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February 18, 2013
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February 18
1944 Fifteen-year-old Joe Nuxhul signed a contract with the Reds, one day after playing a high school basketball game.
1951 Three players from the national champion City College of New York college basketball team were arrested for taking bribes to fix games.
1970 Pitcher Denny McLain was suspended from baseball for two years. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered the suspension because of McLain's alleged involvement in bookmaking ventures.
1990 Dale Earnhardt's luck at the Daytona 500 continued to be bad, as he blew a tire on the final lap, thus giving Derrick Cope one of the biggest upsets in stock car racing history.
1992 Italy's Alberto Tomba won the men's giant slalom in Albertville, France and became the first Alpine skier to win the same event at two Winter Olympics.
1995 Utah's John Stockton became the first player in NBA history to record 10,000 career assists.
1998 Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray passed away at the age of 80.
1999 New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter won his arbitration case and will earn $5 million the upcoming year.
1999 Toronto pitcher Roger Clemens was traded to the defending world champion N.Y. Yankees in exchange for pitchers David Wells and Graeme Lloyd and second baseman Homer Bush.
2001 Tragedy struck at the Daytona 500, as Dale Earnhardt crashed into the wall on the race's final lap was killed. Michael Waltrip won the race.
2002 American Jim Shea Jr. won the gold medal in the men's skeleton competition.
2002 American Tristan Gale won the gold medal in the women's skeleton competition.
2002 Defending Olympic gold medalist Eric Bergoust fell on his final jump of the men's aerials competition, which gave the gold medal to the Czech Republic's Ales Valenta, who became the first person to land a five- twist jump in Olympic competition.
2004 The Ottawa Senators acquired five-time All-Star forward Peter Bondra from the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Brooks Laich and a second-round pick in the 2005 entry draft.
2004 The Chicago Cubs signed free agent pitcher Greg Maddux to a three-year $24 million deal.
2006 The United States took gold and silver in the men's 1,000 meter speedskating event at the Winter Olympics, as Shani Davis came in first and Joey Cheek finished second at the Oval Lingotto.
2007 Kevin Harvick won the 49th Daytona 500.
2007 Duke's Mike Krzyzewski won his 700th career game as Blue Devils' head coach.
2007 Charles Howell III beat Phil Mickelson on the third playoff hole to win the Nissan Open.
2007 The West beat the East in the NBA All-Star Game, 153-132 in Las Vegas. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points for the West and was named the MVP.
2010 Evan Lysacek claimed gold for the United States in men's figure skating beating Russia's Evgeni Plushenko with a flawless free skate routine at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
2011 Florida International baseball star Garrett Wittels saw his 56-game hitting streak come to an end as the Golden Panthers opened their season with a 10-2 loss to Southeastern Louisiana.
2012 The Connecticut women's basketball team had its 99-game home court winning streak come to an end when they lost to St. John's, 57-56.

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