This Day in Sports History

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1915: Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchase the New York Yankees for $460,000, Ruppert pays his portion in cash.

1960: LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts.

1977: France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics.

1989: Denver Nuggets’ rookie Jerome Lane misses seven free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by two feet.

1991: Ben Johnson’s first race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use; he finishes second.

1994: Another huge score on the subcontinent, this time by a team, or at least most of one. Hyderabad declared at 944 for 6 against Andhra Pradesh in Secunderabad. Maturi Sridhar made 366, Vivek Jaisimha 211 and Noel David 207 – but Andhra held out for a draw with three wickets left and 502 runs to get.

2016: FIFA Ballon d’Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women’s World Player of the Year.

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