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Posted: Jun 20, 2015 12:00 AM
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA
June 21

1919 — Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman wins the women's U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Marion Zinderstein.

1932 — Jack Sharkey scores a 15-round split decision over Max Schmeling to win the world heavyweight title in New York.

1960 — Armin Hary of West Germany becomes the first man to run 100 meters in 10.0 seconds at a meet in Zurich, Switzerland.

1964 — Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches a perfect game against the New York Mets. The no-hitter gives Bunning one in each league and the Phillies' Gus Triandos becomes the first catcher to handle no-hitters in both leagues.

1965 — Gary Player becomes the third man to win golf's top four pro titles when he captures the U.S. Open. Player beats Kel Nagle by three strokes in a playoff round. Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan had won the U.S. and British Opens, the Masters and the PGA.

1970 — Britain's Tony Jacklin becomes the first English golfer in 50 years to win the U.S. Open, beating Dave Hill by five strokes.

1971 — Lee Trevino beats Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in a playoff to win the U.S. Open.

1992 — Tom Kite wins the U.S. Open by two strokes over Jeff Sluman. Playing in 35 mph winds, Kite shoots a par 72 for a 3-under 285 total.

1994 — Lori McNeil upsets five-time champion Steffi Graf 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round of Wimbledon. Graf becomes the first reigning women's champion to lose in the first round.

1998 — Marion Jones becomes the first athlete in 50 years to win the women's 100 and 200 meters and long jump at the U.S. Track and Field Championships. Jones wins the 200 in 22.24 seconds.

2002 — Lance Deal wins his ninth U.S. hammer championship. He joins Hal Connolly as the only nine-time winners in the event. Deal's winning throw of 244 feet, 5 inches is the shortest of any of his winning efforts at the U.S. Track and Field Championships.

2003 — Lennox Lewis retains his heavyweight title when a cut stops Vitali Klitschko after six brawling rounds. All three ringside judges had Klitschko winning 58-56, but ring doctor Paul Wallace orders referee Lou Moret to stop the fight.

2005 — French Open winner Justine Henin-Hardenne loses in the first round at Wimbledon. The Belgian becomes the first Roland Garros women's champion since 1962 to lose her opening match at Wimbledon when she's beaten by Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 7-5.

2005 — Detroit, led by Chauncey Billups' 21 points, forces Game 7 of the NBA Finals with a 95-86 victory at San Antonio. The Pistons become the first road team to win Game 6 of the NBA Finals since the 2-3-2 format was implemented in 1985.

2007 — Peter Wessels, a Dutch qualifier ranked 488th, beats top-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Ordina Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

2012 — Miami's LeBron James caps his title bid with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, Chris Bosh adds 23 points, Dwyane Wade scores 20 points and the Heat finish off the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, winning 121-106. Mike Miller scores 23 points on 7-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami, which adds this title to the one it claimed in 2006.

June 22

1918 — Molla Bjurstedt wins the women's U.S. Lawn Tennis Association title for the fourth straight year, 6-4, 6-3 over Eleanor Goss.

1937 — Joe Louis knocks out Jim Braddock in the eighth round at Chicago's Comiskey Park to win the world heavyweight title, which he would hold for 11 years.

1938 — In a rematch portrayed in both countries as good vs. evil, Joe Louis knocks out Germany's Max Schmeling at 2:04 of the first round at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.

1949 — Ezzard Charles scores a 15-round unanimous decision over Jersey Joe Walcott at Comiskey Park in Chicago to win the vacant world heavyweight title.

1979 — Larry Holmes stops Mike Weaver in the 12th round to retain the WBC heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York.

1994 — The Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, win their first NBA title, beating New York 90-84 in Game 7 of the finals. Olajuwon gets 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks.

1996 — Michael Moorer regains the IBF heavyweight title from Axel Schulz on a split decision in Frankfurt, Germany.

1999 — In one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon's 113-year history, top-ranked Martina Hingis loses 6-2, 6-0 in the opening round to Jelena Dokic, a 16-year-old qualifier ranked 129th.

2001 — Karrie Webb sets two scoring records in the LPGA Championship in shooting a 7-under 64 for a three-stroke lead. Webb, at 11-under 131, breaks the 36-hole scoring record by two strokes. Webb shoots a 29 on the front nine for the lowest nine-hole score in the 47-year history of the championship.

2006 — The United States soccer team is eliminated from World Cup play with a 2-1 loss to Ghana.

2007 — For the first time, Americans are taken with the top two picks in the NHL draft. Chicago selects Patrick Kane with the first pick. Philadelphia then selects left wing James vanRiemsdyk with the second pick.

