943 — Montreal’s Alex Smart scores three goals in his first NHL game to lead the Canadiens to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.
1962 – Margaret Smith wins her third consecutive Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jan Lehane.
1968 – The Green Bay Packers win their second consecutive Super Bowl. The game attracts the first $3 million gate in football history. Bart Starr, the game’s MVP, completes 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards.
1973 – The Miami Dolphins, who went 14-0 in the regular season and won two playoff games, beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in the Super Bowl to become the only undefeated team in NFL history .
1990 – Joe Montana sets an NFL record by throwing his 30th and 31st touchdown passes in the playoffs as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams 30-3 in the NFC Championship Game. Terry Bradshaw had thrown 30.
1990 – John Elway passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns as the Denver Broncos advance to their fourth Super Bowl with a 37-21 win over the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Championship.
2001 – Led by five touchdown passes from Kerry Collins, the New York Giants reach their first Super Bowl in a decade with a 41-0 win against the ill-fated Minnesota Vikings – the biggest rout in NFC championship history.
2006 — Johnny Weir wins his third consecutive US Figure Skating Championships title and Sasha Cohen wins the women’s division.
2007 – In Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Kildow grab the top two spots in a World Cup super-combi and Resi Stiegler narrowly misses making it an American sweep. The 1-2-4 is a first for American women in a World Cup alpine ski event.
2012 – Tom Brady throws for a record six touchdown passes, five in the first half and three to Rob Gronkowski, to lead the New England Patriots to a 45-10 win over Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos in the playoffs.
2012 – Alex Smith completes a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees puts the top-tier Saints ahead, and the resurgent San Francisco 49ers capitalize on five Nova Scotia turnovers. Orleans for a thrilling 36-32 playoff win.
2017 – Top-ranked UConn breaks its own NCAA record with its 91st straight win, scoring the first 21 points and outscoring SMU 88-48. Coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies (16-0) surpass the 90 mark his team first set more than six years ago. The Huskies, four-time defending national champions, haven’t lost a game since falling in overtime at sixth-ranked Stanford on Nov. 17, 2014.
2017 – New England’s Dion Lewis becomes the first in NFL playoff history to have a rushing TD, receiving a TD and a kickoff return for a TD in a single game, this which led to the Patriots’ 34-16 playoff win over Houston.
1965 – In one of the most notable trades in NBA history, the San Francisco Warriors sell Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash.
1967 – The Green Bay Packers of the NFL open the Super Bowl series by beating the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, 35-10.
1978 – The Dallas Cowboys capitalize on eight Denver turnovers en route to a 27-10 Super Bowl victory over the Broncos. Butch Johnson’s diving catch in the end zone completes a 45-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach and gives the Cowboys a 20-3 third quarter lead.
1994 – San Francisco’s Ricky Watters scores an NFL playoff record five touchdowns as the 49ers beat the New York Giants 44-3.
1995 – San Diego linebacker Dennis Gibson knocks down two passes in the end zone – the last on fourth down – to preserve the Chargers’ biggest win in the NFL, a 17-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship .
1997 — Patrick Lalime becomes the first goaltender since the NHL’s expansion in 1967 to start his career with a 15-game unbeaten streak as Pittsburgh defeats Hartford 3-0.
2000 – The Jacksonville Jaguars blast their way into the history books and the AFC Championship game. In the second most crushing playoff performance of all time, the Jaguars beat the Miami Dolphins 62-7. The 55-point margin is the second-largest in playoff history.
2001 – Peace College defeats Bennett College 98-3 in women’s college basketball as Bennett sets an NCAA Division III women’s record for fewest points scored.
2004 – Michelle Wie shoots a respectable round 2 of 72, leaving her nine shots behind the leader after one round at the PGA Sony Open in Honolulu. Wie, 14, is considered the youngest player on the PGA Tour.
2005 – Michelle Kwan wins her ninth title at the US Figure Skating Championships, tying Maribel Vinson for the all-time record.
2011 – Kyle Kuric’s layup with 4 seconds remaining caps a furious rally from No. 18 Louisville and the Cardinals stun Marquette 71-70. Louisville trails by 18 with 5:44 to go but closes the game on a 24-5 run fueled by guard Preston Knowles.
2011 – Sixth-seeded Green Bay routs the Falcons 48-21 in Atlanta as Aaron Rodgers throws three touchdowns and runs for one. The 48 points are the most for the Packers in a postseason game.
2012 – New York’s Eli Manning throws three touchdown passes and the Giants upset the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in an NFC Divisional Playoff game. The Packers, 15-1 in the regular season, become the seventh consecutive Super Bowl champion not to qualify for the Super Bowl the following year.
