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August 19

1909 — The first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Twelve-thousand spectators watch Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win a five-mile race with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour. The track<s surface of crushed rock and tar breaks up in a number of places and causes the deaths of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.

1921 — Detroit’s Ty Cobb gets his 3,000th career hit at age 34, the youngest player to reach that plateau.

1934 — Helen Hull Jacobs wins the women’s title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships.

1951 — Eddie Gaedel, a 65-pound, 3-foot-7 midget, makes his first and only plate appearance as a pinch-hitter for Frank Saucier of the St. Louis Browns. Gaedel, wearing No. 1/8, walks on four pitches by Detroit Tigers pitcher Bob Cain and is taken out for pinch-runner Jim Delsing. The gimmick by Browns owner Bill Veeck was completely legal, but later outlawed.

1981 — Renaldo Nehemiah sets the world record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 12.93 seconds in a meet at Zurich, Switzerland.

1984 — Lee Trevino beats Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins by four strokes to take the PGA championship.

1993 — Sergei Bubka wins his fourth consecutive pole vault title at the World Track and Field championships at Stuttgart, Germany.

1995 — Mike Tyson starts his comeback, knocking out Peter McNeeley in 89 seconds at Las Vegas. McNeeley’s manager Vinnie Vecchione jumps into the ring to stop the fight after his boxer is knocked down twice in the first round.

2001 — Michael Schumacher gets his fourth Formula One championship and matches Alain Prost’s series record of 51 victories by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix.

2007 — Top-ranked Roger Federer reaches another measure of tennis greatness, winning his 50th tournament title by beating James Blake 6-1, 6-4 in the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. The 26-year-old Swiss star is the fifth-youngest player in history to reach 50, and only the ninth overall in the Open Era — since 1968 — to win so many tournaments.

2014 — NBA referee Dick Bavetta announces his retirement after a 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment. Bavetta officiated a record 2,635 consecutive regular-season games after starting his NBA career on Dec. 2, 1975. He also worked 270 playoff games, including 27 in the NBA Finals.

2016 — Usain Bolt scores another sweep, winning three gold medals in his third consecutive Olympics. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, Bolt turns a close 4x100 relay race against Japan and the United States into a typical, Bolt-like runaway, helping Jamaica cross the line in 37.27 seconds. Allyson Felix wins an unprecedented fifth gold medal in women’s track and field, running the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay team.

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August 18

1923 — Helen Mills, 17, ends Molla Bjurstedt Mallory’s domination of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships and starts her own with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

1957 — Floyd Patterson knocks out Roy Harris in the 13th round at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles to retain his world heavyweight title.

1994 — South Africa is introduced for the first time in 36 years during the opening ceremonies of the 15th Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, British Columbia. South Africa had been banned from the Games since 1958 because of its apartheid policies.

1995 — Thirteen-year-old Dominique Moceanu becomes the youngest to win the National Gymnastics Championships senior women’s all-around title in New Orleans.

2004 — Paul Hamm wins the men’s gymnastics all-around Olympic gold medal by the closest margin ever in the event. Controversy follows after it was discovered a scoring error that may have cost Yang Tae-young of South Korea the men’s all-around title. Yang, who finished with a bronze, is wrongly docked a tenth of a point on his second-to-last routine, the parallel bars. He finishes third, 0.049 points behind Hamm, who becomes the first American man to win gymnastics’ biggest prize.

2008 — A day after winning an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, Rafael Nadal officially unseats Roger Federer to become the world’s No. 1 tennis player when the ATP rankings are released. Federer had been atop the rankings for 235 weeks.

2012 — Tina Charles has 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 85-74 victory over the New York Liberty. Charles becomes the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 1,000 rebounds, accomplishing it in her 89th game.

2013 — For the first time in Solheim Cup history, the Europeans leave America with the trophy. Caroline Hedwall becomes the first player in the 23-year history of the event to win all five matches. She finishes with a 1-up victory over Michelle Wie and gives Europe the 14 points it needed to retain the cup.

