|Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA|
1961 — George Blanda of the Houston Oilers passes for 505 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-13 rout of the New York Titans.
1961 — Cleveland’s Jim Brown rushes for 237 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Browns to a 45-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
1966 — No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Michigan State, play to a 10-10 tie. The Irish rally from a 10-0 deficit against a Spartans team that features Bubba Smith and three teammates who were among the top eight picks of the next NFL draft.
1983 — Jari Kurri of the Edmonton Oilers scores five goals and Wayne Gretzky adds three goals and five assists in a 13-4 rout of the New Jersey Devils.
1990 — Barry Bonds of the Pittsburgh Pirates is named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. Bonds was the first major league player to finish with 30 homers, 30 stolen bases, 100 RBIs and a .300 or better batting average.
1992 — Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley is selected the American League’s MVP. Eckersley, who led the majors with 51 saves in 54 chances, becomes the ninth player to win both the Cy Young Award and MVP honors in the same season.
1993 — Oregon and Oregon State play to a 0-0 tie in Eugene. It’s the last scoreless tie game in FBS history due to the NCAA’s institution of overtime beginning in 1994.
1994 — Rashaan Salaam becomes the fourth 2,000-yard rusher in major-college history, running for 259 yards and two touchdowns in Colorado’s 41-20 victory over Iowa State.
1995 — The Baltimore Stallions posts a 37-20 victory over the Calgary Stampeders to become the first U.S.-based team to win the Grey Cup in the CFL’s 83-year history.
2004 — Indiana’s Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson charge into the stands to fight with Auburn Hills fans in the final minute of their game against the Detroit Pistons. The brawl forces an early end to the Pacers’ 97-82 win.
2006 — Roger Federer overwhelms James Blake, claiming his third Masters Cup title 6-0, 6-3, 6-4. Top-ranked Federer rounds off another dominating season with 12 titles and 16 finals appearances from the 17 tournaments he enters.
2006 — Jaromir Jagr becomes the 16th player in NHL history with 600 goals when he scores in the first period of the New York Rangers’ 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.
2009 — South African sports ministry announces South African runner Caster Semenya will keep her 800-meter gold medal from the world championships, and the results of her gender tests will be kept confidential according.
2011 — Robert Griffin III, Baylor, passes for 479 yards and four TDs, including a 34-yarder to Terrance Williams with 8 seconds left and the 25th-ranked Bears beat No. 5 Oklahoma for the first time, 45-38. The Bears were 0-20 against the Sooners.
2015 — Washington’s Alex Ovechkin becomes the NHL’s leader in career goals by a Russian-born player, scoring his 484th career goal in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Ovechkin passes Sergei Fedorov.
2015 — Stephen Curry scores 40 points and the Golden State Warriors rallied from 23 down in the first half to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-117 for their 13th consecutive victory to start the season.
1934 — Busher Jackson scores four third-period goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Eagles.
1960 — Jerry Norton of St. Louis intercepts four passes to lead the Cardinals in a 26-14 victory over the Washington Redskins.
1977 — Walter Payton rushes for an NFL record 275 yards as the Chicago Bears edge the Minnesota Vikings 10-7.
1983 — Seattle’s Dave Krieg passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seahawks to a 27-19 victory over the Denver Broncos.
1983 — Steve Bartkowski throws a 42-yard desperation pass that is deflected to Billy Johnson at the 5-yard line, and he then fights his way into the end zone to give the Atlanta Falcons a 28-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
1993 — Hayden Fry wins his 200th game as Iowa beats Minnesota 21-3.
1997 — A.C. Green breaks the NBA record for consecutive games, making his 907th straight appearance in the Dallas Mavericks’ 101-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Green surpasses Randy Smith’s mark of 906 set from 1972-83.
1999 — TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for an NCAA Division I record 406 yards on 43 carries with six touchdowns in a 52-24 victory over UTEP.
2001 — Ball State beats No. 3 UCLA 91-73 in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational, just one day after knocking off No. 4 Kansas in the opening round.
2005 — Annika Sorenstam closes another spectacular year with her 10th LPGA Tour victory, holding off Liselotte Neumann at the ADT Championship by two strokes.
2005 — The New York Giants become the third NFL team in history with 600 victories, behind Chicago (667) and Green Bay (638), after a 27-17 win over Philadelphia.
2010 — Mikel Leshoure of Illinois rushes for a school-record 330 yards and scores two touchdowns in the Fighting Illini’s 48-27 win over Northwestern at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
2011 — Brittney Griner has 32 points and 14 rebounds while Baylor establishes itself as the clear No. 1 team with a 94-81 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame in the preseason WNIT championship game.
2011 — Landon Donovan scores in the 72nd minute on passes from Robbie Keane and David Beckham, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s three superstars win their first MLS Cup together with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.
