Ballgames

Sports events of 1985


Nov. 24: The British Columbia Lions win their first Canadian Football League Grey Cup in 21 years by beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-24.



Nov. 24: Quarterback Steve Young makes his NFL debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rallying the team from 10 points down in an eventual 19-16 overtime win over the Detroit Lions.

Nov. 23: Michigan defeats rival Ohio State, 27-17, at Michigan Stadium, behind three touchdown passes by quarterback Jim Harbaugh.

Nov. 22: The University of Miami plays its first regular season men's basketball game since 1971 after reviving its program. The Hurricanes beat The Citadel, 85-77.

Nov. 19: The NBA's leading scorer, Alex English, scores a career-high 54 points for the Denver Nuggets in a 127-113 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Nov. 18: Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann's leg is fractured on a sack by the Giants' Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson. The graphic injury was shown on Monday Night Football and ended Theismann's career. He had played in the previous 163 games for Washington.

Nov. 17: The Raiders' Marcus Allen eclipses 1,000 yards in a season for the third consecutive season, in a 13-6 victory over the Bengals. It's the earliest he reaches the milestone and he ends the season with a personal record 1,759 yards. But it's also the last time he runs for 1,000 yards in a season.


Nov. 17: Ken O'Brien throws for five touchdown passes as the New York Jets set a still-standing team record for most points in a game with a 62-28 victory over the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Nov. 17: The Denver Broncos win a game in overtime against the San Diego Chargers when Charger kicker Bob Thomas' field goal attempt is blocked by Dennis Smith and picked up by cornerback Louie Wright, who runs 60 yards for the winning touchdown. It's the first time in NFL history that a game ended that way and it's only been repeated once since (the Ravens ran back the winner on a blocked kick against the Browns in 2015). 

Nov. 13: Boxer Mike Tyson goes to 11-0 for his career with a knockout of Eddie Richardson in the first round. It is his first fight without trainer Cus D'Amato, who had died nine days earlier. 

Nov. 11: The Denver Broncos prevail over the San Francisco 49ers, 17-16, on Monday Night Football during the infamous "snowball game". With 17 seconds left in the first half, the 49ers lined up for a 19-yard field goal. But as holder Matt Cavanaugh was about to receive the snap, a snowball from the stands landed just in front of him. Distracted, he mishandled the snap, got up and tried to throw a pass that landed incomplete. 

Nov. 10: The Philadelphia Eagles win, 23-17, over the Atlanta Falcons on a 99-yard touchdown pass from Ron Jaworski to Mike Quick 1:49 into overtime.


Nov. 3: William "The Refrigerator" Perry, the Bears' 308-pound defensive lineman, makes his first career reception during Chicago's 16-10 victory over Green Bay. Perry catches the pass from Jim McMahon for a touchdown.

Nov. 2: No. 2 Florida continues to have Bo Jackson's number as the Gators hold the star for No. 6 Auburn to 48 yards on 16 carries in winning their 18th straight game with a 14-10 victory.

Nov. 2: Nebraska becomes the sixth major college football team to register 600 victories when it beats Kansas State 41-3. The Cornhuskers join Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Alabama and Penn State.

Oct. 30: Evander Holyfield wins his seventh straight professional fight, knocking out Jeff Meachum in the fifth round in Atlantic City, N.J., to go to 7-0.

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Oct. 27: The Kansas City Royals complete their World Series comeback with an 11-0 victory over a crumbling St. Louis Cardinals squad in Game 7. Series MVP Bret Saberhagen pitches the shutout while Daryl Motley hits a two-run homer off St. Louis' John Tudor. After being removed in the third inning, Tudor cuts his hand punching an electric fan. Meanwhile, Cardinals reliever Joaquin Andujar melts down during a six-run Royals fifth inning. He is ejected while confronting umpire Don Denkinger and Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog is thrown out, too.

Oct. 27: The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-9 to become the sole unbeaten team in the NFL at 8-0.

Oct. 26: Marc Buoniconti, the son of Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti, suffers a spinal cord injury while making a tackle for The Citadel in a game against East Tennessee State. The injury renders Marc a quadriplegic.

