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Roger Bannister’s death earlier this month at the age of 88 reminded us of another era when running the mile under 4 minutes was the track athlete’s elusive goal. On May 6, 1954, twenty five-year old Bannister was running a race against Oxford University as a member of an amateur all-star team when he broke away from the pack, took the lead, and won the competition. more
For those who wonder why the Big Apple hasn’t hosted an NCAA basketball Final since 1950, the answer might lie in a game-fixing scandal that for years had left an indelible mark on college basketball. A “Mecca” for college hoops in the 1940’s, New York’s Madison Square Garden (MSG) more
Since Hollywood debuted the Academy Awards in 1929, only three Best Pictures went to sports related movies: (2004) “Million Dollar Baby”, (1981) “Chariots of Fire”, and (1976)“Rocky”. In total, 34 Oscars were handed out to the sports genre with boxing being the largest category. … more
There was a time when rugby might have become America’s contact sport and Monday morning office chats might have mused around tries, scrums and drop-kicks more
John L. Sullivan, the celebrated 19th century fist fighter who embodied the spirit of a fighting Irishman, died one hundred years ago in Abington, Massachusetts. more
Sports fans will be tickled and amused to learn that the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held every February at New York City’s Madison Square more
Thirty-eight years ago this month, a U.S. team of college hockey players stunned the world by defeating a professional Soviet squad before going on to claim gold at the 14th Winter Olympics. more
Officially called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game”, the first Super Bowl was less super and more scrimmage. more
It’s difficult to quantify the changes in sports nutrition over the past decades, but today’s athletes are bigger, stronger and faster partially as a result of improvements in their fuel intake. more
The famed off-road endurance race featuring a variety of motorcycles, cars and trucks kicked off its 40th annual rally this month in Lima, Peru. more
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10 years ago

AUTO RACING  March 23, 2008- Race car driver Kimi Raikkonen wins the Malaysian Grand Prix, the second Formula One race of the season. The Finn claimed the 56-lap race driving for the Ferrari team after starting from second position. Nicknamed “The Ice Man”, Raikkonen has 20 career F1 victories and 1 World Championship from 2007.

20 years ago

BASKETBALL  March 20, 1998- Utah Jazz power forward Karl Malone becomes the NBA’s 5th all-time leading scorer. Recruited out of Louisiana Tech in 1985, Malone played 18 seasons for the Jazz and was twice league MVP and 14x NBA All-Star. At retirement, his NBA career scoring points of 36,928 ranked second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

30 years ago

FOOTBALL  March 24, 1988- San Diego Chargers QB Dan Fouts announces his retirement from pro football after 15 seasons with the NFL. Drafted from the University of Oregon in 1973, he led the Chargers twice to an AFC title game, but never went on to the Super Bowl. Fouts was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in 1993, his first eligible year.

40 years ago

BOXING  March 18, 1978- The WBC withdraws Leon Spinks’ title of World Heavyweight Champion after he elects to fight Muhammad Ali rather than face the #1 contender, Ken Norton. Spinks had come off a win against Ali just a month earlier, but would lose the second bout 6 months later in a 15th round unanimous decision. It would be his first career loss.

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