This date in sports activities historical past: Feb. 18
1928 – In Moritz, Switzerland, Sonja Henie becomes the youngest figure skating Olympic champion. At the age of 15 and 315 days, the Austrian Fritzi Burger and the American Beatrix Loughran beats.
1932 – Sonja Henie wins her sixth world figure skating title in a row.
1944 – The day after playing a high school basketball game, 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall signs with the Cincinnati Reds.
1951 – Manhattan District Attorney Frank S. Hogan orders the arrest of three CCNY basketball players for bribery and two professional players and two agents in a match-fixing scandal involving college teams across the country.
1973 – Richard Petty wins his fourth Daytona 500. Petty gets two breaks when Cale Yarborough burns his engine on lap 153 and Baker burns his engine 15 miles to go.
1978 – 15 participants, including the founder of US Naval Commander John Collins, travel to Waikiki to compete in the first Hawaiian Iron Man triathlon. Gordon Haller wins the triathlon of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike race, and a 26.2 mile marathon in 11 hours and 46 minutes.
1986 – San Antonio’s Alvin Robertson recorded the second quadruple doubles in NBA history with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in the Spurs’ 120-114 win over Phoenix.
1990 – Dale Earnhardt blows a tire with one mile remaining in the Daytona 500, bringing the unannounced Derrike Cope the biggest surprise in stock car racing history.
1994 – After numerous setbacks at the Olympic Games, the American speed skater Dan Jansen broke his curse by winning gold in the 1000 meter race at the Winter Games in Lillehammer.
1995 – John Stockton, the Guardian of Utah, becomes the first NBA player to have 10,000 assists in a 108-98 win over the Boston Celtics.
2001 – Dale Earnhardt, the greatest stock car star of his day, was killed in an accident on the final lap of the final lap of the Daytona 500 while trying to protect Michael Waltrip’s victory.
2006 – Shani Davis is the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in the history of the Winter Olympics, winning the men’s 1,000-meter speed skating race. Joey Cheek makes it a 1-2 American finish at the Turin Games.
2010 – The figure skater Evan Lysacek is the first American to win the Olympic gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988, which shocked everyone with a surprise about defending champion Evgeni Plushenko.
2012 – Shenneika Smith’s 3-pointer off the wing, 8 seconds ahead, puts St. John’s in a 57:56 win over Connecticut No. 2, taking the Huskies’ 99-game winning streak. It is the Huskies’ first home defeat to an unranked opponent in almost 19 years.
2013 – Brittney Griner scores 25 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to help the Baylor # 1 rally after third-placed Connecticut (76-70). Griner is the eighth player in Division I history to reach the milestone.
2017 – Mikaela Shiffrin wins a third slalom title in a row at the World Ski Championships to keep her unbeaten record at major events. The 21-year-old American beats the local crowd favorite Wendy Holdener from Switzerland. Shiffrin’s streak of gold medals in slalom includes every world championship she participated in from 2013 and the 2014 Olympic Games. Her victory gives the United States their first world title in St. Moritz at the 10th of 11 medal competitions.
2018 – LeBron James scores 29 points and reaches the starting gun with a 34.5 second lead. He wins his third All-Star Game MVP award as his handpicked team gathers to win an unusually fun storefront that defeats Team Stephen (148-145). For the first time in the history of the all-star game, the league is abandoning the traditional east-west format used since 1951 and allowing team captains James and Stephen Curry to choose their own squads.
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