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NBA facts

NBA facts

The Chicago Bulls franchise have amazingly won all six NBA Finals series in which they have played in.

NBA facts

On March 2, 1962, center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against the New York.

NBA facts

The silhouette on the NBA logo is Hall of Fame Laker Jerry West.

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Tennis facts

tennis facts

The longest tennis match took place at Wimbledon 2010 when John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes, played over three days, June 22, 23 and 24.

tennis facts

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island.

tennis facts

The longest recorded point in tennis history took 29 minutes and featured the ball crossing the net 643 times in a 1984 women’s match. Young aussie player Bernard Tomic (nicknamed “tomic the tank engine”) lost a match last year in 28 minutes.

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MLB facts

MLB facts

Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season.

MLB facts

The actual playing time in an MLB game is nine minutes and 55 seconds, despite routinely finishing at around three hours.

MLB facts

When pitched, the average MLB baseball rotates 15 times before being hit.

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Football facts

Football facts

The almighty Maracanã ground in Rio de Janeiro has a concrete moat around the pitch, built to keep fans from invading the pitch

Football facts

The Soviet Union (USSR) won the first European Football Championships in 1960.

Football facts

László Kubala is the only player to play for three countries (as recognised by FIFA). Born to parents of Czech origin in Budapest, Kubala, a Barcelona icon, played for Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Spain. Former Real Madrid striker Alfredo Di Stefano played for Argentina, Spain and Colombia, however, his Colombia caps won in the early 1950s came at a time when the country’s football association was not officially recognised by FIFA

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Olympic Games facts

Olympic Games facts

China did not win an Olympic medal until 1984. At the 2008 Beijing games, the chinese won 100 medals.

Olympic Games facts

Only four athletes have ever won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games: Eddie Eagan (United States), Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada).

Olympic Games facts

There have been three Olympic games held in countries that no longer exist.

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Formula One facts

Formula One facts

F1 - Over a race weekend, a driver will change gear about 8,000 times.

Formula One facts

A Formula One car has more than 0.6 miles (1 km) of cable in its bodywork.

Formula One facts

F1 - The chassis – the car’s main structure – is incredibly strong, being made from over a thousand different parts of Kevlar, carbon fibre, metal and various honeycomb structures.

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Hockey facts

Hockey facts

Before games, hockey pucks are frozen to prevent them from bouncing during play.

Hockey facts

Hockey was introduced in Sweden in 1920 by American film director and hockey coach Raoul Le Mat.

Hockey facts

The first organized indoor hockey game was played March 3, 1875 at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink, between two teams of nine players each, many of whom were McGill University students.

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American Football facts

American Football facts

In the year of 1984, the Baltimore Colts franchise moved to Indianapolis and became the Indianapolis Colts.

American Football facts

The NCAA required college football players to study during halftime until 1925.

American Football facts

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson was not heavily recruited to play college football because he played fullback, not tailback, until his senior year at high school.

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Athletics facts

Athletics facts

The marathon was originally conceived as a race for the 1896 Olympics in Athens, commemorating the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon.

Athletics facts

In 1932, American Mildred "Babe" Didriksen won medals in high jumping (silver), 80m hurdles (gold) and the javelin (gold). She is the only athlete to ever medal in all three events.

Athletics facts

In the 1900 long jump event, American Myer Prinstein finished 2nd despite not even showing up for the finals. He did not to participate in the finals on the Sunday due to his Christian beliefs, but his qualifying jumps from a previous day counted.

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Famous Sports Persons facts

Famous Sports Persons facts

Carl Lewis's real name was Frederick Carlton Lewis. His parents ran a local athletic club and by the age of 13 Carl was already competing in long jump.

Famous Sports Persons facts

Hockey legend Gordie Howe suffers from cryophobia, the extreme fear of cold and ice.

Famous Sports Persons facts

Babe Ruth once said he knew he didn’t swing hard enough if “a little poop didn’t come out.”

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History Of Sports facts

History Of Sports facts

Major League Baseball held its first night game on May 24, 1935 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati where the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.

History Of Sports facts

Frank Robinson was the first major league baseball player to earn the MVP award in both leagues. He won the National League MVP award in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and the American League MVP in 1966 with Baltimore Orioles.

History Of Sports facts

President Ronald Reagan was the first President of the United States to watch a Major League Baseball game from the dugout.

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Soccer facts

soccer facts

During the 1974 world cup in Munich, national teams were given BMW buses for transportation. After being eliminated, Zaire unsuccessfully tried to drive theirs back to Africa.

soccer facts

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, played goalie for the amateur Portsmouth association football club, which would eventually become the Portsmouth professional team that won the FA cup in 2008.

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Sports Rules facts

Sports Rules facts

MLB's rules state that if a ball becomes lodged in an umpire’s mask, all runners will advance one base.

Sports Rules facts

According to the official Major League Baseball rule book, baseball games “are to last 9 innings or two and one-half hours, whichever comes first.”

Sports Rules facts

In the Olympics, racewalkers are mandated to have one of their two feet on the ground at all time.

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Sports Records facts

Sports Records facts

The oldest Olympic medalist received his medal at age 83. His name was Anders Haugen and he was a ski-jumper. He competed in 1924, but because of a scoring error he did not receive his bronze medal until 1974, 50 years after he should have received it.

