BOSTON — If any player knows how badly the Boston Celtics want to close out the Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, it’s Dallas guard Kyrie Irving.

Irving spent two seasons with Boston (2017-19), but he’s been a villain in the eyes of Celtics fans since leaving to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2019. Chants ragging on Irving frequently echoed throughout TD Garden in Games 1 and 2 — a pair of Mavericks losses — before Boston hit the road and came out of Dallas with a 3-1 lead in the series.

And with the Celtics now knocking on the door of the 18th title in franchise history, Irving has seemingly found peace with his place in Boston history as he prepares to return to a hostile environment.

“Now being older with hindsight looking back, I definitely would have taken time to know the people in the community and talked to some of the champions that have come before me,” Irving told reporters on Sunday. “They have championship pedigree here. … They expect you to seamlessly buy into the Celtics’ pride, buy into everything Celtics.

“And if you don’t, then you’ll be outed. I’m one of the people that’s on the outs. I’m perfectly fine with that, you know what I mean. I did it to myself.”

But the Celtics greats of years past are the last thing on Boston coach Joe Mazzulla’s mind.

Mazzulla was asked how special it would be to join coaches such as Red Auerbach, Bill Russell and K.C. Jones as those to lead a Celtics team to a championship. Without hesitation, he immediately shifted the focus to Game 5.

“That will never happen if you don’t run back on defense, rebound, execute and get to your spacing,” Mazzulla said. “That’s the most important thing.”

Boston lacked those fundamentals on Friday, failing to put the Mavericks away while ending up on the wrong end of a 122-84 blowout in Game 4.

Jayson Tatum finished with a team-high 15 points for the Celtics, and he’s hoping that Boston rediscovers the brand of basketball that has led it to 79 wins in 100 games between the regular season and playoffs here in 2023-24.

“I think we maybe put too much pressure on ourselves at that moment to be perfect or think it was going to go how we wanted it to go,” Tatum said of why the Celtics came up short on Friday. “Joe did a great job (Sunday) of reminding us that it’s OK to smile during wars. It’s OK to have fun during high-pressure moments. That’s what makes our team unique and special.”

Luka Doncic went for 29 points and Irving supplied 21 on Friday to keep Dallas’ season alive. The Mavericks are trying to become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

Teams are 0-156 when losing the first three games of a series.

“I think the most important thing is to show that we believe,” Doncic said. “I think we showed in Game 4. If not, if we wouldn’t believe, we probably wouldn’t have won that game. So I think obviously the talk is easy to talk about it, but then showing it is another thing.”

The stars could be aligning for Boston, though, as Monday marks the 16-year anniversary of the Celtics’ 2008 title. Boston hasn’t gone all the way since.



Ronel Blanco tossed seven no-hit innings and Jose Altuve clubbed a three-run home run as the Houston Astros claimed the rubber match of their three-game series against the visiting Detroit Tigers with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.

Blanco (7-2) continued his breakout campaign and flirted with a second no-hitter this season. He allowed two walks and recorded seven strikeouts when he no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on April 1 and was equally dominant against the Tigers.

Blanco retired the first 14 batters he faced, eight by strikeout, before issuing a two-out walk to Gio Urshela in the fifth. Blanco then walked Akil Baddoo and Carson Kelly to load the bases before Zach McKinstry flied out to shallow center to end the threat.

Tigers rookie right fielder Wenceel Perez ended the combined no-hit bid when he dumped a two-out single to center off Astros reliever Ryan Pressly in the eighth.

Houston closer Josh Hader surrendered an RBI double to pinch hitter Andy Ibanez in the ninth but preserved the win. Detroit starter Kenta Maeda (2-3) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over five innings.

Dodgers 3, Royals 0

Tyler Glasnow threw seven shutout innings and Los Angeles used three solo home runs to beat visiting Kansas City.

Glasnow (7-5) got the win, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out nine. Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani ripped solo homers in the third and sixth innings, and Freddie Freeman followed Ohtani’s second homer with one of his own. Los Angeles shortstop Mookie Betts fractured his left hand after getting hit with a pitch in the seventh inning.

The Royals got through a tough stretch of 12 games against teams leading their respective divisions — the Cleveland Guardians, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Dodgers — with a 5-7 record.

Rays 8, Braves 6

Jose Siri hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to lift visiting Tampa Bay to a win over Atlanta, allowing it to salvage one win in a three-game series.

Siri connected on his eighth home run of the season off Atlanta closer Raisel Iglesias (0-1), who walked Randy Arozarena to start the inning. Pete Fairbanks worked around a leadoff walk to pitch a scoreless ninth and earn his 10th save. Jason Adam (3-1) was the winner.

Ben Rortvedt hit a grand slam to give the Rays a 6-2 edge before Atlanta rallied. The Braves tied the game in the eighth when Austin Riley hit a two-run shot.

Cardinals 2, Cubs 1

Rookie Pedro Pages belted a two-run homer and Miles Mikolas tossed 6 1/3 strong innings, lifting St. Louis to a victory over host Chicago.

Paul Goldschmidt had two of the nine hits for the Cardinals, who won the rubber match of the three-game series. Mikolas (5-6) allowed one run on four hits and struck out five batters. He did not issue a walk.

Michael Busch had an RBI single in the seventh inning for the Cubs, who have lost 16 of their past 23 games. Chicago starter Jameson Taillon (3-3) gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings.

Orioles 8, Phillies 3

Gunnar Henderson drilled a home run in the first inning, one of four homers for Baltimore on its way to defeating visiting Philadelphia in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Colton Cowser, Adley Rutschman and Jordan Westburg also homered in the first five innings, making it a rough game for Phillies starter Zack Wheeler (8-4).

Starting pitcher Corbin Burnes (8-2) gave the Orioles another strong outing, going six innings and surrendering two runs on seven hits. Philadelphia’s Alec Bohm went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs, finishing the series with eight hits.

Nationals 3, Marlins 1

Mitchell Parker fired six strong innings as host Washington completed a three-game sweep of Miami.

Parker (5-3) scattered six hits, allowing one run and striking out four without walking anyone. Lane Thomas and Jacob Young hit solo home runs for the Nationals, who won for the eighth time in their past nine games and pulled within one victory of .500.

Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo (3-6) gave up two runs on five hits to go along with three walks and two strikeouts. Jazz Chisholm Jr. drove in the Marlins’ only run on an infield single.

Blue Jays 7, Guardians 6

Daulton Varsho hit a grand slam, Ernie Clement belted a two-run home run and Toronto held on to defeat visiting Cleveland.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits and a walk for the Blue Jays in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starter Jose Berrios (6-5) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.

Daniel Schneemann had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Brayan Rocchio also had a two-run homer for the Guardians. Steven Kwan went 4-for-5 with four singles and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Ben Lively (6-3) was charged with four runs on six hits over four-plus innings.

Mets 11, Padres 6

Pete Alonso homered and finished with five RBIs as surging New York completed a three-game sweep of visiting San Diego.

