The Week In Sports

ESPN Holds Daytime ESPYs

HARTFORD, CT—Recognizing the best in sports programming that occurs on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ESPN held the Daytime ESPY Awards at the Hartford XL Center Wednesday afternoon.
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Milestones In X Games History

With the X Games kicking off in Minneapolis this Thursday, The Onion looks back at memorable moments in the event’s 22-year history:

  • 1904

    Dr. Elijah Witherspoon debuts his marvelous “foot-powered skating board” at the St. Louis World’s Fair

  • 1934

    U.S. athletes boycott Games hosted by Nazi Germany

  • 1995

    Organizers decide to stage the Games in Newport, Rhode Island to make use of the state’s extensive sailing parks

  • 1998

    Opening ceremonies feature Tony Hawk igniting the X Games cauldron with a flame-shooting, gasoline-filled Super Soaker

  • 2001

    Danny Harf’s corpse is the first to land a 900-degree spin in wakeboarding

  • 2002

    After intense political pressure, organizers announce they will only use American dirt in motocross events

  • 2004

    Debut of tandem rider BMX event

  • 2006

    Travis Pastrana action figure completes record-setting 15 backflips in one jump before crashing onto the living room floor

  • 2007

    Jake Brown disappoints a record crowd of 150,000 by walking away from a 45-foot fall

  • 2015

    Curren Caples becomes the first skateboarder to win an event while wearing a helmet

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