January 18

1938 – Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. His 90 shutouts are second on the all-time list behind Walter Johnson and his 16 shutouts in 1916 are still the major league record.

1958 – Canadian-born Willie O’Ree becomes the first black NHL player for the Boston Bruins.

1972 – Jerry West of the Lakers, hits a 20-foot jumper at the last second to lead the West team to a 112-110 NBA All-Star victory over the East, as he wins the MVP award.

1973 – Orlando Cepeda becomes the first player signed specifically to be a designated hitter. He signed with the Boston Red Sox a week after the designated hitter rule was approved.

1976 – Pittsburgh wins the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. Terry Bradshaw’s 64-yard touchdown pass on the interception of Lynn Swann and Glen Edwards on the last play of the game gives the Steelers a 21-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Swann, with four receptions for 161 yards, is the game’s MVP.

1992 – Brett Hull scores twice with help from teammate Wayne Gretzky to lead the Campbell Conference to a 10-6 win over the Wales Conference in the NHL All-Star Game.

1996 – Baseball owners break with more than a century of tradition by unanimously approving interleague play in 1997. 2003 – Michelle Kwan wins her sixth consecutive title, and seventh overall, at the US Figure Skating Championships. Michael Weiss, despite splashing on his quad lutz, quad toe on two feet and not having done a triple axel the entire competition, won his third US men’s title.

2004 – The New England Patriots win their second trip to the Super Bowl in three seasons by beating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the AFC Championship Game. The Philadelphia Eagles are one Super Bowl win away for the third straight year as the Carolina Panthers post a 14-3 win.

2005 – Earl Boykins breaks the NBA record for points in overtime, scoring 15 of Denver’s 21 points in extra period as the Nuggets beat the Seattle SuperSonics 116-110. The 5-foot-5 guard, the smallest player in the league, broke the overtime record of 14 points set by Indiana’s Butch Carter against Boston on March 20, 1984.

2011 – Kim Clijsters begins her Australian Open run with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to three-time Grand Slam finalist and former No. 1-ranked player Dinara Safina. It is the first time that a woman who was once the highest ranked player in the world has lost by this score.

2014 – NBA fines Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $100,000 for confronting referees and using inappropriate language towards them after the Mavericks lost a 17-point lead in the final 5 minutes of the match. a 129-127 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on January 15.

2015 – Russell Wilson hits Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown at 3:19 in overtime to lead the Seattle Seahawks to an unlikely 28-22 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game. Overplayed much of the game and plagued by five turnovers, the Seahawks trail 16-7 with 2:09 remaining.

2015 – Tom Brady throws for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount runs for three more to lead the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl with a 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

2016 – Duke, after losing three of its last five games, falls out of the Associated Press women’s basketball poll after 312 straight weeks. The Blue Devils entered on November 29, 1999. It’s the third-longest streak in poll history since the rankings began in 1976.

January 19

1937 – Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker and Cy Young are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in the second year of voting.

1952 — The Professional Golfers’ Association approves black participation in golf tournaments.

1972 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the youngest player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame at 36. Yogi Berra and Early Wynn are also elected.

1974 – UCLA’s 88-game winning streak is snapped when Notre Dame overcomes an 11-point deficit in the 3:32 Finals to win 71-70. With 29 seconds remaining, Dwight Clay’s jump shot from the right corner gave the Irish the lead.

1992 – John Cook is the first golfer in PGA history to hit back-to-back holes to win a playoff after beating Gene Sauers in the Bob Hope Classic.

2004 – Colorado’s Milan Hejduk scores on a penalty shot after 59 seconds of overtime to give the Avalanche a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. This is the third time an NHL game has ended on a penalty shot in overtime.

2005 – LeBron James becomes the youngest player (20 years, 20 days) in NBA history to record a triple-double, with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Cleveland’s 107-101 win over Portland.

2006 — Irina Slutskaya wins her seventh European figure skating title, breaking the record she shared with Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie.

