1991 At A Glance
Undated (AP) _ A look back at the year in sports:
Jan. 1 - Colorado got a late break to beat Notre Dame 10-9 in the Orange Bowl. Notre Dame’s Rocket Ismail scored a go-ahead touchdown on a dramatic 91- yard punt return inside the last minute, only to have the play wiped out by a penalty.
Jan. 1 - Georgia Tech routed Nebraska 45-21 in the Citrus Bowl to finish as college football’s only unbeaten team (11-0-1).
Jan. 2 - Colorado won its first national title, beating Georgia Tech in the final Associated Press poll of sports writers and broadcasters. Colorado clinched the championship by defeating Notre Dame 10-9 in the Orange Bowl. Colorado (11-1-1) and Georgia Tech (11-0-1) were ranked 1-2 going into the bowls, and they remained that way after the bowls. Georgia Tech finished No. 1 in the coaches poll.
Jan. 3 - Wayne Gretzky scored three goals including his 700th as the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Islanders 6-3.
Jan. 4 - Fu Mingxia, a 12-year-old from China, became the youngest world titlist in the history of any aquatic event by winning the women’s platform gold medal at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia.
Jan. 5 - Edwin Jongejans of the Netherlands won the the men’s 1-meter springboard diving at the World Swimming Championships. Jongejans finished just ahead of Mark Lenzi, 588.51 points to 578.22, and ended more than 12 years of American domination of men’s diving at the world championships.
Jan. 5 - Kevin Bradshaw of U.S. International scored 72 points to break Pete Maravich’s NCAA Division I single-game scoring record of 69, but Loyola Marymount set an NCAA team scoring record in defeating the Gulls 186-140.
Jan. 8 - Rod Carew became the 22nd player elected to the Hall of Fame in the first year of eligibility, and pitchers Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry made it on their third try.
Jan. 9 - Dean Smith collected his 700th career coaching victory as North Carolina routed Maryland 105-73. The 59-year-old Smith became the sixth Division I basketball coach to reach the 700-victory plateau and did so in the shortest time.
Jan. 11 - Ben Johnson returned from disgrace to receive a standing ovation and finish a close second in his first race since testing positive for steroids in the 1988 Olympic Games. Johnson competed in the 50-meter dash at the Hamilton Spectator Indoor Games and finished just behind Daron Council, who had a time of 5.75 seconds to Johnson’s 5.77.
Jan. 12 - Melvin Stewart ended the eight-year reign of Michael Gross as the world’s best in the 200-meter butterfly with a world-record performance at the World Swimming Championships. Stewart’s time of 1 minute, 55.69 seconds took .55 seconds off the record set by Gross in 1986, and was 1.09 seconds faster that the German’s second-place time.
Jan. 12 - Princeton beat Cornell 164-71 in an unusual swimming meet. A blizzard made transportation to Ithaca, N.Y. a problem so the schools agreed to compete by telephone. Both teams swam in their owns pools and the results were exchanged by FAX.
Jan. 13 - 42 people were killed when fans began brawling and a panic ensued during an exhibition soccer match between the Kaiser Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Jan. 13 - Phil Mickelson overcame an 8 on the 14th hole to become the second amateur since 1954 to win a PGA Tour event as he posted a one-shot victory over Bob Tway and Tom Purtzer in the Northern Telecom Open.
Jan. 13 - The United States won the men’s and women’s team titles at the World Swimming Championships for the first time since 1978. Joerg Hoffmann shattered one of swimming’s longest-standing world records, by chopping more than four seconds off Vladimir Salnikov’s mark in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle at the World Swimming Championships. Hoffmann finished in 14 minutes, 50.36 seconds breaking the old mark of 14:54.72.
Jan. 18 - Boris Becker beat Italy’s Omar Camporese in the longest match in Australian Open history. Becker took 5 hours and 11 minutes to post a 7-6, 7-6, 0-6, 4-6, 14-12 victory in the third round to surpass the old mark for longevity of 4:59.
Jan. 19 - Vincent Damphousse scored a record-tying four goals to lead the the Campbell Conference over the Wales Conference 11-5 in the NHL All-Star game.
Jan. 20 - The New York Giants ended the two-year reign of San Francisco, beating the 49ers 15-13 in the NFC Championship on Matt Bahr’s 42-yard field goal, his record fifth of the game.
Jan. 20 - The Buffalo Bills scored 41 points in the first half en route to a 51-3 thrashing of the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship.
Jan. 25 - Brett Hull scored two goals, making him only the third player in NHL history to score 50 goals in less than 50 games (49). Hull added two assists to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 9-4 rout of the Detroit Red Wings.
Jan. 26 - Monica Seles of Yugoslavia became the youngest Australian Open women’s champion in history, beating Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Seles, 17, was four months younger than Margaret Court when she won the Australian in 1960.
Jan. 26 - Jan Stenerud became the first pure placekicker to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Earl Campbell, John Hannah, Tex Schramm and Stan Jones were also chosen by the selection committee.
Jan. 26 - Houston guard Vernon Maxwell joined Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson and George Gervin as the only players in NBA history to score 30 points or more in a quarter. Maxwell scored 30 of his career-high 51 points in the fourth period as Houston rallied to beat Cleveland 103-97.
Jan. 27 - The New York Giants survived the closest Super Bowl ever when Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field goal attempt with 8 seconds left in the game went wide. The Giants won their second Super Bowl in five years with a 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Jan. 27 - Boris Becker grabbed his first Australian Open title as he overcame back spasms to beat Ivan Lendl in four sets with a diving, rolling net attack.
Jan. 29 - Eric Murdock became the NCAA’s all-time steals leader with six for a career mark of 344 as Providence edged Seton Hall 65-62.
Jan. 31 - Michael Adams of the Denver Nuggets, scored a career-high 45 points, had 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 123-119 win over New Jersey. The 5-11 guard became the shortest player in NBA history to register a triple- double.
Feb. 2 - New Hampshire snapped its 32-game losing streak at home with a 72-56 win over Holy Cross. The NCAA record streak started on Feb. 9, 1988.
Feb. 3 - Morten Andersen’s 46-yard field goal try was blocked by Miami’s Jeff Cross and the AFC escaped with a 23-21 victory over the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
Feb. 4 - The doors of Cooperstown slammed shut on Pete Rose when the Hall of Fame’s board of directors voted 12-0 to bar the banned baseball star from its ballot. While the rule adopted did not specifically mention Rose, the former Cincinnati Reds player and manager is the only living person on the permanently ineligible list.
Feb. 5 - After 14 years, the All American Bowl went out of business because of tougher NCAA rules.
Feb. 5 - A football conference was born, when the Big East announced it was going into the sport and picked up four schools from outside its usual alignment. The league added Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia and Virginia Tech to current Big East members Syracuse, Boston College, Miami and Pittsburgh.
