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Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA

March 29

1929 - The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers to complete a two-game sweep.

1940 - Joe Louis knocks out Johnny Paychek in the second round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1941 - Wisconsin, led by Gene Englund's 13 points, wins the NCAA basketball championship with a 39-34 victory over Washington State.

1952 - George Mikan of the Minneapolis Lakers scores an NBA playoff record 47 points in an 88-78 loss in Game 1 of the Western Division Finals against Rochester.

1960 - Boston's Bill Russell pulls down an NBA Finals record 40 rebounds, as the Celtics lose to St. Louis, 113-103.

1962 - Elgin Baylor (45) and Jerry West (41) of the Los Angeles Lakers become the first teammates to both score 40 or more points in an NBA Playoff game. It isn't enough as the Lakers lose to Detroit, 118-117, in a Western Division Finals game.

1966 - Muhammad Ali retains the world heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over George Chuvalo at Maple Leaf Garden in Toronto.

1982 - Michael Jordan's jump shot with 16 seconds remaining gives North Carolina a 63-62 victory over Georgetown for the NCAA men's basketball championship.

1984 - The NFL Colts leave the city of Baltimore in the early hours of the morning, headed for Indianapolis.

1987 - Tennessee routs Louisiana Tech 67-44 to win the NCAA women's basketball championship.

1990 - Houston's Akeem Olajuwon is the third player in NBA history to achieve a quadruple double during a 120-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He scores 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 10 assists.

1992 - Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi becomes the first American woman to win consecutive world figure skating championships since Peggy Fleming in 1968.

1996 - The Vancouver Grizzlies break the NBA record for consecutive losses in a season with their 21st in a 105-91 loss to the Utah Jazz. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks lost 20 straight.

1999 - New York Rangers center Wayne Gretzky surpasses Gordie Howe as the leading goal scorer in pro hockey history in a 3-1 victory over the Islanders. Gretzky's goal was the 1,072nd of his career - 20 NHL seasons and one season in the WHA.

2003 - Michelle Kwan becomes the third American to win five World Figure Skating Championships. Kwan, a seven-time U.S. champion, ties Dick Button and Carol Heiss for most world crowns by an American.

2008 - Curlin rolls to a record-setting 7 3/4-length victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race. Curlin is the fourth horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic and then take the World Cup the following year.

2010 - The New Jersey Nets notch their 10th victory, avoiding any chance of tying for the worst record in NBA history by beating the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-84. The Nets improve to 10-64 for one more win than the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73.

2011 - Maya Moore scores 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead top-seed Connecticut to a 75-40 win over Duke and another trip to the Final Four. Moore becomes the first D-I player to reach 3,000 points since Southwest Missouri State star Jackie Stiles in 2001. Sydney Carter scores 22 points and Texas A&M finally beats Baylor, 58-46 to send the Aggies to their first Final Four in school history.

2012 - Stanford's young guards Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright each score 15 points, and the Cardinal rout Minnesota 75-51 to win the NIT title.

2013 - Jaromir Jagr earns his 1,000th career NHL assist in the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota.

2013 - Wesley Low Jr., at age 15, becomes the youngest bowler ever to win a PBA Regional title - breaking a 34-year-old record set by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in 1979. The two-handed competitor defeats Deeronn Booker 299-234, to win the PBA Non-Champion West tournament at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

2014 - The Philadelphia 76ers snap their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 to avoid establishing a new longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.

2014 - Serena Williams wins a record seventh Key Biscayne title when she overcames a slow start and a set point to beat Li Na 7-5, 6-1 at the Sony Open.

March 30

1940 - Indiana routs Kansas 60-42 for the NCAA basketball championship.

1943 - Ken Sailors scores 16 points to lead Wyoming to a 56-43 victory over Georgetown in the NCAA basketball championship.

1981 - Sophomore guard Isiah Thomas scores 23 points to lead Indiana to a 63-50 victory over North Carolina to win the NCAA basketball title.

1986 - Texas wins the women's NCAA basketball title with a 97-81 victory over Southern Cal.

1987 - Keith Smart's 16-foot jump shot gives Indiana a 74-73 victory over Syracuse for the NCAA men's basketball championship.