Oct. 26: Patrick Ewing makes his NBA debut for the New York Knicks, supplying 18 points and six rebounds in 44 minutes. But the No. 1 draft pick is no match for Moses Malone, who scores 35 points in leading the 76ers to a 99-89 victory.

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Oct. 26: Dane Iorg's one-out pinch single against reliever Todd Worrell gives the Royals an improbable 2-1 victory in Game 6 of the World Series and evens the Series at 3 games apiece. Kansas City rallied from a 1-0 deficit at the start of the inning against a team that had gone 89-0 with a lead entering the 9th inning. The inning began with Royals pinch-hitter Jorge Orta being called safe by umpire Don Denkinger at first base although he appeared to be out. 

Oct. 24: Former major league player Randy Bass winds up one home run short of Sadaharu Oh's all-time Japanese League single-season record of 55. In the final game of the season, Bass is intentionally walked four times. Bass' Hanchin Tigers were playing the Yomiuri Giants, who were managed by Oh.

Oct. 24: Kansas City's Danny Jackson pitches a five-hitter to lead the Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals and force a Game 6 of the World Series.

Oct. 23: John Tudor pitches a five-hit shutout and Tito Landrum and Willie McGee hit solo home runs as the Cardinals beat the Royals 3-0 in Game 4 of the World Series in St. Louis to move within one victory of capturing the title. 

Oct. 22: 21-year-old Bret Saberhagen pitches a complete-game six-hitter as the Royals win Game 3 of the World Series, 6-1, over the Cardinals in St. Louis.



Oct. 20: The Cardinals take a 2-0 lead in the World Series by rallying for a 4-2 victory over the Royals in Kansas City. Royals starter Charlie Leibrandt takes a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning, but St. Louis scores four runs -- all with two outs -- on a single by Jack Clark, a double by Tito Landrum, an intentional walk and a bases-clearing double by Terry Pendleton.

Oct. 19: The Cardinals win the first Saturday night game in World Series history as they take Game 1 from the Royals, 3-1 in Kansas City. St. Louis starter John Tudor gains the win and Jack Clark and Cesar Cedeno hit RBI doubles.

Oct. 16: The Dodgers decide to pitch to the Cardinals' Jack Clark with first base open, two men on and two outs in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the NLCS. Clark hits a three-run home run off reliever Tom Niedenfuer for a 7-5 victory in the NLCS clincher. I've never liked the Cardinals since.

Oct. 16: The Royals score four runs in the sixth inning and beat the Blue Jays in Toronto to advance to the World Series, coming back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit. George Brett is named the ALCS MVP.

Oct. 15: George Brett hits his third home run of the ALCS, breaking a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning as the Royals tie the series with the Blue Jays at three games apiece with a 5-3 victory.

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Oct. 14: Ozzie Smith drives a Tom Niedenfuer fastball over the right field fence for a home run in the ninth inning to give the Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS. St. Louis also takes a 3-2 lead in the series.

Oct. 14: The Jets retire Joe Namath's No. 12 at halftime of a Monday Night game against the Dolphins. It's the first number retired in Jets history. The Jets win 23-7.

Oct. 13: The Cowboys' Tony Dorsett becomes the sixth running back to exceed 10,000 career rushing yards in a 27-13 victory over the Steelers. Dorsett added a pair of touchdowns (The NFL now has 29 running backs with 10,000 career yards). 

Oct. 13: Giants quarterback Phil Simms passes for 513 yards in a game against the Bengals, the second-highest yardage total in NFL history. But the Bengals win 35-30.

Oct. 13: Royals pitcher Danny Jackson scatters eight hits in a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays that pulls Kansas City with a game of Toronto in the ALCS. The Blue Jays now lead the series 3-2.

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Oct. 13: The automatic tarpaulin at St. Louis' Busch Stadium rolls over Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman's left leg before Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. Coleman suffers a knee fracture and is done for the postseason, but his replacement, Tito Landrum, goes 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the Cardinals win Game 4, 12-2.


Oct. 12: Al Oliver's two-run double caps a three-run ninth inning for the Blue Jays as they rally from a 1-0 deficit against Charlie Leibrandt and Dan Quisensberry and win 3-1 in Game 4 of the ALCS to take a 3-1 series lead. 

