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Dec. 21

1941 - The Chicago Bears win the NFL championship with a 37-9 rout of the New York Giants.

1975 - The Buffalo Sabres score eight goals in the third period of a 14-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

1981 - Doug Schloerner's 15-foot jump shot with 1 second remaining in the seventh overtime gives Cincinnati a 75-73 victory over Bradley. The seven overtimes set an NCAA record.

1997 - Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions becomes the third player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season when he gains 184 in a 13-10 win over the New York Jets. Sanders finishes with 2,053 yards, second to Eric Dickerson's 2,105 in 1984.

2001 - Dwayne DeRosario scores six minutes into overtime as the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 to win their first MLS Cup.

2003 - Detroit loses its 24th straight road game, an NFL record, falling at Carolina 20-14. The Lions last won on the road on Dec. 17, 2000, at the N.Y. Jets.

2003 - Peyton Manning of Indianapolis extends his NFL record to five straight seasons with at least 4,000 yards passing in a 31-17 loss to Denver. No other quarterback has had more than three 4,000-yard seasons in a row.

2007 - Rusty Smith passes for 336 yards and a New Orleans Bowl record five touchdowns to lead Florida Atlantic to a 44-27 victory over Memphis.

2008 - Detroit becomes the first 0-15 team when it's routed 42-7 by the New Orleans Saints. The Lions also break NFL records by being outscored by a combined 176 points at home and by an average of 22 points.

2008 - Cleveland's Jamal Lewis becomes the 24th player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 career yards in the Browns' 14-0 loss to Cincinnati.

2008 - San Francisco's Isaac Bruce becomes the fifth player to reach 1,000 catches on a 3-yard touchdown grab in the 49ers' 17-16 win at St. Louis.

2009 - Martin Brodeur surpasses Terry Sawchuk's 40-year-old NHL record with his 104th career shutout, leading New Jersey to a 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh.

2010 - The No. 1-ranked Connecticut women's basketball team tops the 88-game winning streak by John Wooden's UCLA men's team from 1971-74, beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62. Maya Moore has a double-double with a career-high 41 points and 10 rebounds and Bria Hartley adds 21 points for the Huskies, who hold the record for the longest winning streak in all of college basketball history.

2012 - Chris Paul has 24 points and 13 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers break a 38-year-old franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory, 97-85 over the Sacramento Kings. The previous mark was set by the Buffalo Braves during the 1974-75 season. That team won 49 games, still a record for a beleaguered organization that has called three cities home.

2013 - Jared Roberts makes a 41-yard field goal as time expires and Colorado State overcomes a 22-point deficit to beat Washington State 48-45 in the New Mexico Bowl.

2013 - Martin Jones of Los Angeles makes 23 saves and stops all three shots in the shootout to become the second goalie in NHL history to win each of his first eight games. The Kings post a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Dec. 22

1894 - The United States Golf Association is founded, becoming the governing body for the game in the country.

1924 - Babe Dye of the Toronto St. Patricks scores five goals in a 10-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

1974 - Boston's Phil Esposito scores his 500th goal and the Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4.

1969 - Pete Maravich sets an NCAA record by hitting 30 of 31 foul shots, and scores 46 points to lead LSU to a 98-89 victory over Georgia.

1996 - Brett Hull becomes the 24th player in NHL history to score 500 goals, with a hat trick in the St. Louis Blues' 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

2002 - Rich Gannon breaks Warren Moon's 11-year-old single-season NFL record for completions in the second quarter of the Oakland Raiders' game against Denver. Gannon throws a 5-yard pass to Charlie Garner for his 405th completion of the season, breaking the mark set by Moon with the Houston Oilers in 1991.

2003 - Brett Favre passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns a day after his father dies, moving into second place in NFL history for career TD passes while leading the Green Bay Packers to a 41-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Favre passes Fran Tarkenton on the NFL's career list with his 343rd career TD throw.

2005 - Reggie Campbell of Navy ties the NCAA bowl record with five touchdowns and had 290 all-purpose yards, leading the Midshipmen to a 51-30 win over Colorado State in the Poinsettia Bowl.

2006 - Peter Bondra scores his 500th NHL goal early in the third period to snap a 1-all tie and lead Chicago past Toronto 3-1.

2007 - Eathyn Manumaleuna blocks a field goal as time expires to give BYU a 17-16 victory over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl.

2007 - The ATP suspends Italians Potito Starace and Daniele Bracciali for making bets - some as little as $7 - on tennis matches involving other players. Starace, ranked 31st, is suspended for six weeks and fined $30,000. Bracciali, ranked 258th, is banned for three months and fined $20,000.

2009 - Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh becomes the first defensive player voted The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, winning the award after his dominant performance against Texas in the Big 12 title game.

2010 - Stanford's Tara VanDerveer becomes the sixth women's coach to join the elite 800-wins club as the eighth-ranked Cardinal rout San Francisco 100-45.

2012 - Calvin Johnson has 11 catches for 225 yards in Detroit's 31-18 loss to Atlanta. Johnson breaks Jerry Rice's single-season yards receiving record with 1,892 yards. He also becomes the only player in NFL history with 100 yards receiving in eight straight games. Matthew Stafford completes 37 of 56 passes for 443 yards for the Lions.

2013 - Peyton Manning finishes 32 for 51 for 400 yards and four touchdown passes to set the single season touchdown mark in Denver's 37-13 win over Houston. Manning, with 51 touchdown passes, passes Tom Brady (50 in 2007) for the most in a single season in NFL history.

2013 - Tom Brady leads the Patriots to a 41-7 win at Baltimore as New England clinches the AFC East. It's the 11th division title for Brady, the most by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

Dec. 23

1933 - Montreal's Howie Morenz scores his 251st goal to become the NHL's career goal-scoring leader. Morenz's goal caps the Canadiens' 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

1951 - Norm Van Brocklin's 73-yard touchdown pass to Tom Fears in the fourth quarter gives the Los Angeles Rams a 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns for the NFL title.

1962 - Tommy Brooker kicks a 25-yard field goal 17:54 into overtime, giving the Dallas Texans a 20-17 victory over Houston for the AFL title.

1978 - Bryan Trottier has five goals and three assists to lead the New York Islanders to a 9-4 victory over the Rangers. Trottier sets an NHL record with three goals and three assists in the second period.

1996 - Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions rushes for 175 yards in a 24-14 loss to San Francisco to finish with 1,553 yards for the season. It's Sanders' third straight season with at least 1,500 yards rushing, a first in the NFL.

2001 - Baltimore blanks Cincinnati 16-0 at PSINet Stadium, marking the first time an NFL team has shut out an opponent at home over three seasons since the Oakland Raiders did it to San Diego from 1975-77.

2007 - The New England Patriots set an NFL record with their 15th win, the best start in league history, with a 28-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins 28-7.

2007 - Chris Johnson sets an NCAA bowl record with 408 all-purpose yards, and Ben Hartman kicks a 34-yard field goal as time expires to give East Carolina a 41-38 victory over No. 24 Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.

2007 - Arizona's Anquan Boldin becomes the fastest to 400 catches in NFL history. His 13 receptions in the Cardinals' 30-27 overtime victory over Atlanta, allows him to surpass the milestone in his 67th game. The previous quickest was Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, who did it in 72.

2008 - The Boston Celtics set a franchise record with their 19th consecutive victory, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 110-91. The Celtics improve to 27-2 - the best start for a two-loss team in NBA history. The 19-game winning streak breaks the Celtics record set in 1981-82.

2009 - Maya Moore scores 23 points and Tina Charles adds 20 to help top-ranked Connecticut win its 49th straight game, an 80-68 victory over No. 2 Stanford.

2009 - Gary Patterson, who guided TCU to its best season in 70 years, becomes the first Associated Press Coach of the Year from outside the six conferences with automatic BCS bids.

2010 - Sidney Crosby extends his points streak to 23 games with a goal and an assist, and Pascal Dupuis scores the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Crosby has the NHL's longest points streak since 1992-93 when Quebec's Mats Sundin had a 30-game run.

2011 - Doug Martin rushes for 151 yards and returns the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Las Vegas Bowl on the way to a 56-24 win over Arizona State. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore finishes with 266 yards and two touchdowns, ending his career with 50 total wins - the NCAA's winningest player at the position.