1991 - Darryl Plandowski scores 1:57 into the third overtime to lift Northern Michigan to its first NCAA hockey title with an 8-7 victory over Boston University in the second-longest championship game ever.

1995 - Maine beats Michigan 4-3 in triple overtime, the longest hockey game in NCAA tournament history, to advance to the NCAA title game.

1997 - Betsy King, an LPGA Hall of Famer, overcomes a three-shot deficit over the last eight holes for her third Dinah Shore title.

2001 - Michael Phelps becomes the youngest American swimmer to set a world record, winning the 200-meter butterfly in the USA Swimming Championships in 1 minute, 54.92 seconds. Phelps, 15, breaks the record of 1:55.18 set by Olympic gold medalist Tom Malchow in June.

2003 - Martin Brodeur becomes the first NHL goalie with four 40-win seasons as New Jersey beat the New York Islanders 6-0.

2006 - Lorena Ochoa birdies her final hole to tie an LPGA major championship record at 10-under 62, giving her a four-shot lead over Michelle Wie in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the year. Ochoa breaks the tournament record set by Mary Beth Zimmerman at Mission Hills in 1997. The 62 ties the record in a major set by Minea Blomqvist in the 2004 Women's British Open at Sunningdale.

2007 - Kobe Bryant scores 53 points for his eighth 50-point performance of the season as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to Houston 107-104 in overtime.

2009 - Dwight Howard scores 22 points and grabs 18 rebounds in a 101-95 win over Miami 101-95 and passes Wilt Chamberlain as the youngest NBA player to reach 5,000 boards. Howard reached the 5,000-rebound mark - he now has 5,006 - at the age of 23 years, 112 days. Chamberlain was 25 years, 128 days old when he got his 5,000th rebound.

2013 - Wichita State holds off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final to earn its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over the Buckeyes. The ninth-seeded Shockers are the fifth team seeded ninth or higher to reach the Final Four since seeding began in 1979, but the second in three years following 11th-seeded VCU's improbable run in 2011.

2013 - Syracuse shuts down Marquette with a 55-39 win in the East regional final and reached the Final Four for the first time in a decade. The Golden Eagles' 39 points are a record low for a team in an NCAA tournament regional final since the shot clock was introduced in 1986. The 94 combined points was also a record low for a regional final.

2013 - Animal Kingdom pulls away down the straight to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup for the first American victory in the world's richest horse race since 2009.

2014 - Aaron Harrison makes a 3-pointer from about 24 feet with 2.3 seconds left to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and the program's 16th trip to the Final Four. Eighth-seeded Kentucky is the first all-freshman starting lineup to make the Final Four since the Fab Five at Michigan in 1992.

2014 - Shabazz Napier scores 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beats Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament. The Huskies rally from a nine-point second-half deficit to become the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

March 31

1909 - Baseball's National Commission rules that players who jump contracts will be suspended for five years. Players joining outlaw organizations will be suspended for three years as punishment for going outside organized baseball.

1923 - The Ottawa Senators of the NHL completes a two-game sweep of the WCHL's Edmonton Eskimos with a 1-0 victory to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in four years. Harry "Punch" Broadbent scores the goal.

1968 - The American League's new franchise in Seattle chooses Pilots as its nickname.

1973 - The Philadelphia Flyers tie an NHL record for most goals in one period, scoring eight goals in the second period of a 10-2 win over the New York Islanders.

1973 - Ken Norton scores a stunning upset by winning a 12-round split decision over Muhammad Ali to win the NABF heavyweight title. Norton, a 5-1 underdog, breaks Ali's jaw in the first round.

1975 - UCLA beats Kentucky 92-85 for its 10th NCAA basketball title under head coach John Wooden. Wooden finishes with a 620-147 career record after announcing his retirement two days earlier.

1980 - Larry Holmes scores a TKO in the eighth round over Leroy Jones to retain his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

1980 - Mike Weaver knocks out John Tate in the 15th round to win the WBA heavyweight title in Knoxville, Tenn.

1985 - Old Dominion beats Georgia 70-65 for the women's NCAA basketball championship.

1986 - Freshman center Pervis Ellison hits two free throws with 27 seconds left to seal Louisville's 72-69 victory over Duke in the NCAA basketball championship.

