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Heroism, tragedy and rebirth shaped the extraordinary life of Junius A. Kellogg, a college hoops star who became a successful more
“Ruth and Gehrig Struck Out By Girl Pitcher”. Such was the New York Times sports headline on April 3rd, 1931. more
Among the sports figures who made it on the big screen in Hollywood, film icon Paul Newman stands on his own as an accomplished actor who was also a successful race car driver. more
It is an article of faith for many New Zealanders that their country ‘punches above its weight’ in sport. Rugby union, where the All Blacks and Black Ferns more
Few landmark court decisions come down in the world of sports but 40 years ago this month, a federal judge ruled that women reporters more
If modern boxing ever produced a gentleman champion, then Floyd Patterson would wear that belt. Forty-six years ago this month, the shy and private ring master more
On December 4, 1972, the weather was a chilly 26 degrees. Traffic was backed-up on Lewis Avenue and spanned more than 3 miles. The impressive more
With pre-season football upon us, I yearn for the days, now buried deep in the scrapbook, when the beloved old man George Halas and the Bears more
In January, 1977, William “Slew” Hester, President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), was flying into LaGuardia Airport when he spotted the old, disused Singer Bowl under a blanket of snow. more
It's impossible to settle the question of who was the greatest athlete of all time, though it certainly makes for a lively and interesting debate. more
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10 years ago

RUGBY March 20, 2010  France defeats England 12-10 to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship. Claiming all 5 matches of the tournament, France also routed Italy 46-20 to take the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy. Defending champions Ireland were runner-up with 6 points behind France’s 10. It was the 17th title for the blue, white and red national team, who first entered the contest in 1910 when the Home Nations tournament became the Five Nations.

20 years ago

GOLF March 27, 2000  Hal Sutton wins the PGA Players Championship held in TPC at Sawgrass. Sutton led all four rounds and was on the 12th hole with Tiger Woods on Sunday when the game was called off due to heavy rain. He ended up winning the delayed tournament on Monday by a single stroke ahead of Woods, shooting 278 (-10). Sutton reached his highest ever ranking (#4) that year and his career would see 14 PGA Tour wins, including the PGA Championship (1983).

30 years ago

BASKETBALL March 20, 1990  The Los Angeles Lakers retire Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s #33 jersey. The 7’2” star center spent 15 seasons with the Lakers, winning 5 national championships with the West Coast team. Coming out of UCLA, he first joined the Milwaukee Bucks and was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year. A 19x NBA All-Star by the time he retired, Jabbar is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players with career stats of 24.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg and 2.5 bpg.

40 years ago

BOXING March 31, 1980  Larry Holmes TKO’s Leroy Jones in the 8th round to retain his WBC heavyweight title. It was his 34th undefeated professional bout since he turned professional in 1973. Seven months later, the Georgia native would take out Muhammad Ali in the same venue at Caesar’s Palace in Nevada to win The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles. Holmes boxed until 2002 and retired with a record of 75-69-6. He lost twice to Michael Spinks, in 1985 & 1986.