Lest you think that sports began in 1900, here are a few milestones from the first 900 years of the millennium.
Saint Bernardine asks parishioners in Siena, Italy, to substitute fistfights for knife duels
Southampton Bowling Club formed in England
Edward III of England declares soccer to be among games that are "stupid and utterly useless" (an opinion still held by many in U.S.)
While attending a summit between their countries, wrestling buffs Francis I of France and Henry VIII of England stage a battle royale (right)
Henri Saint-Didier of France gives names to major fencing moves, such as coup� and prise de fer, which mostly endure to this day
Frenchman named Forbet writes first rules for tennis
Massachusetts governor William Bradford bans the playing of "stoole-ball," an early form of cricket, at the settlement of Plymouth on Christmas Day
Japanese authorities ban street-corner sumo
First documented U.S. horse race takes place on Newmarket Course near current Hempstead, N.Y.