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Though less celebrated, Ireland’s place in the sporting world is still an integral part of the country’s outsized contribution to western culture and civilization. more
Southern California in the 1960's- sun, surf, beach and of course, UCLA basketball. The Bruins go back to 1919 yet it was only during a short historic period in 1964-75 when they forged UCLA’s legacy as the NCAA’s winningest Division I men’s basketball team. more
With some 1,000 miles of frozen landscape to conquer, Alaska’s annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is no ice-cream picnic. Few sporting events claim extreme weather as a fundamental racing challenge. more
Hollywood released plenty of sports films over the decades but few managed to score an Oscar.  Since 1929 when the annual prize gala debuted, 89 Best Picture awards were handed out and only three went to movies in the sports genre- more
A decade before they were reincarnated into the Wizards, the Washington Bullets drafted the two tallest and shortest players in NBA history and paired them for a season- other than providing for a colorful sideshow, the synergies failed to raise the team's octane.  more
An ear-piercing, speed-thrilling, stock car pursuit is the most lucrative spectator sport in America, taking in $3 Billion a year in corporate sponsorships, more than double that of the NFL.  The sport's  premier governing body... more
Officially called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game”, the first Super Bowl was less super and more scrimmage.  more
A remote South Pacific island with a sheep population four times greater than humans has produced the world's most successful rugby union squads for over a century.  more
From sports, to fashion, to collectibles- the athletic shoe has seen it all.  Today’s subculture craze for celebrity sneakers has spawned a lucrative reseller market below the radar of  most older adults.  more
The NHL turns 100 this year but as we are often reminded, tradition doesn’t come easy in a world driven by dollars and cents.  Of the 122 teams comprising the four majors- NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB- only 12 original franchises have survived... more
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10 years ago

BOXING April 25, 2009   In an event billed as “Campeon versus Campeon”, Juan Manuel Lopez defeats Gerry Penalosa to retain his WBO junior featherweight title. In a barrage of punches and counterpunches, Lopez averaged 50 hits per round. In the 8th round, he managed 87 punches landed, the 6th highest on record for all weight classes.

20 years ago

SOCCER April 28, 1999   Alf Ramsey, manager of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team, dies at the age of 79. Ramsey spent his playing career with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur before becoming a team manager. He represented the national squad from 1963-74 and was knighted for his World Cup achievement, England’s only Cup victory to date.

30 years ago

BASEBALL April 21, 1989   George W. Bush, the future 43rd President of the United States, leads a group of investors to purchase a controlling interest in the Texas Rangers baseball franchise. He becomes the managing general partner for the next five years. Bush sold his stake in 1998 for a reported $15 million from his initial $800,000 investment in the club.

40 years ago

RUNNING April 16, 1979   Bill Rodgers wins his 3rd Boston Marathon, clearing the finish line in 2:09:27. On the women’s side, it was Joan Benoit of Maine who placed first in a time of 2:35:15. The running was the 83rd edition of the famed long-distance race, the oldest of its kind to be held annually. Rodgers would claim his 4th victory the following year.