Today in Sports - Week Ahead, September 15 - September 21
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1925 - Bill Tilden wins his sixth straight U.S. Open tennis championship with a five-set victory over Bill Johnston. Tilden wins 4-6, 11-9, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. It's the fourth consecutive year that Tilden beats Johnston in the final.
1942 - Alsab, runner-up in the 1942 Kentucky Derby, beats 3-10 favorite Whirlaway, the 1941 Triple Crown champion, by a nose in a $25,000 match race at Narragansett Park. Alsab and Whirlaway meet twice more in 1942, with Whirlaway winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct.3, and Alsab taking the New York Handicap on Oct. 10.
1948 - Pancho Gonzales, 20, wins the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association title with a 6-2, 6-3, 14-12 victory over Eric Sturgess.
1951 - Ford C. Frick, president of the National League, is elected baseball commissioner by the team owners.
1985 - Minnesota's Tommy Kramer passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' 33-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.
1988 - U.S. Olympic diver Greg Louganis hits his head on diving board at the Seoul Olympics. Louganis hits the board on his ninth dive. He has four temporary stitches put in the top of his head so that he could come back and perform his last two dives. Less than 30 minutes later, he completes a reverse 1 1/2 somersault with 3 1/2 twists and, in the final round, a reverse 3 1/2 somersault in tuck position to secure his place in the medal round.
1992 - Sergei Bubka raises the world record in the pole vault, his 32nd world record, clearing 20 feet, 1.5 inches in the Toto International at Tokyo.
1992 - Barry Bonds joins Willie Mays, Howard Johnson & Ron Gant as having (2) 30-HR/30-steal MLB seasons.
1993 - Nigel Mansell overpowers the field in the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix to become the first rookie to win the Indy car PPG Cup championship.
2000 - In the Sydney Olympics, the U.S. softball team strands a staggering 20 baserunners in an 11-inning, 2-1 loss to Japan, which ends a 112-game winning streak. It's the first loss for the Americans since the 1998 world championships.
2000 - Ken Griffey Jr. pinch-hits his 400th home run becoming the first major league player to reach the mark as a pinch-hitter.
2001 - Roger Clemens becomes the first pitcher in major league history to go 20-1, pitching the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
2004 - Jerry Rice's run of 274 straight games with a catch is ended in the Oakland Raiders' 13-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The last time Rice didn't catch a pass was Dec. 1, 1985, at Washington.
2008 - Greg Maddox pitches his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants.
2009 - Texas College of the NAIA is trounced 75-6 by Texas Southern, a week after losing 92-0 to Stephen F. Austin. The Steers fall to 0-4 and have been outscored 300-12.
2010 - Matt Schaub is 38 of 52 for a franchise-record 497 yards with three touchdowns in Houston's 30-27 overtime win over Washington. Donovan McNabb of the Redskins is 28 of 38 for 426 yards. It's the first time two quarterbacks throw for 400 yards in an NFL game since 1994.
2015 - Greyson Lambert of Georgia throws for 330 yards, three touchdowns and sets an NCAA record by completing all but one of his 25 passes to lead the to a 52-20 victory over South Carolina. Lambert posts the highest percentage (96.0) in FBS history for a minimum of 20 completions, breaking the mark of 95.8 (23 of 24) shared by Tennessee's Tee Martin and West Virginia's Geno Smith.
2015 - Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, sets a school record with 572 total yards, throws four TD passes and runs for two more scores in the Sooners' 52-38 victory over Tulsa.
2017 - A new MLB record for the most home runs in a season as number 5,694 is hit by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals.
1913 - Twenty-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet beats Britain's Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open.
1924 - Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 300th game as the Chicago Cubs defeat the New York Giants 7-3 in 12 innings.
1939 - Joe Louis knocks out Bob Pastor in the 11th round at Briggs Stadium in Detroit to retain the world heavyweight title.
1973 - Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in straight sets to win the Battle of the Sexes and the $100,000 winner-take-all purse at Houston's Astrodome.
1980 - Spectacular Bid wins the Woodward Stakes in the world's richest walkover. Before a crowd of 23,000 spectators, the 4-year-old covers the 1¼ miles at Belmont Park in 2:02.4. It's the last race of his career and he finishes the year undefeated in nine races and is named American Horse of the Year. There had not been a walkover in a major U.S. stakes race since Coaltown won the Edward Burke Handicap on April 23, 1949.
1982 - The NFL Players Association announces a strike at the completion of the Green Bay-New York Giants Monday Night game.
1987 - Chicago's Walter Payton breaks Jim Brown's NFL record with his 107th rushing touchdown as the Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-3.
