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How do you keep a home-grown sports phenom from leaving his country for greener pastures? Turn him into a national treasure, legally. Forty years ago this month, soccer’s greatest player of all time retired after amassing a record more
A century before Colin Kaepernick knelt down in protest against racial injustice, boxing champ Jack Johnson was flouting the racism of his day by cavorting openly with white women. more
In the male-dominated world of thoroughbred racing, it was a woman who bred and raced the most accomplished horse in American history. Penny Chenery, who died last week at the age of 95, was the leading more
In case there is any doubt, the world of sports does answer to the laws of physics. For every winning streak, there is an equal and opposite losing streak buried somewhere in the league. more
Mother nature’s wrath will spare nothing and no one, not even championship games. Rain, fog, ice and blizzards are all part of life on the planet but their unwelcome arrival can transform more
Munich’s Olympic Park is set to unveil a new memorial this week honoring the 11 Israeli athletes massacred by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic games. more
Three years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s racial barrier, another athlete who was born into a family of southern sharecroppers cracked open the U.S. National Championships, more
Last year's hyper-promoted “Money Fight” between boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts specialist Conor McGregor sent echoes of a 41- year old forgotten bout. In 1976, legendary Muhammad Ali more
The most sparsely populated country in Europe has the highest number of Olympic medals per capita in the world. Finland boasts a summer Olympic medal for every 18,135 inhabitants. more
World War II was raging in the early 1940’s and as America's resources were being diverted overseas, baseball's greatest assets were no exception. more
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10 years ago

MOTOR RACING  April 20, 2008- Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first ever female driver to win at an Indy car race.  In 2005, the Wisconsin native was named Rookie of The Year for the Indianapolis 500 and the Indycar series after taking three pole positions. She is the most successful woman in American open-wheel racing.

20 years ago

FOOTBALL  April 18, 1998- At the NFL draft, QB Peyton Manning is the first pick by the Indianapolis Colts.  Coming out of the University of Tennessee, Manning was the school’s all-time leading passer and also held the most victories in the SEC. He would go on to win 2 Super Bowl championships- XLI with the Colts and 50 with the Broncos.

30 years ago

BASEBALL  April 20, 1988- The Baltimore Orioles set the worst record in MLB for a season start, going 0-14. They would lose the next 7 games before finally turning a game. Manager Cal Ripken was fired after posting 0-6  and replaced by Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson.  The Mid-Atlantic franchise closed out the year at 54-107.

40 years ago

RUNNING  April 17, 1978- Bill Rodgers wins the 82nd annual Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line with a time of 2:10:13. It was the second victory for the Connecticut native who would go on to claim two more consecutive marathons in “Beantown”. The long distance running master also won the NYC Marathon 4 straight years in a row from 1976-79.