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Aug. 2

1864 - The first Travers Stakes at Saratoga is won by Kentucky, a horse that scores 20 consecutive victories.

1912 - John McDermott wins the U.S. Open golf championship for the second straight year with a 294 total.

1952 - Five American boxers win gold medals at the Olympics, marking the first time the U.S. wins the unofficial team title. The five medalists are flyweight Nate Brooks; light welterweight Charley Adkins; middleweight Floyd Patterson; light heavyweight Norvell Lee and heavyweight Eddie Sanders.

1967 - The New Orleans Saints play their first preseason game and lose to the Los Angeles Rams, 77-16.

1986 - Jackie Joyner sets the world record in the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Houston with 7,158 points.

1992 - Vitaly Scherbo of the Unified Team wins gold medals in the vault, rings, pommel horse and parallel bars to give him a total of six gold, the most won by a gymnast in a single Olympic Games.

1996 - Down to her final long jump attempt and fighting an injured hamstring, Jackie Joyner-Kersee leaps out of sixth place and ends her Olympic career with a bronze medal. Joyner Kersee jumps 22 feet, 11 3-4 inches for her sixth Olympic medal.

1998 - Brandie Burton closes with an even-par 72 for a tournament-record 18-under 270, and holds on to win the du Maurier Classic by one stroke over Annika Sorenstam.

2005 - In the largest trade in NBA history, Antoine Walker is dealt from Boston to Miami in a transaction involving five teams and 13 players. The Heat acquire point guard Jason Williams and small forward James Posey from Memphis, while the Grizzlies receive guard Eddie Jones from the Heat. The New Orleans Hornets and Utah Jazz also are involved in the deal.

2009 - Catriona Matthew wins the Women's British Open for her first major title, beating Karrie Webb by three strokes just 10 weeks after giving birth to her second child.

2012 - Carmelo Anthony and the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team rewrites the record books in a 156-73 romp over Nigeria. The U.S. led by 26 in the first quarter, had an Olympic-record 78 points in the first half and Anthony scored 37 points, including 10 of 12 3-pointers, to break the U.S. single-game scoring record in less than three quarters. When Andre Iguodala hits a 3-pointer with 4:37 left, the Americans surpass the previous Olympic record of 138 points set by Brazil against Egypt in 1988.

2012 - Gabby Douglas becomes the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize when she wins the all-around Olympic title.

2012 - Michael Phelps adds to his Olympic medal collection with his first individual gold medal of the London Games in the 200-meter individual medley. The U.S. star becomes the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Olympics, capturing his 20th career medal - and 16th gold. Rebecca Soni of the United States sets another world record to defend her 200-meter breaststroke title, clocking 2:19.59 to improve on her own mark in the semifinals by 0.41 seconds.

Aug. 3

1852 - The first intercollegiate rowing race is held on Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., where Harvard beats Yale by four lengths on the 2-mile course.

1949 - The National Basketball Association is formed by the merger of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America.

1955 - Scott Frost, driven by Joe O'Brien, wins the Hambletonian at Good Time Park in Goshen, N.Y. He goes on to become the first trotting Triple Crown winner.

1985 - France's Lutin D'Isigny becomes the first trotter to sweep the International Trot and Challenge Cup in consecutive years with a 3:03.1 time in the 1 1/2-mile test.

1990 - The Professional Golfers Association Tour announces it will not hold tournaments at golf clubs that have all-white memberships or show any other signs of discrimination.

1996 - Andre Agassi, the Dream Team and the U.S. women's 400-meter relay team win Olympic gold medals, while the American men's 400 relay settles for silver. With Carl Lewis idled by a coach's decision and Leroy Burrell injured, the men's 400 team is shocked by Canada - the first time the U.S. lost the event at the Olympics.

1997 - Colleen Walker wins the du Maurier Classic by two strokes over Liselotte Neumann. Her 65 is one stroke off the best final round recorded in an LPGA major, a 9-under 64 by JoAnne Carner in the 1978 du Maurier.