2013 — Usain Bolt is perfect again with three gold medals. The Jamaican great becomes the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships. The 4x100-meter relay gold erases the memories of the 100 title he missed out on in South Korea two years ago because of a false start. Bolt, who already won the 100 and 200 meters, gets his second such sprint triple at the world championships, matching the two he achieved at the Olympics. With his victory, Bolt moves to the top of the all-time world championships medals table with eight gold and two silver, edging Carl Lewis, who had eight gold, one silver and one bronze.

2016 — Jamaica’s Usain Bolt completes an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100- and 200-meter sprints, elevating his status as the most decorated male sprinter in Olympic history. He wins the 200-meter race with a time of 19.78 seconds to defeat Andre de Grasse of Canada. He already claimed gold in the 100 in Rio. American Ashton Eaton defends his Olympic decathlon title, equaling the games record with a surge on the last lap of the 1,500 meters — the last event in the two-day competition. Helen Maroulis defeats Japan’s Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53-kilogra

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►  Only one trophy missing from WVU women’s soccer shrine

The trophy case sings of conference championships, tournament titles and that span of 17 NCAA appearances. A career’s worth of victories and validation, and Nikki Izzo-Brown typically charges right past it.

The coach who established and elevated West Virginia women’s soccer is too busy chasing the next win, the next recruit or, to the aim of her current mission, the next trip to the College Cup.

With a ponytail dangling from beneath her WVU ballcap, Izzo-Brown spoke to reporters about her preseason No. 1 team, and she did so a few steps from the awards shrine that has been 21 seasons in the making.

“I put my head down and I walk past these accomplishments and I don’t appreciate them enough,” she said. “I’ve tried in my old age to reflect more, but it’s hard in this business. Once I stand still someone’s going to bypass me, so I’ve got to keep moving.”

West Virginia soccer resides in such an elite zip code these days that even losing two of the most talented players in program history hasn’t dampened expectations. Nine starters return from a club that went 23-2-2 and dominated to the point of statistical absurdity. It reached the national championship having allowed three goals in its previous 16 matches only to fall 3-1 to USC.

“What’s motivating is that we didn’t win and we want to make sure we get back,” said Izzo-Brown, who doesn’t mind her players fixating on what slipped away in San Jose.

The team re-watched the game multiple times during the spring, and senior Alli Magaletta said the takeaway always remained the same: “That it’s really hard to lose.”

It speaks to West Virginia’s depth that Magaletta, a 27-game starter who scored the lone goal in a 1-0 Elite Eight win over Duke, wasn’t among the record-six Mountaineers named to the All-Big 12 preseason squad.

That group will be challenged immediately when WVU faces three top-12 opponents during the season’s first 20 days, starting with Friday’s opener at No. 5 Georgetown. The Hoyas were the lone team to beat West Virginia during the 2016 regular season.

”We have a little tough skin with Georgetown,” Magaletta said. “I think it will be a good test, setting our tone for the season. I’m glad Georgetown is first.”

Izzo-Brown parlayed such a rugged schedule citing the “need to push yourself” early in the season, and it’s a stretch that could be pivotal come seeding time for NCAA home-field advantage. Last November the Mountaineers hosted four tournament matches in Morgantown on their route to the College Cup.

Feeling that first trip to the NCAA final four “sort of legitimized” the consistency of West Virginia’s past teams, Izzo-Brown wants the 2017 iteration to go one step further.

“There’s all the potential in the world here,” she said. “It’s just up to us to see how we develop.”    ~~  Allan Taylor ~~

►  This week in auto racing for Thursday, August 17, 2017

Monster Cup


Site: Bristol, Tennessee

Schedule: Friday, practice, 7 a.m., practice, 9:30 a.m. (NBCSN), qualifying, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN); Saturday, race, 4:30 p.m., NBC.

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, 0.53 miles)

Race distance: 266.5 miles, 500 laps.

Last year: Kevin Harvick won despite starting 24th.