2012 — Jack Taylor scores 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Division III Grinnell’s 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible in Grinnell, Iowa.
2016 — Andy Murray earns the year-end No. 1 ranking and his first title at the ATP finals, beating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the last match of the tennis season.
2016 — Jimmie Johnson ties Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with a record seven NASCAR championships. Johnson, probably with the worst car of the four championship contenders at Homestead-Miami Speedway, gets a strange sequence of events to open the track for him to take the title over Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and defending champion Kyle Busch.
1953 — Notre Dame ties Iowa 14-14 by faking injuries in both halves. With two seconds to go in the first half, a Notre Dame player stops the clock by faking an injury and the Fightin’ Irish score on the next play. With six seconds left in the game and Notre Dame out of timeouts, two players fake injuries and the Irish score on the last play to tie the game.
1971 — The New York Rangers score eight goals in the third period of a 12-1 rout over the California Seals.
1981 — Brigham Young’s Jim McMahon passes for 552 yards in a 56-28 victory over Utah. Gordon Hudson sets the NCAA record for yards gained by a tight end with 259.
1982 — The NFL resumes play after seven weeks of the season were canceled when the NFL Players Association went on strike Sept. 23.
1982 — Joe Montana passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns in San Francisco’s 31-20 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals.
1987 — The Columbia Lions extend their Division I-record losing streak to 41 games with a 19-16 loss to Brown. Columbia gives up a touchdown with 47 seconds left in the game.
1987 — Southwestern Louisiana quarterback Brian Mitchell rushes for 271 yards and four touchdowns and passes for 205 yards in a 35-28 victory over Colorado State.
1998 — Villanova’s Brian Westbrook becomes the first player to record 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season, and catches two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 27-15 victory over Rhode Island.
2003 — Golden State’s Clifford Robinson makes his 1,000th career 3-pointer in the Warriors’ 101-91 victory over the Miami Heat. The 6-foot-10 Robinson is the tallest player to record more than 900 3-pointers.
2004 — New York Jets running back Curtis Martin gains over 1,000 yards this season in the first quarter of a 10-7 win over Cleveland to join Hall of Famer Barry Sanders as the only players in NFL history to begin their careers with 10 straight 1,000-yard seasons.
2004 — Roger Federer wins a record 13th straight final, beating Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2 in the title match of the ATP Masters Cup. Federer breaks the record of 12 straight finals victories shared by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.
2008 — Michigan’s 42-7 drubbing by Ohio State put a merciful end to the worst season in Michigan’s 129 years of intercollegiate football. The Wolverines (3-9) lose the most games in school history.
2010 — Jimmie Johnson becomes the first driver in the seven-year history of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to overcome a points deficit in the season finale, finishing second to Ford 400 winner Carl Edwards while winning his record fifth consecutive title.
2010 — FC Dallas defender George John deflects a shot into his own net in overtime and the Colorado Rapids beat FC Dallas 2-1 for their first MLS championship.
2015 — Brent Burns scores twice and Patrick Marleau gets his 1,000th career point to lift the San Jose Sharks over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1. Marleau becomes the 83rd NHL player to reach 1,000 points with an assist on Burns’ first goal.
2015 — Wes Washpun scores 21 points as Northern Iowa stuns top-ranked North Carolina 71-67 for its first win over the nation’s No. 1 team.
1875 — Harvard beats Yale 4-0 in the schools’ first football meeting. With 15 players on each side, the game is a mix of rugby and soccer.
1945 — Jim Benton of the Cleveland Rams is the first NFL player to have more than 300 receiving yards in a game. Benton has 10 receptions for 303 yards and a touchdown in a 28-21 victory over the Detroit Lions.
1950 — The Fort Wayne Pistons edge the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in the lowest-scoring game in NBA history. John Oldham leads the Pistons with five points and George Mikan had 15 of the Lakers’ points.
1959 — The AFL holds their first player draft. First round choices are Boston, Gerhard Schwedes; Buffalo, Richie Lucas; Dallas, Don Meredith; Denver, Roger LeClerc; Houston, Billy Cannon; Los Angeles, Monty Stickles; Minneapolis, Dale Hackbart; New York, George Izo.
1965 — Muhammad Ali knocks out Floyd Patterson in the 12th round to retain the world heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
1981 — Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers catches five touchdown passes in a 55-21 rout of the Oakland Raiders.
1986 — Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champion ever when he knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round to win the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
1986 — Wayne Gretzky, playing in his 575th NHL game, scores his 500th goal in the Edmonton Oilers’ 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
1992 — North Carolina wins its seventh straight Division I women’s soccer title with a 9-1 win over Duke.
