Today In Sporting History

Posted: December 3, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. It was today in 1997 when Golden State Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, four-year, $32 million, contract was terminated for attacking his coach P J Carlesimo. And in  On October 31, 2004, the Minnesota Timberwolves offered Sprewell a 3 year, $21 million contract extension, substantially less than what his then-current contract paid him. Insulted, he publicly vented his outrage, declaring, “I have a family to feed.”And turned down the offer.

1961 Anton Geesink of Netherlands becomes 1st not-Japanese judo world champion after defeating Akio Kaminaga in front of his home crowd.

1967 Australian long distance runner Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:09:36.4) at Fukuoka Marathon. The first marathon race ever run in less than two hours and ten minutes.

1995 84th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Moscow (3-2)

1995 Englishman Jack Russell takes 11 catches in Test Cricket vs South Africa, a record.

Two days before his fourteenth birthday, he saw a catch on television: McCosker caught Knott bowled Greig, Headingley 1977. Russell himself has commented: “Low down, one handed, across first slip. Brilliant. I thought then that I would like to be able to do that. That’s where it started, that was the inspiration to be a wicket keeper. Never underestimate the power of Television.  



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