1930 — The Boston Bruins win their NHL-record 14th consecutive game, a 4-3 road victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates, whose name is taken from the baseball team. The record streak lasts until the 1981-82 when the New York Islanders win 15 straight.
1942 — Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer with four seconds left in the first round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.
1947 — Providence’s Don Martin becomes the first NBA player to score 40 points in a game, leading the Steamrollers to a 91-68 rout of the Cleveland Rebels.
1953 — Rio Grande College freshman Bevo Francis scores 116 points in a 150-85 win over Ashland (Ky.) Junior College. Two months later, the NCAA removes Francis’ 116-point performance from the record book because Ashland is a two-year school.
1954 — Montreal’s Bert Olmstead ties the NHL single-game record for points in a 12-1 win against the Chicago Black Hawks. Olmstead scores four goals and has four assists at the Forum to equal the mark set by teammate Maurice Richard on Dec. 28, 1944.
1958 — Cincinnati sophomore Oscar Robertson scores 56 points to lead the Bearcats to a 118-54 rout of Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1967 — The NFL franchise New Orleans announces the team’s name “Saints.” Trumpeter and part-owner Al Hirt states the choice of name pays homage to the city’s musical heritage. The name is taken from the jazz number “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
1972 — The longest winning streak in major professional sports is snapped when Milwaukee beats the Los Angeles Lakers 120-104. The Lakers had won 33 straight, but the Bucks, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 39 points, give Los Angeles its first loss since Oct. 31.
1977 — The Oakland Raiders win their first NFL championship with a 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, who drop their fourth Super Bowl.
1988 — Anthony Carter catches 10 passes for an NFL postseason-record 227 yards to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 36-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers and advanced to the NFC title game.
1996 — The Toronto Raptors set an NBA record by not making a single free throw in a 92-91 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The expansion Raptors go 0-for-3 from the line.
2008 — Golf Channel suspends anchor Kelly Tilghman for two weeks for saying a week earlier that young players who wanted to challenge Tiger Woods should “lynch him in a back alley.”
2010 — Peyton Manning becomes the first player to win The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player honors four times.
2012 — Jeremy Shelley kicks five field goals and Trent Richardson breaks a 34-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, sending No. 2 Alabama past No. 1 LSU 21-0 for the first shutout in the BCS title game.
2017 — Deshaun Watson and Clemson dethrone the defending champions and become the first team to beat Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty in a national title game, taking down the top-ranked Crimson Tide 35-31 in the College Football Playoff.