Sports: Other epic encounters

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 25 2010 01:00 AM | Updated as of Jun 25 2010 09:00 AM

LONDON, United Kingdom - With America's John Isner finally defeating France's Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon on Thursday in the longest-ever tennis match, here are some epic encounters from other sports:


The longest NFL game came in a Christmas Day 1971 play-off that saw Miami Dolphins beat Kansas City Chiefs after 82 minutes and 40 seconds.

The result came after the regulation 60 minutes, a first 15-minute overtime and more than half of another.

Garo Yepremian kicked a 37-yard field goal to give Miami a 27-24 triumph.


The longest minor league game saw Pawtucket Red Sox beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 1981.

The game began on April 18 but at 2-2 after 32 innings, play was suspended at 4:09am by order of International League president Harold Cooper.

Play resumed on June 23, when it took Pawtucket only 18 minutes to score a run and clinch the game.

The longest major league game was a 1-1 draw that went 26 innings between Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves on May 1, 1920.

The longest by time lasted eight hours and six minutes. Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 over 25 innings on May 8, 1984.


The longest NBA game was in 1951 when Indianapolis Olympians beat Rochester Royals after six overtimes. That match came before the advent of a shot clock.


The World Chess Championship 1984 was called off between defending champion Anatoly Karpov and challenger Gary Kasparov after five months and 48 games.

Karpov opened up a 4-0 lead before his younger opponent embarked on a strategy to drain the champion.

It was abandoned due to fears for the players' health, with Karpov leading five wins to three with 40 draws.


The longest cricket match took place between South Africa and England in Durban in 1939.

The action started on March 3 and went on until March 14, although there was no play on three of the days.

The game spanned 43 hours and 16 minutes of playing time, in which 1,981 runs were scored.

The match still ended in a draw as England had to catch a boat back home on March 15.


The longest FA Cup tie came in 1971, when Oxford City and Alvechurch played six matches. Alvechurch won the final game 1-0 to progress to the first round proper.


The longest National Hockey League play-off game in 1936 went into the sixth sudden death overtime period before Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons 1-0 after 116 minutes and 30 seconds of extra time, on top of the three regular 20-minute periods.


The 1985 World Championship final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis remains the defining marathon match of the televised era.

Taylor came back from 8-0 down and 17-15 down before a 68-minute final frame that went right down to the last black, which Taylor potted at the fourth attempt.

The match lasted 14 hours and 50 minutes, finishing at 12:19am, with the climax still being watched in Britain by 18.5 million television viewers.