1988 - Greg Louganis wins Olympic gold medal in springboard diving, one day after hitting his head on the diving board in the preliminary round. Louganis, who needed five stitches, is solid throughout the 11-dive program. His 730.80 points wins the gold, beating China's Tan Liangde. Tan, who finishes with 704.88 points, also finished second to Louganis in the 1984 Olympic Games.
1992 - Raymond Floyd makes PGA Tour history, becoming the first player to win tournaments on the regular and Senior PGA tours in the same year. Floyd birdies five of his last seven holes to win the GTE North Classic after winning the Doral-Ryder Open in March on the regular tour.
2003 - Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State, catches seven touchdown passes to set an NCAA Division I-A record in the Cowboys' 52-6 win over SMU. Woods breaks the mark of six set by San Diego State's Tim Delaney in a 1969 game against New Mexico State. Woods finishes with 13 catches for 232 yards.
2007 - Floyd Landis loses his expensive and explosive case when two of three arbitrators uphold the results of a test that showed the 2006 Tour de France champion used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback victory. Landis forfeits his Tour title.
2009 - The first game at the Cowboys Stadium sets an NFL regular-season attendance record with a crowd of 105,121, and most of them go home disappointed after the Giants win 33-31.
2009 - Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre sets an NFL record with his 271st straight start in a 27-13 win over the Detroit Lions. Defensive end Jim Marshall had the previous mark for consecutive starts, 270 games in a row for Minnesota from 1961-1979.
2013 - Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record with 24 Grand Slam home runs for the New York Yankees.
2015 - The United States beats Europe with the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history. Paula Creamer beats Germany's Sandra Gal 4 and 3 to complete the 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory. Europe had a four-point lead entering the 12 singles matches, which the United States win 8 1/2 to 3 1/2 in those matches.
2018 - The World Anti-Doping Agency reinstates Russia, ending a nearly three-year suspension caused by state-sponsored doping.
2021 - Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals, hits his 46th home run to break Hall of Famers Johnny Bench's MLB record for most home runs in a season by a catcher.
2022 - Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge breaks his own world record for the marathon in 2 hours 1 minute 9 seconds in Berlin (previous record 2:01:39).
1940 - For the first time in the history of photo finishes a triple dead heat for first place is recorded, at Willow's Park, Victoria, British Columbia.
1955 - Rocky Marciano knocks out Archie Moore in the ninth round at Yankee Stadium in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.
1980 - Richard Todd of the New York Jets completes an NFL record 42 passes and throws for 447 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-27 loss to San Francisco.
1982 - NFL players begin a 57 day strike.
1985 - Michael Spinks wins a 15-round unanimous decision over Larry Holmes Las Vegas to win the world heavyweight title.
1985 - Montana State's David Pandt catches 21 passes for 169 yards against Eastern Washington to set an NCAA record.
1986 - Ken O'Brien's 43-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Walker at 2:35 in overtime ends one of the highest scoring games in NFL history as the New York Jets defeat the Miami Dolphins 51-45. O'Brien passes for 479 yards and four touchdowns, all to Walker. Miami's Dan Marino passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns as both quarterbacks set a record with 884 combined yards passing.
1991 - U.S. Basketball announces "Dream Team" for the 1992 Olympics.
1994 - The North Carolina women's soccer team wins its 89th straight game, setting the unofficial record for the longest winning streak in college sports. The 5-1 victory over rival N.C. State broke the mark of 88 in a row set by the UCLA men's basketball team during the early 1970s.
1997 - The Buffalo Bills stage the third-biggest comeback in NFL history, overcoming a 26-0 deficit to beat the Indianapolis Colts 37-35. The Bills made the greatest comeback in the 1992 AFC playoffs, wiping out a 35-3 deficit to beat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime.
2003 - Sam Hornish Jr. wins the fastest open-wheel race in history at California Speedway. Hornish's Chevrolet-powered Dallara averages 207.151 mph in the Toyota Indy 400 - breaking the previous closed course race record of 197.995, set here last year by Jimmy Vasser in a CART Champ Car event.
2008 - The United States take back the Ryder Cup with a 16 1/2-11 1/2 victory over Europe. It's the largest margin of victory for the Americans since 1981.
2008 - Baseball says farewell to Yankee Stadium, the home of baseball's most famous team.
2008 - Miami wins for just the second time in 22 games, ending New England's NFL record 21 straight regular-season wins with a 38-13 win over the Patriots. Ronnie Brown scores a Miami-record four rushing touchdowns and passes for another. The 25-point loss is New England's biggest in seven seasons at Gillette Stadium.
2014 - Tom Brady passes for 234 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 16-9 win over Oakland. The win is Brady's 150th career victory as a starting quarterback, joining Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (169) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.
2018 - English golfer Oliver Fisher shoots the first round of 59 in the 46-year history of the European Tour. Fisher makes an eagle and 10 birdies on a par-71 course in the second round of the Portugal Masters held at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura.