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Posted on: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On this date: 2001 Arnold Palmer, then 71, shoots his age Bob Hope Classic


Associated Press

Feb. 17

1941 Joe Louis knocks out Gus Dorazio in the second round at the Convention Hall in Philadelphia to defend his world heavyweight title.

1967 Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain hits the first of what would become an NBA record 35 consecutive field goals without a miss.

1991 Ernie Irvan, helped by Dale Earnhardt's continuing misfortune in NASCAR's top stock car race, wins the Daytona 500 under a caution flag.

1992 Raisa Smetanina wins a gold medal with the Unified Team in the 20-kilometer cross-country relay to set the career Winter Olympic Games medal record with 10. Smetanina, 39, also becomes the oldest champion and the first to win a medal in five straight Winter Games.

1998 The U.S. women's hockey team wins the sport's first-ever Olympic gold medal. Sandra Whyte scores on an empty-netter with 8 seconds left in the United States' 3-1 victory over Canada.

1999 Australia's Susie O'Neill shatters swimming's oldest record, breaking the 200-meter butterfly world mark with a time of 2 minutes, 5.37 seconds in a World Cup short-course meet at Malmo, Sweden. O'Neill broke the record of 2:05.65 set by Mary T. Meagher of the United States in 1981.

2001 Arnold Palmer, 71, becomes the first player to shoot his age in a PGA Tour event since Sam Snead did 22 years ago. Palmer finishes the fourth round of the Bob Hope Classic with a 1-under 71. Joe Durant sets a 72-hole record of 29 under for a five-shot lead. Durant, with rounds of 65-61-67-66, breaks the 72-hole record for relation to par set by John Huston in the 1998 Hawaiian Open.

2007 Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia sets a world record for the indoor 2,000 meters with a time of 4:49.99 at the Norwich Union Grand Prix. Haile Gebrselassie set the previous mark of 4:52.86 in February 1998 at the same National Indoor Arena.

2007 Miami's Jason Kapono ties a record with 24 points to beat stars Gilbert Arenas and Dirk Nowitzki in the 3-Point Shootout. Boston's Gerald Green caps All-Star Saturday with an acrobatic leap over a table to win the Slam Dunk contest.

2008 Ryan Newman snaps an 81-race winless streak, using a huge push from teammate Kurt Busch to give car owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 victory.

2008 Ray Allen scores 28 points, making three straight 3-pointers in the final 3:15, and LeBron James adds 27 as the East, widely considered the NBA's weaker half, beats the Western Conference 134-128 in the All-Star Game.