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This month in sports history: May

| Monday, May 21, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
World champion Muhammad Ali is shown throwing a long right to British challenger Henry Cooper's split eye in the sixth round of their world heavyweight championship fight at Highbury Stadium, London, England, May 21, 1966.  Ali retained his title after referee George Smith stopped the fight in 1 minute 38 seconds of the sixth round when Cooper was badly cut about his left eye.  (AP Photo)
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World champion Muhammad Ali is shown throwing a long right to British challenger Henry Cooper's split eye in the sixth round of their world heavyweight championship fight at Highbury Stadium, London, England, May 21, 1966. Ali retained his title after referee George Smith stopped the fight in 1 minute 38 seconds of the sixth round when Cooper was badly cut about his left eye. (AP Photo)
Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller puts the ball over New York Knicks guard Greg Anthony for three points in the final seconds of their game at New York's Madison Square Garden
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Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller puts the ball over New York Knicks guard Greg Anthony for three points in the final seconds of their game at New York's Madison Square Garden
Ray Harroun wheels his No. 32 Marmon Wasp racecar to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500-mile race, called the International 500 Mile Sweepstakes, on the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind., Tuesday, May 30, 1911.  Harroun, age 32, won with an average speed of 74.602 mph, finishing in 6 hours 42 minutes 8 seconds.  He claimed  the champion's $10,000 share of the $25,000 purse. (AP Photo)
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Ray Harroun wheels his No. 32 Marmon Wasp racecar to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500-mile race, called the International 500 Mile Sweepstakes, on the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind., Tuesday, May 30, 1911. Harroun, age 32, won with an average speed of 74.602 mph, finishing in 6 hours 42 minutes 8 seconds. He claimed the champion's $10,000 share of the $25,000 purse. (AP Photo)
New York Yankees pitcher David Wells is carried off the field by Bernie Williams
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New York Yankees pitcher David Wells is carried off the field by Bernie Williams
Jim (Catfish) Hunter in action as he pitched a perfect no hit, no run, no anything against the Minnesota Twins last night. It was the first perfect game pitched in the American League in 46 years and the first of Hunter's major league career.The Athletics won the perfect game 4-0 on May 9,1968 in Oakland, (AP Photo)
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Jim (Catfish) Hunter in action as he pitched a perfect no hit, no run, no anything against the Minnesota Twins last night. It was the first perfect game pitched in the American League in 46 years and the first of Hunter's major league career.The Athletics won the perfect game 4-0 on May 9,1968 in Oakland, (AP Photo)
Oakland Athletics Rickey Henderson goes sliding into third base to steal his 939th career base to set a new all-time major league record against the New York Yankees.
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Oakland Athletics Rickey Henderson goes sliding into third base to steal his 939th career base to set a new all-time major league record against the New York Yankees.
Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers carry off the Stanley Cup in Edmonton Saturday, May 19, 1984 after the New York Islanders. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougall)
Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers carry off the Stanley Cup in Edmonton Saturday, May 19, 1984 after the New York Islanders. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougall)
Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees first baseman who had played in 2,130 consecutive games, took to the bench May 2, 1939 at his own request and looked on forlornly as his teammates warmed up for their game with the Tigers in Detroit.  'I felt I wasn't helping the club by the way I was playing,' Gehrig explained.  The Yankees thrashed the Tigers 22 to 2.  (AP Photo)
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Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees first baseman who had played in 2,130 consecutive games, took to the bench May 2, 1939 at his own request and looked on forlornly as his teammates warmed up for their game with the Tigers in Detroit. 'I felt I wasn't helping the club by the way I was playing,' Gehrig explained. The Yankees thrashed the Tigers 22 to 2. (AP Photo)
Willie Mays,  with bats, Ball player going with the New York Giants on May 25, 1951. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
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Willie Mays, with bats, Ball player going with the New York Giants on May 25, 1951. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
New York Knicks Captain Willis Reed celebrates in the locker room after his team defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-99, in the seventh and deciding game of the NBA Finals, at New York's Madison Square Garden, May 8, 1970.   The win gave the Knicks their first NBA championship.  (AP Photo)
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New York Knicks Captain Willis Reed celebrates in the locker room after his team defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-99, in the seventh and deciding game of the NBA Finals, at New York's Madison Square Garden, May 8, 1970. The win gave the Knicks their first NBA championship. (AP Photo)
Sir Francis Chichester on last lap. Lone British yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester, 66, stands on the deck of 53-foot Gipsy Moth IV, ploughing trough the sunlit Atlantic Ocean, less than 400 miles from Plymouth, Devon, on May 25. (AP-Photo/Tewkesbury) 25.5.1967
