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Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA

April 26

1905 - Jack McCarthy of the Cubs became the only outfielder in major league history to throw out three runners at the plate, each of whom became the second out of a double play. The victims were the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2-1 loss.

1950 - The University of Miami ends the longest winning streak in collegiate tennis by defeating William & Mary 8-1. William & Mary, unbeaten in five years, had won 82 consecutive meets.

1964 - The Boston Celtics capture their sixth consecutive NBA title with a 105-99 victory over the San Francisco Warriors in Game 5 of the finals.

1995 - The Colorado Rockies post an 11-9 victory over the New York Mets in 14 innings, tying the NL record for innings played in a season opener.

2002 - Odalis Perez of Los Angeles faces the minimum 27 batters in his first career shutout. Perez was perfect for six innings in a 10-0 win over the Cubs at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

2005 - Alex Rodriguez hits three home runs and drives in a career-high 10 runs to lead the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 12-4.

2008 - Michigan tackle Jake Long is officially selected by the Miami Dolphins with the top pick in the NFL draft. St. Louis selects Chris Long of Virginia second.

2009 - French swimmer Frederick Bousquet sets a world record in the 50-meter freestyle, becoming the first person to break the 21-second barrier. Bousquet breaks the record at the French championships finishing in 20.94 seconds.

2012 - Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is selected first overall in the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, followed by Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, who is taken by the Washington Redskins.

2012 - The Charlotte Bobcats finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history after a 104-84 loss to the New York Knicks. The Bobcats' 23rd consecutive loss leaves them with a winning percentage of .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The record was set 39 years ago, when the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season.

2014 - Wladimir Klitschko toys with Alex Leapai and knocks him out in the fifth round to retain his four heavyweight belts in Oberhausen, Germany.

April 27

1956 - Rocky Marciano retires as the undefeated heavyweight boxing champion. He finished with a 49-0 record, including six title defenses and 43 knockouts.

1960 - The Minneapolis Lakers announce that they will relocate to Los Angeles.

1968 - Jimmy Ellis won the world heavyweight boxing title with a 15-round decision over Jerry Quarry in Oakland, Calif. This is the final bout of an eight-man elimination tournament to fill Muhammad Ali's vacated title.

1994 - Scott Erickson, who allowed the most hits in the majors the previous season, pitched Minnesota's first no-hitter in 27 years as the Twins beat Milwaukee 6-0.

1994 - Dave Hannan scores 5:43 into the fourth overtime to keep the Buffalo Sabres going in the NHL playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils, the sixth-longest game in NHL history.

2001 - Jamal Mashburn of Charlotte sets an NBA playoff record by making all 25 of his free throws during the three-game sweep of Miami. Mashburn is 10-for-10 in Charlotte's 94-79 victory. 2002 - Derek Lowe pitches a no-hitter against Tampa Bay. Brent Abernathy is the only baserunner Lowe allows in Boston's 10-0 victory.

2003 - Kevin Millwood pitches his first career no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 1-0.

2007 - Kirk Radomski, a former New York Mets clubhouse employee, pleads guilty to distributing steroids to major league players for a decade and agrees to help baseball's steroids investigators.

2008 - Ashley Force becomes the first woman to win a national Funny Car race. The 25-year-old beats her father, drag racing icon John Force, in the final round of the 28th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals to deny him his 1,000 winning round in his 500th NHRA tour event.

2009 - West Virginia State's Bo Darby hit home runs in five consecutive at-bats over two games, including four in one contest. The sophomore outfielder homers in his first four trips to the plate against Salem International. He also connects in his final at-bat two days earlier against the University of Charleston. Darby homers twice more in the second game of the doubleheader, giving him six for the day with 14 RBIs.

2009 - The Denver Nuggets match the biggest victory in playoff history with their 121-63 rout of New Orleans in Game 4 of their first-round series. The Minneapolis Lakers had the other 58-point postseason victory, beating the St. Louis Hawks 133-75 in 1956. The Hornets record playoff lows in points, field goals made (17), field goals attempted (54), assists (10) and second-half points (24).

2011 - Nathan Horton scores 5:43 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series. Boston had never won a playoff series after trailing 0-2 in 26 tries.

2011 - Dwayne Roloson makes 36 saves as Tampa Bay completes a big series comeback and eliminates Pittsburgh with a 1-0 win in Game 7. Roloson becomes the second goalie to go 6-0 in elimination games. He allowed only four goals in winning the final three games as the Lightning erased a 3-1 series deficit.

2013 - The Detroit Red Wings make the playoffs for the 22nd straight season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 victory over Dallas. The Red Wings own the longest active playoff streak in major professional sports, six years longer than the NBA's San Antonio Spurs' stretch of postseason play.