Sports Records facts

The record for most marathons run on consecutive days is 365! Belgian runner Stefaan Engels, knows as the “Marathon Man” set the record in 2011, aged 49!

Sports Records facts

The record for most marathons run on consecutive days is 365! Belgian runner Stefaan Engels, knows as the “Marathon Man” set the record in 2011, aged 49!

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Sport Terms facts

Sport Terms facts

Elbowing: foul worthy because of over-use of the elbows against an opponent. Rises to a game ejection if opponent is elbowed above the shoulders.

Sport Terms facts

Front Tackle: defender who tries to move the ball away from a challenger by a head-on approach

Sport Terms facts

Hacking: lingo for the kicking a challenger's legs—could be foul worthy

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Sport Trophies facts

Sport Trophies facts

The original Stanley Cup was just seven inches high. The names of every player from each winning team is engraved on the base of the Cup. The cup and base now stands 35 inches high.

Sport Trophies facts

The Venus Rosewater Dish is the Ladies' Singles Trophy awarded at The Championships, Wimbledon since 1886. Rosewater dishes were used in England to catch rosewater poured over the hands to wash them after eating. The award was made in 1864, and is a copy from a pewter original in the Louvre.

Sport Trophies facts

America's Cup, the trophy is named after America, the first yacht to win it in 1851 in a race around the Isle of Wight, is the oldest active trophy in sports.

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US Sports facts

US Sports facts

President Ronald Reagan was the first President of the United States to watch a Major League Baseball game from the dugout.

US Sports facts

The first NBA All-Star Game was played in 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Garden. The East won the game 111-94. The MVP of the game was Ed Macauley of the Boston Celtics. The winning coach was Joe Lapchick, who was the coach of the New York Knicks at the time.

US Sports facts

The silhouette on the NBA logo is Hall of Fame Laker Jerry West.

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Wimbledon facts

Wimbledon facts

Slazenger has provided all the tennis ball for Wimbledon tournament since 1902.

Wimbledon facts

Slazenger has provided all the tennis ball for Wimbledon tournament since 1902.

Wimbledon facts

John Isner and Nicholas Mahut (the 70-68 Wimbledon match) played 183 games over those three days, which beat the previous record of 112 games (set when there no tiebreaks for any set) by 71 games, which is just insanity.

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Winter Sports facts

Winter Sports facts

When asked why he didn’t win gold in cross country at the 2010 olympics, norwegian skier Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset said, “i think i have seen too much porn in the last 14 days.”

Winter Sports facts

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was founded in 1923.

Winter Sports facts

There are three types of speed skating including long track speed skating, short track speed skating and marathon speed skating.

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Basketball facts

basketball facts

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points in a career (38,387).

basketball facts

Dr. James Naismith is credited with inventing the game of basketball in 1891.

basketball facts

Basketball became an official Olympic event in Berlin, Germany in 1936.

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Baseball facts

Baseball facts

According to the official Major League Baseball rule book, baseball games “are to last 9 innings or two and one-half hours, whichever comes first.”

Baseball facts

Pete Rosewas banned from baseball for life for betting on games while managing the Reds, currently holds the all-time record for hits (4,256) and games played (3,562).

Baseball facts

Former Yankees Mickey Mantle currently holds the record for most home runs (18) and RBI (40) in World Series history.

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Boxing facts

Boxing facts

When 7-1 underdog Cassisus Clay (who would change his name to Muhammad Ali days later) defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach in 1964, the 16,000-seat arena was half-empty.

Boxing facts

The International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) is located in in Canastota, New York. It is within driving distance of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta.

Boxing facts

Sugar Ray Leonard amassed a career record of 36 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw. At various points in his career he held the NABF Welterweight title, WBC & The Ring Welterweight titles, WBA & The Ring Light Middleweight titles, WBA Welterweight, WBC and The Ring Middleweight titles, and WBC Light Heavyweight and WBC Super Middleweight titles. He retired after his third loss to Hector Camacho in 1997.

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Cycling facts

Cycling facts

The largest rideable bicycle has a wheel diameter of 3.3 m (10 ft 9.92 in) and was built by Didi Senft from Germany

Cycling facts

The longest tandem bike ever built had 35 seats and was about 67 feet long!

Cycling facts

On a bicycle, you can travel three times faster than you can walk, for the same amount of energy. No other living thing can expend so little energy for so much self-powered travel!

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Golf facts

Golf facts

The Ryder Cup is the most prestigious team golf event. It is played every two years between a team of European golfers and a team of American golfers.

Golf facts

Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters Tournament when he was 21 years old with a score of 270. He was the first person of color to win the tournament since it was played in 1934. Jack Nicklaus has won the Masters tournament six times—more than anyone else.

Golf facts

The first golf balls used in are believed to have been made out of wood.

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NFL facts

NFL facts

In the NFL, the home team must provide 36 footballs for outdoor games and 24 for indoor games.

NFL facts

Former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle was born with a spinal protuberance that looked like a small tail, which he kept all his life.

NFL facts

The Chicago Bears have the most retired numbers of any NFL team with 13.

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