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This Day in Sports History


1934 – Horton Smith wins the first ever Masters, beating Craig Wood by one stroke.

1947 – Holy Cross defeats Oklahoma 58-47 to win the NCAA men’s basketball national championship.

1958 – Sugar Ray Robinson regains the middleweight tile for a  record fifth time, beating Carmen Basilio in a 15 round decision.

1961 – In overtime, Cincinnati beats Ohio State 70-65 to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas is named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for the second straight year.

1971 – The Boston Patriots change their name to the New England Patriots.

1972 – UCLA wins their sixth straight NCAA men’s hoops title, beating Florida 81-76. Bill Walton is named Most Outstanding Player.

1972 – Blackhawks forward Bobby Hull becomes the second player in NHL history to score 600 career goals.

1973 – The Philadelphia 76ers set the NBA record for the worst regular season record, finishing the season 9-73.

1982 – Wayne Gretzky scores his 200th point of the season, the first player in NHL history to reach the milestone. 

2012 – The Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz 139-133 in the NBA’s first quadruple overtime game in 15 years.

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