes the first NHL coach to win 1,000 games as Detroit beats Pittsburgh 6-5 on Brendan Shanahan's overtime goal. Bowman, the coach of six Stanley Cup champion teams, is 1,000-452-255 in regular-season games and 162-101 in the playoffs.

2003 — Mario Lemieux becomes the 10th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career assists. He has four in Pittsburgh' 5-2 victory in Boston.

2007 — Colorado's Karlis Skrastins breaks Tim Horton's NHL record for durability by a defenseman when he plays in his 487th consecutive regular-season game.

2009 — Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald catches five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns and 44-year-old John Carney kicks two fourth-quarter field goals as the NFC rallies to a 30-21 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

2014 — At the Sochi Games, Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen becomes the oldest Winter Olympic gold medalist at 40 and ties Bjoern Daehlie's record for most medals (12) won at the Winter Games. Bjoerndalen wins the men's 10-kilometer biathlon sprint, breaking the record held by Canadian skeleton racer Duff Gibson, who was 39 when he won gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

2014 — Memphis sets an NBA record with only one free throw attempt while winning on the road with a 79-76 victory over Atlanta. Memphis' single free throw attempt is the record low since the shot-clock era was introduced in 1954-55.

2014 — Wichita State beats Northern Iowa 82-73 to become the first men's team to open 25-0 since Derrick Rose helped Memphis win its first 26 games in 2007-08.

Feb. 9

1912 — The U.S. Tennis Association amends the rules for the men's singles championship play. The defending champion is required to play through the tournament instead of waiting for the tournament to produce a challenger.

1940 — Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy with a split decision to defend his world heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden.

1986 — Detroit's Isiah Thomas scores 30 points and hands out 10 assists to lead the East to a 139-132 win in the All-Star Game in Dallas.

1988 — Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a record six points — three goals and three assists — to lead the Wales Conference to a 6-5 victory over the Campbell Conference in the NHL All-Star game.

1991 — Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice and beats him up over 12 rounds in Leonard's Madison Square Garden debut and final fight. Norris wins a unanimous decision.

1992 — Mike Gartner ties an NHL record by reaching the 30-goal mark for the 13th straight season when he scores in the first period of the New York Rangers' 5-5 tie with Detroit. Gartner joins Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito as the only NHL players to accomplish the feat.

1992 — Magic Johnson, playing for the first time since announcing his retirement on Nov. 7, scores a game-high 25 points and hands out nine assists to lead the West to a 153-113 win over the East in the NBA All-Star Game at the Orlando Arena.

1997 — Glen Rice breaks two scoring records in an MVP performance and Michael Jordan has the first triple-double in NBA All-Star game history. The East rallies to beat the West 132-120. Rice, who finishes with 26 points, sets records with 20 in the third quarter and 24 in the second half.

2002 — Oakland's Rich Gannon leads the AFC to a 38-30 victory over the NFC to win the player of the game award in the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year.

2003 — Kevin Garnett, the MVP, scores nine of his 37 points in the second overtime as the West beat the East 155-145 in the first double overtime game in NBA All-Star history.

2008 — Ron Wilson becomes the 11th coach in NHL history to reach 500 career victories when San Jose edges Nashville 4-3.

2009 — Lindsey Vonn wins the downhill for her second gold at the World Championships in Val D'isere, France. Vonn becomes the second American woman to win two golds at a worlds. Andrea Mead Lawrence won the slalom and giant slalom at the 1952 Oslo Olympics, which doubled as the worlds.

2011 — The Cleveland Cavaliers' losing streak reaches 26, matching the 1976-77 NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers' record for consecutive incompetence with a 103-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

2013 — Cameron Biedscheid scores on a layup with 1:19 left in the fifth overtime, and Eric Atkins and Pat Connaugton add free throws in the final 19 seconds as No. 25 Notre Dame overcame an eight-point deficit in regulation to beat No. 11 Louisville 104-101. The Cardinals led 56-48 with 51 seconds left in regulation. But Jerian Grant led the Irish on a 12-4 comeback, hitting three straight 3-pointers and then tying it on a three-point play with 16 seconds left. It marks the sixth time in the last eight meetings that a game between the Fighting Irish and the Cardinals goes into overtime.