Last race: Kyle Larson took first less than 24 hours after running sprint cars in Iowa.

Fast facts: There are just three races left before the playoffs. Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth currently hold the last three postseason spots. Kenseth’s edge over Clint Bowyer is just 31 points though. . . . Martin Truex Jr. is the driver to beat for the regular season title, which is worth 15 playoff points. . . . Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race for the final time at Bristol. He swept Cup and Xfinity races there in 2004.

Next race: Bojangles’ Southern 500, September 03, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina.





Site: Bristol, Tennessee

Schedule: Thursday, practice, 10 a.m. and noon; Friday, qualifying, 12:40 p.m., (NBCSN), race, 4:30 p.m., NBCSN.

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 159.9 miles, 300 laps.

Last year: Austin Dillon notched the second of two wins in 2016 in Tennessee.

Last race: Sam Hornish Jr., on a very limited schedule this year, took first in Mid-Ohio.

Fast facts: Of the nine drivers currently inside the top 12 in championship points without a win in 2017, Elliott Sadler is the only one who has won at Bristol. He won in Tennessee in 1998 and 2012. . . . Kyle Busch, Matt Tifft and Daniel Suarez will look to give Joe Gibbs Racing a series sweep at Bristol for 2017.

Next race: Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200, September 2, Darlington Raceway.



Camping World Truck

UNOH 300

Site: Bristol, Tennessee

Race: Wednesday

Winner: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 106.6 miles, 200 laps

Last year: Ben Kennedy won his first career race.

Last race: Darrell Wallace Jr. won last week in his first series race since 2014.

Fast facts: Ryan Truex scored his second consecutive top five last week in Michigan. He finished fourth to move into seventh place overall. . . . Kyle Busch, who won three straight races at Bristol from 2008-10, is scheduled to run Wednesday’s race. . . . The stages will run 55, 55 and 90 laps.

Next race: Chevrolet Silverado 250, September 03, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario.




Site: Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 6 a.m., qualifying, 10 a.m. (NBCSN), practice, 2 p.m.; Sunday, race, 11 a.m., NBCSN.

Track: Pocono Raceway (oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Will Power won as part of a stretch of four victories in six races.

Last race: Josef Newgarden won his second straight race and third of 2017.

Fast facts: Newgarden, in his first season with Team Penske, leads the championship with four races to go for the first time in his career – but three drivers are within 17 points or less of a tie for first. . . . Only once since 1982 has the winner at Pocono gone on to claim the season title (Scott Dixon, 2013). . . . Former IndyCar regular Juan Pablo Montoya will run full time for Penske in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the team announced Tuesday.

Next race: Bommarito Automotive Group 500, Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Illinois.


Formula One

Last race: Sebastian Vettel took first in Hungary.

Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, August 27, Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium.




Site: Brainerd, Minnesota.

Schedule: Friday, qualification, 1:40 and 4 p.m., Saturday, qualifications, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, finals, 1:37 p.m., FS1.

Track: Brainerd International Raceway

Last year: Brittany Force took first in Minnesota.

Last race: Antron Brown won the Top Fuel event outside of Seattle last weekend.

Fast facts: Brown took control of the championship race with a dominant performance during the Western Swing. Brown came within a round of sweeping the three-event swing for the second time in his career. . . . Leah Pritchett won six rounds and racked up 242 points in her last three events. . . . Veteran Terry McMillen is in eighth and closing in on his first playoff appearance.

Next race: Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, August 04, Indianapolis.


Other races

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Friday, The second Leg of the Northern Tour, River Cities Speedway, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Saturday, Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas, Red River Valley Speedway, West Fargo, North Dakota, Sunday, Gerdau Magic City Showdown, Nodak Speedway, Minot, North Dakota.


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August 17

1933 — Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees plays his 1,308th straight game to break Everett Scott’s record of 1,307.

1960 — Flash Elorde knocks out Harold Gomes at 1:20 in the first round to win the world junior lightweight title.

1969 — Ray Floyd beats Gary Player by one stroke to win the PGA championship.