Feb. 7 - Indiana coach Bob Knight and late NBA commissioner Larry O’Brien, who each once shunned election, were among six men selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Also elected were guard Tiny Archibald, centers Dave Cowens and Harry Gallatin and the late Larry Fleisher, who founded the NBA Players Association.
Feb. 8 - Roger Clemens became the best-paid player in baseball with a $21.5 million, four-year contract extension.
Feb. 9 - Wally Joyner won a $2.1 million salary in arbitration, breaking the previous record of $1,975,000, set by Don Mattingly in 1987.
Feb. 9 - Craig Hodges put on a dazzling shooting display, sinking his first 19 3-point shots in the semifinals and going on to win his second straight long-distance championship at the NBA’s All-Star weekend. In the NBA’s slam dunk competition, Dee Brown of the Boston Celtics outpointed Seattle’s Shawn Kemp for the championship.
Feb. 9 - Terry Norris knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard twice and beat him up over 12 rounds in Leonard’s Madison Square Garden debut and final fight. The three judges favored the Norris by from six to 16 points.
Feb. 10 - Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers, playing on a stress fracture in his left foot, became the NBA All-Star MVP with 17 points and 22 rebounds, as he led the East to a 116-114 victory.
Feb. 12 - Grant Fuhr, suspended by the NHL in September for drug abuse, made a successful return to professional hockey by leading the Cape Breton Oilers to a 5-3 American Hockey League victory over Rochester.
Feb. 12 - Eleven Chicago State players were ejected after a fight with one second left in the first half, forcing the Cougars to forfeit the game to Illinois State. The game was stopped with Illinois State leading 39-23. Since Chicago State only had two players still eligible after the brawl, the game was declared a forfeit and the score stood.
Feb. 12 - North and South Korea signed an accord to field a joint team in two international sporting events, marking the first time in 45 years the rival nations would compete on the same side. Teams with players from both nations participated in the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in Japan in April and the Sixth World Youth Soccer Championship in Portugal in June.
Feb. 14 - National League Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek became the first $3 million award in arbitration history and became the fourth highest- paid pitcher in baseball.
Feb. 15 - Troy State set an NCAA Division II record with 103 points in the second half of a 187-117 rout of DeVry Institute.
Feb. 16 - Tonya Harding won the women’s U.S. Figure Skating title with a scintillating show, becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel (3 revolutions) in competition.
Feb. 17 - Ernie Irvan, helped by Dale Earnhardt’s continuing misfortune in NASCAR’s premier stock car race, captured the Daytona 500 under a caution flag.
Feb. 17 - Todd Eldredge, the only defending champion at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held onto his title, beating 1989 U.S. titlist Christopher Bowman.
Feb. 18 - Grant Fuhr returned to the NHL from a season-long suspension for substance abuse and led the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Feb. 18 - Bo Jackson, the two-sport player, became a two-sport multimillionaire. Jackson, who lost in salary arbitration last winter, avoided the matter this year and agreed on a one-year contract with Kansas City worth $2,375,000. Jackson, also a running back with the Los Angeles Raiders, just finished the fourth season of a five-year football contract worth $7.4 million.
Feb. 18 - North Carolina recorded the school’s 35th 20-victory season with a 118-50 whipping of The Citadel. The Tar Heels also extended their streak of 20-win seasons to an NCAA-record 21.
Feb. 22 - Diane Dixon won a record 10th national championship when she captured the women’s 400 meters in the World Indoor Championships at Madison Square Garden. Dixon, won her ninth straight 400 and 10th since 1981. It made her the winningest woman in meet history.
Feb. 23 - North Carolina became the first team in NCAA basketball history to win 1,500 games with a 73-57 victory over Clemson.
Feb. 23 - Greg Haugen scored a split decision over Hector Camacho in their World Boxing Organization junior welterweight title bout in Las Vegas. Camacho had a point deducted by referee Carlos Padilla when he threw a punch at Haugen at the start of the last round without touching gloves first. It turned out to be the point Camacho needed for the decision. It was Camacho’s first loss in 40 professional fights.
Feb. 25 - Chris Corchiani became the NCAA’s career assist leader as North Carolina State beat Tennessee 90-82. In the first half, Corchiani zipped a pass from the top of the key to Kevin Thompson for a layup to break the record of 960 held by Sherman Douglas of Syracuse.
Feb. 26 - Bill Veeck, the maverick owner of the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians, and Tony Lazzeri, second baseman for the New York Yankees during the Babe Ruth era, were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the veterans committee.
March 2 - Del Ballard Jr. threw the most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history in the final of the Fair Lanes Open. Ballard needed just seven pins on his last roll to beat Pete Weber and got none as his ball fell into the gutter. Weber wound up winning 213-207 and claiming the $30,000 first prize while Ballard won $15,500.
March 2 - Chris Corchiani became the first player in NCAA history with 1,000 assists in a career, but his North Carolina State team lost to Wake Forest 89-84. Corchiani had 12 assists for a total of 1,004.
March 10 - Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg clinched a record-tying fourth World Cup overall title in the men’s slalom race, closing out the challenge of former champion Alberto Tomba of Italy. Girardelli finished fourth in the race, won by Rudolf Nierlich of Austria, and thus earned enough points to equal the feat of Gustav Thoeni of Italy and Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland.
March 10 - Eddie Sutton became the first coach to lead four schools into the NCAA basketball championships by leading his Oklahoma State team to a 22-7 record and a No. 3 seed in the East Regional. Sutton also coached Creighton, Arkansas, and Kentucky in the tournament.
March 11 - Steffi Graf’s streak of 186 weeks ranked as the No. 1 women’s tennis player came to an end as she was replaced by Monica Seles.
March 11 - The World Boxing Organization ordered a rematch of the Feb. 23 junior welterweight title fight between Greg Haugen and Hector Camacho because a post-fight drug test revealed traces of marijuana in Haugen’s system.
March 11 - John Smith, the first American to win four consecutive world wrestling titles, received the Amateur Athletic Union’s James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for 1990. Smith was a finalist for the fourth time and became the first wrestler to receive the Sullivan Award.
March 14 - Richmond beat No. 2 seeded Syracuse 73-69 to become the first 15th-seeded team to win in a 64-team field NCAA tournament.
March 14 - Kurt Browning of Canada clinched his third world title with a stunning jumping display in the men’s singles at the World Figure Skating Championships in Germany. Browning, with eight triple jumps in all, edged Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union. American Todd Eldredge finished third.
March 15 - Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union became the first pole vaulter in history to clear 20 feet, reaching the record height in an international indoor meet in Spain. Bubka, whose previous world mark was 19-11 1-4, cleared the bar cleanly on his first attempt at 20-0.
March 16 - Three Americans became the first skaters from one nation to sweep the medals in the women’s event at the World Figure Skating Championships. Kristi Yamaguchi earned one perfect 6.0 in winning the gold medal, Tonya Harding, the U.S. champion, took the silver, and Nancy Kerrigan won the bronze.
