On this day: Tiger Woods wins his first US Open in style

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Woods claimed the US Open trophy 16 years ago.

The American shot a bogey-free final round of 67 at Pebble Beach in what remains the most dominating performance and victory in any major championship.

At twelve strokes under par, Woods was the only player to finish at even par or better and became the first player in the 106-year history of the US Open to finish at double-digits under par.

His aggregate 272 tied what was then the lowest score ever in a US Open and his record-setting 15-stroke margin of victory over runners-up Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez remains the largest at a major.

1932: The Federation Internationale de Basketball Amateur (FIBA), the world governing body for basketball, was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

1975: Gary Gilmour puts in one of the greatest bowling performances in one-day international history to help Australia beat England and make the final of the first-ever cricket World Cup.

1994: Russian swim star Alexander Popov breaks Matt Biondi’s 100m freestyle world record in Monaco, clocking 48.21 seconds.

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On this day: Borg goes back-to-back at the French

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Twice in a row for the Swede

On this day in 1975, stoic Swede Bjorn Borg secured his second straight French Open title at just 19 years old as he defeated Guillermo Vilas in straight sets.

Borg is long considered to be one of the greatest ever clay-court players and he gave solidity to that argument with this victory.

Vilas was the No4 seed at the time but simply could not halt the momentum of the young Swede who had dropped only one set – in the semi-finals – during the whole tournament and Borg would triumph 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

In all, Borg met and defeated three seeded players and won 19 sets, which translated into winning 117 games and losing just 53. He would go on to win four more titles at Roland Garros.

Other memorable events in history today:

1960: Angel Cordero wins his first of over 7,000 horse races.

1985: Pinklon Thomas knocked out Mike Weaver in the eighth round the for heavyweight boxing title.

2011: The Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 for their first Stanley Cup success in 39 years.

2014: San Antonio avenged their defeat to the Miami Heat the previous year to win the NBA Finals 4-1.

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Happy Birthday – Oliver Kahn, Michael Laudrup, Abdur Razzak

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(L-R) Oliver Kahn, Michael Laudrup, Abdur Razzak.

One of the most legendary and iconic figures in German football’s long and illustrious history celebrates his 47th birthday today.

Oliver Kahn retired from the game in 2008 but the goalkeeper left an indelible mark on the game after a career spanning 20 years –a large portion of which was spent with Bayern Munich – between the posts.

Kahn started his career with SC Karlsruhe where he played his first Bundesliga game in 1987. He was a regular starter from 1990 before he left for Munich in 1994 to become a legend. ‘Der Titan’ would go on to win eight Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals, the UEFA Cup in 1996 and the Champions League in 2000.

For Germany, he inspired a poor side to the 2002 World Cup final but his mistake for Ronaldo’s opener ultimately cost his side, though he was still named the tournament’s best player.

Other sporting stars born on this day:

1964: Michael Laudrup, was a world-class Danish midfielder and winner of six league titles for four clubs (52).

1972: Justin Leonard, is an American golfer and 1997 winner of the Open Championship (44).

1982: Abdur Razzak, is a Bangladeshi spin bowler and first ever from the country to take 200 ODI wickets (34).

1992: Dafne Schippers, is the 2015 200m World Champion and third fastest women ever over the distance (24).

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