1995 — John Roethlisberger wins the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships’ all-around title in New Orleans, becoming the first gymnast in 28 years to win four titles.

1997 — Davis Love III shoots a 66 at Winged Foot to win the PGA Championship in Mamaroneck, N.Y., his first major title, by five strokes over Justin Leonard with a 72-hole total of 11-under 269.

2001 — Shingo Katayama shoots a 6-under 64, and David Toms shoots a 65 to share the second-round lead in the PGA Championship. Katayama and Toms at 9-under 131, tie the PGA record for 36 holes last set by Ernie Els at Riviera in 1995.

2005 — The NCAA purchases the rights to the preseason and postseason National Invitation Tournaments as part of a settlement ending a four-year legal fight between the two parties. The 40-team postseason NIT, which is a year older and was once the bigger event, will be run by the NCAA.

2008 — At the Summer Olympics in Beijing, Michael Phelps and three teammates win the 400-meter medley relay for Phelps’ eighth gold medal, eclipsing Mark Spitz’s seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Games. Of his five individual races and three relays, Phelps sets world records in seven and an Olympic record in the eighth.

2008 — Jesus Sauceda of Matamoros, Mexico, pitches the fifth perfect game in Little League World Series history and the first in 29 years for a 12-0 win over Emilia, Italy. Sauceda struck out all 12 batters in a game the last four innings instead of the usual six because of Little League’s 10-run mercy rule. Sauceda also stars at the plate, going 3-for-3 with six RBIs, including a grand slam in the third.

2013 — Nick Davilla throws six touchdown passes and the Arizona Rattlers defeat the Philadelphia Soul 48-39 in the Arena Bowl.

2014 — Inbee Park successfully defends her title in the LPGA Championship, beating Brittany Lincicome with a par on the first hole of a playoff to end the United States’ major streak at three.

2015 — The National Labor Relations Board dismisses a historic ruling that Northwestern University football players are school employees who are entitled to form what would be the nation’s first union of college athletes.

2016 — Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson completes the first 100-200 women’s Olympic double since 1988. Thompson wins the 200 in 21.78 seconds to become the first woman since Marion Jones in 2000 to win both Olympic sprints. Jones’ records have since been stripped, so Thompson goes in the record book along with Florence Griffith-Joyner, who starred in the 1988 Seoul Games. Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin finish 1-2-3 in the 100-meter hurdles to give the United States its first sweep in the event, its seventh in the history of Olympic track and the 23rd for U.S. women, regardless of sport, over the history of the Summer Games.

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►  West Virginia WR Marcus Simms suspended following DUI arrest

Wide receiver Marcus Simms has been suspended for West Virginia’s season opener following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced the suspension Monday night. Holgorsen says in a statement that Simms also must fulfill certain requirements before reinstatement. The statement did not specify the conditions.

Holgorsen says Simms will be allowed to participate in team activities during the suspension.

According to a criminal complaint, Simms was arrested Sunday and charged with DUI and driving on a suspended or revoked license for DUI.

Simms played in nine games as a freshman last season and caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

West Virginia opens the season September 3 against Virginia Tech in Landover, Maryland.

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August 16

1920 — Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman is hit in the head with a pitch by New York’s Carl Mays. Chapman suffers a fractured skull and dies the next day. It’s the only field fatality in major league history.

1924 — Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory again, 6-1, 6-3, to win her second straight singles title at the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships.

1954 — Sports Illustrated makes its debut, selling for 25 cents. The magazine cover features a game at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Eddie Mathews of Braves is swinging, with Wes Westrum catching and Augie Donatelli umpiring.

1980 — Clint Galbraith drives Niatross to a world record for a one-mile pace with a time of 1:52 4-5 in a special invitation race at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. Niatross eclipses the record he shared with Abercrombie by one-fifth of a second and wins the race by 21 lengths.

1992 — Nick Price holds off a comeback bid by Nick Faldo with a 1-under 70 in the final round and captures his first major title with a three-stroke victory in the PGA national championship.

