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1993 At A Glance

The Associated PressDecember 25, 1993

Undated (AP) _ A look back at the year in sports:

Jan. 1 - No. 2 Alabama won its first national championship in 13 years and deprived Miami of its fifth title as the Crimson Tide defense humbled the No. 1 Hurricanes 34-13 in the Sugar Bowl.

Jan. 1 - Florida State beat Nebraska 27-14 in the Orange Bowl to set an NCAA record by winning eight consecutive bowl games.

Jan. 3 - The Buffalo Bills staged pro football’s biggest comeback to beat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in the first round of the playoffs. The Bills, led by backup quarterback Frank Reich, came back from a 35-3 deficit. Steve Christie kicked a 32-yard field goal 3:06 into overtime for the win.

Jan. 5 - Reggie Jackson was the only player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jackson hit 563 homers and played on five world championship teams in 21 seasons.

Jan. 6 - Working under a judge’s deadline, the NFL and its players agreed on a seven-year contract bringing unrestricted free agency and a salary cap to professional football.

Jan. 7 - Cecil Fielder became the second-highest paid player in baseball, agreeing with the Detroit Tigers on a $36.2 million five-year contract, including a record $10 million signing bonus.

Jan. 8 - Michael Jordan became the 18th NBA player to reach the 20,000- point plateau when he scored 35 points in the Chicago Bulls game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Jordan reached 20,000-points in 620 games, faster than anyone except Wilt Chamberlain, who did it in 499 games.

Jan. 8 - The NCAA put Middle Tennessee State’s basketball program on probation for two years and barred the Blue Raiders from postseason play this year for recruiting violations during 1987-90.

Jan. 12 - Mario Lemieux, the NHL’s leading scorer, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. He was diagnosed in the early stages of the disease after a large lymph node was removed from his neck.

Jan. 16 - Kansas beat Louisville 98-77 for its 1,500th victory in school history. Only Kentucky and North Carolina had reached this plateau.

Jan. 17 - The Buffalo Bills reached a third straight Super Bowl with a 29-10 win over the Miami Dolphins in the AFC championship game. The Dallas Cowboys beat the San Francisco 49ers 30-20 in the NFC championship game to become the first team to reach six Super Bowls.

Jan. 17 - Irina Privalova set a world indoor record in the 300-meter with a time of 35.35.

Jan. 22 - DeMatha High School coach Morgan Wootten became only the fifth high school basketball coach to win 1,000 games as he guided the Stags to an 85-50 victory over Ireton.

Jan. 23 - Nancy Kerrigan of Stoneham, Mass., beat Lisa Ervin of Lakewood, Ohio, to capture the women’s title in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Scott Davis of Great Falls, Mont., edged favorite Mark Mitchell of Hamden, Conn., for the men’s title.

Jan. 23 - Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers set an NHL record when he reached the 30-goal mark for the 14th consecutive season. Gartner, who scored three goals in the Rangers’ 8-3 victory over Los Angeles, had been tied with Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull and Wayne Gretzky.

Jan. 27 - American Chad Rowan was officially awarded the highest rank in sumo wrestling, making him the first foreign ″yokozuna″ ever. The 6-foot-8, 455-pounder from Honolulu became the 64th person to hold the top rank in the sport’s history.

Jan. 29 - With an 87-77 overtime victory over Alamogordo, the Hobbs (N.M.) Eagles made Ralph Tasker the winningest high school boys basketball coach in history. Tasker, 1,027-252, passed previous record holder Leslie Gaudet of Louisiana’s Pine Prairie High School. Gaudet had 1,026 victories and 353 losses in a career that ended in 1970.

Jan. 30 - Monica Seles beat Steffi Graf 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to capture her third straight Australian Open.

Jan. 30 - Chuck Noll and Bill Walsh, the most dominant coaches in Super Bowl history, and Walter Payton, who rushed for more yards than any player in the NFL were elected to pro football’s Hall of Fame. They were joined by Dan Fouts, one of just three passers to throw for more than 40,000 yards, and guard Larry Little, one of the premier offensive linemen for the Miami Dolphins during the 1970s.

Jan. 31 - The Dallas Cowboys won the National Football League championship beating Buffalo 52-17 in the Super Bowl and giving the Bills their third straight Super Bowl loss, a league record.

Jan. 31 - Jim Courier won his fourth Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Sweden’s Stefan Edberg at the Australian Open.

Feb. 2 - Irina Privalova set an world indoor record in the 50-meter dash, clocking 6.05 seconds.

Feb. 3 - Marge Schott was suspended as Cincinnati Reds’ owner for one year and fined $25,000 for bringing ″disrepute and embarrassment″ to baseball with her repeated use of racial and ethnic slurs. The suspension began on March 1.

Feb. 5 - Butch Reynolds, making his first indoor appearance since being suspended for 2 1/2 years by the IAAF for alleged drug use, won the 400 meters in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in 47.16 seconds.

Feb. 6 - Mike Gartner, a late addition to the NHL All-Star game, scored four goals to lead the Wales Conference to a record 16-6 rout of the Campbell Conference.

Feb. 6 - At Madison Square Garden in New York, Riddick Bowe knocked out Michael Dokes in the first round in his first heavyweight title defense.

Feb. 7 - The AFC beat the NFC 23-20 in the first Pro Bowl to go overtime. Feb. 8 - Julius Erving and Bill Walton were selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame along with former NBA stars Walt Bellamy, Dan Issel, Dick McGuire and Calvin Murphy, Soviet Olympic standout Ulyana Semyonova and UCLA and Olympic star Ann Meyers.

Feb. 9 - A downtown celebration by an estimated 400,000 Dallas Cowboys fans turned into sporadic violence as groups of teen-agers fought with each other and attacked bystanders. Most of the fighting occurred after Cowboys players and coaches rode through the throng in a ticker-tape parade, reveling in their Jan. 31 Super Bowl romp over Buffalo.

Feb. 11 - Irina Privalova of Russia set a world best in the women’s 60- meters, racing to victory in 6.92 seconds in the Jose Maria Cagigal Memorial Indoor Meet. Privalova broke the previous record of 6.96 seconds, set by Merlene Ottey of Jamaica in February, 1992.

Feb. 12 - The San Jose Sharks tied the NHL record for losing 17 straight games with a 6-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Feb. 13 - Sergei Bubka of the Ukraine and Merlene Ottey of Jamaica smashed world indoor records at an international track and field meet in Lievin, France. Bubka, soared 20 feet, 1 3/4 inches, bettering the mark of 20-1 he set Feb. 21, 1992, at Berlin. Bubka was pushed to the record by Russian Rodion Gataullin, who cleared 19-8 1/4 . It was the first time two men had cleared 6.00 meters (19-8) in the same meet. Ottey broke her world record in the women’s 200 meters with a time of 21.87 seconds. Her previous record was 22.24 set twice in 1991.

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Feb. 14 - Tom Kite shot a record 35-under-par in the Bob Hope Classic. His 90-hole score of 325 was four shots better than the mark set by Andrew Magee and D.A. Weibring in the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. After rounds of 67, 67, 64 and 65, Kite shot a 10-under-par 62.

Feb. 14 - Dale Jarrett outdueled Dale Earnhard to win the Daytona 500. Jarrett battled in the lead pack of cars over the final 27 green-flag laps and finished less than two car-lengths ahead of Earnhardt, a five-time NASCAR champion.

Feb. 14 - The San Jose Sharks snapped their 17-game losing streak and avoided NHL history with a 3-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets.

Feb. 19 - Wendel Suckow of Marquette, Mich., edged two-time world champion Georg Hackl of Germany by 0.106 seconds to capture the first world luge championship medal of any kind for the United States.

Feb. 19 - An investment group headed by Bob Coleman Spurs bought the San Antonio Spurs from owner B.J. ″Red″ McCombs for $75 million.

Feb. 20 - Cleveland’s Mark Price won the NBA Long Distance Shootout and Harold Miner won the Slam Dunk contest.

Feb. 20 - Julio Cesar Chavez recorded a fifth-round TKO over Greg Haugen in a WBC super lightweight title bout before a record crowd of 130,000 at Mexico City’s Aztec Stadium.

Feb. 21 - Karl Malone and John Stockton of the Utah Jazz, were named co- MVPs in the NBA All-Star game as Malone scored 28 points and Stockton had nine points and 15 assists, leading the West to a 135-132 overtime victory.

Feb. 21 - Sergei Bubka broke his world indoor record in the pole vault clearing 20 feet, 2 inches, during a meet in his hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine. It was the 34th time that Bubka had set a pole vault record, and 18th time indoors.

Feb. 21 - Martina Navratilova ended Monica Seles’ 34-match winning streak with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) victory in the final of the Paris Open. At 36 years, 3 months and 29 days, Navratilova became the oldest player to beat a No. 1-ranked player.

Feb. 22 - Glenn Anderson became the 36th player in NHL history to score 1,000 points when his goal and two assists led the Toronto Maple Leafs to an 8-1 rout of the Vancouver Canucks.

Feb. 24 - Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings scored his 1,000th career point with two goals and two assists in a 10-7 loss to Buffalo Sabres.

Feb. 25 - Vermont beat Northeastern 50-40 for its 50th straight victory, breaking the women’s Division I college basketball record for consecutive regular-season wins.

Feb. 27 - Ron Palombi Jr. defeated Eugene McCune 237-224 to capture the PBA National Championship.

Feb. 28 - Quincy Dockins hit nine of Lamar’s NCAA record 23 three-points shots in a 113-76 win over Louisiana Tech.

Feb. 28 - Iolanda Chen of Russia set the world record in the triple jump with a leap of 47-5 1-4 inches breaking Inessa Kravets’ 1991 record by three- quarters of an inch.

March 1 - George Steinbrenner resumed control of the New York Yankees after a 30-month suspension.

March 1 - The NHL added Anaheim and South Florida as the league expanded for the third straight season, giving the league 26 teams.

March 2 - Mario Lemieux returned to the Pittsburgh lineup after ending treatment for Hodgkin’s disease earlier in the day and scored a goal and an assist in the Penguins’ 5-4 loss to Philadelphia. The three-time scoring champion missed 23 games while undergoing radiation treatments.

March 2 - Winnipeg’s Teemu Selanne scored his 54th goal in the Jets’ 7-4 loss to Quebec to break the rookie goal-scoring record. Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scored 53 goals in 1977-78.

March 3 - The NHL announced an agreement with ABC to televise five playoff games through an arrangement with ESPN, which holds U.S. rights to NHL games. The games will be shown on five consecutive Sunday afternoons beginning April 18. The last network coverage of a playoff game was on CBS May 24, 1980.

March 3 - Duke guard Bobby Hurley had 12 assists in the Blue Devils’ 95-79 victory over Maryland to become the NCAA’s career assists leader. Hurley, who raised his total to 1,046, broke the mark of 1,038 set by North Carolina State’s Chris Corchiani from 1988-1991.

March 5 - Joe Gibbs, citing health and family reasons, announced he was stepping down as head coach of the Washington Redskins. Gibbs coached the Redskins to three Super Bowls titles.

March 5 - Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was banned for life after testing positive for steroids at a track meet in Canada in January. It was his second positive test in five years. The International Amateur Athletic Federation’s doping commission said Johnson’s test showed an excessive level of steroid- related testosterone.

March 8 - Speedskater Bonnie Blair, who won two gold medals at the Albertville Olympics, was named the Sullivan Award winner for 1992.

March 8 - Denver quarterback John Elway signed a four-year contract with the Broncos for a reported $20 million, making him the NFL’s highest-paid player.

March 10 - Minnesota North Star owner Norman Green announced he was moving the franchise to Dallas, starting with the 1993-94 season, because the team was unable to turn a profit in eight years.

March 10 - Lloyd Eisler and Isabelle Brasseur of Canada won the pairs event at the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague to end a nine-year reign by Russian skaters.

March 11 - Canadian Kurt Browning won his fourth men’s world figure skating championship, while the United States lost one spot in next year’s Olympics when no American captured a medal.

March 13 - Oksana Baiul of Ukraine won the women’s world figure skating title in Prague. The 15-year-old became the youngest champion since Sonja Henie in 1927.

March 13 - Renate Goetschl of Austria won the slalom to become the first woman to win her first World Cup ski race for which she qualified.

March 14 - The Arkansas Razorbacks won their 10th consecutive NCAA Indoor Track championship to become the first team to win 10 straight NCAA titles in any sport - breaking a tie with Iowa’s wrestling squad and Southern Cal’s outdoor track team.

March 14 - Dan O’Brien set a world record of 6,476 points in the heptathlon at the World Track and Field Indoor chmapionships in Toronto.

March 18 - Santa Clara beat Arizona 64-61 to become only the second 15th seeded team to win a first-round game in the NCAA tournament.

March 19 - Kamy Keshmiri, the U.S. discus champion in 1989 and a three-time NCAA winner at the University of Nevada, was suspended for life by USA Track & Field for testing positve for steriods after undergoing an IAAF out-of- competition test May 15, 1992.

March 19 - The world’s two major Olympic bodies agreed to join forces in applying the same drug-testing procedures and sanctions to all sports. The International Olympic Committee and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations also decided to work together in addressing the pressing problem of civil law suits filed by athletes.

March 20 - Terry Steiner and Lincoln McIlravy won individual titles as Iowa captured its third consecutive and 14th overall NCAA wrestling title.

March 20 - California beat two-time defending champion Duke 82-77 in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

March 20 - Dan Jansen broke the world record in the 500 meters with a time of 36.02 seconds at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. Earlier in the competition, Japan’s Takahiro Hamamichi broke Jansen’s previous record with a time of 36.32 seconds.

March 20 - Kenyon claimed its 14th consecutive NCAA Division III men’s swimming and diving championship. Kenyon had 552 points, outdistancing second place California-San Diego, which had 442.54.

March 21 - Patty Sheehan won her 30th tournament to become the 13th member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, shooting a 3-under-par 70 for a five-stroke victory over Kris Tschetter and Dawn Coe-Jones in the Standard Register Ping.

March 21 - Formula One champion Nigel Mansell made a spectacular start to his Indy car career, beating Emerson Fittipaldi by five seconds in the Australian Indy Car Grand Prix. Mansell joined Graham Hill as the only driver to win in his first start. Hill won the 1966 Indianapolis 500.

March 22 - Cleveland Indian pitcher Steve Olin was killed and teammates Tim Crews and Bob Ojeda were seriously injured when their fishing boat crashed into a dock during a break from spring training in Tavares, Fla. Crews died the next day.

March 23 - Winnipeg’s Teemu Selanne set an NHL rookie points record, but the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Jets 5-4. Selanne had two goals and an assist to give him 111 points as he beat the 109 collected by Peter Statsny with the Quebec Nordiques in 1980-81.

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March 24 - New York and Phoenix paid for their fight in a game on March 23 when the NBA fined a record 21 players and the teams a total of $160,500.

March 27 - Australians Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge won a five-set thriller over Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg, to end the United States’ brief reign as Davis Cup champion. The American team was the first defending champion in 10 years to lose in the first round.

March 27 - Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg, finished third in the giant slalom at Are, Sweden to clinch a record fifth overall World Cup skiing title. Girardelli had been tied at four men’s titles with Gustavo Thoeni of Italy and Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland.

March 28 - On the final day of the season, Anita Wachter of Austria captured her first women’s overall World Cup skiing title with an 11th place finish in the slalom race in Are, Sweden.

March 28 - Helen Alfredsson of Sweden, the LPGA’s 1992 Rookie of the Year, pulled away to win the Dinah Shore tournament for her first victory in the United States. Alfredsson shot a par-72 and finished at 4-under 284 to beat Betsy King by two strokes.

March 28 - Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets scored his 69th and 70th goals of the season in a 3-3 tie with Los Angeles Kings. Selanne became the eighth player, and first rookie, to have a 70-goal NHL season.

March 30 - The Ottawa Senators tied the NHL record by losing their 37th straight road game, 6-4, to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

March 31 - The NHL announced a realignment plan that affected the setup of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The top eight teams in the new Western and Eastern conferences would compete in a descending order starting with the No. 1 team against No. 8. In the Western Conference, formerly the Campbell, the Pacific and Central divisions will replace the Smythe and Norris. In the Eastern Conference, formerly the Wales, the Northeast and Atlantic will replace Adams and Patrick.

March 31 - Minnesota, behind Arriel McDonald’s 20 points, edged Georgetown 62-61 for the NIT championship.

