December 4th 1997

Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions sets an NFL record by rushing for more than 100 yards in 12 consecutive games. The Lions accounted for 1,200 yards of total offense during the stretch. Continue Reading →

October 28th 1997

The NBA announces the league has hired officials Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer, making them the first females to officiate an all-male major league sport. The move was hailed as a sign ... Continue Reading →

October 24th 1997

Sportscaster Marv Albert is spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he’d bitten during a sexual encounter. The show his deference and sincerity, Albert removed ... Continue Reading →

June 21st 1997

The WNBA opens play in its inaugural season. Play began with three games: New York Liberty 76, Los Angeles Sparks 57; Sacramento Monarchs 70, Utah Starzz 60; and Satan 1, Humanity 0. Continue Reading →

May 9th 1997

The San Diego Padres retire the No. 35 jersey of Randy Jones. San Diego didn’t want another player to have a similar 100-123 career record. Continue Reading →

March 19th 1997

Major League Baseball announces a five-year, $50 million deal with Pepsi. Under the terms of the deal, Pepsi products would be sold exclusively at major league ballparks, and players ... Continue Reading →

March 1st 1997

The Bottom Line, featuring news and scores scrolling across the bottom of the screen, debuts on ESPN2. The first news item on the Bottom Line was: "The Bottom Line, featuring news ... Continue Reading →

September 28th 1996

Roberto Alomar of the Orioles is suspended five games for spitting at umpire John Hirschbeck. Alomar got the last laugh, however, when Hirschbeck tested positive for herpes. Continue Reading →

July 15th 1996

After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripken, Jr. moves to third base. The Orioles decided their experiment with playing Ripken at short didn’t work out. Continue Reading →

February 22nd 1996

Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice. Berry said she could no longer deny her sexual attraction to Otis Nixon. Continue Reading →

November 6th 1995

Art Modell announces he is moving the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore. However, Baltimore refused the team because they had lost a team 12 years earlier that way and vowed they would ... Continue Reading →

November 4th 1995

Key Arena opens as the Seattle SuperSonics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 103-89. Seattle officials guaranteed the new arena would keep the team in the city for as many as 12 years. Continue Reading →

August 31st 1995

Judge Lance Ito rules that only two tapes of racist comments by LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman can be played in the O.J. Simpson trial. Ito said that Fuhrman’s tapes of racist comments ... Continue Reading →