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This Day in Sports History — December 14

Jerry Rice
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on December 14:

1920 — Jack Dempsey knocked out Bill Brennan in the 12th round of their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York and retained the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1960 — The Los Angeles Angels selected pitcher Eli Grba of the New York Yankees with the No. 1 pick in the first expansion-team draft. (More info.)

1987 — Jerry Rice caught three touchdown passes in 41-0 a win over the Chicago Bears, tying the National Football League records for consecutive games with a touchdown reception (11; tying Elroy Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams and Buddy Dial of the Pittsburgh Steelers) and number of touchdown catches in one season (18; tying Mark Clayton of the Miami Dolphins). (More info.)

1988 — CBS won an auction to televise Major League Baseball games through 1993 with a bid of $1.1 billion. (More info.)

1988 — NBA expansion team the Miami Heat won its first-ever game, beating the Los Angeles Clippers and snapping a 17-game, season-opening losing streak. (More info.)

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