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THE BEATEN PATH

Last Thursday, Australia's cricket team imploded in a match against England, losing by 78 runs despite taking one more turn at bat in a test that was supposed to last five days but didn't even go three. The trampling requires a look back at some of the biggest blowouts of this millennium
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SPORT

DATE

SCORE

GAME

MLB

Aug. 22, 2007

Rangers 30 Orioles 3

Up 3--0 after three innings in the first game of a doubleheader at home, Baltimore collapsed. In the second game the Orioles rallied ... and only lost by two.

NBA

April 27, 2009

Nuggets 121 Hornets 63

In Game 4 of their playoff series Denver almost scored as many points in each half (61 and 60) as New Orleans did all game.

NFL

Oct. 23, 2011

Saints 62 Colts 7

New Orleans had Drew Brees at QB, Indianapolis had Curtis Painter. The Colts opened the season with 13 straight losses—this was the seventh—finished 2--14 and took Andrew Luck with the first pick in 2012.

College Football

Nov. 8, 2003

Oklahoma 77 Texas A&M 0

The Sooners scored 276 points and gave up just 44 in five games against Lone Star State schools (North Texas, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech) that season.

Women's College Basketball

Dec. 30, 2010

Georgia Tech 82 Tennessee State 11

The Tigers made D-I women's hoops history by shooting 3 for 50 from the field and scoring the fewest points ever.

Women's Olympic Hockey

Sept. 8, 2008

Slovakia 82 Bulgaria 0

Slovakia scored at a rate of one goal every 43.9 seconds to seal Bulgaria's exclusion from Vancouver 2010.

World Cup Soccer

April 11, 2001

Australia 31 American Samoa 0

A passport mix-up left Samoa with mostly youth players against the best team in the Oceania region during this qualifier.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

A game between the Class A Tampa Yankees and Clearwater Threshers was canceled last Friday because a circus tent beyond centerfield interrupted batters' vision.

THEY SAID IT

"For me, it would be a dream come true I haven't ever dreamt of."

Rickie Fowler discussing the possibility of representing the U.S. at next summer's Rio Olympics.

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ROBERT BECK FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (FOWLER)

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