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1920 - Jack Dempsey knocks out Bill Brennan in the 12th round at Madison Square Garden to retain his world heavyweight title.
1965 - Rookie Rick Barry of the San Francisco Warriors scores 57 points in a 141-137 loss to the New York Knicks.
1982 - Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings scores his 500th goal in a 7-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.
1985 - UCLA beats American University 1-0 in the eighth overtime period, capturing the NCAA soccer title in the longest match held in the United States.
1986 - Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins sets an NFL record with the seventh 400-yard game of his career, passing for 403 yards and five touchdowns in a 37-31 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Marino hits Mark Duper with a 20-yard touchdown pass in overtime to win the game.
1991 - Desmond Howard, the nation's second-leading scorer with 23 TDs, wins the Heisman Trophy by the second-biggest margin in history. The Michigan receiver beats runner-up Casey Weldon of Florida State by 1,574 points.
1995 - The first-ever Division I-A overtime game takes place at the Las Vegas Bowl with Toledo beating Nevada 40-37.
1997 - The New York Jets equal the NFL mark for greatest turnaround in modern NFL history with their 31-0 victory over Tampa Bay. The Jets, 1-15 last season, post their ninth win of the season.
2002 - Marvin Harrison breaks Herman Moore's 1995 mark of 123 catches. By making nine receptions in a 28-23 win at Cleveland, Harrison reaches 127 with two games remaining. He also gains 172 yards, giving Harrison 1,500 yards for the second straight season, the first player with consecutive 1,500-yard seasons.
2002 - Michael Jordan matches his career low with two points as the Washington Wizards beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors. The 39-year-old Jordan shoots 1 for 9 from the field, but has nine assists and eight rebounds as he matches his season high by playing 40 minutes.
2007 - Appalachian State, which kicked off the football season with the stunning upset of Michigan, ends the season with a historic victory, becoming Division I-AA's first three-peat national champion with a 49-21 win over Delaware.
2008 - Oakland becomes the first team to lose at least 11 games in six straight seasons after the Raiders' 49-26 loss to New England. The Patriots' 35 first-half points are the most scored against Oakland since the merger in 1970.
2008 - Pittsburgh holds another team under 300 yards in beating Baltimore 13-9. The Steelers tie the 1973 Los Angeles Rams for the longest streak - 14 games to start a season - since the NFL merger in 1970.