1923 — Jack Dempsey knocks out Luis Firpo in the second round at Madison Square Garden for the last successful defense of his world heavyweight title.
1947 — Jack Kramer beats Frank Parket to win the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship. Kramer loses only one set in the tournament.
1968 — Jimmy Ellis wins the WBA heavyweight title by beating Floyd Patterson in the 15th round in Stockholm, Sweden.
1986 — Chicago's Walter Payton runs for 177 yards, to reach the 15,000-yard plateau, and scores his 100th career rushing touchdown as the Bears beat the Philadelphia Eagles 13-10.
1991 — Freshman Marshall Faulk of San Diego State rushes for an NCAA record 386 yards and scores seven touchdowns as the Aztecs beat Pacific 55-34.
1991 — Freshman Greg Hill sets a major college record with 212 yards rushing in his first game and scores twice as Texas A&M routs LSU 45-7.
1994 — The baseball season, already shut down by a monthlong strike, is canceled along with the World Series in a vote by 26 of the 28 teams.
1996 — Oakland's Mark McGwire becomes the 13th major leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a season, connecting in a 9-8 loss to Cleveland.
2002 — Tim Montgomery of the United States sets a world record in the 100 meters, running 9.78 seconds at the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Paris. The previous world record of 9.79 was set by Maurice Greene in 1999.