Francisco Lindor also homered and Luis Torrens sparked a four-run eighth inning with a solo shot for the Mets, who have won 11 of their past 15. Winning pitcher Tylor Megill (2-3) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

Six players had an RBI for the Padres, who fell to 6-9 this month. Losing pitcher Dylan Cease (6-6) gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Brewers 5, Reds 4

Willy Adames hit a go-ahead three-run homer and center fielder Blake Perkins threw out the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning as host Milwaukee beat Cincinnati in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Colin Rea (6-2) allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over six strong innings for the Brewers. Trevor Megill earned his 13th save after Perkins threw out Stuart Fairchild, who was attempting to score from second base on Santiago Espinal’s two-out single.

Spencer Steer and Elly De La Cruz hit solo homers for the Reds, who have lost their past eight series against Milwaukee.

Twins 6, Athletics 2 (Game 1)

Carlos Correa went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs and Minnesota pulled away for a win over Oakland in the first game of a split doubleheader in Minneapolis.

Royce Lewis and Carlos Santana added one home run apiece for Minnesota, which won its fourth consecutive game. Twins right-hander Bailey Ober (6-4) earned his first victory since May 24, giving up one run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Daz Cameron hit a solo home run for Oakland, which lost its eighth in a row. Athletics left-hander JP Sears (4-6) gave up four runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Pirates 8, Rockies 2

Rowdy Tellez went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Jason Delay hit a three-run double and Pittsburgh beat Colorado in Denver.

Bryan Reynolds singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games as the Pirates pounded out 15 hits to win two of three games in the series. Jared Triolo added two hits and drove in a pair of runs for Pittsburgh, which also received two hits apiece from Andrew McCutchen, Nick Gonzales and Jack Suwinski.

Nolan Jones had three hits and Jacob Stallings contributed two for Colorado, which has lost five of its past six home games.

Giants 13, Angels 6

Jorge Soler contributed a three-run home run to a nine-run fourth inning, Spencer Bivens recorded a win in his major league debut and host San Francisco overcame another injury to its starting staff to beat Los Angeles.

The victory came after the Giants had to scratch scheduled starter Kyle Harrison, who sprained his right ankle while working out in the team’s weight room on Saturday. He was placed on the 15-day injured list.

Bivens (1-0) was summoned from Triple-A Sacramento and took over after emergency opener Erik Miller had allowed a run in the top of the first. Bivens allowed Nolan Schanuel’s home run before completing three innings without allowing another hit.

Diamondbacks 12, White Sox 5

Christian Walker had three hits, including a solo home run, and drove in three runs to help Arizona to a win against Chicago in the rubber match of a three-game series in Phoenix.

Jake McCarthy also drove in three runs for Arizona, which has won three of its past four games. Diamondbacks starter Jordan Montgomery (5-4) allowed one unearned run and four hits in five innings.

White Sox starter Drew Thorpe (0-1) allowed eight runs (seven earned) and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Andrew Vaughn had three hits and three RBIs for Chicago, which has lost six of its past eight.

Mariners 5, Rangers 0

Logan Gilbert pitched eight scoreless innings as host Seattle completed a three-game sweep of defending World Series champion Texas.

Gilbert (4-4) allowed two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out nine. Rookie Tyler Locklear homered for the Mariners, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

Rangers starter Dane Dunning (4-6) took the loss. He gave up two runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings, with three walks and eight strikeouts.



Carson Foster, who at the last Olympic trials finished a whisker away from the Tokyo Games because of a third-place finish, won the men’s 400-meter individual medley on Sunday with a time of 4:07.64 at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Indianapolis.

“The first thing I thought of when I did it is I have so many — probably 25 family and friends sitting in the stands and … I wish I could just jump that fence and go hug them and be with them,” Foster told NBC.

Foster bested runner-up Chase Kalisz, who came in at 4:09.39. Kalisz was a gold medalist in the 400m medley at the Tokyo Olympics.

Taking 55.31 to finish, Gretchen Walsh held off all challengers to secure a win in the women’s 100m butterfly — a day after she managed a world record in that event — to make her first Olympic team.

“Making the team was the biggest goal,” Walsh told NBC. “But getting a world record was absolute insanity, so I couldn’t ask for a better first event.”

Torri Huske (55.52) and Regan Smith (55.62) trailed Walsh.

On Father’s Day, expectant dad Nic Fink finished first in the men’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 59.08. His pregnant wife was in attendance as he punched his ticket to the Olympics for the second time.

Charlie Swanson came in second at 59.16, while Josh Matheny landed in third at 59.23.



Bryson DeChambeau parred the final three holes to complete a 1-over-par 71, and that was enough for a one-shot victory at the U.S. Open on Sunday in Pinehurst, N.C., winning the championship for the second time in five years.

DeChambeau, who began the day with a three-shot lead, finished at 6-under 274, benefitting from Rory McIlroy’s late putting failures.

McIlroy, who gained the lead on the back side, bogeyed the last hole by missing a par putt from about 4 feet. Then DeChambeau, playing in the last group, clinched it with a par putt after blasting out of a greenside bunker on his third shot.

DeChambeau became the second former Southern Methodist University golfer to win a U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, with this title coming 25 years after Payne Stewart’s memorable championship.

McIlroy’s 69 was tainted by bogeys on three of the last four holes, and he finished as the U.S. Open runner-up for the second year in a row. McIlroy, who won the 2011 U.S. Open, was trying to secure his fifth major championship and his first since 2014.

McIlroy drew even at 6 under with birdies on Nos. 9 and 10. McIlroy birdied at No. 12 and, in the following group, DeChambeau bogeyed as the Northern Irishman jumped into the lead.

DeChambeau drove the green on the par-4 13th but left an eagle putt short. It was tied again after McIlroy’s tee shot at the par-3 No. 15 was long and he failed to get up and down.

Ten years ago at Pinehurst No. 2, McIlroy tied for 23rd at 6 over, but his improvement from that outing won’t be much of a consolation.

Tony Finau (67) and Patrick Cantlay (70) tied for third place at 4 under, France’s Matthieu Pavon (71) claimed fifth at 3 under and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (70) was sixth at 2 under.

Only eight golfers finished under par for the week.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler never got untracked, shooting 72 in the final round and tying for 41st place at 8 over. Just like the second round, he had no birdies in his final 18-hole tour around the course.

“I feel like I did some good things this week, but overall I definitely need to do some things better,” Scheffler said.

Neal Shipley, who posted 72 on Sunday, was the low amateur at 6 over. The 2022 Pennsylvania State Amateur champion, a native of Pittsburgh, played three years of college golf for James Madison before a two-year stint that ended this spring at Ohio State.


Lilia Vu birdied the third playoff hole to defeat Lexi Thompson and Australian Grace Kim and win the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday in Belmont, Mich.

Vu, Thompson and Kim all finished at 16-under 272 after 72 holes at Blythefield Country Club. After they replayed the par-5 18th hole twice, with each player making birdie both times, the trio went to the par-5 fourth hole.

Vu was the only player to put her drive in the fairway, and Thompson and Kim could merely punch out for their second shots. Vu’s second shot landed in a greenside bunker, but she escaped and left herself roughly 6 feet for birdie. After her competitors missed longer birdie tries, Vu sank her putt to claim her fifth career LPGA win and her first of 2024.

Kim started the day with a five-shot lead but squandered it by shooting a 1-over 73 while her competitors closed in.

Vu’s bogey-free, 7-under 65 was the round of the day and set the 16-under mark early. Thompson birdied the 18th to shoot 68 and tie Vu, and Kim made one birdie and eight pars on her back nine, missing opportunities to surpass 16 under.

