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May 8

1915 – Regret, ridden by Joe Notter, becomes the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby, with a 2-length wire-to-wire victory over Pebbles.

1937 – War Admiral, the favorite ridden by Charles Kurtsinger, wins the Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths over Pompoon.

1943 – Count Fleet, ridden by Johnny Longden, wins the Preakness Stakes by 8 lengths over Blue Swords.

1954 – World record holder William Parry O’Brien becomes the first man to throw the shot put more than 60 feet with a toss of 60-5 1/4 at a meet in Los Angeles.

1968 – Jim “Catfish” Hunter of the Oakland A’s pitches a perfect game, beating the Minnesota Twins 4-0. It is the first perfect game in the American League regular season in 46 seasons.

1970 – Walt Frazier scores 36 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 113-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA championship in seven games.

1984 – On the day the Olympic torch relay begins, the Soviet Union announces it will not take part in the 1984 Summer Olympics. The Soviet National Olympic Committee Union said the participation of Soviet athletes would be impossible because of “the gross flouting” of Olympic ideals by U.S. authorities.

1993 – Lennox Lewis of Britain scores a unanimous 12-round decision over Tony Tucker to retain his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas in his first defense.

1995 – New Zealand’s Black Magic 1 takes a 2-0 lead, defeating Young America by the widest margin for a challenger since the 1871 America’s Cup.

1998 – Mark McGwire becomes the fastest player to hit 400 home runs when he connects in the third inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the New York Mets. McGwire, the 26th player to reach the milestone, hit his 400 homers in 4,726 at-bats. The previous best was 4,854 by Babe Ruth.

2000 – The New Jersey Devils hold Toronto to an NHL modern record-low six shots to eliminate the Maple Leafs from the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-0 victory. It is the fewest shots by a team in any NHL game since the start of the expansion era in 1967.

2001 – Randy Johnson becomes the third pitcher to strike out 20 in nine innings, but doesn’t finish the game as the Arizona Diamondbacks go on to beat Cincinnati 4-3 in 11 innings.

2003 – Minnesota becomes the first team in NHL history to rebound from two 3-1 series deficits in one postseason with a 4-2 victory at Vancouver.

2011 – Jason Terry ties an NBA playoff record with nine 3-pointers and the Dallas Mavericks tie another postseason mark with 20 3s, powering them in during a 122-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and a sweep of their second-round series.

2011 – University of Georgia senior Russell Henley becomes the second amateur winner in PGA Nationwide Tour history, shooting a 3-under 68 for a two-stroke victory in the Stadion Classic. The event is held on the Bulldogs’ home course and the three-time All-America selection finishes at 12-under 272.

2012 – Josh Hamilton becomes the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game, launching a quartet of two-run drives against three different pitchers to carry the Texas Rangers to a 10-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.