- Associated Press - Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 27

1920 - Resolute defeats Shamrock IV of Britain to defend the America’s Cup title for the United States.

1937 - The United States wins the Davis Cup by beating Britain four matches to one.

1954 - Chick Harbart beats Walter Burkemo 4 and 3 in the final round to win the PGA championship.

1969 - Betsy Rawls wins the LPGA championship by four strokes over Sue Berning and Carol Mann.

1973 - The Miami Dolphins beat the College All-Stars 14-3 in Chicago.

1986 - Greg Lemond becomes the first American to win the Tour de France. LeMond’s teammate, Bernard Hinault of France, finishes second.

1986 - Pat Bradley sinks a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat hard-charging Japanese veteran Ayako Okamoto in the LPGA-du Maurier tournament. Bradley birdied five of the first six holes and finishes at 6-under 66 for a 72-hole total of 276.

1986 - Speedskater Bonnie Blair sets a U.S. Olympic Festival record for total medals won with 16 and total golds with 10 by taking two titles.

1986 - Bobby Hillin Jr. becomes the youngest winner in the history of NASCAR stock car racing, surviving the Talladega 500 at Alabama International Motor Speedway. Hillin, 22, takes the lead from Tim Richmond eight laps from the end of the 188-lap event.

1987 - The Salt Lake Trappers, an independent team in the Pioneer League, have their record 29-game winning streak snapped with a 7-5 loss to Billings.

1992 - Patty Sheehan shoots a 1-over 72 for a two-stroke victory over Juli Inkster in their 18-hole playoff in the U.S. Women’s Open.

1993 - Reggie Lewis, the 27-year-old Boston Celtics star who collapsed during a playoff game on April 29 from a heart ailment, dies after a light workout at the team’s practice facility at Brandeis University.

1996 - On the day when one person dies and more than 100 are injured by a bomb, the Olympic competition is held beneath flags at half-staff. Canada’s Donovan Bailey sets the world record to win the 100 meters in 9.84 seconds, the Games’ glamour race.

2002 - John Ruiz retains the WBA heavyweight title he won from Evander Holyfield, this time getting off the canvas three times - all after low blows - and lasting long enough for Kirk Johnson to be disqualified.

2005 - Grant Hackett bumps off one of the sport’s most enduring world records, eclipsing Ian Thorpe’s mark in the 800-meter freestyle. The 6-foot-6 Hackett claims his second gold and third medal of the World Swimming Championships with a time of 7:38.65, breaking the mark set four years earlier by his countryman Thorpe.

2006 - Floyd Landis’ stunning Tour de France victory just four days earlier is thrown into question when he tests positive for high levels of testosterone during the race.

2008 - Carlos Sastre wins the Tour de France in one of the closest finishes in the 105-year-old race. The third Spaniard in a row to win cycling’s premier event, Sastre holds his 65-second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia. As in the last two years, this year’s Tour is plagued by doping.

2011 - Ervin Santana pitches the first solo no-hitter for the Angels in nearly 27 years, striking out 10 and leading Los Angeles over Cleveland 3-1.

2013 - Candace Parker scores a record 23 points to lead the West to a 102-98 win over the East and earn MVP honors in the WNBA All-Star game.

2013 - Hunter Mahan withdraws from the RBC Canadian Open after his wife went into labor. Mahan, the tournament leader at 13 under after 36 holes, had yet to tee off for the third round.

July 28

1913 - The United States wins its first Davis Cup since 1902 by beating Britain three matches to two.

1928 - The Summer Olympics open in Amsterdam and the Olympic flame is lit for the first time.

1929 - The Chicago Cardinals become the first NFL team to train out of state, holding camp in Michigan.

1972 - The American Basketball Association announces that San Diego will receive a franchise and the NBA’s Buffalo Braves relocate to San Diego and are renamed the San Diego Clippers.

1972 - The Dallas Cowboys beat the College All-Stars in Chicago 20-7.

1984 - The Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles with a record 140 nations competing. The Soviet Union and 13 Communist allies, including Cuba and East Germany, boycott the Games.

1987 - Laura Davies shoots a 1-under 71 to defeat Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

1987 - Angel Cordero Jr. becomes the fourth U.S. jockey to win 6,000 races when he rides Lost Kitty to victory at Monmouth Park, N.J.

1991 - Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game as the Montreal Expos beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0.

1992 - American Mike Barrowman sets a world record in winning the 200-meter breaststroke, and Russian Evgueni Sadovyi becomes the Summer Olympics’ first triple gold medalist, also smashing a world record in the men’s 400-meter freestyle.

1994 - On the night baseball players set an Aug. 12 strike date, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitches a perfect game for a 4-0 victory over California.

2000 - Blaine Wilson, America’s pre-eminent gymnast, wins his fifth straight championship in St. Louis. He becomes the first gymnast to win five straight national titles since George Wheeler did it from 1937-41.

2002 - Lance Armstrong wins his fourth straight Tour de France. His final winning margin over second-place Joseba Beloki of Spain is 7 minutes, 17 seconds, making it Armstrong’s second-biggest victory. The four titles were stripped in 2012 for doping.

2005 - In Montreal at the World Swimming Championships, Poland’s Otylia Jedrzejczak breaks her own world record in the 200 butterfly. Jedrzejczak’s time of 2:05.61 lowers her own mark of 2:05.78 set in Berlin on Aug. 4, 2002.

2009 - Germany’s Paul Biedermann hands Michael Phelps his first major individual loss in four years, setting a world record in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships in Rome. Biedermann touches in 1:42.00, beating Phelps’ record of 1:42.96 set at last year’s Beijing Olympics. Phelps, a body length behind, suffers his first loss in a major international meet since Ian Crocker beat him in the final of the 100 butterfly at the 2005 world championships.

2011 - Ryan Lochte celebrates the first world record set since high-tech bodysuits were banned 1 1/2 years ago. Lochte edges Michael Phelps in 200-meter individual medley at the world championships at Shanghai. Lochte touches the wall in 1:54.00 to lower his old mark set two years ago in Rome by a tenth of a second.

2012 - China’s Ye Shiwen sets the first world record at the Olympic pool, winning the women’s 400-meter individual medley with a dominant finishing kick. The 16-year-old Ye trailing American teenager Elizabeth Beisel more than halfway through the grueling race pulls away to win in 4:28.43. She beat the mark of 4:29.45 set by Stephanie Rice at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

2013 - Brek Shea scores less than a minute after entering the game as a second-half substitute, giving the United States a 1-0 victory over Panama in the Gold Cup final. It’s the fifth Gold Cup title for the Americans, but their first since 2007.

July 29

1751 - The first International World Title Prize Fight takes place in Harlston, Norfolk, England. The champion, Jack Slack of England, beats the challenger, M. Petit of France, in 25 minutes.

1924 - Paul Runyan defeats Craig Wood 1 up in 38 holes in the final round to capture the PGA championship.

1934 - Paul Runyan beats Craig Wood on the 38th hole to win the PGA Championship at Park Country Club in Williamsville, N.Y.

1956 - Cathy Cornelius wins a playoff over Barbara McIntyre to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

1957 - At the Polo Grounds in New York, Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson at 1:52 of the 10th round to retain the heavyweight title.

1979 - Amy Alcott shoots a 7-under 285 to beat Nancy Lopez in the Peter Jackson Classic, later named The du Maurier Classic. The du Maurier is one of the LPGA Tour’s major championships from 1979-2000.

1980 - Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz of Poland sets an Olympic record in the pole vault with a vault of 18-11½ in Moscow.

1986 - The United States Football League wins and loses in its lawsuit against the National Football League. The jury finds that the NFL violated antitrust laws, as the USFL claimed, but awards the USFL only $1 in damages.

