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This Day In Sports

April 24
1901 The American League debuted as Chicago defeated Cleveland, 8-2. The game was played at Chicago Cricket Club and 14,000 fans showed up.
1951 The Soviet Union officially applied to compete in the Olympics.
1962 Sandy Koufax fanned 18 Chicago Cubs to lead the Dodgers to a 10-2 victory at Wrigley Field.
1963 Celtics great and Hall-of-Famer Bob Cousy retired.
1965 New York Manager Casey Stengel managed his 3,000th career victory, as the Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants, 7-6.
1967 The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the San Francisco Warriors, 125-122 to win the NBA championship in six games.
1974 Tampa Bay was rewarded with the NFL's 27th franchise.
1995 Darryl Strawberry avoided prison for tax evasion but got three years probation, six months of house confinement and a $350,000 fine.
1997 Orlando's 64 points in the 99-64 loss to Miami Heat matched an NBA playoff record for the fewest points in a game.
2002 Forward Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year.
2003 Freshman sensation Carmelo Anthony left Syracuse University after just one year to enter the NBA Draft.
2003 Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire was named the NBA's Rookie of the year.
2004 The San Diego Chargers selected QB Eli Manning with the top overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. However, soon after, the Chargers traded the disgruntled Manning to the Giants for their fourth-overall selection, which turned out to be NC State QB Philip Rivers, as well the team's third round selection in this year's draft and a first and fifth round pick from the Giants in the 2005 draft.
2005 The NFL Draft concluded with the selection of "Mr. Irrelevant" - TE Andy Stokes, selected by the New England Patriots.
2005 Former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White of Oklahoma was among those not selected in the NFL Draft.
2005 For the second straight day, an early spring snowstorm in the Detroit area forced the cancellation of the Tigers/Twins baseball game.
2005 American tennis sensation Andy Roddick won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships for the third time in the last five years.
2007 Toronto's Sam Mitchell was named NBA Coach of the Year.
2007 The Seattle SuperSonics fired head coach Bob Hill.
2010 The Oakland Raiders acquired QB Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
2012 The NBA suspended Lakers forward Metta World Peace seven games without pay for his violent elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden.
2013 The Cleveland Cavaliers announced the return of Mike Brown as the club's head coach. Brown previously served as the Cavaliers head coach for five seasons from 2005-10.
2013 Memphis' Marc Gasol was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Birthdays Vince Ferragamo (1954) - NFL quarterback; Chipper Jones (1972) - MLB player; Todd Jones (1968) - MLB pitcher; Omar Vizquel (1967) - MLB player; Peter Skudra (1973) - NHL player.
As of April 23, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET