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July 27

1986 _ Greg Lemond becomes the first American to win the Tour de France. LeMond's teammate, Bernard Hinault of France, finishes second.

1993 _ Reggie Lewis, the 27-year-old Boston Celtics star who collapsed during a playoff game on April 29 from a heart ailment, dies after a light workout at the team's practice facility at Brandeis University.

1996 _ On the day when one person dies and more than 100 are injured by a bomb, the Olympic competition is held beneath flags at half-staff. Canada's Donovan Bailey sets the world record to win the 100 meters in 9.84 seconds, the Games' glamour race.

2002 _ John Ruiz retains the WBA heavyweight title he won from Evander Holyfield, this time getting off the canvas three times _ all after low blows _ and lasting long enough for Kirk Johnson to be disqualified.

2005 _ Grant Hackett bumps off one of the sport's most enduring world records, eclipsing Ian Thorpe's mark in the 800-meter freestyle. The 6-foot-6 Hackett claims his second gold and third medal of the World Swimming Championships with a time of 7:38.65, breaking the mark set four years earlier by his countryman Thorpe.

2006 _ Floyd Landis' stunning Tour de France victory just four days earlier is thrown into question when he tests positive for high levels of testosterone during the race.

2008 _ Carlos Sastre wins the Tour de France in one of the closest finishes in the 105-year-old race. The third Spaniard in a row to win cycling's premier event, Sastre holds his 65-second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia. As in the last two years, this year's Tour is plagued by doping.

2011 _ Ervin Santana pitches the first solo no-hitter for the Angels in nearly 27 years, striking out 10 and leading Los Angeles over Cleveland 3-1.

2013 _ Candace Parker scores a record 23 points to lead the West to a 102-98 win over the East and earn MVP honors in the WNBA All-Star game.

2013 _ Hunter Mahan withdraws from the RBC Canadian Open after his wife went into labor. Mahan, the tournament leader at 13 under after 36 holes, had yet to tee off for the third round.

July 28

1913 _ The United States wins its first Davis Cup since 1902 by beating Britain three matches to two.

1928 _ The Summer Olympics open in Amsterdam and the Olympic flame is lit for the first time.

1929 _ The Chicago Cardinals become the first NFL team to train out of state, holding camp in Michigan.

1972 _ The American Basketball Association announces that San Diego will receive a franchise and the NBA's Buffalo Braves relocate to San Diego and are renamed the San Diego Clippers.

1972 _ The Dallas Cowboys beat the College All-Stars in Chicago 20-7.

1984 _ The Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles with a record 140 nations competing. The Soviet Union and 13 Communist allies, including Cuba and East Germany, boycott the Games.

1987 _ Laura Davies shoots a 1-under 71 to defeat Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Women's Open.

1987 _ Angel Cordero Jr. becomes the fourth U.S. jockey to win 6,000 races when he rides Lost Kitty to victory at Monmouth Park, N.J.

1991 _ Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game as the Montreal Expos beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0.

1992 _ American Mike Barrowman sets a world record in winning the 200-meter breaststroke, and Russian Evgueni Sadovyi becomes the Summer Olympics' first triple gold medalist, also smashing a world record in the men's 400-meter freestyle.

1994 _ On the night baseball players set an Aug. 12 strike date, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitches a perfect game for a 4-0 victory over California.

2000 _ Blaine Wilson, America's pre-eminent gymnast, wins his fifth straight championship in St. Louis. He becomes the first gymnast to win five straight national titles since George Wheeler did it from 1937-41.

2002 _ Lance Armstrong wins his fourth straight Tour de France. His final winning margin over second-place Joseba Beloki of Spain is 7 minutes, 17 seconds, making it Armstrong's second-biggest victory. The four titles were stripped in 2012 for doping.

2005 _ In Montreal at the World Swimming Championships, Poland's Otylia Jedrzejczak breaks her own world record in the 200 butterfly. Jedrzejczak's time of 2:05.61 lowers her own mark of 2:05.78 set in Berlin on Aug. 4, 2002.

2009 _ Germany's Paul Biedermann hands Michael Phelps his first major individual loss in four years, setting a world record in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships in Rome. Biedermann touches in 1:42.00, beating Phelps' record of 1:42.96 set at last year's Beijing Olympics. Phelps, a body length behind, suffers his first loss in a major international meet since Ian Crocker beat him in the final of the 100 butterfly at the 2005 world championships.

2011 _ Ryan Lochte celebrates the first world record set since high-tech bodysuits were banned 1 1/2 years ago. Lochte edges Michael Phelps in 200-meter individual medley at the world championships at Shanghai. Lochte touches the wall in 1:54.00 to lower his old mark set two years ago in Rome by a tenth of a second.

2012 _ China's Ye Shiwen sets...

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