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BC-YE--2018 Sports Chronology,5th Add, YE

December 27, 2018


Aug. 25 — Josef Martinez broke the MLS season goal record with his 28th, giving Atlanta United the lead in the 74th minute in a 2-1 victory over Orlando City. Martinez broke a tie for the record with Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Aug. 26 — Mana Lau Kong homered to center field on the first pitch his team saw and Ka’olu Holt pitched a complete game to lead Hawaii to a 3-0 victory over South Korea in the Little League World Series championship.

Aug. 27 — Simona Halep made a quick-as-can-be exit from the U.S. Open, becoming the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose her opening match at the Grand Slam tournament in the half-century of the professional era. Halep simply was overwhelmed by the power-based game of 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 6-4 in a match that was stunningly lopsided and lasted all of 76 minutes.

Aug. 29 — Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich went 6 for 6 and hit for the cycle and Jesus Aguilar homered in the 10th inning, powering the Brewers to a 13-12 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Aug. 29 — Wanheng Menayothin surpassed Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s 50-0 record, beating Pedro Taduran in a unanimous decision to improve to 51-0. The 32-year-old Menayothin (51-0, 18 KOs) won his 10th successful title defense of his WBC minimumweight belt that he won in November 2014.

Aug. 31 — Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams became the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. The All-Pro defensive tackle agreed to a six-year, $135 million deal, which surpassed Von Miller’s contract in Denver as the new benchmark for defenders.

Sept. 2 — Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt was suspended for 20 games for violating the NHL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.

Sept. 3 — Roger Federer was stunned in the U.S. Open’s fourth round by 55th-ranked John Millman of Australia 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3). It was the first time in Federer’s career that he had lost to a man ranked outside the top 50 at Flushing Meadows.

Sept. 7 — Mike Bryan won his record-setting 18th Grand Slam doubles title and his second straight with Jack Sock, beating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 6-1 at the U.S. Open. Bryan won his first 16 majors with twin brother Bob, who then was sidelined with a hip injury.

Sept. 7 — Novak Djokovic reached his record-tying eighth U.S. Open final by dominating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Juan Martin del Potro advanced when defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from their semifinal because of a painful right knee after dropping the opening two sets. Nadal became the first man to retire from a semifinal or final at the U.S. Open since the professional era began in 1968.

Sept. 8 — Freshman Pooka Williams rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns as Kansas snapped the second-longest road losing streak in college football history at 46 games with a 31-7 win at Central Michigan.

Sept. 8 — Ohio State won its 900th game, rolling over Rutgers 52-3. The Buckeyes joined Michigan as the only FBS programs with 900 wins.

Sept. 8 — Naomi Osaka won the U.S. Open to become the first Grand Slam champion from Japan, beating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 after the American was penalized one game for a third code violation. Williams was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos, the third leading to an automatic loss of a game in the second set.

Sept. 9 — Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final.

Sept. 9 — Alabama strengthened its hold on No. 1 over No. 2 Clemson. The Crimson Tide made its 106th overall appearance at the top of the AP football rankings, which started in 1936, passing Ohio State for the most by any school.

Sept. 9 — Novak Djokovic won his second straight major title and 14th overall, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the U.S. Open.

Sept. 9 — Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sept. 12 — Breanna Stewart led the Seattle Storm to their third WNBA title, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

Sept. 12 — The Boston Red Sox reached 100 wins for the first time since Ted Williams returned from World War II in the 1946 season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0.

Sept. 12 — The NHL suspended Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson for the entire preseason and the first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse.

Sept. 15 — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th worldwide goal in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 5-3 loss to Toronto FC. The 36-year-old Swede joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500 goals for in club and international play.

Sept. 16 — Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds. He broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 17 seconds.

Sept. 16 — France’s Kevin Mayer, set a decathlon world record in front of the home crowd at the Decastar event in southwestern France. World champion Mayer amassed a total of 9,126 points, improving on the previous record of 9,045 set by American athlete Ashton Eaton at the 2015 world championships.

Sept. 16 — Angela Stanford shot a three-under 68 to win the Evian Championship by a stroke at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France. Stanford, who finished 12-under 272, held off Austin Ernst, Mo Martin, Sei Young Kim and Amy Olson, all of whom finished 11 under.

Sept. 16 — Scott Dixon had a steady drive to win his fifth IndyCar championship with ease. Dixon, needing an uneventful finale at Sonoma Raceway, finished second behind winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. His fifth title moved him into second in IndyCar history, two behind A.J. Foyt.

Sept. 16 — Patrick Mahomes was 23 for 28 for 326 yards and six touchdown passes in Kansas City’s 42-37 win over Pittsburgh. His 10 touchdown passes through two weeks were the most by a quarterback through two games in NFL history.

Sept. 17 — Christian Yelich became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in one season against the same team, driving in four runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 8-0.

Sept. 19 — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban agreed to contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years.