Oct. 12: Penn State defeats Alabama, 19-17, in a battle of unbeatens.

Oct. 12: Bo Jackson scores on touchdown runs of 53 and 35 yards as No. 12 Auburn upends No. 4 Florida State, 59-27. After the game, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden proclaims Jackson "one of the greats of all-time."

Oct. 11: George Brett saves the Royals from falling behind three-games-to-none in the ALCS by going 4-for-4, hitting two home runs and scoring the winning run in Kansas City's 6-5 victory over Toronto in Game 3.

Oct. 10: Orel Hershiser leads the Dodgers to their second straight victory over the Cardinals in the NLCS. The Dodgers win 8-2 behind Hershiser's complete game in Los Angeles. Hershiser also delivers an RBI single in a three-run third inning for L.A. 

Oct. 10: The New York Rangers make their season debut under new coach Ted Sator in impressive fashion, defeating one of 1984-85's best teams, the Washington Capitals, 4-2. 

Oct. 9:  The Dodgers capture game one of the National League Championship Series with a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals. John Tudor lost for the first time since May and the Dodgers' running forced St. Louis into some uncustomary sloppy fielding.

Oct. 8: The American League Championship Series opens in Toronto with the Blue Jays beating the Royals, 6-1. Dave Stieb holds Kansas City to three hits and no runs through eight innings. Toronto scores five runs in the first three innings off Royals starter Charlie Liebrandt.

 

Oct. 6:  The Yankees' Phil Niekro wins his 300th career game, pitching a complete-game shutout as New York beats Toronto 8-0.

Oct. 5: The Cardinals clinch the National League East title by beating the Cubs 7-1. John Tudor wins his 21st game by throwing a four-hitter.

Oct. 5:  The Royals clinch the American League West title with a 5-4 victory over the A's in 10 innings. Willie Wilson's walk-off single scores Pat Sheridan from third base.

Oct. 5:  Eddie Robinson wins his 324th career game as Grambling State defeats Prairie View A&M 27-7. The victory eclipses Bear Bryant for the most career coaching victories in college football.

Oct. 2: The Dodgers clinch the National League West when the Padres eliminate the Reds from contention with a 5-4 victory.

 

Sept. 30:  Kansas City Royals rookie pitcher Bret Saberhagen, 21, becomes the fifth-youngest pitcher in MLB history to win 20 games as K.C. beats the Angels 3-1.

Sept. 28:  Grambling coach Eddie Robinson ties former Alabama coach Bear Bryant's all-time record for career coaching victories. Robinson gets his 323rd win in Grambling's 23-6 victory over Oregon State.

Sept. 28: Reds pitcher Tom Browning becomes the first rookie since Bob Grim in 1954 to win 20 games in a season. He improves to 20-9 as the Reds beat the Astros, 5-2.

Sept. 28: Pedro Guerrero ties Steve Garvey's Los Angeles Dodgers' record for most home runs hit in a season with his 33rd in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Giants.

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Sept. 28: Tennessee upsets No. 1-ranked Auburn, 38-20, in Knoxville, Tenn., holding Auburn running back Bo Jackson to 80 yards on 17 carries.

Sept. 26:  The Cardinals' John Tudor wins his 20th game with his major league-leading 10th shutout, a 5-0 victory over the Phillies. He's the fourth 20-game winner in the majors this year (Dwight Gooden, Ron Guidry and Joaquin Andujar are the others).

Sept. 24: Andre Dawson hits three home runs and drives in eight runs for the Expos as they outlast the Cubs 17-15 at Wrigley Field. Two of his home runs come in the fifth inning, both three-run shots.

Sept. 23:  Eric Dickerson comes back from a 47-day contract holdout to gain 150 yards and score three touchdowns for the Los Angeles Rams in a 35-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Sept. 23:  The defending National League champion Padres are eliminated from playoff contention in a 7-2 loss to the Giants in San Diego.

Sept. 21: Michael Spinks stuns heavyweight champion Larry Holmes with a 15-round decision, becoming the first light heavyweight to win the heavyweight title. Holmes had held the title for seven years.

