Highlights in sports history provided


By Paul Montella - Associated Press



Today is Friday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2017. There are 303 days left in the year.

Today’s highlights in sports history:

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

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

1966 — Buckpasser wins the Flamingo Stakes by a nose, under the guidance of Bill Shoemaker. The colt is such a prohibitive favorite among the field of nine that the race is declared a non-wagering contest. The race is known as “The Chicken Flamingo.”

1968 — Montreal’s Jean Beliveau 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, president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, is elected commissioner of baseball by major league team owners.

1985 — Willie Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win $100 million in career purses after riding Lord at War to victory at the Santa Anita Handicap in Arcadia, Calif.

1987 — Mike Tyson adds the WBA heavyweight crown to his WBC heavyweight crown with a unanimous 12-round 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 in the 1976 Quad Cities Open, and Bob Goalby in the 1961 St. Petersburg Open.

2001 — Maurice Greene equals his world record in the 60-meter dash, running 6.39 seconds in a semifinal heat at the USA Indoor Championships in Atlanta. Greene matches the time he set Feb. 9, 1998, at Madrid, Spain.

2001 — A bloodied John Ruiz becomes the first Hispanic heavyweight champion by knocking Evander Holyfield down with a huge right hand in the 11th round to win a unanimous 12-round decision for the WBA heavyweight title.

2011 — Orlando, down by 24 in the third quarter, goes on an unbelievable 40-9 run over the next 15 minutes and shocks the Miami Heat 99-96. The comeback is the second-largest comeback in Orlando franchise history.

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

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

2015 — Frank Mason III caps one of the biggest comebacks in Allen Fieldhouse history by scoring the last eight points in overtime to lead No. 9 Kansas past No. 20 West Virginia 76-69. It’s the 11th consecutive Big 12 championship for Kansas. Mason ends with 19 points for the Jayhawks, whose 11 straight conference titles trail only the 13 in a row UCLA won in the John Wooden era.

By Paul Montella

Associated Press

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