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1894 – Jim Corbett eliminates Charley Mitchell in the third round to retain the world heavyweight title.
1924 – The first Olympic Winter Games are held in Chamonix, France.
1939 – Joe Louis knocks out John Henry Lewis with 2 minutes and 39 seconds of the first round to retain the world heavyweight title.
1960 – Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors sets a rookie record with 58 points in a 127-117 triumph over the Detroit Pistons. Chamberlain also catches 42 rebounds.
1968 – Bob Seagren sets an indoor pole vault record in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York. Seagren’s world record jump is 17 feet, 4 1/4 inches.
1972 – Oral Roberts’ Eddie Woods wins 30 rebounds in 109-95 win over Louisiana Tech.
1981 – Jim Plunkett’s two touchdowns in the first quarter, including a record 80-yard Super Bowl strike against running back Kenny King, leads the Oakland Raiders to a 27-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles .
1987 – The New York Giants win the Super Bowl with a 39-20 rout of the Denver Broncos. The Giants, down 10-9 at halftime, score 30 points in the second half to set a Super Bowl record. Phil Simms completes a record of 10 consecutive assists and 22 of 25 total attempts.
1991 – Brett Hull scores two goals to become the third player in NHL history to score 50 goals in under 50 games (49). Hull adds two assists to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 9-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
1993 – American sumo wrestler Chad Rowan was officially awarded the highest rank in ancient Japanese sport, making him the first foreign “yokozuna”. The 6-foot-8, 455-pound former Honolulu basketball player is the 64th person to hold the No. 1 spot in the sport’s history.
1998 – John Elway and the Denver Broncos win a Super Bowl for themselves and the AFC, beating the Green Bay Packers, 31-24. Terrell Davis, selected as MVP, runs for 157 yards on three 1-yard touchdown passes, including the winner with 1:45 to go.
2003 – Serena Williams survives an error-filled match to beat her older sister Venus, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, to win the Australian Open for her fourth consecutive major championship.
2014 – Li Na, who turns 32 next month, defeats Dominika Cibulkova, 7-6 (3), 6-0, in the Australian Open final to become the oldest woman to win the title here at the era of the Open.
2014 – Kate Hansen becomes the first American in nearly 17 years to win a World Cup singles luge race in the season finale in Sigulda, Latvia. She is the first World Cup winner for USA Luge since Cameron Myler’s victory in 1997. It is the first time since 1988 that no German has won a medal in a women’s singles race, the three best German sliders not having competed.
2014 – Tiger Woods shoots a 79 at Torrey Pines to tie his worst score on American soil. Woods misses the 54-hole cut for the first time in his career at the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 US Open.
2015 – Mike Krzyzewski scores his 1,000th career victory, making him the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone, when No.5 Duke overtakes St. John’s for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.
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