March 18 - Bo Jackson was waived by the Kansas City Royals. Jackson was suffering from avascular necrosis of the left hip. The injury was a result of a fracture to the hip socket suffered while playing for the Los Angeles Raiders.
March 19 - The NFL owners ratified football Commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s decision to strip Phoenix of the 1993 Super Bowl over Arizona’s failure to enact a paid holiday honoring Martin Luther King. The owners awarded the game to Los Angeles and tentatively awarded Arizona the 1996 game.
March 19 - The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Colleges recommended that colleges should adopt a no-pass, no-play policy and universities should have independent control of all athletic revenues. The commission stated that income from shoe contracts for coaches should go to the schools, and players should be ineligible if they aren’t on course to graduate in five years.
March 19 - Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues became the third NHL player to score 80 goals in a season with a goal in the first period of a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
March 19 - The Sacramento Kings set an NBA record for consecutive road losses in a season at 29 straight with a 104-101 loss at San Antonio.
March 20 - Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra was placed on one year’s probation by commissioner Fay Vincent because of his gambling activities. On March 12, Dykstra testified in a gambling trial that he lost $78,000 during poker games in Mississippi.
March 22 - National Labor Relations Board judge Benjamin Schlesinger ruled that the NFL owners discriminated against players who struck by refusing to let them play in games on the weekend of Oct. 18, 1987. Schlesinger ruled the players are entitled that week’s pay plus incentives, interest and penalties to make a total estimated between $22 million and $25 million.
March 23 - London beat Frankfurt 24-11 in the first World League of American Football contest.
March 24 - Dean Smith became the first coach to win regional titles in four different decades as North Carolina beat Temple 75-72 in East Regional of the NCAA tournament.
March 27 - Kenny Ammann scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, as Stanford captured its first National Invitation Tournament with a 78-72 victory over Oklahoma.
March 27 - The NCAA banned the University of Minnesota football team from postseason play next season and stripped the men’s basketball program of one scholarship next year for rules infractions.
March 27 - Scotty Bowman and Neil Armstrong were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Bowman, the NHL leader with 739 victories, was chosen in the Builders’ category. Armstrong, a linesman for 21 seasons, was elected in the officials’ category.
March 30 - Duke stunned defending champion UNLV 79-77 and Kansas eliminated North Carolina with a 79-73 to advance to the NCAA basketball championship. The Duke victory prevented UNLV from becoming only the eighth undefeated NCAA champion. Duke forward Greg Koubek became the first player in NCAA history to appear in four Final Fours.
March 30 - Darryl Plandowski scored 1:57 into the third overtime to lift Northern Michigan to its first NCAA hockey title with an 8-7 victory over Boston University in the second-longest championship game ever.
March 31 - Tennessee edged Virginia 70-67 in overtime to win its third NCAA women’s basketball title. It was the first overtime in the NCAA’s ten-year history.
March 31 - Brett Hull scored his 86th goal to give him the third-best total in NHL history as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota North Stars 2-1.
March 31 - Amy Alcott won the Dinah Shore golf tournament with a record eight-shot victory over Dottie Mochrie. Alcott fired a closing 4-under-par 68 and rewrote her own tournamehnt record with a 15-under-par total of 273, one shot better than her winning score in 1988.
April 1 - The Duke Blue Devils became NCAA champions as they ended six years of frustration with a 72-65 victory over Kansas for its first national title in five championship-game appearances and nine trips to the Final Four.
April 3 - Bo Jackson signed a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox and was immediately placed on the 60-day disabled list.
April 3 - Olympic champion Janet Evans and Melvin Stewart, the world record holder in the 200-meter butterfly, announced at the U.S. Spring Nationals that they would give up their collegiate eligibilty to concentrate on the Olympics. Evans and Stewart were upset by new NCAA legislation that would restrict training to 20 hours a week. Evans, 19, passed up her final two years at Stanford and Stewart, 20, gave up his senior year at Tennessee.
April 3 - The Metro Conference, forced to expand because of the departure of four of its members for other leagues, announced the addition of North Carolina-Charlotte, South Florida and Virginia Commonwealth.
April 6 - Argentine soocer star Diego Maradona was suspended for 15 months by the Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use on March 17 after Napoli’s 1-0 victory over Bari.
April 8 - Bill Shoemaker, the winningest jockey in horse racing history, was paralyzed below the upper chest after suffering a broken neck and a spinal cord injury in a car accident.
April 8 - Major league umpires and baseball reached a four-year agreement on a new contract, ending a two-day walkout. The umpires received an increase in the salary scale and vacation time in exchange for selecting umpires for the playoffs and World Series by merit, rather than on rotation.
April 10 - Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings added another record to his collection, becoming the NHL’s career leader with his 93rd playoff goal. Gretzky scored a power-play goal at 13:11 of the first period in the Kings’ 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
April 13 - Pete Weber won four games to become the second player in PBA history to win the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America U.S. Open twice, this time with a 289-184 victory over Mark Thayer.
April 14 - Ian Woosnam of Wales made a par putt to turn back Tom Watson on the last hole and capture the 55th Masters. Woosnam claimed his first major championship with an 11-under-par 277 total.
April 14 - The Minnesota North Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks in six games making Chicago the first regular-season champion in 20 years to lose in the opening round of the NHL playoffs. The Blackhawks joined the 1971 Boston Bruins as the only No. 1 teams since the league’s 1967 expansion to lose in the first round.
April 15 - Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya, winner of the 1988 Boston Marathon, regained the title, winning easily in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 6 seconds. Wanda Panfil of Poland took the women’s division in 2:24:18.
April 15 - Magic Johnson set an NBA record for career assists in a 112-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Johnson, who needed nine assists to break Oscar Robertson’s record of 9,887, got 19 assists. Robertson got his total in 1,040 games over 14 seasons, averaging 9.5 assists. Johnson with 9,898 assists in 871 games, averaged 11.4 assists per game.
April 15 - The Sacramento Kings set an NBA record by losing their 35th consecutive game on the road. The Kings’ 112-94 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves broke the record held by the New Jersey Nets.
April 16 - The St. Louis Blues became only the eighth team in NHL playoff history to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in the seventh game.
April 18 - John Stockton broke his own NBA single-season assist record as the Utah Jazz routed the Seattle SuperSonics 130-103. Stockton’s 11 assists gave him 1,136 for the season, two more than the record he set last season.
April 19 - Evander Holyfield kept the heavyweight boxing title with a unanimous 12-round decision over 42-year-old challenger George Foreman in Atlantic City. Holyfield, 14 years Foreman’s junior and weighing 49 pounds less, just had too much hand speed and foot movement for the 257-pound Foreman.
April 20 - Diver Mark Lenzi became the first person in the history of his sport with 100 points on a single dive. On his last dive, Lenzi scored 101.85 points on a reverse 3 1.2 -somersault from the tuck position to win the 3- meter springboard title at the U.S. Indoor Diving Championships. The dive shattered the 1983 record of 99.00 points set by Greg Louganis.
April 21 - The Dallas Cowboys selected Russell Maryland a defensive lineman from Miami with the first pick of the National Football League draft. Raghib Ismail, the projected first pick of the draft, announced officially that he signed a $18.2 million four-year personal services contract with Bruce McNall to play with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
April 26 - Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, was arrested in Argentina for possession and distribution of illegal narcotics. Maradona announced his retirement on August 1 and received a 14-month suspended sentence on September 18 in Naples, Italy.
May 1 - Nolan Ryan pitched his seventh no-hitter for a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Ryan faced 29 batters, struck out 16 and walked only two.
May 1 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics set a major league record by stealing his 939th base, eclipsing Lou Brock’s career mark.
May 4 - Strike the Gold, ridden by Chris Antley, took the lead at the eighth pole of a cavalry-charge stretch run and held on to win the Kentucky Derby over Best Pal by 1 3-4 lengths.
May 6 - Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union broke his world outdoor pole vault record and Seppo Raty of Finland smashed the world javelin record during the Toto International Super Track and Field Meet in Japan. Bubka cleared 19 feet, 11 inches, breaking his outdoor record of 19-10 1/2 set on July 10, 1988. Raty hurled the javelin 301 feet, 9 inches; the world record of 298-6 was set by Steve Backley of Britain at London on July 20, 1990.
May 6 - Lenny Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies slammed his sports car into two trees while driving home from a bachelor party for teammate John Kruk, causing multiple injuries to himself and teammate Darren Daulton.
May 8 - Howard Spira, the admitted gambler behind George Steinbrenner’s ouster from baseball, was convicted of trying to extort money from the New York Yankees owner.
May 18 - Hansel, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby, redeemed himself by winning the Preakness by seven lengths over Corporate Report. Hansel, ridden by Jerry Bailey, was in complete command through the stretch run of the 1 3-16th mile race, which was timed in 1:54.
May 18 - Hector ″Macho″ Camacho won a split decision in his rematch against Greg Haugen to avenge his only professional loss and win the vacant WBO junior welterweight title.
May 19 - Willy T. Ribbs became the first black driver to make the lineup for the Indianapolis 500.
May 20 - Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to the best record in franchise history, was named the NBA’s most valuable player. It was the second MVP award for Jordan, who averged 31 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
May 22 - Owners approved the plan to add two teams to the National Football League in 1994.
May 23 - Paul Dougherty scored two goals and added two assists as the San Diego Sockers won their fourth consecutive Major Soccer League championship with an 8-6 victory in game six of the best-of-7 series over the Cleveland Crunch.
May 25 - The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Mario Lemieux, won the Stanley Cup for the first time in its history with an 8-0 rout that ended the Minnesota North Stars’ outrageously outstanding postseason run. After falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-7 series, Pittsburgh won three straight games to become the first U.S.-based team since the 1983 New York Islanders to win the Cup.
May 26 - Rick Mears passed Michael Andretti with 12 laps to go and won his fourth Indianapolis 500 by 3.1 seconds. The pole-sitter for a record sixth time, Mears finished at an unofficial average speed of 176.460 mph to join A.J. Foyt and Al Unser as the only four-time winners.
June 1 - Louisiana State, with its standout crew of hurdlers and sprinters led by Dawn Bowles, won its fifth straight women’s title in the NCAA outdoor championships, and Tennessee, spearheaded by decathletes Aric Long and Brian Brophy, took its first men’s title in 17 years.
June 2 - Seppo Raty of Finland improved his world javelin record by almost 17 feet with a toss of 318 feet, 1 inch at a meet in Punkalaidun, Finland. The 29-year-old set the previous record of 301-9 in Shizuoka, Japan, on May 6.
June 2 - Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway in Milwaukee. Mario Andretti finished third, his son Michael won the race and his nephew John finished second.
June 3 - The New York Yankees selected 19-year-old Brien Taylor of Beaufort, N.C., the top pick in the major league baseball amateur draft.
June 3 - Thomas Hearns captured the World Boxing Association light- heavyweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Virgil Hill. Hearns became a world champion for the sixth time and a light-heavyweight champion for the second time.
June 5 - Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues became part of the first father- son team to win the Hart Trophy when he was named the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. Bobby Hull, won the Hart in 1965 and 1966. Chicago rookie goaltender Ed Belfour won the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie and the Calder Trophy as the top rookie.
June 6 - Commissioner Fay Vincent broke precedent and gave the American League $42 million of the $190 million the National League will get from expansion. In a seven-page decision, Vincent ruled that teams from both leagues would supply players equally for the 1993 expansion draft and that any future expansion money will be divided equally between all clubs.
June 8 - Monica Seles defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 6-4 to defend her French Open women’s title.
June 8 - Hansel and Strike the Gold put on a championship duel in the Belmont Stakes. Hansel, the Preakness winner, barely held off Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold, who stormed from far back, to win the 1 1/2 -mile by a nose.
June 8 - Chad Ogea allowed four hits in seven-plus innings and Armando Rios hit a two-run homer as Louisiana State defeated Wichita State 6-3 in the championship game of the College World Series.
June 8 - Warren Schutte, a UNLV sophomore from South Africa, shot a 5-under 67 to become the first foreign-born player to capture the NCAA Division I Golf Championship.
June 8 - Kim Zmeskal became the first to defend her title in 19 years at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Cincinnati. Zmeskal led from start to finish to win the women’s competition with a score of 78.420, becoming the first repeat champion since Tracee Talavera in 1982. Scott Keswick became the first to win three straight national titles in the still rings.
June 9 - In the first all-American men’s final at the French Open since 1954, Jim Courier rallied to beat Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 for his first Grand Slam title.
June 9 - Dan Crossman intercepted three passes and Stan Gelbaugh threw two touchdown passes as the London Monarchs defeated the Barlecona Dragons 21-0 in the World League of American Football’s first World Bowl.
June 12 - The Chicago Bulls won the first NBA championship in the team’s 25-year history with a 108-101 victory in Game 5 over the Los Angeles Lakers. Most Valuable Player Michael Jordan scored 30 points, and his supporting cast, was led by Scottie Pippen with 32 points and John Paxson with 20 points. Jordan, who averaged 29.8 points, became the first regular-season scoring leader since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of Milwaukee in 1971 to play on the championship team.
June 13 - The National, the nation’s first all-sports daily newspaper, ceased publication. Buried under punishing losses and dogged by problems in attracting paying customers, Mexican media baron Emilio Azcarraga pulled the plug. Frank Deford, the editor and publisher, said the newspaper lost about $100 million.
June 13 - Lightning killed one spectator and injured five others as they stood near a tree during a delay in the U.S. Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club course. William John Fadell, 27, died of cardiac arrest as the lightning struck near the 11th tee about 10 minutes after first-round play was suspended.
