On this date: 2001 — Dale Earnhardt killed in last turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500
1951 — Manhattan District Attorney Frank S. Hogan orders the arrest of three CCNY basketball players on bribery charges, and two professional gamblers and two intermediaries in a game-fixing scandal that involves college teams across the country.
1961 — Bob Pettit of St. Louis scores 57 points, the highest scoring game of his great career, in a 141-138 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
1964 — Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points against Detroit, his second consecutive 50-point game.
1972 — Randy Smith of Buffalo plays the first of what would become 906 consecutive games, an NBA record that takes more than 11 full seasons to accomplish.
1981 — Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scores five goals and adds two assists to lead the Oilers over the St. Louis Blues 9-2.
1986 — San Antonio's Alvin Robertson records the second quadruple-double in NBA history, with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in the Spurs' 120-114 win over Phoenix.
1990 — Dale Earnhardt blows a tire with one mile remaining in the Daytona 500, giving unheralded Derrike Cope the biggest upset in stock car racing history.
1992 — Italy's Alberto Tomba wins the men's giant slalom in Albertville, France, to become the first Alpine skier to win the same event at two Winter Olympics.
1995 — Utah guard John Stockton becomes the first NBA player with 10,000 assists in a 108-98 victory over the Boston Celtics.
2001 — Dale Earnhardt, the greatest stock car star of his era, is killed in a crash on the last turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500 as he tries to protect Michael Waltrip's victory.
2003 — Kobe Bryant scores a season-high 52 points to make it 10 consecutive games with 35 or more — and a franchise-record six straight with at least 40 — in the Lakers' 106-99 win over Houston in double overtime.
2004 — New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank sets an NBA record for most consecutive wins to start a coaching career with 10 with a 98-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
2005 — Yelena Isinbayeva sets her second pole vault world record in a week and becomes the first woman to clear 16 feet indoors at the Norwich Union Grand Prix meet in Birmingham, England. The Russian betters the mark of 15-11¾ she set on Feb. 12. Isinbayeva's leap measures at 4.88 meters, which converts to 16-0.
2006 — Speedskater Shani Davis becomes the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history, capturing the men's 1,000 meters at the Turin Games. Joey Cheek makes it a 1-2 American finish, adding a silver to his victory in the 500.
2007 — Kevin Harvick noses out Mark Martin in a frantic wreck-filled finish to win the Daytona 500.
2007 — Kobe Bryant scores 31 points, earning his second All-Star game MVP, and the West routs the East, 153-132 in the NBA All-Star game.
2008 — Italian tennis player Giorgio Galimberti is found guilty of betting on tennis and is suspended for 100 days and fined $35,000. The ATP announces Galimberti bet on tennis from June 2003 to January 2006, but does not specify if he bet on his own matches.