1989 - Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor becomes the first person to jump 8 feet, setting a world record at the Caribbean Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the high jump. Sotomayor held the record at 7-11½.

1990 - Beth Daniel shoots a 66 to overcome a 5-shot deficit and win the LPGA Championship - her first major title in 12 years on the tour. Daniel beats Rosie Jones by one stroke and pockets $150,000, the largest in LPGA Tour history.

1991 - Jack Nicklaus shoots a 5-under 65 to beat Chi Chi Rodriquez by four strokes in a playoff for the U.S. Senior Open title.

1992 - The U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team wins the gold medal as Matt Biondi and Tom Jager become the first U.S. male swimmers to win golds in three Olympics.

1996 - Record-setting sprinter Michael Johnson sweeps to victory in an Olympic 400-meter record 43.49 seconds, while Carl Lewis leaps into history in Atlanta. Lewis’ long jump of 27 feet, 10¾ inches earns him his ninth gold medal, equaling the American mark held by swimmer Mark Spitz.

2001 - Lance Armstrong wins his third straight Tour de France, ending three weeks of grueling competition and again dominating the world’s toughest cycling event. He’s the first American to win the Tour three times in a row. In 2012, the three titles were stripped for doping.

2003 - Boston’s Bill Mueller becomes the first player in major league history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game and connects for three homers in a 14-7 win at Texas.

2007 - Alberto Contador wins the doping-scarred Tour de France, a new, young and unlikely winner for the three-week race shaken to its core by scandals. The 24-year-old’s margin of victory - just 23 seconds ahead of Cadel Evans of Australia - is the second-narrowest in the Tour’s 104-year history.

2008 - Disgraced ex-NBA official Tim Donaghy admits that he’d brought shame on his profession as a federal judge sentenced him to 15 months behind bars for a gambling scandal.

2012 - Kimberly Rhode wins the Olympic gold medal in women’s skeet shooting, making her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.

2012 - Dana Vollmer of the United States sets a world record to win the 100-meter butterfly at the London Olympics. Vollmer, third at the turn, hits the wall in 55.98 seconds to shave 0.08 off the previous mark set by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

2013 - Ruta Meilutyte, a 16-year-old from Lithuania, sets the first world record of the world swimming championships held in Barcelona. She breaks the mark in the 100-meter breaststroke touching in 1:04.35, beating the record set by American Jessica Hardy in 2009 at the end of the rubberized suit era.

July 30

1870 - Monmouth Park opens with a five-day race meet.

1930 - Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 for soccer’s first World Cup in Montevideo.

1932 - The 10th modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles.

1961 - Jerry Barber edges Don January by one stroke in a playoff to win the PGA title.

1968 - Washington’s Ron Hansen pulls off an unassisted triple play, but the Cleveland Indians still win 10-1.

1971 - In the NFL Chicago All Star game, the Baltimore Colts beat the All-Stars 24-17.

1976 - Bruce Jenner sets the world record in the Olympic decathlon with 8,618 points, breaking Nikolai Avilov’s mark by 164 points.

1980 - Houston pitcher J.R. Richard suffers a stroke during a workout at the Astrodome.

1984 - Michael Gross of West Germany sets a world record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:47.44 at a meet in Munich.

1996 - The American softball team wins the gold medal, beating China 3-1 behind a controversial two-run homer from Dot Richardson in the first Olympic competition in that sport.

2004 - At the London Grand Prix meet, Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva breaks the pole vault world record for the third time in five weeks, clearing 16 feet, ¾ inch at Crystal Palace.

2009 - Seven more world records on the fifth night of the world swimming championships in Rome are set, pushing the total to 29 and moving past last summer’s Beijing Olympics. Ryan Lochte gets things rolling by breaking Phelps’ mark in the 200-meter individual medley. The Chinese women finish it off, eclipsing the 800 freestyle relay mark by more than two seconds, with the Americans also breaking the previous record but only getting silver.

2010 - The NFL’s No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford agrees to a six-year, $78 million contract with the St. Louis Rams, with $50 million in guaranteed money. The guaranteed money is the highest ever in the NFL.

