The day in sports: Jim Murray scores, and so does Jerry West

On this date in 1989, Jim Murray writes a column for The Times about NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, who he describes as “the supreme Organization Man.” Madison Avenue twice. As a PR man, he is second to none. He could make Castro president of the United States. ‘

“The Super Bowl is his monument,” Murray writes. “It exists because of Pete Rozelle. He built it from scratch. Michelangelo has his David, Da Vinci has his Mona Lisa – and Rozelle has the Super Bowl. ”

We miss Murray’s wit and humor. We also miss games. Today, the Lakers would travel to Toronto for their second game of the season against the Raptors. The Lakers lost 113-104 of the defending champions at Staples Center in November.

The kings are said to be in Dallas for a game against the stars. The teams met on January 8 and the Stars won 2-1, their fifth consecutive victory.

The Dodgers and the Angels should prepare for their season openers on Thursday, the Angels in Houston, the Dodgers hosting the San Francisco Giants.

Here’s a look at memorable games and excellent sports performance on this date:

1936 Detroit’s Mud Bruneteau ends the longest game in NHL history with a goal after 116 minutes and 30 seconds (six extra time) to beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

1956 – Bill Russell of the University of San Francisco scores 26 points, takes 27 rebounds and blocks 20 shots to lead the Dons to an 83-71 win over Iowa and a second consecutive national title and 55th consecutive victory, then an NCAA record.

1956 – Jerry West leads East Bank (W.Va.) High to the state championship. The victory prompted the school to change its name to West Bank High every year on this date.

1970 – West wins the only NBA scoring title of his career, with 2,309 points in 74 games for an average of 31.2 points per game.

1973 – Nate “Tiny” Archibald of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings is the first player in the NBA to lead the league in scoring (34.0 points per game) and assisting (11.4) in the same season.

1975 Muhammad Ali beats Chuck Wepner in the 15th round to retain the heavyweight world title at Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland. The fight, which becomes the inspiration for the 1976 movie “Rocky”, includes Wepner, known as the Bayonne (N.J.) Bleeder because he tended to cut easily, knocking Ali down in the ninth round. Times columnist John Hall describes the scene as ‘Vampire Central’.

1979 Indiana State, led by 35 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists from Larry Bird, will advance to the NCAA Championship game against Michigan State and Magic Johnson by squeezing DePaul 76-74.

1994 – Askia Jones scores 62 points in 28 minutes in Kansas State’s 115-77 win over Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. Jones makes 18 of 25 shots from the field, including 14 three-pointers in 18 tries and makes 12 of 16 free throws.

2017 Devin Booker scores 70 points and becomes the sixth player in NBA history to reach that point, but the Boston Celtics receive 34 from Isaiah Thomas and survive the Phoenix Suns 130-120.

2018 – 18-year-old Nathan Chen completes six quadruple jumps in the men’s free program and becomes the first American figure skating world title winner since Evan Lysacek in 2009.

2018 – Loyola from Chicago sails 78-62 over Kansas State to finish a beautiful run through the NCAA South Regional. The Ramblers (32-5) match the team with the lowest seeds ever to reach the Final Four and join Louisiana State (1986), George Mason (2006) and Virginia Commonwealth (2011). The South is the first regional player in tournament history where the top four seeds, including General No. 1 Virginia, were knocked out on opening weekend.

Sources: The Times, Associated Press.

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