March 31 - The International Amateur Athletic Federation imposed a four- year ban on Russian world 100-meter hurdles champion Lyudmila Narozhilenko, who tested positive for anabolic steroids at a meet in Lievin, France, on Feb. 13. At that meet she equalled her world indoor record of 7.69. She dropped that standard to 7.68 seconds in San Sebastian, Spain on March 2 and lowered the world mark to 7.66 and later to 7.63 in a meet at Seville, Spain March 4.

April 1 - Alan Kulwicki, 38, stock car racing’s 1992 champion, was killed when his private plane crashed in Blountville, Tenn.

April 2 - Cleveland’s Mark Price fell one free throw short of tying an NBA record in a 114-113 loss to Charlotte. Price made his first six foul shots of the game to give him 77 in a row, but he missed the second of a two-shot foul in the fourth quarter, leaving intact Calvin Murphy’s 12-year old record of 78 straight free throws.

April 3 - In the semifinals of the Final Four, Michigan edged Kentucky 81-78 and North Carolina beat Kansas 78-68 to advance to the championship game.

April 3 - For the first time in its 157-year history, the Grand National steeplechase was declared void because of a false start. Esha Ness, who crossed the line first, was never declared the winner. Most of the jockeys were unaware a false start had been called and the majority of the 39-horse field continued the 4 1/2 -mile race around the Aintree course even though nine stayed behind at the start line.

April 3 - Jim Montgomery’s three goals in the third period carried Maine to a 5-4 comeback win over Lake Superior State for the NCAA Hockey title. Maine trailed 4-2 entering the final period before Montgomery scored three goals in a 4 1/2 -minute span.

April 4 - Sheryl Swoopes shattered the women’s championship game record by scoring 47 points to lead Texas Tech to an 84-82 victory over Ohio State in the women’s NCAA Division I tournament.

April 4 - Mario Andretti, at age 53, won the Valvoline 200 in Phoenix to become the oldest driver to win an IndyCar race and the first driver to win a race in four decades.

April 5 - Donald Williams scored 25 points to lead North Carolina to a 77-71 win over Michigan for the NCAA Division I Basketball championship. Michigan’s Chris Webber clinched the win for the Tar Heels when he called timeout with 11 seconds left, when the Wolverines had no timeouts remaining.

April 5 - The expansion Florida Marlins won their first game, 6-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, at Joe Robbie Stadium. The new Colorado Rockies lost to the Mets 3-0 in New York.

April 6 - The Reggie White auction came to an end, when the All-Pro defensive end signed a four-year, $17 million contract with the Green Bay Packers.

April 7 - The Ottawa Senators broke the NHL record of 37 straight road losses set by the 1974-75 Washington Capitals with a 7-3 loss at Hartford.

April 8 - Miami’s Brian Shaw set an NBA record with 10 3-pointers in a 117-92 victory over Milwaukee. Shaw made 10 of 15 3-pointers to break the record of nine held by Dale Ellis and Michael Adams.

April 8 - Carlos Baerga of the Cleveland Indians became the first player in major-league history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The homers came in the seventh inning of a 15-5 rout of the New York Yankees.

April 9 - The Colorado Rockies beat the Montreal Expos 11-4 for their first win ever and set a National League record for attendance in their home debut. The crowd of 80,227 eclipsed the mark of 78,672 set on April 18, 1958 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

April 9 - Chicago’s Bo Jackson, who missed the 1992 season because of a hip replacement, homered as a pinch-hitter in an 11-6 loss to the New York Yankees.

April 9 - The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 10-4 for their 16th straight win to break the NHL record of 15 held by the New York Islanders. April 10 - Rick Tocchet scored shorthanded midway through the third period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins to their 17th consecutive win, 4-2 over the New York Rangers.

April 10 - The Ottawa Senators snapped their NHL-record road losing streak at 38 games with a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders.

April 10 - Manon Rheaume, pro hockey’s only female goaltender, allowed six goals in her first start for the Atlanta Knights in an 8-6 loss to Cincinnati in the International Hockey League.

April 11 - Bernhard Langer of Germany wrapped up his second Masters title with a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 13. Langer shot a 2-under 70 for a four- stroke win over Chip Beck with an 11-under 277 total.

April 13 - Lee Smith became the all-time saves leader as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-7. Smith got the last three outs to register his 358th save, surpassing Jeff Reardon of the Cincinnati Reds.

April 14 - The NHL’s longest winning streak ended at 17 games as the Pittsburgh Penguins settled for a 6-6 tie with the New Jersey Devils on a late goal by Joe Mullen.

April 14 - Joe Juneau tied an NHL rookie record for assists as the Boston Bruins posted a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Juneau had three assists to finish the season with 70, matching Peter Stastny’s rookie assist record from 1980-81. Juneau became the fifth rookie in NHL history to score 100 points. He had 32 goals to finish with 102 points.

April 14 - Breaking a tradition almost as old as the automotive age, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced it will hold a stock-car race on the oval that for eight decades was devoted exclusively to the Indianapolis 500. The NASCAR Winston Cup event will be known as the Brickyard 400-mile and would run Aug. 6, 1994.

April 14 - The NCAA voted to reduce the shot clock in men’s basketball from 45 to 35 seconds. The 45-second clock was introduced in the 1985-86 season. The committee also voted to stop the game clock after each field goal in the last minute of regulation and overtime, and deleted the five-second dribbling violation while a player is closely guarded.

April 15 - Sparky Anderson earned his 2,000th victory as a manager as the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2.

April 15 - Andre Dawson became the 25th player to hit 400 career home runs as the Boston Red Sox posted to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

April 16 - Lenny Wilkens became the second-winningest coach in NBA history as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 113-110. For Wilkens it was career coaching victory No. 865, moving him past Jack Ramsay into second place on the career list. Red Auerbach ranks first with his 938 victories as coach of the Boston Celtics.

April 16 - Ruben Palacio was stripped of his World Boxing Organization featherweight title and his fight against Briton John Davidson was cancelled after Palacio tested positive for the AIDS virus during a prefight exam.

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April 16 - Georgia compiled the highest score in the history of women’s collegiate gymnastics with 198.00 points to win the NCAA championship. Heather Stepp had perfect 10s in the floor exercise and the vault for Georgia, which surpassed Utah’s team score record of 197.60.

April 16 - Olympian John Roethlisberger of Minnesota won a record-tying third straight NCAA all-around men’s gymnastics title. Roethlisberger joins Joe Giallombardo of Illinois, who won three titles from 1938 through 1940, and Steve Hug of Stanford, who won three in the 1970s.

April 19 - Kenya’s Cosmas N’deti, running only his second marathon, beat Kim Jae-Yong of South Korea by 10 seconds to win the Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 33 seconds. Olga Markova of Russia defended her title in the women’s race with a time of 2:25:27.

April 22 - Chris Bosio pitched a no-hitter to give the Seattle Mariners a 7-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.

April 22 - The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils extended their NHL playoff record to 14 straight wins.

April 23 - The Dallas Mavericks avoided association with the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers as the worst teams in NBA history by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-100 for their 10th triumph of the season. The 76ers were 9-73. April 23 - Shaquille O’Neal of the Orlando Magic tore down the backboard trying to dunk against the New Jersey Nets at East Rutherford, N.J, delaying the game for 46 minutes. O’Neal also brought down a backboard at Phoenix on Feb. 7.

April 24 - George Branham III became the first black bowler to win a PBA triple crown event, when he beat Parker Bohn III 227-214 in the Tournament of Champions.

April 25 - The New England Patriots selected Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe with the first pick of the NFL draft.

April 25 - Micheal Williams set an NBA record for consecutive free throws and scored 29 points, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 113-111. Williams broke Calvin Murphy’s NBA record by making 10 straight, giving him 84 straight. Murphy set the previous record of 78 for Houston in 1981.

April 25 - Pittsburgh’s NHL-record 14-game playoff winning streak and their overall 21-game unbeaten streak were halted as the New Jersey Devils beat the Penguins 4-1.

April 28 - A military aircraft carrying Zambia’s national soccer team to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal crashed into the sea off the coast of Gabon, minutes after takeoff. None of the 30 people, including 18 players and five team officials, survived.

April 28 - The NBA extended its TV rights with NBC through the 1997-98 season for $750 million.

April 30 - Monica Seles, the top-ranked women’s player, was stabbed in the back during a routine changeover during the Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany. 38-year-old Guenter Parche reached over a courtside railing and stuck a knife into the back of Seles. She suffered an inch-deep slit between her shoulder blades and missed the remainder of the 1993 season.

