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August 14, 2019

On this day…

2016 Great Britain’s Andy Murray wins the men’s tennis singles gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5 over Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina

2016 Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt wins coveted 100m Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics – first man to win the event 3 times

2010 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games opens in Singapore

1993 Reggie Jackson Day – NY Yanks retire 13th # (#44)

1990 Denver vote for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise

1987 Oakland’s Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49

1986 Phillies & Pirates play a 6 game series in 4 days

1982 Pete Rose (Phillies) 12,365 at bat sets record (passes Aaron)

1981 Phillies Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

1939 1st night games at Comiskey Park (White Sox 5, Browns 2)

1936 United States beats Canada, 19-8 in poor conditions outdoors to win the gold medal in the inaugural men’s basketball competition at the Olympics Games in Berlin

1936 American swimmers Adolph Kiefer and Al Vande Veghe quinella the 100m backstroke at the Berlin Olympics

1932 Dodger John Quinn, 49, is oldest pitcher to win a major league game

What’s new…

The Associated Press
PHOTO: Tiger Woods chips an approach shot on the 12th hole during the pro-am round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Medinah Country Club is where Tiger Woods buried that 8-foot par putt on the 17th hole in 1999 to win the PGA Championship for the first time by holding off teenage Sergio Garcia. He returned to Medinah in 2006 and won the PGA Championship again, this time making history as the only player to win multiple majors in consecutive years. “I’ve had some good memories,” Woods said. Doug Ferguson

Rafael Devers wasn’t trying to make history, it just happened.

Boston’s third baseman became the first major league player to record six hits and four doubles in the same game as the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 in 10 innings on Tuesday night.

Devers went 6 for 6 and drove in three runs as the Red Sox won after blowing a 6-1 lead. Tom Withers

Max Scherzer says he’s all set to pitch. Not in the minors. In the majors. For the Washington Nationals. As soon as possible. On the injured list for all but one game over the past five weeks because of trouble with a back muscle, the three-time Cy Young Award winner played catch at Nationals Park on Wednesday, a day after pitching the equivalent of about two innings in a simulated game, and declared himself rarin’ to go. Howard Fendrich

A tough night for the New York Mets got even worse when All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil trudged off the field in the ninth inning with a hamstring injury. McNeil was hurt while trying to beat out a grounder in a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Paul Newberry

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate III never hesitated to take a prescribed fertility drug because the doctor who wrote the prescription told him he had given it to other NFL players and it was not banned. Tom Canavan

The Baltimore Ravens will see a little bit of Aaron Rodgers on Thursday night in their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. They’ll probably just shrug: The Ravens have won 14 consecutive exhibition matches.

Which doesn’t amount to a whole lot, when you think about it. Except to John Harbaugh and his team.

“We like to win,” Harbaugh says. “The haters out there are going to have their own little snide comments. I think winning is better than losing.”

The last Baltimore loss in a game that doesn’t count was in 2015. AP

Jim Harbaugh lashed out Tuesday night at Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who said Michigan did not support a transfer’s attempt to immediately play for the Bearcats.

Harbaugh said he told Fickell months ago he wouldn’t lie about what he knew regarding the transfer of James Hudson. Larry Lage

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