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NBA facts

NBA facts

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

NBA facts

Former NBA star Calvin Murphy has 14 illegitimate kids by 9 women.

NBA facts

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

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Tennis facts

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.

tennis facts

At the age of 16, in 1997, Martina Hingis became the youngest women's tennis player to be ranked number 1 in the world since the rankings originatedin 1975.

tennis facts

As an amateur in 1962, Australia's Rod Laver won all four men's Grand Slam titles . He became the only player to accomplish the feat twice when he did it again in 1969 as a professional.

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MLB facts

MLB facts

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

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

The record for the most career innings in Major League Baseball is held by Cy Young with 7,356.

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Golf facts

Golf facts

The four major events in professional golf are the British Open, the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship. The four events form what is known as the Grand Slam of golf. No player has ever won all four majors in the same year.

Golf facts

The Longest Hole in the World is the 7th hole (par 7) of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan.  It measures a long 909 yards.

Golf facts

Kathy Whitworth has won 88 professional tournaments during her amazing career—more than any other male or female golfer in history.

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Olympic Games facts

Olympic Games facts

The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana, and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colors, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

Olympic Games facts

The record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina. Competing in three Olympics, between 1956 and 1964, she won 18 medals.

Olympic Games facts

The Phillippines has competed in the most summer Olympics (20) without winning a gold medal.

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Formula One facts

Formula One facts

F1 - Monza in Italy is renowned as the hardest track on brakes. When drivers brake for the first corner they go from 200mph down to 60mph in just over two seconds.

Formula One facts

Formula 1 drivers are subjected to forces of up to 5G when racing – meaning that in a very high-speed corner, their body will experience pressure five times greater than their body weight.

Formula One facts

There were 957 pit stops during the 2012 season, including 14 drive-through and two stop-go penalties.

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Hockey facts

Hockey facts

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

Hockey facts

The World Hockey Association was a rival hockey league from 1973 to 1979. Hockey legends Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, and Wayne Gretzky played in the league, but it couldn't compete with the NHL. Four current NHL teams came from the WHA. The Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers (now Carolina Hurricanes), Quebec Nordiques (now Colorado Avalanche), and Winnipeg Jets (now Phoenix Coyotes).

Hockey facts

Bernie Geoffrion is credited with bringing the slapshot to the NHL in 1951. He was given the nickname “Boom Boom” because his shot was so hard and fast.

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American Football facts

American Football facts

Starting in 1990, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls never had a three-game losing streak for eight years.

American Football facts

Former NBA star Calvin Murphy has 14 illegitimate kids by 9 women.

American Football facts

The Houston Rockets did not discover until the 14th game of the 1984–85 NBA season that their home arena rims were set at 9-feet, 7-inches.

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Athletics facts

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 1935 Jesse Owens broke four world records in 45 minutes.

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.

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Famous Sports Persons facts

Famous Sports Persons facts

The name ‘Federer’ can be typed entirely with the left-hand.

Famous Sports Persons facts

When Ian Thorpe first started swimming as a young boy he had an allergy to chlorine which meant he had to keep his head above the water as he swam.

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.

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History Of Sports facts

History Of Sports facts

In a career that spanned 1973 to 1987, Marvelous Marvin Hagler amassed a career record of 62 wins (52 by knockout), 3 losses, and 2 draws.

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.

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.

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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

When the Americans defeated favorite England in the 1950 World Cup, the story goes that many newspapers around the world believed the 1-0 score to be a typo and instead printed that England won 10-1.

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 world football, goalies may be replaced during any point of regulation time or overtime, but not during a shootout. The only caveat to this is if the goalie gets injured.

Sports Rules facts

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

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.

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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 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 Trophies facts

Sport Trophies facts

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

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.

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US Sports facts

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

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

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.

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Wimbledon facts

Wimbledon facts

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

Wimbledon facts

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

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

250 athletes coming from 16 nations competed in the 16 events of the first Winter Olympics.

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.

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

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

basketball facts

Until 1936, the jump ball in basketball took place at center court after every single made basket.

basketball facts

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

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Baseball facts

Baseball facts

Sammy Sosa has three of the eight 60-home run seasons in baseball history.

Baseball facts

A microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.

Baseball facts

Most broken Major League bats are sent to third world countries where they are used as building materials and crude weapons.

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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

Boxing was filmed for the first time in 1894 in a match between Mike Leonard and Jack Cushing.

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Cycling facts

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!

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.

Cycling facts

The most expensive bike ever, a Trek Madone or the "Butterfly Bike" designed by artist Damien Hirst, was auctioned for $500,000 at Sotherby's.

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