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1920 – Jack Dempsey knocks out Billy Miske in the third round to retain the world heavyweight title. This is the first radio broadcast of a fight.

1920 – Bill Tilden wins his first of seven US Open men’s singles titles, beating Bill Johnston, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, NY

1941 – Bobby Riggs defeats Frank Kovacs in four sets to win the men’s title at the US Lawn Tennis Association Championships. Sarah Palfrey Cooke wins the women’s title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Pauline Betz.

1948 – USA sweep Australia 5-0 to retain the Davis Cup title.

1975 – Chris Evert wins his first of six US Open singles titles with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Evonne Goolagong. In the men’s semi-final, Manuel Orantes pulls off one of the greatest comebacks in tennis history, saving five match points to defeat Guillermo Vilas, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6 -4, after leading two sets-to-love and 0-5 in the fourth set.

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1980 – Chris Evert Lloyd defeats Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia to win her fifth US Open singles title in the past six years.

1980 – John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors face off in perhaps their biggest US Open match. McEnroe edges out Connors in the semifinals, 6-4, 5-7, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in front of a packed Louis Armstrong Stadium.

1991 – Two teenage girls play tennis at a level above their age in a women’s semi-final match at the US Open. Monica Seles, 17, beats Jennifer Capriati, 15, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3) to advance to her first US Open final.

1992 – Noureddine Morceli of Algeria breaks the world record for the 1,500 meters in 3:28.86 at an international athletics meeting in Rieti, Italy. Morceli broke the record of 3:29.46 set by Said Aouita of Morocco in 1985.

1993 – Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic defeats Martina Navratilova 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals of the US Open. Navratilova’s loss leaves the United States without a women’s quarterfinal for the first time in tournament history, dating back to 1887.

1995 – Cal Ripken plays his 2,131st consecutive major league game to surpass Lou Gehrig’s 56-year record. Ripken received a 22-minute standing ovation and later homered in Baltimore’s 4-2 win over California.

2003 — At the US Open, #2 Justine Henin-Hardenne wins the 100% Belgian women’s singles final, beating #1 Kim Clijsters, 7-5, 6-1.

2017 – CoCo Vandeweghe becomes the third American to advance to the US Open women’s semifinals, beating top seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6(4), 6-3. Madison Keys completes the sweep for the American women, giving the host nation all four berths in the US Open semifinals for the first time in 36 years. The 15th-seeded Keys take 69 minutes for a 6-3, 6-3 win over 418th-seeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi. The Americans haven’t had all four semifinalists at the US Open since 1981, when Tracy Austin beat Martina Navratilova for the title. Chris Evert and Barbara Potter also made the semi-finals.

2017 – FIFA orders a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after the referee was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life. South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the qualifiers last November, helped by a penalty awarded by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for a nonexistent handball.

1892 – Jim Corbett knocks out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round in New Orleans to win the first world heavyweight title fought with gloves under Marquess of Queensberry rules.

1941 – Bobby Riggs wins his second U.S. men’s national title by defeating Frank Kovacs, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

1952 – Australian Frank Sedgman wins the US Lawn Tennis Association Men’s Championships title for the second year with a three-set victory over Gardnar Mulloy. Maureen Connolly wins the women’s title.

1953 – Maureen Connolly becomes the first woman to complete a Grand Slam by defeating Doris Hart, 6-2, 6-4, in the US Open women’s singles final.

1958 – Australian Ashley Cooper defeats fellow countrywoman Malcolm Anderson in five sets to win the men’s title at the US Lawn Tennis Association Championships. Althea Gibson returns to defeat Darlene Hard for the women’s title. Cooper defeats Anderson, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 10-8, 8-6. Gibson defeats Darlene Hard, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

1969 – Margaret Court defeats Nancy Richey, 6-2, 6-2 to win the US Open women’s singles title.

1970 – Jockey Willie Shoemaker rides Dares J to a one-and-a-half-length win at Del Mar to become the winningest jockey. Shoemaker’s victory breaks the all-time record of 6,033 set by Johnny Longden four years earlier.

1980 – John McEnroe defeats Sweden’s Bjorn Borg 7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4 to win his second consecutive US Open men’s title.

1991 – 17-year-old Monica Seles defeats 34-year-old Martina Navratilova 7-6(1), 6-1, to win her first women’s singles title at the US Open.

1993 – Mark Whiten of the St. Louis Cardinals has the greatest game at home plate in major league history on the last drink of a doubleheader against Cincinnati. In the 15-2 win, Whiten homered four times and drove in 12 runs, becoming the only player to accomplish both feats in one game.

