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Posted on: Monday, March 8, 2010

On this date: 1971 Joe Frazier decisions Muhammad Ali for world heavyweight title


Associated Press

March 8

1958 Silky Sullivan, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, wins the Santa Anita Derby by three lengths after trailing by 40 early in the race and by 20 entering the final turn.

1971 Joe Frazier wins the world heavyweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Muhammad Ali.

1988 Julie Krone becomes the winningest female jockey in racing history when she wins the 1,205th race of her career riding a filly named Squawter in the ninth race at Aqueduct Racetrack.

1990 Kurt Browning becomes the first Canadian to defend a title in the World Figure Skating Championships as he edges early leader Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union.

1992 Ray Floyd, 49, holds off Fred Couples for a two-stroke victory in the Doral Open and joins Sam Snead as the only men to win PGA Tour titles in four decades.

1997 In the World Indoor Championship in Paris, Kevin Little becomes the first white American sprinter in 41 years to win a major international competition, matching the U.S. 200 record of 20.40 seconds.

2004 Air Force punctuates a record-setting season when it moves into The Associated Press men's basketball Top 25 for the first time in the program's 48-year history. Air Force (22-5) has a team record for wins, five more than previous record in 1957-58.

2005 Oakland (Mich.) upsets top-seeded Oral Roberts 61-60 to win the Mid-Continent Conference tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAAs. It's the fourth straight season a team with a losing record has made the men's NCAA tournament.

2008 At age 60, Saoul Mamby loses a unanimous 10-round decision to Anthony Osbourne in Grand Cayman. Mamby, a former super lightweight champion, becomes the oldest boxer in a sanctioned fight.

2008 Kevin Garnett scores 17 points to reach the 20,000-point plateau in Boston's 119-89 victory over Memphis.

2008 Lindsey Vonn wins her 10th career World Cup downhill to break the U.S. record held by Picabo Street and Daron Rahlves. Vonn wins her fifth downhill of the season in 1:23.57 on the 1.4-mile Crans-Montana course in Switzerland.