Sept. 16: The Mets' Dwight Gooden extends his scoreless streak to 31 straight innings with a two-hit shutout of the Phillies in a 9-0 win. Gooden also hits a two-run double.


Sept. 11: Major League Baseball crowns a new all-time hit king as Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's career record with hit number 4,192, a line-drive single off of the Padres' Eric Show in Cincinnati.

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Sept. 8:  After four tries, Ivan Lendl finally wins a U.S. Open final, defeating John McEnroe, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Sept. 8: The Minnesota Vikings upset the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers 28-21 in the NFL season opener.

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Sept. 7: Hana Mandlikova defeats Martina Navratilova, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, to capture the women's singles final of the U.S. Open, becoming the first person to beat both Chris Evert Lloyd and Navratilova in back-to-back matches since Tracy Austin six years prior.

Sept. 7:
The Dodgers and Mets are involved in a bench-clearing brawl when Mariano Duncan charges pitcher Ed Lynch in an eventual 7-6 victory for Los Angeles. Dodgers infielder Steve Sax was in the bathroom when the brawl broke out. "I heard there was a fight, but you can only go so fast," Sax said. "I came running out with my pants half down."

Sept. 6:
Hana Mandlikova upsets Chris Evert Lloyd in the U.S. Open women's semifinals, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the title match against Martina Navratilova.

Sept. 4:
The Mets' Gary Carter hits two more home runs against the Padres to tie the record for the most home runs (5) hit in two successive games.

Sept. 3:
The Mets' Gary Carter hits home runs in three consecutive at-bats in New York's 8-3 victory over the San Diego Padres. Carter finishes with six runs batted in.

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Aug. 31: The San Francisco Giants end Dwight Gooden's winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the Mets. Gooden (20-4) hadn't lost since a May 25 game against the Dodgers.

Aug. 30:
A fierce rainstorm that spawned a small tornado canceled play at the U.S. Open in New York as four spectators were injured after the hospitality tent collapsed at the National Tennis Center.

Aug. 26:
The Orioles' Eddie Murray hits three home runs, including a grand slam, and drives in nine as Baltimore defeats the California Angels, 17-3.

Aug. 24: 
Seoul, South Korea, wins its second straight Little League World Series title by beating Mexicali, Mexico, 7-1.

Aug. 22: 
The Red Sox snap a six-game losing streak by beating the Rangers, 8-4, but pitcher Oil Can Boyd goes missing after an altercation with teammate Jim Rice.

Aug. 21: Mary Decker Slaney sets a world record in the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 16.71 seconds. It's still the American record.

Aug. 20: The Mets' Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 Giants in a 3-0 win over San Francisco for his 16th straight victory. He is 19-3.

Aug. 8: In the first games back after MLB's brief players' strike, the Cubs pull off a triple play against the Cardinals. The way they executed it is too confusing to write, but it's explained here. Oh, and the Cubs lost 8-0.

Aug. 6: American swimmer Matt Biondi breaks his own world mark in the 100-meter freestyle, becoming the first to swim under 49 seconds with a 48.95 time at the U.S. Long-Course Championships.

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Aug. 4: On the same day, the Angels' Rod Carew delivers his 3,000th hit and the White Sox's Tom Seaver pitches his 300th win. Carew connects for the milestone single in the third inning of the Angels' 6-5 victory over the Twins at Anaheim Stadium, and Seaver beat the Yankees, 4-1, at Yankee Stadium for his 300th victory. Video highlights of both.

Aug. 2: White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk tags out two Yankees runners on the same play during the seventh inning in New York. With the score tied 3-3 and Bobby Meacham on second base and Dale Berra on first, Rickey Henderson hits a drive over the center fielder's head. Meacham stumbles on his way to third and Berra trails close behind all the way to home. Ozzie Guillen relays the throw from Luis Salazar to Fisk, who tags out Meacham, spins around and tags out Berra. Score the play 8-6-2-2.

Aug. 2: The Tigers' Frank Tanana throws a one-hitter in a 4-1 victory over the Brewers. The only hit he surrenders is a fifth-inning home run by Ben Oglivie.

July 30: Dwight Gooden wins his 10th straight game, pitching a five-hit, complete-game shutout in the Mets' 2-0 victory over the Expos. It's his 16th win and 10th complete game of the season.

July 28: John Tudor and the Cardinals end LaMarr Hoyt's win streak at 11 straight in a 4-2 victory. Hoyt had not lost since May 15. Meanwhile Tudor won his 11th game in his last 12 starts. 

July 26: Wade Boggs' 28-game hitting streak comes to an end in the Red Sox's 6-2 victory over the Mariners.

July 23: The Dodgers' Orel Hershiser throws his second one-hitter of the season, but walks six en route to blanking the Pirates, 1-0.

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July 21: Scotsman Sandy Lyle wins the British Open, the first Briton to win the Open since 1969. 

July 21: 
 French cyclist Bernard Hinault wins his fifth and final Tour de France.

July 20:  In the first race to include Mary Decker Slaney and Zola Budd since Slaney was tripped up by Budd in the Olympic Games the previous year, Slaney prevails. Slaney won the 3,000-meter race with the best time in the world so far in the season while Budd placed seventh. 

July 20: 
Greg LeMond becomes the first U.S. rider to win a stage in the Tour de France, capturing the second-to-last stage in the race.

July 16: Britain's Steve Cram sets a world record in the 1,500 meters in a time of 3 minutes, 29.67 seconds, surpassing the record set by fellow countryman Steve Ovett in 1983.

July 16: The National League defeats the American League 6-1 in the 56th All-Star Game at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt throws three innings to start the game and receives the MVP award.


July 14: The Baltimore Stars beat the Oakland Invaders, 28-24, in the USFL championship game, which turns out to be the final game for the league, which ends after three seasons.

July 11: Nolan Ryan becomes the first major leaguer to reach 4,000 strikeouts for his career when he strikes out Danny Heep of the Mets in the sixth inning a 4-3 victory by the Astros.


July 7: Boris Becker is the youngest person to win a Wimbledon title, capturing the men's singles crown at age 17. Becker beats Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4

July 6: Martina Navratilova defeats Chris Evert Lloyd 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the women's singles title at Wimbledon for the fourth straight time and sixth time overall. Five of her victories have come against Lloyd.


July 4: The Mets and Braves play a 19-inning game that takes more than eight hours to play and ends at nearly 4 in the morning on July 5. The Mets wind up winning 16-13 in a game that featured a two-run home run by the Braves' Rick Camp in the 18th inning. Camp then surrendered five runs to the Mets the next inning. The Mets' Keith Hernandez hit for the cycle.

June 30: The Dodgers' Pedro Guerrero hits a game-winning two-run home run off the Braves' Bruce Sutter in a 4-3 victory that also was Guerrero's 15th home run of the month, setting a National League record for the month.


June 27: U.S. women's tennis player Anne White causes a stir at Wimbledon when she plays her match against Pam Shriver in an all-white body suit. After the match is stopped because of darkness, White is told to return the next day wearing "more appropriate" attire.

June 25: The defending N.L. East champion Cubs lose a franchise-record tying 13th straight game, 3-2 to the Mets.

June 22: 
The Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela matches up with the Astros' Nolan Ryan and the Dodgers win 6-3 as Valenzuela strikes out 14.

June 16: 
Willie Banks breaks the world record in the triple jump, leaping 58 feet, 11 1/2 inches during a meet in Indianapolis.

June 14:
Tom Seaver wins his 295th career game as the White Sox defeat the Angels, 4-2. Meanwhile, Bert Blyleven wins his 200th career game as the Indians beat the A's, 6-1.

June 11: The Philadelphia Phillies crush the New York Mets 26-7 in Philadelphia. Von Hayes hits two home runs in the first inning as the Phillies score 16 runs in the first two innings.


June 9:
The Los Angeles Lakers end ages of futility against the Boston Celtics by defeating the Celtics in Boston, 111-100, to win the NBA championship, 4 games to 2, and avenge the previous year's championship loss to Boston. It also marked the first time in nine tries in the championship round that the Lakers had beaten the Celtics.



June 9: 
Padres pitcher Andy Hawkins wins his 11th straight decision, a club record, as the Padres defeat the Reds, 5-3. 

