Today’s sports highlights in history provided


By Paul Montella - Associated Press



Today is Wednesday, March 8, the 67th day of 2017. There are 298 days left in the year.

Today’s sports highlights in history:

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 breaks the record with 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.

2015 — Leonardo Mayer defeats Joao Souza in the longest Davis Cup singles match ever, winning 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 5-7, 15-13 to keep Argentina alive against Brazil in their first round series. Mayer needed 6 hours, 42 minutes to beat Souza, which is also longer than the record for a clay-court match on the ATP tour.

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By Paul Montella

Associated Press

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