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September 14, 2013, 4:59 pm

1899 - Willie Smith wins the U.S. Open golf title, beating George low, Val Fitzjohn and W.H. Way.

1923 - Bill Tilden wins the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship, beating William Johnston in straight sets.

1962 - Frank Tripucka of the Denver Broncos passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills.

1971 - Stan Smith wins the U.S. Open title over Jan Khodes and Billie Jean King beats Rosemary Casals for the women's title. It's the first time in 16 years both titles were won by U.S. players.

1973 - Three-year-old Secretariat wins the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap in the then-world record time of 1:45 2-5 for 1 1/8 miles.

1973 - Archie Griffin of Ohio State starts his NCAA record string of 31 games of rushing for at least 100 yards.

1978 - Muhammad Ali becomes the first three-time heavyweight champion with a unanimous 15-round decision over Leon Spinks at the Superdome in New Orleans.

1978 - The Los Angeles Dodgers become the first major league club to pass the 3 million mark in total home attendance. The Dodgers celebrate with a 5-0 triumph over Atlanta.

1991 - The United States women's gymnastics team makes history with its first team medal - a silver - at the World Championships in Indianapolis.

2002 - Sam Hornish Jr. wins another incredible race at Texas Motor Speedway, and his second straight IRL title. Hornish side-by-side with Helio Castroneves for many of the last 25 laps in the season-ending Chevy 500, crosses the finish line 0.0096 seconds - only a few inches - ahead of the other driver in contention for the season championship. Hornish wins his IRL-record fifth race of the season and becomes the first driver to win two IRL championships.

2003 - The WUSA shuts down operations five days before the Women's World Cup, saying it doesn't have enough money to stay in business for a fourth season.

2012 - LSU beats Idaho 63-14 to give the Tigers an NCAA FBS record 40th-straight non-conference regular season victory. LSU also set a Tiger Stadium mark with 20 straight home wins. Kansas State had 39 straight non-conference regular-season wins from 1993-2003.

2012 - Ryan Blaney becomes the youngest winner in NASCAR Trucks history at 18 years, 8 months, taking the caution-filled race at Iowa Speedway in his third series start. Blaney, the son of Sprint Cup driver Dave Blaney, breaks the age record of 20 years, 18 days set by Kyle Busch in 2005 at Charlotte.

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