On this Day in 2013: Bradley defends welterweight belt

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Reigning: Bradley.

Timothy Bradley’s win over Juan Manuel Marquez to remain unbeaten and defend his welterweight title didn’t come easy, but it was a victory nonetheless.

On this day in 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center, the American thwarted his Mexican opponent’s bid for a title in a fifth weight class at the age of 40 by earning a split decision result. Two judges scored it 116-112 and 115-113 for Bradley, while the third had Marquez winning 115-113.

The biggest punch of the night came in the final seconds of the final round, when Bradley connected with a crunching left hook to send Marquez staggering backwards. The pro-Marquez crowd though serenaded Bradley with boos.

More memorable events on this day:

1916: The Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-1 to win the World Series.

1968: The 19th Olympic Games open in Mexico City, Mexico.

1992: Washington’s Art Monk sets the NFL record for most receptions with his 820th career catch.

2003: Michael Schumacher wins the 54th Formula One championship by two points.

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Happy Birthday: Bode Miller, Akinwande, Marion Jones

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(Clockwise): Henry Akinwande, Marion Jones and Bode Miller.

Few have had a better career in skiing than the American, who has a knack for winning on the slopes.

Turning 39 today, Miller’s list of accomplishments goes on and on. He has won six Winter Olympics medals (one gold, three silver and two bronze) – the most of any US skier – and is one of five skiers to have won Olympic medals in four different disciplines.

Miller has also claimed six discipline World Cup titles and four World Championships in four different disciplines. He owns 33 victories in the World Cup and is one of five men to have won World Cup events in all five disciplines – slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and

combined.

His athletic skills have even translated to other sports as he briefly played in the Canadian- American League for baseball and competed for a spot in the 2010 US Open tennis tournament.

More sport star birthdays on this day:

1965: Henry Akinwande, English retired boxer who was the WBO heavyweight champion (51).

1975: Marion Jones, American former track and field athlete and former WNBA player for the Tulsa Shock (41).

1981: Shola Ameobi, Nigerian footballer who holds the record for most substitute appearances in the EPL (35).

1994: Sean Monahan, Canadian hockey player for the NHL’s Calgary Flames with 80 career goals (22).

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Happy Birthday: Bobby Charlton, Maria Bueno, Sawao Kato

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(Clockwise): Maria Bueno, Sawao Kato and Bobby Charlton.

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Sir Bobby Charlton turns 79 today. He was an essential member of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup, and he went on to win the Ballon d’Or that year.

He is a Manchester United legend having spent 17 years at the club, scoring 249 goals in 758 appearances. Aged 20, Charlton survived the Munich air disaster in 1958 that saw seven of his United team-mates killed. He played as if every game was for his fallen colleagues, recovering from his injuries to reach the pinnacle for both club and country, including scoring a goal in the final as the Busby Babes lifted the European Cup a decade after the tragedy.

He won three league titles with the Red Devils and, with England, he earned 106 caps, scoring 49 goals in the process – a record that was only broken last year by Wayne Rooney.

More sports star birthdays on this day:

1939: Maria Bueno, Brazilian former tennis player, who won seven grand slam singles titles (77).

1946: Sawao Kato, Japanese ex-gymnast. One of the most successful Olympians ever with 12 medals (70).

1989: Michelle Wie, American golfer, who won the 2014 US Open (27).

1990: Sebastian Rode, German footballer who plays as a midfielder for Borussia Dortmund (26).

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