Ally Ewing had a string of four straight birdies on her front nine and briefly touched 17 under for the tournament. But a bogey-bogey-birdie finish to her round knocked her out of contention.

“I knew I probably needed a hot start it kind of chase down Grace with such a substantial lead to start the day,” Ewing said. “So being 4-under through six holes, certainly right where I wanted to be. 5-under through eight. … I had a chance to make (an eagle) on the last hole to potentially force a playoff, which now we know would’ve forced a playoff. And at the end of the day that’s what you compete for, a chance to win the golf tournament.”

Allisen Corpuz and South Korea’s Narin An both shot 2-under 70 and tied for fifth at 14 under. An bogeyed two of her final three holes to drop out of the playoff hunt.



Ryan Blaney finally found his way into the win column this year by leading a career-high 201 laps Sunday night, taking the inaugural Iowa Corn 350 Powered by Ethanol NASCAR Cup Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

The reigning series champion broke a 17-streak winless streak by taking two tires on his No. 12 Ford on the final pit stop while most of the field took four, including runner-up finisher William Byron.

But in the season’s 17th event, the 30-year-old Blaney became the 10th different winner by beating Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet by 0.716 seconds.

The Team Penske driver went winless in 2022 and now has 11 victories — two on a short track.

Following Byron were Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The tire problems that surfaced in Friday’s practice, when a few teams had their cars blow tires and hit the wall, finally showed up with 19 circuits to go in the 70-lap Stage 1.

As polesitter Kyle Larson topped the field around the 0.875-mile short track, AJ Allmendinger’s No. 16 Chevrolet popped a right front tire and smacked the Turn 1 wall.

Larson emerged from the ensuing pit stops in third as Daniel Suarez and Brad Keselowski stayed out on their original tires to win stage points.

However, that strategy largely failed as Larson and Blaney easily passed the duo. Blaney beat Larson for the top playoff bonus points in the 70-lap segment, while Suarez managed third and Keselowski eighth.

Tire failures took place for Larson, Ross Chastain and Erik Jones as pitting began at Lap 166. Leader Blaney came in on Lap 172 and the fifth caution waved on Lap 182 before pit stops cycled around.

Larson regained the point late in Stage 2 and pulled away for his series-high eighth stage win, while Josh Berry and Elliott followed him to the line.

However, Larson’s chances of winning came to an end on a Lap 219 restart when he went three-wide in the middle and bumped Suarez’s No. 99, turning the No. 5 into Denny Hamlin’s Toyota. Larson’s Chevy subsequently banged the Turn 4 wall.



Quarterback Adrian Martinez rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Birmingham Stallions avenged their only loss of the season with a 25-0 victory over the San Antonio Brahmas on Sunday in the inaugural UFL Championship Game in St. Louis.

Birmingham captured its third consecutive title after claiming back-to-back crowns in the legacy USFL, all under coach Skip Holtz. The Stallions went 9-1 in the regular season, the lone defeat to the host Brahmas, 18-9, in Week 9 on May 25.

The spring football league’s most valuable player, Martinez opened the scoring in the second quarter with an 8-yard TD toss to Gary Jennings. Martinez added rushing touchdowns of 11 and 1 yard in the third quarter before Chris Blewitt closed out the scoring with a 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Martinez completed 13 of 23 passes for 98 yards and rushed 11 times for 52 yards. Ricky Person Jr. was the game’s top rusher with 13 carries for 102 yards, including a 44-yard run.

The defense was led by outside linebacker Kyahva Tezino with nine tackles, including six solo, and two forced fumbles.

The Stallions outrushed the Brahmas 210 yards to 52. San Antonio quarterback Chase Garbers was 18 of 26 for 116 passing yards.

San Antonio was 7-3 in the regular season and advanced by defeating the St. Louis Battlehawks 25-15 on June 9 in the XFL Conference Championship Game. Birmingham reached Sunday’s final by topping the Michigan Panthers 31-18 on June 8 in the USFL Conference Championship Game.




INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a mid-June heatwave baking central Indiana to a sweltering 93 degrees, the Sunday atmosphere inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse was icy.

This cold front of competition followed the Chicago Sky into town, and if the earlier meeting between the Fever and the Sky was reflective of a budding rivalry, this matchup showed that it’s growing – thriving, even – in the frigid attitude between the lines.

This attitude isn’t born out of personal vendettas or national narratives, but rather the competitive grit between two teams boasting some of the best young talent in the WNBA.

“I spent my first six years in Chicago and this was a huge rivalry,” coach Christie Sides said. “…Two really good teams – two young teams – just trying to figure it out with great players, just getting better every game.”

Indiana left victorious after the initial matchup with the Sky, and improved their record against Chicago to 2-0 on Sunday as they clawed to a 91-83 win. Plenty of factors changed between meetings, but one remains the same: the history between these teams and their players continues to be a magnet for attention. Sunday’s game was a sellout, drawing Gainbridge Fieldhouse’s capacity of 17,274 fans to witness yet another high-intensity matchup between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese.

“The emotion, the passion that we play with – I think people love to see that,” Clark said. “And I think that’s maybe not something that was always appreciated in women’s sports. And it should be. I think that’s what makes it fun…We’re competitors. That’s the way the game should be. It’s going to get feisty, it’s going to get physical. But at the end of the day, both teams are just trying to win.”

The energy of that sellout crowd charged the Fieldhouse to a breaking point, and Dana Evans was its recipient after a late first-quarter incident in which she was tied up with Clark. The fans deemed the contact excessive, as did the officials, and the riotous crowd pounced.

It wouldn’t be the last time they’d pounce, however.

Clark drove to the rim late in the third frame for a left-handed layup, only to take a hard foul from Reese. The contact awoke the vicious crowd, and was upgraded to a Flagrant-one foul.

“It’s just part of basketball,” Clark said. “It is what it is. She was just trying to make a play on the ball and get the block.”

Clark would go on to complete her own block on a Marina Mabrey 3-point attempt, leading to a Boston layup that extended the Indiana lead to five and forced a Chicago timeout midway through the fourth quarter. The Fever never looked back.

Regardless of the chilly on-court atmosphere, Indiana’s hot shooting was too much for Chicago’s defense. Four players reached double figures, and all four did so by shooting over 50% from the field. Clark’s 23 points led the Fever, followed closely by Aliyah Boston’s second consecutive double-double. She tallied 19 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks against the Sky’s formidable post duo of Reese and Kamilla Cardoso.

“Defensively we’ve been sound enough to go back on the [offensive] end and get what we want,” Kelsey Mitchell said. “…I think the 90 points plus has come from pace, obviously getting up and down the floor, but defensively being sound enough to go back on the [offensive] end.”

Indiana held Chicago to 40.7% shooting and totaled 11 blocked shots. Just one of the Sky’s nine active players shot over 50%, and the Fever won the rebounding battle, 38-32.

The 5-10 Fever are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and own a two game win streak for the first time this season. They look to Wednesday as they have an opportunity to tally another win against the Washington Mystics to extend their home win streak to four.

“It’s about the Indiana Fever every day,” Sides said. “When we’re in the locker room talking pregame, it’s about the Indiana Fever, and how we just have to get better in our 40 minutes and success will follow.”

The Fever are finally finding that success, and hope to continue it in their upcoming contests.