2014 - Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh wins her record 47th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour title, teaming with April Ross to beat Brazil's Juliana Felisberta Silva and Maria Antonelli 21-11, 21-18 in the Fuzhou Open final.

2014 - Lydia Ko birdies the final hole for her third LPGA Tour victory and first as a professional, holding off Stacy Lewis and Jenny Shin in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Ko earns $270,000, celebrating on the 18th green three days after celebrating her 17th birthday.

April 28

1966 - Boston edges the Los Angeles Lakers 95-93 in Game 7, giving the Celtics and coach Red Auerbach eight straight NBA titles. Auerbach, who announced his retirement earlier, is replaced by center Bill Russell, the first black head coach of a major U.S. sports team.

1967 - Muhammad Ali refuses induction into the U.S. Armed Forces. He is arrested and the New York State Athletic Commission suspends his boxing license and strips him of his heavyweight title.

1987 - The NBA awards expansion franchises to Charlotte, N.C. and Miami for 1988, and Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla., in 1989. Each paid a $32.5 million entry fee.

1990 - Boston set single-game NBA playoff records for scoring and shooting accuracy in a 157-128 rout of the New York Knicks to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

1995 - Michael Jordan, in his first playoff game since his return from retirement, scored 48 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets 108-100.

1995 - The Orlando Magic give the Boston Celtics their worst defeat in team history, 124-77, in a playoff opener.

2001 - John Stockton gets his first triple-double in 171 career playoff games with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Utah's 94-91 loss to Dallas.

2001 - Colorado's Patrick Roy sets an NHL record with his 16th career playoff shutout, making 20 saves in a 2-0 win over Los Angeles.

2005 - Competing in the Drake Relays decathlon for the last time, Kip Janvrin finishes first in the final four events to run away with the title. Janvrin, 39, who won at Drake for the 15th time and increases his world record for decathlon victories to 38. He finishes with 7,671 points, his lowest winning score since 1988.

2007 - JaMarcus Russell, the big-play quarterback from LSU, is the first pick by the Oakland Raiders in the NFL draft.

2009 - Washington edges the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference series to cap a come back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit. It is the franchise's first series victory since the 1997-98 season, when Washington made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals.

2010 - Montreal beats Washington 2-1 to complete a come-from-behind 4-3 series victory and eliminate the NHL's best regular-season in the first round of the playoffs. The Canadiens are the ninth No. 8-seeded team to knock off a No. 1 in 32 matchups since the NHL went to its current playoff format in 1994 - and the first to come back from a 3-1 series deficit.

2011 - The Carolina Panthers select Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

2011 - Canada's Patrick Chan wins his first world figure skating title in record fashion. Chan sets world records for the free skate and total points to claim titles at the world figure skating championships in Moscow.

April 29

1901 - His Eminence, ridden by Jimmy Winkfield, wins the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/2 lengths over Sannazarro in the only Derby ever raced in April.

1961 - ABC's "Wide World of Sports," debuts.

1970 - Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West hits a 60-foot desperation shot at the buzzer to tie Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks. The Knicks outscore the Lakers 9-6 in the overtime for a 111-108 win.

1985 - Tony Tubbs captures the WBA heavyweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Greg Page in Buffalo, N.Y.

1986 - Roger Clemens set a major league record by striking out 20 batters as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-1.

1988 - The Baltimore Orioles end their 21-game losing streak by winning their first game of the season, 9-0 over the Chicago White Sox.

1990 - Pat Riley becomes the winningest coach in NBA playoff history as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 104-100. Riley's 100th victory put him ahead of Red Auerbach.

1994 - Kirk Rueter of Montreal became the first major league pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to start his career with a 10-0 record as the Expos beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2.

1998 - For the first time in the 124-year history of the Kentucky Derby, a redraw is ordered during the post position draw. Churchill Downs officials allowed ESPN to control the announcing of the draw. Commentator Chris Lincoln called the No. 15 pill twice while picking the draft order for post positions.

2000 - Lennox Lewis knocks down Michael Grant three times in the first round and knocks him out at 2:53 of the second at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles. The combined weight of 497 pounds made it the heaviest title fight ever.

2003 - Indiana outscores Boston 5-0 in overtime for a 93-88 victory, cutting the Celtics' first-round series lead to 3-2. It's the first overtime shutout in NBA playoff history.

2005 - In the first matchup between 300-game winners in almost 18 years, the Cubs' Greg Maddux outduels the Astros' Roger Clemens in Chicago's 3-2.

2007 - Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has an unassisted triple play in the seventh inning of the Rockies' 9-7 win over Atlanta. It's the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history and the first since 2003.

