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Posted on: Friday, April 9, 2010

On this date: 2000 Fiji native Vijay Singh meets every challenge to win the Masters


Associated Press

April 9

1946 The Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 6-3 to win the Stanley Cup in five games.

1947 Leo Durocher, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is suspended for one year by Commissioner A.B. "Happy" Chandler for "conduct detrimental to baseball." Durocher is linked to gambling interests.

1950 Jimmy Demaret wins his third Masters, by two strokes over Jim Ferrier.

1962 Arnold Palmer wins a three-way playoff, beating Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald in the Masters.

1978 Gary Player shoots a final-round 64 to win his third Masters, edging Hubert Green, Rod Funseth and defending champion Tom Watson by a shot.

1978 Denver's David Thompson, battling San Antonio's George Gervin for the NBA season scoring title, scores 73 points against the Detroit Pistons. It's the third-highest output ever in an NBA game. Gervin, not to be outdone, later scores 63 against the New Orleans Jazz. It's just enough to give Gervin the scoring crown, 27.22 points per game to Thompson's 27.15, the tightest one-two finish ever.

1989 Britain's Nick Faldo makes a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Masters. Runner-up Scott Hoch missed a 2-foot putt for par on the first hole of the playoff that would have given him the title.

1993 The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 10-4 for their 16th straight win to break the NHL record of 15 held by the New York Islanders.

2000 Fiji native Vijay Singh meets every challenge to win the Masters, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Ernie Els.

2001 Australia sets a record for the most one-sided international win in FIFA history, beating Tonga 22-0 in an Oceania Group One qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup.

2005 The United States beats Canada 3-1 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless regulation and 20-minute overtime to win the Women's World Hockey Championship. The win ends the defending champions' run of eight straight titles.

2008 Colorado captain Joe Sakic scores his NHL-record eighth career playoff overtime goal in a 3-2 win over Minnesota in the opener of the Rockies' first-round series.