1907 – Jim Thorpe makes his Carlisle, Pa., Debut dazzling a crowd of 22,800 in a 26-6 loss to No. 4 Penn at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Thorpe rushes in, returns the kicks and does all the kicks by putting on a one-man show.
1951 – Joe Louis loses his last fight, an eighth round TKO against Rocky Marciano at Madison Square Garden in New York. Marciano knocks down Louis with a left hook in the eighth round. Louis kneels to the count of three and counts eight before getting up. Marciano ends the fight with a right that sends Louis through the ropes and onto the ring apron. Louis’ career record is 66-3 with 52 knockouts.
1968 – Brooks Dawson of Texas-El Paso completes 17 of 24 passes for 304 yards in the final at 10:21 of the fourth quarter as the Miners beat Brigham Young 31-25.
1968 – Boxer George Foreman defeats Ionas Chepulis of the Soviet Union for the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the Olympic Games in Mexico City.
1970 – Muhammad Ali returns to the ring after a 2.5-year layoff, due to his refusal to be drafted into the US military. Fighting in Atlanta, Ali opened a cut to Jerry Quarry’s left eye with a right hand in the third round, causing the fight to stop before the start of the fourth round.
1980 – The St. Louis Cardinals sack Baltimore quarterback Bert Jones 12 times in a 17-10 victory.
1990 – Wayne Gretzky becomes the first NHL player to reach the 2,000-point plateau when he helps set up a Tomas Sandstrom goal at 2:32 pm of the first period of the Los Angeles Kings game in Winnipeg.
2000 – The New York Yankees become the first team in more than a quarter of a century to win three consecutive World Series championships, beating the New York Mets 4-2. The Yankees competed against the Oakland Athletics three times in a row from 1972 to 1974, winning their fourth title in five years.
2002 – Volponi, a 43-1 long shot, finds room along the rail and passes Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic 6½ lengths ahead of Medaglia d’Oro.
2006 – Ryan Miller stops 29 shots as Buffalo beats the New York Islanders 3-0 to win their 10th straight game. The win was the best start in NHL history, tying the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993-94.
2012 – The NHL cancels all of its games until the end of November due to a labor dispute between owners and players.
2013 – Octavias McKoy runs for 455 yards, setting an NCAA record for all divisions, as Division III Western Connecticut State defeats Worcester State 55-35. McKoy scores five touchdowns in the game and breaks the rushing record previously held by Dante Brown of Marietta College. Brown ran for 441 on October 5, 1996 against Baldwin-Wallace.
2014 – Serena Williams wins the WTA Tour final for the third consecutive year and the fifth time overall, beating Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0. Williams joins Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf as the only players to win five titles in the end-of-season championship.
2014 – Ben Roethlisberger is 40 for 49 for 522 yards and six touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s 51-34 win over Indianapolis. Roethlisberger became the first player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games – 503 yards against Green Bay on December 20, 2009.
2014 – Abby Wambach scores four goals and the World Cup-linked United States defeat Costa Rica 6-0 to claim their fifth CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
1967 – New Mexico tight end Emilio Vallez catches 17 passes for 257 yards to tie an NCAA record in a 75-12 Texas-El Paso rout.
1973 – Four players rush over 100 yards as Alabama sets three NCAA records in a 77-6 loss to Virginia Tech. Alabama set records with a total of 823 yards attacking, 743 yards rushing and four 100-yard rushers. Jim Taylor wins 142 yards, Wilbur Jackson 138, Calvin Culliver 127 and Richard Todd 102.
1984 – Rueben Mayes of Washington state sets an NCAA record with 357 rushing yards, 197 in the first half, and scores three touchdowns in a 50-41 victory over Oregon.
1984 – Chuck Long of Iowa completes 22 straight assists to set an NCAA record in a 24-20 victory over Indiana.
1996 – After two humiliating home losses, the New York Yankees win their first World Series title since 1978 with a 3-2 victory over defending champion Atlanta Braves in Game 6.
2001 – Joe Paterno wins his 324th game to overtake Bear Bryant for most Division IA coach wins when Penn State rallies for a 29-27 victory over Ohio State.
2002 – Emmitt Smith breaks the NFL career ground distance record held by the late Walter Payton on an 11-yard rush in the fourth quarter. Smith has 109 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 17-14 loss to Seattle and ends the game with 16,743 career yards – 17 more than Payton earned.