2012 - Jamaal Charles rushes for 226 yards on 22 carries and scores a touchdown in Kansas City's 20-13 loss to Indianapolis.

2012 - New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' 34-31 overtime win at Dallas. Brees, with 4,781 passing yards, becomes the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,500 yards in three consecutive seasons. The Cowboys lose despite rallying for two touchdowns in the final 3:35 of regulation. Tony Romo, who threw for 416 yards and four scores, hits Miles Austin for the tying touchdown with 15 seconds left in regulation. Dez Bryant has nine receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns for Dallas.

2013 - Andrew Luck throws for 205 yards to break a single-season rookie record, and his touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in the fourth quarter puts Indianapolis in the playoffs with a 20-13 win over Kansas City. Luck, with 4,183 yards, surpasses Cam Newton's year-old record of 4,051 yards passing by a rookie in the second quarter.

Dec. 24

1950 - Cleveland's Otto Graham throws four touchdown passes, despite icy footing in Municipal Stadium, and Lou Groza kicks a 16-yard field goal with 28 seconds left to give the Browns a 30-28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams and the NFL title in their first year in the league.

1961 - George Blanda's 35-yard touchdown pass to Billy Cannon gives the Houston Oilers a 10-3 victory over the San Diego Chargers for their second AFL title.

1997 - In one of the biggest upsets in college basketball, Division II American-Puerto defeats the No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks 64-59 in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

2000 - Marshall Faulk breaks Emmitt Smith's NFL record for touchdowns, scoring three times to give him 26 for the St. Louis Rams. Faulk's three touchdowns and 220 yards fueled a 26-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Emmitt Smith scored 25 times for Dallas in 1995.

2000 - Baltimore sets an NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game schedule. The Ravens allow 165 points, easily breaking the mark of 187 by the 1986 Chicago Bears.

2003 - Steven Jackson ties a bowl game record with five touchdowns, and Oregon State's defense overwhelms mistake-plagued New Mexico in a 55-14 win at the Las Vegas Bowl.

2005 - Seattle's Shaun Alexander rushes for 139 yards and scores three touchdowns - two rushing, one receiving - to tie Priest Holmes' single-season NFL record of 27 touchdowns in a 28-13 win over Indianapolis.

2006 - Colt Brennan sets the NCAA single-season record for touchdown passes at 58, throwing five in the second half to lead Hawaii to a 41-24 victory over Arizona State in the Hawaii Bowl. Brennan, 33-of-42 for 559 yards, breaks the previous mark of 54 set by Houston's David Klingler in 1990.

2006 - Atlanta's Michael Vick becomes the first NFL quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Needing only 10 yards to reach the mark, he gains 17 on his first carry on the Falcons' opening possession. Morten Andersen's 539th career field goal, a 40-yarder, gives the 46-year-old Falcons kicker the NFL record, passing Gary Anderson for the career mark.

2006 - Peyton Manning reaches 4,000 yards passing for the seventh season, an NFL record, in the Indianapolis Colts' 27-24 loss to Houston. Manning needed 90 yards to break a tie with Dan Marino.

2008 - Jimmy Clausen sets a Notre Dame bowl record with 406 yards passing and five touchdowns to help the Irish win a postseason game for the first time in 15 years, 49-21 over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl. The Fighting Irish end their NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing streak with the win.

2011 - David Akers kicks his way into the NFL record book and the San Francisco 49ers hold off Seattle for a 19-17 win. Akers makes four field goals to give him 42 this season, breaking the NFL mark of 40 set by Neil Rackers in 2005 with Arizona.

2011 - Carolina's Cam Newton breaks Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record for yards passing with 3,893 and sets a franchise mark with a 91-yard touchdown pass. Newton throws for 171 yards and three touchdowns and scores on an amazing 49-yard run up the middle in Carolina's 48-16 win over Tampa Bay.

2011 - Denver's Willis McGahee becomes the second NFL player to reach 1,000 yards rushing with three teams. McGahee has 64 yards rushing in a 40-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills, to give him 1,054 this season. He previously did it with Buffalo and Baltimore. Ricky Watters rushed for 1,000 yards with San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle.

