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BC-YE--2018 Sports Chronology,4th Add, YE

December 27, 2018


July 11 — Defending champion Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting a match point during a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 loss to Kevin Anderson of South Africa. This was only the third time in Federer’s 20 years of contesting Grand Slam matches that he lost one after taking the opening two sets; both of the other defeats came in 2011.

July 11 — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal outlasted Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set duel to reach his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011. Nadal came from a set down to win 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 4 hours, 48 minutes — the longest match of this year’s tournament.

July 11 — Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 to reach its first World Cup final. Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title. France beat Belgium 1-0 on July 10.

July 12 — Serena Williams reached her 10th final at Wimbledon, 30th at all Grand Slam tournaments — and first since having a baby a little more than 10 months ago. Williams dominated much of her semifinal, beating 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-2, 6-4 at Centre Court. Angelique Kerber advanced to her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jelena Ostapenko.

July 13 — Kevin Anderson outlasted John Isner in the second longest match ever played at Wimbledon, winning the fifth set of their semifinal 26-24 after more than 6½ hours. Anderson became the first South African male to reach the final since 1921 with a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 victory on Centre Court. In a final set that lasted nearly 3 hours, Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive breakthrough to go 25-24 up.

July 14 — Novak Djokovic advanced to a fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal.

July 14 — Angelique Kerber claimed her first Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over seven-time champion Serena Williams. It was the third Grand Slam title of Kerber’s career, adding to her Australian and U.S. Open triumphs in 2016.

July 15 — Novak Djokovic won his fourth Wimbledon title with a 6-2, 6-2 7-6 (3) victory over Kevin Anderson. It was Djokovic’s 13th major trophy, the fourth-highest total in the history of men’s tennis.

July 15 — France won its second men’s World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow.

July 16 — Washington’s Bryce Harper won the Home Run Derby in his home ballpark. Harper matched Kyle Schwarber’s 18 homers in the championship round on the final swing of his allotted 4 minutes. Because he hit two homers over 440 feet, Harper got 30 seconds of extra time. He launched the winning blast on his second extra swing.

July 17 — Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Ross Stripling to start the 10th inning, part of a record 10 long balls in all, and the American League beat the NL 8-6 to extend its All-Star Game winning streak to six.

July 17 — Liz Cambage scored a WNBA single-game record 53 points to help the Dallas Wings beat the New York Liberty 104-87. Cambage broke Riquna Williams’ WNBA record of 51 points, set Sept. 8, 2013.

July 20 — Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya smashed the 3,000-meter steeplechase world record by more than eight seconds in 8 minutes, 44.32 seconds at the Herculis Diamond League meeting in Monaco. Chepkoech improved the previous mark of 8:52.78 set by Ruth Jebet of Bahrain two years ago in Paris.

July 20 — Matt Carpenter hit three home runs and two doubles in just six innings, tying the major league record for extra-base hits in a game, and the St. Louis Cardinals hammered the Chicago Cubs 18-5.

July 21 — Brittany Lincicome missed the cut at the Barbasol Championship after shooting a 1-under 71, failing in her bid to become the first female golfer since 1945 to make the cut in a PGA Tour event. The eight-time LPGA Tour winner with two major titles was the first woman since Michelle Wie in 2008 to play in a PGA Tour event.

July 21 — Jerry Bozzo, 97-year-old trainer, extended his record for being the oldest to win a thoroughbred race. Bozzo bettered his own mark, when Gusty Wind prevailed in the fifth race at Gulfstream Park by nearly four lengths in a mild upset. Bozzo became the oldest trainer to win a race on June 3, 2017, when Cotton Tooyah won at Gulfstream for the then-96-year-old.

July 21 — Josef Martinez set an MLS record with his sixth career hat trick and Atlanta United rallied to beat D.C. United 3-1.

July 22 — Francesco Molinari won the British Open for his first major title after emerging from a crowded pack including Tiger Woods in a wild final round at Carnoustie. Molinari shot a bogey-free, 2-under 69 to finish on 8-under 276. He became the first Italian to capture a major championship. Seven players had a share of the lead at some point. Six were still tied on the back nine.

July 22 — John Force raced to his first victory of the season and record-extending 149th career Funny Car win in the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals. The 69-year-old Force won for the eighth time at Bandimere Speedway, edging Ron Capps in the final with a 4.075-second run at 315.42 mph.

July 23 — Swimmer Ryan Lochte was suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s until July 2019. The 12-time Olympic swimming medalist broke a rule by getting an IV that exceeded the legal level of 100 milliliters of vitamins.

July 26 — Bradley Wright-Phillips became the fastest to score 100 MLS goals and the New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0. Wright-Phillips scored his 14th goal of the season and needed 159 games to become the 11th player to reach the century mark.

July 28 — Kathleen Baker broke the world record in winning the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. national swimming championships in Irvine, Calif. The 21-year-old Olympian won in 58.00 seconds, lowering the world mark of 58.10 set by Kylie Masse of Canada at last year’s world championships in Hungary.

July 28 — The Washington Valor, who lost 10 of their 12 regular season games, won the 2018 Arena Football League championship 69-55 over the Baltimore Brigade in Arena Bowl XXXI. With four teams in the league, each played four times against every other squad. In a two-game aggregate semifinal, Washington lost the opener to Albany 57-56, but won the second game 47-40 to meet Baltimore.

July 28 — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore won her third straight All-Star MVP award to lead Team Parker past Team Delle Donne 119-112 in the WNBA All-Star Game. Moore scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out six assists.