1990 - Quebec's Joe Sakic, 20, becomes the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season and the first to do so with a last-place team.

1991 - Tennessee edges Virginia 70-67 in overtime for its third NCAA women's basketball title. It's the first overtime in the NCAA's 10-year history.

1991 - Brett Hull scores his 86th goal to give him the third-best total in NHL history as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota North Stars 2-1.

1991 - Amy Alcott wins the Dinah Shore golf tournament with a record eight-shot victory over Dottie Mochrie.

1997 - Martina Hingis becomes the youngest No. 1 player in tennis history. The 16-year-old Swiss sensation, who claimed her fifth title of 1997 at the Lipton Championships on March 29, supplants Steffi Graf in the WTA Tour rankings.

2005 - Tarence Kinsey hits a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to lift South Carolina to a 60-57 victory over Saint Joseph's for the NIT championship game.

2011 - J.T. Durley and Graham Hatch score 12 points each to lead Wichita State to a 66-57 win over Alabama 66-57 in the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden.

2012 - Ray Whitney passes 1,000 career points with a goal and assist in Phoenix's 4-0 victory over Anaheim.

2013 - In one of the biggest upsets in the history of the NCAA women's tournament, sixth-seeded Louisville stuns defending national champion Baylor in the regional semifinals, 82-81. It's the end of a remarkable college career for Baylor's Brittney Griner, a record-setting 6-foot-8 post player who ended up as the second-highest scoring player in NCAA history.

2013 - Pete Weber ties Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Association title with a 224-179 win over Australian Jason Belmonte in the Tournament of Champions.

2013 - Louisville overcomes Kevin Ware's gruesome injury and advances to the Final Four with a 85-63 win over Duke. Ware broke his leg in the first half of the Midwest Regional final when he landed awkwardly after trying to contest a 3-point shot, breaking his leg in two places.

April 1

1920 - The Ottawa Senators defeat the Seattle Metropolitans 6-1 to capture the NHL Stanley Cup 3-games-to-2.

1938 - Joe Louis knocks out Harry Thomas in the fifth round in Chicago to retain his world heavyweight title.

1940 - Governor Herbert Lehman of New York signs the Dunnigal bill, which legalizes pari-mutuel wagering and outlaws bookmakers at the state's racetracks.

1972 - The first collective player's strike in major league history begins at 12:01 a.m. The strike lasts 12 days and cancels 86 games.

1973 - Boston's John Havlicek connects on 24 field goals and finishes with 54 points the Celtics defeat Atlanta, 134-109, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

1984 - Southern Cal beats Tennessee 72-61 for the NCAA women's basketball title.

1985 - Villanova shocks Georgetown with a 66-64 victory to win the NCAA basketball title. The Wildcats, led by Dwayne McClain's 17 points, shot 79 percent from the field, making 22 of 28 shots, and added 22 of 27 free throws.

1990 - Betsy King holds on for a two-stroke victory over Kathy Postlewait, taking the LPGA Dinah Shore tournament for the second time in four years.

1990 - Wisconsin wins its fifth NCAA hockey championship since 1973, 7-3 over Colgate.

1991 - Duke ends years of frustration with a 72-65 victory over Kansas for its first national title in five championship-game appearances and nine trips to the Final Four.

1992 - A week before the Stanley Cup playoffs are set to begin, the NHL players strike for the first time in the league's 75-year history.

1996 - Kentucky wins its first national title in 18 years with a 76-67 victory over Syracuse. Senior Tony Delk, voted the outstanding player, finishes with 24 points and ties the championship game record with seven 3-pointers.

2000 - Michelle Kwan wins her third World Figure Skating title by pushing through all seven triple jumps. The triple toe-triple toe lifts Kwan above Russians Irina Slutskaya and last year's champion, Maria Butyrskaya.

2002 - With Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter leading the way, Maryland wins its first national championship with a 64-52 victory over Indiana.

2007 - Morgan Pressel becomes the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history with a game well beyond her 18 years, closing with a 3-under 69 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Pressel plays her final 25 holes over Mission Hills without a bogey as Suzann Pettersen blew a four-shot lead with four holes to play.

