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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: April 12

1940 – The NFL cuts down the penalty yardage on clipping from 25 yards to 15.

1942 – Byron Nelson wins his second Masters, beating Ben Hogan by one stroke.

1958 – Behind Bob Pettit’s 50 points, the St. Louis Hawks beat the Boston Celtics in game six to win the NBA title.

1960 – The “exploding scoreboard” debuts at Comiskey Park.

1964 – Arnold Palmer wins his fourth Masters title and comes within two strokes of setting the course record.

1980 – The US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow games.

1988 – Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripken Sr. as manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

1997 – Allen Iverson breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s rookie record by scoring 40 or more points in his fourth consecutive game.

2005 – In high school co-ed badminton action in New York, Smithtown High School beats Miller Place High 10-5. The loss snaps a 504 match winning streak for Miller Place, the longest sports winning streak in the US in any sport. It’s the first loss ever for the program, which began in 1973.

2009 – The USA wins their second straight women’s World Hockey Championship, beating Canada 4-1.

2015 – Jordan Spieth becomes the first Masters winner to lead wire to wire since 1976.

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