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This day in sports history

By Compiled By Paul Montella

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Aug. 26 2011 10:16 p.m. MDT

2007 — Tyson Gay completes a sprint double at the world championships when he wins the 200 meters in 19.76 seconds. Gay's time breaks the meet record of 19.79 set 12 years ago by American Michael Johnson in Goteborg, Sweden. Gay, who beat world record holder Asafa Powell in the 100, joins Maurice Greene (1999) and Justin Gatlin (2005) as the only male athletes to have won sprint doubles at the championships.

2009 — For the second straight year, the U.S. Amateur crowns the youngest champion in a history that dates to 1895. Byeong Hun-An defeats Clemson senior Ben Martin 7 and 5 in the 36-hole final. An, who turns 18 on Sept. 17 and is the second straight champion born in South Korea, is about a month and a half younger than Danny Lee was when he broke Tiger Woods' record last year to become the U.S. Amateur's youngest champion. Lee was 18 years, 1 month old when he won.

2010 — The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspends sprinter Mark Jelks for two years after violating the doping agency's rules governing out-of-competition tests. Jelks fails twice to file a quarterly notice of his location and misses a test during an 18-month period, prompting the ban.

Aug. 31

1895 — The first professional football game is played at Latrobe, Pa., between Latrobe and Jeannette, Pa. Latrobe pays $10 to quarterback John Brallier for expenses.

1934 — The Chicago Bears and the College All-Stars played to a 0-0 tie before 79,432 in the first game of this series.

1950 — Brooklyn's Gil Hodges ties a major league record by hitting Boston Brave pitching for four homers in the Dodgers' 19-3 rout. Hodges also added a single for 17 total bases.

1955 — Nashua, ridden by Eddie Arcaro, goes wire-to-wire to defeat Swaps, ridden by Bill Shoemaker in a match race at Washington Park. Nashua's victory avenges his second-place finish, behind Swaps, in the 1955 Kentucky Derby.

1959 — Australia beats the defending champion United States 3-2 to take the Davis Cup.

1970 — The United States sweeps West Germany 5-0 to capture the Davis Cup.

1984 — Pinklon Thomas wins a 12-round decision over Tim Witherspoon in Las Vegas to win the WBC heavyweight title.

1985 — Prakas, driven by Bill O'Donnell, sets a trotting mile record with a clocking of 1:53 2-5 at Du Quoin, Ill.

1985 — Angel Cordero Jr., 42, becomes the third rider in history behind Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr. to have his mounts earn $100 million, while riding at Belmont Park.

1991 — Houston quarterback David Klingler sets an NCAA record with six touchdown passes in the second quarter as the Cougars pound Louisiana Tech 73-3.

1996 — Oklahoma State becomes the first Division I-A team to win a regular-season overtime game, avoiding an embarrassing loss to Division I-AA Southwest Missouri State, when David Thompson's 13-yard touchdown run gives the Cowboys a 23-20 win.

1997 — Eddie George rushes for 216 yards, the second best opening-day NFL performance, in helping Tennessee past Oakland 24-21 in overtime.

1999 — The U.S. Open loses two-time defending champion Patrick Rafter because of injury. Rafter, bothered by a right shoulder injury, retires after Cedric Pioline broke his serve in the opening game of the fifth set. It's the first time a defending champion — man or woman — loses in the first round in the history of this Grand Slam tournament going back to 1881.

2001 — Pitcher Danny Almonte who dominated the Little League World Series with his 70 mph fastballs is ruled ineligible after government records experts determine he actually is 14, and that birth certificates showing he was two years younger are false. The finding nullifies all the victories by his Bronx, N.Y., team, the Rolando Paulino Little League All-Stars.

2004 — Omar Vizquel is 6-for-7 to tie the American League record for hits for a nine-inning game in Cleveland's 22-0 victory over the New York Yankees. The 22-0 beating, is the largest loss in the history of the Yankees' organization.

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