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Posted on November 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 9:06 AM

Nov. 22

1875 — Harvard beats Yale 4-0 in the schools' first football meeting. With 15 players on each side, the game is a mix of rugby and soccer.

1945 — Jim Benton of the Cleveland Rams is the first NFL player to have more than 300 receiving yards in a game. Benton has 10 receptions for 303 yards and a touchdown in a 28-21 victory over the Detroit Lions.

1950 — The Fort Wayne Pistons edge the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in the lowest-scoring game in NBA history. John Oldham leads the Pistons with five points and George Mikan had 15 of the Lakers' points.

1959 — The AFL holds their first player draft. First round choices are Boston, Gerhard Schwedes; Buffalo, Richie Lucas; Dallas, Don Meredith; Denver, Roger LeClerc; Houston, Billy Cannon; Los Angeles, Monty Stickles; Minneapolis, Dale Hackbart; New York, George Izo.

1961 — Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks sets an NBA record by hitting 19 of 19 free throws in a 141-121 loss to the Boston Celtics.

1965 — Muhammad Ali knocks out Floyd Patterson in the 12th round to retain the world heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

1981 — Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers catches five touchdown passes in a 55-21 rout of the Oakland Raiders.

1986 — Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champion ever when he knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round to win the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

1986 — Wayne Gretzky, playing in his 575th NHL game, scores his 500th goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

1992 — North Carolina wins its seventh straight Division I women's soccer title with a 9-1 win over Duke. The Tar Heels also set the record for most goals in a championship game.

1998 — John Elway of the Denver Broncos joins Dan Marino as the only players with 50,000 yards as the Broncos post a 40-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

2003 — The Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3, in the NHL's first outdoor game. The game marking the 86th anniversary of the founding of the league is played in front of a record crowd of 57,167 at a football arena in Edmonton.

2006 — Teemu Selanne scores his 500th career goal in Anaheim's 3-2 loss to Colorado. Selanne, the 36th player in NHL history to reach the milestone, joins Jari Kurri as the only Finnish-born NHL players to score 500 goals.

2007 — Brett Favre sets a Green Bay record with 20 consecutive completions and finishes with 381 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers' 37-26 victory over the Detroit Lions.

2008 — Abilene Christian sets a record for points in an NCAA playoff game, beating West Texas A&M 93-68 in the second round of the Division II playoffs. Bernard Scott rushes for 292 yards and scores seven touchdowns, both playoff records. The combined 161 points is also an NCAA Division II record.

2009 — Jimmie Johnson wins a NASCAR record fourth consecutive championship with a fifth-place finish in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnson needed only to finish 25th or better to beat teammate Mark Martin in the race, won by Denny Hamlin, to give team owner Rick Hendrick his own NASCAR record, a 12th championship.

2009 — Matthew Stafford completes 26 of 43 for 422 yards and five touchdowns in Detroit's 38-37 win over Cleveland. Stafford sets the record for most yards by a rookie quarterback and becomes the first rookie to throw five TDs in a game since Ray Buivid did it for the Bears in 1937.

2009 — Brett Favre passes for four touchdowns in Minnesota's 35-9 rout of Seattle. It's the 22nd game Favre has four or more touchdowns in a game, breaking Dan Marino's record of 21.

2010 — Alex Kovalev records his 1,000th point with a power-play goal midway through the first period of Ottawa's game against Los Angeles. The 37-year-old is the 76th NHL player to record 1,000 points and joins Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny as the only Russian players to reach the milestone.

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