Cassius Clay captures the Light Heavyweight gold medal at the Olympics in Rome.
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Czech tennis ace Martina Navratilova asks for political asylum in New York City. She would later became an American citizen.
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John McEnroe is fined $17,500 and suspended two months for tirades at U.S. Tennis Open.
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San Francisco's Jerry Rice catches a pair of scoringpasses and runs in a 23-yard reverse to become the NFL's career touchdown leader with 127.
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Cal Ripken receives a standing ovation for over five minutes from the sellout crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as he ties Yankee legend Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games.
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Mark McGwire becomes the third player in baseball history (Babe Ruth and Roger Maris) to reach 60 home runs in a season, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0.
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Marion Jones completes an undefeated season, 35-for-35,winning the long jump and the 100 meters an hour apart at the IAAF Grand Prix Finals in Moscow.
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Alexei Yashin, who sat out an entire season in a contractdispute two years earlier, agrees to the longest deal in NHL history. The New York Islanders and the 27-year-old Russian agree to terms on a 10-year contract worth $87.5 million.
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Mike Maroth becomes the first major league pitcher in 23 years to lose 20 games in a season when Detroit loses to Toronto 8-6.
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Alicia Sacramone's floor routine rallies the UnitedStates to the world women's gymnastics title in Stuttgart, Germany.
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