This Day in Sports History

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1885: Upset by the attitude of the England players, who disputed several of his decisions during the final Test in Melbourne, umpire Jack Hodges refused to resume after tea on the third day. Tom Garrett, one of the Australian XI, took his place.

1975: Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title.

1987: Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls scored 56 points in a 93-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

1990: John Stockton of the Utah Jazz dished out 20 assists in a 112-79 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

2016: English footballer Adam Johnson sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual activity with a schoolgirl.

2017: Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns scored 70 points in a 130-120 loss to the Boston Celtics.

2018: All hell broke loose when on day three of the Cape Town Test, Cameron Bancroft and Steven Smith admitted to ball-tampering after TV cameras picked up Bancroft trying to shove a small yellow object – which turned out to be sandpaper – down his trousers, having earlier used it on the ball. At a press conference after play that day, Smith said the team’s leadership group had discussed tampering while looking for a way to get the ball to reverse. Cricket Australia had Smith and David Warner, his vice-captain, step down from their posts on day four of the Test – a day when South Africa wrapped up a huge win, with Morne Morkel, playing his final series, taking career-best figures of 9 for 110. The board then banned Smith and Warner, who they said had hatched the whole plan, for a year, and Bancroft for nine months from international and domestic cricket.

2020: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

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