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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 9:06 AM

Feb. 28

1922 — In the first college conference basketball tournament, North Carolina beats Mercer 40-26 to win the Southern Conference championship.

1940 — College basketball is televised for the first time. Station W2XBS transmits a basketball doubleheader from New York's Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh plays Fordham and New York University competes against Georgetown.

1957 — Johnny Longden becomes the first jockey in history to reach 5,000 victories. Longden, who started his career in 1927, coaxes Bente to a head victory over Flying Finish II in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park.

1960 — The United States hockey team scores six goals in the third period to beat Czechoslovakia 9-4 and win the gold medal in the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Calif.

1967 — Wilt Chamberlain misses his first field goal in four games to end his NBA record shooting streak of 35 consecutive field goals, during Philadelphia's 127-107 victory over Cincinnati at Syracuse.

1971 — Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA Championship by beating Billy Casper by three strokes.

1981 — Houston's Calvin Murphy makes the last of his 78 consecutive free throws, in a game against San Diego, setting what was then an NBA record.

1986 — Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth conditionally suspends Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds, Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets, Joaquin Andujar of the Oakland Athletics, Lonnie Smith of the Kansas City Royals, Enos Cabell of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jeff Leonard of the San Francisco Giants and Dale Berra of the New York Yankees for one year for drug abuse. After conditions are met the suspensions are reduced.

1987 — Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn calls his 2,000th consecutive game for the club, a streak spanning 22 years.

1993 — Iolanda Chen of Russia sets a world record in the triple jump with a leap of 47-5¼ inches, breaking Inessa Kravets' 1991 record by three-quarters of an inch.

1999 — Venus and Serena Williams become the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day. Venus wins the IGA SuperThrift Tennis Classic in Oklahoma City after Serena takes her first title on the WTA Tour at the Gaz de France Open.

2003 — In Val Di Fiemme, Italy, Johnny Spillane wins the Nordic combined sprint to become the first American to win a gold medal at the Nordic world championships.

2010 — Ai Miyazato wins the HSBC Champions to become the first LPGA Tour player in 44 years to sweep the first two events of a season. Miyazato, who won the LPGA Thailand last week, closes with 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr.

2010 — Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over the United States in the final event of the Vancouver Olympics. Canada earns its 14th gold medal, the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. The American silver is the 37th medal won by the United States at these games, also the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. The U.S. wins the medals race for the first time since 1932.

March 1

1934 — Primo Carnera retains his world heavyweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Tommy Laughren in Miami.

1948 — Top-ranked NYU, the nation's only unbeaten basketball team, is upset by Notre Dame 64-59 at New York's Madison Square Garden. In a game with 17 lead changes, the Fighting Irish hold Dolph Schayes to nine points and Kevin O'Shea scores 18 for Notre Dame.

1955 — Allen Fieldhouse, home of the Kansas Jayhawks, hosts its first basketball game and the Jayhawks beat rival Kansas State 77-66.

1973 — Robyn Smith becomes the first woman jockey to win a stakes race when she rides North Sea to victory in the Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in New York.

1969 — Tuesdee Testa becomes the first female jockey to win a race at a major American Thoroughbred track when she rides Buz On to victory in the third race with at Santa Anita Park.

1983 — Tamara McKinney becomes the first American woman skier to win the overall World Cup championship.

1986 — Billy Cunningham, Tom Heinsohn and Red Holzman are named to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

1988 — Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers becomes the NHL's all-time assists leader, breaking the longtime mark of Gordie Howe. In his ninth season, Gretzky picked up assist No. 1,050 in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. Gretzky takes 681 games to surpass the record that took Howe 1,767 games to set.

1991 — Pat Day becomes the sixth jockey in history to earn $100 million in purses when he rides Wild Sierra to a second-place finish in the first race at Oaklawn Park.

1994 — NBA referee Steve Javie ejects Portland radio analyst Mike Rice in the third quarter of the Pacers' 106-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

1997 — Canada's Elvis Stojko nails the first quad-triple combination jump in figure skating history to win the Champions Series final.

2000 — With 26-year-old rookie Dean Barker at Black Magic's helm, New Zealand sails into America's Cup history, becoming the first country other than the United States to defend the oldest trophy in sports.

2001 — Jackie Stiles of Southwest Missouri State becomes the NCAA career scoring leader in women's basketball, running her career total to 3,133 points with 30 in Southwest Missouri State's 94-59 victory over Creighton.

2003 — Roy Jones Jr. beats John Ruiz, becoming the second light heavyweight champion to win a piece of the heavyweight title. Jones wins a unanimous 12-round decision to take the WBA heavyweight crown.

2006 — The Los Angeles Clippers hold New Orleans to one field goal over the final 20 minutes and an NBA record-low 16 points in the second half of an 89-67 victory.

March 2

1940 — Seabiscuit, ridden by Red Pollard, wins the Santa Anita Handicap in his final race. Beaten by a nose in both the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps, Seabiscuit beats Kayak II by one-half length to retire as the leading money-winning horse in the world.

1951 — In the first NBA All-Star Game, Ed Macauley of the Celtics scores 20 points to lead the East to a 111-94 victory at Boston Garden.

1951 — St. John's Bob Zawoluk scores 65 points to lead the Redmen to a 105-61 rout of St. Peters. It's the first time in its 43-year history that St. John's scores over 100 points in a game.

1962 — Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA-record 100 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 triumph over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain scores 59 second-half points and 28 points from the free-throw line for records. Both teams combine for 316 points to surpass the record of 312 set by Boston-Minneapolis on Feb. 27, 1959.

1966 — Kelso, Horse of the Year 1960-64, runs his last race, finishing fourth at Hialeah (Fla.) Park. Kelso leaves the track as racing's all-time leading money winner with lifetime earnings of $1,977,896. These earnings hold for a record 13 years.

1966 — Chicago's Bobby Hull becomes the first NHL player to have two 50-goal seasons during the Black Hawks' 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

1969 — Boston's Phil Esposito becomes the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season, scoring a goal in the Bruins' 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1991 — Del Ballard Jr. throws the most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history in the finals of the Fair Lanes Open. Ballard, needing seven pins on his last roll to beat Pete Weber, gets none as his ball falls into the gutter. Weber wins 213-207, claiming the $30,000 first prize, while Ballard takes $15,500.

1997 — Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic wins the quickest final in ATP Tour history, beating Spain's Sergi Bruguera 6-2, 6-2 in 47 minutes in the Italian Indoors.

2003 — Alinghi takes the America's Cup with a five-race sweep over Team New Zealand, winning the race by 45 seconds. The Swiss team becomes the first European yacht to win the America's Cup in 152 years.

2005 — Jim Calhoun becomes the 18th Division I coach all-time — and seventh active — to reach 700 wins when Connecticut beats Georgetown 83-64.

2005 — Bob Knight becomes the third Division I men's basketball coach to win 850 games as Texas Tech beat Baylor 72-66.

2007 — Center Dikembe Mutombo is the first 40-year-old in NBA history to get over 20 rebounds in a game, finishing with 22 boards in Houston's 108-97 victory over Denver.

2008 — Kobe Bryant scores 30 of his 52 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-104 victory over Dallas.

2011 — Pittsburgh overcomes a slow start to clinch at least a share of the Big East regular-season championship with a 66-50 win over South Florida. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon sets an NCAA Division I record for most victories in the first eight seasons of a career with 214 — one more than Everett Case had at North Carolina State and Roy Williams had at Kansas in their first eight years.

2012 — Major League Baseball expands its playoff format to 10 teams, adding a second wild-card in each league. The decision establishes a one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

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