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This Day in Sports History

1981: Muhammad Ali’s 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick.

1989: John Stockton of the Utah Jazz dished out 22 assists in a 113-110 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2003: Record set for fewest points by both teams in the 1st half with 55, in a game between the Spurs and Rockets.

2019: James Harden of the Houston Rockets scored 55 points in a 116-110 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

1988: Mark Waugh’s one-day debut provided the first instance of twins taking the field in an international match, but he didn’t bat or bowl as Australia pounded Pakistan by nine wickets in Adelaide. Merv Hughes, also making his one-day debut, was the pick of the bowlers, with 3 for 30.

1988 and 2004: Two hundreds for Sachin Tendulkar, 16 years apart. The first came in his maiden first-class game; at 15, he scored an unbeaten 100 against Gujarat at the Wankhede Stadium to become the youngest Indian first-class centurion. Against Bangladesh in 2004, he was unbeaten again, on 159, in Dhaka. The century saw him equal his idol Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test hundreds (a mark Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis later went on to also break), and he went on to a career-best 248 not out.

2009: Tiger Woods announces an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

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