The Fever meet the Washington Mystics at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. ET. Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Indiana and NBA TV.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp relied on dominant pitching and a three-run fourth inning to defeat the Indianapolis Indians, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at 121 Financial Ballpark.

Jacksonville (31-38) capitalized on a pair of RBI singles in the fourth inning from Will Banfield and Tristan Gray. The Jumbo Shrimp added on two more runs in the contest, courtesy of a Gray solo home run in the sixth and an RBI single from Javier Sanoja in the eighth to cap their scoring.

Jacksonville’s pitching staff held the Indians (29-38) in check throughout the contest, as starter Kyle Tyler (W, 4-2) fanned six across 7.0 innings. Right-hander Luarbert Arias finished the effort for the Jumbo Shrimp, as he limited Indy’s offense while punching out three hitters to record the final six outs of the game.

Nick Dombkowski (L, 1-2) allowed three runs and struck out four hitters. After exiting the game, Chris Gau, Ryder Ryan and Connor Sadzeck combined to allow six hits across 4.1 innings, including the home run from Gray.

The Indians return home during an off day on Monday before starting a six-game series with the Chicago Cubs-affiliated Iowa Cubs on Tuesday at 7:05 PM at Victory Field. Iowa will send southpaw Thomas Pannone (4-5, 4.04) to the bump, while Indy has yet to name its starter.



INDIANAPOLIS — Thirty-one athletes are representing the Indiana swimming and diving program at U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials between June 15-23, seeking qualification for the 2024 Paris Games.

This story will be updated following each session.


Finals: Lilly King took one giant step close to Paris, dominating the 100-meter breaststroke semifinal.

King’s 1:05.57 was the only time under 1:06 and finished nearly a second faster than the field. The two-time Olympian is the No. 1 seed in Monday’s final, looking to clinch her third Olympics.

Blake Pieroni and Anna Peplowski also reached finals in the men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle events, respectively. Pieroni finished fifth in 1:46.52. Peplowski finished second in her semifinal with a 1:57.55 but fell to seventh after the second heat.

Josh Matheny finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke, just seven hundredths out of the top two needed to qualify and 15 hundredths off the leader. Matheny will have another chance to reach his first Olympics as one of the favorites in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Heats: Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium crowd welcomed two-time IU Olympian Lilly King with a roar as she opened her U.S. Olympic Team Trials program on Sunday.

King earned the top seed in Sunday night’s 100-meter breaststroke semifinal with a 1:06.05 in prelims – over half a second faster than the field.

Two-time Olympian Blake Pieroni posted his best 200-meter freestyle performance since his personal best 1:45.93 in 2013. Pieroni had not been under 1:47 since 2021 trials and announced his retirement in 2022 before recently returning to training at Indiana. The top six finishers from the 200 free final are expected to make the Olympics. Pieroni came into the meet as the No. 15 seed with a time of 1:47.02.

Anna Peplowski swam the No. 4 200-meter freestyle time in the morning, going 1:57.37. Peplowski has been as quick as 1:56.99.

Next session: Sunday, June 16 finals. Pieroni, King and Peplowski will swim in semifinals. Josh Matheny has a chance to punch his ticket to Paris in the 100-meter breaststroke final.


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June 17, 1880 – The Providence Grays MLB pitcher John M. Ward threw a perfect game beating the Buffalo Bisons, 5-0. This was the second perfect game in National League in the same 6 day span. The next time that two perfect game in the same season would occur was years later in 2010 when Roy Halladay and Dallas Braden each pitched perfection in the month of May that season.

June 17, 1915 – Chicago Cubs relief pitcher George “Zip” Zabel is brought out of the bullpen with 2 outs in the 1st inning. That is kind of odd in its own right but the duration of how much he played is the amazing part of this story. Zabel winds up with a 4-3 score in the 19-inning win over the Brooklyn Dodgers in longest relief job ever in MLB history!

June 17, 1943 – Player-manager Joe Cronin, wearing Number 4 for the Boston Red Sox hits 3 pinch hit home runs in just 4 at bats driving in nine runs as the Sox outlasted the A’s. Cronin was considered old at the time at 36 years old.

June 17, 1978 – A new Yankees record was broken on the mound. Wearing uniform Number 49, Ron Guidry set a New York record with 18 strike-outs against the California Angels, 4-0. It was Guidry’s 11th victory in a row. In the ninth inning he had a chance to tie the MLB record of 19 in a nine-inning game, but the Angels Ron Jackson refused to surrender it as he hit into a force out to end the inning. The Yankees 27-year old ace would go on to win the AL’s Cy Young Award that season finishing with a 25-3 record and a 1.74 ERA. He and the rest of the Pin Striped guys from the Bronx were the defending World Series Champions and they repeated in 1978 by defeating long-time rival the LA Dodgers 4 games to 2.


June 17, 1837 – Charles Goodyear is granted his 1st patent on rubber. Later on he would gain other patents for vulcanized rubber (1844) and for a rubber inflatable bladder for footballs (1855) which helped the football to take a consistent size and shape.

Case Dominates Airwaves a Media Joins Chase

That is talking about the infamous June 17, 1994 ride of Pro Football Hall of Fame member O.J. Simpson when he went on his famous “White Bronco” ride in which he does not turn himself in on murder charges put upon him. He eventually turned himself in hours later after a nationally broadcast long low speed chase through Southern California highways. The Bronco belonged to his friend Al Cowlings who was driving. Helicopter camera crews broadcast the slow speed chase for quite awhile on almost every station in America.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for June 17

Here are the bios on some birthday boys that are either in the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame that were born on this day. There is plenty more about them to read by either clicking their high-lighted name or at the top of this page clicking the “On This Day in Football History” and going to June 17 Football History.

June 17, 1886 – Chicago, Illinois – The University of Chicago quarterback of the 1903 to 1906 era, Walter Eckersall was born. Walter played for legendary Maroon Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg at the University of Chicago. Walter Eckersall was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 for his outstanding play as a quarterback.  

June 17, 1891 – Englewood, New Jersey – Henry Ketcham the great Yale two-way center/guard from 1911 to the 1913 season arrived into this life. Hank Ketcham played center and guard for Yale University and played in an era where everything around him, including on the football field were changing. In 1911, he helped the Elis to a 7-2-1 mark. The following couple of years, when rules revisions increased the value of a touchdown to six points, reduced the field from 110 to 100 yards and added a fourth down to make 10 yards, Yale was making headlines with a 7-1-1 record. He started every game for the Bulldogs in the 1911 through the 1913 seasons. In his final year Mr. Ketcham was the team’s captain, a position up till then that was basically a combination of being the head coach/player. Breaking tradition Ketcham hired Howard Jones as the school’s very first paid coach so that the lineman could focus on his own play. According to a quote on the NFF’s web bio, Ketcham summed up the changes during his playing career years later when he said, “I played every varsity game for three years and was taken out only once for a slight injury…I am generally credited with having developed the term ‘roving center’. Except for today’s platoon systems, football hasn’t changed materially. We had the on-side kick, the ball was a bit larger in circumference and the drop kick was more popular than the place kick.” Hank Ketcham received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968.  

