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Mobsters, crooked athletes, gambling addicts, and all-around unsavory characters. It sounds like the narrative of an old Hollywood script, but they all played roles more
Major League Soccer (MLS) and its team owners are scoring big this year. In March, a minority sale of the Orlando City FC valued the franchise at $490 million more
Winner of the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Northern Dancer’s achievements on the racetrack were just a footnote next to his accomplishments in the breeding shed. more
The 1942 Stanley Cup Final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings had all the thrilling drama of a championship series, plus more. more
When “Satchel” Paige signed with the Cleveland Indians 70 years ago, an editorial column in The Sporting News chided team owner Bill Veeck for making a farce of the national pastime. more
50 years ago this month, the upstart American Basketball Association (ABA) played its first championship series. more
Eighty years ago, the “New York Journal” proclaimed James Smith Ferebee, a flamboyant 32-year old stockbroker from Chicago, the ‘Hercules of Golf’. Yet today, few fans and even golf historians know his name or what he did to earn that designation. more
At the start of the baseball season 80 years ago, few people imagined that Detroit Tigers’ Hank Greenberg would come close to matching the most hallowed sports record at the time, more
Now that Formula One is in the hands of American billionaire John Malone, it remains to be seen whether the media mogul can ignite interest among Americans in the world's premier auto race. more
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. more
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10 years ago

BOXING  July 11, 2009  Boxer Arturo Gatti is found dead at his hotel while vacationing in Brazil with his wife. She is initially charged with homicide, but then released for lack of evidence. However, a 2nd autopsy performed later in Canada where the Italian-born pugilist was living, determined he died by strangulation. Gatti was a world champion in 2 lightweight classes, retiring in 2007 with a 40-9 record.

20 years ago

FOOTBALL  July 18, 1999  Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson marries long-time girlfriend, Rhonda Rookmaaker, in the Florida Keys; he has two sons from a previous marriage. The illustrious football figure started coaching college in 1965 before moving to the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (1989) and Miami Dolphins (1996). He won two consecutive Super Bowls with the former (XXVII, XXVIII).

30 years ago

GOLF  July 16, 1989  Betsy King claims the 44th annual U.S. Women’s Open Championship, firing 278 (-6) at the Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Orion Lake, Michigan. Winning by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez, it was the first of her two consecutive victories at the event and the second of her six major career titles. The Pennsylvania native turned pro in 1977 and retired in 2005 with 39 LPGA Tour wins.

40 years ago

BASEBALL  July 12, 1979  The Chicago White Sox hold a “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park during a double header with the Detroit Tigers. The event turns into a promotional fiasco as fans pelt debris and destroy the field while a box full of vinyl disco records is blown up by local radio disc jockey, Steve Dahl. The White Sox end up forfeiting the second game after the field is made unplayable.