June 14 - Leroy Burrell set a world record in the U.S. Championships in New York with a 9.90-second clocking in the men’s 100-meter dash. Carl Lewis, who held the record at 9.92 since the 1988 Olympic Games, finished second.
June 15 - Carl Lewis, one jump away from losing his 64-meet winning streak in the long jump, came through with a dramatic victory when he soared 28 feet, 4 1/4 inches to pass leader Mike Powell by a half inch in the U.S. championships in New York.
June 17 - Payne Stewart escaped with a two-stroke victory over Scott Simpson in the highest-scoring U.S. Open playoff in 64 years. Stewart won the 91st American national championship with a 75-77 victory over Simpson in the 18-hole playoff.
June 19 - Junior-middleweight boxer Paul Rees was declared a TKO winner over rival Brisbane boxer Charlie Hansen after only five seconds of the first round of their four-round bout. The pair exchanged just one flurry of blows before the contest was halted. Hansen was hit by a left to the head and complained of double vision. Referee Alan Simpson immediately stopped the bout and raised Rees’ hand in victory.
June 21 - Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy, key performers for the New York Islanders teams that won four consecutive NHL titles from 1980 through 1983, and Chicago Blackhawks vice president Bob Pulford were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
June 22 - The Quebec Nordiques made Eric Lindros the No. 1 pick at the NHL entry draft.
June 23 - A Mazda became the first Japanese car to capture the Le Mans 24 hours race, overtaking a Mercedes in the last three hours. Bertrand Gachot of Belgium, Johnny Herbert of Britain and Volker Weidler of Germany were the winning drivers of the rotary-powered Mazda. Jaguars were second, third and fourth.
June 24 - The NHL’s Board of Governors adopted the instant-replay. The league also voted to use game clocks that will count in tenths of seconds in the final minute of every period.
June 25 - Nine-time champion Martina Navratilova survived a first-round scare from Elna Reinach and won her record 100th singles match at Wimbledon. She had to fight back from three service breaks in the final set of the 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.
June 26 - The Charlotte Hornets made Larry Johnson of the UNLV the first pick in the National Basketball Association college draft.
June 29 - Britain’s Nick Brown scored one of the biggest shocks in two decades at Wimbledon by beating 10th-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the second round. Brown, at 591 the lowest-ranked man in the championships, posted the biggest upset, based on comparative rankings, since the ATP began compiling world rankings in 1973.
June 30 - Ivan Lendl rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat MaliVai Washington 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in a second-round match on a historic Sunday at Wimbledon. Wimbledon broke 114 years of tradition by playing on the middle Sunday of the tournament, a move forced by a huge backlog of matches caused by rain earlier in the week.
June 30 - Meg Mallon sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to break a tie with Pat Bradley and Ayako Okamoto and win the LPGA Championship. Mallon, shot a 4-under-par 67 for a 10-under 274 total. Okamoto and Bradley closed with 68s for 275 totals.
July 5 - The Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins were given final approval by the baseball owners with a unanimous vote to join National League in 1993.
July 7 - Top-seeded Steffi Graf defeated second-seeded Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 to capture her third Wimbledon women’s title.
July 8 - Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann were shot early in the morning trying to help two waitresses from being robbed in a restaurant parking lot in Dallas.
July 8 - Michael Stich, upset three-time champion Boris Becker to capture men’s singles title at Wimbledon, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
July 9 - Cal Ripken hit a three-run homer to lead the American League over the National League 4-2 in the All-Star Game for the AL’s fourth straight victory in the annual contest.
July 9 - South Africa was readmitted by the International Olympic Committee to the Olympic movement, ending decades of sports isolation and clearing the way for its participation in the 1992 Games.
July 10 - Officials from four bowls, two conferences and Notre Dame announced an alliance designed to make a national championship matchup more likely each year between the teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2. The alliance included the Orange, Cotton, Sugar and Fiesta bowls. Also included are the Big East and Atlantic Coast conferences.
July 11 - Calumet Farm, home to a record eight Kentucky Derby champions, filed Chapter 11 petitions to allow it to avoid paying creditors while getting its finances in order.
July 13 - Crowns Invitation, handled by Michel Lachance, beat Anders Crown by a head in the Yonkers Trot.
July 14 - Meg Mallon shot a 4-under-par 67 for a two-stroke victory over Pat Bradley in the 46th U.S. Women’s Open. Mallon finished with a 1-under-par 283 total.
July 15 - Sandhi Ortiz-DelValle became the first woman to officiate a men’s professional basketball game, working a United States Basketball League game between the New Haven Skyhawks and the Philadelphia Spirit.
July 20 - Mike Tyson was accused of rape by an 18-year-old contestant in the Miss Black America Pageant in Indianapolis.
July 22 - Ian Baker-Finch of Australia shot a 5-under-par 29 on the front nine en route to a two-stroke victory in British Open. Baker-Finch, who started the final round tied for the lead with Mark O’Meara, shot a 4-under 66 to finish at 8-under 272. Mike Harwood of Australia shot a 67 to finish second and Jodie Mudd shot a 63 to break the course record and tie the British Open mark for a fifth-place finish.
July 25 - Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long was hospitalized and and treated for an apparent suicide attempt after he learned he tested positive for steroid use.
July 28 - Dennis Martinez pitched the 15th perfect game in major league history as the Montreal Expos beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0.
July 28 - Miguel Indurain of Spain, who dominated the opposition for 10 days up the mountains and over the plains, cruised to victory in the Tour de France. Indurain, who entered the final stage with a lead of more than three minutes, held the lead from the 13th stage on July 19. Italy’s Gianni Bugno finished second, 3:36 behind Indurian.
July 28 - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario defeated Mary Joe Fernandez in singles and then teamed with Conchita Martinez for a doubles victory as Spain defeated the United States 2-1 to capture its first Federation Cup.
July 29 - Jack Nicklaus tied a course record with a 5-under-par 65 as he defeated Chi Chi Rodriquez by four strokes in a playoff for the U.S. Senior Open title. Nicklaus equalled the mark set by George Archer in the 1964 Carling World tournament on the Oakland Hills Country Club’s South course.
July 29 - Arbitrator Daniel G. Collins ruled that All-Star center Patrick Ewing was bound to the New York Knicks for the last four years of his 10-year contract. Ewing’s contract contained a clause that would have allowed him to become a restricted free agent if he was not among the NBA’s four highest-paid players on June 1. Collins ruled that Ewing was the fourth highest-paid player behind Cleveland’s John Williams, Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon and Chicago’s Michael Jordan.
Aug. 3 - Giant Victory, driven by Jack Moiseyev, won the Hambletonian by three-quarters of a length over MB Felty, the showcase race for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at the Meadowlands.
Aug. 5 - Sergei Bubka became the first to clear 20 feet outdoors in the pole vault, breaking his own world record by a half-inch at the iDag Galan track meet in Malmo, Sweden. It was the fourth time this year Bubka broke the outdoor record, and the 28th time overall, indoors and outdoors, he has broken the pole vault mark.