June 17, 1923 – Wausau, Wisconsin – Elroy Hirsch the famous Wisconsin and later Michigan halfback was born. Known as “Crazylegs”, Hirsch was given the name for his unique running style. The National Football Foundation says Hirsch was quoted once as saying, “I must have looked pretty funny,” remembering how a Chicago sportswriter had christened him “Crazy Legs” after his 62-yard touchdown run that helped Wisconsin knock off a tough Great Lakes Naval Training Center team in 1942. “I’ve always run kind of funny because my left foot points out to the side and I seem to wobble,” Hirsch explained. Hirsch played halfback one year at Wisconsin, 1942, and the team had an 8-1-1 record. During the World War II era, he was a Marine trainee at Michigan in 1943, and his team went 8-1. Hirsch lettered at Michigan in football, baseball, basketball and track and was the first four-sport letterman in the school’s history! Crazy Legs then was with the El Toro Marine team in 1945. He was named most valuable player in the 1946 All-Star Game, scoring two touchdowns in the Collegians’ 16-0 victory over the NFL Champion Los Angeles Rams. Out of college Elroy joined the Chicago Rockets of the new All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1946. Hirsch described his three seasons in Chicago as “frightful,” per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s bio on him. Hirsch in 1949 felt the now-Chicago Hornets had breached a bonus obligation in his contract and so he demanded his release to pursue opportunity in the NFL. They soon obliged his wishes with a release per a story on the DowntonRams.com site. Happy that his AAFC contract expired, Hirsch joined the Rams. After a year spent mostly on the bench in 1949, Elroy was shifted to end. It being an unfamiliar position to him at the end slot, he initially struggled. The Rams had some talent so they were trying to couple Hirsch with   But a year later things started to click. In a big game in the midst of the 1951 season the Rams found themselves down by two scores to the Chicago Bears. That’s when future HOF quarterback Bob Waterfield faked a handoff, stepped back a few paces and threw far downfield. Elroy Hirsch took off at the snap and was running an all out full-speed sprint down the field. Waterfield’s pass was over his head but Elroy tracked  down the ball securing it on his fingertips and kept on trucking for a 91-yard touchdown. The Rams went on to an important 42-17 victory. It was a patented “Elroy Hirsch special,” a sizzling shocker that was repeated 17 times that year. That season Crazy Legs Hirsch set an NFL record with 1495 receiving yards. For his career he had 387 receptions for 7029 yards and 60 scores. Elroy Hirsch was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and he also has claimed a spot of honor in the College Football Hall of Fame since 1974.

June 17, 1940 – Shelby, North Carolina – Bobby Bell was one of the starting tackles of the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1960 to 1962. Bell was a great athlete as proven by him playing quarterback in high school, end and tackle in college and linebacker and O-line in the pros. The FootballFoundation.org says at Minnesota Bell stood 6- 4, weighed 217, and could run as fast as any of the backs. The Gophers had a 22-6-1 record and were in two Rose Bowls in Bell’s time. He was two-time All-America and in 1962 won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman. Bobby was a big prize int he early 1960’s AFL versus NFL recruiting battle. The ProfootballHOF.com site says the Kansas City Chiefs of the then-young American Football League were so convinced that Bell would sign with the Minnesota Vikings of the rival National Football League that they didn’t even bother selecting him until the seventh round of the 1963 draft. The University of Minnesota star stunned the pro football world when he opted to sign with the Chiefs. Bell began his 12-year career with Kansas City as a defensive end. In coach Hank Stram’s “stack defense,” Bobby was asked to drop out of the 4-3 alignment and become a fourth linebacker. In 1965, after winning all-league honors as a defensive end the previous season, Bell was shifted to outside linebacker. His size and speed made him ideal for the position. As a linebacker, he was named All-AFL or All-NFL every year from 1965 through 1971. Bobby’s collegiate football records are celebrated in the College Football Hall of Fame after his induction in 1991.  Bobby Bell was enshrined in 1983 to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
June 17, 1965 – Lexington, Kentucky – The University of Kentucky Wildcat’s stud lineman, Dermontti Dawson was born. Dawson ended up being a second round, 44th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988 and was immediately set in the line up to replace long time center Mike Webster. Dawson filled the shoes of Webster very well carrying on the tradition of strong, versatile athletes in the middle of the Steelers line. He was so good that he even served as the team’s long snapper too through the 1993 season. In his 13 seasons in the NFL, Dawson was an All-Pro in six consecutive years, was the 1993 co-offensive lineman of the year and the 1996 winner of the Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year. That 1996 campaign saw Dawson and the Pittsburgh offensive line lead the way for Jerome Bettis who finished second in the AFC with a then-personal best 1,431 yards. One season later Dawson helped Bettis rush for a career-high 1,665 yards which was the second highest single-season total in team history per the Pro Football HOF’s bio. Dermontti was an iron man too playing 170 consecutive games and during his time Pittsburgh led the NFL in rushing twice as Steelers’ ball carriers amassed 2,180 yards in 1994 and 2,479 yards in 1997. Dermontti Dawson was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. 


June 17

1915 — George “Zip” Zabel of the Chicago Cubs was called into the game against the Brooklyn Dodgers with two outs in the first inning. He won 4-3 in the 19th inning in the longest relief effort in the majors.

1943 — Player-manager Joe Cronin of the Boston Red Sox hit a three-run pinch homer in both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A’s. The Red Sox won the opener 5-4 and lost the second game 8-7.

1960 — Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox connected for his 500th career home run off the Cleveland Indians. Williams, the fourth to accomplish the feat, hit a two-run homer off Wynn Hawkins in a 3-1 win.

1971 — Don Kessinger of the Chicago Cubs went 6-for-6, with five singles and a double, in a 7-6, 10-inning decision over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

1978 — Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees struck out 18 California Angels to set an American League record for left-handers. Guidry, who struck out 15 in the first six innings, ended with a 4-0 four-hitter.

1993 — Baseball owners voted 26-2 in favor of expanding the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, doubling the teams that qualify to eight starting in 1994.

2007 — Brandon Watson extended his hitting streak to 43 games, breaking a 95-year-old International League record with a base hit in the Columbus Clippers’ 9-8 loss to the Ottawa Lynx. Jack Lelivelt set the IL record for the Rochester Hustlers in 1912.

2007 — Frank Thomas hit his record-breaking 244th homer as a designated hitter in Toronto’s 4-2 loss to Washington. The solo shot in the third inning moved Thomas past Edgar Martinez for the most homers by a DH in major league history.

2009 — Ivan Rodriguez catches the 2,227th game of his career, breaking Carlton Fisk’s record, in Houston’s 5 – 4, 10-inning loss to his former team, the Texas Rangers. For Texas, Omar Vizquel, the all-time leader for games played at shortstop, picks up his 2,677th hit, tying Luis Aparicio for most hits by a Venezuelan player.

2008 — Seattle’s Felix Hernandez struck out the side on nine pitches in the fourth inning of a 5-4 win over Florida, becoming the 13th pitcher in American League history to accomplish the feat.

2016 — Michaeal Saunders leads the Toronto Blue Jays to a 13-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles with three home runs and 8 RBIs.

2021 — The Arizona Diamondback set a new all-time mark with their 23rd consecutive road loss losing to the Giants 10-3.

June 18

1938 — The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Babe Ruth to coach for the remainder of the season.

1947 — Cincinnati’s Ewell Blackwell tossed a 6-0 no-hitter against the Boston Braves.