2009 - Kevin Martin scores a career-high 50 points for Sacramento, but the Kings lose 143-141 in overtime to Golden State.

2009 - Eastern Kentucky plays Kentucky State in a baseball game on April Fools' Day, and the result is no joke: EKU led 49-1 when the teams stop it after five innings. EKU began substituting during its 22-run first inning.

2010 - Dayton denies last year's national champs another title as the Flyers beat North Carolina 79-68 to win the NIT. Marcus Johnson scores 20 points and reserve guard Paul Williams adds 16 points for Dayton, which captures its third NIT title and first since 1968.

2011 - Jarome Iginla scores his second goal of the game with 5:03 left to reach 1,000 points and help Calgary rally to beat St. Louis 3-2.

2012 - Sun Young Yoo wins the Kraft Nabisco Championship with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, earning her first major title after I.K. Kim misses a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation.

April 2

1939 - Ralph Guldahl beats Sam Snead by one stroke to capture the Masters golf tournament.

1983 - New York Islander Mike Bossy becomes the first player to score 60 or more goals in three consecutive seasons.

1984 - Georgetown, led by junior center Patrick Ewing and freshman forward Reggie Williams, beats Houston 84-75 to win the NCAA championship in Seattle. Houston becomes the second team to lose in two consecutive finals.

1986 - The 3-point field goal, at 19 feet, 9 inches, is adopted by the NCAA.

1990 - UNLV pounds Duke 103-73 to win its first NCAA championship and extend the Blue Devils' streak to eight Final Four appearances without a title. The Runnin' Rebels become the first team to score more than 100 points in a championship game and the 30-point margin is the largest ever.

1993 - Cleveland's Mark Price falls one free throw short of tying an NBA record in a 114-113 loss to Charlotte. Price makes his first six foul shots of the game to give him 77 in a row, but misses the second of a two-shot foul in the fourth quarter, leaving intact Calvin Murphy's 12-year old record.

1995 - Connecticut caps an unbeaten season by defeating Tennessee 70-64 for the NCAA women's championship. The Huskies, 35-0, become the winningest basketball team for one season in Division I.

2000 - Connecticut wins its second women's national championship with a 71-52 victory over Tennessee. The top-ranked Huskies beat No. 2 Tennessee for the second time in three meetings this season.

2005 - Roger Powell Jr. and Luther Head score 20 points apiece leading Illinois to a 72-57 win over Louisville in semifinals of the Final Four. With the win, the Illini (37-1) ties the single-season NCAA record for victories. Rick Pitino of Louisville makes history by taking his third different program to the Final Four.

2007 - The Florida Gators keep their stranglehold on the college basketball world with an 84-75 victory over Ohio State for their second straight national championship. The Gators are the first team to repeat since Duke in 1991-92.

2011 - The Detroit Red Wings clinch their 20th straight playoff berth with a 4-3 victory over Nashville. The Red Wings extend the longest active playoff streak among North America's four major professional sports and extend their NHL record with 11 straight seasons with 100 points.

2011 - Shelvin Mack scores 24 points, including 10 straight in a key second-half run, and Butler beats Virginia Commonwealth 70-62 for their second straight trip to the men's NCAA title game. Kemba Walker scores 18 points to lift Connecticut to its 10th straight victory, a 56-55 win over cold-shooting Kentucky in the second semifinal.

2012 - Doron Lamb scores 22 points as Kentucky wins its eighth men's national championship, holding off Kansas for a 67-59 victory.

2013 - Shoni Schimmel scores 24 points and giant-slaying Louisville claims another big upset, beating second-seeded Tennessee 86-78 and earning the school's second trip to the Women's Final Four.

2014 - The Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 to give the Lakers their 50th loss of the season. The last time the Lakers had 50 or more losses was 1974-75 (30-52).

April 3

1930 - The Montreal Canadiens win the NHL Stanley Cup with a two-game sweep of the Boston Bruins.

1933 - Ken Doraty's overtime goal gives the Toronto Maple Leafs and 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins in semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The goal comes at one hour, 44 minutes and 46 seconds of the overtime beyond the one-hour regulation game.

