This day in sports: Kings' Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time NHL goal scorer

After announcing last week that Los Angeles public golf courses would remain open to play during the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Recreation and Parks reversed that decision on Sunday by issuing a statement saying that all 12 of the golf courses, including training areas and practice areas, would close until further notice.

Many public courses in the area, including DeBell in Burbank, Simi Hills in Simi Valley, and Rustic Canyon in Moorpark, were already closed.

In games canceled today by the pandemic involving local teams, the Clippers would play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Clippers won the first meeting between the two teams on January 5 at Staples Center, 135-132.

The Ducks would also play on the road, in Edmonton, to begin a four-game trip. They defeated the visiting Oilers 4-3 in overtime on February 25.

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

1957 – North Carolina defeats Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas in three extensions to win the NCAA Championship 54-53. The Tar Heels end the season 32-0. The Jayhawks lead with one point with eight seconds to go, but Joe Quigg makes two free throws and Kansas is unable to control an inadequate incoming pass. Although named as the tournament’s excellent player and a consensus all-American, Chamberlain has been criticized for not leading his team to the title.

1979 – Larry Holmes def.Ossie Ocasio in the seventh round at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight title. Known as the “Easton Assassin,” Holmes strikes the younger and less experienced Ocasio three times before stopping the fight.

1984 – On the front page of the sports section of The Times, UCLA basketball coach Larry Farmer gets a two-year extension on his contract, which has one more year to go. The question is whether he will take it? And, outdoors writer Earl Gustkey rolls in a 500-pound blue marlin on a fishing excursion off the west coast of Mexico.

1991 – The London Monarchs defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy 24-11 in the first World League of American Football game. The Monarchs are said to lead WLAF on home visits, averaging over 40,000 per game in the first season.

1993 – Winnipeg’s Teemu Selanne sets an NHL rookie point record in a 5-4 loss to Toronto. Selanne scores two goals and adds an assist to give the Finn 111 points, surpassing the 109 recorded by Peter Stastny with Quebec in the 1980-81 season.

1994 – Wayne Gretzky scores career goal No. 802 and passes his idol Gordie Howe as the greatest goalscorer in NHL history. The Kings center scores in the second period of a 6-3 loss against Vancouver at the Forum. Gretzky takes a go-and-go pass from Marty McSorely, putting goalkeeper Kirk McLean out of position, revealing an almost empty net.

1996 – Michelle Kwan from Torrance closes an almost perfect season by winning the women’s title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Edmonton, beating defending champion Chen Lu from China. With Todd Eldredge previously taking the men’s crown, Kwan’s win gives the United States the first singles sweep since 1986.

1997 – Laura Davies is the first LPGA player to win the same tournament for four consecutive years, making a three-foot par foot put on the first playoff hole that Kelly Robbins defeated at the Standard Register Ping tournament in Phoenix.

2002 – Iowa state Cael Sanderson becomes the first unbeaten four-time NCAA wrestling champion in the NCAA Final. Sanderson beats Lehigh’s Jon Trenge 12-4 to win the 197lb weight class competition and finish his college career 159-0.

2003 – Tiger Woods closes the last round of the Bay Hill Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 68 under par to win the Orlando, Fla., Tournament for the fourth consecutive time. Woods is the first player since Gene Sarazen to win the same event four years in a row. Sarazen’s victories came at the Miami Open from 1926 to 1930.

2007 – Kobe Bryant is the second player in NBA history to score at least 50 points four games in a row when he added ‘half a hundred’ in the Lakers’ 111-105 win in New Orleans. Only Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors had more, scoring a minimum of 50 points in seven consecutive games during the 1961-62 season. Bryant’s streak ends two nights later when he scores 43 against Golden State at Staples Center.

2010 – The NFL changes the overtime rule for playoff games to allow both teams to grab the ball. However, the rule states that if the team that wins the overtime coin throw scores a touchdown on their first possession, the game is over. Team owners vote 28-4 for the proposal at NFL meetings. Minnesota, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Baltimore are voting against the change.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Associated Press

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