1995 — Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie shatters Kenya’s Moses Kiptanui’s record in the 5,000 by nearly 11 seconds with a time of 12 minutes, 44.39 seconds at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Kiptanui smashes his world record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, becoming the first to break the eight-minute barrier with a time of 7:59.18.

1998 — Jeff Gordon drives into the record book, becoming the seventh driver in modern NASCAR history to win four straight races as he comes from far back to take the Pepsi 400.

2008 — In Beijing, Michael Phelps touches the wall a hundredth of a second ahead of Serbia’s Milorad Cavic to win the 100-meter butterfly. The win gives Phelps his seventh gold medal of the Beijing Games, tying Mark Spitz’s performance in the 1972 Munich Games. Usain Bolt of Jamaica runs the 100-meter dash in a stunning world-record time of 9.69 seconds for a blowout win that he starts celebrating a good 10 strides before the finish line.

2009 — Y.E. Yang of South Korea becomes the first Asian player to win one of golf’s majors with a three-stroke win over Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship. Yang shoots a 2-under 70 and finishes at 8-under 280 and Woods, who led by two strokes when the day began, finishes with a 75.

2014 — Kevin Sutherland becomes the first player in Champions Tour history to shoot a 59. Sutherland’s 59 gives him a one-shot lead over Steve Lowery and is at 14-under 130 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

2015 — Jason Day leads wire-to-wire in the final round at Whistling Straits to close out a record-setting PGA Championship and capture his first major title. The 27-year-old Australian finishes at 20-under 268 to beat Jordan Spieth by three shots. Day becomes the first player to finish at 20 under in a major.

2015 — Brooke Henderson wins the Cambia Portland Classic by eight strokes to become the third-youngest champion in LPGA Tour history at 17 years, 11 months, 6 days. The Canadian closes with a 3-under 69 at Columbia Edgewater to finish at 21-under 267. Henderson also becomes the first Canadian winner since Lorie Kane in the 2001 Takefuji Classic.

Annual Stonewall Triathlon and Cardboard Boat Race

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The 10th annual Atlantic Coast Pipeline Stonewall Jackson Triathlon winners will be eligible for national competition after the August 17 race.

Participants will go for a 1,000-meter swim in Stonewall Jackson Lake, a 26-mile bike ride along local country roads and finish with a four mile run through Stonewall Resort State Park and the Arnold Palmer golf course.

“This year, racers will be back on the original bike course. Last year it was rerouted because a bridge was out, but it’s back again this year,” said Benji Jones, owner of Jones Racing Co.

The duathlon option is also available again this year, he said. For those who don’t want to or can’t swim, it’s set up as a run-bike-run option. They do a one mile run, the 26 mile bike ride, and then a four-mile run to finish.

While average age of race participants is 39, Sherry Rogers, executive director of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, said people from teenagers to those in their late 70s take part, too.

“Since the race’s inception, athletes have traveled from 10 states and all around West Virginia to compete,” she said. “When you register, you can look at the participant list to see where other people are from, their gender and age. It’s really interesting to look at.”

The money that isn’t used for operational costs of the race goes to operating the chamber, Rogers said.

“The Chamber of Commerce runs on memberships, donations and fundraisers. This helps to fund the chamber in day-to-day operations,” she said.

Rogers said the triathlon is a big deal not only because it’s a sanctioned race and named “Best of the Best” by USA Triathlon, but it showcases Lewis County.

“This showcases our area and the beauty of West Virginia. Participants and their families oftentimes have return visits to Lewis County and the resort at different times throughout the year,” she said.

Registration is available online at until 8 a.m. on August 16. Registration and packet pickup will also be available from 4-8 p.m. at The Lodge at Stonewall Resort and 6-7 a.m. at the picnic pavilion near the resort’s Roanoke building.

The annual cardboard boat race will immediately follow the swim portion of the triathlon, said Samantha Norris, community outreach director for the resort. The race is hosted by the Stonewall State Park Foundation and sponsored by Appalachian Stream Restoration.