2007 - Phoenix guard Steve Nash has 23 assists, one shy of the NBA playoff record, to help Phoenix to a 113-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

2010 - The NCAA's Board of Directors approve a 68-team format for the men's basketball tournament beginning next season. It's the first expansion since 2001 when the tourney went from 64 to 65 teams.

2011 - Zach Randolph scores 31 points and grabs 11 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies advance to their first Western Conference semifinals and made NBA history in knocking off the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs 99-91. The Grizzlies becomes the second No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 seed since the NBA expanded the opening series to a best-of-seven.

2013 - NBA veteran center Jason Collins becomes the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins writes a first-person account posted on Sports Illustrated's website. The 34-year-old free agent played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons.

2014 - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments he made in an audio recording. The Clippers' owner is also fined $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution.

April 30

1922 - Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox pitches a 2-0 perfect game against the Detroit Tigers.

1961 - Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hits four home runs in a 14-4 victory over the Braves in Milwaukee.

1971 - The Milwaukee Bucks become the second team to register a four-game sweep in the NBA championship, beating the Baltimore Bullets 118-106.

1976 - Muhammad Ali wins a unanimous 15-round decision over Jimmy Young in Landover, Md., to retain his world heavyweight title.

1992 - The Red Wings and Canucks become the ninth and 10th teams in NHL history to rebound from 3-1 deficits to win playoff series. Detroit beats the Minnesota North Stars 5-2 in the Norris Division, while Vancouver defeats the Winnipeg Jets 5-0 in the Smythe Division.

1993 - Monica Seles, the top-ranked women's player, is stabbed in the back during a changeover at the Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany. Guenter Parche, 38, reaches over a courtside railing and sticks a knife into the back of Seles. She has an inch-deep slit between her shoulder blades and missed the remainder of the 1993 season.

2002 - Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez becomes the second-youngest player to reach 250 homers during a 10-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

2005 - James Toney outpoints John Ruiz to win the WBA heavyweight title in New York. Toney, a former champion at three other weights, wins his third heavyweight bout, becoming the third one-time middleweight champion to take boxing's top crown.

2009 - Derrick Rose scores 28 points and blocks Rajon Rondo's potential winner as Chicago held on for a 128-127 triple-overtime victory over Boston to force Game 7. Ray Allen scores a career playoff-high 51 points for the Celtics, while tying the NBA playoff record with nine 3-pointers.

2010 - Tiger Woods matches the worst nine-hole score of his PGA Tour career and winds up with a 7-over 79 to miss the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship. Woods finishes at 9-over 153, the highest 36-hole total of his career. It's the sixth time in his 14-year career he misses a cut.

2011 - In Moscow, Japan's Miki Ando defeats Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea at the world figure skating championships originally scheduled for Japan before it was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March.

2014 - Anze Kopitar scores the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Jonathan Quick makes 39 saves to cap the Los Angeles Kings' historic comeback from three games down with a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their first-round series. The are the fourth NHL team to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games.

May 1

1920 - Joe Oeschger of the Boston Braves and Leon Cadore of the Brooklyn Dodgers each pitch 26 innings in a 1-1 tie, the longest game in major league history.

1943 - Count Fleet, ridden by Johnny Longden, wins the Kentucky Derby by three lengths over Blue Swords.

1948 - Citation, ridden by Eddie Arcaro, wins the Kentucky Derby by 3 1/2 lengths over Coaltown. It's Citation's toughest race in winning the Triple Crown.

1965 - The Montreal Canadiens beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 in Game 7 to capture the Stanley Cup.

1991 - Nolan Ryan pitches his seventh no-hitter in a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Ryan faces 29 batters, striking out 16 and walking two.

1991 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics sets a major league record by stealing his 939th base, eclipsing Lou Brock's career mark.

1992 - The Pittsburgh Penguins become the 11th team in NHL history to rebound from a 3-1 deficit and win a playoff series, with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

1992 - Rickey Henderson, baseball's career stolen base leader, steals his 1,000th career base in the first inning of Oakland's 7-6 win over Detroit.

1993 - Bruce Baumgartner wins his 11th straight national wrestling title by beating Joel Greenlee 6-0 in the 286-pound freestyle division at the U.S. championships in Las Vegas.

1999 - Charismatic, a 30-1 shot who ran in a claiming race in February, charges to victory in the 125th Kentucky Derby, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas his third victory of the 1990s.

2002 - With a save against the Chicago Cubs, San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman sets the major league record for the most saves with one team, 321. He breaks Dennis Eckersley's record of 320 with Oakland.

