1935 — Jesse Owens sets three world records and ties a fourth, in a span of about 45 minutes at the Big Ten track & field championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Owens ties the world record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.4 seconds. Ten minutes later, Owens leaps 26 feet, 8 1/4 inches in his only attempt at the broad jump, to break the world record by more than half a foot. Nine minutes after that, Owens finishes the 220-yard dash in 20.3 seconds, almost 15 yards ahead of the field, to shave three-tenths of a second from the world mark. Owens appears 16 minutes later in the 220-yard hurdles. His time of 22.6 seconds betters the world mark by four-tenths of a second.
1948 — Ben Hogan wins the PGA championship, beating Mike Turnesa in the final round, 7 and 6.
1965 — Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston a minute into the first round in the controversial rematch for Ali’s heavyweight title. Listed as the fastest knockout in a heavyweight title bout, Liston goes down on a short right-hand punch.
1970 — The Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Stars 111-107 to win the ABA title 4 games to 2. Roger Brown scores 45 points with 11 rebounds and Mel Daniels has 17 points and 27 rebounds for Indiana.
1975 — The Golden State Warriors become the third team to sweep the NBA finals, beating the Washington Bullets 96-95 on Butch Beard’s foul shot with 9 seconds remaining.
1978 — The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 6 for their third straight Stanley Cup.
1980 — Johnny Rutherford wins his third Indianapolis 500 in seven years and becomes the first driver to win twice from the pole position.
1987 — Herve Filion becomes the first harness racing driver to win 10,000 races. Filion reaches the milestone driving Commander Bond to victory in the third race at Yonkers Raceway.
1991 — The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Mario Lemieux, win the Stanley Cup for the first time with an 8-0 rout of the Minnesota North Stars.
1998 — Princeton punctuates its claim as one of college lacrosse’s great programs by beating Maryland 15-5 for its third straight NCAA Division I title and fifth in seven years.
2008 — Seven crashes and spinouts mar the first Indianapolis 500 since the two warring open-wheel series (CART and IRL) came together under the IndyCar banner. Scott Dixon stays ahead of the trouble to win the race.
2009 — Syracuse rallies from a three-goal deficit in the final 3:37 of regulation to beat Cornell 10-9 and win its second straight and unprecedented 11th NCAA lacrosse title.
2014 — Ryan Hunter-Reay becomes the first American to win the Indianapolis 500 since 2006, making a dramatic pass of Helio Castroneves on the final lap to win the second-closest finish in history. Hunter-Reay wins by 0.060 seconds — the second closest finish in race history since Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by 0.043 seconds in 1992.
2014 — Landon Donovan breaks the Major League Soccer goal record, scoring his 135th and 136th regular-season goals in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
2017 — LeBron James scores 35 points and passes Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA Finals. James surpasses Jordan, reaching 5,995 points in his career. Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003. James played in his 212th career postseason game.