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December 26
1941 Bobby Riggs defeated Frederick Perry in his pro tennis debut.
1963 Raymond Wagner, otherwise known as "Gorgeous George", died. George had become the most popular athlete of wrestling by dying his hair blond and being creative in the ring.
1976 San Antonio's Larry Kenon set an NBA record with 11 steals against Kansas City. The record would be tied by New Jersey's Kendall Gill 13 years later.
1997 Ole Miss won the inaugural Motor City Bowl, 34-31, over Marshall.
1999 Rams RB Marshall Faulk had 204 yards receiving in a 34-12 win over the Chicago Bears. Faulk became the second running back in NFL history to amass 1,000 yards in both rushing and receiving in a season.
2001 Colorado's Patrick Roy became the first goalie to win 500 games. The Avalanche defeated the Stars, 2-0.
2002 Two head coaches from the city of Atlanta got fired the same day. The Atlanta Hawks fired Lon Kruger and the Thrashers fired Curt Fraser.
2003 The WNBA Cleveland Rockers officially folded from the league.
2004 Former NFL defensive end Reggie White died from a heart attack at the age of 43.
2004 Indianapolis' Peyton Manning threw his 49th touchdown pass of the season, a 21-yard scoring strike to Brandon Stokley with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-31 overtime win over San Diego, to break Dan Marino's single-season record of 48, set in 1984.
2008 Army named Rich Ellerson head football coach.
2008 The San Francisco Giants signed five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson to a one-year deal.
2009 Sarah Thomas made history at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. She was the first woman to officiate a bowl game.
2010 The San Francisco 49ers fired head coach Mike Singletary.
2010 Florida International played in its first ever bowl game and defeated Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, 34-32.
2011 New Orleans' Drew Brees set the record for most passing yards in a single season, breaking a mark that stood since 1984 by Dan Marino.
2012 Western Kentucky played in its first ever bowl game, but lost to Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, 24-21.
Birthdays Carlton Fisk (1947) - baseball catcher; Ozzie Smith (1954) - MLB player.
As of December 25, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET

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