1961 - Roger Maris hits his 61st home run of the season, against Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The blow gives New York a 1-0 victory and eclipses Babe Ruth's 34-year-old single-season home run record.
1975 - In the ''Thrilla in Manila,'' Muhammad Ali beats Joe Frazier in 14 rounds to retain his world heavyweight title.
1977 - 75,646 fans come to the Meadowlands to see soccer great Pele play his farewell game. Pele plays the first half with the New York Cosmos and the second half with his former team, Santos of Brazil.
1997 - Kevin Garnett agrees to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on the richest long-term contract in professional sports history, a six-year deal worth more than $125 million.
2004 - Ichiro Suzuki sets the major league record for hits in a season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old mark with a pair of early singles as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-3. Sisler set the hits record of 257 in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns over a 154-game schedule. Suzuki breaks it in the Mariners' 160th game of the year.
2006 - Joe Mauer becomes the first catcher to win an AL batting title as Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1. Mauer, finishing at .347, ends up four points ahead of New York shortstop Derek Jeter.
2006 - Tiger Woods matches his longest PGA Tour winning streak of six at the American Express Championship. Woods finishes with a 4-under 67 for an eight-shot victory. It's also his eighth victory of the year, making him the first player in PGA Tour history to win at least eight times in three seasons.
2011 - Tyler Wilson throws for a school-record 510 yards and Jarius Wright catches 13 passes for a school-record 281 yards as Arkansas turns an 18-point halftime deficit into a 42-38 victory over Texas A&M.
1950 - Jim Hardy throws six touchdown passes, including five to Bob Shaw, as the Chicago Cardinals pound the Baltimore Colts 55-13.
1970 - Fourteen members of the Wichita State football team are killed in a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains.
1980 - Larry Holmes registers a technical knockout in the 11th round against Muhammad Ali to win the world heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
1991 - Steffi Graf becomes the youngest woman to win 500 matches as a professional when she beats Petra Langrova of Czechoslovakia 6-0, 6-1 in the Leipzig International Tournament.
1993 - In the first all-British world heavyweight title fight, Lennox Lewis retains his WBC heavyweight title with a seven-round knockout of Frank Bruno in Cardiff, Wales.
1993 - California rallies from a 30-0 deficit to beat Oregon 42-41. Dave Barr throws three second-half touchdowns, including a 26-yarder to Iheanyi Uwaezuoke with 1:17 left in the game.
1994 - North Carolina's 92-game winning streak in women's soccer ends with a scoreless tie in overtime against Notre Dame.
2001 - Albert Pujols of St. Louis goes 3-for-4 to set an NL rookie record with 353 total bases in a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee.
2001 - Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in major league history with three 60-homer seasons, but the Reds hold on for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Sosa's solo shot comes in the first inning.
2004 - Rice and San Jose State play in the highest-scoring regulation game in Division I-A history, with the Spartans winning 70-63. The 133 points surpass the total from Middle Tennessee's 70-58 victory over Idaho on Oct. 6, 2001. The schools combine for 19 touchdowns to break the Division I-A record of 18.
2006 - Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is given a five-game suspension - the longest for on-field behavior in NFL history - for stomping on Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode's head and kicking him in the face.
2009 - Ninth-grader Alexis Thompson shoots a 3-under 69 for a share of the lead with top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and three others after the second round of the Navistar LPGA Classic. Ochoa eventually wins her second straight Navistar LPGA Classic, snapping an 11-start winless streak and the 14-year-old Thompson finishes tied for 27th at 6 under.
2011 - Devin Hester sets an NFL record with his 11th punt return for a touchdown and Matt Forte rushes for a career-high 205 yards to lead Chicago to a 34-29 win over Carolina.
2011 - Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers throws for a career-high 408 yards, ties a personal best with four touchdown passes and runs for two more scores in a 49-23 rout of the Denver Broncos.
2011 - Michael Vick throws for a career-high 416 yards and two touchdowns and rushes for 75 yards in Philadelphia's 24-23 loss to San Francisco.
2011 - Dallas has its largest lead blown in a loss in franchise history, frittering away a 24-point third-quarter cushion in a 34-30 loss to Detroit. The Lions turned a 20-point halftime deficit into an overtime win at Minnesota the previous week.
2016 - The United States win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008. Ryan Moore two-putted on No. 18 for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood, giving the Americans a 15-10 lead that seals the win over Europe. The 17-11 victory over Europe is their biggest rout in 35 years at the Ryder Cup.
2016 - Atlanta's Matt Ryan passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns, while wide receiver Julio Jones has 12 catches for 300 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 48-33 win over Carolina.
1942 - With a victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Whirlaway becomes the first horse to amass more than $500,000 in lifetime earnings.
1951 - Bobby Thomson hits a three-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the New York Giants a dramatic 5-4 playoff victory and the National League pennant.
1971 - Billie Jean King wins the Virginia Slims-Thunderbird tournament in Phoenix to become the first women tennis player to win $100,000 in one year.
1973 - The formation of the World Football League is announced.
1974 - Frank Robinson signs a $175,000-a-year player-manager contract with the Cleveland Indians, making him the first black manager in major league history.
1981 - Southern California's Marcus Allen rushes for 223 yards against Oregon State, his fourth straight 200-plus rushing game.
1993 - The Toronto Blue Jays become the first team in American League history to have teammates finish 1-2-3 in the batting race. John Olerud leads the league with a .363 batting average, Paul Molitor finishes at .332 and Roberto Alomar at .326.
1997 - Sixty-nine-year-old Hall of Famer Gordie Howe skates the first shift with the Detroit Vipers in their International Hockey League opener, becoming the only professional in his sport to compete in six decades.
1998 - Ricky Williams rushes for a school-record 350 yards and five touchdowns to set NCAA records with 65 career rushing touchdowns and career points by a non-kicker (394) as Texas defeats Iowa State 54-33.
2004 - Roger Federer routs an injured Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-0 to capture the Thailand Open, joining John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg as the only players to win 12 straight ATP Tour finals in the last 25 years.
2009 - Aqib Talib has three interceptions in Tampa Bay's 16-13 loss at Washington.
2010 - Angel McCoughtry scores 18 points as the United States wins gold at the women's basketball world championship with an 89-69 victory over the Czech Republic.
2010 - Josh Scobee kicks a 59-yard field goal - the eighth-longest field goal in NFL history and longest in franchise history - as time expires to give Jacksonville a 31-28 victory over Indianapolis.
2015 - Leonard Fournette highlights his third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU defeats Eastern Michigan 44-22. Fournette has 233 yards and three touchdowns to become the first player in the history of the Southeastern Conference to rush for 200-plus yards in three straight games.
2018 - The NHL suspends Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson 20 games for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game.