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Posted: Mar 08, 2015 12:00 AM
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA
March 8

1954 — The Milwaukee Hawks beat the Baltimore Bullets twice 64-54 and 65-54, in the only double-header in NBA history involving the same two teams.

1958 — Silky Sullivan, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, wins the Santa Anita Derby by three lengths after trailing by 40 early in the race and by 20 entering the final turn.

1971 — Joe Frazier wins the world heavyweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Muhammad Ali.

1990 — Kurt Browning becomes the first Canadian to defend a title in the World Figure Skating Championships as he edges early leader Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union.

1992 — Ray Floyd, 49, holds off Fred Couples for a two-stroke victory in the Doral Open and joins Sam Snead as the only men to win PGA Tour titles in four decades.

1997 — In the World Indoor Championship in Paris, Kevin Little becomes the first white American sprinter in 41 years to win a major international competition, matching the U.S. 200 record of 20.40 seconds.

2004 — Air Force punctuates a record-setting season when it moved into The Associated Press men's basketball Top 25 for the first time in the program's 48-year history. Air Force (22-5) has a team record for wins, five more than previous record in 1957-58.

2005 — Oakland (Mich.) upsets top-seeded Oral Roberts 61-60 to win the Mid-Continent Conference tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAAs. It's the fourth straight season a team with a losing record has made the men's NCAA tournament.

2008 — At age 60, Saoul Mamby loses a unanimous 10-round decision to Anthony Osbourne in Grand Cayman. Mamby, a former super lightweight champion, becomes the oldest boxer in a sanctioned fight.

2008 — Kevin Garnett scores 17 points to reach the 20,000-point plateau in Boston's 119-89 victory over Memphis.

2008 — Lindsey Vonn wins her 10th career World Cup downhill to break the U.S. record held by Picabo Street and Daron Rahlves. Vonn wins her fifth downhill of the season in 1:23.57 on the 1.4-mile Crans-Montana, Switzerland course.

2010 — The top-ranked Connecticut Huskies set an NCAA women's record by winning their 71st straight game, a 59-44 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. UConn surpasses its own mark set from Nov. 9, 2001, to March 11, 2003.

2013 — The Big East Conference announces the departure of DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova, allowing them to separate from the football schools and create their own conference on July 1.

2013 — Deron Williams makes an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the first half, finishes with 11 and scores a season-high 42 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 95-78 victory over the Washington Wizards.

2013 — The Chicago Blackhawks' record for the best start in NHL history ends at 24 games after a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Playing their third game in four nights, the Blackhawks finally are beaten in regulation after going 21-0-3.

2014 — Doug McDermott scores a career-high 45 points to become the eighth player in Division I history to go over 3,000 for a career and Creighton rolls past Providence 88-73.

March 9

1943 — Eddie Dancker banks in a desperation 25-foot hook shot from the corner to give Sheboygan a 30-29 win over Fort Wayne and the National Basketball League crown. The defeat of the Pistons is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in pro basketball history.

1948 — NHL president Clarence Campbell expels Billy Taylor of the New York Rangers and Don Gallagher of the Boston Bruins because of gambling associations.

1958 — George Yardley of the Detroit Pistons becomes the first NBA player to score 2,000 points in a season. Yardley averages 27.8 points per game in the 72-game season.

1968 — Houston's Elvin Hayes scores 49 points and pulls down 27 rebounds in a 94-76 win over Loyola of Chicago in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

1977 — Anthony Roberts of Oral Roberts sets an NIT record with 65 points in a 90-89 loss to Oregon in the first round.

1979 — Detroit's Kevin Porter hands out a franchise-record 25 assists as the Pistons defeat the Boston Celtics 160-117.

1984 — Tim Witherspoon wins the vacant WBC heavyweight title with a 12-round majority decision over Greg Page.

1986 — Buffalo's Gilbert Perreault scores his 500th goal in a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.

1994 — Detroit's Dino Ciccarelli scores his 1,000th career point with a goal in a 5-1 win over Calgary.

2001 — Jesper Parnevik maintains the lead and young Ty Tryon stays in the spotlight. Parnevik shoots a 5-under 67 in the second round of the Honda Classic for a three-stroke lead. Tryon, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, makes the cut in his first PGA Tour event. He's 1-over, good enough to make him the second-youngest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

2011 — Kevin Love records his 52nd consecutive double-double to surpass Moses Malone for the longest such streak since the ABA and NBA merged in 1976 in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 101-75 over the Indiana Pacers. Love overcomes a bruised left knee to put up 16 points and 21 rebounds in just 27 minutes.

2012 — Lindsey Vonn of the United States wins the World Cup giant slalom race in Are, Sweden to clinch her fourth overall title. Vonn won the overall title three times in a row from 2008-10. She missed out on the title last season, finishing three points behind Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.

2013 — Liberty becomes the second 20-loss team to reach the NCAA tournament, beating Charleston Southern 87-76 to win the Big South Conference title. It joins Coppin State in 2008 as the only schools with 20 or more defeats in the field of 68.

2013 — Bernard Hopkins becomes the oldest boxer to win a major title, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud to claim the IBF light heavyweight championship in New York. The 48-year-old Hopkins breaks the record he set by beating Jean Pascal for the WBC light heavyweight title on May 21, 2011.

March 10

1913 — The Quebec Bulldogs win the Stanley Cup in two games over Sydney.

1920 — Quebec's Joe Malone scores six goals to lead the Bulldogs to a 10-4 rout of the Ottawa Senators.

1961 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors becomes the first NBA player to score 3,000 points in a season. Chamberlain scores 32 points in a 120-103 loss to Detroit to bring his season total to 3,016.

1985 — Dick Motta becomes the fourth NBA coach to record 700 victories as Dallas beats New Jersey 126-113.

1991 — Eddie Sutton of Oklahoma State becomes the first coach to lead four schools into the NCAA tournament. Sutton also coached Creighton, Arkansas and Kentucky in the tournament.

1992 — New York Islanders coach Al Arbour becomes the second coach in NHL history to win 700 games with a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia.

2001 — With Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark looking on, Hermann Maier wins the giant slalom for his 13th victory this season, equaling one of the mightiest alpine skiing records. Maier, winner of the overall World Cup title three of the last four years, ties the record Stenmark set in 1979.

2002 — John Stockton, the NBA's career assist leader, has 13 assists in Utah's 95-92 loss at Houston to give him exactly 15,000 for his career.

2004 — Orlando's Tracy McGrady scores a franchise record 62 points in a 108-99 win over Washington.

2007 — Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, 19, becomes the youngest player in NHL history with two 100-point seasons after scoring a goal in a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers.

2011 — Veteran referees Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton, cited for two errors in the final seconds of the St. John's-Rutgers game, withdraw from the rest of the Big East tournament. The three officials missed two calls — a travel and stepping out of bounds — in the final 1.7 seconds of St. John's 65-63 win in the second-round of Big East tournament. The Big East acknowledged after the game the officials blew the calls.

2012 — Ashton Eaton of the United States sets a heptathlon world record and wins the gold at the world indoor championships in Istanbul. The American dominates the two-day competition, capping it with an overwhelming 1,000 meters. He breaks the record he set last year by 77 points with a total of 6,645.

2014 — The game between Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets is postponed by the NHL after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapses on the bench during the first period.

March 11

1922 — Cornell wins the first IC4A indoor track meet held at the 2nd Regiment Armory in New York.

1947 — Harry Boykoff of St. John's sets a Madison Square Garden scoring record with 54 points in the Redmen's 71-52 win over St. Francis, N.Y.

1958 — Manhattan upsets top-ranked West Virginia 89-84, in the first round of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. Jack Powers leads the Jaspers with 29 points. Manhattan holds sophomore Jerry West to 10 points in the Mountaineers' second loss of the year.

1963 — Chicago Loyola blows out Tennessee Tech 111-42 for the largest margin of victory (69) in the history of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.

1979 — St. John's and Penn post two of the biggest upsets ever in the NCAA tournament in the second round of the East regional in Raleigh, N.C. St. John's, the 40th and last team selected, beats No. 2 seed Duke 80-78, and Penn comes from behind to beat No. 1 seed North Carolina 72-71.

1979 — In the first period of a game between Los Angeles and Philadelphia, 372 penalty minutes are handed out. Randy Holt of the Kings is hit with nine penalties for a total of 67 minutes in the period (one minor, three majors, two 10-minute misconducts and three game misconducts). Marcel Dionne of the Kings scores his 50th goal of the season in the 6-3 loss to the Flyers.

1991 — Steffi Graf's streak of 186 weeks ranked as the No. 1 women's tennis player ends as she is replaced by Monica Seles.

2001 — Jana Kostelic, Croatia's 19-year-old skiing sensation, becomes the second youngest woman to win the overall World Cup title. She finishes 21st, but she captures the title when Renate Goetschl of Austria skied off the course in the first run in Are, Sweden.

2003 — The longest winning streak in women's Division I history ends at 70 games when No. 18 Villanova hands No. 1 Connecticut its first loss since the end of the 2001 season, 52-48 for the championship of the Big East Conference tournament.

2007 — Chris Simon of the New York Islanders is suspended for an NHL-record 25 games, missing the rest of the regular season and playoffs as punishment for his two-handed stick attack to the face of Ryan Hollweg.

2009 — Mike Singletary leads Texas Tech to the biggest rally in Big 12 tournament history, scoring all 29 of Texas Tech's points during a second-half surge that pushed the Red Raiders to a 88-83 win against the Aggies. The Red Raiders erase a 21-point deficit. Singletary, who outscored A&M 29-18 to give Tech the lead for the first time, finishes with 43 points.

2009 — Wesley Matthews scores 20 points and Marquette snaps a four-game losing streak by holding St. John's to a Big East tournament-record 10 points in the first half on the way to a 74-45 victory.

2010 — Joe Pavelski caps a four-point third period with the tiebreaking goal in the San Jose Sharks' 8-5 comeback victory over the Nashville Predators. The Sharks become the first team in NHL history to win three straight games in regulation when trailing after two periods.

2011 — Jimmer Fredette scores a career-high 52 points to lead No. 8 BYU to an 87-76 win over New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference semifinals. Fredette, who takes just one free throw, sinks 22 buckets, including seven 3-pointers. He breaks Danny Ainge's career scoring record at BYU and his 2,417 points also was a Mountain West Conference record.

2012 — Vanderbilt rallies to beat No. 1 Kentucky 71-64 in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game, ending the Wildcats' 24-game winning streak. John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli both score 17 points for Vanderbilt, which last won the SEC tournament in 1951.

2014 — FIU senior Jerica Coley becomes the 10th female player in NCAA Division I history to eclipse the 3,000-point barrier, doing so with a 20-point showing in FIU's 85-65 win over Rice in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.

March 12

1961 — Mickey Wright wins the LPGA championship by nine strokes over Louise Suggs, her third in the last four years.

1966 — Chicago's Bobby Hull scores his 51st goal to become the first NHL player to score more than 50 goals in a season.

1966 — In the last race of his 40-year career, John Longden wins the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita, aboard George Royal. He retires with a then-record number of victories, 6,032.

1970 — Austin Carr scores 52 points to lead Notre Dame in a 112-82 win over Kentucky in the regional semifinals of the NCAA men's tournament. Dan Issel of Kentucky scores 44 points.

1984 — Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Britain become the first ice dancing team to record nine perfect marks of 6.0 during the world championships.

1985 — Larry Bird scores 60 points, including Boston's last 16, to set a Celtics record and lead them to a 126-115 victory over Atlanta. Bird hit 22 of 36 field goals and 15 of 16 free throws en route to breaking Kevin McHale's team record of 56 points established nine days before.

1994 — The Arkansas men's track and field team wins its 11th straight NCAA Indoor Championship with a meet-record 94 points. The 54-point victory margin is the biggest in the meet's 30-year history.

2002 — Siena (17-18) with an 81-77 victory over Alcorn State in the play-in game, becomes first team in 47 years to win an NCAA men's basketball tournament game with a losing record.

2003 — Damian Costantino's NCAA-record hitting streak ends at 60 games, one day after he broke Robin Ventura's 16-year-old mark. Costantino, an outfielder for Division III Salve Regina of Newport, R.I., fails to get a hit in the first game of a doubleheader against Baldwin-Wallace. It's the first time he finishes a game hitless since March 25, 2001.

2005 — Bode Miller becomes the first American in 22 years to win skiing's overall World Cup title. He finishes ahead of his only remaining challenger, Benjamin Raich of Austria, in the season's final giant slalom to capture the crown. The last non-Europeans to win the overall championship were Americans Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney in 1983.

2005 — Florida sophomore Kerron Clement sets a world record in the 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor track and field championships. Clement's time of 44.57 seconds breaks the mark of 44.63, set by Michael Johnson on March 4, 1995.

2008 — Lance Mackey wins his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, completing the 1,100-mile journey in just under 9 1/2 days.

2008 — The Houston Rockets are the third team in NBA history to win 20 straight games and ties for the second-longest winning streak with an 83-75 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Rockets join the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33 straight) and 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20) as the only teams to win 20 or more in a row.

2009 — Lindsey Vonn wins the super-G season finale at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden, becoming the first American woman to capture the championship title in the discipline. Vonn earns her third crystal globe this season, tying the U.S. record set by Phil Mahre in 1982.

2009 — Syracuse outlasts Connecticut in the second-longest Division I game ever played, capping a Big East tournament quarterfinal doubleheader in which the second- and third-ranked teams in the country both lose. Andy Rautins hits a 3-pointer 10 seconds into the sixth overtime, to give the Orange their first lead since regulation and they go on to a 127-117 victory over the third-ranked Huskies. The game finishes one overtime short of the record set in Cincinnati's 75-73 victory over Bradley on Dec. 21, 1981. Much earlier in the evening, West Virginia beats No. 2 Pittsburgh 74-60.

2010 — Lindsey Vonn caps a historic season with her third straight overall World Cup title. Vonn wins the final super-G race of the season for her 33rd World Cup win, eclipsing Bode Miller as the most decorated American skier. Vonn becomes the first woman to win three straight overall titles since Petra Kronberger of Austria in 1990-92.

2010 — New Jersey beats Pittsburgh 3-1, to tie Montreal's NHL record for consecutive seasons with 40 or more victories. Montreal won 40 or more games in 13 straight seasons from 1971 to 1983 — when regulation ties were not broken in overtime or shootouts.

2011 — The No. 21 Connecticut Huskies win their seventh Big East championship by winning five games in as many days. Kemba Walker shatters the tournament scoring record, getting 19 points in the ninth-seeded Huskies' 69-66 victory over No. 14 Louisville.

2011 — Yohann Diniz of France breaks the world record in the 50,000-meter race walk by more than 5 minutes. Diniz finishes in 3:35:27 on the track at Reims (France) Stadium, eclipsing the mark of 3:40:57.9 set by Thierry Toutain of France in 1996.

2013 — Mitch Seavey becomes the oldest winner of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The 53-year-old former champion won a dueling sprint against Aliy Zirkle, last year's runner-up. Seavey, who first won the Iditarod in 2004, is the father of last year's champion, Dallas Seavey, who at age 25 became the youngest Iditarod winner ever, beating Zirkle to the finish line by one hour.

March 13

1894 — J.L. Johnstone of England invents the starting gate for horse racing.

1920 — NYU wins the national amateur basketball championship in Atlanta. The Violets beat Rutgers 49-24 in the final of the AAU tournament.

1961 — Floyd Patterson knocks out Ingemar Johansson in the sixth round to retain the world heavyweight title in Miami Beach.

1982 — Elaine Zayak of the United States wins the world figure skating championship.

1983 — Randy Smith's consecutive game streak ends at 906 games, the longest in NBA history. Smith played for Buffalo, San Diego (twice), Cleveland and New York during the streak.

1997 — The America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports and yachting's most coveted prize, is all but destroyed by a Maori protester who struck it repeatedly with a sledgehammer in Auckland, New Zealand.

1998 — Bryce Drew hits a leaning 3-pointer as time expires to give Valparaiso a shocking 70-69 upset of Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional.

2001 — Philadelphia's Mark Recchi picks up his 1,000th career point during 5-2 win over St. Louis. He's the 60th player in NHL history to reach the mark.

2005 — Donyell Marshall ties the NBA record with 12 3-pointers and the Toronto Raptors finish with a league-record 21 in their 128-110 victory over Philadelphia. Marshall, 12-for-19 from 3-point range, finishes with a career-high 38 points. The Raptors, 21-for-34 from 3-point range, break the previous NBA record of 19 set by Atlanta in a victory in Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996.

2007 — Lance Mackey wins the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the first musher to win major long-distance North American sled dog races back-to-back. On Feb. 20, Mackey won his third consecutive Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000 mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon.

2007 — Dallas' Mike Modano becomes the 39th player in NHL history and second born in the United States to reach 500 goals, scoring with 10:24 left in the third period of a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

2008 — Bode Miller clinches the men's overall World Cup ski title. Miller earns his second title in four years with a 12th-place finish in the super-G combined along with Didier Cuche's announcement that he would not enter the season-ending slalom in Bormio, Italy.

2008 — Detroit clinches a playoff berth after beating Dallas 5-3 while reaching 100 points for a league-record tying eighth-straight season. Montreal had 100-point seasons from 1975-82.

2009 — Cleveland's LeBron James scores 51 points, including six in overtime, and the Cavaliers clinch the Central Division title by beating Sacramento 126-123.

2009 — The Philadelphia 76ers play a final game at the Spectrum, their old home, beating Chicago 104-101. The Sixers, who normally play across the street at the Wachovia Center, play their first game at the Spectrum, scheduled to be demolished later this year, since April 19, 1996.

2010 — Oregon's Ashton Eaton breaks Dan O'Brien's 17-year-old world record in the indoor heptathlon. Eaton sets a mark of 6,499 points at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, passing O'Brien's record of 6,476.

2011 — The NCAA men's basketball selection committee releases its 68-team draw which included a record 11 teams from the Big East, the deepest conference in the nation. The tournament adds three more at-large teams that will open the tournament in what the NCAA is calling the "First Four."

2011 — Golden State ends Kevin Love's consecutive double-doubles streak at 53 games with a 100-77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love is limited to six points on 1-of-6 shooting, ending the NBA's longest such streak since Elvin Hayes had double-doubles in 55 consecutive games in 1973-74. Love had 12 rebounds.

2012 — BYU pulls off the biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history on a wild opening night. Noah Hartsock scores 16 of his 23 points in the second half and the Cougars rally from 25 points down to beat Iona 78-72 in the first round. It marks the biggest comeback in an NCAA tournament game. Previously, the largest deficit overcome was 22 points in 2001 when Duke fought back to beat Maryland 95-84 in the national semifinals. It's the second incredible turnaround of the night in Dayton. With President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron watching, Western Kentucky comes back from a 16-point deficit in the final 5 minutes to beat Mississippi Valley State 59-58.

March 14

1944 — In a tennis match to benefit wartime charities, amateur Jack Kramer beat pro champion Don Budge 6-3, 6-2.

1953 — Seton Hall wins the NIT title with a 58-46 win over St. John's. Walter Dukes, who led Seton Hall with 21 points and 20 rebounds, finishes as the tournament's high scorer with 70 points and wins the MVP honors.

1954 — Baltimore loses 65-54 at Milwaukee, giving the Bullets their 20th consecutive road loss for the season, and making them the first team in NBA history to go an entire season without winning a game on the road.

1960 — Rookie Wilt Chamberlain scores a playoff record 53 points in the Philadelphia's 132-112 triumph over the Syracuse Nationals to send the Warriors to the Eastern Division finals against the Boston Celtics.

1962 — Detroit's Gordie Howe becomes the second player in NHL history to score 500 goals in the Red Wings' 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

1963 — Guy Rodgers of the San Francisco Warriors hands out 28 assists in a 114-109 loss to the St. Louis Hawks, tying an NBA record set by Bob Cousy of Boston in 1959.

1965 — Bill Russell of Boston scores 20 points and grabs 41 rebounds, and the Celtics set an NBA record with their 61st victory of the season, a 106-98 triumph over San Francisco.

1976 — Bill Shoemaker posts his 7,000th career victory, aboard Royal Derby II, in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.

1986 — Edmonton's Paul Coffey has two goals and six assists to tie an NHL record for most points by a defenseman in a 12-3 rout of Detroit.

1987 — Katarina Witt of East Germany wins her third world figure skating championship.

1987 — Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. becomes the first rider in the history of Santa Anita Park to win seven races in a single afternoon. In his only loss of the day, Pincay finishes third aboard Bob Back in the eighth race.

1997 — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Joey Mullen becomes the first American-born player to score 500 career goals, with a goal in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche. The New York native is the 25th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

1998 — Harvard women become the first 16th-seeded team, men or women, to win an NCAA tournament game by defeating top-seeded Stanford 71-67.

2004 — Hermann Maier — racing in his first full season since nearly losing his right leg in a motorcycle accident — wins his fourth overall World Cup title. Maier also clinches the World Cup super-G title.

2008 — Lindsey Vonn wins the overall World Cup skiing to complete the first American sweep of the men's (Bode Miller) and women's titles in 25 years. Vonn secures the title finishing tied for 11th in the giant slalom, the penultimate race of the season. It's the first time Americans took both titles since Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney accomplished the feat in 1983.

2009 — Miami's Dwyane Wade scores 50 points, grabs 10 rebounds and has nine assists in a 140-129, triple-overtime win over Utah.

2010 — Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and Syracuse earn top billing and the No. 1 seeds for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Big East lead with eight teams, which ties its own record. It's the third time the conference has put that many teams in the tournament.

2012 — Lindsey Vonn ends the women's World Cup downhill season in style by dominating the final race held in Schladming, Austria. The American overall champion, who had already won the downhill title, beats Marion Rolland of France by 0.92 seconds. It's Vonn's 12th win this season. Only Vreni Schneider of Switzerland won more races in one year — 14 in 1988-89.

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