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Posted on: Sunday, June 28, 2009

On this date: 1997 Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield's right ear in WBA title fight


Associated Press

June 28

1939 Joe Louis stops Tony Galento in the fourth round at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.

1953 Betsy Rawls wins the U.S. Women's Open with a six-stroke playoff victory over Jacqueline Pung.

1966 Ernie Terrell scores a unanimous 15-round decision over Doug Jones in Houston to win the WBA title, which had been stripped from Muhammad Ali.

1971 Muhammad Ali wins a four-year legal battle to overturn his 1967 conviction for draft evasion in an 8-0 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1992 Connie Price-Smith, who earlier won the discus, wins the shot put at 62 feet, 6 inches, to become the first woman to win both events at the U.S. Olympic trials since Earlene Brown in 1960.

1994 Oleg Salenko scores a World Cup record five goals as Russia beats Cameroon 6-1.

1995 Chanda Rubin beats Patricia Hy-Boulais in a record marathon match at Wimbledon. Rubin's 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5), 17-15 victory breaks the record for the most games (58) in a women's Grand Slam singles match. The previous record was 56 games, set in 1972 when Kerry Melville beat Pam Teeguarden 9-7, 4-6, 16-14, in the French Open semifinals.

1997 Evander Holyfield, bleeding badly from his right ear after being bitten by Mike Tyson, retains the WBA heavyweight championship in Las Vegas when Tyson is disqualified after the third round.

2006 The Toronto Raptors select Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick in an unpredictable NBA draft, as four of the top seven picks are traded by the middle of the first round.

2007 The Portland Trail Blazers end months of debate when they choose Greg Oden over fellow college freshman Kevin Durant with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

2007 Frank Thomas hits his 500th home run to become the 21st major leaguer to reach the career mark.

2007 Craig Biggio becomes the 27th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits in Houston's 8-5 11-inning victory over Colorado.