Aug. 6 - Debbie Doom of the United States pitched her second consecutive perfect game in women’s softball at the Pan American Games. Doom threw a perfect game at the Netherlands Antilles in the opener of the competition and matched that performance against Nicaragua, winning 8-0.
Aug. 7 - Charles Austin broke the American high jump record at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich, Switzerland with a leap of 7 feet, 10 1-2 inches. Austin, who planned to use the meet to help prepare him for the World Games in Tokyo, was a quarter of and inch better than the old mark of Hollis Conway.
Aug. 11 - John Daly, the last alternate to make the field, won the 73rd PGA Championship with a 1-under-par 71 to finish three strokes ahead of Bruce Lietzke.
Aug. 20 - The Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino surpassed San Francisco’s Joe Montana as the highest paid player in NFL history with a 5-year extension of his current contract for $25 million, including a $3 million signing bonus.
Aug. 24 - Pan Chih-Chang struck out 14 and Lin Wei-Chu hit a grand slam as Taiwan captured its 15th Little League World Series title with an 11-0 victory over San Ramon Valley, Calif.
Aug. 24 - Silky Stallone, driven by Jim Marohn, captured the first leg of harness racing’s triple crown by winning the Cane Pace in a record 1:53 3-5 at Yonkers Raceway.
Aug. 25 - Led by their boxers, who won 11 of 12 golds, Cuba belted the United States into its worst gold-medal performance in the Pan American Games in 40 years. The United States beat Cuba in overall medals 352-265, but lost the gold-medal chase 140-130 after starting the day one ahead.
Aug. 25 - Carl Lewis, reclaimed his title of world’s fastest human by setting a world record of 9.86 seconds in the 100-meter final in the world championships in Tokyo. Lewis clipped four-hundredths of a second off the previous mark of 9.90 set by Leroy Burrell in the U.S. Championships two months ago in New York. It was an American sweep as Burrell finished second in 9.88 and Dennis Mitchell third in 9.91.
Aug. 29 - Delisa Floyd, who tested positive for amphetamines, became the first to be penalized by the IAAF under the recently toughened anti-drug regulations, which doubled the penalty for a positive drug test from two to four years. Floyd was tested on Aug. 25 after she finished last in her 800 semifinal heat at the World Championships in Tokyo.
Aug. 30 - Mike Powell smashed Bob Beamon’s world long jump record with a leap of 29 feet, 4 1-2 inches, two inches beyond the record, in the the World Track and Field Championships in Tokyo. The leap also ended Carl Lewis’ 10- year, 65-meet winning streak.
Aug. 31 - Houston quarterback David Klingler set an NCAA record with six touchdown passes in the second quarter as the Cougars clobbered Louisiana Tech 73-3. Klingler broke the record of five TD passes in a quarter set by Houston’s Andre Ware and Florida State’s Peter Tom Willis in 1989.
Sept. 4 - A panel of eight baseball experts voted to drop the asterisk next to Roger Maris’ name in the record books and put him in the hallowed spot held by Babe Ruth. The committee also voted to define a no-hitter as a game of nine innings or more ending with no hits for one team. Because of that, 50 games were dropped from the list.
Sept. 6 - The United States regained the Walker Cup, the top team prize in amateur golf, by winning five singles matches and beating Britain and Ireland 14-10.
Sept. 7 - Ty Detmer of Brigham Young completed 29 of 46 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns and broke the NCAA career record for passing yardage during a 27-23 loss to UCLA. Detmer’s 11,606 yards surpassed the mark of 11,425 set by Todd Santos of San Diego State from 1984-87.
Sept. 7 - Monica Seles won the U.S. Open women’s title by beating Martina Navratilova 7-6, 6-1.
Sept. 7 - Die Laughing rolled to an easy victory, beating rivals Artspace and Silky Stallone, in the Messenger Stakes.
Sept. 7 - A five-member team from South Africa, became the first athletic squad from that country in 25 years to compete at an international event at the the World Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis.
Sept. 8 - Stefan Edberg of Sweden captured his first U.S. Open tennis title defeating American Jim Courier handily in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.
Sept. 9 - Mike Tyson was indicted on rape and three other charges by a special grand jury after a four-week investigation into the charges of an 18- year-old contestant of the Miss Black America Pageant.
Sept. 11 - Kim Zmeskal scored a 10 on the vault to give the United States women’s team the silver medal, the country’s first-ever team medal, in the World Gymnastics Championships.
Sept. 11 - Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena pitched the first combined no-hitter in National League history as the Atlanta Braves posted a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Sept. 13 - American Kim Zmeskal became the first American to win a medal in the women’s all-around at the World Gymnastics Championships. Zmeskal won the gold with 39.848 points, ahead of defending world champion Svetlana Boguinskaia of the Soviet Union at 39.736.
Sept. 13 - Toronto’s Joe Carter became the first player in major league history to have three consecutive 100-RBI seasons with three different teams. Carter accomplished the feat with a bloop single to right in the Blue Jays’ 7-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Sept. 14 - Freshman Marshall Faulk of San Diego State rushed for an NCAA record 386 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Aztecs beat Pacific 55-34.
Sept. 14 - Freshman Greg Hill set a major-college record with 212 rushing yards in his first game and scored twice as Texas A&M routed LSU 45-7. Hill broke the mark of 207 yards set by Baylor’s Walter Abercrombie against Texas A&M in 1978.
Sept. 15 - Nancy Scranton birdied the final two holes for a 4-under-par 68 and a three-stroke victory in the du Maurier Ltd. Classic. Scranton, who posted her first victory in seven seasons on the LPGA tour, finished with a 9- under 279 total to finish ahead Debbie Massey.
Sept. 15 - The United States women’s gymnastics team made history with their first team medal - a silver - at the World Championships in Indianapolis.
Sept. 16 - Otis Nixon, the major league-leading base stealer of the first- place Atlanta Braves, was suspended for 60 days for violating baseball’s drug policy.
Sept.18 - Robert Helmick resigned after seven years as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a move he said was aimed at ending a disruptive controversy concerning possible conflict of interest.
Sept. 18 - The NCAA placed Tennessee on two years probation for recruting violations in football and accepted the self-imposed penalties Tennessee announced in August. The NCAA was satisfied that the the school was reducing its scholarships by 10 for the next two seasons and had eliminated a permanent coaching position.
Sept. 18 - Hammer thrower John Billingsley was suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for high levels of testosterone during the U.S. Championships. He was selected for random testing after finishing eighth in the event in the meet in New York.
Sept. 19 - Precious Bunny, driven by Jack Moiseyev, took the lead early and held off Nuke Skywalker to win the 46th Little Brown Jug.
Sept. 20 - Detroit Lions defensive back Terry Taylor was reinstated by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, almost one year to the day since he was banned for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Sept. 21 - USA Basketball announced the ″Dream Team″ for the 1992 Olympics. Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, and John Stockton were named.
Sept. 22 - Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula recorded his 300th career victory in the Dolphins’ 16-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Sept. 22 - Harry Gant made a dramatic comeback in his crumpled car to capture the NSACAR Goody’s 500, his fourth straight Winston Cup victory. Gant’s four-race winning streak tied Darrell Waltrip (1981) and Dale Earnhardt (1987) for consecutive victories in Winston Cup competition.
Sept. 22 - Pat Bradley sank an 18-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Rosie Jones in the Safeco Classic. Bradley won $60,000 to become the only woman in history to win more than $4 million in her career.
Sept. 29 - The United States broke Europe’s six-year Ryder Cup reign in dramatic fashion, winning the title when Bernhard Langer of Germany missed a 5-foot putt on the final stroke of the final hole. The miss allowed Hale Irwin, playing against Langer in the final head-to-head matchup, to halve the match, giving the American team a 14 1/2 points to 13 1/2 points victory.
Sept. 29 - Pat Bradley won the MBS LPGA Classic by a shot over Michelle Estill for her 30th career victory, which qualified her for enshrinement in the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Oct. 2 - Eric Lindros, picked No. 1 overall in the NHL draft, renounced his option of playing regularly in the National Hockey League this season by refusing to sign with the Quebec Nordiques before a midnight deadline.
Oct. 2 - The Toronto Blue Jays clinched the American League East title and became the first team in sports history to draw 4 million fans in one season.
Oct. 2 - Steffi Graf became the youngest woman to win 500 matches as a professional when she beat Petra Langgrova of Czechoslovakia 6-0, 6-1 in the Leipzig International Tournament.
Oct. 4 - The San Jose Sharks surrendered 52 shots and lost 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks in their first NHL regular-season game.
Oct. 4 - Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, become the 35th filly to win the Kentucky Futurity when Somatic broke stride about 70 yards before the finish line.
Oct. 5 - Fresno State tied an NCAA record for most points in a quarter, with 49 in the second period as the pounded New Mexico 94-17. Fresno State’s Derek Mahoney tied an NCAA record with 13 point-after kicks.
Oct. 5 - Carlos Huerta’s NCAA record streak of successful PATs ended at 157, but Miami still breezed past winless Oklahoma State 40-3.
Oct. 7 - Scorecard Harry, Space Appeal and Cafe Lex crossed the finish line at the same time in the ninth race at Belmont, creating the second triple dead heat in New York thoroughbred racing history. The finish created six triple payoffs, six exactas and three daily doubles. It was the 19th triple dead-heat for a win since 1940 in thoroughbred racing.
Oct. 9 - The San Jose Sharks chalked up their first NHL victory as they defeated the Calgary Flames 4-3.
Oct. 11 - Chip Beck shot the second sub-60 round in PGA Tour history with a 59 in the Las Vegas Invitational. Beck shot a 29-30, 13 under par and matched Al Geiberger’s second round of the 1977 Memphis Classic. It was worth a $1 million bonus, half to Beck and half to charity, and a share of the lead in the third round.
Oct. 12 - Mike Lerch of Princeton tied an NCAA record for all divisions with 370 receiving yards and set an Ivy League-record with four touchdown receptions in the Tigers’ 59-37 victory over Brown.
Oct. 12 - Doug Flutie of the British Columbia Lions broke Warren Moon’s Canadian Football League record for passing yardage in a season with a 582- yard performance in a 45-38 overtime loss to Edmonton. With three games remaining in the regular season, Flutie passed for 5,676 yards. Moon passed for 5,648 yards for Edmonton in 1983.
Oct. 12 - Marshall Faulk of San Diego State broke a rib in the second quarter of a 38-24 win over New Mexico, but played enough to tie the single- season touchdown record for a freshman with his 17th and 18th touchdown of the year.
Oct. 13 - The Minnesota Twins posted an 8-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the playoffs for the American League pennant.
Oct. 14 - New York Rangers right wing Mike Gartner scored his 500th career goal in the first period of a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Oct. 16 - Roy Tarpley of the Dallas Mavericks became the seventh player to be banned by the NBA for life under the league’s anti-drug agreement.
Oct. 17 - Paul Coffey broke the NHL scoring record for defensemen in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 8-5 victory over the New York Islanders. Coffey had two assists to give him 1,053 career points - 309 goals and 744 assists. That topped the previous mark held by former Islanders defenseman Denis Potvin, who had 310 goals and 742 assists for 1,052 points in 15 seasons with New York.
Oct. 17 - The Atlanta Braves, behind John Smoltz’s pitching, clinched the National League pennant with a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the playoffs’ seventh game.
Oct. 19 - Rhode Island beat Maine 52-30 in a game that lasted 3 hours and 52 minutes, the longest in NCAA football history. It was six minutes longer than the game between the same teams in 1982 that went into six overtime periods.
Oct. 27 - The Minnesota Twins took the World Series from the Atlanta Braves winning Game 7 by a score of 1-0 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Series MVP Jack Morris pitched a seven-hitter over 10 innings and won only the third decisive seventh game in World Series history to go into extra innings. Pinch- hitter Gene Larkin drove in the winning run, singling off Alejandro Pena with the bases loaded.
Oct. 27 - Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie defeated Chi Chi Rodriguez and George Archer on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in the Security Pacific Senior Classic. The 56-year-old Brodie earned $75,000 and ended a 7-year, 157-tournament victory drought on the Senior PGA Tour.
Nov. 2 - Nevada made the biggest comeback in NCAA football history, overcoming a 35-point deficit in the third quarter and rallying to beat Weber State 55-49.
Nov. 2 - Black Tie Affair posted a 1 1-4 length victory over Twilight Agenda in the $3 million Classic of the Breeders Cup. Miss Alleged won the $2 million Turf; Arazi won the Juvenile; Pleasant Stage took the Juveline Fillies, Sheikh Albadou won the Sprint; Dance Smartly won the Distaff; and Opening Verse took the Mile on the turf course.
Nov. 3 - Salvador Garcia won the New York Marathon and first-time marathoner Liz McColgan of Scotland finished the women’s race in record time. Garcia ran the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 28 seconds and McColgan completed the course in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 23 seconds, shattering the record of 2 hours, 30 minutes, 37 seconds for a first-time marathoner.
Nov. 3 - Ayrton Senna won the shortest Formula One race ever run and led McLaren-Honda to the manufacturers championship when a chaotic Australian Grand Prix was stopped after torrential rain caused a series of wild crashes. The street-course race was halted after 17 laps and called off an hour later as the heavy rain continued.
Nov. 7 - Magic Johnson, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships and lifted the league to undreamed-of heights, announced he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and was retiring from the sport.
Nov. 8 - Paul Coffey broke the NHL career mark for goals by a defenseman by scoring the game-winner in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Coffey’s 311th career goal broke the mark set by Denis Potvin, who had 310 for the New York Islanders.
