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Posted on: Sunday, April 25, 2010

On this date: 1995 Major League Baseball returns after a 257-day players' strike


Associated Press

April 25

1950 Charles Cooper, an All-American from Duquesne playing with the Harlem Globetrotters, becomes the first black to be picked in the NBA draft when he's taken by the Boston Celtics.

1952 The Minneapolis Lakers, led by George Mikan's 22 points, beat the New York Knicks 82-65 to win the NBA title in seven games.

1964 The Toronto Maple Leafs win their third straight Stanley Cup with a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh game.

1965 The Boston Celtics score 42 points on a record 21 field goals in the final quarter of Game 5 to post a 129-96 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers and win their seventh consecutive NBA championship.

1974 The NFL adopts the 15-minute, sudden-death overtime to avoid ties. The league also moves the goal posts to the back of the end zones.

1989 Mario Lemieux ties NHL playoff records with four first-period goals, five overall and eight points as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Philadelphia 10-7 to take a 3-2 lead in the Patrick Division finals.

1993 Micheal Williams sets an NBA record for consecutive free throws with 84. He made 10 straight as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat Utah 113-111. Calvin Murphy held the previous mark of 78 for Houston in 1981.

1993 Pittsburgh's NHL-record 14-game playoff winning streak and its overall 21-game unbeaten string are snapped as the New Jersey Devils beat the Penguins 4-1.

1995 Major League Baseball returns after a 257-day players' strike with the Los Angeles Dodgers beating the Florida Marlins 8-7.

1997 Phoenix's Rex Chapman makes a playoff-record nine 3-pointers en route to career-high 42 points in a 106-101 win at Seattle. Chapman broke the old playoff mark of eight 3s set by Dan Majerle of Phoenix against Seattle on June 1, 1993.

2000 The San Jose Sharks, the Western Conference's No. 8 seed, eliminate the NHL's regular-season champions, the St. Louis Blues, with a 3-1 victory in Game 7. The Blues are the second NHL regular-season champion to get knocked out in the first round, joining the 1991 Chicago Blackhawks.

2006 Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is suspended for the 2006 season by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the fourth time.