“First of all it’s a great opportunity to engage our community and guests on the water,” she said. “It’s a fabulous time of recreation for the entire family on the lake. Second, we conduct it with the triathlon because it offers spectators some entertainment during the bike portion.”

Norris mentioned that once the athletes are finished swimming and have moved to the bicycling portion of the race, the cardboard boat race begins.

“We ask everyone to meet at the marina parking lot to make sure we all launch together for the safety of the athletes,” she said. “It’s also a really awesome team building event from Boy Scouts to church youth groups and different companies.”

It’s an event for all ages to watch and participate, Norris said. There are awards for first, second and third place for best time, but also for best design and most spectacular sinking.

“Essentially the only products that can be used to build the boat are cardboard, duct tape and paint or whatever they want to use to decorate,” she said. “The cost is only $10 a team; it helps us cover the cost of the event and it’s very affordable.”

More information about the cardboard boat race rules and regulations and to sign up can be found by visiting the Stonewall State Park Foundation Facebook page or contact Norris at 304.269.8820.

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August 14

1903 — Jim Jeffries knocks out Jim Corbett in the 10th round to retain his world heavyweight title in San Francisco.

1959 — The formation of the American Football League is announced in Chicago. Play will begin in 1960 with franchises in six cities with the probability of adding two more teams.

1977 — Lanny Wadkins beats Gene Littler on the third hole of sudden death to take the PGA championship.

1977 — The New York Cosmos, led by Pele, plays before a record crowd of 77,961 at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., the most to see a soccer game in the United States. The Cosmos beat the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 8-3 in a NASL quarterfinal playoff game.

1994 — Nick Price wins the PGA Championship in record fashion. Price finished at 11-under 269 for 72 holes, six strokes ahead of Corey Pavin. It is the lowest stroke total in an American major championship.

1996 — Olympic 800- and 1,500-meter champion Svetlana Masterkova of Russia sets a world record in the women’s mile, clocking 4 minutes, 12.56 seconds at the Weltklasse Grand Prix.

2003 — The New York blackout forces the evacuation of workers and players from Shea Stadium hours before the game between the Mets and the San Francisco Giants. It’s the only major league baseball game that was affected by the blackout that stretches from the Northeast to Ohio and Michigan. Elsewhere, two WNBA games are postponed, and Yonkers (N.Y.) Raceway cancels its card.

2005 — The United States 4x400 relay team, anchored by Jeremy Wariner, races to victory and a record 14th gold medal for the United States in the nine-day track and field world championships. The team of Andrew Rock, Derrick Brew, Darold Williamson and Wariner win in 2:56.91.

2011 — Keegan Bradley wins the PGA Championship after staging an amazing comeback to force a three-hole playoff and beat Jason Dufner at Atlanta Athletic Club. Bradley, who trailed by five shots with three holes left, becomes the third player in at least 100 years to win a major championship in his first try.

2014 — Rob Manfred is elected baseball’s 10th commissioner, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig.

2015 — Hiroshi Iwata ties a major championship record with a remarkable turnaround — a 77 in the first round, a 63 in the second round of the PGA Championship. It’s the 27th time that a 63 is posted in a major championship, 13 of those in the PGA Championship.

2016 — South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk breaks Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record in the 400-meter final in Rio de Janeiro, leaving two of the greatest one-lap runners of this era in his dust. Van Niekerk, bursting out of the blocks in lane eight, finishes in 43.03 seconds — 0.15 seconds faster than Johnson ran in 1999. Usain Bolt becomes the first person to capture three straight 100-meter titles at the Olympics. Bolt finishes in 9.81, .08 seconds ahead of American Justin Gatlin.

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August 12

1876 — Madeleine wins two straight heats over Canada’s Countess of Dufferin to defend the America’s Cup.

1936 — Rosalind, driven by Ben White, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats.

1937 — Shirley Hanover, driven by Henry Thomas, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats.