1998 — John Elway of the Denver Broncos joins Dan Marino as the only players with 50,000 yards as the Broncos post a 40-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
2003 — The Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3, in the NHL’s first outdoor game. The game marking the 86th anniversary of the founding of the league is played in front of a record crowd of 57,167 at a football arena in Edmonton.
2006 — Teemu Selanne scores his 500th career goal in Anaheim’s 3-2 loss to Colorado. Selanne is the 36th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.
2008 — Abilene Christian sets a record for points in an NCAA playoff game, beating West Texas A&M 93-68 in the second round of the Division II playoffs.
2009 — Matthew Stafford completes 26 of 43 for 422 yards and five touchdowns in Detroit’s 38-37 win over Cleveland. Stafford sets the record for most yards by a rookie quarterback and becomes the first rookie to throw five TDs in a game since Ray Buivid did it for the Bears in 1937.
2014 — Samaje Perine of Oklahoma sets the single-game FBS record by rushing for 427 yards in the Sooners’ 44-7 in over Kansas. Perine breaks the single-game FBS record of 408 set by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon a week earlier.
2015 — Novak Djokovic wins his fourth straight title at the season-ending ATP finals by beating six-time champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4.
1947 — Sammy Baugh throws six touchdown passes as the Washington Redskins beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 45-21.
1958 — Bobby Mitchell of the Cleveland Browns returns a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
1968 — Houston scores 49 points in the fourth quarter to complete the rout an injury-riddled, flu-stricken Tulsa, 100-6.
1984 — Doug Flutie passes for 472 yards and leads Boston College to a 47-45 upset victory over Miami with a last second touchdown throw to Gerard Phelan.
1991 — Tony Sands smashes NCAA records with 396 yards and 58 carries and scores four touchdowns as Kansas trounces Missouri 53-29. Sands breaks the NCAA one-game rushing record of 386 yards set this season by Marshall Faulk of San Diego State.
1996 — Iowa State’s Troy Davis becomes the first Division I-A player to rush for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, gaining 225 yards in a 35-20 loss to Kansas State. Davis, who had 2,010 yards in 1995, finishes with 2,185 yards.
2001 — Middleweight boxer James Butler punches his opponent Richard Grant long after the final bell at Madison Square Garden in New York. Grant, winner of a 10-round decision, is dropped by Butler who connects with a short hook with gloves off. Butler, facing second-degree assault charges, is suspended indefinitely by the New York State Athletic Commission.
2002 — Penn State’s Larry Johnson becomes the ninth running back in NCAA Division I-A history to run for 2,000 yards in a season when he gained 279 yards and scored four TDs in a 61-7 win against Michigan State.
2007 — In a rare instance of double triple-doubles, Baron Davis and the Golden State Warriors get the better of Caron Butler and the Washington Wizards. Davis finishes with 33 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds and Golden State beat Washington 123-115. Butler ends with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
2008 — Matt Cassel passes for 415 yards, including three touchdowns to Randy Moss, in New England’s 48-28 win at Miami. Cassel is the fifth quarterback to throw for 400 yards in consecutive games, joining Dan Fouts, Dan Marino, Phil Simms and Billy Volek.
2009 — Dwayne Roloson makes 58 saves — the most by an NHL goalie in 18 years — and Josh Bailey scores at 4:18 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2014 — Roger Federer defeats Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match as Switzerland wins the Davis Cup final against France by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead.
2014 — New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko ends a big year on the LPGA Tour with the largest payoff in women’s golf. Ko won the $1 million bonus from the “Race to CME Globe” even before she begins a three-way playoff in the CME Group Tour Championship. The 17-year-old adds $500,000 when she defeats Carlota Ciganda of Spain on the fourth extra hole at Tiburon Golf Club.
2016 — Kevin Love scores 40 points, including an NBA-record 34 in the first quarter, LeBron James records his 44th career triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 137-125. Cleveland also sets a franchise with 20 3-pointers. Love falls three points shy of the league record for points in any quarter, set by Golden State’s Klay Thompson, who scored 37 in the third on Jan. 23, 2015. Love, who set a team record for points in a period, makes 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8 of 10 on 3-pointers in the first quarter. He made his first six shots with five 3-pointers.
1904 — Fullback Sam McAllester is thrown for a touchdown to give Tennessee a 7-0 victory over Alabama. McAllester, wearing a wide leather belt with handles sewn on the side, is repeatedly thrown by two teammates over the line of scrimmage, including the only touchdown of the game.
1949 — The Syracuse Nationals edge the Anderson Packers 125-123 in five overtimes.
1949 — Led by quarterback Joe Paterno, Brown overcomes a 26-7 third-quarter deficit by scoring 34 points in the final 17 minutes to beat Colgate 41-26.
1957 — Cleveland Brown rookie Jim Brown rushes for 232 yards and scores four touchdowns in a 45-31 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
1960 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors sets an NBA record with 55 rebounds in a 132-129 loss to the Boston Celtics. Boston’s Bill Russell held the record with 51 rebounds against Syracuse on Feb. 5, 1960.
1977 — Miami’s Bob Griese throws for six touchdowns in a 55-14 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Detroit Lions.
1985 — Ron Brown of the Los Angeles Rams returns two kickoffs for touchdowns in a 34-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
1996 — Karrie Webb, capping a sensational rookie year, wins the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship to become the first player in tour history to earn more than $1 million in a season.
2000 — LaDainian Tomlinson caps the fourth-best rushing season with 174 yards and a touchdown in Texas Christian’s 62-7 victory over Southern Methodist. Tomlinson, who also won his second straight NCAA rushing title, finishes the season with 2,158 yards.
2002 — Dominant to the very end, Annika Sorenstam finishes off the best LPGA Tour season in 38 years with a 4-under 68 to win the season-ending ADT Championship, her 11th victory of the year.
2005 — Hiroyuki Tomita becomes the first Japanese gymnast in 31 years to win an all-around title at the world championships. Tomita is his country’s first gymnast to win the world all-around title since Shigeru Kasamatsu in 1974.
2007 — Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford sets an NCAA freshman record for touchdown passes in a season. He has four scoring passes to give him 32 this year in the Sooners 48-17 victory over Oklahoma State.
2009 — Roger Federer rallies to beat Andy Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 at the ATP World Tour Finals, ensuring he’ll have the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fifth time.
2010 — Boston’s Mark Recchi scores two third-period goals to become the 13th NHL player to reach 1,500 career points and helps the Bruins in a 3-1 win over Florida.
2011 — The Baltimore Ravens sack Alex Smith nine times and beat the San Francisco 49ers 16-6, giving John Harbaugh an emotional charge in the first NFL game featuring brothers as opposing head coaches. San Francisco has its eight-game winning streak broken under rookie coach Jim Harbaugh. John, 49, got the best of his little brother Jim, who is two years younger.
2013 — Sebastian Vettel wins Formula One’s season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, matching Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 victories in a year and equaling the nine consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari. The 26-year-old Vettel becomes the youngest driver to win four world championships.
1925 — Red Grange, playing his first game as a professional with the Chicago Bears, is held to 36 yards in a 0-0 tie with the Chicago Cardinals.
1934 — The Detroit Lions suffer the first defeat in franchise history, 3-0 to the Green Bay Packers. The Lions had won the first 10 games of the season.
1948 — Howie Dallmar of the Philadelphia Warriors matches his NBA record for futility by missing all 15 shots against the Washington Capitols.
1976 — Buffalo’s O.J. Simpson rushes for 273 yards and scores two touchdowns in a 27-14 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
1980 — “No Mas, No Mas.” Roberto Duran quits with 16 seconds to go in the eighth round at New Orleans, allowing Sugar Ray Leonard to regain the WBC welterweight title.
1983 — Larry Holmes knocks out Marvis Frazier at 2:57 of the first round to retain the world heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
1985 — Clemson’s Grayson Marshall sets an NCAA record with 20 assists in an 83-57 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
1995 — Tim Biakabutuka rushes for a career-high 313 yards as Michigan upsets Ohio State 31-23.
2002 — Ozzie Newsome becomes the first black general manager in NFL history, signing a new five-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens that includes an upgrade in his title.
2007 — San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson becomes the 23rd player in NFL history rush for 10,000 yards, reaching the milestone on a 36-yard run in the Chargers’ 32-14 win over Baltimore.
2007 — Minnesota returns three interceptions by Eli Manning for touchdowns in a 41-17 win over the New York Giants. Darren Sharper scores on a 20-yard return, Dwight Smith rumbles 93 yards and Chad Greenway follows from 37 yards just a few plays later.
2012 — Sebastian Vettel overcomes a first-lap crash to capture his third straight Formula One championship title, finishing sixth in a Brazilian Grand Prix filled with crashes and won by Jenson Button in pouring rain. Vettel becomes the youngest three-time champion in Formula One at age 25.
2012 — The Toronto Argonauts beats the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 in the 100th Grey Cup. Toronto earns its 16th Grey Cup title and first since 2004.
2012 — Janoris Jenkins becomes the first player in Rams history and the first NFL rookie since 1960 to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game and St. Louis hands the Arizona Cardinals their seventh straight loss, 31-17.
2015 — Isaiah Thomas scores 30 points, Jae Crowder hits a go-ahead 3-pointer and the Boston Celtics rally to beat Philadelphia 84-80, handing the 76ers their 16th straight loss to open the season and record-tying 26th in a row overall. Philadelphia ties the major U.S. professional sports futility mark set by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-77 and matches by the 76ers in 2013-14.