Sportlight-Cal Ripken is playing its 2,000th straight game.

1st of August

1936 — The Berlin Olympics begin.


1972 – Nate Colbert of the San Diego Padres scores 13 points on a 9-0, 11-7 Atlanta Braves double sweep.

1987 – Mike Tyson wins the undisputed heavyweight championship with a 12-round unanimous decision over IBF champion Tony Tucker in Las Vegas.

1992 – Eric Griffin, two-time world champion at 106 pounds, loses to Rafael Lozano of Spain under the new electronic scoring system at the Olympics. The five judges award him more moves than his opponent, as do five members of the jury used as a substitute in the event of a computer failure.

1994 – Baltimore’s Cal Ripken becomes the second major league player to play 2,000 consecutive games when the Orioles beat Minnesota 1-0.

1996 – Michael Johnson wins Olympic gold in the 200 meters in a record time of 19.32 seconds, becoming the first male Olympian to win the 200 and 400 meters in a single match. Dan O’Brien wins gold in the decathlon, four years after failing on the US Olympic team.

2004 – Karen Stupples wins her first major title with a record 19 under 269 at the Women’s British Open. Stupples tied the lowest score in a major, set by Dottie Pepper at Nabisco Dinah Shore 1999.

2009 – Rachel Alexandra overtakes the boys again to win the $1.25 million Haskell Ivitational at Monmouth Park, establishing herself as one of the greatest fillies. Ridden by Calvin Borel, she beat Summer Bird, winner of the Belmont Stakes, by six lengths.

2010 — Stuart Appleby hits golf’s magic number, shooting a 59 to win the Greenbrier Classic. He is the fifth player on the PGA Tour to reach this milestone.

2010 — Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins the Women’s British Open in one shot for her third major title and second of the year with Kraft Nabisco.

2010 – Bob and Mike Bryan win their 62nd career doubles title on the ATP Tour. The twins tied with Hall of Famers Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde of Australia.

2012 — Four teams are kicked out of badminton women’s doubles at the London Games for trying to lose on purpose. The eight players from China, South Korea and Indonesia are cited for behavior “clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport”.

2021 — Marcel Jacobs becomes the first Italian athlete to win the 100m in 9.80 at the Tokyo Olympics.

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