July 29 — Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France title, concluding his transformation from a support rider into a champion of cycling’s biggest race. The Welsh rider, with Team Sky, successfully defended his lead of 1 minute, 51 seconds over second-placed Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage around the Champs-Elysees.

July 31 — The Washington Nationals set a franchise record with a 25-4 rout of the New York Mets. It was the Mets’ most-lopsided loss in their 57-season history, worse than a 26-7 pounding by Philadelphia in 1985.

July 31 — The NBA and MGM Resorts International became gambling partners, the first such relationship in the U.S. involving a major sports league.

Aug. 4 — British swimmer Adam Peaty improved his own world record in the 100-meter breaststroke to 57.1 seconds at the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The Olympic champion shaved 0.03 off his previous best mark, which he swam at the Rio de Janeiro Games two years ago. Russian swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov set a world record in the final of the men’s 50-meter backstroke. Kolesnikov finished in 24 seconds to beat the previous best mark set by Britain’s Liam Tancock, who timed 24.04 at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

Aug. 4 — Atlanta became the 14th filly winner in Hambletonian history at the Meadowlands, taking the famed $1 million trotting race for 3-year-olds. It was an emotional victory for the Canadian father-son team of Rick and Scott Zeron. Atlanta was the first Hambletonian starter for Rick Zeron after 43 years of training horses in Oakville, Ontario. Scott Zeron had won the Hambletonian with Marion Marauder in 2016.

Aug. 5 — The Springfield Lasers won their first World TeamTennis title edging the Philadelphia Freedoms 19-18. The Lasers were 0-5 in WTT championship finals and winless in three meetings with the Freedoms during the 2018 regular season.

Aug. 5 — Georgia Hall of England caught Pornanong Phatlum in a final-round duel at Royal Lytham & St. Annes to win the Women’s British Open for her first major title.

Aug. 8 — The NCAA Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors adopted a “series of significant policy and legislative changes” as part of an effort to “fundamentally” change the NCAA’s structure. The NCAA changed eligibility rules, allowing top prospects to hire agents in high school and giving college players more leeway to return after declaring for NBA draft.

Aug. 9 — Mookie Betts homered for Boston in the ninth inning to complete his first career cycle, and Toronto held on to beat the Red Sox 8-5.

Aug. 12 — Brooks Koepka won his first PGA Championship, playing poised and mistake-free golf down the stretch amid ear-splitting roars for Tiger Woods and a late charge from revitalized Adam Scott. Koepka became the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and the PGA in the same year.

Aug. 12 — Kelsey Stewart drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the United States beat Japan 7-6 in the final of the women’s world softball championship in Makuhari, Japan.

Aug. 13 — Ronald Acuna Jr. pulled off an exceedingly rare baseball feat, hitting leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader for the Atlanta Braves. The 20-year-old rookie was the fourth player in baseball history to hit a pair of leadoff homers in a doubleheader.

Aug. 16 — Brandt Snedeker shot an 11-under 59 in the Wyndham Championship at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club, falling one shot shy of matching the PGA Tour record. He made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to become the 10th player in tour history to break 60.

Aug. 16 — Jose Bautista hit a grand slam and had a career-high seven RBIs and the New York Mets set a franchise record for runs, forcing the Phillies to use two position players for the final three innings of a 24-4 victory in the first game of a doubleheader.

Aug. 16 — The Davis Cup will get a radical makeover beginning in 2019. The top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.

Aug. 17 — The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Aug. 18 — Sam Mikulak won his fifth US gymnastics title, rebounding from a sluggish performance in the opening round. The two-time Olympian finished with the top scores on floor exercise, high bar and parallel bars while posting a two-day total of 172.900 to become the sixth man to win five national championships and the first since Blaine Wilson won five straight crowns from 1996-2000.

Aug. 18 — Accelerate cruised to a record 12 1/2-length victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, becoming just the third horse to sweep all three of Southern California’s major races for older horses in the same year. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Accelerate ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.83. The winning margin was the largest in the race’s 27-year history. Accelerate joined Lava Man in 2006 and Game On Dude in 2013 in sweeping the Santa Anita Handicap, Gold Cup and Pacific Classic.

Aug. 19 — Jockey Drayden Van Dyke won a record-tying seven races at Del Mar, including the $200,000 Del Mar Mile. He tied Hall of Famer Victor Espinoza for most wins in a single day in the seaside track’s history. Van Dyke’s only loss in eight mounts Sunday came when he finished second in the sixth race.

Aug. 20 — Alabama became the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. The preseason AP poll started in 1950 and since then only Oklahoma from 1985-87 had started No. 1 in three straight years.

Aug. 21 — Liu Xiang of China set a world record time of 26.98 seconds to win the women’s 50-meter backstroke gold medal at the Asian Games. Liu became the first woman to swim under 27 seconds in the event, breaking the mark of 27.06 set by fellow Chinese swimmer Zhao Jing at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

Aug. 22 — Ohio State suspended football coach Urban Meyer three games for mishandling repeated professional and behavioral problems of an assistant coach, with investigators finding Meyer protected his protege for years through domestic violence allegations, a drug problem and poor job performance.

Aug. 22 — The NCAA ditched the RPI for its own evaluation tool to select teams for the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Evaluation Tool will rely on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency and quality of wins and losses. NET will be used for the 2018-19 season by the committee that selects schools and seeds the tournament.


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