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December 19
1917 The inaugural season of the NHL debuts. The original members of the league were the Montreal Canadiens, the Montreal Wanderers, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa and Quebec. Quebec, however, did not begin operation until two years later.
1948 The Philadelphia Eagles blanked the Chicago Cardinals, 7-0 to win the NFL title.
1959 Penn State shutout Alabama 7-0, in the first-ever Liberty Bowl.
1980 In one of the greatest comebacks in college football history, BYU rallied from a 20-point deficit with 2:33 left in the game and defeated SMU, 46-45 in the Holiday Bowl. Cougars? QB Jim McMahon hit Clay Brown with a 41-yard touchdown pass as time expired for the victory.
1984 Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky notched his 1,000th NHL point in only his 632nd game. The Oilers went on to defeat the Los Angeles Kings, 7-3.
1990 Los Angeles Raiders Bo Jackson became the first athlete chosen for All Star Games in two sports. Jackson was named as a reserve running back for the AFC side.
1996 The Philadelphia Flyers established a club-record with their third consecutive shutout, a 5-0 blowout of the New York Islanders.
2001 Marshall defeated East Carolina 64-61, 2OT in the GMAC Bowl. It was the highest scoring college football bowl game ever.
2001 The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) agreed to merge with the World Indoor Soccer League (WISL) and form a single coast-to-coast entity beginning with the 2002-03 season.
2002 Michigan State named John L. Smith head football coach.
2003 Germaine Bennett and Antawn Jenkins each rushed for two touchdowns, lifting Delaware to its first-ever I-AA title with a 40-0 victory over Colgate at W. Max Finley Stadium.
2005 New Jersey Devils coach Larry Robinson resigned from the team.
2006 The Philadelphia 76ers traded Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets for guard Andre Miller, forward Joe Smith and a pair of first-round draft picks.
2006 Boston College named Jeff Jagodzinski its new head football coach.
2007 New York Islanders Chris Simon was suspended an NHL-record 30 games for purposely stepping on the leg of Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu.
2008 Josh Vaughan ran for 162 yards and a touchdown, and Richmond celebrated its first Division I crown in school history in any sport by beating Montana, 24-7, in the Football Championship Subdivision title game.
2010 The Connecticut women's basketball team easily pushed its winning streak to a record-tying 88 games, moving one step closer to history with an 81-50 victory over Ohio State.
2010 The Milwaukee Brewers acquired pitcher Zack Greinke from the Kansas City Royals for four players.
2011 The Texas Rangers have won the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish.
2012 The Boston Red Sox signed pitcher Ryan Dempster to a two-year contract worth $26.5 million.
2012 The New York Yankees re-signed outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to a two-year contract worth $13 million.
2013 The New York Yankess signed outfielder Carlos Beltran to a three-year contract worth $45 million.
Birthdays Doug Harvey (1924) - NHL player; Al Kaline (1934) - MLB player; Kevin McHale (1957) - NBA player; Reggie White (1961) - NFL player; Warren Sapp (1972) - NFL player; Jake Plummer (1974) - NFL quarterback.
As of December 18, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET