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NBA facts

NBA facts

The Boston Celtics franchise has won the most NBA championships (16) in history.

NBA facts

Michael Jordan is regarded as the greatest to ever have played basketball, but the 1984 NBA Draft, he didn’t get selected in the first round and was passed over by the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.

NBA facts

Romanian centre Gheorghe Muresan is the tallest man ever to play in the NBA, standing a towering 7’7″, who spent a total of five seasons in the league.

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Tennis facts

tennis facts

Helen Wills Moody, whose serious demeanor on the court earned her the nickname “Little Miss Poker Face”, finished the year as the no. 1 ranked women's tennis player nine times, including seven years straight from 1927 to 1933.

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

About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the plus-minus 650 matches in the Wimbledon championship.

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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 first club to win the European – South American Intercontinental Cup in 1960 was Real Madrid of Spain when they beat Peñarol of Uruguay over two legs. The competition ran until 2004, when it was replaced with FIFA’s Club World Cup.

Football facts

In 2001, the game itself was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Swedish politician Lars Gustafsson cited the capacity for world football to bring normally hostile nations together as his justification (such as the United States and Iran playing each other in the 1998 World Cup), even though that year, a dozen fans were killed during a post-match stampede at a World Cup qualifier between Zimbabwe and South Africa

Football facts

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

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Olympic Games facts

Olympic Games facts

Liechtenstein has competed in the most summer Olympics (16) without winning any medal.

Olympic Games facts

Speed skater Bonnie Blair has won six medals at the Olympic Winter Games. That's more than any other American athlete.

Olympic Games facts

The 1912 Olympics was the last time that gold medals were solid gold.

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Formula One facts

Formula One facts

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

Formula One facts

A Formula One car is made up of about 80,000 components.

Formula One facts

A Formula One car can go from 0 to 100 mph in 1.5 seconds.

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Hockey facts

Hockey facts

Canada is widely considered to be the birthplace of hockey. The Hockey Hall of Fame is in Toronto, Canada. There is also a U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame for the players, coaches, etc. who are American born.

Hockey facts

Regulation hockey nets are six feet wide and four feet tall.

Hockey facts

The first player who accumulate more than 300 penalty minutes in a single season was Philadelphia Flyer Dave Schultz, who had 348 penalty minuted in 1974. The next year, he broke his record with 472 penalty minutes, still the record.

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American Football facts

American Football facts

In 2008, Michael Vick\’s prison intramural football team went 3–5.

American Football facts

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

American Football facts

The Green Bay Packers franchise won the first Super Bowl ever played, which was held in Los Angeles in January of 1967.

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Athletics facts

Athletics 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!

Athletics facts

Bob Beamon’s 1968 Olympic record in the long jump would have won the 2012 Olympics by almost two feet.

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

Born and raised in Portugal, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (dos Santos Aveiro) was actually named after a very well known American. His middle name was inspired by the late President Ronald Reagan, who the athlete says his mother was a great admirer of.

Famous Sports Persons facts

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

Famous Sports Persons facts

When Nadia Comaneci scored her perfect 10, it couldn't be shown on the scoreboards as they only went as high as 9.9. The number 1.0 flashed up instead!

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History Of Sports facts

History Of Sports facts

Beach volleyball first became a summer Olympic sport in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In that first year of beach volleyball at the Olympics the United States men and the Brazilian women won the gold medals.

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.

History Of Sports facts

For the men, the first gold medal in soccer was awarded at the Athens Olympics in 1896 to Great Britain. For the women the first gold medal for soccer came much later in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where the United States won gold.

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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

In professional hockey, a goalie is prohibited from crossing the red line that marks center ice. Plenty of goalies have still figured out how to involve themselves in their teams’ offense, however.

Sports Rules facts

In professional golf, signing the scorecard is evidently of utmost importance. If a golfer does not sign his or her scorecard, he or she is disqualified from the event.

Sports Rules facts

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

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Sports Records facts

Sports Records facts

In 1935 Jesse Owens broke four world records in 45 minutes.

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 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.

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Sport Terms facts

Sport Terms facts

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

Sport Terms facts

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

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.

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Sport Trophies facts

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.

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 1912 Olympics was the last time that gold medals were solid gold.

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US Sports facts

US Sports facts

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

US Sports facts

Major League Baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear while on the job in case they split their pants.

US 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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Wimbledon facts

Wimbledon facts

The first Wimbledon Championship took place in 1877 when it was watched by only 200 spectators. In 1999 it was broadcast to a total of 174 countries, with an estimated audience of over 1 billion people.

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.

Wimbledon facts

The grass at Wimbledon was kept two inches long until 1949 when an English player was bitten by a snake.

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Winter Sports facts

Winter Sports facts

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

Winter Sports facts

The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.

Winter Sports 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.

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Basketball facts

basketball facts

Michael Jordan, who retired in January 1999 but returned to the league in 2001, has scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player.

basketball facts

Lenny Wilkens has won and lost more basketball games than any other coach.

basketball facts

Michael Jordan, has scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player in basketball history.

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Baseball facts

Baseball facts

Baseballs were originally made from the foreskins of horses.

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

There are 18 minutes of total action in a baseball game.

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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

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.

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.

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Cycling facts

Cycling facts

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

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

A bit of cycling science for you: amazingly, a bicycle can stay upright without a rider as long as it’s moving at 8mph or faster.

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Golf facts

Golf facts

During the 1932 Walker Cup, golfer Leonard Crawley accidentally hit his ball in the wrong direction and it ended up hitting and denting the Walker Cup trophy.

Golf facts

Golf balls were originally made from dried cow eyeballs.

Golf facts

Up until the mid 19th century, golf balls were typically made of feathers. The feathers had to be boiled to make them soft and they were then stuffed into a leather pouch, which was subsequently sewn up into a ball shape.

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NFL facts

NFL facts

The Philadelphia Eagles are the only NFL team with a logo that faces left.

NFL facts

The Arizona Cardinals have scored 126 in the first three weeks of the 2015 season. In 1992, the Seattle Seahawks scored 140 points for the entire season.

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.

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