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May 15, 2018
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1884 — Isaac Murphy, a black jockey and one of the great riders in U.S. racing history, wins the first of his three Kentucky Derby titles aboard Buchanan. The horse, handled by black trainer William Bird, is the first maiden to win the Kentucky Derby.

1916 — Damrosch, ridden by Linus McAtee, takes the early lead, gives it up in the stretch, and comes back to beat Greenwood by 1½ lengths in the Preakness Stakes.

1925 — Flying Ebony, ridden by Earl Sande, becomes the fourth field horse to win the Kentucky Derby, a 1½-length victory over Captain Hal. The first network radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby airs from WHAS in Louisville.

1964 — Northern Dancer, ridden by Bill Hartack, wins the Preakness Stakes by 2½ lengths over The Scoundrel.

1976 — The Montreal Canadiens win their 19th Stanley Cup with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, capping a four-game sweep.

1980 — The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-107 to win the NBA title in six games. Rookie guard Magic Johnson fills in at center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and comes up with 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and is named the Finals MVP. The 42 points are the most scored by a rookie in an NBA Finals game.

1982 — The New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup for the third straight year, completing a four-game sweep of the Vancouver Canucks with a 3-1 victory.

1992 — America3, Bill Koch’s high-tech racing machine, wins the America’s Cup 4-1 in the best-of-seven final series with a 44-second victory over Italy’s Il Moro di Venezia.

1996 — Steve Yzerman scores 1:15 into the second overtime and Detroit advances to the Western Conference final with a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 7. It’s the second time in NHL history that a Game 7 is scoreless heading into overtime.

1999 — The New York Knicks become the second eighth-seeded team in NBA playoff history to defeat a No. 1 seed in the playoffs when they beat the Miami Heat in five games.

2001 — Allen Iverson scores 52 points, including 29 in the first half, and Philadelphia routs Toronto 121-88 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

2009 — Rachel Alexandra becomes the fifth filly to win the Preakness Stakes, and the first since Nellie Morse in 1924.

2010 — Tyson Gay breaks a 44-year-old record for 200 meters run on a straight track. The American finishes in 19.41 seconds into a slight headwind in Manchester, England. He shaves 0.09 off the mark Tommie Smith set in 1966 at San Jose, Calif.

2014 — College of Charleston beats William & Mary 3-2 in 23 innings, tying for the second-longest baseball game in NCAA history. The game is two innings short of the NCAA record set when Texas outlasted Boston College 3-2 in the 2009 NCAA tournament. In 1971, Louisiana-Lafayette defeated McNeese State 6-5 in 23 innings.

2015 — American Pharoah wins the Preakness in a driving rain, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the heavy favorite wins easily despite starting from the unfavorable No. 1 post.

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