Sports History

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Sept. 12

1935 - Wilmer Allison beats Sidney Wood in three sets to win the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship.

1936 - Fred Perry becomes the first foreign player to win three U.S. men's singles titles when he defeats Don Budge, 2-6, 6-2, 8-6, 1-6, 10-8. Alice Marble ends the four-year reign of Helen Jacobs as U.S. women's singles champion, with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory.

1966 - Australia's Fred Stolle beats countryman John Newcombe to win the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships. Brazil's Maria Bueno wins her fourth title with a victory over Nancy Richey.

1976 - Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg in four sets to win the U.S. Open.

1981 - Tracy Austin wins her second U.S. Open singles title, edging first-time finalist Martina Navratilova, 1-6, 7-6, 7-6.

1982 - Jimmy Connors wins the U.S. Open for the first time since 1978, defeating Ivan Lendl, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

1987 - Martina Navratilova wins her second straight and fourth overall U.S. Open singles title with 7-6, 6-1 win over Steffi Graf.

1992 - Monica Seles wins her second straight U.S. Open singles title, defeating Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, 6-3, 6-3.

1993 - Miami's Dan Marino becomes the fourth player in NFL history to reach the 40,000-yard mark with 286 yards passing in a 24- 14 loss to the New York Jets. Marino joins Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts and John Unitas.

1993 - Pete Sampras beats Cedric Pioline, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, to win his second U.S. Open singles title. Pioline is the first Frenchman since Henri Cochet in 1932 to reach the singles final at the U.S. Championships/U.S. Open.

1995 - The Harlem Globetrotters' 24-year, 8,829-game winning streak is stopped. It ends in a 91-85 loss to a team led by basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who scores 34 points in a competitive, unscripted game in Vienna.

1998 - Joe Paterno becomes the sixth college coach to reach the 300-victory plateau, with Penn State's 48-3 victory over Bowling Green. Paterno joins Bear Bryant (323 wins), Pop Warner (319) and Amos Alonzo Stagg (314) as the only major-college coaches to reach the mark.

1998 - Lindsay Davenport captures her first Grand Slam tournament singles title, defeating Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-5 at the U.S. Open. Davenport is the first American-born woman to win the U.S. Open since Chris Evert won the last of her six singles titles in 1982.

1999 - Andre Agassi comes back from two-sets-to-one down to win his second U. …