January 15, 2020
One Big Thing:
Clemson Upsets No. 3 Duke in an ACC Conference Match-Up
Just one day after the Clemson Tigers lost their National Championship game to LSU, the Tiger basketball team (8-8) (3-3) beat the Duke Blue Devils (15-2) (5-1) 79-72 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Clemson defeated North Carolina on Saturday evening in Chapel Hill and it marked the first win on the road against the Tar Heels in program history.
Down 62-59 with six minutes left, Clemson proceeded to go on a 20-10 run to finish the game.
Clemson had three players in double figures, Aamir Simms (25) (10-of-15 shooting), Tevin Mack (22) (10-of-14 shooting) and John Newman III (14). Simms and Mack both grabbed 9 rebounds each.
Duke also had three players in double figures. Vernon Carey Jr. (20), Tre Jones (17) and Cassius Stanley (14). Carey Jr. had 7 rebound for the game.
The Blue Devils will have a chance to rebound Saturday night, as No. 11 Louisville will come to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a top-15 clash.
On This Day:
1892 Basketball rules first published in Triangle Magazine, written by James Naismith
1934 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, nearing end of illustrious career, signs a 1-year contract worth $35,000; represents a pay cut of $17,000 for “The Babe”
1939 1st NFL All Star Game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: New York Giants beat All America All-Stars, 13-10
1942 Chicago Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley Field because of military’s need for materials; takes 35 years before lights finally installed at the venerable ballpark
1942 US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sends his famed “Green Light Letter” to MLB Commissioner Judge Landis, encouraging baseball to continue playing during World War II
1957 7th NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 109-97; MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG
1957 Brooklyn Dodgers extend their 5-year lease on Ebbets Field by signing a new 3-year lease with real estate developer Marvin Kratter; club moves to Los Angeles the next year
1958 New York Yankees announce that 140 MLB games to be televised on WPIX TV this season in a deal worth over $1 million dollars
1964 MLB executives vote to hold a free agent amateur draft, officially known as Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in NYC
1964 San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract
1965 One of the biggest trades in NBA history; San Francisco Warriors send Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash
1978 Super Bowl XII, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10; MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
1979 Happy Birthday Drew Brees, American football quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 2009, New Orleans Saints; 13 x Pro Bowl; 7 × NFL passing yards leader), born in Austin, Texas
1986 Montreal’s rookie goaltender Patrick Roy records his first of 66 career NHL shutouts, in the Canadiens’ 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum
1987 Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by ‘The Sporting News’ and Athlete of the Year by ‘Associated Press’; first time one athlete gains both distinctions
1988 NFL analyst Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder makes several questionable comments about African Americans during a lunchtime interview on CBS’ NFL Today; fired the next day
1990 Golden State coach Don Nelson becomes 2nd man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games both as a player and coach (joining Lenny Wilkens) as the Warriors lose to the Indiana Pacers, 144-105
1997 Controversial Chicago Bulls’ forward Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin during a game against Minnesota Timberwolves; ultimately pays Amos $200,000 settlement, and is suspended for 11 games without pay
2000 Utah’s Jerry Sloan becomes 12th coach in NBA history to reach the 700-victory plateau when the Jazz defeat the LA Clippers, 112-75 at the Delta Center, Salt Lake City
2013 Happy Birthday “Gomer Pyle” actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle
2014 LA Dodgers sign pitcher Clayton Kershaw to the biggest deal in baseball history, a 7-year, $215 million package averaging $30.7 million per season
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