On this date: 1983 — The 12-team United States Football League begins its first season
1920 — Mickey Roach of Toronto scores five goals to lead the St. Patricks to an 11-2 rout of the Quebec Bulldogs.
1976 — Dorothy Hamill wins the World Figure Skating Championships in Goteberg, Sweden.
1983 — The 12-team United States Football League begins its first season with five games.
1984 — Dale Hawerchuck of the Winnipeg Jets sets the NHL record for most assists in one period, with five in the second period of a 7-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings.
1988 — Julie Krone becomes the winningest female jockey in history with her 1,205th career victory. Krone rides a filly named Squawter to victory in the ninth race at Aqueduct Racetrack.
1994 — Jay Sigel stages the biggest comeback in PGA and Senior tour history, rallying from 10 strokes behind to win the GTE West Seniors Classic in a four-hole playoff with Jim Colbert.
1996 — Detroit's Chris Osgood becomes the third goalie in NHL history to score a goal, firing the puck into an empty net with 11 seconds remaining in the Red Wings' 4-2 victory over Hartford.
2000 — Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers scores an NBA season-high 61 points and had 23 rebounds in a 123-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
2001 — George Mason beats North Carolina-Wilmington 35-33 in the second-lowest scoring game in the shot-clock era of NCAA basketball.
2004 — Pittsburgh snaps an NHL-record 16-game home winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim. The Penguins were 0-15-1 at The Igloo since defeating Chicago on Dec. 29.
2007 — Jody Conradt becomes the second Division I coach to win 900 games as Texas beats Missouri 70-57 in the first round of the Big 12 Conference women's tournament.
2009 — In a stadium without spectators in Malmo, Sweden, Dudi Sela outlasts Andreas Vinciguerra 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 to pull Israel even with Sweden in the Davis Cup. The match is played without fans because of Swedish organizers' fears of demonstrations and protests against Israel due to the recent offensive in the Gaza Strip. Sweden's Thomas Johansson beats Harel Levy in five sets in the opening match.