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AP Sportlight

Published:   |   Updated: September 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

1922 The United States beats Australia 4-1 to capture the Davis Cup for the third straight year.

1938 Don Budge leads the United States to a 3-2 victory over Australia in the Davis Cup final.

1939 Australia beats the United States to win the Davis Cup. Adrian Quist and John Bromwich post victories over Bobby Riggs and Frank Parker.

1943 Joseph Hunt wins the men's title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships with a four-set victory over Jack Kramer.

1949 Pancho Gonzalez captures his second consecutive men's singles title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships. Gonzalez needs 67 games the most ever in a final to defeat Ted Schroeder, 16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Mary Osborne du Pont defeats Doris Hart 6-4, 6-1 for the women's title.

1950 Arthur Larsen wins the men's title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships and Mary Osborne du Pont wins the women's title for the third straight year.

1951 Sixteen-year-old Maureen Connolly wins the U.S. women's singles title with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Shirley Fry.

1975 Eighteen-year-old Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia loses to Chris Evert in the U.S. Open women's semifinals, then appears at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service office in New York and asks for political asylum.

1989 Chris Evert's illustrious career ends in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open when she blows a 5-2 first-set lead and is beaten 7-6, 6-2 by Zina Garrison. Evert's record at the U.S. Open is 101-12 and she finishes her career with a match record of 1,304-145 and 18 Grand Slam titles.

1993 Noureddine Morceli of Algeria breaks the world record in the mile by almost 2 seconds with a time of 3 minutes, 44.39 seconds in the Rieti Invitational. Britain's Steve Cram set the previous mark of 3:46.32 in 1985 at Oslo, Norway.

1994 San Francisco's Jerry Rice catches a pair of scoring passes and runs in a 23-yard reverse to become the NFL's career touchdown leader with 127.

1998 Mark McGwire becomes the third player in baseball history to reach 60 home runs, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0. He joins Babe Ruth and Roger Maris with 60 homers in a single season.

1998 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.

2001 Alexei Yashin, who sat out an entire season in a contract dispute 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.

2002 There are no medals for the United States at the World Championships. In yet another stunning outcome, Yugoslavia comes back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and defeats the U.S. team 81-78. After going 58-0 using NBA players in international competitions, the Americans lose two straight.

2003 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. Maroth (6-20) allows eight runs and nine hits in three-plus innings. Oakland's Brian Kingman went 8-20 in 1980.

2007 Alicia Sacramone's floor routine rallies the United States to the world women's gymnastics title in Stuttgart, Germany. The Americans finishes with 184.4 points, beating defending champion China by .95 for their second world title, and the first won on foreign soil.

2009 Iowa blocks two field goals in the closing seconds to hold off lower-division Northern Iowa 17-16.

2009 Three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra became the first female ever to win the Grade I Woodward Stakes when she held off Macho Again by a head at Saratoga.

2011 Antron Brown becomes the first NHRA racer to win the U.S. Nationals in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle, beating Del Worsham in the Top Fuel final. Brown beats Worsham with a run of 3.813 seconds at 321.73 mph. Brown, five-time winner this season, completes a successful transition to Top Fuel from Pro Stock Motorcycle in 2008.

2013 Denver's Peyton Manning ties an NFL record with seven touchdown passes against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to lead the Broncos to a 49-27 win in the season opener. Manning becomes the sixth player to throw for that many, and the first since Joe Kapp on Sept. 28, 1969. Manning, who was 27 of 42 for 462 yards with no interceptions, also ties Brett Favre's NFL record with his 23rd career game with at least four TD throws, and Drew Brees' mark with his seventh career five-TD performance.

2013 Bob and Mike Bryan have their run to a Grand Slam stopped at the U.S. Open, losing their semifinal match to Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in three sets. The Bryan brothers had won four straight Grand Slam titles, 28 straight matches in all, since losing in the 2012 Wimbledon semifinals. They also won an Olympic gold medal last year.

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