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Updated: May 31, 2020 @ 9:25 am
Here's a look back at sports happenings on this date in history, May 23:
1976 — Boston center Dave Cowens dominates the opener of the NBA Finals against Phoenix with a 25-point, 21-rebound performance as the Celtics defeated the Suns, 98-87.
Boston's Dave Cowens goes for the basket as Curtis Perry of Phoenix falls backward in third period NBA championship action on May 23, 1976 at Boston Garden. The Celtics beat the Suns, 98-87. (AP Photo)
2002 — Los Angeles Dodgers' slugger Shawn Green becomes the 14th man in major league history to homer four times in a game and sets a big league record with 19 total bases. He is 6-for-6, scoring six times with seven RBIs in a 16-3 win at Milwaukee.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Shawn Green is besieged by fans during autograph day at Holman Stadium before the game with the New York Mets, in Vero Beach, Fla., Sunday March 7, 2004. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
2005 — Anastasia Myskina is the first defending champion at the French Open to be eliminated in the opening round, losing to Spain's Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
Defending champion Russia's Anastasia Myskina reacts during her first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain's Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, at the Roland Garros stadium, Monday, May 23, 2005 in Paris. Sanchez Lorenzo won 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
2009 — Alabama sophomore Kelsi Dunne becomes the first player to throw back-to-back no-hitters in NCAA postseason play. Dunne holds Jacksonville State hitless for the second straight day in a 9-0 softball victory. The two no-hitters tie the NCAA postseason record.
Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne celebrates after pitching a five-inning no hitter to defeat Jacksonville State Saturday May 23, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama beat JSU 9-0 to advance to the college world series in Oklahoma.
2017 — NFL owners cut the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during the regular season, but also give players plenty of leeway to celebrate after a touchdown.
In this May 23, 2017, file photo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media after an NFL owners meeting, in Chicago.
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