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NBA facts

NBA facts

Michael Jordan was once one of the best high school pitchers in North Carolina.

NBA facts

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

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.

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Tennis facts

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

British Player Greg Rusedski has the world's fastest serve, clocked at a staggering 149 mph. In 1999 he served 685 aces, accounting for 79% of his points.

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

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

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

Only two games in All Star history have ended in ties. The first, in 1961, occurred when the game was halted in the 9th because of rain. Then in 2002, the game was called when both teams ran out of pitchers in the 11th inning and Commissioner Bud Selig called the game.

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Golf facts

Golf facts

Tiger Woods once made 142 straight cuts, topping Jack Nicklau\'s record by 37 and routinely leading the next-best active player by 100 or more tournaments. (this is one of tiger\’s most underrated stats.)

Golf facts

The four major's in women's professional golf are the U.S. Open, the Women's British Open, the LPGA championship, and the Nabisco Championship. The four events form what is known as the Women's Grand Slam of golf. No player has ever won all four events 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.

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Olympic Games facts

Olympic Games facts

Tug of war was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.

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

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

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Formula One facts

Formula One facts

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

Formula One facts

F1 helmets are among the toughest things in the world. Some of the tests they have to pass to be deemed legal to race in are being subjected to an 800 degrees C flame for 45 seconds (without the heat inside the helmet exceeding 70 degrees C) and a visor that has projectiles fired at it at around 300mph. If any of these make dents deeper than 2.5mm, the helmet also fails.

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.

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Hockey facts

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.

Hockey facts

The first hockey puck, used during outdoor pickup games in the 1800s, was reportedly made of frozen cow dung.

Hockey facts

The standard North American ice rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide.

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American Football facts

American Football facts

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

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

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 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.

Athletics facts

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

Athletics facts

Jesse won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics for 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4x100 relay. It was an especially great accomplishment as he did this in Berlin, Germany as a black man in front of Adolf Hitler! 

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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 Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) was 12 years old his bike was stolen. He told a policeman, who also happened to be a boxing coach, that he was going to "whup" the thief. The policeman told him that he ought to learn to box first!

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.

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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

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

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.

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Soccer facts

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.

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.

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Sports Rules facts

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 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

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

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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

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

Ice hockey is nicknamed 'The Fastest Game on Earth'

Winter Sports facts

The state sport of Alabama is figure skating.

Winter Sports facts

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was founded in 1923.

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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

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

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

The National League and the American League played in the first All-Star Game held in 1933. The NL has won 40 of the 73 games played. The game ended in a tie two times.

Baseball facts

San Francisco's slugger Barry Bonds has won the NL MVP Award seven times which is the record.

Baseball facts

The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903 and was a nine-game series. Boston won the series 5-3.

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Boxing facts

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

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

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

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