2014 — Missouri All-American Michael Sam comes out to the nation. In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam says he came out to all his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.

Feb. 10

1908 — Tommy Burns knocks out Jack Palmer in the fourth round to defend his world heavyweight title in London.

1949 — Joe Fulks of Philadelphia scores 63 points in a 108-87 win over Indianapolis to set an NBA scoring record which would last for nearly a decade.

1952 — The Baltimore Bullets play the 48-minute game without making a single substitution and beat the Fort Wayne Pistons 82-77.

1962 — Jim Beatty becomes the first American to break the 4-minute mile indoors with a 3:58.9 in Los Angeles.

1968 — Peggy Fleming wins the women's Olympic figure skating gold medal in Grenoble, France.

1969 — LSU's Pete Maravich scores 66 points in a 110-94 loss to Tulane.

1971 — Former first baseman Bill White becomes the first black announcer in major baseball league history, signing to join the New York Yankees WPIX broadcast team.

1989 — K.C. Jones of the Boston Celtics and Lenny Wilkens of the Cleveland Cavaliers are elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Also elected is William "Pop" Gates, who played during the game's barnstorming years in the 1930s and 1940s.

1991 — Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers, playing with a stress fracture in his left foot, becomes the NBA All-Star MVP with 17 points and 22 rebounds after leading the East to a 116-114 victory.

1992 — Bonnie Blair becomes the first woman to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal in 500-meter speed skating and the first American woman in any sport to win gold medals in consecutive Olympics.

1998 — Picabo Street, Alpine skiing's comeback kid, overcomes a mistake about midway through her run and charges to an Olympic gold by one-hundredth of a second in the women's super-G — the games' first Alpine medal after three days of snow-related postponements.

2002 — Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scores 31 points — the most in an NBA All-Star game since 1988 — to lead the Western Conference to a 135-120 win over the East.

2003 — Detroit's Brett Hull becomes the sixth NHL player to score 700 regular-season goals. Hull beats San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov with a wrist shot in a 5-4 win over the Sharks.

2007 — San Diego's Nate Kaeding kicks a 21-yard field goal as time expires to cap another strong drive led by MVP Carson Palmer in the AFC's 31-28 victory over the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

2007 — Jaromir Jagr has three assists in the New York Rangers' 5-2 win over Washington and becomes the 12th player in NHL history to score 1,500 points.

2008 — Terrell Owens catches two touchdowns passes, including a 6-yarder from Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia for the winning points in the NFC's comeback 42-30 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl. Adrian Peterson of Minnesota rushes for 129 yards and scores twice as the NFC rallies from a 24-7 deficit, earning himself MVP honors.

2008 — Susanna Kallur breaks the 18-year-old world record in the women's 60-meter indoor hurdles, finishing in 7.68 seconds to lower the mark by 0.01 seconds at the Karlsruhe (Germany) International. Kallur breaks the record set Feb. 4, 1990, by Russia's Ludmila Narozhilenko — who later changed her name to Ludmila Engquist.

2010 — Tomas Plekanec scores his second goal of the game in overtime and the Montreal Canadiens end Washington's team-record winning streak at 14 games with a 6-5 victory.

2013 — Ninth-ranked Syracuse beat St. John's 77-58 for its 37th straight win in the Carrier Dome, extending the nation's longest active home streak in Division I. The win also gives coach Jim Boeheim his 35th season with 20 or more victories. Boeheim holds the NCAA record in that category.

2014 — The Philadelphia 76ers lose to the Golden State Warriors 123-80 and nearly matches the NBA mark for the largest total margin of defeat in consecutive games. The Detroit Pistons lost by 95 points combined in back-to-back games in November 1966. After losing 123-78 at the Los Angeles Clippers the previous night, the two-game stretch was the worst in nearly 20 years for the 76ers, who lost back-to-back games in April 1994 by a combined 93 points. No other team in NBA history has lost two straight games by at least 40 points each. Philadelphia has now done it twice.

Feb. 11

1878 — The Boston Bicycle Club, the first bicycle club in the United States, is formed.

1949 — Willie Pep becomes the first boxer in the history of the 126-pound class to regain a lost championship with a 15-round unanimous decision over Sandy Saddler at Madison Square Garden.

1957 — The NHL Players Association is formed and Ted Lindsay of the Detroit Red Wings is elected president.

1970 — The Atlanta Hawks score 97 points, the most ever scored in the second half of an NBA game, en route to a 155-131 win at San Diego.

1971 — Montreal's Jean Beliveau scores his 500th goal in the Canadiens' 6-2 victory over the Minnesota North Stars.

1973 — The Philadelphia 76ers lose to the Los Angeles Lakers 108-90 to set an NBA record for the most consecutive losses in a season at 20.

1982 — Houston Rockets center Moses Malone grabs an NBA-record 21 offensive rebounds in a 117-100 win over Seattle.

1990 — Mike Tyson loses for the first time when James "Buster" Douglas knocks him out in the 10th round and captures the heavyweight championship in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

1990 — Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley score 17 points each to help the East beat the West 130-113 in the 40th NBA All-Star game. Magic Johnson, the game's high-scorer with 22 points, is voted MVP.

1992 — Anfissa Reztsova wins the women's 7.5-kilometer biathlon event to become the first woman to get gold medals in two different Winter Olympic sports. She skied the final 5-kilometer leg on the Soviet Union's winning 20K cross-country relay team in the 1988 Olympics.

2000 — In the first period of a 2-2 tie between Pittsburgh and Edmonton, Martin Straka of the Penguins scores twice in seven seconds. The NHL record for quickest goals is five seconds.

2001 — Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury lead an improbable comeback to give the Eastern Conference a thrilling 111-110 NBA All-Star victory. Iverson scores 15 of his 25 points in the final nine minutes, and Marbury hits two 3-pointers in the final 53 seconds to help the East come back from a 21-point deficit.

2007 — The Boston Celtics lose their franchise-record 18th straight game. Ricky Davis' jumper from the corner with 0.2 seconds remaining lifts the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 109-107 victory.

2007 — Anja Paerson captures the downhill, becoming the first skier to win gold medals in all five disciplines at the world championships. Paerson, who also won the super-G and combined titles earlier in the week, won gold medals in the giant slalom at the last two worlds and one in the slalom in 2001.

2011 — The Cleveland Cavaliers stopped their NBA-record losing streak at 26 games with a 126-119 win in overtime against the Los Angeles Clippers. Antawn Jamison scores 35 points and makes the game's biggest basket, a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in OT for the Cavs.

2012 — Bernard Lagat regains his American record in the indoor 5,000 meters, finding a new way to make history at the Millrose Games at New York. Lagat had won a record eight titles in the meet's signature event, the Wanamaker Mile. This time, he races the 5,000 to try to break the mark Galen Rupp set last year. Lagat does so convincingly, winning in 13:07.15 to lower the standard by more than 4 seconds. He and Rupp trade American indoor records, in fact, with Rupp breaking Lagat's 2-mile mark, running 8:09.72 at the USATF Classic in Fayetteville, Ark.

Feb. 12

1937 — Cleveland is granted an NFL franchise. The Rams play in Cleveland for nine years before moving to Los Angeles. After the 1994 season, the Rams move to St. Louis.

1958 — Boston's Bill Russell scores 18 points and grabs 41 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 119-101 victory over the Syracuse Nationals.

1968 — Jean-Claude Killy of France wins the men's giant slalom in the Winter Olympics at Grenoble, his second gold medal en route to the Alpine triple crown.

1972 — The Soviet Union ice hockey team wins the gold medal with a 5-2 victory over Czechoslovakia at the Winter Olympics. The United States is awarded the silver because it had beaten and tied Czechoslovakia.

1993 — The San Jose Sharks tie an NHL record by losing 17 straight games, the latest a 6-0 defeat by the Edmonton Oilers.

1994 — Loy Allen Jr. becomes the first Winston Cup rookie to win a pole in the Daytona 500. Allen is .031 seconds quicker than six-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt.

1997 — Morocco's Hicham el Guerrouj breaks indoor track's oldest record, winning the mile in 3 minutes, 48.45 at the Flanders meet held in Ghent, Belgium. Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan ran 3:49.78 in 1983 in New York.

2005 — Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia sets a world record in the indoor pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 11 3/4 inches at the "Pole Vault Stars" event in Kiev, Ukraine. Isinbayeva breaks the mark of 15-11 1/4 she set last year at the world indoor championships in Budapest.

2005 — Allen Iverson scores 60 points, a career high, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-99 victory over the Orlando Magic.

2007 — Duke, saddled by its first four-game losing skid in 11 years, falls out of The Associated Press poll for the first time since the end of the 1995-96 season. The Blue Devils had been in the media poll for 200 straight weeks — the second longest streak behind UCLA's record 221 weeks.

2010 — Nodar Kumaritashvili, a 21-year-old men's Olympic luger from the country of Georgia, dies after a crash during training for the Vancouver Games.

2012 — American Hannah Kearney wins her 15th straight World Cup moguls event at the World Cup event in Beida Lake, China. Kearney breaks downhill great Ingemar Stenmark's all-discipline record for consecutive FIS World Cup victories. Stenmark won 14 straight giant slaloms in 1978-80. Kearney's streak began in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 2011.

2013 — LeBron James becomes the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games as the Miami Heat hold off the Portland Trail Blazers 117-104. James scores 30 points on 11 for 15 shooting.

2014 — Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland tie for gold in the Olympic women's downhill. Both speed down the Rosa Khutor course in 1:41.57 seconds for the first gold-medal tie in Olympic alpine skiing history.

Feb. 13

1923 — The New York Renaissance, the first all-black pro basketball team, is organized. Rens become one of the dominant basketball team of the 1920s and 1930s.

1937 — Maribel Vinson wins her ninth and final U.S. figure skating singles championship. Robin Lee wins his third straight men's title.

1937 — The NFL Redskins move from Boston to Washington.

1948 — Dick Button, the Olympic gold medalist, beats Hans Gerschwiler again to win the men's World Figure Skating championship in Davos, Switzerland.

1954 — Furman's Frank Selvey scores 100 points in a 149-95 victory over Newberry. Selvey breaks the record of 73 points, set by Temple's Bill Mlkvy in 1951, with 41 field goals and 18 free throws.

1973 — Frank Mahovlich of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 1,000th career point with an assist in a 7-6 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

1977 — Julius Erving, playing in his first NBA All-Star Game, is voted MVP, despite his East team losing 125-124. Erving scores 30 points and grabs 12 rebounds.

1990 — Bryan Trottier of the New York Islanders becomes the 15th player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal mark, scoring in the second period of a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.

1994 — Tommy Moe wins the men's downhill over local hero Kjetil Andre Aamodt at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Moe won by .04 seconds, the closest Alpine race in Olympic history. Norwegian speed skater Johann Olav Koss has a world record-setting gold medal performance in the 5,000 meters in 6 minutes, 34.96 seconds.

1994 — Chicago's Scottie Pippen scores a game-high 29 points to lift the East to a 127-118 win over the West at the 44th annual NBA All-Star Game in Minnesota. Pippen captures MVP honors for his performance.

1995 — Connecticut is voted No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 and joins the school's women's team at the top. It is the first time teams from one school were ranked No. 1 in the men's and women's college basketball polls.

1999 — Steve Jaros rolls the 13th televised 300 game in PBA history en route to winning the Chattanooga Open.

2000 — In St. Anton, Austria, Fritz Strobl and Werner Franz finish with identical times of 1 minute, 20.72 seconds to win an icy and treacherous super-G, the second tie in World Cup history.

2003 — Teresa Phillips becomes the first woman to coach a men's Division I team, but her presence couldn't stop Tennessee State from losing for the 17th straight time, 71-56 at Austin Peay.

2006 — Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin finish their careers in grand fashion, winning the Olympic gold medal in pairs figure skating and extending Russia's four-decade dominance of the event.

