1944 — The Detroit Red Wings defeat the New York Rangers 15-0 at Olympia Stadium to set an NHL record for consecutive goals. The loss starts a 25-game winless streak for the Rangers which carries over into the next season.
1959 — In the NBA All-Star game in Detroit, St. Louis’ Bob Pettit and Elgin Baylor of Minneapolis become the first co-winners of the MVP award as their West team wins 124-108.
1975 — Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 15th and final year of eligibility.
1979 — Willie Mays is named on 409 of 432 ballots and elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
1980 — George Gervin of San Antonio scores 55 points in a 144-130 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
1987 — Hana Mandlikova upsets Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6 to win the Australian Open.
1988 — Steffi Graf wins the Australian Open with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Chris Evert.
1993 — Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers sets an NHL record when he reaches the 30-goal mark for the 14th consecutive season. Gartner, with three goals in the Rangers’ 8-3 victory over Los Angeles, surpasses Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull and Wayne Gretzky.
2005 — Jennifer Rodriguez becomes the first American woman in nine years to win the World Sprint Speedskating Championship. Rodriguez sets a personal best in the 500 for the second straight day and had the fastest 1,000 meters in the women’s field to claim the world sprint championship.
2008 — Baylor, which waited 39 years to get back into the Top 25, has to wait some more, enduring five overtimes to get their first win as a ranked team. Curtis Jerrells scores a career-high 36 points, including 11 in the fifth overtime to lead No. 25 Baylor to a 116-110 win over No. 18 Texas A&M.
2011 — Francesca Schiavone wins the longest women’s match in Grand Slam history — a 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova that takes 4 hours, 44 minutes at the Australian Open.
2011 — Aaron Rodgers runs for a touchdown and makes a saving tackle, B.J. Raji returns an interception for a score and Sam Shields has two interceptions to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game. The Packers, with road wins in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago, become the first NFC No. 6 seed to advance to the Super Bowl.
2011 — The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to their third Super Bowl in six years with a 24-19 victory over the New York Jets.
2015 — Klay Thompson sets an NBA record for the most points in a quarter, a thrilling 37-point third period that powers the Golden State Warriors to a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
2018 — Rafael Nadal retires in the fifth set of his Australian Open with Marin Cilic with an upper right leg injury. Cilic beat Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0 retired. In another quarterfinal, the 49th-ranked Kyle Edmund beats third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.