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Posted on December 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 9:35 AM

Dec. 20

1966 — The NBA grants a franchise to Seattle, expanding the league to 11 teams for the 1967-68 season.

1973 — Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 1,000th point, getting an assist in a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres.

1981 — Winnipeg's Doug Smail scores a goal 5 seconds into the game to tie an NHL record as the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4.

1983 — Montreal's Guy Lafleur scores his 500th goal as the Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 6-0.

1985 — In a 2-2 tie with the New York Rangers, Denis Potvin of the New York Islanders assists on Mike Bossy's goal for his 916th career point to break Bobby Orr's NHL record for points by a defenseman.

1985 — North Carolina sets an NCAA record with 18 blocked shots in an 87-55 rout of Stanford.

1998 — Green Bay's Brett Favre becomes the first NFL player to throw for more than 30 touchdowns in five different seasons. Favre connects three times with Antonio Freeman in the first half of a 30-22 win over Tennessee to break a tie with Dan Marino.

2000 — In the second-lowest scoring game in NBA history, the Charlotte Hornets hold the Miami Heat to a franchise-low in points in a 65-56 victory. The teams combine for 121 points — two more than Boston and Milwaukee scored between them on Feb. 27, 1955.

2003 — St. John's provides a perfect ending for coach John Gagliardi's record-breaking season, snapping Mount Union's NCAA-record 55-game winning streak with a 24-6 victory in the Division III championship game.

2005 — Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 62 points in just three quarters and Los Angeles downs Dallas 112-90. Bryant scores a franchise-record 30 points in the third quarter and sits out the fourth.

2006 — Bode Miller wins the super-giant slalom in Hinterstoder, Austria, 90 minutes after Lindsey Kildow and Julia Mancuso finish 1-2 in a downhill at Val d'Isere, France. Those successes give the U.S. team five wins and an unprecedented nine podium results over six days. It's the most impressive streak for the American team since 1983.

2007 — Marian Gaborik scores five goals, the most in the NHL since Sergei Federov scored five for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, to lead Minnesota to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

2009 — Ben Roethlisberger completes 29 of 46 passes with three TDs and 503 yards, becoming the first Pittsburgh quarterback to throw for 500 yards in a game during a 37-36 win over Green Bay. He hits rookie Mike Wallace for a 19-yard touchdown on the final play. It's the first 37-36 game in NFL history.

2009 — Cleveland's Jerome Harrison scores his third touchdown with 44 seconds left for the winning points and rushes for a team-record 286 yards in a 41-34 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Joshua Cribbs of the Browns has two kickoff returns for touchdowns, setting an NFL career record with seven. After his 100-yard return in the first quarter to break the mark, Cribbs dashes 103 yards in the second quarter.

2010 — In Minnesota's first outdoor home game in 29 years, Devin Hester and the Chicago Bears clinch the NFC North title. Hester sets the NFL record with his 14th kick return touchdown, running back a punt 64 yards for a score shortly after halftime to help the Bears to a 40-14 win.

2011 — The NCAA hits Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties for violations that started with eight players taking $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other memorabilia.

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