Nov. 9 - Marshall Faulk of San Diego State returned after missing three games because of an injury and broke the NCAA record for touchdowns by a freshman with his 20th in a 42-32 win over Colorado State. He also tied Emmitt Smith’s freshman record by reaching the 1,000-yard plateau in only his seventh game.
Nov. 9 - Houston’s Roman Anderson became the first player in NCAA history to surpass 400 points by kicking a 32-yard field goal in the Cougars’ 23-14 victory over Texas.
Nov. 10 - Martina Navratilova beat Monica Seles to capture the California Virginia Slims tournament and her 157th tournament title, equaling Chris Evert’s record for career victories.
Nov. 10 - Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar set an NFL record with 308 passes without an interception until Philadelphia’s Ben Smith ended his streak in a 32-30 loss to the Eagles. Kosar broke Bart Starr’s record of 294 passes without an interception, set in 1965.
Nov. 12 - Tom Glavine, who won 20 games and led the Braves to the first World Series in Atlanta’s history, won the National League’s Cy Young Award.
Nov. 13 - Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox who led the league in ERA and strikeouts, collected his third Cy Young Award, easily beating Minnesota’s Scott Erickson.
Nov. 14 - Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long lost his steroids appeal and was suspended without pay by the NFL for four weeks.
Nov. 16 - Running back Marshall Faulk of San Diego State set two national freshman records when he scored two first-half touchdowns in a 52-52 tie with Brigham Young. Faulk’s two scores gave him 21 touchdowns and 128 points, surpassing the 20 TDs and 120 points by Reggie Cobb of Tennessee in 1987.
Nov. 16 - Gerry Thomas of No. 1 Florida State missed a 34-yard field goal by the length of a football with 25 seconds left, giving No. 2 Miami a 17-16 victory.
Nov. 17 - Detroit offensive lineman Mike Utley suffered a spinal injury on the first play of the fourth quarter of a 21-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams and was left paralyzed from the chest down.
Nov. 18 - The Auburn men’s basketball team was placed on two years’ probation for recruiting violations and will not be eligble for post-season play for the 1991-92 season.
Nov. 19 - Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken won his second American League MVP award, becoming the first player in the league to capture the trophy as a member of a losing team.
Nov. 20 - Terry Pendleton of the Atlanta Braves won the National League Most Valuable Player Award over Pittsburgh’s Barry Bonds.
Nov. 22 - Patrick Ewing jumped to the top of the team sport salary list when he agreed with the New York Knicks on a $18.8 million, two-year contract extension. The new contract, the largest in the history of U.S. team sports, means Ewing will be paid $33 million over the next six seasons, including $9.4 million annually in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.
Nov. 23 - The Sacramento Kings ended the NBA’s longest road losing streak ever at 43 games with a 95-93 victory over the Magic in Orlando. The last road win for Sacramento was on Nov. 20, 1990 at Washington.
Nov. 23 - Evander Holyfield survived the first knockdown of his professional career to batter a relentless Bert Cooper before finally stopping him in the seventh round to retain his world heavyweight title.
Nov. 23 - Tony Sands smashed NCAA records with 396 yards and 58 carries and scored four touchdowns as Kansas trounced Missouri 53-29. Sands broke the NCAA one-game rushing record of 386 yards set this season by Marshall Faulk of San Diego State.
Nov. 23 - Ty Detmer wound up a record-setting career by throwing five touchdown passes in Brigham Young’s 48-17 over Utah that clinched the WAC title. He finished the season with 4,031 yards and increased his NCAA-record career total to 15,031, nearly 4,000 more than the previous record held by Todd Santos.
Nov. 23 - Matt Blundin capped his interception-free season by breaking two NCAA records as Virginia beat Virginia Tech 38-0. Blundin has a career-record 231 straight passes without an intereption and a single-season record 224 this year.
Nov. 24 - Raghib ″Rocket″ Ismail scored on an 87-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Argonauts beat the Calgary Stampeders 36-21 in the Grey Cup. Ismail, named the game’s most valuable player, set a Grey Cup record with 183 yards on four kickoff returns.
Nov. 24 - Monica Seles of Yugoslavia defeated Martina Navratilova of the United States 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the final of the Virginia Slims Championships. The 17-year-old Seles reached the final in all 16 tournaments she played this year, winning 10. Seles, who received $800,000 for winning the tournament, boosted her earnings to $2,457,758 which broke the single-season record of $2,173,556 set by Navratilova in 1984.
Nov. 30 - San Diego State’s Marshall Faulk became the first freshman to capture the national rushing and scoring titles when he gained 154 yards on 27 carries in a 39-12 loss to top-ranked Miami. Faulk finished the season with 1,429 yards in only nine games for a 158.7-yard rushing average. Faulk also scored 23 touchdowns and a two-point conversion to edge Michigan’s Desmond Howard for the scoring championship.
Nov. 30 - Michelle Akers-Stahl scored her second goal with three minutes remaining to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Norway in the final of the first women’s world championship held in Canton, China.
Dec. 1 - France won the Davis Cup for the first time in 59 years, as a euphoric, foot-stamping crowd cheered Guy Forget to a pressured-packed, four- set victory over Pete Sampras of the United States. Forget won 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to give France an unsurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-5 showdown.
Dec. 2 - Bobby Bonilla signed a $29 million, five-year contract with the New York Mets which made him the highest paid player in team sports.
Dec. 7 - A.J. Kitt became the first American in seven years to win a men’s World Cup race, taking the first downhill of the season In Val D’Isere, France. Dec. 7 - A brawl between players from both teams broke out in a basketball game between Florida A&M and Florida State when when A&M’s Reginald Finney threw a punch at Florida State’s Douglas Edwards with 1:19 left in the first half. The officiating crew ejected three players from each team for fighting and another eight A&M players for leaving the bench, leaving the Rattlers with only three eligible players. Florida A&M forfeited the game, since it had only three eligible players remaining.
Dec. 9 - Miami’s Dan Marino threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns and reached 20 TDs for an NFL-record ninth season as he led the Dolphins to a 37-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dec. 10 - Howard Spira was sentenced to 2 1-2 years in prison for trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Dec. 12 - Dexter Manley of the Tampa Bay bucaneers, once suspended for a year over drug use, announced he was retiring from the game after failing another drug test.
Dec. 14 - Desmond Howard, the nation’s second-leading scorer with 23 TDs, became the second-biggest winner in Heisman Trophy history. The Michigan receiver beat runner-up Casey Weldon of Florida State by 1,574 points and became the fourth consecutive junior to win the Heisman.
Dec. 17 - The Cleveland Cavaliers turned a 20-point halftime lead over Miami into the most lopsided victory in NBA history, 148-80 over the Heat. The 68-point margin eclipsed the mark of 63 set March 19, 1972, when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 162-99.
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