2010 — Hannah Kearney wins the women's moguls for first U.S. gold medal in the Olympic Games held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Apolo Anton Ohno wins a silver medal in the short-track 1,500-meter speedskating final, to tie Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.

2011 — Washington snaps its 25-game road winless streak with a 115-100 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who reverted to their losing ways one game after ending their record skid. The Wizards open a 25-point lead in the third quarter and survived a Cleveland comeback to get their first road win since April 9.

2013 — Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic is suspended by the NBA for 20 games after he tests positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid.

2014 — Justyna Kowalczyk dominates her favorite event at the Sochi Olympics, winning the women's cross-country 10-kilometer classical race despite skiing with a fractured foot. Kowalczyk finishes in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds, beating silver medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden by 18.4 seconds.

Feb. 14

1936 — Maribel Vinson wins her eighth U.S. figure skating singles championship and Robin Lee wins his second consecutive men's title.

1951 — Sugar Ray Robinson wins the middleweight title with a technical knockout in the 13th round over Jake LaMotta in Chicago.

1953 — Bill Chambers of William & Mary grabs 51 rebounds in a 105-84 victory over Virginia.

1966 — Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain scores 41 points in a 149-123 win over Detroit to become the NBA's all-time scoring leader, passing Bob Pettit (20,880 points).

1975 — Julius Erving of the New York Nets scores 63 points in a 176-166 quadruple overtime loss to the San Diego Conquistadors. Erving sets an ABA record by shooting 25-for-46 from the field and the 342 points are an ABA record.

1977 — Philadelphia's Al Hill sets a record for most points in an NHL debut with five points — two goals and three assists — in a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

1986 — Wayne Gretzky gets seven assists as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Quebec Nordiques 8-2.

1988 — Bobby Allison outduels his 26-year-old son Davey to win the Daytona 500 and becomes the first 50-year-old to win NASCAR's premier event.

1990 — Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins ends his 46-game scoring streak, the second-longest in NHL history, leaving after two periods of a 4-3 overtime victory over the New York Rangers.

1992 — Bonnie Blair becomes the first American woman in 40 years to win two gold medals in the Winter Olympics when she takes the 1,000-meter speed skating event. Toni Nieminen, 16, becomes the youngest male Winter Olympic champion ever, leading Finland to the team ski jumping title. He's a day younger than American bobsledder Bill Fiske was in 1928.

1998 — Mississippi wins on Kentucky's homecourt for the first time since 1927 with a 73-64 victory. It's the Rebels' first win in 20 games in Rupp Arena and the second in 45 contests at Kentucky.

2004 — Anaheim's Sergei Fedorov is the first Russian-born player to collect 1,000 points with an assist on Keith Carney's goal in the second period of the Ducks' 2-1 win over Vancouver.

2004 — Philadelphia's Sean Burke wins his 300th career game by stopping 25 shots in a 6-2 win over the Rangers. Burke is the 20th goalie to reach the milestone.

2005 — Savannah State is 0-for-the-season, becoming the second NCAA Division I school in a half-century to go through an entire season without a win, losing to Florida A&M 49-44 to finish 0-28.

2010 — In Vancouver, British Columbia, an American breaks through the Nordic combined barrier, winning the first Olympic medal in the sport dominated since its inception by the Europeans. Jason Lamy Chappuis of France overtakes American Johnny Spillane on the final straightaway for the gold medal, winning four-tenths of a second ahead of Spillane.

2010 — Jamie McMurray wins the Daytona 500, holding off a hard-charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. over a wild, two-lap sprint to the finish.

2010 — The Eastern Conference edges the West 141-139 in the NBA All-Star game before the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game. A crowd of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium watches Dwyane Wade score 28 points and take MVP honors before Dallas native Chris Bosh makes the winning free throws with 5.0 seconds left.

2010 — Sailing's America's Cup, once again, belongs to America after Larry Ellison's space-age trimaran easily speeds ahead of two-time defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland to complete a two-race sweep in the 33rd America's Cup.

2012 — The Detroit Red Wings wins an NHL-record 21st straight home game, beating the Dallas Stars 3-1. The Red Wings break the mark of 20 set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season, and matched by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.

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