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February 4, 2019
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1913 — The New York State Athletic Commission bans boxing matches between fighters of different races.

1919 — Charges against Cincinnati’s Hal Chase of throwing games and betting against his team are dismissed by National League president John Heydler. Two weeks later, Chase is traded to the New York Giants.

1948 — After landing the first double axel in Olympic competition, Dick Button becomes the first American to win the Olympic gold medal in figure skating. Gretchen Fraser becomes the first U.S. woman Olympic slalom champion.

1960 — Bill Russell grabs 51 rebounds in the Boston Celtics’ 124-100 victory over the Syracuse Nationals. Russell is the first NBA player with 50 or more rebounds.

1972 — Bob Douglas is the first black member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Known as “The Father of Black Professional Basketball,” Douglas owned and coached the New York Renaissance from 1922 until 1949.

1976 — Austria’s Franz Klammer wins the downhill at the Innsbruck Olympics in his home country. Bill Koch wins a silver in the 30-kilometer cross-country race to become the first American to win a medal in a Nordic event.

1980 — Gordie Howe plays his 23rd and final All-Star Game in Detroit. Howe doesn’t score but sets up the final goal, by Real Cloutier, in the Wales Conference’s 6-3 win over the Campbell Conference.

1990 — Notre Dame becomes the first college to sell its home games to a major network, agreeing to a five-year contract with NBC beginning in 1991.

1991 — Dave Taylor of the Los Angeles Kings has two assists in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers to become the 29th player in NHL history with 1,000 points.

1999 — Patrick Roy, 33, becomes the youngest NHL goalie with 400 wins when he makes 26 saves in the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-1 victory over the host Detroit Red Wings.

2003 — Bode Miller of the U.S. captures his first major title, winning the gold medal in the combined at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

2006 — Pittsburgh wins a record-tying fifth Super Bowl, but its first since 1980 with a 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

2009 — Tennessee’s Pat Summitt becomes the first Division I basketball coach — man or woman — to win 1,000 career games after her Lady Vols beat Georgia 73-43.

2011 — Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia wins the men’s 3,000 at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix after losing his right shoe at the start of the race.

2012 — Eli Manning and the Giants one-up Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score to beat New England 21-17 for New York’s fourth Super Bowl title.

2017 — Tom Brady leads one of the great comebacks, lifting New England from a 25-point hole to the Patriots’ fifth NFL championship in the Super Bowl’s first overtime finish. The Patriots score 19 points in the final quarter, including a pair of 2-point conversions, then score on James White’s 2-yard touchdown run in overtime to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.

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