May 1 - An unheralded colt named Sea Hero, ridden by Jerry Bailey, won the Kentucky Derby sprinting along the rail to defeat favorite Prairie Bayou by 2 lengths. Wild Gale finished third.

May 1 - Bruce Baumgartner won his 11th straight national wrestling title by beating Joel Greenlee 6-0 in the 286-pound freestyle division at the U.S. championships in Las Vegas.

May 4 - Dale Hunter of the Washington Capitals received a record 21-game suspension without pay by the NHL for a blindside check on the New York Islanders’ Pierre Turgeon in a playoff game April 28. The suspension, the longest for an on-ice incident in NHL history, took effect at the start of the next season.

May 5 - Canisius beat Niagara 11-1 in softball to set an NCAA Division I record with 34 straight wins.

May 6 - For the first time since 1982, the NFL and its players’ union settled on a collective bargaining agreement. The seven-year pact, ratified on June 18, gave the players substantial increases in pensions, further liberalized free agency and increased payments to players whose lives were radically altered by football-related injuries.

May 6 - Virginia was placed on two years’ probation by the NCAA for making improper loans to athletes. Virginia lost one of two graduate assistant football coaches for one season, two football scholarships during each of the next two academic years and was directed to implement a program to educate athletic department personnel about NCAA rules.

May 7 - Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings scored his 100th and 101st playoff goals in a 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

May 8 - Lennox Lewis of Britain got his first championship victory in his first defense, scoring a unanimous 12-round decision over Tony Tucker to retain his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

May 9 - Major league baseball reached agreement with NBC and ABC on a joint venture that will create a prime-time game of the week and further playoffs in 1994. The agreement, ended CBS’ four-year, $1 billion deal. For the proposed playoffs, one network will televise the new divisional round and World Series. The other network will get the All-Star game and two best-of-7 league championship series.

May 9 - The Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-104 in overtime to become the first NBA team to lose two playoff games at home and comeback to win three straight.

May 11 - Dick Schultz, who often said college sports ″is on top of the integrity issue,″ resigned as executive director of the NCAA over a question of his own integrity while he was the Virginia athletic director.

May 11 - The United States Olympic Committee created a $7.6 million bonus fund for Olympic medal winners. Starting in 1994 a gold medal will be awarded $15,000, a silver $10,000, a bronze $7,500 and a fourth place finish $5,000.

May 13 - George Brett hit his 300th career home run in the sixth inning of Kansas City’s 7-3 victory over Cleveland. Brett joined Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline as the only players with at least 3,000 hits and 300 homers.

May 14 - The New York Islanders withstood a miracle comeback by two-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh to stun the Penguins 4-3 on David Volek’s goal at 5:16 of overtime in Game 7 of the Patrick Division finals.

May 14 - Billy Mayfair shot a 61, the 11th-best score in PGA Tour history, in the Byron Nelson Classic. Mayfair’s 9-under-par round, which included a bogey, left him tied for third, three shots back of leader Dan Forsman at the halfway point.

May 15 - Prairie Bayou, ridden by Mike Smith, rebounded from a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby to become the first gelding to win the Preakness in 79 years. Prairie Bayou beat Cherokee Run by a half-length.

May 15 - A.J. Foyt, a four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and a starter in the race for 35 consecutive years, announced his retirement after taking a slow lap around the track.

May 21 - Marina Shmonina, a member of the winning 400-meter relay team at the World Indoor Championships in March, was banned for four years by Russia’s track and field federation after she tested positive for a banned drug, which was the anabolic steroid stanozolol.

May 22 - Riddick Bowe successfully defended his IBF and WBA heavyweight titles with a second-round knockout of Jesse Ferguson at RFK Stadium in Washington.

May 23 - The Orlando Magic defied the longest odds of any team in the lottery and won the top pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year. The Magic, which had only a 1 in 66 chance to get the first selection, won last year’s lottery and drafted Shaquille O’Neal. It was the first time since the lottery was shifted to a weighted system in 1990 that a non-playoff team with the best record captured the right to pick first.

May 25 - Charles Barkley was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, breaking a decade-long lock on the award by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Barkley averaged 25.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and a career-high 5.1 assists in his first season with the Phoenix Suns. Houston center Hakeem Olajuwon finished second and Jordan finished third.

May 27 - Jim Pierce, the father of Mary Pierce, was ejected from the stands at the French Open for screaming at his daughter as she played Kimberly Po.

May 29 - Wayne Gretzky’s overtime goal gave the Los Angeles Kings a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Kings became the first NHL team to play the full 21 games in the first three rounds of the playoffs.

May 30 - Emerson Fittipaldi won his second Indianapolis 500 by just 2.8 seconds. Fittipaldi took the lead on lap 185 and held on, outfoxing Formula One champion Nigel Mansell and runner-up Arie Luyendyk.

May 30 - Susie Parra threw a two-hitter and Leah O’Brien singled in the game’s only run in the first inning as Arizona defeated UCLA 1-0 in the championship game of the College World Series.

May 31 - Matt Riter scored on a breakaway with eight seconds left to give Syracuse its fourth NCAA Division I Lacrosse title in the last six years with a 13-12 victory over North Carolina.

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June 1 - Dan Majerle of Phoenix set an NBA playoff record with eight 3- pointers as the Suns beat the Seattle Supersonics 120-114 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

June 5 - Colonial Affair carried Julie Krone into the record books by winning the Belmont Stakes. Colonial Affair finished 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Kissin Kris, and made Krone the first woman jockey ever to win a Triple Crown race. Preakness winner Prairie Bayou broke down in the backstretch and had to be destroyed.

June 5 - Steffi Graf, after a shaky start, came from behind in the final set to defeat Mary Joe Fernandez 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 for her third French Open title.

June 5 - LSU’s Debbie Ann Parris, Heather VanNorman, Youlanda Warren and Cheryl Taplin won the rerun of the 400-meter relay in 43.49 seconds as the Tigers took their seventh consecutive NCAA women’s title. Arkansas won its second straight men’s title and completed its record-tying third sweep of the cross country, indoor and outdoor titles in the same season.

June 6 - Sergi Bruguera ended Jim Courier’s two-year reign as French Open champion in a five-set battle. Bruguera, seeded 11th, beat the second-seeded Courier 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

June 7 - Drazen Petrovic, 28, New Jersey Nets guard was killed in an automobile accident in Germany.

June 9 - Patrick Roy made 18 saves as the Montreal Canadiens captured their 24th Stanley Cup, beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Game 5.

June 12 - Freshman Brett Laxton threw a three-hitter with a championship- game record 16 strikeouts in Louisiana State’s 8-0 victory over Wichita State in the College World Series.

June 13 - Patty Sheehan won the LPGA Championship for a third time, with a 2-under-par 69 for a one-stroke victory over Lauri Merten. Sheehan finished with a 9-under 275 total for her fourth win in a major.

June 13 - The Phoenix Suns battled back to hand the Chicago Bulls their first playoff loss at home this season, 129-121 in three extra periods. Kevin Johnson bounced back from an abysmal opening two games to score 25 points in 62 minutes, a finals record.

June 16 - Michael Jordan scored 55 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 111-105 victory and a 3-1 lead over the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals. Jordan was the fifth player to score 50 in the finals and the first since Jerry West in 1969.

June 17 - Baseball owners voted 26-2 in favor to expand the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, doubling the teams that qualify to eight starting in 1994.

June 17 - Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Masterton Trophy for dedication to the sport.

June 17 - Jim Pierce, father of Mary Pierce, was banned from the rest of this year’s women’s tennis tour because of ″inappropiate behavior″ that got him kicked out of the French Open. Pierce became the first person sanctioned under the expanded rule.

June 20 - Lee Janzen holed a 30-foot chip for birdie on No. 16 and added birdies on the par-5 closing holes for a two-stroke victory over Payne Stewart in the U.S. Open. Janzen tied Jack Nicklaus’ record 272 total and Lee Trevino’s four straight rounds in the 60′s.

June 20 - John Paxson hit a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left as the Chicago Bulls captured their third consecutive NBA title with a 99-98 victory over the Phoneix Suns in Game 6 of the finals. Chicago joined the Minneapolis Lakers from 1952-54 and the Boston Celtics from 1959-66 as the only teams to win as many as three consecutive titles. Michael Jordan, the MVP for the third straight year, finished with a 41.0 average in the series to break the mark of 40.8 set by Rick Barry in 1967.