1942 — The Ambassador, driven by Ben White, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in the third heat.

1953 — Helicopter, driven by Harry Harvey, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in the third heat.

1978 — Cold Comfort, driven by 23-year-old Peter Haughton, ties the International Trot mark of 2:31 3-5 at Roosevelt Raceway which makes Haughton the youngest driver to win the International.

1990 — Wayne Grady of Australia sheds his runner-up image with a 3-stroke victory over Fred Couples in the PGA Championship. Grady had recorded 29 second-place finishes in his career.

1994 — Major league baseball players strike in the sport’s eighth work stoppage since 1972.

1995 — Ernie Els sets a PGA record with the lowest three-day score in a major. Els, with a 197, holds a three-stroke lead in the PGA Championship.

2000 — Evander Holyfield scores a 12-round unanimous decision over John Ruiz in Las Vegas to win the vacant WBA heavyweight title.

2001 — Wendy Ward sets LPGA scoring records for a 54-hole tournament to win the Wendy’s Championship for Children by three shots. Ward’s 54-hole hole total of 21-under 195 is a tour record for a 54-hole tournament, both in relation to par and scoring total.

2007 — Tiger Woods captures the PGA Championship to win at least one major for the third straight season and run his career total to 13.

2011 — Tiger Woods misses the cut at the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. With one final bogey for a 3-over 73, Woods finishes out of the top 100 for the first time ever in a major. He is 15 shots behind Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley.

2012 — The U.S. men’s basketball team defend its title by fighting off another huge challenge from Spain, pulling away in the final minutes for a 107-100 victory and its second straight Olympic championship. The victory by the men’s basketball team gives the United States its 46th gold medal in London, the most ever by Americans in a “road” Olympics.

2012 — Rory McIlroy breaks the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980. McIlroy sinks one last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole to give him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory. McIlroy closes out a remarkable week by playing bogey-free over the final 23 holes of a demanding Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C.

2016 — Katie Ledecky caps off one of the greatest performances in Olympic history with her fourth gold medal and second world record, shattering her own mark in the 800-meter freestyle. Ledecky is the first woman since Debbie Meyer swept the three longer freestyle events at the same Olympics. Meyer took the 200, 400 and 800 at the 1968 Mexico Games.

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►  Sports study: High school athletes not being fully protected

A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat stroke.

More than 7.8 million high school students participate in sanctioned sports annually. KSI announced the results Tuesday at a news conference at NFL headquarters. The league partially sponsors the institute.

The state-by-state survey of all sports played in high school showed North Carolina with the most comprehensive health and safety policies at 79 percent, followed by Kentucky at 71 percent. At the bottom were Colorado (23 percent) and California (26 percent). Those scores were based on a state meeting best practice guidelines addressing the four major causes of sudden death for that age group: cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, exertional heat stroke and exertional sickling occurring in athletes with sickle cell trait.

“The bottom line is that many simple policy changes can have a massive impact when a life is saved,” says Dr. Douglas Casa of KSI. “That is the goal of KSI in releasing these rankings, to prevent needless deaths in high school sports. We have had countless conversations with loved ones who have lost a child/sibling/grandchild/athlete. If these rankings can get more kids home for dinner instead of to a hospital or morgue, then we have succeeded.”

The institute is a sports safety research and advocacy organization located at the University of Connecticut and named after the former Vikings star who died from exertional heat stroke in 2001.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for the age range.

Casa notes that progress is slow because most states only make a change after a tragedy. But he stresses that the policies KSI promotes are not difficult to adopt.

“At least one state has adopted each individual item, and for many items, more than half of the states have the policy in place,” he explains. “So this tells us it is feasible (to maximize protection). Now we need to collectively get states to learn from their colleagues and adapt these (programs) in their own state. Our top state is at about 80 percent, showing that, with effort, these policies can be implemented.”

Bob Gfeller lost his son, Matthew, at age 15 in 2008, after a traumatic brain injury while playing in his first high school football game. Gfeller is an executive vice president at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the executive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. He found the wide range of results by state “enlightening.”

