This day in sports history

By Compiled By Paul Montella

Associated Press

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

2007 — Jeremy Wariner leads an American sweep of the medals in the 400 meters at the track and field world championships. Wariner wins in a personal best 43.45 seconds, with LaShawn Merritt taking silver and Angelo Taylor getting bronze. It's the first medal sweep for any country in the men's 400 at the world championships.

2010 — BYU announces it's leaving the Mountain West Conference and will go independent in football while joining the West Coast Conference in all other sports in the 2011-2012 school year.

Sept. 1

1923 — The United States wins its fourth consecutive Davis Cup by beating Australia four matches to one.

1946 — Patty Berg wins the U.S. Women's Open golf title by beating Betty Jameson in the final round.

1973 — George Foreman knocks out Jose Roman at 2:00 of the first round in Tokyo to retain the heavyweight title.

1975 — Tom Seaver strikes out Manny Sanguillen in the seventh inning to become the first pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in eight consecutive seasons. Seaver records 10 strikeouts in the Mets' 3-0 triumph over Pittsburgh.

1984 — Willie Totten of Mississippi Valley State passes for a Division I-AA record 536 yards and nine touchdowns in a 86-0 rout of Kentucky State. Jerry Rice catches 17 passes for 294 yards and five touchdowns and breaks his own Division I-AA record for receiving yards.

1989 — Chris Evert becomes the first 100-match winner in 108 years of U.S. tennis championships. Evert, playing her final U.S. Open, beat Patricia Tarabini 6-2, 6-4.

1996 — Kenya's Daniel Komen lowers the world record in the 3,000 meters by more than four seconds in the Rieti Grand Prix II. Komen, who set the two-mile record in July, finishes in 7 minutes, 20.67 seconds, breaking the mark of 7:25.11 set by Noureddine Morceli in 1994.

1998 — Mark McGwire breaks Hack Wilson's 68-year-old National League record for home runs in a season, hitting his 56th and 57th in the St. Louis Cardinals' victory over the Florida Marlins.

2001 — Iowa's Aaron Greving ties an NCAA record by scoring touchdowns on three consecutive carries in a 51-0 victory over Kent State.

2007 — Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32. Julian Rauch's 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds left puts the Mountaineers ahead of the Wolverines and Corey Lynch blocks a field goal in the final seconds to seal one of college football's biggest upsets.

2007 — Clay Buchholz throws a no-hitter in his second major league start, just hours after being called up by the Boston Red Sox. Buchholz strikes out nine, walks three and hits one batter to give the Red Sox a 10-0 victory over Baltimore.

2010 — Victoria Azarenka, seeded 10th, pauses about a half-hour into her second-round match at the U.S. Open, then staggers, stumbles and collapses to the court. She retires from the match. Tests show she has a mild concussion after banging her head in the gym while warming up before the match.

2010 — The Big Ten announces its divisional breakdown for football when the league expands to 12 members in 2011. The six-team division break down is: Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern in one; Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue and Indiana in the other.

Sept. 2

1908 — Tommy Burns knocks out Bill Lang in the sixth round in Melbourne for his last successful defense of his heavyweight title.

1940 — Byron Nelson wins the PGA by beating Sam Snead 1-up at the Hershey Country Club in Pennsylvania.

1945 — Frank Parker wins the men's singles title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships by beating Bill Talbert. Sarah Palfrey Cooke beats Pauline Betz for the women's title.

1984 — Phil Simms passes for 409 yards, including 306 in the first half, and four touchdowns to lead the New York Giants to a 28-27 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

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