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  1. Summer Games: Athens to Rio

    Lizzie Haldane

    Today, on the first official day of summer, we have some extra time in the sun for fun and games. But speaking of games, the first modern Summer Olympic Games were held in Athens on April 6, 1896. It is believed that 14 nations were represented. By c...

    Blog | June 21, 2013
  2. Need a bigger boat?

    Lizzie Haldane

    The blockbuster "Jaws" was released on this date in 1975, and it soon became the highest-grossing film in history at that time, making around $471 million at the box office. Several sports stars who are known by the scary nickname have cashed in as w...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  3. Birth of national pastime

    Lizzie Haldane

    If you've enjoyed any peanuts or cracker jack at the old ball game recently, you should probably tip your cap to Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. On this date in 1846, the first officially recorded baseball game in America was played in Hoboken, N.J., us...

    Blog | June 19, 2013
  4. Happy Birthday, Venus Williams

    Lizzie Haldane

    Happy 33rd birthday to a woman who has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals. Venus Williams, who was born on this day in 1980 in Lynwood, Calif., has won seven majors in singles, 13 in women's doubles and two in mixed. Throug...

    Blog | June 17, 2013
  5. Fast forward to future fairways

    Lizzie Haldane

    Today the golf world focuses on birthday boy Phil Mickelson and the final round of the U.S. Open at Merion in Ardmore, Pa. We fast forward 11 days and shift our focus 200 miles northeast to Southampton, N.Y., when the U.S. Women's Open will be held a...

    Blog | June 16, 2013
  6. First gold on the greens

    Lizzie Haldane

    Today we honor Margaret Ives Abbott, the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal - even if she never knew it. Playing in a nine-hole tournament in 1900 in Paris with her mother, she shot a 47 and won the cup. As the story goes, the 1900 Pa...

    Blog | June 15, 2013
  7. Birthday flashback: Steffi Graf

    Lizzie Haldane

    Only one person has ever won the Golden Slam in a single calendar year -- and that is birthday girl Steffi Graf. Today, she celebrates her 44th, but 25 years ago, in 1988, she was busy hoisting up trophies at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbled...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  8. The First Lady of Drag Racing

    Lizzie Haldane

    On this date in 1976, Shirley Muldowney became the first woman to win an NHRA Professional event when rolled to the title at the Spring Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. She qualified No. 1 with a low elapsed time of 6.03 seconds and a top speed of 249.30...

    Blog | June 13, 2013
  9. Hall's open-and-shut case

    Lizzie Haldane

    The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors for the first time on this date back in 1939. The 300 elected inductees include 208 former major leaguers, 35 Negro leaguers, 28 pioneers or executives, 19 managers and 10 umpires. Of tho...

    Blog | June 12, 2013
  10. Gifted players share birthday

    Lizzie Haldane

    Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore celebrate their birthdays today -- Taurasi turns 31 and Moore turns 24. Both played for the UConn Huskies and together, but separately, have won a total of five NCAA championsh...

    Blog | June 11, 2013
  11. Basket case at U.S. Open

    Lizzie Haldane

    The 113th edition of the U.S. Open begins today at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., with practice rounds for the players. It will be the 18th USGA championship hosted by Merion -- including four U.S. Women's Amateur championships -- more than any ot...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  12. Hall welcomes six legends, Flying Queens

    Lizzie Haldane

    There's plenty to celebrate as the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame tips off its 2013 induction weekend in Knoxville, Tenn., especially since the next couple of days will double as the 15th anniversary of the HOF's existence. Not only will six legends...

    Blog | June 07, 2013
  13. Shanshan Feng going for repeat feat

    Lizzie Haldane

    The second major of the 2013 LPGA season, the LPGA Championship, tees off today at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. In 2012, Shanshan Feng, at 22 years old, became the first player from mainland China to win on the LPGA Tour. This year, sh...

    Blog | June 06, 2013
  14. Julie Krone's Belmont triumph

    Lizzie Haldane

    Back on this date in 1993, jockey Julie Krone became the first and only woman to win a Triple Crown race, capturing the Belmont Stakes while riding Colonial Affair. In 2000 Krone became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Thoroughbre...

    Blog | June 05, 2013
  15. Remembering a legend

    Lizzie Haldane

    It's hard to believe that it's been three years since former UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden died at the age of 99. Today, we honor the man known as the Wizard of Westwood, who won 10 NCAA national championships in a 12-year period and led th...

    Blog | June 04, 2013
  16. Big day for Abby Wambach

    Lizzie Haldane

    Abby Wambach is hoping that her 33rd birthday is just one of many things she celebrates today. The striker and her national-team teammates take on Canada today for the first time since their epic clash in the semifinals of the Olympics last summer. W...

    Blog | June 02, 2013