Sunday, July 18, 2004

Test your sports trivia knowledge

Florida Today

Think you know sports? Take this 10-question trivia quiz.

1. Before Shaquille O'Neal was sent packing this past week, only seven former MVPs had been traded in NBA history. Six of them went on to win championships after the trade. Who's the one who didn't?

a. Bill Walton

b. Oscar Robertson

c. Charles Barkley

d. Moses Malone

2. Which of these facts isn't true about New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner?

a. He had three managers in 1982: Bob Lemon, Gene Michael and Clyde King.

b. "The Boss" isn't his only nickname. New York tabloids have also referred to him General Von Steingrabber and Babe Ruthless.

c. He has an 860-acre stud farm in Ocala, Fla., where he breeds horses.

d. Before taking over the Evil Empire, he was an assistant football coach at the University of Michigan.

3. Who's the only running back in NFL history to run for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons?

a. Emmitt Smith

b. Barry Sanders

c. Eric Dickerson

d. Jim Brown

4. New Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu is the first NBA player from ...

a. Croatia

b. Turkey

c. Lithuania

d. Iraq

5. How many gold medals did Marion Jones win at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney?

a. Five

b. Four

c. Three

d. None

6. Who's the last Atlanta Brave to hit for the cycle?

a. Chipper Jones

b. Dale Murphy

c. Albert Hall

d. Mark Lemke

7. And down the stretch they come at the British Open. Who holds the tournament record for the lowest four-round score - a 267?

a. Tom Watson

b. Greg Norman

c. Payne Stewart

d. Jack Nicklaus

8. The Montreal Expos bring up the rear in Major League Baseball attendance. How many fans have they averaged a home game?

a. 19,077

b. 15,077

c. 12,077

d. 9,077

9. Since Tony Dorsett in 1976, only one Heisman Trophy winner has played for a team with a perfect record. Who is he?

a. Eric Crouch, Nebraska

b. Charles Woodson, Michigan

c. Rashaan Salaam, Colorado

d. Tim Brown, Notre Dame

10. ESPN's broadcast of the ESPYs will be aired Sunday night. The ceremony was actually held this past week. Who was named Best Female Athlete?

a. Annika Sorenstam

b. Diana Taurasi

c. Justin Henin-Hardenne

d. Bethany Hamilton

Sports trivia answers

1. c. Charles Barkley is the only former NBA MVP who didn't go on to win an NBA championship after being traded.

2. d. George Steinbrenner was once a Big Ten assistant football coach - but at Purdue and Northwestern, not Michigan.

3. b. Barry Sanders rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his 10 seasons with the Detroit Lions (1989-1998).

4. b. New Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu is the first NBA player from Turkey, where he's thought of as that country's Michael Jordan.

5. c. Marion Jones won three golds and two silvers at the Sydney Games, becoming the first woman to win five medals in athletics in the same Olympics.

6. c. Albert Hall is the last Atlanta Brave to hit for the cycle, doing so on September 23, 1987.

7. b. In 1993 at Royal St. George's, Greg Norman carded a British Open record of 267 with rounds of 66, 68, 69 and 64.

8. d. The Montreal Expos have averaged - yikes - 9,077 fans a home game, by far the worst in the majors. Tampa Bay is next at 17,128.

9. b. Charles Woodson and Michigan went 12-0 in 1997, the year the Wolverines' two-way star won the Heisman Trophy.

10. b. Former UConn star Diana Taurasi grabbed the ESPY for best female athlete.

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