June 9: 
Mats Wilander defeats Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to win the men's French Open singles title.

June 8: Creme Fraiche wins the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

June 7:  United States hopes for a French Open men's title disappear as both Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe are eliminated in the semifinals, setting up a final between Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander.

June 6: 
Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 to win the women's singles final of the French Open.

June 5: 
Dennis Johnson sinks a 20-foot shot with no time remaining to lift the Celtics over the Lakers 107-105 in Game 4 of the NBA finals, tying the series 2-2.

June 2: 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores 26 points as the Lakers rough up the Celtics 136-111 to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA championship series.

May 31: 
St. Louis pitcher Danny Cox throws a perfect game for seven innings against the Reds before settling for a two-hitter in a 2-0 victory for the Cardinals. Dave Concepcion's ground single with two out in the 8th breaks up the no-hitter.


May 30: The Edmonton Oilers win their third straight Stanley Cup trophy by demolishing the Philadelphia Flyers 8-3 in the decisive Game 5 of the finals. Paul Coffey scores twice and Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri supply a goal and two assists each. Gretzky wins the Con Smythe Trophy as the MVP.

May 27: The defending NBA champion Boston Celtics open the finals series against the L.A. Lakers by throttling them in Game 1, 148-114. "It was a nightmare," Magic Johnson said.

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May 25:
Danny Sullivan wins the Indianapolis 500 in the famous "spin-and-win" race, in which he spins out after passing Mario Andretti for the lead, recovers, and passes Andretti again later to capture the race.

May 20: The Padres' LaMarr Hoyt, a new acquisition this season from the White Sox, outpitches the Mets' Dwight Gooden, 2-0.

May 18: Tank's Prospect wins the 111th Preakness. 

May 15:
Ron Cey hits his first home run in Dodger Stadium since his trade from the Dodgers to the Cubs. The second-inning home run helps the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 3-2.


May 12: San Francisco Giants pitcher Jim Gott hits two home runs off of Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch. The Giants won the game, 5-4 in 10 innings.

May 10: 
The Boston Celtics advance to the NBA's Eastern Conference finals by eliminating the Detroit Pistons, 123-113, to win the quarterfinal series in six games.

May 8: 
Seattle's Matt Moore takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning before allowing a hit to Milwaukee's Robin Yount. Moore gave up three more singles before reliever Ed Nunez came in to preserve the win.

May 7: 
The Los Angeles Lakers eliminate the Portland Trail Blazers from the playoffs with a 139-120 victory in the NBA's Western Conference semifinals. Magic Johnson scores 34 points. The Lakers will play the Denver Nuggets, who ousted the Utah Jazz 116-104.

May 6: 
The Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 463rd consecutive game, tying the team record set by Brooks Robinson.

May 4: 
The Edmonton Oilers tie an NHL playoff record for goals in a game when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 11-2 in the opening game of their Campbell Conference final series.

May 4:
Angel Cordero Jr. rides Spend A Buck to victory in the 111th Kentucky Derby.


May 2:  Peter Stastny scores 2 minutes, 22 seconds into overtime to give the Quebec Nordiques a 3-2 Game 7 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and clinch the NHL quarterfinal series. 

May 2:
  Mets minor league pitcher Sid Fernandez strikes out 17 batters in Tidewater's 11-1 victory over Pawtucket in an International League game. 

April 29: 
The Texas Rangers' Larry Parrish hits three consecutive home runs to help his team spoil manager Billy Martin's return to the Yankees in a 7-5 Texas victory. 

April 28: 
The New York Mets defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in 18 innings when Mookie Wilson scores when Clint Hurdle's grounder goes through the legs of first baseman Jason Thompson. Sound familiar? 

April 28: 
The Philadelphia Flyers eliminate the New York Islanders from the NHL playoffs with a 1-0 victory in Game 5 of the series. It's the first time in the 1980s that the Islanders, winners of four straight Stanley Cups, will not be playing in the championship. 

April 27:
The Expos' Andre Dawson goes 4-for-5 and drives in five runs as Montreal beats St. Louis 8-3 for its fifth straight victory.