June 22 - Carlton Fisk set the major league record for most games caught as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 3-2. Fisk, 45, passed Bob Boone with his 2,226 game.

June 24 - The Hockey Hall of Fame elected Guy Lapointe, Steve Shutt, Billy Smith, and Edgar Laprade.

June 26 - The Ottawa Senators selected Victoriaville center Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1 pick in the NHL entry draft.

June 27 - Anthony Young of the New York Mets set a major-league record by losing his 24th straight game, 5-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

June 29 - Heavyweight Ray Mercer pleaded not guilty in New York to charges that he tried offered Jesse Ferguson $100,000 to take a dive during their fight on Feb. 6. Ferguson beat Mercer in a 10-round upset, costing Mercer a shot at then-champion Riddick Bowe. On Nov. 19, later this year, Mercer won a close rematch with Ferguson in Atlantic City.

June 30 - The Orlando Magic picked Michigan’s Chris Webber with the first selection in the NBA draft. Philadelphia selected 7-foot-6 Brigham Young center Shawn Bradley with the second pick. Golden State took Anfernee Hardaway and traded him along with first round draft picks in 1996, 1998 and 2000 to Orlando for Webber. It was the first draft-day deal ever involving the No. 1 pick.

July 3 - Steffi Graf took advantage of Jana Novotna’s collapse in the third set to win her third straight and fifth overall women’s title at Wimbledon. Novotna was ahead 4-1 and serving for 5-1 in the final set, but fell apart with double-faults and unforced errors. She failed to win another game as Graf won 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4.

July 4 - Pete Sampras beat Jim Courier 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3 to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon.

July 5 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics opened both games of a doubleheader with a homer to become the first player to accomplish the feat in 60 years.

July 6 - Drew Bledsoe, the top pick in the NFL draft, signed a six-year contract with the New England Patriots for $14.88 million.

July 7 - Tom Burgess threw three touchdown passes and Wayne Walker scored twice as Ottawa spoiled the debut of the CFL’s first American-based team by beating Sacramento 32-23.

July 11 - Jack Nicklaus sank a birdie putt on the 16th hole to inch ahead of Tom Weiskopf and capture the U.S. Senior Open by one stroke. Nicklaus finished with a 72-hole total of 6-under 278.

July 10 - Yobes Ondieki of Kenya became the first to break the 27-minute mark in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 26:58.38 in the Bislett Games at Oslo, Norway.

July 10 - American Winner, driven by Ron Pierce, set a world record for a half-mile track in winning the Yonkers Trot, the first leg of trotting’s triple crown for 3-year-olds. American Winner trotted a mile in 1:56 2-5 to beat Armbro Lexico by 10 lengths and erase the record of 1:56 3-5 set by Sierra Kosmos last Sept. 2 at Delaware, Ohio.

July 11 - Alain Prost registered his 50th Formula One victory by taking the British Grand Prix.

July 13 - Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett homered and doubled to win the Most Valuable Player award in the American League’s 9-3 victory in the All-Star game at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

July 13 - Davey Allison, 32, who steered his family’s car-racing legacy to NASCAR stardom of his own, died of injuries suffered a day earlier when his helicopter slammed into a track infield at Talladega Speedway.

July 15 - San Francisco quarterback Steve Young signed a five-year 26.75 million contract to make him the highest paid player in the NFL.

July 16 - Nick Faldo tied the best single-round ever in 122 years of the British Open with a course-record 63 to give him a one-stroke lead after the second round.

July 18 - Greg Norman shot a 64 on the final day to set a record with a 13- under-par 267 and win the British Open by two strokes over defending champion Nick Faldo. Tom Watson held the record with a 268 in 1977.

July 24 - Anthony Young of the New York Mets extended his record losing streak to 27 games when he walked in the winning run in the 10th inning for a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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July 25 - Lauri Merten birdied two of the final three holes for a one- stroke victory over Donna Andrews and Helen Alfredsson in the U.S. Women’s Open. Merten closed with a 4-under-par 68 for an 8-under 280 total.

July 25 - Miguel Indurain of Spain won his third straight Tour de France title, finishing the 2,312-mile with a margin of 4 minutes, 59 seconds over Tony Rominger of Switzerland.

July 25 - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez led Spain to its second Federation Cup title in three years with a 3-0 victory over Australia. July 27 - NBC agreed to pay a record $456 million for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The winning bid was just ahead of ABC’s offer, valued at about $450 million.

July 27 - Javier Sotomayor of Cuba broke his world record in the high jump, clearing 8 feet, 0 1/2 inches on his second attempt in the Salamanca Invitational. Sotomayor set the previous mark of 8-0 on July 29, 1989 in Puerto Rico.

July 27 - Reggie Lewis, 27, the Boston Celtics star who collapsed during a playoff game on April 29 from a heart ailment, died after being stricken during a light workout at the team’s practice facility at Brandeis University.

July 28 - Anthony Young’s major-league record 27-game losing streak came to an end when the New York Mets rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Florida Marlins 5-4.

July 28 - Ken Griffey Jr. tied a major-league record by homering in his eighth consecutive game, but it wasn’t enough for the Seattle Mariners in a 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Griffey equaled the big-league mark set by Dale Long of Pittsburgh in 1956 and tied by Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees in 1987.

July 30 - Mike Aulby became the third player in PBA history to win a tournament by rolling a 300 game in the title. Aulby beat David Ozio 300-279 in the Wichita Open.

July 31 - Scott Donie, a silver medalist in platform diving in the 1992 Olympics, decided to retire while he was standing on the diving board at the U.S. Olympic Festival in San Antonio. Donie was set to dive, but then paced on the board for five minutes before leaving the platform. The next day he returned to the diving pool to finish fourth in the 3-meter springboard event.

Aug. 2 - The Baltimore Orioles were purchased at an auction for $173 million by a group of investors headed by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos.

Aug. 3 - Hungary’s Karoly Gutter set a world record in a 100-meter breaststroke qualifying round with a 1:00.95 clocking at the European Swimming Championships in Sheffield, England.

Aug. 4 - U.S. District Court judge John Padova ruled that baseball’s seven- decade antitrust exemption applied only to players contracts. Padova ruled that the 1922 Supreme Court decision did not cover the buying and selling of franchises.

Aug. 7 - American Winner won the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, his second win in harness racing’s triple crown, with the fastest heat in history and fastest two-heat total for a trotter. American Winner, driven by Ron Pierce, won the final in 1:53 2-5, 2 3/4 lengths in front of Pine Chip. He won his elimination in 1:53 1-5, breaking Mack Lobell’s 1987 stakes record by two-fifths of a second. His two-heat time of 3:46 3-5 broke Mack Lobell’s record by a full second.

Aug. 13 - The body of a murder victim found on Aug. 3 in a creek on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, was identified as James Jordan, 56, father of NBA star Michael Jordan.

Aug. 15 - Greg Norman lipped his putt on the PGA Championship’s second playoff hole, giving Paul Azinger the title and leaving Norman with an unprecedented career of Grand Slam playoff losses. Norman, despite winning his second British Open title last month, had lost playoffs in three other majors - the 1984 U.S. Open, the 1987 Masters and the 1989 British Open.

Aug. 15 - Damon Hill, son of the late Graham Hill, became the first father- son Formula 1 winners when he won the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Aug. 18 - Auburn’s football program was placed on probation by the NCAA and barred from postseason play for 1993 and 1994 for six major violations, including cash payments to former defensive back Eric Ramsey.

Aug. 19 - Britain’s Sally Gunnell set the world record by two-tenths of a second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.74 and Sergei Bubka won his fourth consecutive pole vault title at the World Track and Field championships at Stuttgart, Germany.

Aug. 20 - Britain’s Colin Jackson broke the world record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 12.91 at the World Track and Field championships. He broke the previous record of 12.92, set by American Roger Kingdom in August, 1989.

Aug. 22 - Washington’s football program was found guilty of 15 rules violations, mostly from boosters, and was barred from postseason play for 1993 and 1994. Coach Don James, with 153-57-2 record and four Rose Bowls in 18 years, angrily resigned following the decision.

Aug. 22 - The United States set the world record in the 1,600 relay at the World Track and Field championships. Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Butch Reynolds, and Michael Johnson finished in 2:54.29. Johnson had the fastest anchor leg in history at 42.97.

Aug. 26 - Sean Burroughs, the son of former major leaguer Jeff Burroughs, pitched his second no-hitter of the Little League World Series and went 4-for- 5 with two home runs as defending champion Long Beach, Calif., routed Bedford, N.H., 11-0 in the final of the U.S. bracket.

Aug. 28 - Pinch-hitter Jeremy Hess’ bases-loaded single with two outs in the sixth inning gave Long Beach, Calif., a 3-2 victory over Panama in the championship game of the Little League World Series. Long Beach became the first U.S. team to win consecutive titles. It was awarded last year’s championship after the Philippines was found to have used ineligible players.

Aug. 28 - The United States, after finishing second or third since 1979, won the Freestyle Wrestling World Championships in Toronto, 75-53 over Russia.

Aug. 28 - Jimmy Morrill Jr. drove Riyadh to a wire-to-wire victory in record time in the Cane Pace, the opening leg of pacing’s triple crown. Riyadh finished in 1:51 2-5 to erase the stakes mark of 1:53 3-5 held by Silky Stallone and Western Hanover.

Aug. 29 - Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic broke his own world record for the javelin by five inches with a toss of 313-10 at the Sheffield International meet in England.

Aug. 29 - George Brett recorded his 200th stolen base in Kansas City’s 5-4, 12-inning victory over Boston on Sunday to join Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players with 3,000 hits, 300 homers and 200 steals.

Aug. 29 - Laffit Pincay Jr. won the 8,000th race of his career aboard El Toreo in the seventh race at Del Mar racetrack to become only the second thoroughbred jockey to ride 8,000 winners. Willie Shoemaker retired with 8,833 victories.

Aug. 29 - Brandie Burton made a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Betsy King to win the duMaurier Classic.

Sept. 2 - The NHL, which absolved the Ottawa Senators of deliberately losing a game last season, fined the team $100,000 for comments made by former co-owner Bruce Firestone.

Sept. 2 - The expansion Colorado Rockies drew 47,699 fans for their 6-1 loss to Monteal to set a single-season NL attendance record with a 62-game total of 3,617,863. Los Angeles set the previous record of 3,608,881 in 1982. Toronto set the major league record of 4,028,318 last year.

Sept. 4 - Jim Abbott threw New York’s first no-hitter in 10 years, leading the Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Sept. 5 - Mark Martin beat Brett Bodine by 1.46 seconds in the Southern 500 for his record-tying fourth straight Winston Cup victory. Martin matched the modern era NASCAR record held by Cale Yarborough (1976), Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987), Harry Gant (1991) and Bill Elliott (1992).

Sept. 5 - Noureddine Morceli of Algeria broke the world record in the mile by almost two seconds with a time of 3 minutes, 44.39 seconds in the Rieti Invitational. Britain’s Steve Cram set the previous mark of 3:46.32 in 1985 at Oslo, Norway.

Sept. 6 - Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic beat Martina Navratilova 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. Navratilova’s loss left the United States without a women’s quarterfinalist for the first time in the tournament’s history, dating to 1887.

Sept. 6 - A Classic Dash beat Heza Fast Man by a nose in the $2 million All American Futurity, covering the 440 yards in 21.51 seconds. Connie Hall, A Classic Dash’s trainer, became the first woman to win the Futurity.

Sept. 7 - Mark Whiten of the St. Louis Cardinals had the greatest game at the plate in major league history in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Cincinnati. In the 15-2 win, Whiten hit four home runs and drove in 12 runs, to become the only player ever to accomplish both feats in one game.

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Sept. 8 - Darryl Kile pitched baseball’s second no-hitter in five days, leading the Houston Astros over the New York Mets 7-1.

Sept. 8 - Baseball’s proposed switch to a three-division format won American League support after Cleveland and Detroit agreed to shift divisions. Cleveland agreed to play in the AL Central instead of remaining in the East, and Detroit would stay in the East instead of moving to the Central.

Sept. 8 - Wang Junxia of China shattered the women’s 10,000-meter world mark by 42 seconds with a time of 29 minutes, 31.78 seconds. Wang, competing in China’s National Games, smashed the record of 30:13.74 set by Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway on July 5, 1986.

Sept. 9 - New York Giants guard Eric Moore was sentenced to three years probation and fined $5,000 for misdemeanor possession of steroids. Moore, who had pleaded guilty on June 24, was ordered to attend a drug treatment program and to serve 100 hours of community service. Moore’s brother-in-law, former Giants and Tampa Bay defensive lineman Mark Duckens, entered a six-month, pretrial diversion program earlier this month.

Sept. 10 - Pernell Whitaker and Julio Cesar Chavez fought to a majority draw. Two judges scored the fight 115-115 and the third scored the fight 115-113 for Whitaker. It was the first blemish on Chavez’s record who was 87-0 entering the bout.

Sept. 11 - Top-seeded Steffi Graf of Germany beat Helena Sukova 6-3, 6-3 for her third U.S. Open title. It was Graf’s third straight Grand Slam title and the 14th of her career.

Sept. 11 - Riyadh, driven by Jim Morrill Jr., went wire-to-wire to win the Messenger Stakes. Riyadh defeated stablemate Presidential Ball by a neck and was timed in 1:52 2-5.

Sept. 11 - Qu Yunxia slashed more than two seconds off the world record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3 minutes, 50.46 seconds in China’s National Games. Qu broke the previous record of 3:52.47 set by Tatanya Kazankina of the former Soviet Union on Aug. 13, 1980.

Sept. 11 - Rusty Wallace ended Mark Martin’s bid to win a record fifth consecutive Winston Cup event by winning the Miller Genuine Draft 400.

Sept. 12 - Pete Sampras beat Cedric Pioline of France 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to follow up his Wimbledon championship with his second U.S. Open title. Pioline, playing in his first Grand Slam final, was the first Frenchman since Henri Cochet in 1932 to reach the final.

Sept. 12 - Morten Andersen made a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter of New Orleans’ 34-31 victory over Atlanta to set an NFL record with his 25th consecutive successful attempt. Andersen missed from 42 yards in the third quarter and hit from 43 yards on the final play of the game. Chicago’s Kevin Butler set the previous record in 1988-89.

Sept. 12 - China’s Wang Junxia sliced six seconds off the 3,000-meter mark she set yesterday, finishing the final in 8 minutes, 6.11 seconds. It was her third world record in six days in China’s National Games.

Sept. 12 - Miami’s Dan Marino became only the fourth player in NFL history to reach the 40,000-yard mark with 286 yards passing in a 24-14 loss to the New York Jets. Marino increased his career total to 40,024. The others to reach the mark are Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts and John Unitas.

Sep. 15 - The National League officially aligned into three divisions by moving the Pittsburgh Pirates into the Central Division and the Atlanta Braves into the East.

Sept. 16 - Dave Winfield of the Minnesota Twins became the 19th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits with a single off Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley.

Sept. 16 - The NBA suspended Phoenix forward Richard Dumas indefinitely without pay for failing to cooperate with a substance abuse rehab program.

Sept. 16 - Cherry Creek (Colo.) High School beat Denver’s Mullen High School 7-0 in boys’ tennis to win its 248th straight dual match since 1971, the longest in the nation.

Sept. 19 - San Diego’s John Carney kicked six field goals against the Houston Oilers, setting an NFL record with 29 consecutive field goals. Carney connected from 34, 34 and 27 yards in the first half, 27 late in the third quarter, and from 36 and 27 yards in the final period, the last winning the game 18-17 with 3 seconds remaining.

Sept. 19 - Nigel Mansell overpowered the field in the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix and became the first rookie to win the Indy car PPG Cup championship. Mansell joined Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win both Formula One and Indy car titles.

Sept. 20 - Phoenix Cardinal safety Chuck Cecil was fined $30,000 by the NFL for two acts of flagrant unnecessary roughness against Washington on Sept. 12.

Sept. 21 - Wayne Gretzky agreed to a new three-year, $25.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings, making him the highest paid player in the National Hockey League.

Sept. 21 - The NBA and Turner Sports announced a four-year $350 million extension of their television contract that will bring a game of the week to TBS and assure every playoff game will be on some national TV network.

Sept. 22 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers faced just three Seattle batters before hurting his right elbow. Ryan finished his career with 324 wins, 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters.

Sept. 22 - The Colorado Rockies played their final home of their inaugural season and finished with a major-league home attendance record. The Rockies played before 4,483,350.

