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This date in sports history for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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1751 — The first International World Title Prize Fight takes place in Harlston, Norfolk, England. The champion, Jack Slack of England, beats the challenger, M. Petit of France, in 25 minutes.

1924 — Paul Runyan defeats Craig Wood 1 up in 38 holes in the final round to capture the PGA championship.

1934 — Paul Runyan beats Craig Wood on the 38th hole to win the PGA Championship at Park Country Club in Williamsville, N.Y.

1956 — Cathy Cornelius wins a playoff over Barbara McIntyre to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

1957 — At the Polo Grounds in New York, Floyd Patterson stops Tommy Jackson at 1:52 of the 10th round to retain the heavyweight title.

1979 — Amy Alcott shoots a 7-under 285 to beat Nancy Lopez in the Peter Jackson Classic, later named The du Maurier Classic. The du Maurier is one of the LPGA Tour’s major championships from 1979-2000.

1980 — Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz of Poland sets an Olympic record in the pole vault with a vault of 18-11½ in Moscow.

1986 — The U.S. Football League wins and loses in its lawsuit against the NFL. The jury finds that the NFL violated antitrust laws, as the USFL claimed, but awards the USFL only $1 in damages.

1989 — Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor becomes the first person to high jump 8 feet, setting a world record at the Caribbean Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sotomayor held the record at 7-11½.

1990 — Beth Daniel shoots a 66 to overcome a 5-shot deficit and win the LPGA Championship — her first major title in 12 years on the tour. Daniel beats Rosie Jones by one stroke and pockets $150,000, the largest in LPGA Tour history.

1991 — Jack Nicklaus shoots a 5-under 65 to beat Chi Chi Rodriquez by four strokes in a playoff for the U.S. Senior Open title.

1992 — The U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team wins the gold medal, with Matt Biondi and Tom Jager becoming the first U.S. male swimmers to win golds in three Olympics.

1996 — Michael Johnson sets an Olympic 400-meter record of 43.49 seconds while Carl Lewis leaps into history at the Atlanta Games. Lewis’ long jump of 27 feet, 10¾ inches gives him his ninth gold medal, equaling the American mark held by swimmer Mark Spitz.

2001 — Lance Armstrong becomes the first American to win the Tour de France three times in a row. In 2012, the three titles are stripped for doping.

2003 — Boston’s Bill Mueller becomes the first player in major league history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game and connects for three homers in a 14-7 win at Texas.

2007 — Alberto Contador wins the doping-scarred Tour de France, a young and unlikely winner for the three-week race shaken by scandals. The 24-year-old’s margin of victory — just 23 seconds ahead of Cadel Evans of Australia — is the second narrowest in the Tour’s 104-year history.

2008 — Disgraced ex-NBA official Tim Donaghy he brought shame on his profession when a federal judge sentenced him to 15 months behind bars for a gambling scandal.

2012 — Kimberly Rhode wins the Olympic gold medal in women’s skeet shooting, making her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.

2012 — Dana Vollmer of the United States sets a world record to win the 100-meter butterfly at the London Olympics. Vollmer, third at the turn, hits the wall in 55.98 seconds to shave 0.08 off the mark set by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

2013 — Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte, 16, sets the first world record of the world swimming championships in Barcelona. She is timed in 1:04.35 in the 100-meter breaststroke, beating the mark by American Jessica Hardy in 2009 at the end of the rubberized suit era.

 

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