2009 — Lucas Glover wins the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, finishing with a final round of 3-over 73 to win by two strokes over Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes.

2010 — Dino Ciccarelli, Cammi Granato, Angela James are elected to Hockey Hall of Fame as players. In the Builder Category, Jimmy Devellano and the late Daryl "Doc" Seaman get elected.

2010 — South Africa becomes the first host nation not to advance in 80 years of World Cup play. The host nation does beat France 2-1 in its final game, but they needed a big win to have any chance of moving on from Group A.

2012 — Jerry Sandusky is convicted on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. The accusations had led to the firing of Joe Paterno, Penn State's beloved coach who died of lung cancer Jan. 22. Penn State's Board of Trustees ousted Paterno for what was called his "failure of leadership" surrounding allegations about Sandusky.

2013 — Brianna Rollins breaks an American record in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. track championships. Rollins finishes in 12.26 seconds to break the mark of Gail Devers in 2000.

2014 — Michelle Wie closes with an even-par 70 for a two-shot victory over Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 player in the women's golf, for her first major championship in the U.S. Women's Open.

2014 — Cristiano Ronaldo sets up Varela for a late equalizer to give Portugal a 2-2 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup. Ronaldo sends in a cross in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Varela scores with a diving header in the last seconds of the match.

June 23

1917 — In baseball's greatest relief effort, Ernie Shore of the Boston Red Sox retires 26 batters for a 4-0 victory over Washington. Shore relieves Babe Ruth with nobody out and a man on first, who was cut down stealing.

1917 — Molla Bjurstedt win the women's U.S. Lawn Tennis Association title for the third straight year with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Marion Vanderhoef.

1963 — Julius Boros wins a three-way playoff to take the U.S. Open. Boros beats Jacky Cupit by three strokes and Arnold Palmer by six.

1969 — Joe Frazier stops Jerry Quarry in the eighth round at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the world heavyweight title.

1972 — President Nixon signs the Higher Education Act of 1972. Title IX of this congressional act bars sex bias in athletics and other activities at colleges receiving federal assistance.

1974 — Sandra Haynie wins the LPGA championship by two strokes over JoAnne Carner.

1975 — Lou Graham beats John Mahaffey by two strokes in a playoff to win the U.S. Open.

1991 — A Mazda becomes the first Japanese car to win the Le Mans 24 hours race, overtaking a Mercedes in the last three hours. Bertrand Gachot of Belgium, Johnny Herbert of Britain and Volker Weidler of Germany are the winning drivers of the rotary-powered Mazda.

1996 — Michael Johnson breaks the world record in the 200 meters, running 19.66 seconds at the U.S. track and field trials in Atlanta. The previous mark of 19.72 was set by Italy's Pietro Mennea in 1979 in Mexico City.

2002 — Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron finishes his career with his 7,141st trip to the winner's circle, his final ride a victory on Came Home in the $107,500 Affirmed Stakes.

2005 — Tim Duncan comes up huge in the second half and is chosen finals MVP and Manu Ginobili has another breakthrough performance to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Detroit Pistons 81-74 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

2009 — Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch are elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. All were eligible for the first time. New Jersey Devils president Lou Lamoriello is also elected in the builder category.

2010 — Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks captures the Hart Trophy wrecking Alex Ovechkin's bid for an NHL MVP three-peat. Sedin, who had a league-best 83 assists, has 894 total points compared with 834 for Washington's Ovechkin. Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres wins the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender.

2012 — Ashton Eaton breaks the world record in the decathlon, finishing with 9,039 points at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., to beat the Roman Sebrle's 11-year-old mark by 13 points. Eaton opened the decathlon the previous day with world-best marks for the decathlon in the 100 and long jump. Eaton needed a time of 4 minutes, 16.37 seconds in the finale, the 1,500 meters, to break the mark. He finished in 4:14.48.

2013 — Courtney Force claims a Funny Car victory against her father at the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals. In their first final round matchup, Courtney Force earns her second victory of the year and third in her career. She improves to 4-2 against her father, John Force, a 15-time Funny Car world champion.

June 24

1911 — John McDermott becomes the first American-born winner of the U.S. Open when he beats Michael Brady and George Simpson in a playoff. McDermott finishes two strokes better than Brady and five better than Simpson.

1928 — John Farrell beats Bobby Jones by one stroke in a 36-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open.

1947 — Jim Ferrier wins the PGA championship by defeating Chick Harbert 2 and 1 in the final round.

1956 — Marlene Bauer Hagge beats Patty Berg in a sudden-death playoff to take the LPGA championship.

1968 — Canada's Sandra Post beats Kathy Whitworth by seven strokes in a playoff to become the first non-U.S. player and rookie to win the LPGA championship.

1968 — Joe Frazier stops Mando Ramos in the second round at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the world heavyweight title.

1990 — Criminal Type becomes the first horse to win consecutive $1 million races after capturing the Hollywood Gold Cup. He had previously won the $1 million Pimlico Special on May 12.

1991 — The NHL's Board of Governors adopts instant replay.

1995 — The New Jersey Devils complete a four-game sweep with a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings for their first Stanley Cup title.

1998 — Sammy Sosa ties the major league record for homers in a month, hitting his 18th of June in the first inning of the Cubs' 7-6 loss to Detroit. Sosa matches the mark set by Detroit's Rudy York in August 1937, and breaks Willie Mays' NL record set in August 1965.

2000 — Rick DiPietro is the first goalie drafted No. 1 when the New York Islanders select the 18-year-old star from Boston University at the NHL Draft.

2001 — Karrie Webb, 26, captures the LPGA Championship by two strokes to become the youngest woman to complete the Grand Slam. Webb has won her last four majors — including consecutive U.S. Opens — by a combined 25 strokes. The Australian joins Juli Inkster, Louise Suggs, Pat Bradley and Mickey Wright as winners of the LPGA's four majors.

2010 — John Isner outlasts Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history. Isner hits a backhand winner to win the last of the match's 980 points, and takes the fifth set against Mahut, 70-68. The first-round match took 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days, lasting so long it was suspended because of darkness — two nights in a row. Play resumed at 59-all and continued for more than an hour before Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

2010 — John Wall is selected as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, and a record number of Kentucky teammates follow him. Four more Wildcats are among the top 30 selections, making them the first school ever to put five players in the first round.

2011 — Nineteen-year-old UCLA star Patrick Cantlay shoots a course-record 10-under 60 — the lowest PGA Tour round ever by an amateur — to take a four-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship. Cantlay ties the tournament record set by Tommy Bolt when the event was played in Wethersfield in 1954.

2013 — In one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal is knocked out in straight sets by a player ranked 135th — the Spaniard's first loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam event. Steve Darcis of Belgium stuns the two-time champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4.

2013 — Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland score 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16 of the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup with a stunning 3-2 comeback victory in Game 6 over the Boston Bruins.

June 25

1921 — Jock Hutchinson is the first American to win the British Open, a nine-stroke victory over Roger Wethered in a playoff.

1932 — Gene Sarazen wins the U.S. Open by shooting a 286, the lowest in 20 years.

1948 — Joe Louis knocks out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 11th round in New York to defend his world heavyweight title. Louis announces his retirement after the fight.

1952 — Jim Turnesa wins the PGA Championship with a 1-up victory over Chick Harbert in the final round.

1966 — Buckpasser sets a world record in the 1-mile Arlington Classic in 1:32 3-5 and becomes the first 3-year-old to win more than $1 million.

1969 — Pancho Gonzalez, 41, wins the longest tennis match in Wimbledon history by beating Charles Pasarell in a 112-game match, 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. The match is played over two days and lasts 5 hours, 12 minutes.

1981 — Sugar Ray Leonard wins the WBA junior middleweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Ayub Kalule in Houston.

1991 — Nine-time champion Martina Navratilova survives a first-round scare from Elna Reinach to win her record 100th singles match at Wimbledon.

1995 — Betsy King completes her 20-month quest to enter the LPGA Hall of Fame by winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic, her 30th title.

1999 — San Antonio wins its first NBA championship, defeating the New York Knicks 78-77 in Game 5 of the Finals. The Spurs, keyed by finals MVP Tim Duncan's 31 points, becomes the first former ABA team to win the championship.

2004 — Larry Walker hits three home runs — the third in the 10th inning — in Colorado's 10-8 victory over Cleveland.

2005 — Serena Williams loses 6-3, 7-6 (4) to Jill Craybas in the third round at Wimbledon, her earliest exit from a major since 1999.

2006 — Asafa Powell matches Wallace Spearmon's world best in the 200 meters, winning the Jamaican national championships in 19.90 seconds.

2006 — Bernard Lagat becomes the first runner in the history of the U.S. track and field championships to sweep the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, after winning the shorter race.

2008 — Fresno State captures its first national championship in a men's sport with a 6-1 victory over Georgia in the decisive Game 3 of the College World Series finals. Steve Detwiler homers twice and drives in all six runs.

2009 — The Los Angeles Clippers select Blake Griffin with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

2010 — The Edmonton Oilers select Ontario Hockey League forward Taylor Hall with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft. The Oilers choose Hall over fellow OHL forward Tyler Seguin, making the toughest call at the top of a draft in several years. Boston grabs Seguin moments later with the No. 2 pick.

