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April 4, 2014
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April 4
1974 Atlanta's Hank Aaron homered on his first swing of the season to tie Babe Ruth's all-time record of 714 home runs.
1988 Led by senior forward Danny Manning, Kansas defeated Oklahoma, 83-79, to win the 50th Division I Men's Basketball Championship in Kansas City.
1999 Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, who won 300 games in his 25 year major league career, died at the age of 79.
1999 The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres 8-2 in Monterrey, Mexico in the first Major League Baseball season opener in a country other than the U.S. or Canada.
2002 The Portland Trail Blazers clinched their 20th straight playoff berth, the longest active stretch in the NBA.
2002 The San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles for the first since September 24-26, 1982.
2003 Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa hit the 500th home run of his career against Cincinnati.
2004 The baseball season officially began in the United States, as the Orioles rolled past Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox, 7-2. Newcomer Javy Lopez homered and drove in three runs for the O's.
2005 North Carolina won the Men's NCAA Division I basketball championship with a 75-70 win over Illinois. It was the Tar Heels fourth career title and the first for head coach Roy Williams.
2005 The Washington Nationals played their first official game, but suffered an 8-4 setback against Philadelphia.
2005 Detroit's Dmitri Young homered three times on opening day, as the Tigers rolled past Kansas City, 11-2.
2005 Adam Dunn belted two homers and Joe Randa hit a walk-off shot, as the Reds rallied with three in the ninth to beat the Mets, 7-6 on opening day at the Great American Ballpark.
2006 Kristi Toliver drained a three-pointer with 6.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, then sank a pair of go-ahead free throws with 34.2 seconds remaining in the extra session, as Maryland won its first women's basketball national championship, 78-75 victory over Duke.
2007 The Phoenix Mercury selected Duke guard Lindsey Harding with the top pick in the WNBA Draft and then traded her to the Minnesota Lynx for Tangela Smith.
2007 Butler named Brad Stevens its new basketball coach.
2008 Rod Earls scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Tulsa won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational with a 70-64 win over Bradley in the third and deciding game of the championship series.
2009 Kalin Lucas scored 21 points, as the Michigan State Spartans pulled away in the second half before holding off the Connecticut Huskies, 82-73, in a Final Four matchup at the Ford Field.
2009 Ty Lawson scored 22 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out eight assists, as the North Carolina Tar Heels advanced to the Championship Game with a 83-69 win over Villanova.
2009 South Florida won the WNIT title with a 75-71 victory over Kansas.
2009 Pioneerof the Nile won the Santa Anita Derby.
2010 The Philadelphia Eagles traded QB Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a second round draft pick in this year's draft and a conditional pick in 2011.
2010 La Raza de Monterrey overcame a six-point deficit to beat the Milwaukee Wave, 12-6, in the Major Indoor Soccer League championship.
2011 The Connecticut Huskies won their third national championship with a 53-41 victory over Butler.
2011 Virginia Commonwealth re-signed basketball coach Shaka Smart to an eight-year contract.
2012 The Cincinnati Reds re-signed first baseman Joey Votto to a 10-year contract worth $225 million.
2012 Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger decided to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.
2013 The Texas Rangers signed shortstop Elvis Andrus to an eight-year contract extension worth $120 million.
2013 Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson annouced his retirement. He played 21 seasons with the team.
2013 Baylor won the NIT Championship, beating Iowa, 74-54.
2013 Ed Rush resigned as the officiating coordinator of the Pac-12 Conference following his controversial comments regarding Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller.

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