Today’s sports hightlights in history provided


By Paul Montella - Associated Press



Today is Wednesday, March 15, the 74th day of 2017. There are 291 days left in the year.

Today’s sports highlights in history:

1869 — The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first pro baseball team, is organized by George Ellard and Harry Wright.

1940 — Colorado, led by Bob Doll’s 15 points, beats Duquesne 51-40 for the NIT championship.

1941 — Montreal goaltenders Bert Gardiner and Paul Bibeault become the first to share an NHL shutout, a 6-0 victory over the New York Americans. In the final game of the season, Canadiens coach Dick Irvin rotates the two approximately every seven minutes to get a look at both goalies before the playoffs. Gardiner would play all three playoff games for the Canadiens in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the quarterfinals.

1958 — Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson scores a NCAA Midwest region-record 56 points in a 97-62 rout of Arkansas.

1985 — Larry Holmes scores a 10th-round knockout of David Bey in Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight title.

1987 — Don Pooley aces the 192-yard 17th hole at the Bay Hill Classic in Orlando and wins $1 million. Pooley receives half and the other half is donated to the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital.

1997 — North Carolina’s Dean Smith becomes the career victory leader when the Tar Heels beat Colorado 73-56. Smith, with 877 victories, passes Kentucky coaching legend Adolph Rupp.

2004 — Alexander Mogilny has three assists in Toronto’s 6-5 overtime victory at Buffalo, becoming the second Russian to reach the NHL’s 1,000-point plateau.

2008 — Georgia Southern sets an NCAA record for all Divisions, hitting 14 home runs in a 26-8 win over Columbia. In all, 12 different Eagles hit a home run.

2009 — Detroit beats Columbus 4-0 to become the first team in NHL history to top 100 points in nine straight seasons.

2011 — John Baker, a 48-year-old musher from Kotzebue — wins the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He’s the first Alaska Native musher to win the world’s longest sled dog race since Jerry Riley did it in 1976.

2014 — Cal Poly pulls out a 61-59 victory over Cal State Northridge for Big West Tournament men’s championship. Cal Poly (13-19) becomes the third team in the last three years to qualify for the NCAA tournament with a losing record.

2016 — Stephen Curry has 27 points, five rebounds and five assists on his 28th birthday, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-107 for their record 49th straight regular-season home victory. The Warriors (60-6), who are 31-0 at Oracle Arena this season, become the fastest team to 60 wins in NBA history.

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By Paul Montella

Associated Press

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