April 26: 
The Dodgers' Orel Hershiser throws the first one-hitter of his career, allowing just a fourth-inning single to Tony Gwynn in a 2-0 victory over the Padres. 

April 26:
The NBA's Eastern Conference semifinal pairings are all set. The Boston Celtics will take on the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks will face the Philadelphia 76ers.

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April 15: 
Marvin Hagler defeats Thomas Hearns in a three-round knockout of a world middleweight championship bout that is dubbed "The War." 

April 14: 
Bernhard Langer wins the Masters with an overall score of 282. 

April 11: 
Mike Gartner scores a disputed goal in the second overtime period to lead the Capitals over the Islanders 2-1 and give Washington a 2-0 series lead in the NHL Patrick Division semifinal playoff series. The Islanders claimed that Greg Adams was illegally in the crease when the shot was made.

April 11:
Gorman Thomas, attempting a comeback with the Seattle Mariners, hits three home runs in a game for the first time in his career as the Mariners defeat the A's, 14-6. The Mariners hit a club-record seven home runs. The total also ties an American League record for a night game.


April 9: 
Nolan Ryan outduels Fernando Valenzuela on opening day as the Astros defeat the Dodgers 2-1. Meanwhile, the White Sox's Tom Seaver pitches in his record-setting 15th opening day, getting the win in a 4-2 decision over the Brewers. 

April 8: 
 Major League Baseball begins its 1985 season with five games. In the National League, Pete Rose begins his first full season as the Reds' manager by leading the team to a 4-1 victory against the Expos. Rose, playing first base, goes 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs.

In the American League, the Red Sox stomp Phil Niekro and the Yankees 9-2; the Orioles' Eddie Murray hits a 2-run HR in the eighth inning to lead Baltimore over Texas 4-2; Bud Black pitches 7 2/3 innings of 4-hit ball to help the Royals defeat the Blue Jays 2-1; and Chris Pittaro and Lou Whitaker drive in runs in the eighth to help the Tigers edge the Indians 5-4. 


April 7: 
The San Diego Padres make their final appearance in their legendary "taco uniforms" in a 2-2 exhibition tie with the Minnesota Twins. San Diego switches to brown pinstriped uniforms for the 1985 season. 

April 7:
Herschel Walker sets a USFL record for most rushing yards in a game when he runs for 233 yards for New Jersey in a game against Houston.


April 1:  Eighth-seeded Villanova stuns Georgetown 66-64 to win the NCAA Tournament championship in Lexington, Ky.  

March 31: 
Old Dominion defeats Georgia, 70-65, in the fourth NCAA women's basketball championship. 

March 30:
Georgetown dismisses Chris Mullin and St. John's, 77-59, in the NCAA semifinals, setting up an NCAA Tournament final matchup against fellow Big East member Villanova. The Hoyas are an immediate seven-point favorite.


March 23: 
Thirteen-year Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall retires after his team loses to St. John's 86-70 in the NCAA Tournament. 

March 21: 
Wayman Tisdale's game-winning shot bounces five times as it rattles around the rim and goes in with two seconds left in overtime as Oklahoma outlasts Louisiana Tech 86-84 in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region semifinals. 

March 12: 
Larry Bird sets a Boston Celtics record by scoring 60 points against the Atlanta Hawks. 

March 10: 
Dick Motta becomes the fourth NBA coach to win 700 career games as the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Jersey Nets 126-113. 

March 8: 
 Top-ranked Georgetown defeats Syracuse 74-65 in the Big East Conference tournament semifinals. In the game, Syracuse's Pearl Washington punches Georgetown star Patrick Ewing in the mid-section, touching off a bench-clearing situation as both players had to be restrained.

March 6:
Mike Tyson knocks out Hector Mercedes in the first round in his first professional boxing match.


March 5: 
The Islanders' Mike Bossy becomes the first player to score at least 50 goals in a season in eight consecutive years during New York's 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers.

March 3: 
The Celtics' Kevin McHale has the game of his life, scoring 56 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, as Boston beats Detroit, 138-129. 

March 3: 
Georgetown crushes Syracuse 90-63 in a Big East Conference game to finish the regular season 27-2. One of its two loses came in a 65-63 loss to Syracuse in January.  

March 1: 
Doug Flutie bounces back from a disappointing debut by throwing four touchdown passes in the New Jersey Generals' 28-10 USFL victory over the Orlando Renegades.

February 24:
Future Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly passes for a pro record 574 yards for the Houston Gamblers in a game against the Los Angeles Express in the United States Football League.

February 24: Doug Flutie makes his professional debut with the New Jersey Generals against the Birmingham Stallions in a USFL game in Birmingham, Ala. Flutie completes 12 of 27 passes for 189 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Birmingham wins 38-28.

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February 23: 
In perhaps the most visually memorable act of his career, Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair across the court during a game against Purdue. After a foul is called on Indiana player Daryl Thomas 5 minutes into the game, Knight argues that the call should have been a jump ball. As the Purdue player Steve Reid steps to the foul line to shoot his foul shots, Knight hurls the plastic chair toward the basket. He is ejected from the game.

February 17: 
Bill Elliott dominates the field in capturing his first Daytona 500.

February 14: 
Rookie Hakeem Olajuwon scores 30 points and pulls down an NBA season-high 25 rebounds in the Houston Rockets' 113-105 victory over the New York Knicks.

February 10: The West beats the East, 140-129, in the 35th NBA All-Star Game at Indianapolis.

February 8: Marshall University's Bruce Morris heaves a basketball 92 feet, 5 inches for a basket with three seconds left in the first half of a game against Appalachian State. It was the longest field goal in history and Marshall won the game 93-82.


February 3: The first advance sell-out in college women's basketball history occurs as 22,157 people turn out to see Ohio State face Iowa. Ohio State is coached by Tara VanDerveer, who would go on to fame as Stanford's women's coach. Iowa is coached by C. Vivian Stringer, who would become a coaching legend at Rutgers.

January 31: Four days for benching all but one of his starters, Indiana coach Bobby Knight returns his starters to the lineup, but the Hoosiers fall to Iowa, 72-59.

January 28: Syracuse's Pearl Washington hits a jumper with eight seconds left to send Georgetown to its second straight loss, 65-63, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The former No. 1 team had slipped to No. 2 in the rankings before its loss to SU.


January 27: The AFC beats the NFC in the Pro Bowl, 22-14. Art Still runs back a Neil Lomax fumble 83 yards to clinch the win for the AFC. The Jets' Mark Gastineau is named MVP.

January 27: The Celtics' Larry Bird scores his 48th point of the game on a jump shot from the corner as the buzzer sounds. The 3-pointer gives Boston a 128-127 win over the Trail Blazers.


January 20: The San Francisco 49ers dominate the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX by a score of 38-16. 49ers quarterback Joe Montana completes 24 of 35 passes for a Super Bowl record 331 yards and three touchdowns. Both Montana and Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino throw for over 300 yards.

January 14: Maryland upsets No. 2-ranked Duke in overtime, 78-76. It was Duke's first loss in 13 games. In the NBA, rookie Michael Jordan has 35 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists as the Bulls roll past the Nuggets 122-113. He scored just nine points in the first half.

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January 12: Georgetown, the No. 1 team in the country, holds on in overtime to defeat Villanova, 52-50. Reggie Williams scores four points in OT and David Wingate hits two free throws with 12 seconds left for the Hoyas. Georgetown moved to 15-0 and 4-0 in the Big East Conference. Of course, Georgetown and 16th-ranked Villanova would meet in a much bigger game later in the year -- with much more surprising results.


January 6: The matchup for Super Bowl XIX is set as the Miami Dolphins defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-28 in the AFC Championship and the San Francisco 49ers blank the Chicago Bears 23-0 in the NFC Championship.

January 5: Michael Jordan makes his second trip to Madison Square Garden during his rookie season for the Bulls. Jordan scores 42 points, but the Knicks beat the Bulls 119-113.


January 2: UNLV defeats Utah State, 142-140, in triple overtime in the highest scoring NCAA Division I men's basketball game.

January 1: USC edges Ohio State 20-17 in the Rose Bowl. UCLA outlasts Miami 39-37 in the Fiesta Bowl.