2002 – Behind rookie pitcher John Lackey and a three-point brace from Garret Anderson, the Anaheim Angels beat Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants 4-1 for the franchise’s first World Series in 42 years.
2004 – The Boston Red Sox are finally World Series champions. Johnny Damon runs home on the fourth pitch of the game, Derek Lowe gets him to his feet and the Red Sox wins the game 4 3-0, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals for their first crown since 1918. 2005 – Curtis Joseph makes 13 saves to earn his 400th NHL victory and Mike Comrie scores twice as Phoenix defeats Calgary 3-2.
2006 – The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 in Game 5 to clinch their first series title in nearly a quarter of a century and 10th overall. The Cardinals, with 83 regular season wins, are the fewest by a World Series champion.
2007 – Curlin clinches a resounding victory over his toughest rivals in the $ 5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Monmouth Park. Ridden by Robby Albarado, Curlin beats Derby finalist Hard Spun by 4 1/2 lengths.
2007 – Weber State defeats Portland State 73-68 to set an NCAA All Division football record for points in a game. In 1916, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland 222-0, but that was before the NCAA kept track of the records. q2012 – Arizona’s Matt Scott gains 469 total yards and has four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 39-36 win over Southern California. USC’s Marqise Lee catches 16 passes for a Pac-12 record of 345 yards and two touchdowns.
2013 – Matthew Stafford’s one-yard lunge on a linemen stack with 12 seconds left and Calvin Johnson’s 329 yards on reception take the Detroit Lions to a 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Stafford throws a 22-yard pass to Johnson, who received the second-most yards in NFL history, to establish his winning score.
2013 – Serena Williams ends her best season on a high, defeating Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for her second consecutive WTA Championship and 11th title of the year.
2015 – Alex Gordon hits a tying home run with a ninth inning strikeout, Eric Hosmer hits a sacrificial volley against Bartolo Colon in the 14th and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 in the longest opening match in World Series history.
1939 – The Kansas State homecoming contest against Nebraska is the second college football game ever to be televised, following the Fordham-Waynesburg contest in New York City earlier this fall. The Cornhuskers spoil the homecoming with a 25-9 triumph in Manhattan, Kan., Ahead of a limited audience from the nearby Nebraska ETV.
1950 – Nevada punter Pat Brady starts an NCAA record 99-yard punt in a 34-7 loss to Loyola Marymount.
1962 – New York Giants quarterback YA Title passes for 505 yards and seven touchdowns, and Del Schofner catches 11 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown in a 49-34 win over the Washington Redskins.
1973 – Gail Goodrich scores 49 points and seven-foot cross Elmore Smith sets an NBA record with 17 blocked shots as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Portland 111-98.
1973 – With jockey Eddie Maple replacing Ron Turcotte suspended, Secretariat ends his racing career with a victory in the Canadian International Championship Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto.
1989 – Tony Alford of Colorado, runs 310 yards on 28 carries to break a Western Athletic Conference record and scores three touchdowns in a 50-10 win over Utah.
1989 – The central state crushes the 101-0 route. Lane concedes with 11:26 left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Henderson Mosley runs for three touchdowns and passes for six.
1990 – Jennifer Capriati, 14, defeats Zina Garrison in three sets to win the Puerto Rico Open and become the youngest player to qualify for the Virginia Slims Championship.
1993 – Ron Francis becomes the 38th NHL player to score 1,000 points with a goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-3 loss to the Quebec Nordiques.
1995 – Cigar ends an unbeaten 10-game winning streak with an exciting 2½-length victory under Jerry Bailey in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Cigar, the 3 to 5 favorite, covers the 1 1/4 miles in a time of 1:59 2/5 to beat L’Carrière and give Bailey his third straight Classic victory.
1997 – Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer are hired as full-time NBA referees, marking the first time in major professional sports in the United States that women will officiate regular season games in an all-men’s league.
2010 – Caroline Wozniacki finishes the No.1 year-end standings after defeating Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Championships. The 20-year-old Dane is the 10th woman to finish the season in the lead and the youngest since Martina Hingis in 1997.
2016 – Russell Westbrook has 51 points and a triple-double and scores the winning points in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 113-110 overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns. This is the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had one in 1975. Westbrook finished with 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
2017 – JT Barrett finishes the greatest game of his career with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Baugh with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter and the No.6 Ohio State rallies 11 in the last five minutes to give the No.2 Penn State its first loss, 39-38.