This day in sports: Virginia Commonwealth scores big upset over Kansas in NCAA tournament

It will be difficult to say goodbye to the Forum when it is replaced by the Clippers’ new arena. The massive white columns, colonnade, and suspended roof were architectural works of art by builder Charles Luckman when it opened in 1967.

The forum was Jack Kent Cooke’s sport Taj Mahal, a fantastic place where hockey and basketball fans saw Wayne Gretzky with the puck, Magic Johnson during the quick break, the Triple Crown Line and the Miracle at Manchester.

Games scheduled today but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic include the Clippers ‘visit to Detroit against the Pistons and the Kings’ road game against the St. Louis Blues.

The Clippers defeated the Pistons 126-112 on January 2 at Staples Center, and the Kings were twice lost to the Blues in 2019 – 4-1 on December 23 at home and 5-2 on October 24 in St. Louis.

In baseball, the Angels are said to have played the second of four games in Houston, while the Dodgers had entertained San Francisco in the second game of four at Dodger Stadium.

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

1983 – Larry Holmes wins a one-sided decision over Lucien Rodriguez to retain the heavyweight world title at the Watres Armory in his hometown of Scranton, Pa. It is Holmes’ 14th defense broadcast on NBC.

1991 – Kenny Ammann scores 22 points, giving five three-pointers, to help Stanford win his first NIT title with a 78-72 win over Oklahoma.

2003 – The Russian Evgeni Plushenko wins his second world title figure skating, the American Tim Goebel.

2005 – Annika Sorenstam shoots a final round 68 to finish at 15 under par to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship with eight shots to Rosie Jones. It is Sorenstam’s fifth consecutive win in two seasons, setting a record for Nancy Lopez. It is also the 59th in the Swedish star’s LPGA career – and her eighth major.

2005 – The Lakers lose their eighth consecutive game, scoring 27 season sales in a 98-89 loss to Philadelphia, despite a poor shooting performance from the 76ers’ Allen Iverson, who shot only five out of 28.

2010 – Long Shoot Al Shemali, with Royston Ffrench in the saddle, wins the $ 5 million Dubai Duty Free away from a busy field for a surprisingly easy Dubai World Cup win. Al Shemali, at 40-1, starts out slow and battles Bankable before taking the lead for good.

2010 Joe Mazzulla scores a career-high 17 points and West Virginia beats Kentucky 73-66 to make it to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Butler, behind Gordon Hayward’s 22 points, defeats Kansas State 63-56 in the final of the West Regional to advance to the Final Four.

2011 Jamie Skeen scores 26 points as Virginia Commonwealth delivers the biggest disruption to the NCAA tournament, a 71-61 win to No. 1 Kansas in the Southwest Regional final. The Rams are the third 11th-placed team to make it to the Final Four. Brandon Knight scores 22 points and fourth-placed Kentucky regains some order with a 76-69 win over second-placed North Carolina in the East Regional final.

2014 – The Detroit Tigers agree to pay Miguel Cabrera a record $ 292 million over the next 10 years.

2014 – The Philadelphia 76ers set the NBA record for futility with their 26th consecutive loss, dropping 120-98 to the Houston Rockets. Philadelphia matches the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the league’s worst slip.

SOURCES: The Times, Associated Press

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