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August 8, 2012

This day in sports history - August 8

WEATHERFORD —  

August 8

 

1902 — The United States, led by William Larned, beats Britain three matches to two to capture the Davis Cup.

 

1903 — Britain wins the Davis Cup by beating the United States 4-1.

 

1936 — At the Berlin Olympics, the United States finishes 1-2-3 in the men's decathlon. Glenn Morris sets a world record with 7,900 points, followed by Robert Clark and Jack Parker.

 

1945 — Harry Pownall drives Titan Hanover to a two-heat sweep to win the 20th Hambletonian Stakes.

 

1981 — Shiaway St. Pat, driven by Ray Remmen, wins the first Hambletonian Stakes run at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., in four heats.

 

1982 — Ray Floyd, who shot a record 63 in the opening round, wins the PGA Championship by three shots over Lanny Wadkins.

 

1984 — Carl Lewis sets the Olympic record in the 200 meters with a 19.80 clocking.

 

1987 — Mack Lobell, driven by John Campbell, wins the Hambletonian in straight heats with a record-smashing performance. Mack Lobell wins the second heat, and the race, by 6¼ lengths over Napoletano in 1:53 3-5, a fifth of a second off the world all-age trotting record set by Prakas in 1985.

 

1992 — The Dream Team picks up its gold medal at the Barcelona Games and Carl Lewis anchors a world-record 400-meter relay, winning his eighth gold medal in three Olympics. The U.S. basketball team beats Croatia 117-85, with the 32-point margin of victory the smallest of the Games. 

In the 400 relay, Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Dennis Mitchell and Lewis set a world record of 37.40 seconds. 

Steve Lewis anchors another world-record as the Americans win the 1,600 relay by nearly half the length of a football field. The team of Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Michael Johnson and Lewis finish in 2:55.74.

 

2001 — Damion Easley goes 6-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs as Detroit routs Texas 19-6. The Tigers tie a modern major league record by scoring 13 runs in the ninth inning.

 

2006 — Roger Goodell is chosen as the NFL's next commissioner. Favored for months to get the job, he is unanimously elected by the league's 32 owners on the fifth ballot.

 

2010 — Los Angeles Sparks forward Tina Thompson scores 23 points to become the WNBA's all-time scoring leader in a 92-83 loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars. She surpasses Lisa Leslie's career total of 6,263 points. Thompson is the last of the original WNBA players.

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