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December 20, 2013
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December 20
1905 Philadelphia's Jack O'Brien knocked out Bob Fitzsimmons in the 13th round to earn the light heavyweight title.
1966 Seattle was rewarded with an NBA franchise for the 1967-68 season, which expanded the league to 11 teams.
1972 Hall of Famer Gabby Harnett died at the age of 72 in Park Ridge, Illinois.
1973 Montreal's Henri Richard notched his 1,000th point with an assist en route to a 2-2 stalemate with Buffalo.
1980 NBC tried the first-ever NFL broadcast without broadcasters and just the sound of the game. The game featured the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
1981 Winnipeg's Doug Smail tied an NHL record for fastest goal, scoring just five seconds into the game and helping the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-4.
1983 Montreal's Guy Lafleur recorded his 500th goal, as the Canadiens dumped the New York Rangers, 6-0.
1985 North Carolina set an NCAA record with 18 blocked shots in an 87-55 victory over Stanford.
1985 The Islanders' Denis Potvin assisted on Mike Bossy's goal for his 916th career point, which eclipsed Bobby Orr's record for most points by a defenseman.
1987 D. Wayne Lukas-trained Tejano became the first juvenile millionaire when he won the Hollywood Futurity with Laffit Pincay Jr. aboard.
1994 Ivan Lendl retired at the age of 34 after a 17-year career.
2002 Jon Frazier collected 271 total yards and scored two touchdowns to lead 15th-ranked Western Kentucky to its first-ever I-AA championship with a 34-14 victory over top-ranked McNeese State.
2003 St. John's, Minnesota, snapped Mount Union's NCAA-record 55-game winning streak with a 24-6, victory in the Division III Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.
2007 The Miami Dolphins named Bill Parcells their new executive vice president of football operations.
2007 The St. Louis Rams retired RB Marshall Faulk's number 28 jersey.
2008 Wake Forest won the inaugural EagleBank Bowl defeating Navy, 29-19.
2008 South Florida won the inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl defeating Memphis, 41-14.
2008 The Dallas Cowboys played their last game at Texas Stadium. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 33-24.
2008 Russian Nikolay Valuev narrowly retained his WBA heavyweight title with a majority decision victory over Evander Holyfield.
2009 Cleveland's Jerome Harrison set a team record with 286 rushing yards in the Browns 41-34 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
2010 Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski tied Dean Smith for second place on the all-time NCAA wins list with a 98-72 victory over Elon.
2010 Maryland fired head football coach Ralph Friedgen.
2011 Ohio State received a one-year postseason ban among the sanctions handed down by the NCAA for a memorabilia scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job as head football coach.
2011 The Los Angeles Kings named Darryl Sutter their new head coach.

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