2008 – Bode Miller wins the downhill at the traditional Hahnenkamm World Cup races to become the most successful American skier of all time with 28 World Cup victories, overtaking Phil Mahre.

2012 – Serena Williams enters the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova for her 500th career victory.

2014 – Peyton Manning passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns to lead Denver to a 26-16 win over New England and send the Broncos to their first trip to the Super Bowl in 15 years.

2014 – Russell Wilson throws a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and Seattle’s top-ranked defense forces two late turnovers, lifting the Seahawks into their second Super Bowl with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

2015 — Lindsey Vonn wins a super-G for her record 63rd World Cup victory. The American breaks Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a clear run on the Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, finishing a whopping 0.85 ahead Austrian Anna Fenninger.

2017 – Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is beaten 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 by wild card entry Denis Istomin in a second-round match. Djokovic, ranked No. 2, had won five of the previous six titles at Melbourne Park and six in total, and had never dropped a set in the previous six encounters against Istomin.

January 20

1891 — The International YMCA in Springfield, Mass. is the site of the first official basketball game. Peach baskets were used, but it wasn’t until 1905 that someone removed the bottom of the baskets.

1937 — Nels Stewart of the New York Americans becomes the NHL’s leading scorer with his 270th goal in a 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

1952 – George Mikan scores a career-high 61 points to lead the Minneapolis Lakers to a 91-81 double-overtime victory over the Rochester Royals.

1966 – Longtime Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Williams was a two-time Triple Crown winner, two-time MVP and the last player to reach over .400 – despite losing five years of Marine Corps service.

1968 – Elvin Hayes scores 39 points to lead Houston to a 71-69 win and end UCLA’s 47-game winning streak. A regular season record 52,693 fans attended the game at the Astrodome in Houston.

1970 – Cincinnati’s Tom Van Arsdale and Phoenix’s Dick Van Arsdale are the first brothers to play in the same NBA All-Star game. Dick scores eight points for the West team, while Tom scores five for the East, which wins the game 142-135 in Philadelphia.

1980 – President Carter announces that the US Olympic team will not participate in the Moscow Summer Olympics in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the previous month.

1980 – Terry Bradshaw passes for 309 yards and sets two passing records to help the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 to become the first team to win four Super Bowls.

1985 – Joe Montana passes for a Super Bowl record 331 yards and three touchdowns to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 38-16 win over the Miami Dolphins. Roger Craig scores a record three touchdowns.

1996 – Rudy Galindo, in the biggest upset in decades, wins the US Figure Skating Championships, earning two perfect scores along the way.

2001 – Alan Webb of South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia becomes the first American prep runner to break four minutes for the indoor mile, clocking 3:59.86 at the New Balance Games in New York.

2002 — Steve Yzerman becomes the ninth player in NHL history to collect 1,000 assists, thanks to Mathieu Dandenault’s game-winning goal when Detroit beats Ottawa 3-2 in overtime.

2008 – Despite a faltering Tom Brady, the New England Patriots are too much for the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship Game, earning a 21-12 victory that sends them to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven seasons.

2008 – Lawrence Tynes, who missed a 36-yard field goal at the end of regulation following a poor snap, nails a 47-yard overtime shot to give the New York Giants a 23-20 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship at Lambeau Domaine. The Giants win their 10th straight on the road in the third-coldest league game ever.

2013 – San Francisco’s Frank Gore runs for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebound from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC Championship Game.

2013 – Joe Flacco defeats Tom Brady, throwing three second-half touchdown passes and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 win over the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship.

2016 – Kathryn Smith is promoted by the Buffalo Bills to take over as Special Teams Quality Control Coach, making her the NFL’s first full-time coach.

2017 – Henrik Sedin scored his 1,000th career point before Luca Sbisa scored the game-winning goal early in the third period to help Vancouver beat Florida 2-1. Sedin converted a pass from his twin brother Daniel on a 2-on-1 run for his 11th goal of the season. Henrik Sedin became the 85th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points and the 38th to accomplish the feat with a franchise.