On this date: 2006 — Kobe Bryant scores 81 points, second-highest total in NBA history
1920 — The New York Yankees announce they will be the first team to wear uniform numbers, according to the player's position in batting order.
1960 — Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson in a 15-round split decision to capture the world middleweight boxing title.
1962 — Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Robinson, who had the distinction of becoming the first black to play in the Major League, is also the first to enter the Hall.
1968 — The NBA awards expansion franchises to Milwaukee and Phoenix.
1973 — George Foreman knocks out Joe Frazier in the second round in Kingston, Jamaica, to win the world heavyweight title.
1976 — Robin Roberts and Bob Lemon are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1983 — Houston becomes the first NBA team not to score a point in overtime as the Portland Trail Blazers outscore the Rockets 17-0 for a 113-96 victory.
1988 — Mike Tyson knocks out Larry Holmes in the fourth round at Atlantic City to retain his world heavyweight title.
1994 — New York Islanders' Pierre Turgeon has four assists to help the Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference 9-8 in the NHL All-Star game. The game produces a record 102 shots and New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter wins MVP for his second-period performance of 19 saves on 21 shots.
1998 — New York's Pat LaFontaine reaches the 1,000-point mark, scoring his 19th goal in the Rangers' 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.
2003 — Andy Roddick wins one of the longest matches of the Open era, reaching the Australian Open semifinals by beating Younes El Aynaoui in a fifth set that ended 21-19. The 20-year-old American won 4-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 in a match lasting 4 hours, 59 minutes — the longest men's singles match at the Australian Open since tiebreaker sets were introduced into Grand Slam events in 1971.
2003 — Texas coach Jody Conradt becomes the second women's basketball coach to win 800 games when the Longhorns beat Texas Tech 69-58.
2004 — The Los Angeles Lakers lose in Dallas 106-87, their ninth straight on the road. It's their longest skid since dropping 10 in a row in 1963-64.
2006 — The Pittsburgh Steelers are the first team since the 1985 Patriots to win three postseason road games thanks to a 34-17 dismantling of the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game.
2006 — Kobe Bryant scores a staggering 81 points — the second-highest total in NBA history — and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 122-104.