2003 - Annika Sorenstam completes a career Grand Slam at the Women's British Open, beating Se Ri Pak by a stroke in a thrilling head-to-head showdown.

2008 - Ji-Yai Shin wins the Women's British Open by three strokes after a final round 6-under 66. The 20-year-old South Korean, whose 21 previous victories were all in her homeland or Japan, captures her first major with an 18-under 270.

2010 - In Rakvere, Estonia, former Olympic champion Justin Gatlin wins a 100-meter race in 10.24 seconds in his first competition after a four-year doping ban. The 28-year-old American finishes 0.07 seconds ahead of countryman J-Mee Samuels.

2012 - Michael Phelps rallies to win the 100-meter butterfly for his third gold of the London Games and No. 17 of his career. The American, next-to-last at the turn, closes strong to finish in 51.21 seconds, just ahead of Chad le Clos of South Africa and Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia. It's Phelps' third consecutive win in the event at the Olympics, and his 21st career medal. Missy Franklin sets a world record in the 200 backstroke for the 17-year-old's third gold in London.

2013 - Sixteen-year-old Katie Ledecky wraps up a brilliant performance at the world swimming championships with her fourth gold medal and second world record. The youngster turns it on over the final four laps of the 800 freestyle to win in 8 minutes, 13.86 seconds and take down the mark of 8:14.10 set by Britain's Rebecca Adlington at the 2008 Olympics.

Aug. 4

1925 - Every player in each team's lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game.

1945 - Byron Nelson wins his 11th consecutive PGA Tour event, beating Herman Barron by four strokes. Nelson finishes the year with a record for most tournament wins (18) in a season.

1985 - Tom Seaver, 40, becomes the 17th 300-game winner in major league history with a six-hitter - all singles - as the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1.

1985 - Rod Carew of the California Angels gets his 3,000th hit in a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins, his first major league team.

1996 - Laura Davies shoots a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Nancy Lopez and Karrie Webb in the du Maurier Classic.

1996 - The Atlanta Olympic Games end with U.S. boxer David Reid's stunning gold-medal knockout, and the women Dream Team's romp over Brazil. Reid captures America's only boxing gold, knocking down Cuban Alfredo Duvergel, while the U.S. women roll to a 111-87 victory behind Lisa Leslie's 29 points. A record 11,000 athletes from 197 countries make it the biggest Olympics.

2002 - Otylia Jedrzejczak of Poland breaks the world record in the women's 200-meter butterfly, finishing in 2 minutes, 5.78 seconds at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin. She betters the mark of 2:05.81 set by Australian Susan O'Neill in May 2000.

2007 - Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees becomes the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs with a first-inning homer in a 16-8 victory over Kansas City. Rodriguez' homer came eight days after the slugger celebrated his 32nd birthday, eclipsing Jimmie Foxx (32 years, 338 days).

2011 - Cappie Pondexter scores 15 points to lead New York past Chicago 59-49, and the Liberty hold the Sky to a WNBA-record one point in the fourth quarter.

2012 - Michael Phelps ends his career with another gold as the United States wins the medley relay at the London Olympics. Phelps leaves the sport with a record 18 golds and 22 medals overall. At these games he wins four golds and two silvers.

2012 - Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to join Steffi Graf as the only women to complete the Golden Slam - winning the Olympics and the four majors. In a men's semifinal match, Roger Federer outlasts Juan Martin del Potro in a 19-17 final set and clinches his first Olympic singles medal. Canadian equestrian Ian Millar rides into Olympic history by competing in his 10th games - the most of any athlete.

2013 - Missy Franklin claims her record sixth gold medal on the final day of the world championships in Barcelona, becoming the most successful female swimmer ever at a world meet. Franklin eclipses the record shared by Tracy Caulkins - who won five times in 1978 - and Libby Trickett, who did it in 2007.

