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March 7, 2019

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan on Wednesday night to become No. 4 on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

He started the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets game needing 12 points to claim the record, and he got that in the second quarter, tying Jordan at 32,292 career points; at the half, James had 32,297 points. Earlier in the day, James, 34, said Jordan was "the guy I looked up to my whole life, a guy I aspired to be when I was a kid," and it was going to be "unreal" to pass him.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the No. 1 spot, with 38,387 points, followed by Karl Malone at No. 2 with 36,928 points, and Kobe Bryant at No. 3 with 33,643 points. Catherine Garcia

January 22, 2019

Pitcher Mariano Rivera made history on Tuesday, becoming the first player unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rivera, who played for the New York Yankees for 19 seasons, received a vote on all 425 ballots cast. Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina were also elected on Tuesday. In December, the Today's Game Era Committee picked Harold Baines and Lee Smith for induction. They will be honored during a ceremony July 21 in Cooperstown, New York.

With Rivera as a closer, the Yankees won five World Series titles. The 13-time All-Star was also named the MVP of the 1999 World Series. Before Rivera, Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to being unanimously elected, receiving 99.3 percent of the vote three years ago. This was the first year Halladay, who died in a plane crash in November 2017, was on the ballot. The last player to be elected on the first ballot posthumously was Christy Mathewson in 1936, the Los Angeles Times reports. Catherine Garcia

October 19, 2018

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros 4-1 on Thursday, capturing the American League pennant.

They are now heading to the World Series, where they will play the winner of the National League Championship Series — either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers. Red Sox pitcher David Price had a playoff career-high of nine strikeouts and six shutout innings. The Red Sox were able to eliminate the Astros, last year's World Series champions, in five games. The World Series starts Tuesday. Catherine Garcia

September 23, 2018

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday, giving the golfer his 80th career PGA Tour victory and his first since 2013.

Woods won by two shots over Billy Horschel, and with this win, he's now second in the FedEx Cup standings, behind Justin Rose. He will receive $3 million for his second place finish, and on Monday, will enter the top 15 in the world rankings.

"I had a hard time not crying on the last hole," Woods told reporters. "I just can't believe I pulled this off. It's been tough. Not so easy the last couple years. I've worked my way back, and I couldn't have done it without the help of everyone around me." In April 2017, Woods had spinal fusion surgery, and he was arrested for DUI a month later. Catherine Garcia

September 9, 2018

Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday to win the U.S. Open in New York.

The score was 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. This is the third time Djokovic has won the title, and each year he's been victorious — 2011, 2015, and 2018 — he also won Wimbledon earlier in the summer.

Djokovic now has 14 Grand Slam trophies, tying for third place with Pete Sampras; Roger Federer has 20 and Rafael Nadal has 17. Del Potro won the U.S. Open nine years ago, his sole Grand Slam title. Catherine Garcia

June 17, 2018

Brooks Koepka on Sunday won the 118th U.S. Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

Koepka also won the U.S. Open in 2017, his first major title, and is now the seventh golfer to win the national championship in back-to-back years and the first since 1989. The 28-year-old, ranked No. 9 in the world, had a final round 2-under-par 68, beating Tommy Fleetwood by one shot.

"The U.S. Open just takes so much discipline," he said. "You have got to be a great putter and just kind of let things roll off your back. I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that's what I enjoy. I enjoy hard golf courses." Catherine Garcia

June 10, 2018

Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open championship on Sunday, defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

The 32-year-old has 17 majors under his belt, and is 86-2 at the French Open. Thiem, 24, was the No. 7 seed, and after the match — his first major final — said there is a reason Nadal "won 11 times here. It's definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport." With his win, Nadal holds onto the No. 1 ranking, ahead of Roger Federer. Catherine Garcia

June 7, 2018

The Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Thursday night, becoming the 2018 Stanley Cup champions.

This is the franchise's first Stanley Cup win in its 44-year history, and D.C.'s first city championship since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992. Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tying goal midway through the third period, and Lars Eller delivered the winning goal not long after. Catherine Garcia

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