Sept. 20 — The World Anti-Doping Agency reinstated Russia, ending a nearly three-year suspension caused by state-sponsored doping. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency was suspended in November 2015 after it was revealed there was a government-backed scheme of doping and cover-ups that helped Russian athletes win Olympic medals.

Sept. 21 — English golfer Oliver Fisher shot the first round of 59 in the 46-year history of the European Tour. Fisher made an eagle and 10 birdies on a par-71 course in the second round of the Portugal Masters held at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura.

Sept. 22 — Anthony Joshua retained his IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.

Sept. 22 — Jess McDonald scored two goals and the North Carolina Courage won the National Women’s Soccer League championship with a 3-0 victory over the Portland Thorns.

Sept. 23 — Tiger Woods capped off one of the most remarkable comebacks in golf history. Woods ended his comeback season with a dominant victory at the Tour Championship. He tapped in for par and a 1-over 71 for a two-shot victory over Billy Horschel. Woods won the 80th victory of his PGA Tour career and his first in more than five years.

Sept. 23 — Drew Brees set the NFL record for career completions while passing for 396 yards and three touchdowns and running for two scores to lift New Orleans past Atlanta 43-37 in overtime. Brees broke the record of 6,300 career completions set by Brett Favre.

Sept. 25 — Max Scherzer became the 17th pitcher since 1900 to strike out 300 batters in a season, reaching that milestone by fanning 10 in seven innings during Washington’s 9-4 win over Miami.

Sept. 29 — The New York Yankees broke the major league record for home runs in a season and reached 100 wins with an 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Gleybar Torres’ two-run drive in the fourth was the Yankees’ 265th of the year and moved them past the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the mark.

Sept. 29 — Seventeen-year-old Hailie Deegan used a bump-and-run on her teammate to become the first female winner of a NASCAR K&N West Series race. Her last-lap shove of Cole Rouse at Meridian Speedway in Idaho gave her the victory.

Sept. 30 — The Ryder Cup was won by Europe 17½-10½ at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France. The home team secured the victory when Phil Mickelson knocked one in the water at the par-3 16th hole, conceding his match to Francesco Molinari right on the tee box. Molinari became the first European player to go 5-0 in the competition since the current format was adapted in 1979. Tiger Woods lost all four of his matches, capped by a 2-and-1 loss to 23-year-old Jon Rahm of Spain, the youngest player in the event.

Sept. 30 — The playoff-bound Colorado Rockies advanced to Los Angeles for a tiebreaking game to decide the NL West title after routing the Washington Nationals 12-0 behind Charlie Blackmon’s cycle.

Sept. 30 — Brittney Griner scored 15 points to help the United States beat Australia 73-56 and win the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.

Oct. 2 — Tony Wolters hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 13th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in an epic NL wild-card game.

Oct. 3 — Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell accepted a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

Oct. 3 — The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson 20 games for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game.

Oct. 3 — Aaron Judge opened with a two-run homer in the first inning, Luis Severino atoned for flopping in his postseason debut last year and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 in the AL wild-card game.

Oct. 4 — Tom Brady reached 500 touchdown passes for his unparalleled career and the New England Patriots put together their second straight win after a mediocre start to the season, beating Indianapolis 38-24.

Oct. 6 — A few seconds after Conor McGregor tapped Khabib Nurmagomedov’s arm and submitted to the champion’s choke, Nurmagomedov climbed the cage and leaped at the men in McGregor’s corner, setting off a prolonged brawl inside and outside the octagon.

Oct. 8 — The Houston Astros advanced to the AL Championship Series for the second straight year, completing a division-round sweep of Cleveland with an 11-3 win in Game 3.

Oct. 8 — Manny Machado hit a three-run homer, David Freese came through again in the postseason and the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the NL Championship Series for the third year in a row, eliminating the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory.

Oct. 8 — Brock Holt became the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game and the Boston Red Sox routed the New York Yankees 16-1 to grab a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.

Oct. 8 — Drew Brees’ 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre’Quan Smith made him the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing and sent the New Orleans Saints well on their way to a lopsided 43-19 victory over the Washington Redskins. Brees entered the game needing 201 yards to eclipse Peyton Manning’s previous mark of 71,940 yards. He finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.

Oct. 9 — Craig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox held off the Yankees’ ninth-inning rally that ended with a video replay, eliminating New York with a 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the AL Division Series.

Oct. 14 — Jason Myers kicked a franchise-record seven field goals, Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes, and the New York Jets held on to beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-34.

Oct. 17 — Left fielder Andrew Benintendi made a diving catch with the bases loaded for the final out, and the Boston Red Sox held off the Houston Astros 8-6 to take a 3-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. Boosted by a questionable fan interference call early in a back-and-forth game and a go-ahead homer from Jackie Bradley Jr., the Red Sox improved to 4-0 on the road in these playoffs.


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