Asked what can be done to get states to adopt more of the guidelines to protect high school athletes, Gfeller says: “Sharing of best practices amongst the state high school professionals. For each state to study where they are gapping and what other states who are scoring high are doing, so then to be able to determine how to close their gap.”

In his field of expertise, exertional heat stroke, Casa notes that states that have adapted significant changes to heat acclimatization policies have not had such a death when the policies have been followed.

“Keep in mind these policies are for the phasing in of initial practices in August,” Casa says. “Some of these states have still had exertional heat stroke deaths during summer conditioning in June/July or other times of the year, because they lack policies that govern these other circumstances.”

To prevent death from EHS, it comes down to three things:

— Prevention — heat acclimatization, modifying work/rest ratios based on environmental conditions, hydration, body cooling, etc.;

— Recognition — being aware, acting quickly, rectal temperature;

— Treatment — cold water immersion, cool first/transport second.

Casa adds that the monetary cost of reaching the desired preventive measures is not high.

“To be honest, you could get to 90 percent implementation with very little cost and effort,” he says. “Spending probably less than $5,000 per school could get you close to 90 points. You also would probably need a two-day meeting with the key state association officials to refine the details of the changes.

“It is matter of convincing people that these issues are important and that they need attention.”

►  This week in auto racing for Thursday, August 10, 2017



Site: Brooklyn, Michigan

Schedule: Friday, practice, 8:30 a.m. (NBCSN), qualifying, 2:05 p.m. (NBCSN); Saturday, practice, 5:30 a.m. (CNBC), 8:30 a.m.; Sunday, race, noon, NBCSN.

Track: Michigan International Speedway (oval, 2 miles)

Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Kyle Larson won after starting 12th.

Last race: Martin Truex Jr. won his fourth race of the year at Watkins Glen.

Fast facts: William Byron, 19, will take over the No. 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports next season. Hendrick had previously announced the Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 since 2012, would not be retained. . . . Truex has a 116-point lead over Kyle Busch in the standings. But Busch has won six poles this season – twice as many as any other driver. Larson and Kevin Harvick have started first three times.

Next race: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Aug. 19, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee.




Site: Lexington, Ohio

Schedule: Friday, practice, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 9 a.m. (CNBC), race, 12:30 p.m., NBCSN.

Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (circuit, 2.258 miles)

Race distance: 169.35 miles, 75 laps.

Last year: Justin Marks won his only series race.

Last race: Kyle Busch took first in New York.

Fast facts: Byron has won three series races already this season. He’s still 52 points behind Elliott Sadler in the standings. . . . Last week’s win was the 90th career Xfinity victory for Busch. But it was his first at Watkins Glen’s road course.

Next race: Food City 300, Aug. 18, Bristol Motor Speedway.





Site: Brooklyn, Michigan

Schedule: Friday, practice, 10 a.m. and noon (FS1); Saturday, qualifying, 6:30 a.m. (FS1), race, 10 a.m., FS1.

Track: Michigan International Speedway.

Race distance: 200 miles, 100 laps

Last year: Brett Moffitt took first for the first time in his career.

Last race: Christopher Bell won for the second time in three races.

Fast facts: Darrell Wallace Jr. will return to the truck series this weekend. Wallace has five career wins in the series. . . . Bell has won four of his 12 starts and has finished outside the top 10 just once all season. But his edge over Johnny Sauter is just 18 points heading to Michigan.

Next race: UNOH 300, Aug. 16, Bristol Motor Speedway.



Last race: Josef Newgarden won his second straight race and third of 2017.

Next race: ABC Supply 500, Aug. 20, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania.



Last race: Sebastian Vettel took first in Hungary.

Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 27, Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium.



Last race: Antron Brown won the Top Fuel event outside of Seattle last weekend.

Next race: Lucas Oil Nationals, Aug. 18-20, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minnesota.



WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Wednesday-Saturday, Knoxville Nationals, Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, Iowa.


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