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December 21
1951 Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement.
1975 Nineteen-year-old Bjorn Borg defeated Czech Jan Kodes, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, to clinch Sweden's first Davis Cup title.
1975 At 48, George Blanda made four point-after kicks in Oakland's 28-20 victory vs. Kansas City to end his 26-year career with 2,002 points.
1983 The Detroit Spirits of the CBA set a regular season record for personal fouls in a game with 47 against the Wisconsin Flyers.
1984 West Virginia's 6-7 center Georgeann Wells became the first woman to dunk a basketball in a game. West Virginia defeated Charleston, 110-82.
1984 Brigham Young defeated Michigan 24-17, in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego to finish its season 13-0 and won the national championship.
1994 Texas software giant John Moores purchased 80 percent of the San Diego Padres for $80 million.
1997 Detroit's Barry Sanders extended his NFL rushing record of 100-or-more yards to 14 games and became the second leading single season rusher in NFL history with 184 yards en route to a 13-10 win over the New York Jets.
1997 Cincinnati won the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl defeating Utah State, 35-19.
2003 Texas El-Paso hired Mike Price to be its football coach, less than eight months after he was fired by Alabama without ever coaching a game there.
2003 The Detroit Lions lost an NFL record 24th consecutive road game. They lost to the Carolina Panthers, 20-14.
2004 Jacksonville Jaguars safety Donovin Darius was slapped with a $75,000 fine for the vicious forearm shot he delivered to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Robert Ferguson during Jacksonville's 28-25 win.
2005 The International Tennis Federation banned Argentine star Mariano Puerta for eight years after he tested positive for a banned substance following this year's French Open final.
2008 The Detroit Lions became the first team in NFL history to start a season 0-15. They lost to the New Orleans Saints, 42-7.
2009 Kentucky demolished Drexel, 88-44, to become the first basketball program to claim its 2,000th win in NCAA history.
2009 The Cleveland Browns named Mike Holmgren president.
2010 The Connecticut women's basketball team set a Division I basketball record, winning their 89th consecutive game. They defeated Florida State, 93-62.
2011 The Chicago Bulls signed guard Derrick Rose to a five-year contract extension worth $94 million.
2011 St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis was suspended four games for violating NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.
2013 Washington State played in its first bowl game in 10 years. They lost to Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl, 48-45.
2013 Tulane played in its first bowl game in 11 years. They lost to Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl, 24-21.
Birthdays Josh Gibson (1911) - baseball player in the Negro Leagues; Chris Evert (1954) - tennis player; Florence Griffith Joyner (1959) - track star; Joe Paterno (1926) - Penn State college football coach.
As of December 20, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET