2004: UConn center Emeka Okafor went No. 2 and teammate Ben Gordon went No. 3 to the Chicago Bulls in the draft. 2004: Quinnipiac broke ground on its unique, dual-purpose athletic facility in October and opened it in 2007. The TD Bank Sports Center, considered one of the best facilities in the Northeast, is home to the Bobcats' hockey and basketball teams. 2004: The Sun won their first Eastern Conference championship by sweeping the New York Liberty in the second round of the playoffs. 2005: Fairfield's James Blake and two-time U.S. Open winner Andre Agassi dueled in a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open in 2005 that lasted until 1:15 a.m., with a packed house at Arthur Ashe Tennis Center of 20,000 still on hand. Agassi won the 2:51 match 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. 2005: Plainfield Greyhound Park, the state's oldest parimutuel facility, closed May 14 after 30 years. A crowd of 18,000 was on hand for its opening in 1976.
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