BC-YE--2017 Sports Chronology,6th Add, YE

December 29, 2017 - 11:56 pm


June 27 — Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball. The Gators posted the eighth sweep in the 15 years of the best-of-three finals format, and first since 2013. LSU lost for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game.

July 1 — Stephen Curry agreed a $201 million maximum contract with the Golden State Warriors. Curry's five-year maximum became the league's first $200 million contract.

July 1 — Houston Astros rookie pitcher David Paulino received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenone.

July 2 — Jeff Horn shocked Manny Pacquiao by a controversial unanimous decision at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, to win the WBO welterweight title. The 29-year-old Horn was given almost no hope of beating the 11-time world champion. The 38-year-old Pacquiao had a chance to knock Horn out in the ninth round, with the Aussie on the ropes and in big trouble in front of the 51,052 fans at Suncorp Stadium, but couldn't complete the job.

July 2 — Danielle Kang birdied the final hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her first LPGA Tour title, edging defending champion Brooke Henderson. Kang became the first player to birdie the 72nd and final hole to win this Championship by a single stroke since Meg Mallon in 1991.

July 6 — The World Boxing Organization announced it will re-score the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight because of the contentious unanimous decision awarded to the Australian challenger, but there is no plan to change the result. The WBO was responding to a Philippines government department's request to review the fight after Pacquiao said the decision against him on July 2 was unfair. The Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) said it based the request on protecting boxing's integrity, citing possible miscalls by the referee and judges. But the WBO reiterated its only hope of revoking the fight judges' decision rests on proving fraud in match officiating.

July 10 — Rafael Nadal was beaten in the fourth round at Wimbledon, losing to Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13. Nadal erased a two-set deficit, then four match points, but could not erase the fifth. The two-time champion at the All England Club saved two match points in the 10th game of the fifth set, and two more in the 20th game. Nadal had won 28 consecutive completed sets at major tournaments, equaling his personal best.

July 10 — An independent review of the scoring in Manny Pacquiao's contentious WBO welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn confirmed the outcome in favor of the Australian. A Philippines government department asked the WBO to review the refereeing and the judging of the so-called "Battle of Brisbane" in Australia on July 2 after Horn, fighting for his first world title, won a unanimous points decision against Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion. The WBO said three of the five independent judges who reviewed the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored a draw.

July 10 — Rookie Aaron Judge dominated the All-Star Home Run Derby. The larger-than-life New York Yankees slugger beat Minnesota's Miguel Sosa 11-10 with two minutes to spare in the final, reaching 513 feet and displaying remarkable power to all fields.

July 11 — Venus Williams reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the 10th time. The five-time champion at the All England Club advanced by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 under a closed roof on Centre Court.

July 11 — Seattle's Robinson Cano homered off Chicago Cubs closer Wade Davis leading off the 10th inning and the American League beat the National League 2-1 in the All-Star Game. Craig Kimbrel of Boston wiggled out of a jam in the ninth and right fielder Justin Upton made a lunging catch in the 10th to help the AL win its fifth in a row. And for the first time since 1964, the rivalry is all even — 43 wins apiece with two ties, and each side has scored exactly 361 runs.

July 12 — Sam Querrey stunned top-seeded Andy Murray in five sets in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Querrey, an American seeded 24th, was dominating down the stretch for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 victory. Querrey became the first U.S. man to reach the semifinals at any Grand Slam tournament since Andy Roddick lost in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

July 13 — Venus Williams reached her ninth Wimbledon final and first since 2009, turning in her latest display of gutsy serving to beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2. At 37, Williams became the oldest finalist at the All England Club since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age. In the opening semifinal, Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in just over an hour.

July 14 — Roger Federer advanced to the final at the All England Club for the 11th time by beating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4. Marin Cilic defeated Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the other semifinal.

July 15 — Garbine Muguruza powered her way to her first title at Wimbledon and second at a Grand Slam tournament, beating a fading Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 by claiming the final's last nine games.

July 15 — Cody Bellinger became the first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cycle and Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in more than a century to win his first 11 decisions in a season, helping Los Angeles beat the Miami Marlins 7-1.

July 16 — Roger Federer won his record eighth Wimbledon title, beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court in his 11th final at the All England Club. The win moved him above both Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who each have won seven titles at the grass-court major. It was the 35-year-old Federer's record 19th Grand Slam singles title.

July 16 — Sung Hyun Park won the U.S. Women's Open for her first LPGA Tour victory. The 23-year-old from South Korea shot her second straight 5-under 67 and won a day-long battle with front-running Shanshan Feng and teenage amateur Hye-Jin Choi at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Park finished at 11-under 277 for a two-stroke win over Choi. President Donald Trump attended the biggest event in women's golf for the third straight day.