Dec. 25

1956 - Corky Devlin of Fort Wayne goes 0-for-15 from the field against the Minneapolis Lakers to tie an NBA record.

1971 - Garo Yepremian's 37-yard field goal at 7:40 of the second overtime gives the Miami Dolphins a 27-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the AFC playoffs. At 82:40, it's the longest game in NFL history.

1984 - Bernard King of the New York Knicks scores 60 points in a 120-114 loss to the New Jersey Nets.

1995 - Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys scores his 25th touchdown of the season in a 37-13 win over Arizona, breaking the record for most TDs in a season. Smith passes John Riggins of Washington, who scored 24 in 1983.

1999 - Hawaii beats Oregon 23-17 in the Oahu Bowl to cap a remarkable turnaround for the Rainbow Warriors. Hawaii improves from 0-12 in 1998 to 9-4 - the greatest single-season improvement in NCAA history.

2002 - Katie Hnida becomes the first woman to play in a Division I football game when she attempts an extra point following a New Mexico touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl. Hnida, a walk-on junior, has her kick blocked in the 27-13 loss to UCLA.

2008 - The Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston to end the Celtics' franchise-record winning streak at 19 games. Kobe Bryant scores 27 points and grabs nine rebounds to lead Los Angeles in the 92-83 win. Lakers coach Phil Jackson reaches 1,000 victories. Jackson, the sixth coach to reach 1,000, has a career record of 1,000-423 with Chicago and the Lakers.

2008 - New Orleans guard Chris Paul has his NBA-record steals streak end at 108 games in the Hornets' 88-68 loss to Orlando.

2012 - The Los Angeles Clippers extend their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games with a 112-100 win over the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers claim the NBA's best record at 22-6 in the finale of a Christmas Day doubleheader at Staples Center. In the first game, Kobe Bryant scores 34 points in his NBA-record 15th Christmas Day game to lead the Lakers to a 100-94 win over the New York Knicks 100-94.

Dec. 26

1908 - Jack Johnson becomes the first black man to win the world heavyweight boxing title, with a 14th-round knockout of Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.

1917 - Toronto's Harry Cameron becomes the first defenseman to score four goals in a game as the Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 7-5.

1943 - Sid Luckman throws five touchdown passes to lead the Chicago Bears to a 41-21 victory over the Washington Redskins for the NFL championship.

1946 - The United States wins the Davis Cup with a 5-0 sweep of Australia, the worst defeat for a defending champion.

1954 - Otto Graham scores three touchdowns and passes for three more to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 56-10 rout of the Detroit Lions for the NFL title.

1955 - The Cleveland Browns intercept six passes, one of which is returned 65 yards for a touchdown by Don Paul, in a 38-14 victory over the Los Angeles Rams for the NFL championship. Otto Graham of the Browns passes for two touchdowns and scores two more.

1960 - The Philadelphia Eagles come from behind twice on a 35-yard pass to Tommy McDonald from Norm Van Brocklin and a 5-yard run by Ted Dean to beat the Green Bay Packers 17-13 for the NFL title.

1964 - Wray Carlton and Jack Kemp each score touchdowns and Pete Gogolak kicks two field goals to give the Buffalo Bills a 20-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers in the AFL championship.

1965 - The Buffalo Bills win their second straight AFL championship with a 27-0 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are able to get inside Buffalo's 25-yard line only once.

1986 - Center Doug Jarvis of the Hartford Whalers plays his 915th consecutive game, setting an NHL record.

1999 - Mike Vanderjagt's 21-yard field goal with four seconds left gives the Indianapolis Colts a 29-28 win over the Cleveland Browns. Indianapolis, which went 3-13 in 1998, makes NFL history by winning 10 more games than they did the previous season.

2001 - Steve Nash scores 27 points and makes a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 53-point effort by Tim Duncan and beat the San Antonio Spurs 126-123.

2001 - Colorado's Patrick Roy becomes the first NHL goalie to win 500 games as he records his seventh shutout of the season, a 2-0 win over Dallas.

2004 - Peyton Manning breaks Dan Marino's single-season touchdown pass record when he throws his 48th and 49th of the season, rallying Indianapolis from a 31-16 fourth-quarter deficit to win 34-31 in overtime over San Diego.

