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by Ace Damon
AP Sportlight

may 31st

1927 – Detroit's first baseman, Johnny Neun, registers an unattended triple play in the ninth inning to end the 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Neun takes a unit from the Homer Summa line, tags Charlie Jamieson at the beginning and overtakes Glenn Myatt to score the second.

1938 – Henry Armstrong defeats Barney Ross for the world middleweight title.

1942 – Sam Snead wins the PGA championship, beating Jim Turnesa in final rounds 2 and 1.

1949 – Sam Snead wins the PGA championship, defeating Johnny Palmer in final rounds 3 and 2.

1965 – Jim Clark becomes the first non-American driver in 49 years to win the Indianapolis 500.

1983 – The Philadelphia 76ers wins the NBA championship with a 115 to 108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, completing a four-game sweep.

1987 – Edmonton Oilers wins their third Stanley Cup by beating Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in Game 7.

1992 – Ayrton Senna wins his fourth consecutive Monaco Grand Prix and ends the winning streak in Nigel Mansell's first season in five races.

1997 – Ila Borders becomes the first woman to play a professional baseball game in the regular season, in the sixth round of the St. Paul Saints Northern League game against Sioux Falls. She fights, giving up three races won without leaving.

2001 – Pat Day becomes the third jockey to achieve 8,000 victories, leading Camden Park to a one-time victory on the pitch at the sixth race at Churchill Downs. The 47th day follows only Laffit Pincay Jr. (9,147) and Bill Shoemaker (8,833).

2002 – Jason Kidd becomes the first player in 35 years to register three doubles in an NBA playoff series, and the New Jersey Nets finish the Boston Celtics with a 96-88 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals . He joins Oscar Robertson (1963) and Wilt Chamberlain (1967) as the only players with three triple doubles in a series.

2007 – LeBron James scores 48 points in his career playoffs, taking Cleveland to a 109-107 victory in Game 5 over Detroit in two overtime. James is the first player to score 25 consecutive points for a team in the postseason, scoring 29 of the Cavaliers' 30 final points.

2008 – Usain Bolt breaks the world record at 100 meters, with a time of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York. Bolt is 0.02 seconds faster than the old record held by Jamaican colleague Asafa Powell.

2009 – Rafael Nadal's unbeaten record at the French Open ends when the three-time champion loses to Robin Soderling, Sweden, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the fourth round. Nadal's winning record at Roland Garros ends in 31 games.

2009 – Stephen Cardullo sets a tournament record with seven hits, including three of the 15 NCAA records for the state of Florida, while Seminoles travels Ohio 37-6 to advance to the super regionals.

2011 – Austrian player Daniel Koellerer was banned for life by a tennis anti-corruption unit for trying to fix matches.

2012 – Kevin Durant scores 22 points, Thabo Sefolosha scored the best of his playoff career with 19 points and six steals, and Oklahoma City Thunder wins San Antonio's 20-game winning streak by beating Spurs 102-82 in the game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

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