July 17 — New Jersey's first casino has become the first in Atlantic City to let patrons play daily fantasy sports contests for money. Resorts Casino Hotel launched FastPick, a daily fantasy sports game in which customers choose head-to-head player matchups of real-world athletes.

July 21 — Mongolian grand champion Hakuho set the record for most career wins in sumo wrestling after toppling ozeki Takayasu in the Nagoya grand sumo tournament. Hakuho reached the milestone 1,048th win, surpassing the total that former ozeki Kaio finished on in 2011. The Mongolian yokozuna started his sumo career at age 16, and made his tournament debut in 2001.

July 21 — Olympic champion Shi Tingmao led a China 1-2 in the women's 3-meter springboard competition at the world championships in Budapest, Hungary. Shi, the defending champion, won comfortably ahead of Wang Han to claim China's ninth straight gold in this event. Chinese divers have won 20 of the last 21 Olympic and world titles in women's 3-meter springboard since 1986.

July 22 — Branden Grace set the new standard for scoring in the majors with a 62 in the third round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale. It was the lowest score ever recorded in 442 major championships. From the time Johnny Miller shot his famous 63 in the final round at Oakmont to win the 1973 U.S. Open, a 63 was posted in the majors 30 more times, most recently by Justin Thomas in the U.S. Open last month at Erin Hills. Grace, who made the cut by one shot, finished at 4-under 206.

July 22 — Maya Moore scored 23 points, reigning league MVP Nneka Ogwumike added 22 points and the West outlasted the East 130-121 in the WNBA All-Star Game.

July 22 — Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan's American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 and into the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game.

July 23 — Defending champion Chris Froome won his fourth and most challenging Tour de France title. The 32-year-old British rider finished 54 seconds ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Uran overall, the smallest margin of his wins.

July 23 — Jordan Spieth used a remarkable string of holes on the back nine to hold off Matt Kuchar and win the British Open for the third major championship of his career. He won by three shots — the same margin he started the day with — after a final round 1-under-69.

July 26 — Katie Ledecky's bid to win six gold medals at the world championships ended when she was beaten in the 200-meter freestyle by Italy's Federica Pellegrini. Ledecky settled for the silver medal, tying for second with Australia's Emma McKeon. Pellegrini finished in 1:54.73. The 28-year-old Pellegrini became the first swimmer in the history of the championship to capture seven medals in a single individual event. Her incredible run in the 200 free began at the 2005 worlds in Montreal, where she grabbed a silver. She was third in 2007 at Melbourne, and then had back-to-back victories, including a world-record performance at Rome in 2009 (1:52.98) that still stands from the rubber-suit era.

July 26 — Jordan Morris scored a tiebreaking goal in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica 2-1 for its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title and first since 2013.

July 27 — The Washington Nationals tied a franchise record with eight home runs, including two apiece by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, and Max Scherzer pitched six innings of three-hit ball in a 15-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers.

July 28 — The U.S. women claimed a record-extending fifth world championship in water polo with a 13-6 victory over Spain. Kiley Neushul scored four goals to help the two-time Olympic champions win back-to-back titles at the worlds.

July 29 — Caeleb Dressel has become the first swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at the world championships. America's newest star turned in a stunning performance, racing three times over the course of about two hours — and winning every time. He started with a victory in the 50-meter freestyle, came back about a half-hour later to nearly break Michael Phelps' world record in the 100 butterfly and closed the night by leading off a world-record performance in the mixed 4x100 free relay. That gave Dressel six gold medals in the championships. Katie Ledecky made it five gold medals in her final event of the world championships, cruising to victory in the 800-meter freestyle.

July 30 — Caeleb Dressel won his seventh gold medal of the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, putting the U.S. team ahead to stay with another dominating swim in the 4x100-meter medley relay. Dressel joined Michael Phelps in another elite club with seven golds at the second-biggest meet after the Olympics. Phelps had seven victories at the 2007 worlds in Melbourne, Australia.

July 30 — Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the last 10. The 59-year-old German star closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 4-under 280 and beat American Corey Pavin by three strokes.

July 30 — Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers became the first player from the Dominican Republic, and 31st overall, to join the 3,000-hit club during a 10-6 loss to Baltimore. Beltre doubled down the line past third base off lefty Wade Miley, who got Beltre out on a swinging strikeout in the second.

July 30 — J.R. Todd became the first black winner in NHRA Funny Car history, beating Tim Wilkerson in the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals. The 35-year-old Todd also joined Don Prudhomme as the only NHRA drivers to win at Sonoma Raceway in both nitro categories. Todd won nine times in Top Fuel.

Aug. 1 — Evan Longoria became the second Tampa Bay player to hit for the cycle and drove in three runs to lead the Rays past Houston 6-4. He was a double shy when he came to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning and laced a laser to left field. Longoria was initially ruled out, but the call was overturned after a crew chief review.


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