2013 - Stacy Lewis wins the Women's British Open after a marathon final day. Lewis finishes with a pair of birdies on the Old Course at St. Andrews and closes with an even-par 72. It's her second major on the LPGA Tour, and it ends a record streak of 10 straight majors won by Asian players. Forced to play 36 holes, Lewis is the only player at par or better from the last 21 groups that tee off.

Aug. 5

1921 - Radio station KDKA and announcer Harold Arlin provide the first broadcast of a major league game as the Pirates beat the Phillies 8-5 at Pittsburgh.

1936 - At the Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his third of four gold medals, winning the 200-meter race in an Olympic-record 20.7 seconds.

1954 - The first election for the Boxing Hall of Fame is held. Twenty-four fighters are elected, with the most noteworthy from the modern era Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis and Henry Armstrong. Fifteen are selected from the pioneer era including John L. Sullivan, Gentleman Jim Corbett and Jack Johnson.

1967 - The Denver Broncos beat the Detroit Lions, 13-7, in a preseason game, for the first AFL victory over an NFL team.

1984 - American Joan Benoit wins the first Olympic marathon for women in 2:24:52, finishing 400 meters ahead of Norway's Grete Waitz.

1991 - Sergei Bubka becomes the first to clear 20 feet outdoors in the pole vault, breaking his own world record by a half-inch at the Galan track meet in Malmo, Sweden.

1992 - The U.S. women's basketball team is upset by the Unified Team 79-73 in the semifinals at the Summer Olympics.

1997 - Michael Johnson wins his third straight 400-meter title at the world championships in Athens, Greece, capturing the gold medal in 44.12 seconds. Sally Barsosio becomes the first Kenyan woman to win a gold medal at either the World Championships or the Olympics, taking the 10,000 meters in a world junior record time of 31:32.92.

1999 - Mark McGwire becomes the 16th member of the 500-home run club, hitting two homers - Nos. 500 and 501 - in the St. Louis Cardinals' loss to San Diego.

2001 - Se Ri Pak wins the Women's British Open by two strokes and moves within one victory of the career Grand Slam. Pak finishes with an 11-under of 277 to add to her 1998 U.S. Open and LPGA Championship titles.

2005 - Jason Gore shoots a 12-under 59 in the second round of the Nationwide Tour's Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb. Gore is the third Nationwide player to shoot a 59.

2007 - Tom Glavine earns his 300th victory in an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

2007 - Lorena Ochoa wins the Women's British Open - the first women's professional tournament played at venerable St. Andrews - for her first major title.

2012 - Jamaica's Usain Bolt claims consecutive gold medals in the marquee track and field event at the Summer Games in London. Only about fifth-fastest of the eight runners to the halfway mark, Bolt erases that deficit and overtakes a star-studded field to win the 100-meter dash final in 9.63 seconds, an Olympic record that lets him join Carl Lewis as the only men to win the event twice.

2012 - Britain's Andy Murray cruises past Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the men's Olympic tennis singles final at Wimbledon. Serena and Venus Williams win the women's doubles title, as Serena becomes tennis' first double gold medalist at an Olympics since Venus won singles and doubles at the 2000 Sydney Games. Ben Ainslie earns another gold in the Finn class to become the most successful sailor in Olympic history.

2013 - Alex Rodriguez is suspended through 2014 (211 games) and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera are banned 50 games apiece when Major League Baseball disciplines 13 players in a drug case - the most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago.

2014 - The San Antonio Spurs hire WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first woman to join an NBA coaching staff.

Aug. 6

1926 - Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle of New York City becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel as she crosses the waterway in 14 hours and 31 minutes.

1958 - Glen Davis of Columbus, Ohio, sets a world record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 49.2 in a meet at Budapest, Hungary.

1966 - Muhammad Ali knocks out Brian London in the third round to retain his world heavyweight title.

