AP Sportlight…Drag Racer Antron Brown becomes first Black NHRA champion

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Antron Brown (AP Photo/File)

 

Compiled by Paul Montella

Nov. 11

2012 – Antron Brown becomes the first Black champion in any NHRA pro series when he wins the Top Fuel title at the season-ending event. Brown suffers minor burns to his hands when his engine pops in an opening-round loss during eliminations, then waits to celebrate his victory until the final, when teammate Tony Schumacher loses in a photo finish to Brandon Bernstein.

1911 – Carlisle Indian School of Carlisle, Pa., led by Jim Thorpe, beats nationally ranked Harvard 18-15 before 25,000 in Cambridge, Mass. Thorpe scores all the points for Carlisle, a touchdown, extra point and four field goals.

1939 – Texas Tech and Centenary (La.) play to a 0-0 tie in a torrential downpour in Shreveport, La. There are an NCAA-record 77 punts in the game (39 by Tech and 38 by Centenary).

1978 – Eddie Lee Ivery rushes for 356 yards to lead Georgia Tech to a 42-21 victory over Air Force.

1981 – The Minnesota North Stars score eight goals in the second period of a 15-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

1995 – Eddie George rushes for a school-record 314 yards on 36 carries and scores three TDs as Ohio State routs Illinois 41-3.

1995 – Hakeem Olajuwon scores 21 points to become the 21st NBA player to compile 20,000 career points as the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-97.

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Lennox Lewis (AP Photo/File)

2000 – Lennox Lewis wins a unanimous 12-round decision over David Tua in Las Vegas to retain his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.

2001 – In his sixth career start, Shaun Alexander has 266 yards rushing on 35 carries and an 88-yard touchdown run as Seattle beats AFC West-leading Oakland 34-27. It’s the fourth-best rushing game in NFL history.

2002 – The Oakland Raiders, behind record-setting performances, beat the Denver Broncos 34-10. Rich Gannon completes 21 straight passes and Jerry Rice becomes the first player to score 200 career touchdowns.

2004 – Earl Boykins, at 5-foot-5, becomes the smallest player in NBA history to reach 30 points, scoring a career-high 32 in Denver’s 117-109 victory over Detroit.

2006 – Michael Redd scores 57 points to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record of 55, but Matt Harpring makes a layup with 1.8 seconds left to give the Utah Jazz a 113-111 win over Milwaukee.

2006 – Wladimir Klitschko stuns Calvin Brock with a sharp left, then finished him off with a thunderous right late in the seventh round to successfully defend his IBF heavyweight title in New York.

2006 – Wake Forest beats Florida State 30-0 to become the first team to shutout the Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Bobby Bowden’s 31 seasons as coach.

2007 – Brett Favre joins Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to throw for 60,000 yards in a career during the second quarter of Green Bay’s 34-0 win over Minnesota.

2007 – Jacksonville’s Fred Taylor becomes the 21st running back in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing with a 15-yard carry in the first quarter of the Jaguars’ 28-13 win over Tennessee.

2008 – Jockey Julien Leparoux has a record-tying day at Churchill Downs. The 25-year-old Frenchman ties Hall of Famer Pat Day’s track record with seven wins. Day set the record on June 20, 1984.

2008 – Jordan Staal scores a hat trick in the third period and sets up Ruslan Fedotenko’s goal with 1:11 left in overtime, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-6 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

2011 – Faulkner defeats Union (Ky.) 95-89 in triple overtime to set an NAIA football record. The 184 combined points, smashes the previous mark of 141 set in 1994 when Southwestern (Kan.) defeated Sterling (Kan.) 79-62.

2012 – Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez catches the 100th TD pass of his career, a 2-yarder from Matt Ryan in the Falcons 31-27 loss at New Orleans. He adds another score on a 6-yard pass and becomes the first tight end with 100 TD receptions. Ryan is 34 of 52 for 411 yards and three touchdowns.

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