This Day in Sports History

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1961: Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors pulled down 38 rebounds in a 134-102 win over the Chicago Packers.

1961: NBA’s Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points.

1976: O.J. Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit.

1980: Sugar Ray Leonard regains WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans.

1983: Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers dished out 20 assists in a 147-123 win over the New Jersey Nets.

1990: West Indies squared the series with a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in a frisky second Test in Faisalabad that lasted precisely 180 overs. At 127 for 3 in the second innings (a lead of 102) Pakistan were going well, but then Malcom Marshall (4.2-0-24-4) cleaned up the tail and Richie Richardson decided that attacking a potentially tricky target of 130 was the best approach. He flashed an unbeaten 86-ball 70 after West Indies had slipped to 34 for 3. It was a match to forget for the debutant Saeed Anwar, who bagged a pair and didn’t get another chance for three years.

2000: Humiliating stuff for West Indies, who were routinely hammered by Australia in the first Test, in Brisbane. They mustered just 82 and 124 – only Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who made 62 not out in the second innings, managed a score of more than 20 – and were well beaten by an innings and 126 runs. Glenn McGrath returned the astonishing match figures of 33-21-27-10 (including his bunny, Brian Lara, twice). After the game he said he hadn’t bowled that well. He hadn’t needed to.

2014: Lionel Messi becomes the UEFA Champions League all-time top scorer.

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