1972 - South African Gary Player wins his second PGA golf championship with a two-stroke victory over Jim Jamieson and Tommy Aaron.

1978 - John Mahaffey beats Tom Watson and Jerry Pate on the second hole of the sudden death playoff to win the PGA Championship.

1979 - Australian David Graham rebounds from a double-bogey on the final hole in regulation and beats Ben Crenshaw on the third playoff hole at the PGA Championship.

1991 - Debbie Doom of the United States pitches 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 matches that performance against Nicaragua, winning 8-0.

1992 - Carl Lewis leads a U.S. sweep in the long jump in the Olympics with a mark of 28 feet, 5 1-2 inches on his first attempt. Mike Powell takes the silver and Joe Greene the bronze. Kevin Young demolishes one of track's oldest records with a time of 46.78 seconds in the 400 hurdles. Bruce Baumgartner becomes the first American wrestler to win medals in three straight Olympics, taking the gold in the 286-pound freestyle division.

1994 - Jeff Gordon wins the Brickyard 400, the first stock car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1995 - Canada's Donovan Bailey wins the 100 meters at World Track and Field Championships in Goteborg, Sweden, marking the first time since 1976 an American fails to win a medal in the event at a major meet.

1999 - Tony Gwynn goes 4-for-5, singling in his first at-bat to become the 22nd major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits, as the San Diego Padres beat the Montreal Expos 12-10.

2001 - Marion Jones' magnificent winning streak of 42 consecutive victories in 100-meter finals ends at the World Championships when Zhanna Pintusevich-Block clips her by fractions at the finish line. It's Jones' first loss since her final race of the 1997 season when she was beaten by Merlene Ottey of Jamaica.

2006 - Sherri Steinhauer wins the Women's British Open for the third time, and the first since it became a major. Steinhauer finishes at 7-under 281 at Royal Lytham for her second major title. Cristie Kerr and Sophie Gustafson tie for second at 4 under.

2006 - Tiger Woods wins his 50th PGA Tour title, shooting his fourth-straight 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Jim Furyk in the Buick Open. Woods is the seventh member of the PGA Tour's 50-win club.

2008 - Sammy Villegas, a former University of Toledo basketball player, is charged with point shaving. Villegas, who played basketball for four years at Toledo, is accused of shaving points in games during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

2008 - Kim Terrell-Kearney wins the first professional championship match featuring two black bowlers, beating Trisha Reid 216-189 in the U.S. Bowling Congress' U.S. Women's Open. Terrell-Kearney collects her second U.S. Women's Open title and third career major title.

2009 - Andy Roddick wins the 500th match of his professional career with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Sam Querrey in the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Roddick is the 36th player and the fourth active one to reach the milestone, joining Roger Federer, Carlos Moya and Lleyton Hewitt.

2010 - Tyson Gay upsets the defending world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt in a race between the two fastest runners in history. Gay beats the Jamaican at the DN Galan meet in 9.84 seconds at the same stadium where Bolt last lost a race two years ago. Bolt finishes second in 9.97.

Aug. 7

1907 - Walter Johnson wins the first of his 417 victories leading the Washington Senators to a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

1952 - 74-year-old Bion Shively drives Sharp Note to victory in the third heat of the Hambletonian Stakes.

1983 - Hal Sutton overcomes three straight bogeys and edges Jack Nicklaus by one stroke to win the PGA championship.

1983 - Norway's Grete Waitz takes the women's marathon in the first world track and field championships at Helsinki, Finland.

1985 - Commissioner Peter Ueberroth announces the end of the two-day strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association as the players and owners reach a tentative agreement.

1992 - Sergei Bubka, the world record-holder and defending Olympic champion, fails to clear a height in the pole vault.

1994 - Carolyn Hill captures her first title in 14 years on the LPGA Tour. Hills shoots a final-round 69 for 275 that gave her a three-stroke victory over Nancy Ramsbottom in the McCall's LPGA Classic. Hill, who tied the tournament record of 13-under-par, had made a tour-record 359 starts before tasting victory.

1995 - Britain's Jonathan Edwards twice breaks the world record on his way to the World Championship becoming the first man to clear 18 meters and 60 feet in the triple jump. After clearing 18.16 on his initial attempt to break the world record, he pushes the mark to 18.29, for 60 feet, 1-4 inches.

1999 - Wade Boggs becomes the first player to homer for his 3,000th hit, connecting in rare style with a two-run shot in Tampa Bay's 15-10 loss to Cleveland. Boggs already with a pair of RBI singles, homers off Chris Haney in the sixth inning for the milestone.

2004 - Greg Maddux becomes the 22nd pitcher in major league history to reach 300 victories, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over San Francisco.

2005 - Justin Gatlin dominates the 100 meters at the world track and field championships, Helsinki, Finland. Gatlin wins in 9.88 seconds, 17-hundredths of a second ahead of runner-up Michael Frater of Jamaica. The margin of victory is the largest in the 10 world championships that have been held since the meet's inception in 1983.

2007 - San Francisco's Barry Bonds hits home run No. 756 to break Hank Aaron's storied record. Noticeably absent are commissioner Bud Selig and Aaron.

2012 - Aly Raisman becomes the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold on floor, and she picks up a bronze on balance beam on the final day of the gymnastics competition at the London Olympics.

Aug. 8

1902 - The United States, led by William Larned, beats Britain three matches to two to capture the Davis Cup.

1903 - Britain wins the Davis Cup by beating the United States 4-1.

1936 - At the Berlin Olympics, the United States finishes 1-2-3 in the men's decathlon. Glenn Morris sets a world record with 7,900 points, followed by Robert Clark and Jack Parker.

1945 - Harry Pownall drives Titan Hanover to a two-heat sweep to win the 20th Hambletonian Stakes.

1981 - Shiaway St. Pat, driven by Ray Remmen, wins the first Hambletonian Stakes run at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. in four heats.

1982 - Ray Floyd, who shot a record 63 in the opening round, wins the PGA championship by three shots over Lanny Wadkins.

1984 - Carl Lewis sets the Olympic record in the 200 meters with a 19.80 clocking.

1987 - Mack Lobell, driven by John Campbell, wins the Hambletonian in straight heats with a record-smashing performance. Mack Lobell wins the second heat, and the race, by 6 1/4 lengths over Napoletano in 1:53 3-5, a fifth of a second off the world all-age trotting record set by Prakas in 1985.

1992 - The Dream Team picks up its gold medal and Carl Lewis anchors a world-record 400-meter relay, winning his eighth gold medal in three Olympics. The U.S. basketball team beats Croatia 117-85, with the 32-point margin of victory the smallest of the Games. In the 400, Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Dennis Mitchell and Lewis set a world record of 37.40 seconds. Steve Lewis anchors another world-record as the Americans won the 1,600 relay by nearly half the length of a football field. The team of Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Michael Johnson and Lewis ran the 1,600 in 2:55.74.

2006 - Roger Goodell is chosen as the NFL's next commissioner. Favored for months to get the job, he is unanimously elected by the league's 32 owners on the fifth ballot.

2010 - Los Angeles Sparks forward Tina Thompson scores 23 points to become the WNBA's all-time scoring leader in a 92-83 loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars. She surpasses Lisa Leslie's career total of 6,263 points.

2012 - Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States become the first three-time gold medalists in Olympic beach volleyball history. The duo beats Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 21-16, 21-16 in the all-American final, extending their Olympic winning streak to 21 matches.

2012 - Brittney Reese wins the long jump, becoming the first U.S. woman to win the Olympic long jump since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. Caster Semenya makes her Olympic debut three years after being forced to undergo gender tests, finishing second in her 800 heat.

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