2017 — Justin Thomas wins the Sony Open with the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history. Thomas caps off his wonderful week at Waialae which started with a 59 with his second straight victory. He birdied two putts from 60 feet on the par-5 18 and closed with a 5-under 65 to set the record at 253. Tommy Armor III shot 254 at the 2003 Texas Open.
2017 – Aaron Rodgers throws a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby throws a 51-yard field goal on the next play when time expires, sending Green Bay to the championship game NFC with its eighth straight victory while thwarting a Dallas rally in a 34-31 win in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 42 points and grabs 24 rebounds in earning MVP honors even though his East team lost to the West 150-130 in the NBA All-Star game. West’s Bob Pettit pulls down an All-Star record 27 rebounds.
1972 – The Dallas Cowboys dominate the Miami Dolphins, setting a Super Bowl record 252 rushing yards en route to a 24-3 victory.
1974 – Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mantle is elected in his first year of eligibility and Ford in his second year.
1988 – Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, CBS NFL Today tout for 12 years, is fired for his racist comments during an interview the night before with WRC-TV in Washington.
1993 – Kansas defeats Louisville 98-77 for its 1,500th win in school history.
1993 – Michael Jordan scores 64 points, but Chicago is upset in overtime visiting Orlando 128-124. The Magic are led by rookie center Shaquille O’Neal, who has 29 points and 24 rebounds.
2008 – Bob Knight becomes the first Division I men’s coach with 900 wins when Texas Tech defeats No. 10 Texas A&M 68-53.
2011 – The New York Jets stun the New England Patriots 28-21. The Patriots — who had the league’s best regular season record — suffer their third straight playoff loss. Mark Sanchez throws three touchdown passes, Tom Brady is sacked five times and the Jets advance to their second straight AFC Championship game.
2015 – The NCAA restores 112 football wins it stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal and reinstates the revered late coach as the winningest in major college football history. The NCAA announces the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the penalties imposed in 2012.
2016 – Larry Fitzgerald sets in and scores the game-winning touchdown in the third overtime game, taking a 5-yard pass from Carson Palmer that lifts Arizona past Green Bay 26-20 after Arizona’s desperate 41-yard touchdown pass Aaron Rodgers to Jeff Janis on the latest regulation play. Fitzgerald turns a short pass into a 75-yard gain on the first play of overtime to set up his 5-yard shovel pass reception for the game-winning score.
1961 – 22-year-old Cincinnati Royals rookie sensation Oscar Robertson becomes the youngest player to receive NBA All-Star MVP honors. Robertson scores 23 points and 14 assists in a 153-131 win for the West at Syracuse.
1971 – The first Super Bowl as part of the NFL-AFL merger ends with Baltimore rookie Jim O’Brien scoring a 32-yard field goal for a 16-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
1986 – Tim Witherspoon wins a majority decision over Tony Tubbs at the Atlanta Omni to win the WBA heavyweight title.
1988 – The Denver Broncos beat the Cleveland Browns for the second straight year in the AFC Championship Game. Defensive back Jeremiah Castille pulls out running back Earnest Byner at the Denver 3-yard line with 65 seconds left in the game to preserve a 38-33 win.
1995 – The NFL Rams announce they are leaving Southern California after 49 years and moving to St. Louis.
1996 — Steve Yzerman of Detroit becomes the 22nd player in NHL history to score 500 goals as the Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.
2003 — Joe Nieuwendyk scores his 500th career goal in New Jersey’s 2-1 victory over Carolina.
2004 — New Jersey’s Patrik Elias ties an NHL record by scoring his fourth overtime goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Washington.
2010 — Jeremy Abbott earns a trip to the Olympics by winning his second national men’s figure skating title. Abbott wins in a landslide with a score of 263.66, 25 ahead of Evan Lysacek.
2011 – Big East West Virginia enters the men’s poll for the first time this season to tie a conference’s record of nine teams in the Top 25. There were nine Big East teams ranked for one week in January 2009.
2011 – Fifth-ranked Pittsburgh scores the first 19 points to lose the lead, then comes back behind Nasir Robinson’s 21 points to hand No. 3 Syracuse its first loss with a 74-66 win.
2014 – Five-time champion Serena Williams becomes the winningest woman at the Australian Open, picking up the 61st career win as she progressed to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Daniela Hantuchova.
2016 – The Carolina Panthers hold a 31-0 halftime lead before barely fending off Seattle’s relentless comeback, beating the Seahawks 31-24 to advance to the NFC Championship Game.