2010 — Edwin Jackson settles down after a wild start to throw the fourth no-hitter of the season, leading Arizona to a 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay.

2011 — Los Angeles forward Mike Magee plays the final 47 minutes in goal and the Galaxy survive the loss of their two goalkeepers to tie the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0. Magee, a nine-year veteran making his 185th MLS appearances, takes over in goal after backup goalkeeper Josh Saunders is ejected. Starter Donovan Ricketts left earlier because of an arm injury.

2012 — Five-time champion Venus Williams loses in the opening round of Wimbledon for the first time since 1997, falling 6-1, 6-3 to Elena Vesnina of Russia. She hadn't lost in the first round at any Grand Slam tournament in 6 1/2 years.

2013 — Arantxa Rus loses for a record-equaling 17 in a row. The 156th-ranked Rus is beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Olga Puchkova in the first round at the All England Club. The only other woman who lost 17 consecutive main-draw, tour-level matches was Sandy Collins of the U.S., who did it from 1984-87.

2013 — UCLA wins its first national championship in baseball with an 8-0 win over Mississippi State. The Bruins completes a two-game sweep in the College World Series allowing four runs in five games to set a CWS record for fewest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974.

2014 — Tim Lincecum pitches his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win. The 30-year-old right-hander became just the second pitcher in major league history to twice no-hit the same team.

2014 — John Norwood's home run in the top of the eighth inning gives Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 for their first national championship.

June 26

1910 — For the second consecutive year, Hazel Hotchkiss wins the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships.

1959 — Ingemar Johansson knocks out Floyd Patterson in the third round at Yankee Stadium to win the world heavyweight title.

1990 — Jennifer Capriati, 14, defeats Helen Kelesi 6-3, 6-1 in the first round to become the youngest winner of a match in Wimbledon history.

1995 — The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a random drug-testing program in Vernonia, Ore. The 6-to-3 decision allows public high school officials to require student-athletes to submit to random urinalysis as a condition of being allowed to play interscholastic sports.

1998 — Jamaica becomes the first Caribbean nation to win a World Cup soccer match since Cuba beat Romania in 1938. Theodore Whitmore scores in the 40th and 54th minutes as the Jamaicans beat Japan 2-1.

2000 — Vince Spadea snaps an ATP-record 21-match losing streak with a four-hour upset of 14th-seeded Greg Rusedski of Britain, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (8), 9-7 at Wimbledon. Spadea last won in Lyon, France, in October 1999.

2002 — In one of the most extraordinary days at the All England Club, seven-time champion Pete Sampras, 1992 winner Andre Agassi and No. 2-seeded Marat Safin all lose — throwing the Wimbledon tournament wide open. For the first time in the Open era, five of the top-eight seeded men's players are eliminated before the third round.

2005 — Birdie Kim holes a 30-yard bunker shot to birdie the 18th hole and win the U.S. Women's Open. The 23-year-old South Korean finishes at 3-over 287 for a two-shot win over 17-year-old Morgan Pressel and 19-year-old Brittany Lang.

2005 — Justin Gatlin cements his status as America's fastest human by winning the 200 meters, becoming the first man in 20 years to sweep the sprints at the U.S. track and field championships. A day after winning the 100, Gatlin wins the 200 in 20.04 seconds. The last man to win both races at the U.S. meet was Kirk Baptiste in 1985.

2008 — Two stunning second-round upsets happen at Wimbledon as former champion Maria Sharapova and two-time runner-up Andy Roddick are ousted. Sharapova loses 6-2, 6-4 to 20-year-old Alla Kudryavtseva, a 154th-ranked Russian. Roddick goes out 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) to 40th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

2011 — Top-ranked Yani Tseng wins the LPGA Championship by 10 strokes and, at 22, becomes the youngest player to win four LPGA Tour majors. Tseng closes with a 6-under 66 to finish at 19-under 269 at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., matching the LPGA record low score at a major. Tseng bettered Se Ri Pak, who was 24 when she won her fourth major.

2012 — Major college football finally gets a playoff. A committee of university presidents approve the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season. The new format creates a pair of national semifinals. No. 1 will play No. 4, No. 2 will play No. 3. The teams will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set.

2013 — Seven-time champion Roger Federer is stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Wimbledon, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years. The 27-year-old Ukrainian outplays Federer on Centre Court, winning 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) in one of the biggest upsets in Grand Slam history.

2014 — The United States reaches the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time. Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeats Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously.

2014 — FIFA bans Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.

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