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December 22
1894 The United States Golf Association was founded and ultimately became the governing body in the U.S.
1969 Pete Maravich set an NCAA record, nailing 30-of-31 free throws and scoring 46 points in leading LSU to a 98-89 win over Georgia.
1973 Dewey Brown, the first black member of the Professional Golfer's Association, died.
1974 Boston's Phil Esposito recorded his 500th goal, as the Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 5-4.
1984 Maverick, driven by Eben Holmes, set the world record for 2-year-old geldings pacing on a five-eighths of a mile track by winning in 1:57.3 at Pompano Park in Florida.
1984 Over 70,000 attended the inaugural Cherry Bowl in Pontiac, Michigan. Army, in its first-ever bowl appearance, defeated Michigan State, 10-6.
1985 Kansas City's Stephone Paige had the NFL's first 300 yard receiving day in 40 years, finishing with 309 yards on eight catches in a 38-24, victory over San Diego.
1991 Jockey Kent Desormeaux, at age 21, won his 2,000th race, riding Saron Lake, trained by Gary Jones, to victory at Hollywood Park.
1996 St. Louis' Brett Hull scored a hat trick and became the 24th player in NHL history to reach 500 goals, as the Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 7-4.
1998 The American Basketball League (ABL) suspended operations and filed Chapter 11.
2003 The New York Knicks fired team president Scott Layden and named Isiah Thomas as his successor.
2003 Philip Rivers posted a Tangerine Bowl-record with 475 yards passing and five touchdowns in his final college game, leading the North Carolina State Wolfpack to a 56-26, win over the Kansas Jayhawks.
2005 Navy won the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl defeating Colorado State, 51-30.
2006 Air Force named Troy Calhoun head football coach.
2008 Jay Zygmunt stepped down as President of Football Operations and General Manager of the St. Louis Rams.
2010 Charlotte Bobcats basketball coach Larry Brown resigned.
2012 Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record.
Birthdays Connie Mack (1862) - owner and manager of the Philadelphia Athletics; Steve Carlton (1944) - MLB Hall of Fame pitcher; Randy Romero (1947) - jockey; Steve Garvey (1948) - MLB player; Ray Guy (1949) - NFL punter.
As of December 22, 2014, at 09:04 AM ET

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