This day in sports: John Wooden goes out on top as UCLA's coach in 1975

It was 45 years ago today that John Wooden coached his last game for UCLA, and the Bruins accentuated the moment by capturing their 10th NCAA title under him with a 92-85 win over Kentucky.

Richard Washington scored 28 points and David Meyers added 24 for UCLA. Wooden finished 620-147 in 27 seasons leading the Bruins, and when the game was over the 15,153 crowd at the San Diego Sports Arena, the coach gave a four-minute standing ovation.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, the kings were scheduled for the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center on Tuesday evening. The game would have been the fourth of the season between the two, with the Sharks leading 2-1.

In baseball, the Dodgers are said to have entertained the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, while the Angels would start a series of three games against the Rangers in Texas.

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

1923 – The NHL’s Ottawa Senators complete a two-game sweep of the Western Canada Hockey League’s Edmonton Eskimos with a 1-0 win to capture the Stanley Cup, their third in four seasons. Harry ‘Punch’ Broadbent scores the only goal and King Clancy takes a turn in every position, including goalkeeper.

1961 – The Pacific Coast League’s proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher is rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee with an 8-1 vote.

1973 – The Philadelphia Flyers set an NHL record for most goals scored in one period, scoring eight in the second 20 minutes of a 10-2 New York Islanders’ route planner. Eight Flyers score at least one goal, led by Don Saleski and Rick MacLeish, who each have two. It is the Islanders’ 60th defeat of the season.

1973 – Ken Norton uses jerky movement, tricky defense and effective left jab to score a stunning upset over Muhammad Ali in a 12-round split decision in San Diego. Norton, a 5-1 underdog, wins the North American Boxing Federation heavyweight title, breaking Ali’s jaw.

1986 – Freshman center Pervis Ellison transfers two free throws with 27 seconds to seal Louisville’s 72-69 win over Duke in the NCAA championship game. The Blue Devils’ stifling defense hinders the Cardinals until the last seven minutes when Louisville moves to Ellison, and his setback with 41 seconds to go accounts for a three-point lead.

1991 – Brett Hull scores his 86th goal to give him the third best total of one season in NHL history, while the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota North Stars 2-1. Hull takes a blue line-to-blue line pass from Paul Cavallini and rips a shot past goalkeeper Brian Hayward.

1991 – Amy Alcott wins the Nabisco Dinah Shore at Rancho Mirage with a record eight-stroke victory over Dottie Mochrie. It is Alcott’s third win at Mission Hills Country Club and her last on the LPGA Tour.

1997 – Martina Hingis becomes the youngest number 1 player ever in tennis. The 16-year-old from Switzerland, who won her fifth title in 1997 at the Lipton Championships on March 29 in Key Biscayne, Florida, will replace Steffi Graf on top of the WTA Tour rankings. She wins major singles titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, and has nearly finished the Grand Slam fourth at the French Open, but loses to Iva Majoli in the final.

2013 – In one of the most stunning setbacks of the NCAA women’s tournament, fifth-placed Louisville Louisville comes to defending champion Baylor in the regional semifinals 82-81. It’s the end of a great college career for Lady Bears’ Brittney Griner, a record-breaking 6-foot-8 post player who becomes the second highest scorer in NCAA history.

2013 – Pete Weber binds Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Assn. title with a win of 224-179 over Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte at the Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis. At the age of 50, Weber, known for his unique high back swing, is the oldest player to win the TOC.

Sources: The Times, Associated Press

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