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1st of March

1919 — Newsy Lalonde of the Montreal Canadiens sets a Stanley Cup playoff record by scoring five goals in a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. The record is equaled four times.

1934 – Primo Carnera retains his world heavyweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Tommy Laughren in Miami.

1948 – NYU, the top undefeated basketball team in the nation, is upset by Notre Dame 64-59 at Madison Square Garden in New York. In a 17-change game, the Fighting Irish hold Dolph Schayes to nine points and Kevin O’Shea scores 18 for Notre Dame.

1955 – Allen Fieldhouse, home of the Kansas Jayhawks, hosts its first basketball game and the Jayhawks defeat rival Kansas State 77-66.

1969 – Tuesdee Testa becomes the first female jockey to win a race at a major American thoroughbred track when she rides Buz On to victory in the third race with at Santa Anita Park.

1973 – Robyn Smith becomes the first female jockey to win a stakes race when she rides the North Sea to victory in the Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in New York.

1981 – Houston Rockets’ Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in San Antonio, ending his NBA-record free throw streak at 78.

1983 — Tamara McKinney becomes the first American skier to win the overall World Cup championship.

1987 – The Boston Celtics become the first NBA franchise to earn 2,000 wins by beating the Detroit Pistons 112-102.

1988 — Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers becomes the NHL’s all-time leading passer, breaking Gordie Howe’s long-standing mark. In his ninth season, Gretzky had the No. 1,050 assist in a game against the Los Angeles Kings.

1991 – Pat Day becomes the sixth jockey in history to win $100 million in purses when he rides Wild Sierra for a second-place finish in the first race at Oaklawn Park.

1996 – Atlanta’s Lenny Wilkens becomes the first NBA coach to reach 1,000 career wins as the Hawks beat Cleveland 74-68.

2000 — With 26-year-old rookie Dean Barker at the helm of Black Magic, New Zealand sails down America’s Cup history, becoming the first country other than the United States to defend the oldest trophy Sport.

2001 – Southwest Missouri State’s Jackie Stiles becomes the NCAA’s career leading scorer in women’s basketball, taking her career total to 3,133 points including 30 in Missouri State’s 94-59 win. southwest Missouri on Creighton.

2014 — Jaromir Jagr becomes the seventh player to score 700 NHL goals in the New Jersey Devils’ 6-1 win over the New York Islanders.

2015 — Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon give the United States their first-ever World Cup double in aerial skiing. McKinnon becomes the first American woman to win the World Cup since Nikki Stone in 1998, while Bohonnon was the first American male winner since Jeret “Speedy” Peterson in 2005.

March 2

1918 — Joe Malone is held scoreless in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5-3 loss to the Toronto Arenas, but ends the NHL’s first season with a record 44 goals in 22 games. The 44 goals remained an NHL record that stood until 1944-45, when Maurice Richard scored 50 goals in 50 games.

1921 – Kentucky defeats Georgia 20–19 in the Southern Intercollegiate men’s basketball championship game in Atlanta. The 14-team conference does not maintain an official regular season standings. This is the first college basketball tournament.

1929 – The Chicago Black Hawks score a goal to break their NHL record with an eight game scoreless streak. Chicago scores twice to beat the Montreal Maroons 2-1.

1940 — Seabiscuit, ridden by Red Pollard, wins the Santa Anita Handicap in his last race. Beaten by a nose in the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps, Seabiscuit beat Kayak II by 1 1-2 lengths to retire as the world’s first money-winning horse.

1951 – In the first NBA All-Star Game, Celtics’ Ed Macauley scores 20 points to lead the East to a 111-94 win at Boston Garden.

1951 – St. John’s Bob Zawoluk scores 65 points to lead the Redmen to a 105-61 loss to St. Peters. It’s the first time in its 43-year history that St. John’s has scored more than 100 points in a game.

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA record 100 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 triumph over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain scores 59 points in the second half and 28 points from the free throw line for the records.

1966 – Chicago’s Bobby Hull becomes the first NHL player to have two 50-goal seasons when he scores a third-period goal in the Black Hawks’ 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

1969 — Phil Esposito of Boston becomes the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season, scoring a goal in the Bruins’ 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1991 – North Carolina State’s Chris Corchiani becomes the first player in NCAA history to hand out 1,000 career assists. Corchiani, who has 12 assists in the game, gets the milestone with 1:16 left in the first half on a pass to Rodney Monroe. Wake Forest spoil the day with an 89-84 victory.

1991 – Del Ballard Jr. throws the most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history in the Fair Lanes Open final. Ballard, who needed seven pins on his last pitch to beat Pete Weber, gets none as his ball falls into the gutter. Weber wins 213-207, claiming the top prize of $30,000, while Ballard takes home $15,500.

2011 – Pittsburgh overcomes a slow start to clinch at least a share of the Big East regular season championship with a 66-50 win over South Florida. Pitt’s coach Jamie Dixon sets an NCAA Division I record for most wins in the first eight seasons of a career with 214 — one more than Everett Case had at North Carolina State and that Roy Williams had in Kansas during their first eight years.

2012 – Major League Baseball expands its playoff format to 10 teams, adding a second wildcard in each league. The decision establishes a one-game wildcard round in each league between the teams with the best records that are not division winners.

2018 – Germany’s Kristina Vogel wins a record 11th women’s cycling world title when she wins the individual sprint at the World Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Vogel equals Anna Meares’ record for most women’s world titles.


3rd of March

1920 — The Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record for most goals in a game with a 16-3 loss to the Quebec Bulldogs.

1951 – Temple’s Bill Mlkvy scores an NCAA-record 73 points in a 99-69 rout of Wilkes.

1966 – Buckpasser, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, wins the Flamingo Stakes by a nose. The colt is such a prohibitive favorite among the field of nine that the race is declared a no-bet contest. The race is known as “The Chicken Flamingo”.

1968 — Jean Béliveau of Montreal becomes the second NHL player to score 1,000 career points with a goal in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

1984 — Peter Ueberroth, chairman of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, is elected commissioner of baseball by the owners of the major league teams.

1985 – Bill Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win $100 million in career prize money after riding Lord at War to victory at the Santa Anita Handicap in Arcadia, California.

1985 – Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics scores a team-high 56 points, making 22 of 28 shots in a 138-129 home win over Detroit.

1987 – Mike Tyson adds the WBA heavyweight crown to his WBC heavyweight crown with a 12-round unanimous decision over James “Bonecrusher” Smith in Las Vegas.

2000 – Edward Fryatt ties a PGA Tour record with eight consecutive birdies in the second round of the Doral-Ryder Open. Fuzzy Zoeller did it at the 1976 Quad Cities Open and Bob Goalby at the 1961 St. Petersburg Open.

2001 – A bloodied John Ruiz becomes the first Hispanic heavyweight champion by knocking down Evander Holyfield in the 11th round and earning a unanimous decision for the WBA title.

2012 — Wladimir Klitschko stops Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck in the fourth round to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. Klitschko is credited with the 50th knockout of his career as he moves up to 57-3.

2012 – No. 2 Syracuse beats No. 19 Louisville 58-49 to tie the Big East winning record. The Orange (30-1, 17-1) faces Connecticut’s 17 conference wins in 1995-96 and ends the regular season with 30 wins for the first time in 36 years as coach of Jim Boeheim.

2014 – LeBron James scores a career-high 61 points, breaking Glen Rice’s franchise record, and the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107.

2017 – Kyrie Irving scores 43 points, LeBron James has 38, and the Cleveland Cavaliers set the NBA regular-season record with 25 3-pointers while holding off the Atlanta Hawks 135-130.

2018 – Deontay Wilder survives a punch from Luis Ortiz, then knocks out the challenger in the 10th round to retain his WBC heavyweight title.


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