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Sir Francis Chichester on last lap. Lone British yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester, 66, stands on the deck of 53-foot Gipsy Moth IV, ploughing trough the sunlit Atlantic Ocean, less than 400 miles from Plymouth, Devon, on May 25. (AP-Photo/Tewkesbury) 25.5.1967
Roger Bannister, left, who ended the quest for the four-minute mile, with a time of 3:59.4 at Oxford, England on May 6, 1954, is congratulated by his stiffest competitor in the world?s fastest mile by Chris Chataway, right. (AP Photo)
Roger Bannister, left, who ended the quest for the four-minute mile, with a time of 3:59.4 at Oxford, England on May 6, 1954, is congratulated by his stiffest competitor in the world?s fastest mile by Chris Chataway, right. (AP Photo)
Jim Thorpe, greeted by a group of American Indians from a nearby reservation at St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo)
Jim Thorpe, greeted by a group of American Indians from a nearby reservation at St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo)
Ila Borders throws during opening day workouts for the St. Paul (Minn) Saints on May 16
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Ila Borders throws during opening day workouts for the St. Paul (Minn) Saints on May 16
Ferdinand and jockey Bill Shoemaker head down the homestretch on their way to winning the Kentucky Derby
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Ferdinand and jockey Bill Shoemaker head down the homestretch on their way to winning the Kentucky Derby
Arizona Diamondbacks starter Randy Johnson throws to an Atlanta Braves batter in the second inning Tuesday, May 18, 2004 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Arizona Diamondbacks starter Randy Johnson throws to an Atlanta Braves batter in the second inning Tuesday, May 18, 2004 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Sardar Tenzing Norgay, right, of Nepal and Edmund P. Hillary of New Zealand, left, show the kit they wore when conquering the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, at the British Embassy in Katmandu, capital of Nepal, on June 26, 1953.  Edmund Hillary,  with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, reached the 29,035-foot summit of Everest on May 29, 1953, becoming the first person to stand atop the world's highest mountain. (AP Photo)
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Sardar Tenzing Norgay, right, of Nepal and Edmund P. Hillary of New Zealand, left, show the kit they wore when conquering the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, at the British Embassy in Katmandu, capital of Nepal, on June 26, 1953. Edmund Hillary, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, reached the 29,035-foot summit of Everest on May 29, 1953, becoming the first person to stand atop the world's highest mountain. (AP Photo)
Willie Mays, slugging outfielder for the Minneapolis American Association Baseball Club, gets his ticket in Ohama, Nebraska on May 24, 1951 before leaving by plane for New York to join the New York Giants. The Giants called up May who is hitting. 477 and announced he would play against Philadelphia at night. At the left is United Air Lines clerk Lloyd Miller. (AP Photo)
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Willie Mays, slugging outfielder for the Minneapolis American Association Baseball Club, gets his ticket in Ohama, Nebraska on May 24, 1951 before leaving by plane for New York to join the New York Giants. The Giants called up May who is hitting. 477 and announced he would play against Philadelphia at night. At the left is United Air Lines clerk Lloyd Miller. (AP Photo)
SENNA ACCIDENT -- Italy's Nicola Larini, left, holds his head and Germany's Michael Schumacher, right, wipes a tear from his eyes while talking with Benetton director-general Flavio Briatore, center, on the podium following the San Marino Formula One Grand Prix crash in Imola, Italy, Sunday, May 01, 1994. The drivers were reacting to the news that the Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna was in critical condition at a Bologna hospital after a crash in the race. Later it was announced that Senna haddied after suffering severe head injuries. Schumacher won the race and Larini finished second. (AP-Photo/stf/Claudio Luffoli)
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SENNA ACCIDENT -- Italy's Nicola Larini, left, holds his head and Germany's Michael Schumacher, right, wipes a tear from his eyes while talking with Benetton director-general Flavio Briatore, center, on the podium following the San Marino Formula One Grand Prix crash in Imola, Italy, Sunday, May 01, 1994. The drivers were reacting to the news that the Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna was in critical condition at a Bologna hospital after a crash in the race. Later it was announced that Senna haddied after suffering severe head injuries. Schumacher won the race and Larini finished second. (AP-Photo/stf/Claudio Luffoli)
After hitting his 500th home run in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Chicago, Ill., Ernie Banks turns toward the fans and acknowledges the applause, May 12, 1970. (AP Photo/Jim Palmer)
After hitting his 500th home run in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Chicago, Ill., Ernie Banks turns toward the fans and acknowledges the applause, May 12, 1970. (AP Photo/Jim Palmer)
Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins flips over as he is tripped after scoring the winning goal in sudden death overtime at Boston Garden, Ma., May 10, 1970.  Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues four straight games to bring the Stanley Cup to Boston for the first time in 29 years.  Blues goalie Glenn Hall is in the nets.  (AP Photo)
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Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins flips over as he is tripped after scoring the winning goal in sudden death overtime at Boston Garden, Ma., May 10, 1970. Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues four straight games to bring the Stanley Cup to Boston for the first time in 29 years. Blues goalie Glenn Hall is in the nets. (AP Photo)

A look back at sports history in the month of April via the Associated Press archives.

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