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August 22, 2019

On this day…

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PHOTO: The Sun UK

2008 The Jamaican team led by Usain Bolt smashes the world 4 x 100m relay record in the final at the Beijing Olympics; disqualified in 2017 as Nesta Carter tests positive for prohibited substance

2007 The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history

1994 DNA testing links O.J. Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman

1989 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)

1984 Met pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200

1965 San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marachal hits LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl

1960 Gil Hodges set NL righty HR record with #352

1957 Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

What’s new in the sports world…

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PHOTO: From Wikipedia

ESPN paid for installing permanent lighting at Michigan Stadium. Details of the deal have never been disclosed, but at the time the lights were installed, university officials cited the project cost $1.8 million. (READ MORE)

The modern reality of amateur basketball which both the NCAA and federal prosecutors have attempted to “clean up” is clear in a couple lines of text messages buried deep within some 300 pages of exhibits filed Friday in federal court on behalf of lawyer Michael Avenatti. (READ MORE)

This year, about 1.6 million official sports highlights viewed on platforms ranging from Twitter, NBA.com to Instagram, to name only a few, will be generated by a small Israeli company that deploys artificial intelligence to do a job that once took teams of video editors. The story behind that company, WSC Sports, is almost as wild, if not more so, than many of the plays its technology now delivers to fans around the globe. (READ MORE)

WWE has struck a deal to move its “NXT” franchise focusing on rising stars to USA Network starting next month. “NXT” will shift to USA from the WWE Network subscription streaming service as of Sept. 18. The deal comes as USA is about to lose WWE’s “SmackDown” showcase to Fox starting in October. (READ MORE)

Most assumed the Los Angeles Lakers would be hurting for depth given their salary cap situation and how long they waited around just for Kawhi Leonard to leave them hanging. No one, however, could’ve predicted they’d suffer another wound literally in a harmless August gym session. (READ MORE)

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology continue to grow their influence in the league. Last week, the Dallas Mavericks became the second team in the NBA to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment for tickets and merchandise. (READ MORE)

The Boston Celtics became one of the first franchises in the NBA to take advantage of the pilot sponsorship programme by signing a three-year deal worth US$7 million a season with GE in 2017, but could end that deal ‘as soon as this season’, according to the report. (READ MORE)

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PHOTO: Talk Sports

Former UFC bantamweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer, Ronda Rousey, paid respect to women’s strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade, and title challenger, Weili Zhang, ahead of their title fight next Saturday. (READ MORE)

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