1950 — In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians scored 14 runs in the first inning for an American League record as they trounced the Philadelphia A’s 21-2.

1953 — At Fenway Park, Dick Gernert’s home run highlighted the 17-run, 14-hit seventh inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 23-3. The Red Sox were up 5-3 after 6 1/2 innings. The Red Sox scored the 17 runs on 14 hits and six walks and left the bases loaded. Gene Stephens collected three hits and Sammy White scored three runs and Tom Umphlett also reached base three times in the inning.

1960 — The San Francisco Giants fired Bill Rigney and selected Tom Sheehan as manager. At 66 years, 2 months and 18 days, Sheehan was the oldest man to debut as a manager of a major league team.

1967 — Houston Astro Don Wilson tossed the first of his two career no-hitters by blanking the Atlanta Braves 2-0, facing 30 batters and striking out 15.

1975 — Fred Lynn batted in 10 runs with three homers, a triple and a single in a 15-1 Boston Red Sox victory over the Detroit Tigers. Lynn’s 16 total bases tied an AL record.

1976 — Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided the sale of Oakland Athletics stars Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi. Athletics owner Charlie Finley sold Blue to the New York Yankees for $1.5 million and Rudi and Fingers to the Boston Red Sox for $1 million each. Kuhn ordered the players to return to Oakland on grounds that they would upset the sport’s competitive balance.

1977 — New York Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson and manager Billy Martin get into a dugout confrontation at Fenway Park that’s seen on national television. Martin removed his right fielder for loafing on a ball hit to the outfield. Jackson questioned Martin in the dugout and the two are eventually separated by coach Elston Howard.

1986 — California’s Don Sutton pitched a three-hitter for his 300th career victory as the Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-1. The 41-year-old right-hander became the 19th pitcher in baseball history to win 300 games.

2002 — Luis Castillo of the Florida Marlins ties Rogers Hornsby’s 80-year-old record for the longest hitting streak by a second baseman, beating out a dribbler to the pitcher in the 6th inning to make it 33 games in a row. Florida beats the Cleveland Indians, 2 – 1.

2007 — Chone Figgins went 6-for-6 and drove in the game-winning run in the ninth inning to lift the Los Angeles Angels over Houston 10-9.

2011 — Connor Harrell hit the first College World Series home run in the new TD Ameritrade Park to break a sixth-inning tie and first-time qualifier Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina 7-3.

2012 — R.A. Dickey became the first major league pitcher in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters and Ike Davis hit a grand slam in the New York Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The previous pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters was Dave Stieb for Toronto in September 1988.

2012 — Aaron Hill hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to become the fifth Arizona player to hit for the cycle, lifting the Diamondbacks to a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.

2014 — Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers throws the second no-hitter of the year, shutting out the Colorado Rockies, 8 – 0. It comes less than a month after his teammate Josh Beckett had pitched a no-hitter on May 26th. He strikes out 15 without giving up a walk, the only baserunner coming on a two-base error by SS Hanley Ramirez in the 8th.

2017 — Nolan Arenado completed the cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Colorado Rockies stunned the San Francisco Giants by rallying for a 7-5 victory.


June 19

1927 — Jack Scott of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched two complete games in a doubleheader. Scott beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 and lost 3-0 in the second game. Scott was the last pitcher in major league history to complete two games on the same day.

1938 – Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Vander Meer coming off two straight no-hitters, extended his string of hitless innings to 21 2/3 against the Boston Bees. Vander Meer gave up a single to Debs Garms in the fourth inning. The Red won 14-1 behind Vander Meer’s four-hitter.

1941 — En route to 56, Joe DiMaggio hit in his 32nd consecutive game, going 3-for-3, including a home run, against the Chicago White Sox.

1942 — Paul Waner got hit number 3,000 — a single off Rip Sewell — but the Boston Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6.

1952 — Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs at Ebbets Field.

1961 — Roger Maris’ ninth-inning homer off Kansas City’s Jim Archer was his 25th of the year, putting him seven games ahead of Babe Ruth’s pace in 1927.

1973 — Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds and Willie Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers both collect their 2,000th hits. It is a single for Rose against the San Francisco Giants and a home run for Davis against the Atlanta Braves.

1974 — Steve Busby of the Kansas City Royals hurled his second no-hitter in 14 months and gave up just one walk in beating the Brewers 2-0 at Milwaukee.

1977 — The Boston Red Sox hit five home runs in an 11-1 triumph over the New York Yankees. The five homers gave the Red Sox a major league record 16 in three games. Boston hit six homers on the 17th and five on the 18th, also against the Yankees. In the series the Yankees had no homers.

1990 — Gary Carter plays in his 1,862nd career game as a catcher to break the National League mark set by Al Lopez.

1994 — John Smoltz became the 14th major league pitcher to give up four homers in an inning when he was tagged by Cincinnati. The Reds set a team record for home runs in an inning, connecting four times in the first inning. Hal Morris, Kevin Mitchell, Jeff Branson and Eddie Taubensee homered. Smoltz allowed 20 total bases in the first inning, the most given up in the NL since 1900.

2015 — Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2.

2017 — Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger launched two more home runs, setting a major league record with his powerful start, and Clayton Kershaw became the first 10-game winner in the National League despite giving up a career-high four long balls as Los Angeles held on for a 10-6 victory over the New York Mets. Bellinger reached 21 homers in 51 career games — faster than any other player in big league history.

2019 — One day after fouling a bunted ball in his face during batting practice and breaking his nose, Max Scherzer takes the mound for the Nationals against the Phillies sporting a prominent black eye. He still stymies the opposition with 7 scoreless innings in a 2 – 0 win. “Trust me, this thing looks a lot worse than it actually feels,” he explains to journalists.


June 20

1912 — The New York Giants outslugged the Boston Braves 21-12 with the teams scoring a total of 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored seven runs to take a 21-2 lead and the Braves scored 10 runs in the ninth.

1932 — Philadelphia’s Doc Cramer hit six singles in six at-bats and Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx and Mule Haas each drove in four runs in the Athletics’ 18-11 win over the Chicago White Sox. Haas hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to put the A’s up 12-6.

1956 — Mickey Mantle hit two home runs into the right centerfield bleachers at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium. Mantle hit both blasts off Billy Hoeft in the 7-4 win. He became the first player to reach the bleachers since they were were built in the late 1930s.

1973 — San Francisco’s Bobby Bonds broke Lou Brock’s National League record for leadoff home runs. Bonds’ 22nd career leadoff home run came off Don Gullet in a 7-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

1973 — Chicago’s Cy Acosta becomes the first American League pitcher to bat since the designated hitter rule went into effect. Acosta strikes out in the eighth inning, and still gets the win in the White Sox’ 8-3 win over California.

1980 — Freddie Patek, one of baseball’s smallest players at 5-foot-5, hit three home runs and a double to lead the California Angels in a 20-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park.

1992 — Kelly Saunders became the second woman to serve as a public address announcer at a major league game when she filled in for Rex Barney in Baltimore.

1994 — The Detroit Tigers’ string of 25 straight games hitting a home run ended in a 7-1 loss to Cleveland. The streak matched the major league mark set by the 1941 New York Yankees.

2004 — Ken Griffey Jr. hit the 500th home run of his career, off Matt Morris, to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0.

