Today in Sports History: October 16

By Veronica An Boxer Mike Tyson scored a technical knockout during the seventh round of a 1987 boxing match against Tyrell Biggs during the last heavyweight title fight to be scheduled for 15 rounds. Biggs, won the gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1984 Olympics. Sports critics say Tyson resented Biggs since…

Today in Sports History: September 30

By Veronica An USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team captured its 12th gold medal in Sydney, Australia. In their gold medal game, the team defeated France 85-75 after a close call with Lithuania in the semifinals (85-83). After this victory, the U.S. team held a 109-2 Olympic game record including, a 25 consecutive victory win streak….

Today in Sports Histor: September 27

By Veronica An Tommy Lasorda, former Dodgers team manager, leads the United States Olympic team to victory in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. This marked the first year MLB players were allowed on the Olympic team; previously only collegiate players were selected. According to NBC Sports, the final team was not selected until 10…

Today in Sports History: September 21

By Veronica An In 1992, USA Basketball assembled the “Dream Team” for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. This all-star lineup was the first Olympics team to draw from working athletes in the National Basketball Association. It included Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David…

Today in Sports History: August 27

By Jonah Sharf On August 27, 2004, the USA basketball team lost to Argentina, 89-81, dropping USA basketball from gold medal contention for the first time since NBA players were allowed to participate in the Summer Olympics. Argentina was led by San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili with 29 points. They would go on to…

Today in Sports History: August 24

By Jonah Sharf On August 24, 2008, The USA basketball team—known as the Redeem Team—beat Spain 118-107 in the finals to bring the gold medal back to US basketball after a disappointing bronze medal showing in 2004. Team USA was led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, all of whom averaged 15 points…

Today in Sports History: April 7

By Jonah Sharf On April 7, 1989, FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, voted to drop restrictions on professional basketball players competing in international events, leading the way for the possibility of the “Dream Team” that the US sent to the 1992 Olympics. The Dream Team was one of the greatest basketball teams of all time,…

Today in Sports History: April 6

By Jonah Sharf On April 6, 1896, the first-ever modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, leading the way for the Olympic games we know today. In the first modern Olympics, 241 athletes from 14 different nations competed in 43 events in 9 sports. Despite 169 Greek athletes (over 65% of all athletes) competing in…

Today in Sports History: January 20

By Jonah Sharf On January 20, 1980, President Jimmy Carter called for the 1980 Summer Olympics to be moved from Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, making his first announcement that if the games weren’t moved, the US would likely boycott them. The games were not moved, and the US did end…

Today in Sports History: October 1

By Jonah Sharf On October 1, 2000, the US men’s basketball team defeated France 85-75 to win the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. This marked USA men’s basketball’s 12th gold medal in the past 14 Olympics. While all-time greats such as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Shaq, Allen Iverson, Karl Malone, and…