1977 - Jean Ratelle of the Boston Bruins scores his 1,000th point with an assist in a 7-4 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1982 - Buffalo's Gil Perrault scores his 1,000th point with an assist in a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

1988 - Louisiana Tech wins the NCAA women's basketball championship with a 56-54 come-from-behind victory over Auburn.

1988 - Amy Alcott shoots a 1-under 71 to win the Dinah Shore by two shots over Colleen Walker.

1989 - Michigan beats Seton Hall 80-79 in overtime to win the NCAA basketball championship. Rumeal Robinson hits two free throws with three seconds left for the Wolverines.

1994 - Charlotte Smith's 3-pointer at the buzzer gives North Carolina a 60-59 victory over Louisiana Tech in the NCAA women's basketball championship game.

1995 - UCLA wins its first national basketball championship in 20 years and record 11th NCAA title, keeping Arkansas from repeating with an 89-78 victory.

2002 - Utah sets an NBA record by clinching its 17th straight winning season after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 99-87.

2006 - Joakim Noah dominates UCLA with 16 points, nine rebounds and a record seven blocks to key a 73-57 blowout for Florida's first national title in men's basketball.

2007 - After a nine-year title drought, Tennessee and coach Pat Summitt are NCAA champions. The Lady Vols capture an elusive seventh national title, beating Rutgers 59-46.

2010 - Bernard Hopkins wins a brutal unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr. in their long-delayed rematch, emphatically avenging his loss in the famed champions' first fight nearly 17 years earlier.

2011 - Stacy Lewis holds off defending champion Yani Tseng to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship by three strokes, earning her first LPGA Tour title in the year's first major. Lewis shoots a 3-under 69 to finish at 13-under 275.

2012 - Brittney Griner scores 26 points and grabs 13 rebounds to help Baylor finish off an undefeated season with an 80-61 win over Notre Dame in the women's national championship game. Baylor becomes the first team in NCAA history to win 40 games.

2014 - Kevin Durant scores 28 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat San Antonio 106-94, ending the Spurs' winning streak at 19 games.

2014 - Austin Hollins hits a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota wins the NIT championship, beating SMU 65-63.

April 4

1937 - Byron Nelson shoots a 283 to win the Masters by two strokes over Ralph Guldahl.

1938 - Henry Picard beats Ralph Guldahl and Harry Cooper by two strokes to capture the Masters.

1983 - Lorenzo Charles scores on a dunk after Derek Whittenburg's 35-foot desperation shot falls short to give North Carolina State a 54-52 triumph over Houston in the NCAA championship.

1986 - Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky breaks his own NHL single-season points record with three assists to increase his total to 214. He scored 212 points in 1981-82.

1987 - New York's Denis Potvin, the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history, scores his 1,000th point.

1988 - Danny Manning scores 31 points and grabs 18 rebounds as Kansas wins its second NCAA championship with an 83-79 victory over Oklahoma.

1993 - Sheryl Swoopes shatters the women's championship game record by scoring 47 points to lead Texas Tech to an 84-82 victory over Ohio State.

1993 - Mario Andretti, at 53, wins the Valvoline 200 in Phoenix to become the oldest driver to win an Indy car race and the first driver to win a race in four different decades.

1994 - Arkansas wins its first men's national championship with a 76-72 victory over Duke, depriving the Blue Devils of a third title in four years.

2001 - Hideo Nomo becomes the fourth pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in both leagues in Boston's 3-0 victory over Baltimore. Nomo joins Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.

2003 - Toronto's Lenny Wilkens sets the NBA record for most career losses when the Raptors lost to the Spurs 124-98. Wilkens, in his 30th year as an NBA coach, was already the winningest coach in league history with 1,292 victories.

2003 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs becomes the 18th player to hit 500 career homers, connecting for a solo shot in a 10-9 loss to Cincinnati.

2005 - North Carolina defeats Illinois to win the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship. Sean May has 26 points and the Tar Heels don't allow a basket over the final 2 1/2 minutes to defeat Illinois 75-70.

2011 - Kemba Walker scores 16 points and Alex Oriakhi has 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead Connecticut to a 53-41 win over Butler in the men's NCAA championship game. UConn coach Jim Calhoun wins his third national championship, something only four other coaches have done.

2013 - Pierre Jackson has his fourth straight double-double with 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a 74-54 win over Iowa.

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