2007 — Sammy Sosa hit his 600th home run, making him the fifth player to reach the milestone. Sosa, playing for the Texas Rangers following a year out of baseball, hit a solo homer off Jason Marquis. It came in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs, the team he played for from 1992-2004.

2009 — Two games ended on wild pitches in extra innings. Nate Schierholtz scored the winning run for San Francisco on a wild pitch by Jason Jennings with two outs in the 11th inning and the Giants beat the Texas Rangers 2-1. Earlier, the Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland 6-5 in 13 innings when Andres Blanco came home on Kerry Wood’s gaffe.

2011 — The Florida Marlins named Jack McKeon interim manager. The 80-year-old McKeon became the second-oldest manager in major league history. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics in a suit, tie and straw hat until 1950, when he was 87.

2015 — Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter, losing his perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning when he hit a batter in the Washington Nationals’ 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scherzer dominated in retiring the first 26 batters and was one strike from throwing the 22nd perfect game in major league history since 1900. Pinch-hitter Jose Tabata fouled off a pair of 2-2 pitches before Scherzer clipped him on the elbow with a breaking ball. Scherzer then retired Josh Harrison on a deep fly to left.

2016 — Colorado beat Miami 5-3 where eight solo homers accounted for all the runs in the game and set a major league record. Mark Reynolds hit two homers and Trevor Story, Nick Hundley and Charlie Blackmon also went deep for the Rockies. Marcell Ozuna homered twice and Giancarlo Stanton hit one for the Marlins. The previous MLB mark was five. The eight home runs were also the most in a game at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012. Five of the game’s first 13 batters connected.

2017 — Umpire Joe West worked his 5,000th major league game. West was behind the plate for a matchup between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The 64-year-old, nicknamed “Cowboy” Joe, is the third umpire to work at least 5,000 games, joining Hall of Famer Bill Klem (5,375) and Bruce Froemming (5,163). West made his major league debut as a 23-year-old on Sept. 14, 1976, at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium in a game between the Braves and Houston Astros. He joined the NL staff full time in 1978. His 40 seasons umpiring in the majors are the most by any umpire.


June 17

1954 — Rocky Marciano scores a 15-round unanimous decision over Ezzard Charles at New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1960 — Ted Williams hit his 500th HR.

1961 — Gene Littler shoots a 68 in the final round to edge Doug Sanders and Bob Goalby in the U.S. Open.

1962 — Jack Nicklaus beats Arnold Palmer by three strokes in a playoff to win the U.S. Open.

1962 — Brazil beats Czechoslovakia 3-1 in Santiago, Chile to win its second straight FIFA World Cup title. Czechoslovakia scored first on a goal by Josef Masopust at 15 minutes. Two minutes later Amarildo tied the game. In the second half, Zito and Vavá scored goals to give Brazil the victory.

1973 — John Miller shoots a 63 in the final round to win the U.S. Open by one stroke over John Schlee at Oakmont, Pa. Miller’s 8-under 63 is the first ever carded in a major championship.

1976 — The 18-team NBA absorbs four of the six remaining ABA teams: the New York Nets, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets.

1979 — Hale Irwin wins the U.S. Open by two strokes over Gary Player and Jerry Pate.

1989 — The Quebec Nordiques select Swedish center Mats Sundin with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft. He’s the first European player to be taken with the first pick.

1989 — U.S. beats Guatemala 2-1 in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup.

1990 — Fifty-year-old Harry Gant becomes the oldest driver to win a NASCAR race as he posts a 2.4-second victory over Rusty Wallace in the Miller 500 at Pocono International Raceway.

1991 — Payne Stewart escapes with a two-stroke victory over Scott Simpson in the highest-scoring U.S. Open playoff in 64 years.

1992 — Philadelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns.

1994 — O.J. Simpson doesn’t turn himself in on murder charges, LA police chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours before he eventually gives up (seen live on national TV).

1995 — Claude Lemieux snaps a tie at 3:17 of the third period as the New Jersey Devils open the Stanley Cup finals with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The victory, the ninth on the road, breaks the NHL playoff record for road wins.

2007 — Angel Cabrera holds off Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by a stroke to capture the U.S. Open. Cabrera shoots a 1-under-par 69 in the final round at brutal Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.

2007 — Kate Ziegler breaks swimming’s oldest world record, shattering the 1,500-meter freestyle mark by 9 1/2 seconds at the TYR Meet of Champions Mission Viejo, Calif. Ziegler wins the 30-lap race in 15:42.54, easily erasing Janet Evans’ 1988 mark of 15:52.10 set in Orlando, Fla. At the time, Evans was the first woman to break 16 minutes.

2008 — The Boston Celtics win their 17th NBA title with a stunning 131-92 blowout over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6. Kevin Garnett scores 26 points with 14 rebounds, Ray Allen scores 26 and Paul Pierce, the finals MVP, adds 17.

2010 — The Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston for the first time in a Game 7 to repeat as NBA champions. The Lakers win their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter 13-point deficit to beat the Celtics 83-79.

2011 — Rory McIlroy becomes the first player in the 111-year history of the U.S. Open to reach 13-under par, and despite a double bogey into the water on the final hole, his 5-under 66 is enough set the 36-hole scoring record at 131.

2012 — Webb Simpson wins the U.S. Open outlasting former U.S. Open champions Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.

2018 — Brooks Koepka wins a second consecutive U.S. Open, the first player to do so since Curtis Strange in 1989.

June 18

1910 — Alex Smith wins the U.S. Open by beating John McDermont and Macdonald Smith in an 18-hole playoff at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Smith beats McDermont by four strokes and Macdonald Smith by six.

1921 — The University of Illinois wins the first NCAA track and field championships with 20¼ points. Notre Dame finishes second with 16¾ points.

1941 — Joe Louis knocks out Billy Conn in the 13th round at the Polo Grounds in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1960 — Arnold Palmer beats amateur Jack Nicklaus by two strokes to win the U.S. Open.

1967 — Jack Nicklaus shoots a record 275 to beat Arnold Palmer for the U.S. Open. Nicklaus breaks Ben Hogan’s 1948 record by one stroke.

1972 — Jack Nicklaus wins the U.S. Open by three strokes over Bruce Crampton and ties Bobby Jones’ record of 13 major titles.

1972 — UEFA European Championship Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium: Gerd Müller scores a brace as West Germany beats Soviet Union, 3-0.

1975 — Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins wins the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman for the eighth consecutive year.

1984 — Fuzzy Zoeller shoots a 3-under 67 to beat Greg Norman by eight strokes in the 18-hole playoff at Winged Foot GC for the U.S. Open title.

1986 — California’s Don Sutton becomes the 19th pitcher in baseball history to win 300 games as he pitches a three-hitter to give the Angels a 5-1 triumph over the Texas Rangers.

1990 — Hale Irwin makes an 8-foot birdie putt on the 91st hole to beat Mike Donald in the first sudden-death playoff to decide the U.S. Open. It is the third U.S. Open title for the 45-year-old Irwin, the oldest winner in the tournament’s history.

1992 — Ottawa Senators make goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz their 1st draft pick.

1995 — Michael Johnson becomes the first national champion at 200 and 400 meters since 1899 as he captures both races at the USA-Mobil Championships.

1995 — FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Hege Riise & Marianne Pettersen score within 3 minutes of each other to give Norway a 2-0 win over Germany.

