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April 6, 2014
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1896 Athens, Greece was the setting for the first modern Olympic Games.
1936 Horton Smith eeked out a narrow one-stroke win over Harry Cooper in the Masters.
1941 Craig Wood defeated Byron Nelson by three strokes to capture the Masters.
1947 Jimmy Demaret won his second Masters, this time by two strokes over Byron Nelson and Frank Stranahan.
1952 Sam Snead won his second Masters, a four-stroke victory over Jack Burke Jr.
1973 New York Yankees' Ron Bloomberg became the first designated hitter.
1974 The Yankees began their first of two seasons at Shea Stadium. They played their first home game outside Yankee Stadium since 1922.
1987 Sugar Ray Leonard won a stunning 12-round split decision victory over Marvin Hagler to win the middleweight title. It marked Leonard's first appearance in the ring in three years.
1992 Duke crushed Michigan, 71-51 and became the first team in 19 years to repeat as NCAA champions.
1996 Charlotte's Robert Parish broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record for the most career NBA games played, with 1,561, during the Hornets 93-89 road win at Cleveland.
1996 Major League Soccer debuted before 31,683 fans at San Jose Spartan Stadium. The San Jose Clash defeated the Washington D.C. United 1-0 on a late goal by Eric Wynalda.
2002 Grant Potulny scored with 3:02 left in overtime to give the Minnesota Golden Gophers a 4-3 victory over Maine for the NCAA national hockey championship. An NCAA hockey tournament-record crowd of 19,324 watched at the Xcel Energy Center.
2004 The University of Connecticut women's basketball team captured its third consecutive national championship by defeating the Tennessee Lady Vols, 70-61.
2005 Jose Guillen belted a two-run homer in the deciding eighth inning and Brad Wilkerson hit for the cycle, as the Washington Nationals posted their first-ever win with a 7-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
2006 Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins went hitless in four at-bats to end his 38-game hit streak, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Phillies, 4-2, at Citizens Bank Park.
2007 Kentucky named Billy Gillispie its new basketball coach.
2007 Kansas State named Frank Martin its new basketball coach.
2008 Western Kentucky named Ken McDonald its new basketball coach.
2009 The North Carolina Tar Heels won their fifth national championship in college basketball with an 89-72 victory over the Michigan State Spartans.
2009 Arizona named Sean Miller its new basketball coach.
2009 CC Sabathia made his first start for the New York Yankees. He gave up for six runs on eight hits with five walks over 4 1/3 innings. The Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 10-5.
2010 Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur recorded his 600th career victory.
2010 UCONN women's basketball team won the national championship for the second straight year and extended their winning streak to 78 games. The Huskies beat Stanford, 53-47.
2011 Eastern Michigan fired basketball coach Charles Ramsey.
2011 Kent State named Rob Senderoff its new basketball coach.
2012 The San Francisco 49ers signed RB Brandon Jacobs to a one-year contract.
2012 Florida International fired basketball coach Isiah Thomas.
2013 Lousville advanced to its first national championship game since 1986 when they defeated Wichita State, 72-68.
2013 Mitch McGary tallied 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the Michigan's 61-56 victory over Syracuse in the Final Four.
2013 Drexel won the WNIT, defeating Utah, 46-43.

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