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Posted on: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

On this date: 1975 UCLA wins its 10th NCAA title in John Wooden's final game


Associated Press

March 31

1909 Baseball's National Commission rules that players who jump contracts will be suspended for five years. Players joining outlaw organizations will be suspended for three years as punishment for going outside organized baseball.

1923 The Ottawa Senators of the NHL complete a two-game sweep of the WCHL's Edmonton Eskimos with a 1-0 victory to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in four years. Harry "Punch" Broadbent scores the goal.

1961 The Pacific Coast League's proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher is rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee by a vote of 8-1.

1968 The American League's new franchise in Seattle chooses Pilots as its nickname.

1973 The Philadelphia Flyers tie an NHL record for most goals in one period, scoring eight in the second period of a 10-2 win over the New York Islanders.

1973 Ken Norton scores a stunning upset by winning a 12-round split decision over Muhammad Ali to win the NABF heavyweight title. Norton, a 5-1 underdog, breaks Ali's jaw in the first round.

1975 UCLA beats Kentucky 92-85 for its 10th NCAA basketball title under head coach John Wooden. Wooden finishes with a 620-147 career record after announcing his retirement two days earlier.

1980 Larry Holmes scores a TKO in the eighth round over Leroy Jones to retain his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

1980 Mike Weaver knocks out John Tate in the 15th round to win the WBA heavyweight title in Knoxville, Tenn.

1985 Old Dominion beats Georgia 70-65 for the women's NCAA basketball championship.

1986 Freshman center Pervis Ellison hits two free throws with 27 seconds left to seal Louisville's 72-69 victory over Duke in the NCAA basketball championship.

1990 Quebec's Joe Sakic, 20, becomes the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season and the first to do so with a last-place team.

1991 Tennessee edges Virginia 70-67 in overtime for its third NCAA women's basketball title. It's the first overtime in the NCAA's 10-year history.

1991 Brett Hull scores his 86th goal to give him the third-best total in NHL history as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota North Stars 2-1.

1991 Amy Alcott wins the Dinah Shore golf tournament with a record eight-shot victory over Dottie Mochrie.

1995 Major League Baseball players end their strike when federal judge Sonia Sotomayer of U.S. District Court in Manhattan rules against the owners in the labor dispute.

1997 Martina Hingis becomes the youngest No. 1 player in tennis history. The 16-year-old Swiss, who claimed her fifth title of 1997 at the Lipton Championships on March 29, supplants Steffi Graf in the WTA Tour rankings.

2005 Tarence Kinsey hits a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to lift South Carolina to a 60-57 victory over Saint Joseph's for the NIT championship game.

2007 Invasor, ridden by Fernando Jara, wins the $6 million Dubai World Cup, holding off a late challenge from Premium Tap to win the 1-mile race by two lengths.