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What Were the Sports Highlights
in September 1976, 1986, 1991 and 1996?


September Sports Trivia



1976

• Ohio State Quarterback Rod Gerald was instrumental in giving Ohio State a heated 12-7 win over Penn State.

• Bill Shoemaker rode Forego to victory in the the $173,200 Woodward handicap at New York's Belmont Park.

• Jimmy Connors beat Bjorn Borg, and Chris Evert walloped Evonne Goolagong to win the US open at Forest Hills.

• Jack Nicklaus won the new World Series of Golf in Akron pocketing $100,000.

• Billy Haughton, driving Steve Lobell, won the Hambletonian Trotting Classic and $131,762 in 90 degree weather. Haughton felt the four heats had been too much and had wanted to take the colt out of the race before the last heat. The colt collapsed afterwards, instigating a growing sentiment that the format of the race be changed.

• Michigan was slated as the No.1 team to beat in College Football with Quarterback Rick Leach.


1986

• Gymnastics sensation Kristie Phillips graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.

• With only six weeks of the season left the Houston Astros had a comfortable seven game lead over the second place Giants in the National League West.

• Crowds turned out to cheer surfing's brightest stars, like America's John Kissell, at the Op Pro Meet at Huntington Beach, California.

• Sugar Ray Leonard was quoted as saying, "There is a burning desire in me," when he made his decision to go back in the ring to fight Marvin Hagler.

• The Oklahoma Sooners dominated the UCLA Bruins so completely that they were in a zone of their own.

• Top-seeded Ivan Lendl and Martina Navratilova prevailed in four Czeching final showdowns at Flushing Meadow.

• Boycotts and a terrorist bomb blast made the Tenth Asian Games in Seoul South Korea as tense as the Olympics.


1991

• Carl Lewis beat Leroy Burrell in Tokyo shattering the World Record in the best 100-meter dash ever run.

• Mike Powell broke Bob Beamon's storied long jump record at the World Championships in Tokyo.

• Jim Abbott of the California Angels had emerged as one of the game's outstanding pitchers.

• Stefan Edberg and Monica Seles won the US open tennis titles but the tournament belonged to Jimmy Connors, who had been the crowd favorite.

• The down-home Atlanta Braves won two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers to remain on top of the National League West.

• Kim Zmeskal, of the US, made gymnastic's history by winning the women's all-around in Indianapolis being the first US woman ever to win a gold medal in the event.



1996

• In his final win before becomming a pro, Tiger Woods made history at the Amateur with unprecedented three consecutive victories. His last was a heart stopping 38th hole win at Pumpkin Ridge near Portland over an unyielding Steve Scott. Woods won his first professional game aat the Greater Milwaukee Open getting a hole in one and winning $2,544.

• The Miami Dolphins made Jimmy Johnson's return to coaching a success by squeezing the New England Patriots.

• Defending AFC champ Pittsburg Steelers suffered costly casualties in a 24-9 defeat by upstart Jacksonville Jaguars.

• Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf proved indomitable at the US Open.

• Throat cancer victim Brett Butler lifted hearts with his stirring return to the Dodgers scoring the winning run against the Pittsburg Pirates in his first game following a four month absence.

• Arizona State ended Nebraska's 26-game streak and joined the national title race.

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