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April 18
1959 The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup playoffs to win the championship.
1962 Boston's Bill Russell scored 30 points and grabbed 40 rebounds in the Celtics 110-107 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and their fourth straight NBA title.
1966 Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell became the player-coach of the Boston Celtics.
1970 The New York State Legislature passed a bill enabling off-track betting.
1982 The Atlanta Braves defeated the Astros 6-5 in Houston to set a National League record with their 11th straight win to start the season.
1984 Little Stinker, driven by Ray Remmen, won the Blossom Pace Final in 1:56.3 at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1987 Phillies' 3B Mike Schmidt hit his 500th home run with two outs in the ninth to rally the Phillies to an 8-6 win over Pittsburgh Pirates.
1990 Champion Cigar was foaled at Country Life Farm, Bel Air, Maryland.
2005 Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won her fourth Boston Marathon title, while Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia captured the men's crown.
2005 Lance Armstrong announced his retirement from pro cycling, following the 2005 Tour de France, an event he won six times.
2005 Carolina Panthers linebackers coach Sam Mills died from intestinal cancer.
2005 Monday Night Football would now be seen on ESPN starting in 2006 after 35 years on Walt Disney's sister network ABC.
2007 Chicago White Sox LHP Mark Buehrle tossed a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers.
2008 The New York Knicks fired head coach Isiah Thomas.
2008 The NY Rangers eliminated the New Jersey Devils in five games in their opening round of the NHL playoffs.
2008 The Atlanta Braves placed LHP Tom Glavine on the disabled list for the first time in his 22-year career.
2008 The NBA's board of governors overwhelmingly voted to approve the move of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season.
2011 Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the Boston Marathon in a record time of two hours, three minutes and two seconds, while countrymate Caroline Kilel claimed the women's title.
2011 Orlando's Dwight Howard was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award in three straight seasons.
2011 The Houston Rockets fired basketball coach Rick Adelman.
2012 Tennessee Women's basketball coach Pat Summitt announced her resignation after 38 seasons. Holly Warlick was named Summitt's successor.
2013 Philadelphia 76ers basketball coach Doug Collins resigned.
2013 The Cleveland Cavaliers fired basketball coach Byron Scott.
2013 The Detroit Pistons fired basketball coach Lawrence Frank.
2014 Memphis Grizzlies reserve rookie guard Nick Calathes was suspended 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy,
Birthdays Wilbur Marshall (1962) - NFL player; Jim Hunter (1946) - MLB player; Nate Archibald (1948) - NBA player; Geoff Bodine (1949) - NASCAR driver.
As of April 17, 2015, at 06:00 PM ET

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