2012 - In London, Missy Franklin, a 17-year-old from Colorado, wins the women’s 100-meter backstroke. Franklin has a brief 13-minute break after taking the final qualifying spot in the 200 freestyle semifinals before she had to get back into the water for the backstroke final. Fifteen-year-old Ruta Meilutyte becomes the first Lithuanian to win an Olympic swimming medal by holding off a late charge from world champion Rebecca Soni of the United States in the 100 breaststroke.

2013 - Katie Ledecky crushes the world record in the 1,500 freestyle for her second gold medal at the world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain. The 16-year-old American finishes with a time of 15:36.53 to beat the previous mark by more than 6 seconds - Kate Ziegler’s 15:42.54 in 2007.

July 31

1932 - France beats the United States 3-2 for its sixth consecutive Davis Cup championship.

1934 - Britain, led by Fred Perry and Bunny Austin, beats the United States 4-1 at Wimbledon to win the Davis Cup title.

1954 - Joe Adcock hits four homers and a double to give the Milwaukee Braves a 15-7 victory over Brooklyn.

1963 - The Cleveland Indians become the first American League club to hit four straight home runs and in an unlikely fashion. Number eight hitter Woody Held hits a two-out homer off Paul Foytack, pitcher Pedro Ramos follows with his second homer of the game, Tito Francona and Larry Brown’s first major league homer finish the string. Foytack is the only major league pitcher to give up four straight home runs.

1972 - Dick Allen becomes the first player since 1950 to hit two inside-the-park homers in a game as the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 8-1.

1983 - Jan Stephenson beats JoAnne Carner and Patty Sheehan by one stroke to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

1990 - Nolan Ryan wins his 300th game, reaching the milestone in his second try, as the Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.

1993 - Mike Aulby becomes the third player in PBA history to win a tournament by rolling a 300 game in the title game. Aulby beats David Ozio 300-279 in the Wichita Open.

1994 - Sergei Bubka sets a world pole vault record for the 35th time in his career at a meet in Sestriere, Italy. Bubka soars 20 feet, 1¾ inches, adding a half-inch to his old mark set in Tokyo in 1992.

1994 - Kenya’s Moses Kiptanui sets a world record for two miles with a time of 8 minutes, 9.01 seconds at a track meet in Hechtel, Belgium.

2000 - Dorothy Delasin becomes the LPGA’s youngest winner in 25 years by beating Pat Hurst on the second extra hole to win the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic. The 19-year-old Delasin is the youngest winner on the tour since Amy Alcott took the Orange Blossom Classic at age 19 in 1975.

2005 - Grant Hackett becomes the first swimmer to win four straight world titles in the same event, capturing another 1,500-meter freestyle. The Aussie stretches out his own record for world championship medals to 17.

2007 - All-Star Kevin Garnett is traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to Boston for five players and two draft picks. The Celtics obtain the former MVP and 10-time All-Star from Minnesota for forwards Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes and Gerald Green, guard Sebastian Telfair and center Theo Ratliff and two first-round draft picks.

2011 - The swimming world championships in Shanghai ends with a jolt when emerging Chinese star Sun Yang breaks the oldest world record in the sport - Australian great Grant Hackett’s 10-year-old mark in the 1,500 meters. Sun accelerates on the final two laps to finish in 14:34.14, improving on Hackett’s mark of 14:34.56 set at the 2001 worlds. The American team claims 29 swimming medals - 16 gold, five silver and eight bronze - in the meet to greatly improve upon its performance from two years ago in Rome.

2011 - Yani Tseng wins the Women’s British Open for the second straight year, beating Brittany Lang by four strokes and becoming the youngest woman to capture a fifth major title. The 22-year-old top-ranked Taiwanese shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 16-under 272.

2012 - Michael Phelps breaks the Olympic medals record with his 19th as the United States romp to a dominating win in 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Games. With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moves one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul in 1956, 1960 and 1964.

2012 - The team of Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber lives up to all the hype, winning the first U.S. Olympic title in women’s gymnastics since 1996.

Aug. 1

1936 - The Olympic Games open in Berlin. The opening ceremonies is presided over by Adolf Hitler.

1945 - New York’s Mel Ott hits his 500th home run in a 9-2 victory over the Boston Braves at the Polo Grounds. Only Babe Ruth with 714 and Jimmie Foxx with 527 have more.

1972 - Nate Colbert of the San Diego Padres drives in 13 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Atlanta Braves 9-0 and 11-7.

1987 - Mike Tyson wins the undisputed heavyweight championship with a 12-round unanimous decision over IBF champion Tony Tucker in Las Vegas.

1990 - Arkansas jumps to the Southeastern Conference, severing its 76-year tie to the troubled Southwest Conference.

1992 - Eric Griffin, a two-time world champion at 106 pounds, loses to Rafael Lozano of Spain under the new electronic scoring system used at the Summer Olympics, even though all five judges credit him with more blows than his opponent as did five jury members used as a backup in case the computer failed.

1994 - Baltimore’s Cal Ripken becomes the second major leaguer to play 2,000 straight games as the Orioles beat Minnesota 1-0.

1996 - Michael Johnson wins Olympic gold in the 200 meters in a record 19.32 seconds, becoming the first male Olympian to win the 200 and 400 in a single games. Dan O’Brien wins gold in the decathlon, four years after failing to make the U.S. Olympic team.

2004 - Karen Stupples wins her first major title with a record-tying 19-under 269 at the Women’s British Open. Stupples ties the low score in a major, set by Dottie Pepper at the 1999 Nabisco Dinah Shore.

2009 - Rachel Alexandra speeds around the far turn and rolls past the boys once again to win the $1.25 million Haskell Ivitational at Monmouth Park and establish herself as one of the greatest fillies in thoroughbred racing. The bay filly, ridden by Calvin Borel, beats Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird by six lengths.

2010 - Stuart Appleby hits golf’s magic number, shooting a 59 to win the Greenbrier Classic. Appleby’s 11-under round puts him at 22 while third-round leader Jeff Overton finishes second by one stroke after his birdie try slid by the hole on the par-3 18th. Appleby is the fifth PGA Tour player to reach the milestone.

2010 - Yani Tseng of Taiwan makes a 6-foot putt on the 18th hole to win the Women’s British Open by one stroke over Katherine Hull of Australia. It’s the 21-year-old Tseng’s third major title and second of the year to go along with the Kraft Nabisco.

2010 - Bob and Mike Bryan win their record 62nd career doubles title on the ATP Tour. The twin brothers, who beat Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer in the Farmers Classic, were tied with Hall of Famers Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde of Australia, who won 61 titles.

2012 - Four teams are kicked out of the women’s badminton doubles at the London Games for trying to lose on purpose. The eight doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia are cited by the Badminton World Federation for “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport.” South Korea and Indonesia appeal the disqualification, but the BWF rejects the South Korean appeal and the Indonesia challenge is withdrawn. China had accepts the federation’s earlier decision.

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.

1979 - New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson is killed in a plane crash practicing takeoffs and landings near his Ohio home.

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.

1994 - Algerian Noureddine Morceli sets a world record in the 3,000 meters at a meet in Monte Carlo, finishing at 7 minutes, 25.11 seconds. Morceli shaves nearly 4 seconds off the previous record set in 1992 by Kenyan Moses Kiptanui.

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. It’s the lowest score in relation to par at a women’s major, breaking Betsy King’s 17-under 267 in the 1992 LPGA Championship.

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. Matthew closes with a 1-over 71 to finish at 3-under 285 at historic Royal Lytham and St. Annes. Webb finishes with a 68.

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. Soni clocked 2:19.59 to improve on her own mark from Wednesday’s semifinals by 0.41 seconds.

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