This Day in Sports History

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1973: Lords provided a suitable stage for Garry Sobers to complete his 26th and final Test hundred. His unbeaten 150 helped West Indies declare at 652 for 8 and win by an innings. Sobers later admitted that on the first evening (when he was 31 not out at the close), he had spent all night drinking port and brandy and was not in the best state when he resumed his innings. Wisden reported that he retired hurt with a stomach disorder, but Sobers admitted that he was worried about vomiting. The 2-0 defeat ended the Test career of the England captain, Ray Illingworth, who was replaced by Mike Denness.

1989: Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling.

2004: Future 8-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt of Jamaica finishes 5th in his 200m heat in 21.05, failing to qualify for the 2nd round at the Athens Olympics.

2006: After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL.

2008: The USA basketball team — the Redeem Team — drops Spain in a closer than the score indicates final, 118-107, to bring the gold back to US basketball after a disappointing bronze medal showing in 2004. Team USA was led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

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