2000 — Tiger Woods turns the 100th U.S. Open into a one-man show, winning by 15 strokes over Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Woods’ 15-stroke margin shatters the Open mark of 11 set by Willie Smith in 1899 and is the largest in any major championship — surpassing the 13-stroke victory by Old Tom Morris in the 1862 British Open.

2006 — Phil Mickelson’s bid for a third consecutive major ends with a shocking collapse when he bungles his way to a double bogey on the final hole, giving the U.S. Open to Geoff Ogilvy.

2017 — Brooks Koepka breaks away from a tight pack with three straight birdies on the back nine at Erin Hills and closes with a 5-under 67 to win the U.S. Open for his first major championship.

2017 — Diana Taurasi scores 19 points to break the WNBA career scoring record in the Phoenix Mercury’s 90-59 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. Taurasi finishes with 7,494 points, passing Tina Thompson’s mark of 7,488.


June 19

1867 — Ruthless, ridden by J. Gilpatrick, wins the inaugural Belmont Stakes at Jerome Park in the Bronx. The filly earns $1,850 for her victory.

1914 — Harry Vardon wins his sixth and final British Open by shooting a 306, three strokes ahead of J.H. Taylor at Prestwick Club.

1936 — German heavyweight boxer Max Schmeling knocks out previously unbeaten Joe Louis in the 12th round. Schmeling’s victory sets off a propaganda war between the Nazi regime and the United States on the eve of World War II.

1938 — FIFA World Cup Final, Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris, France: Luigi Colausig & Silvio Piola each score 2 goals as Italy beats Hungary, 4-1.

1954 — Ed Furgol edges Gene Littler by one stroke to win the U.S. Open, the first golf tournament to be televised nationally.

1955 — Jack Fleck beats Ben Hogan by three strokes in a playoff round to win the U.S. Open.

1973 — Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) and Willie Davis (LA Dodgers) both record 2,000th MLB career hit; Rose, a single in 4-0 win vs SF Giants; Davis, a HR in 3-0 win vs Atlanta Braves.

1977 — Hubert Green wins the U.S. Open by one stroke over Lou Graham.

1986 — Len Bias, the second pick in the NBA draft made by the Boston Celtics two days before, dies of a heart attack induced by cocaine use.

1992 — Evander Holyfield wins a unanimous decision over Larry Holmes to remain unbeaten and retain the undisputed heavyweight title.

1992 — Charlie Whittingham becomes the second trainer in history, behind D. Wayne Lukas, to top $100 million in purse earnings when Little by Little finishes second in the sixth race at Hollywood Park.

1999 — Dallas wins its first Stanley Cup, as Brett Hull’s controversial goal at 14:51 of the third overtime gives the Stars a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in Game 6.

2000 — NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers, 116-111 in Game 6 to win the franchise’s first title in 12 years; MVP: Shaquille O’Neal.

2005 — Michael Campbell answers every challenge Tiger Woods throws his way for a two-shot victory in the U.S. Open. Retief Goosen, the two-time U.S. Open champion, turns in a collapse that ranks among the greatest in major championship history. He loses his three-shot lead in three holes and closes with an 81 to tie for 11th at 8 over.

2006 — Cam Ward stops nearly everything giving the Carolina Hurricanes their first Stanley Cup title with a 3-1 victory over Edmonton in Game 7.

2011 — Rory McIlroy runs away with the U.S. Open title, winning by eight shots and breaking the tournament scoring record by a whopping four strokes. McIlroy shoots a 2-under 69 to close the four days at Congressional in Bethesda, Md., at 16-under 268.

2015 — Alex Rodriguez homers for his 3,000th career hit as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2.

2016 — Dustin Johnson atones for his past mishaps in the majors winning the U.S. Open by three shots. Shane Lowry, who began the final round with a four-shot lead, Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy finish tied for second.

2016 — LeBron James and his relentless Cavaliers pulls off an improbable NBA Finals comeback to give the city of Cleveland its first title since 1964. James delivers on a promise from two years ago to bring a championship to his native northeast Ohio, and he and the Cavs become the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89.


June 20

1908 — Colin wins the Tidal Stakes at Sheepshead Bay and retires undefeated after 15 starts. No major American racehorse approaches this record until 1988, when Personal Ensign retires with a perfect 13-for-13 career.

1936 — Jesse Owens sets a 100-meter record of 10.2 seconds at a meet in Chicago.

1940 — Joe Louis stops Arturo Godoy in the eighth round at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.

1960 — Floyd Patterson knocks out Ingemar Johansson in the fifth round in New York to become the first boxer to regain the world heavyweight title.

1966 — Billy Casper beats Arnold Palmer by four strokes in a playoff to win the U.S. Open.

1967 — Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, is convicted of violating the United States Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. Clay is sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000, the maximum penalty for the offense. Ali remains free while his conviction is on appeal.

1968 — The Night of Speed. In a span of 2½ hours, the world record of 10 seconds for the 100 meters is broken by three men and tied by seven others at the AAU Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Jim Hines wins the first semifinal in a tight finish with Ronny Ray Smith, becoming the first man to break the 10-second barrier. Both runners are credited with a time of 9.9 seconds. Charlie Greene wins the second semifinal and then ties Hines’ 9.9 record in the final.

1976 — UEFA European Championship Final, Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany, 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw.

1980 — Roberto Duran wins a 15-round decision over Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal to win the WBC welterweight crown.

1982 — Tom Watson wins the U.S. Open by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus.

1982 — Pete Rose is 5th to appear in 3,000 games (Cobb, Musial, Aaron, Yaz).

1984 — Jockey Pat Day equals a thoroughbred racing record for an eight-race card when he wins seven races at Churchill Downs. Day’s only loss is in the fourth race.

1993 — Lee Janzen holes a 30-foot chip for birdie on No. 16 and adds birdies on the par-5 closing holes for a two-stroke victory over Payne Stewart in the U.S. Open. Janzen ties Jack Nicklaus’ record 272 total and Lee Trevino’s four straight rounds in the 60′s.

1993 — John Paxson hits a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left as the Chicago Bulls win their third consecutive NBA title with a 99-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the finals.

1994 — Ernie Els of South Africa becomes the first foreign winner of the U.S. Open since 1981, beating Loren Roberts on the second sudden-death hole.

1994 — Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman.

2004 — Retief Goosen captures his second U.S. Open in four years. In the toughest final round at the U.S. Open in 22 years, Goosen closes with a 1-over 71 for a two-shot victory made possible when Phil Mickelson three-putts from 5 feet on the 17th.

2004 — Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 500th home run of his career, off Matt Morris, to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0.

2006 — Dwyane Wade caps his magnificent playoffs with 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead Miami past the Dallas Mavericks 95-92 as the Heat roar back from a two-game deficit to win the NBA finals in six games.

2013 — LeBron James has 37 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat repeat as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

2017 — Tiger Woods checks into a clinic to manage his pain medication and sleep disorder, following his arrest for driving under the influence.

2018 — Christiano Renaldo scores a goal against Morocco to become the all-time leading European goalscorer (85) in international compitition.

2019 — Duke power forward Zion Williamson is the first player chosen in the 2019 NBA Draft.

2020 — Tiz the Law, ridden by Manuel Franco, wins the 152nd Belmont Stakes becoming the first New York-bred horse to win the event since 1882.


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