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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

1984 — In his first NFL start, Atlanta's Gerald Riggs rushes for 202 yards and scores two touchdowns as the Falcons beat New Orleans 36-28.

1995 — Frank Bruno wins a heavyweight championship in his fourth attempt registering a unanimous decision over Oliver McCall to take his WBC title in Wembley, England.

2000 — Tennessee wins its 700th football game with a 19-16 win over Southern Mississippi.

2001 — Michael Schumacher becomes the winningest driver in Formula One history, winning the Belgian Grand Prix for his 52nd career victory. Schumacher breaks the mark shared with Alain Prost and clinches his fourth world championship.

2003 — Eric Gagne sets a major league record with his 55th consecutive save in Los Angeles's 4-1 victory over Houston.

2007 — Allyson Felix becomes the second woman to win three gold medals at a single world championships meet, helping the United States to victory in the 4x400-meter relay. U.S. teammate Bernard Lagat gets a double for doing something no one had ever done at the track and field world championships. Lagat becomes the first 1,500-5,000 double winner in world championship history, biding his time in the 5,000 meters before kicking for home.

2010 — Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson is selected the WNBA's most valuable player for the third time in her career. Jackson, a 6-foot-5 forward from Australia, averaged 20.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while helping the Storm to a 28-6 record — tying the league mark for the most wins in a season.

Sept. 3

1921 — The United States defeats Japan in five straight matches to win the Davis Cup.

1932 — Ellsworth Vines wins the men's singles title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships with a three-set victory over France's Henri Cochet.

1944 — Frank Parker wins the men's singles title with a four-set victory over Bill Talbert in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships. Pauline Betz captures her third straight women's title with 6-3, 8-6 victory over Margaret Osborne.

1956 — Jockey John Longden surpasses Sir Gordon Richards' then-record number of wins by riding Arrogate to victory in the Del Mar Handicap at Del Mar Racetrack to attain his 4,871st victory.

1994 — Terry Dean of Florida tosses an NCAA record-tying seven TD passes in the first half of the Gators' 70-21 victory over New Mexico State.

1994 — Miami beats Georgia Southern 56-0, breaking an NCAA record with its 58th consecutive home victory. The Hurricanes surpass Alabama's record of 57 wins in a row at home set from 1962-82.

1995 — The Carolina Panthers lose to the Atlanta Falcons 23-20 in their first NFL game and the Jacksonville Jaguars lose their first game to the Houston Oilers 10-3.

2000 — Duce Staley rushes for 201 yards and a touchdown to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 41-14 rout of the Dallas Cowboys. Staley is the Eagles' first 200-yard runner since Steve Van Buren in 1949.

2006 — Annika Sorenstam ties the LPGA record for the lowest final-round score by a tournament winner with a 62. Down five strokes at the start of play, Sorenstam shoots 10 under for the day to finish 19 under, two strokes ahead of Cristie Kerr in the State Farm Classic.

2006 — Spain beats Greece 70-47 to win its first men's world basketball championship. Greece (8-1) advanced to its first final after a 101-95 semifinal win over the United States.

2007 — Pedro Martinez completes his comeback from major shoulder surgery, becoming the 15th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in his career. The New York Mets' right-hander fans Aaron Harang for the milestone as the Mets post a 10-4 win over Cincinnati.

2010 — Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has his suspension cut from six games to four by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, allowing him to return Oct. 17 against Cleveland.

2010 — The NHL signs off on Ilya Kovalchuk's latest contract with the New Jersey Devils, five weeks after rejecting the Russian's 17-year, $102 million deal because it violated the league's salary cap. The league approves a revised 15-year, $100 million deal after reaching an agreement with the players association on an amendment covering long-term contracts.

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