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Posted on: Friday, March 12, 2010

On this date: 1961 Mickey Wright wins the LPGA Championship by nine strokes


Associated Press

March 12

1961 Mickey Wright wins the LPGA Championship by nine strokes over Louise Suggs, her third in the last four years.

1966 Chicago's Bobby Hull scores his 51st goal to become the first NHL player to score more than 50 goals in a season.

1966 In the last race of his 40-year career, John Longden wins the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita, aboard George Royal. He retires with a then-record number of victories, 6,032.

1984 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Britain become the first ice dancing team to record nine perfect marks of 6.0 during the world championships.

1985 Larry Bird scores 60 points, including Boston's last 16, to set a Celtics record and lead them to a 126-115 victory over Atlanta. Bird hit 22 of 36 field goals and 15 of 16 free throws en route to breaking Kevin McHale's team record of 56 points established nine days before.

1994 The Arkansas men's track and field team wins its 11th straight NCAA Indoor Championship with a meet-record 94 points. The 54-point margin of victory is the biggest in the meet's 30-year history.

2002 Siena (17-18) with an 81-77 victory over Alcorn State in the play-in game, becomes first team in 47 years to win an NCAA men's basketball tournament game with a losing record.

2003 Damian Costantino's NCAA-record hitting streak ends at 60 games, one day after he broke Robin Ventura's 16-year-old mark. Costantino, an outfielder for Division III Salve Regina of Newport, R.I., fails to get a hit in the first game of a doubleheader against Baldwin-Wallace. It's the first time he finishes a game hitless since March 25, 2001.

2005 Bode Miller becomes the first American in 22 years to win skiing's overall World Cup title. He finishes ahead of his only remaining challenger, Benjamin Raich of Austria, in the season's final giant slalom to capture the crown. The last non-Europeans to win the overall championship were Americans Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney in 1983.

2005 Florida sophomore Kerron Clement sets a world record in the 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Clement's time of 44.57 seconds breaks the mark of 44.63 set by Michael Johnson on March 4, 1995.

2008 Lance Mackey wins his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, completing the 1,100-mile journey in just under 9 days.

2008 The Houston Rockets are the third team in NBA history to win 20 straight games and ties for the second-longest winning streak with an 83-75 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Rockets join the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33 straight) and 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20) as the only teams to win 20 or more in a row.

2009 Lindsey Vonn wins the super-G season finale at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden, becoming the first American woman to capture the championship title in the discipline. Vonn earns her third crystal globe of the season, tying the U.S. record set by Phil Mahre in 1982.

2009 Syracuse outlasts Connecticut in the second-longest Division I game ever played, capping a Big East tournament quarterfinal doubleheader in which the second- and third-ranked teams in the country both lose. Andy Rautins hits a 3-pointer 10 seconds into the sixth overtime, to give the Orange their first lead since regulation and they go on to a 127-117 victory over the third-ranked Huskies. The game finishes one overtime short of the record set in Cincinnati's 75-73 victory over Bradley on Dec. 21, 1981. Much earlier in the evening, West Virginia beat No. 2 Pittsburgh 74-60.