1997 – On the new court at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 16-year-old Martina Hingis and 17-year-old Venus Williams contest the youngest Grand Slam final of the Open Era. Hingis wins her first US Open title 6-0, 6-4. Patrick Rafter defeats Greg Rusedski, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, to claim the men’s crown.

2001 — Venus Williams and Serena Williams reach the US Open final and become the first sisters to play for a Grand Slam championship in over 100 years. Venus beat Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-2, after Serena fought her way past top seed Martina Hingis 6-3, 6-2 in 51 minutes.

2002 — Venus and Serena Williams meet for the second straight year in the US Open women’s singles final in prime time. Younger sister Serena prevails, beating the two-time defending champion, 6-4, 6-3, for her second US Open women’s singles title.

2003 – In the closest 1-2-3 in IRL history, Sam Hornish Jr. edges out Scott Dixon and Bryan Herta to the finish line to win his second consecutive Delphi Indy 300. His margin of victory is 0.0099 seconds, and just . 0100 separates first and third place.

2003 – Andy Roddick wins his first Grand Slam tournament title by defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3, in the US Open men’s singles final.

2012 – Aries Merritt of the United States sets a world record of 12.80 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels. He shaved 0.07 seconds off Cuban Dayron Robles’ mark of four years ago.

2012 – Bob and Mike Bryan beat Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4 to win the US Open men’s doubles title for a record 12th Grand Slam championship. The American twins break a tie with Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde for most of the Open era, which began in 1968.

2014 – Serena Williams wins her third consecutive US Open championship and 18th major title overall. Williams takes 75 minutes to beat good friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to tie Chris Evert’s total of six US Open championships. Bob and Mike Bryan win a record fifth US Open doubles championship for their 100th tournament title.

1946 – Jack Kramer wins his first men’s singles titles in the United States with a 9-7, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Tom Brown.

1957 – Althea Gibson becomes the first black woman to win the US Open, beating Louise Brough, 6-3, 6-2. Australian Malcolm Anderson defeats compatriot Ashley Cooper in three sets to become the first unranked player to win the US Open.

1968 – Virginia Wade wins the first official US Open (formerly known as the US National Championships). Wade beat Billie Jean King, 6-4, 6-2 and Arthur Ashe beat Tom Okker, 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 for the men’s title.

1969 – Australia Rod Laver wins the US Open and the tennis Grand Slam for the second time in his career with a four-set victory over Tony Roche. Laver wins 7-9, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

1973 – Australia’s Margaret Court Smith wins the US Open for the fifth time with a 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 win over Evonne Goolagong.

1974 – Billie Jean King wins her fourth US Open with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph over Evonne Goolagong.

1985 – Ivan Lendl wins his first US Open title beating John McEnroe 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.

1990 – Gabriela Sabatini prevents Steffi Graf from winning her third consecutive Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory at the US Open.

1991 – Stefan Edberg wins his first men’s singles title at the US Open with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 win over Jim Courier.

1996 – Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf win the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively in the final US Open championship matches played at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

1998 – Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris’ 37-year-old home run record by doubling the historic No. 62 just over the wall in left field with two outs in the fourth inning. McGwire’s shot on Chicago Cubs’ Steve Trachsel sparks a wild party at Busch Stadium.

2001 – Venus Williams wins her second consecutive US Open title by beating her sister, Serena, 6-2, 6-4 in the first primetime Women’s Grand Slam final. The match is the 10th between sisters in a Grand Slam match during the Open era, with the older sister winning each time.

2002 – Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to win his 14th Grand Slam title and the US Open for the fifth time. At 31, Sampras is the oldest Open champion since 1970.

2008 – Roger Federer salvages the 2008 season by easily beating Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to win his fifth straight US Open championship and 13th major title overall.

2013 – Riquna Williams sets a WNBA record 51 points to help the Tulsa Shock defeat the San Antonio Silver Stars 98-65. The sophomore guard surpasses the previous record of 47 points set by Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and tied by Seattle’s Lauren Jackson.

2013 – Top seed Serena Williams wins her fifth US Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by defeating No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-1 in a windy finish.

2017 – David Benavidez becomes boxing’s youngest world champion and youngest ever in the super middleweight division with a split decision victory over Ronald Gavril at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. At 20 years and 9 months, Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) won the vacant WBC super middleweight title from 31-year-old Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs).

2018 – Naomi Osaka becomes the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title by beating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 at the US Open.

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