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This Day in Sports History


1896 – The first modern Olympic Games begin in Athens, Greece. American athlete James B. Connelly wins the first event – the hop, step, and jump.

1947 – Jimmy Demaret wins The Masters for the second time in his career.

1958 – Arnold Palmer wins the first Major of his career, beating Doug Ford by one stroke to win The Masters.

1973 – The Pittsburgh Pirates hold Roberto Clemente Day and retire his number.

1973 – Ron Bloomberg of the New York Yankees becomes the first player in MLB history to play a game in the Designated Hitter position. He walks in his first at-bat.

1987 – After a three-year layoff from boxing, Sugar Ray Leonard returns to the ring, upsetting Marvelous Marvin Hagler in a 12-round split decision to win the middleweight title.

1992 – Duke becomes the first team in 19 years to repeat as NCAA men’s basketball national champions, defeating Michigan 71-51.

2004 – The UCONN women’s basketball team wins their third straight national championship, beating Tennessee 70-61. With the victory, UCONN becomes the first school in NCAA history to win both the women’s and men’s basketball championships in the same year.

2009 – North Carolina wins the NCAA men’s basketball national championship, defeating Michigan State 55-34.

2010 – New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur picks up career win #600.

2010 – For the second straight year, the UCONN women’s basketball team goes undefeated and wins a national championship, beating Stanford 53-47 in the title game.

2013 – Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman becomes the eighth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games in his career.

2015 – Duke wins its fifth national championship, beating Wisconsin 68-63 in the championship.

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