Today in Sports History: November 15

By Veronica An Nineteen-year-old Dwight Howard became the youngest player to score 20 points and make 20 rebounds in a single game in a 2005 Lakers versus Bobcats game. Howard elected to enter the 2004 NBA draft instead of attending college and he was selected first overall for the Orlando Magic. After 2005, the NBA…

Today in Sports History: November 14

By Veronica An When the Miami Dolphins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in 1993, Don Shula broke the record for the most NFL wins for an NFL coach. The 19-14 victory gave Shula his 325th career win, including postseason wins. Described as the “winningest” coach in NFL history Bleacher Report, Shula coached for a total of…

Today in Sports History: November 13

By Veronica An After besting Evan Holyfield during a highly anticipated 1999 championship fight, Lennox Lewis became the first British heavyweight boxing championing a century. Holyfield and Lewis’ last fight ended in a controversial draw but in 1999, Lewis emerged as a the clear winner. Nicknamed The Lion, Lewis won the undisputed WBC Heavyweight Champion…

Today in Sports History: November 12

By Veronica An Kevin Love became the first player since Charles Barkley (1996) to pull down 30 rebounds in a single game during a 2010 match between the Timberwolves and New York Knicks. Love scored 31 points and 31 rebounds, setting a record for the Timberwolves and becoming the 19th player in NBA history to…

Today in Sports History: November 10

The Los Angeles Lakers fire head coach Mike Brown after he got the team off to a disappointing 1-4 start in 2012. This marks the earliest a coach has been fired in an NBA season wince the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. ESPN reports that the decision to let go of Brown was keeping in line…

Today in Sports History: November 9

By Veronica An A 2007 game between the Houston Rockets and the Milwaukee Bucks pits Yao Ming against Yi Jianlian. Dubbed the “Chinese Superbowl” this was the first time Chinese players Ming and Jianlian played against each other in an NBA game. The Rockets defeated the Bucks 104-88. Ming scored 28 points to Jianlian’s 19…

Today in Sports History: November 8

By Veronica An After a 43 game losing streak, the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers in a 1992 road game. The Kings’ 124-114 victory was the first since they were based in Kansas City-Omaha and bested the Lakers on Oct. 20, 1974. The Kings-Lakers rivalry continued throughout the early-2000s when the Lakers bested…

Today in Sports History: November 7

By Veronica An In 1991, Earvin, better known as Magic, Johnson retired from the NBA . Johnson shocked the world with this announcement and by disclosing his HIV-positive status. ESPN named Johnson’s announcement the seventh-most memorable moment of the previous 25 years. He held the record for assists with 9,981, and averaged 19.4 points, 12.5…

Today in Sports History: November 6

By Veronica An Art Modell, owner of the Browns, announced a plan to move the NFL team from Cleveland to Baltimore during the 1995-6 season. This move would give Baltimore an NFL for the first time since 1983; when the Colts moved to Indianapolis. Modell cited financial reasons and a lackluster stadium as the main…

Today in Sports History: November 5

By Veronica An In 1971, Lakers forward Elgin Baylor retired after a 846-game NBA career. Over his 14-years, Baylor scored 23,149 points and was known for his acrobatic jump shots, according to NBA.com. Baylor was the number one draft pick in 1958 and won Rookie of the Year his first season. In 1960, he scored…