2004 - Steve Nash has 18 points and 13 assists to become the first NBA player to register 10 or more assists in 11 consecutive victories as Phoenix beat Toronto 106-94. Magic Johnson did it twice during the 1986-87 season.

2005 - DeAngelo Williams sets an NCAA record with his 34th 100-yard rushing game and scores three touchdowns, leading Memphis to a 38-31 victory over Akron in the Motor City Bowl.

2007 - Chris Summers kicks a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Motor City Bowl, lifting Purdue to a 51-48 win over Central Michigan. The 99 points ties the second-highest total in a bowl game that ended in regulation, trailing only the 2003 Insight Bowl, where California beat Virginia Tech 52-49.

2010 - The NFL moves the Minnesota Vikings-Philadelphia Eagles game from Sunday night to Tuesday because of a blizzard that dumps about a foot of snow on Philadelphia. The NFL last played on a Tuesday in 1946.

2010 - Tom Brady throws three touchdown passes in New England's 34-3 win at Buffalo and extends his streak of attempts without an interception to 319. That tops the NFL mark of 308 set by Bernie Kosar with Cleveland in the 1990-91 seasons.

2010 - Aaron Rodgers passes for 404 yards and four touchdowns in his return from a concussion as Green Bay beats the struggling New York Giants 45-17 at Lambeau Field.

2011 - Drew Brees sets the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held since 1984, and the New Orleans Saints clinch the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. Brees throws for 307 yards and four touchdown passes, the last a 9-yard strike to Darren Sproles that set the record with 2:51 to go. It was Brees' final pass of the game and it gave him 5,087 yards passing, to break the record by three yards.

Dec. 27

1953 - The Detroit Lions edge the Cleveland Browns 17-16 for the NFL championship. Doak Walker's extra point, following a 33-yard scoring pass, is the difference.

1959 - The Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 31-16 in the NFL championship. Three field goals by Pat Summerall give the Giants a 9-7 lead after three periods, but Baltimore's defensive backfield makes three interceptions that result in scores.

1964 - The Cleveland Browns break out after a scoreless first half with 17 points in the third quarter and go on to beat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 for the NFL title.

1974 - Ohio State junior running back Archie Griffin wins the Heisman Trophy.

1987 - Steve Largent of the Seattle Seahawks becomes the NFL's all-time reception leader in the Seahawks' 41-20 loss to Kansas City. Largent's six catches gives him 752, surpassing the 750 by San Diego's Charlie Joiner. Gayle Sierens announcing the game for NBC becomes the first female play-by-play announcer in NFL history.

1999 - Joe Sakic scores his 1,000th career point on a second-period assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

2000 - Mario Lemieux makes a remarkable comeback after 3 1/2 years of retirement, scoring a goal and assisting on two others - one on his first pass on his first shift, no less - as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0.

2005 - Rudy Carpenter passes for 467 yards and four touchdowns as Arizona State holds off Rutgers for a wild 45-40 victory. The teams combine for 1,210 yards, a record for any bowl game.

2008 - Pat White, the most prolific running quarterback in college football history, has the best passing game of his career to lead West Virginia to a 31-30 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Bowl. The senior is voted MVP of a bowl for the third straight year and finishes 4-0 in postseason games, the first quarterback to do so.

2009 - Brad Smith returns the second-half kickoff 106 yards in the New York Jets' 29-15 win over Indianapolis. The Jets end the Colts' pursuit of perfection and their NFL-record 23-game winning streak. Peyton Manning was 14 of 21 for 192 yards for the Colts, playing long enough to join Brett Favre, Dan Marino and John Elway as the only members of the 50,000-yard club.

2009 - Terrell Owens becomes the sixth player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions. He reaches the milestone with an 8-yard pass from Brian Brohm in the second quarter.

2009 - Houston's Andre Johnson joins Marvin Harrison, in 2001-02, as the only players with consecutive 1,500-yard receiving seasons.

2010 - Niklas Kronwall scores the game-winner with 1:18 remaining in overtime and Chris Osgood stops a season-high 46 shots in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche to become the 10th goalie in NHL history to reach 400 wins.

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