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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: March 24

1936 – Detroit beats Montreal in the longest game in NHL history. Taking six overtimes and with 116 minutes and 30 seconds of play, the Red Wings win 1-0.

1956 – The University of San Francisco wins their second straight NCAA men’s basketball tournament, beating Iowa 83-71.

1962 – The Cincinnati Bearcats beat Ohio State 71-59 to win their second consecutive NCAA men’s basketball national championship.

1973 – Kansas City’s Nate Archibald becomes the first player in NBA history to lead the league in both points (34.0) and assists (11.4) per game.

1975 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 rounds to retain the world heavyweight title. Wepner’s underdog performance in the bout inspires the movie Rocky.

1980 – Louisville defeats UCLA 59-54 to win their first men’s basketball national championship.

1988 – Legendary Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts announces his retirement.

2013 – With an 81-71 win over San Diego State, Florida Gulf Coast becomes the first 15 seed to reach the “Sweet 16” round of the NCAA tournament.

2017 – Phoenix’s Devin Booker becomes the sixth player in NBA history to put up 70 or more points in a game as he scored 70 against the Celtics. The Suns still lose 130-120.

2019 – Mike Trout signs the biggest contract in North American sports history, re-signing with the Angels for 12 years and $426.5 million.

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