2003 - The three-time defending champion Lakers beat Minnesota 101-85 to win the series 4-2. It's the 13th straight playoff series won under Phil Jackson, and Jackson-coached teams have an NBA-record 25 consecutive series wins.

2004 - Smarty Jones splashes his way past Lion Heart in the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby. Smarty Jones runs his record to 7-for-7 and becomes the first unbeaten Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.

2006 - Detroit, winner of the President's Trophy by leading the league in points (124) this season, is eliminated in the first round for the third time in five postseasons after a 4-3 loss to Edmonton in Game 6.

2006 - Memphis suffers its third consecutive four-game sweep after a 102-76 loss to Dallas. The Grizzlies' 12 consecutive playoff losses is an NBA record, six more losses than any NBA team had before its first victory.

2008 - Johan Franzen records his second hat trick in three games with three more goals and helps Detroit complete the four-game sweep of Colorado with an 8-2 win. His three goals makes him the first player with two hat tricks in one playoff series since Jari Kurri did it for Edmonton in 1985.

2010 - Jockey Calvin Borel steers Super Saver through the mud to win his third Kentucky Derby in four years, beating Lookin At Lucky by 2 1/2 lengths. The win ends trainer Todd Pletcher's Derby drought. Pletcher, who had four horses in the race, came into the race 0 for 24 since 2000.

May 2

1904 - Mrs. Charles Durnell becomes the first woman to own a Kentucky Derby starter and winner when longshot Elwood wins the 30th Run for the Roses. Elwood is also the first Derby winner to be bred by a woman, Mrs. J.B. Prather.

1917 - Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds and James "Hippo" Vaughn of the Chicago Cubs pitch a double no-hitter for nine innings, but the Reds win 1-0 with two hits in the 10th.

1939 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees does not play against the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium, ending his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.

1953 - Dark Star, 25-to-1 longshot wins the Kentucky Derby beating 7-10 favorite Native Dancer by a head. It's Native Dancer's first defeat after 11 straight wins and the only defeat in 22 career starts.

1964 - Northern Dancer, ridden by Bill Hartack, wins the Kentucky Derby by a neck over Hill Rise in a race record 2:00.

1967 - The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup in six games.

1970 - Diane Crump becomes the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Her mount, Fathom, finishes 15th in a field of 17. Dust Commander, with Mike Manganello aboard, wins the race.

1992 - Lil E. Tee, a 17-to-1 shot, carries Pat Day to victory in the Kentucky Derby as Arazi falters in the stretch and finishes eighth. Lil E. Tee finishes a length ahead of Casual Lies.

1995 - Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the first Japanese native to play in the majors in three decades. Nomo pitches five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, but the Dodgers blow a 3-0 lead and lose to San Francisco 4-3.

2001 - James Hylton, a 28-year-old construction worker from Keizer, Ore., bowls the fifth perfect 900 series in the 106-year history of the sport.

2002 - Mike Cameron hits four homers and comes close to a record-setting fifth in leading the Seattle Mariners to a 15-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Cameron and Bret Boone become the first teammates to both hit two home runs in the same inning.

2002 - Patrick Lalime becomes the 14th goalie in NHL history to record four shutouts in one postseason with his 27-save performance in Ottawa's 5-0 defeat of Toronto.

2005 - The NBA fines Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy $100,000 - the largest amount for a coach - a day after he accuses officials of targeting center Yao Ming this postseason.

2009 - Mine That Bird, ridden by Calvin Borel, stuns the field by capturing the Kentucky Derby with a dynamic stretch run through the mud at Churchill Downs. Borel finds room along the rail deep in the stretch then pulls away to give the 50-1 longshot one of the biggest upsets in the 135-year history of the Run for the Roses. Pioneer of the Nile holds off Musket Man for second.

2010 - Ryo Ishikawa shoots a 12-under 58 - the lowest score ever on a major tour - to win The Crowns in Togo, Japan. The 18-year-old Ishikawa scores 12 birdies in his bogey-free round on the 6,545-yard Nagoya Golf Club course.

2010 - Cleveland's LeBron James becomes the 10th player in NBA history to win consecutive MVP awards.

2012 - Lionel Messi breaks Gerd Mueller's 39-year-old record for goals in a European club season. Messi scores a hat trick for Barcelona in a 4-1 win over Malaga to raise his total to 68. Mueller had held the record since scoring 67 goals for Bayern Munich in 1972-73.

2013 - Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen shoots a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the China Open, while 12-year-old Ye Wocheng opens with a 79 at Binhai Lake. At 12 years, 242 days, Ye is the youngest player in European Tour history, breaking Guan Tianlang's mark of 13 years, 177 days set last year in the event.

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