1926 — The major league rules committee mandates that pitchers must have access to a rosin bag.
1971 — UCLA starts its 88-game winning streak with a 74-61 win over UC Santa Barbara.
1983 — John Riggins rushes for a Super Bowl-record 166 yards on 38 carries to spark the Washington Redskins to a come-from-behind, 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins. For Riggins, the game’s MVP, it’s his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game during the playoffs, also a record.
1992 — Jockey Mike Smith wins six races in one day at Aqueduct Racetrack for the second time in the month. His first six-winner day at Aqueduct was on Jan. 13.
1993 — Monica Seles beats Steffi Graf 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to capture her third straight Australian Open.
1994 — The Dallas Cowboys, behind MVP Emmitt Smith and safety James Washington, beats Buffalo 30-13 for their second straight NFL title while giving the Bills four straight Super Bowl losses.
1996 — Magic Johnson finishes with 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 128-118 victory over Golden State. It Johnson’s first regular-season game back from a 4 1/2-season retirement.
1999 — Martina Hingis wins her fifth Grand Slam title and third-straight Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over France’s Amelie Mauresmo.
2000 — The St. Louis Rams hold on to beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in the Super Bowl. Kurt Warner’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with 1:54 left gives the Rams the lead. On the game’s final play with six seconds left, Steve McNair’s pass is caught by Kevin Dyson at the Rams 5. He scrambles for the end zone only to be stopped just one yard short by Mike Jones as Dyson’s outstretched arm holds the ball near the goal line.
2001 — Daron Rahlves wins the super giant slalom, the first American to capture the event at the world championships.
2006 — Teemu Selanne scores two goals for his 1,000th career point in Anaheim’s 4-3 overtime victory against Los Angeles.
2009 — Rafael Nadal holds off Fernando Verdasco in longest match in Australian Open history. Verdasco double-faults after saving two match points, and Nadal wins 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4 in the 5-hour, 14-minute semifinal between the Spanish left-handers.
2010 — Maria Riesch of Germany wins a World Cup downhill race, ending Lindsey Vonn’s perfect streak this season in the event. Vonn, who had six straight wins including the final downhill race of last season, finishes fifth.
2010 — Serena Williams puts an end to Justine Henin’s hopes of a Grand Slam title in her return from retirement with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory in the Australian Open final.
2011 — Novak Djokovic wins his second Australian Open title, breezing past Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
2016 — Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open title, ending the six-time champion’s unbeaten streak in finals at Melbourne Park.
2018 — James Harden becomes the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double and the short-handed Houston Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 114-107. Harden scores 18 points in the fourth quarter to eclipse the 57 points that Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to break Houston’s single-game scoring record. Harden also has 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
2019 — Lamont Evans, former Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach, pleads guilty to taking bribes from business advisers to steer them to star college athletes expected to turn pro.