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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On this date: 1937 Tris Speaker and Cy Young elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Associated Press

Jan. 27

1937 Tris Speaker and Cy Young are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1973 UCLA, led by Bill Walton, sets an NCAA record for consecutive victories with its 61st win, an 82-63 victory over Notre Dame. UCLA breaks the record of 60 set by San Francisco in 1956. Walton scores 16 points, grabs 15 rebounds and blocks 10 shots.

1982 Geoff Houston of the Cleveland Cavaliers hands out 27 assists, two short of the NBA record and scores 24 points in a 110-106 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

1991 The New York Giants survive the closest Super Bowl ever when Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal attempt with 8 seconds left in the game goes wide. The Giants win their second Super Bowl in five years, 20-19 over the Buffalo Bills.

1993 American Chad Rowan is awarded the highest rank in sumo wrestling, the ancient Japanese sport, making him the first foreign "yokozuna." The 6-foot-8, 455-pounder from Honolulu, becomes the 64th person to hold the top rank in the sport's history.

1996 The U.S. Golf Association elects Judy Bell as the first female president in its 101-year history.

2001 Jennifer Capriati upsets three-time winner Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3 to win the Australian Open and her first Grand Slam tournament title.

2003 Hermann Maier wins a World Cup super giant slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria, a victory he ranks among his finest triumphs. The win comes 18 months after he almost lost his leg in a motorcycle crash.

2007 Serena Williams wins her third Australian Open singles title, routing Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2. Unseeded and ranked 81st, Williams wins her eighth and most improbable Grand Slam. She is the second unseeded woman to win the Australian title in the Open era.

2008 Novak Djokovic fends off unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the Australian Open final, earning his first Grand Slam title.

2008 Eric Staal wins the most valuable player award in the NHL All-Star game, registering two goals and an assist in the East's 8-7 win over the Western Conference. Staal helps set up Marc Savard's winning goal with 20.9 seconds left.