Sept. 23 - On the fourth ballot, Sydney, Australia edged out Beijing to host the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Sept. 23 - John Campbell drove Life Sign to a photo-finish victory in the Little Brown Jug to edge Riyadh, winner of the first two legs of pacing’s triple crown. Life Sign won in 1:52, the fastest second heat in pacing history.

Sept. 24 - Juniata’s women’s volleyball team beat Washington of St. Louis, 4-15, 15-12, 15-13, 16-14, to snap Washington’s NCAA-record winning streak at 59 matches.

Sept. 24 - The Colorado Rockies set a NL record for victories by an expansion team with their 65th win of the season. Colorado beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 surpassing the 64 wins the Houson Colt .45s had in 1962.

Sept. 26 - The United States won the 30th Ryder Cup on the last day with a 15-13 come-from-behind victory over Europe. The U.S. team won five of the last six matches to keep the cup.

Sept. 26 - Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners became the eighth pitcher to strike out 300 batters in a season with 13 srikeouts in 10 innings of a 3-2 12-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Sept. 26 - Alain Prost, two days after announcing his retirement, clinched his fourth Formula One title by finishing second in the Portugese Grand Prix.

Sept. 27 - Randy Myers became the first NL reliever to record 50 saves in a season as the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles 7-3.

Sept. 28 - Horse trainer William Keeping, suspected of drugging a horse before a major pacing race, was suspended 10 years in Pennsylvania and barred for life from the track where the race ran. Keeping was fined $2,000 over charges he fed a performance-enhancing ″milkshake″ to Native Born, who won $10,000 finishing third in a qualifying heat for the $245,000 Adios Pace in August.

Sept. 30 - The NBA Expansion Committee unanimously recommended a Toronto group for the league’s 28th franchise.

Oct. 2 - In the first all-British world heavyweight title fight, Lennox Lewis retained his WBC heavyweight title with a seven-round knockout of Frank Bruno in Cardiff, Whales.

Oct. 2 - California rallied from a 30-0 deficit to beat Oregon 42-41. Dave Barr threw three second-half touchdowns, including a 26-yarder to Iheanyi Uwaezuoke with 1:17 left in the game.

Oct. 2 - LeShon Johnson of Northern Illinois rushed for 332 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 45-15 victory over Southern Illinois.

Oct. 3 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team in American League history to have teammates finish 1-2-3 in the batting race. John Olerud led the league with a .363 batting average. Paul Molitor finished at .332 and Roberto Alomar closed the year a .326.

Oct. 3 - The Atlanta Braves finished one of baseball’s greatest pennant races by clinching their third consecutive NL West title with a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies and a loss by San Francisco. The Giants lost to arch- rival Los Angeles Dodgers 12-1.

Oct. 3 - The Cleveland Indians played their last game at Municipal Stadium and lost 4-0 to the Chicago White Sox in front of 72,390 fans. The final three-game series drew 216,904, the largest for a three-game set in major league history.

Oct. 3 - John Carney of San Diego ended his NFL-record streak of 29 consecutive field goals in the first quarter of 31-14 loss to Seattle when he was wide right on a 48-yard attempt.

Oct. 5 - The Charlotte Hornets signed forward Larry Johnson to a record $84 million contract for 12 years.

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Oct. 6 - Michael Jordan announced his retirement after nine seasons in the NBA, saying he ″had reached the pinnacle of my career″ and had nothing else to prove.

Oct. 6 - The Florida Panthers, in their first NHL game, played to a 4-4 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Oct. 7 - Nebraska coach Tom Osborne won his 200th games as the Cornhuskers beat Oklahoma State 27-13.

Oct. 8 - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks, before 17,174 at the Arrowhead Pond, lost 7-2 to the Detroit Red Wings in their first NHL game.

Oct. 8 - Pine Chip spoiled American Winner’s bid for trotting’s triple crown, scoring record victories in both heats of the 97th running of the Kentucky Futurity. Pine Chip won the decisive second heat in a stakes-record 1:52 3-5, 6 1/2 lengths in front of Oaklea Bluejay.

Oct. 9 - An NHL record crowd of 27,227 watched Florida goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck stop 36 Tampa Bay shots in a 2-0 Panther win that spoiled the Lightning’s home opener at the ThunderDome.

Oct. 9 - Minnesota’s Scott Eckers threw for 402 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in his first collegiate start as the Gophers defeated Purdue 59-56. The 56 points scored by Purdue was the most ever in a losing effort for a major-college team.

Oct. 9 - Carey Bender rushed 33 times for 417 yards, setting an NCAA all- division single-game rushing record, in Coe’s 69-7 Division III victory over Grinnell. The previous all-division record in NCAA play was 396 by Kansas’ Tony Sands against Missouri in 1991.

Oct. 12 - The Toronto Blue Jays, behind the strong pitching of Dave Stewart, beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 to win the American League pennant in six games.

Oct. 13 - Tommy Greene of Philadelphia outpitched baseball’s best pitcher, Greg Maddux, and the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 to win the National League pennant in six games.

Oct. 13 - Gunter Parche was given a two-year suspended sentence for attacking Monica Seles on April 30.

Oct. 16 - Trainer Shug McGaughey won five stakes races and more than $1 million in purses on Breeders’ Cup Preview day at Belmont Park. McGaughey’s winners were Miner’s in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Heavenly Prize in the Frizette, Lure in the Kelso Handicap, Dispute in the Beldame and Strolling Along in the Lawrence Realization.

Oct. 17 - No. 1 NBA draft pick Chris Webber signed a contract for $74.4 million over 15 years with the Golden State Warriors.

Oct. 20 - Devon White’s two-run triple capped a six-run eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 15-14 victory over the Phillies and a 3-1 World Series lead. The 29 runs shattered the Series record 22 set in Game 2 in 1936 when the Yankees beat the New York Giants 18-4. It was also the longest nine-inning game in series history - 4 hours, 14 minutes.

Oct. 22 - Former New England Patriot owner Billy Sullivan won a $114 million lawsuit against the NFL for forcing him to sell his club in 1988 rather than letting him offer stock publicly.

Oct. 23 - Joe Carter became just the second player in baseball history to end a World Series with a home run, hitting a three-run shot off Mitch Williams in the ninth inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays their second straight championship with an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6.

Oct. 23 - The Toronto Maple Leafs broke NHL record for most victories at the start of the season, winning their ninth straight by beating the second- year Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0.

Oct. 24 - Eric Metcalf returned two punts for touchdowns to give the Cleveland Browns a 28-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Metcalf’s first touchdown was a team-record 91 yards and the other went for 75 yards with 2:05 left in the game.

Oct. 26 - The NFL expanded, adding a team in Charlotte, N.C. that will begin play in 1995 as the Carolina Panthers.

Oct. 27 - The NFL voted to sponsor a six-team overseas league beginning in spring 1995. The new league will be based entirely in Europe and replace the defunct World League, which played in 1991 and 1992 with teams in Europe and the United States.

Oct. 28 - Ron Francis became the 38th NHL player to score 1,000 points with a goal in the Pittsburgh Penguin’s 7-3 loss to the Quebec Nordiques.

Oct. 28 - The Toronto Maple Leafs extended an NHL record with their 10th straight victory from the start of the season, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.

Oct. 30 - Brigham Young’s John Walsh and Utah State’s Anthony Calvillo combined for 1,091 passing yards and eight touchdowns in a 58-56 Utah State victory. The Cougars tied an NCAA record for scoring the most points by a losing team.

Oct. 30 - The Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto 5-2 to end the Maple Leafs’ NHL record 10-game winning streak from the start of the season.

Oct. 30 - Erin Whitten became the first woman goaltender in professional hockey to be credited with a victory as the Toledo Storm defeated the Dayton Bombers 6-5 in the East Coast Hockey League. Whitten replaced injured Alain Harvey to start the second period with the score tied 1-1. She made 15 saves on 19 shots in the final period, including two power-play opportunities.

Oct. 30 - Seven people were critically injured and at least 80 were hurt when thousands of fans poured onto the field following Wisconsin’s 13-10 victory over Michigan.

Oct. 31 - Emmitt Smith powered for a team-record 237 yards, including a 62- yard touchdown run, as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-10. His total tied the sixth highest in NFL history.

