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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

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

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Tennis facts

tennis facts

Studies show high school tennis players score significantly lower on math tests, it is assumed because of the sport\’s illogical 15–30–40 scoring system.

tennis facts

Pete Sampras is tennis's all-time biggest money winner with over $40 million in career earnings.

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

The only All Star Game to be cancelled was in 1945, because of severe wartime travel restrictions.

MLB facts

Between 1959 and 1962, there were two All Star Games played each season. The second game was intended to raise money for the players' pension funds, as well as for other causes.

MLB facts

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

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Golf facts

Golf facts

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

Golf facts

Golf clubs have a long history. One of the earliest known references to the sport dates back to 1457, when King James II of Scotland banned the practice of golf.

Golf facts

The two golf balls Alan Shephard hit on the Moon with a six-iron (One that went into a crater another that “sailed for miles and miles”) are still there.

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Olympic Games facts

Olympic Games facts

Host Greece won the most medals (47) at the first Olympic Summer Games in 1896.

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 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

F1 - When a car is driving in the wet, the tyres get rid of 250 litres of water per second – enough to fill a large bath.

Formula One facts

A Formula One driver loses about 6.5 pounds (3 kg) of weight during a race as a result of high G-forces and temperatures.

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Hockey facts

Hockey facts

The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, Ontario.

Hockey facts

The diameter of a hockey puck is three inches.

Hockey facts

The Montreal Canadiens have won the most Stanley Cups, a total of 23. The Toronto Maple Leafs are second on the list with 13. Click here for the entire list of hockey champions since 1893.

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American Football facts

American Football facts

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

American Football facts

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

American Football facts

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

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Athletics facts

Athletics facts

Roger Bannister held the world record in the mile for exactly 46 days.

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

At college Mark Spitz was known by his teammates as "Mark the Shark".

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!

Famous Sports Persons facts

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

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History Of Sports facts

History Of Sports facts

The first Sports Illustrated came out on August 16 1954. Pictured on the cover was the Milwaukee Braves Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium.

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

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

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.

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.

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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 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.

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Sports Records facts

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Sport Terms facts

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Sport Trophies facts

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US Sports facts

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Wimbledon facts

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

The state sport of Alabama is figure skating.

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 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was founded in 1923.

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Basketball facts

basketball facts

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

basketball facts

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

basketball facts

Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game.

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Baseball facts

Baseball facts

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

Baseball facts

Baseballs were originally made from the foreskins of horses.

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

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

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

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.

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