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Brazilian wizard Ronaldinho plays his final game for Barcelona

Barcelona club president Joan Laporta stated that Ronaldinho needed a "new challenge", claiming that he needed a new club if he were to revive his career. Following a second-place La Liga finish to rivals Real Madrid in the 2006–07 season and an injury plagued 2007–08 season, Ronaldinho departed Barcelona to join Milan.


Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal

In 2006, Steve Yzerman officially retired from professional hockey, finishing his career ranked as the seventh all-time leading scorer in NHL history, having scored a career-high 155 points, 65 goals, and 90 assists, in 1988–89 which has been bettered only by Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.


Kendall Gill of the New Jersey Nets ties an NBA record

New Jersey Nets' Kendall Gill recorded 11 steals in a game against Miami Heat, tying a single-game record set by San Antonio's Larry Kenon during the 1976–77 season. In this game, he also recorded fifteen points and ten rebounds for a rare Points-Rebounds-Steals triple double.


Fowler performs one of the most infamous goal celebrations of all time

Robbie Fowler was fined £60,000 by his club for bringing the game into disrepute. While celebrating his goal against Liverpool's Merseyside rivals, Everton, Fowler used the white line of the penalty area to simulate cocaine use. Liverpool manager stated that this was a Cameroonian grass-eating celebration, learnt from teammate Rigobert Song.


Michael Jordan reaches 29,000 career points

Michael Jordan joined Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in reaching 29,000 total career points in the NBA. Jordan achieved this milestone when his team, the Chicago Bulls, beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-93 on April 3, 1998 for their 11th consecutive victory.


Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky

By the 1987–88 season, Wayne Gretzky had won seven consecutive Art Ross Trophies for leading the league in points. That season, fuelled by his Canada Cup experience, Lemieux scored 168 points and won his first NHL scoring title. He also won his first Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player to his team.


Anatoly Karpov wins the title of World Champion in a chess by default

The title for the chess world champion remained in Russian hands when the American chess grandmaster Robert James "Bobby" Fischer surrender his title to Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov. Fischer was defeated by default when he could not reach an agreement with the World Chess Federation over the conditions for the match.


Boxer Benny Paret dies in ring

Bernardo "Benny the Kid" Paret was a Cuban welterweight boxer who won the World Welterweight Championship twice in the early 1960s. Paret's death occurred 10 days after injuries sustained in a March 1962 title defense against Emile Griffith, televised live and seen by millions on ABC's Fight of the Week.


Oxford wins 100th famous boat race vs Cambridge

The Boat Race is a side-by-side rowing race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge along the River Thames. In a race umpired by former Cambridge rower Kenneth Payne, Oxford won by four-and-a-half lengths in a time of 20 minutes 23 seconds, taking the overall record in the competition to 54–45 in Cambridge's favour.


The first black NBA player Earl Lloyd is born

Earl Francis Lloyd was an American professional basketball player. He was the first black player to have played a game in the National Basketball Association. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the CIAA Hall of Fame in 1998, and in 2003 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.

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