Nov. 6 - French-based Arcangues staged the biggest Breeders’ Cup upset ever, rallying to beat Bertrando by 2 lengths in the $3 million Classic at Santa Anita. Arcangues went off at 133-1 and returned $269.20 on a $2 bet. French-bred Kotashaan, won the $2 million Turf with a half-length victory over Bien Bien. Brocco won the Juvenille; Lure won the Mile; Phone Chatter won the Juvenile Fillies; Hollywood Wildcat won the Distaff; and Cardmania took the Sprint.

Nov. 6 - Evander Holyfield regained the WBA and IB Fheavyweight championships from Riddick Bowe in a fight disrupted by a parachutist. In the seventh round at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the chutist tumbled into the ringside seats and stopped the fight for 21 minutes. Holyfield became the fourth man to become a heavyweight champion at least twice.

Nov. 9 - Barry Bonds, who hit .336 with 46 homers and 123 RBIs in his first season with the San Francisco Giants, was selected the National League’s most valuable player for a record third time in four years. Bonds became the fourth three-time winner in the NL and eighth overall.

Nov. 9 - UNLV closed the Jerry Tarkanian era by accepting a three-year probation from the NCAA that limited some television appearances and scheduling and cost the school two scholarships. In a settlement of allegations dating back to Tarkanian’s 1986 recruitment of Lloyd Daniels, UNLV escaped a postseason tournament ban and harsher television sanctions.

Nov. 10 - Frank Thomas, who set Chicago White Sox records with 41 homers and 77 extra-base hits, became the eighth unanimous selection in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player. The first baseman hit .317 and was second in the majors with 128 RBIs.

Nov. 13 - No. 2 Notre Dame ran out to a 17-point lead and hung on to beat top-ranked Florida State 31-24 when Charlie Ward’s desperation pass was knocked down on the goal line as time expired.

Nov. 14 - Don Shula broke George Halas’ career record for victories with No. 325 in the Miami Dolphins’ 19-14 victory over Philadelphia. Shula, in 31 seasons with Baltimore and Miami, compiled a 325-153-6 record. The late Halas was 324-151-31 in 40 seasons with Chicago.

Nov. 14 - Mexico’s Andres Espinosa and Germany’s Uta Pippig won the New York City Marathon in unseasonably warm weather - a record 72 degrees. Espinosa, a runner-up the past two years, won in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 4 seconds. Pippig won the women’s division in 2:26:24.

Nov. 20 - Iowa coach Hayden Fry won his 200th game as the Hawkeyes beat Minnesota 21-3.

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Nov. 21 - North Carolina won its eighth straight NCAA women’s soccer title with a 6-0 victory over George Mason. North Carolina, with its fourth perfect season and eighth without a loss, won its 12th NCAA title in 13 years. Nov. 25 - Leon Lett’s blunder on a bizarre snowy Thanksgiving Day in Texas Stadium gave the Miami Dolphins a second chance which led to a 16-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Lett, whose hotdog play in the Super Bowl allowed Buffalo’s Don Beebe to catch him from behind and stop a sure touchdown, touched the ball after Pete Stoyanovich’s 41-yard attempt was blocked. Miami’s Jeff Dellenbach recovered on the Dallas 1 with three seconds to play and Stoyanovich kicked the game-winner.

Nov. 28 - Sean Fleming set a Grey Cup record with six field goals as the Edmonton Eskimos took advantage of seven turnovers to beat Winnipeg 33-23 in the CFL title game.

Nov. 28 - Legacy World beat Breeders’ Cup Turf champion Kotashaan by 1 lengths in the $3.61 million Japan Cup, the world’s richest race. The Japanese 4-year-old, ridden by Hiroshi Kawauchi, covered the 1 1/2 -mile turf course in 2 minutes, 24.4 seconds to win $1.56 million.

Nov. 29 - The Colorado State women’s softball team won a decision in the Supreme Court when the nine justices refused to vacate a court order that forces the school to field a team. Colorado State, citing budgetary problems, dropped the women’s softball and men’s baseball in June 1992. Members of the team sued, charging the school with violating the 1972 law known as Title IX, which bans sexual discrimination in education. Two appeals courts ruled in their favor and ordered the school to reinstate the team.

Nov. 30 - The NFL selected longshot Jacksonville, Fla., to join Charlotte, N.C., as its 1995 expansion teams. The Jacksonville Jaguars joined the Carolina Panthers - giving the expanded NFL 30 teams - by beating out the old- line cities of St. Louis and Baltimore, as well as Memphis, Tenn.

Dec. 1 - Striking officials and the NHL Board of Governors ratified a four- year contract ending a 16-day walkout that brought a wave of player criticism over officiating by replacements. The officials, who walked out Nov. 15, had been without a contract since August.

Dec. 2 - Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darryl Henley was indicted for allegedly participating in a cocaine trafficking ring that extended from Southern California to Tennessee and Georgia.

Dec. 2 - The Houston Rockets tied the NBA record for the best start to a season, improving to 15-0 with a 94-85 victory over the New York Knicks. The Rockets matched the start of the 1948-49 Washington Capitols.

Dec. 3 - Guohong Dai and Jinyi Le each broke world records twice - first in the preliminary heat and later in the final - in the World Short Course Swimming Championship. The other world record set was by American Angel Martino in the 100-meter backstroke, swimming 58.50 seconds to top the old mark of 59.89. Dai set a world record of 2:21.99 seconds in the 200-meter breaststroke. Le set a world mark of 24.23 in the 50-meter freestyle final.

Dec. 3 - The Atlanta Hawks routed Houston 133-111, to end the Rockets’ record-tying 15-game winning streak to start the season.

Dec. 4 - American Dan Jansen set a world 500-meter record of 35.92 seconds and Johann Olav Koss of Norway clocked 6:35.53 to break the 5,000-meter mark in World Cup speedskating. Jansen bettered his previous record by one-tenth of a second. Koss held the old mark in the 5,000 at 6:36.57.

Dec. 5 - Michael Stich delivered Germany’s third Davis Cup title, beating Australia’s Richard Fromberg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Germany completed a 4-1 victory when Marc-Kevin Goellner beat Jason Stoltenberg 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3).

Dec. 5 - Virginia won an unprecedented third consecutive NCAA Division I soccer championship when Nate Friends scored late in each half for a 2-0 victory over South Carolina.

Dec. 6 - Gunda Niemann of Germany broke the world record for women’s 5,000- meter speedskating, clocking 7 minutes, 13.29 seconds.

Dec. 6 - Sylvie Frechette of Canada got her Olympic gold medal when the International Olympic Committee executive board agreed Frechette was victim of a judging error and should be awarded a synchronized swimming gold from the 1992 Barcelona Games. The IOC’s decision did not affect Kristen Babb-Sprague of the United States, who was originally awarded the gold and will be able to keep her medal.

Dec. 8 - PGA champion Paul Azinger was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that strikes about 50,000 Americans a year. The lymphoma is located in a small portion of Azinger’s right shoulder blade.

Dec. 10 - Basketball coach Bob Knight was suspended for one game by the school’s athletic director because of his conduct during the Hoosiers’ game against Notre Dame on Dec. 7. Knight’s outburst in the 101-82 victory was triggered by some sloppy play by his reserves, including his son Pat. During a timeout, Knight went face-to-face with his son, screaming at him. Knight apparently kicked at something, and fans, thinking Pat Knight was the target, started booing.

Dec. 11 - Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy by the second-largest margin ever. Ward beat Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler by 1,622 points, trailing only O.J. Simpson’s 1,750-point victory over Leroy Keyes in 1968. Ward completed 70 percent of passes for 3,032 yards and 27 touchdowns with only four interceptions.

Dec. 17 - Fox Television, the upstart network that gave viewers offbeat shows, outbid CBS by $100 million for the NFC television package. Fox bid an astounding $1.58 billion for four years beginning in 1994. By switching, the NFL ended a relationship with CBS dating back to 1956.

Dec. 17 - Virgil Hill became the most successful light heavyweight in the history of boxing, winning a record 15th title defense with a unanimous decision over Guy Waters of Australia. Hill, the WBA champion for five of the last six years, had been tied with Bob Foster for most successful title defenses in the weight class. Foster held light heavyweight titles from 1968 to 1974.

Dec. 20 - The NFL completed its television package for the next four years, awarding the AFC to NBC despite receiving a higher bid from CBS, which lost the NFC to Fox on Dec. 17. NBC will pay an estimated $880 million for the AFC games. In addition, NBC also will get two Super Bowls, in 1996 and ’98.

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