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1980's and 90's Colombia was ravaged by an endless cycle of narco-violence, yet in the midst of this deadly scourge soccer thrived and enjoyed a golden era.  The unlikely catalyst- laundered drug money that... more
The late communist dictator who threw political curve balls on the world stage for 50 years mixed baseball and revolution like a mojito cocktail.  Historically, baseball was ingrained into the Cuban soul like music, rum and  tropical breezes.  more
46 years ago this month, the deadliest aviation accident in U.S. sporting history wiped out the entire Marshall University football team.  Thirty seven players and 9 members of the coaching staff were killed on their way back...  more
Great athleticism can be seen as a form of art, but can art itself be regarded as a sporting event ?  Maybe not with strength and endurance, but with style and beauty.  Between 1912 and 1948 seven Olympiads incorporated art...  more
The connection between U.S. Presidents and football goes back to the early years of the 20th Century.  In 1904, the ruffian and violent sport of the day saw 18 deaths, spurring calls for a ban on the game.  more
A shoe-less African running through the streets of Rome resembled a scene closer to the time of slaves and gladiators   than  the modern,  espresso-sipping day of Italy.  But spectators who lined up to watch the marathon race... more
The oldest of the four Major golf championships goes back to 1860, but it wasn't until after WWI that American golfers would make their mark on the British isles.  In 1921, "Golf Illustrated" magazine helped raise a fund  to...  more
World War II was raging and as America's resources were being diverted overseas, baseball's greatest assets   were no exception. Celebrated sluggers like  Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Hank Greenberg  were just...  more
The country that invented, codified and spread the most popular sport  in the world surprisingly has only one World Cup victory. The year was 1966 and John Lennon infamously proclaimed that the Beatles have now become... more
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10 years ago

BOXING October 18, 2008  Bernard Hopkins defeats Kelly Pavlik by unanimous decision.  The middle weight fight had no belt at stake, but it was nevertheless an unexpected victory for Hopkins who at 43 was 17 years older than his opponent. ‘Ring Magazine’ and ‘Sports Illustrated’ named the encounter the “upset fight of the year” for 2008.

20 years ago

FOOTBALL October 19, 1998  The NY Jets take down the NE Patriots 24-14 in Week 7 of the NFL. Under the guidance of Coach Bill Parcells the Jets finished the season 12-4, the best in the team’s history; they would move on to the Conference but lose to Denver. Just 2 years earlier before Parcells arrived, the hapless squad posted a 1-15 record.

30 years ago

BASEBALL October 20, 1988  The Los Angeles Dodgers upset the heavily favored Oakland A’s 4-1 at the World Series. Pitcher Orel Hershiser took home the series MVP, shutting out the A’s in Game 2 and pitching a 2-run complete game in the decisive Game 5 victory. It was the Dodgers’ 5th World Series title since moving from Brooklyn in 1958.

40 years ago

RUNNING October 22, 1978  Bill Rodgers wins the New York City Marathon, clearing the finish line in 2:12:12. It was the third of his four consecutive victories running the 26.2 mile event in the Big Apple. A virtual road pounding superman, the Connecticut native also won the Boston Marathon four times, in 1975 and 1978-80. His best ever record was 2:09:27.