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March 31
1968 Seattle chose the nickname Pilots for its new American League franchise.
1971 Knute Rockne, one of the greatest coaches in college history, died in a plane crash.
1973 Ken Norton broke Muhammad Ali's jaw and won a split decision in their heavyweight fight.
1975 UCLA defeated Kentucky, 92-85, for its 10th NCAA title under John Wooden.
1980 Mike Weaver KO'd John Tate in the 15th round to win the WBA heavyweight title in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1983 French teenager Henri Leconte defeated Bjorn Borg, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, in his official farewell to the game.
1985 Old Dominion eeked out a 70-65 win over Georgia in the women's NCAA basketball championship.
1986 Freshman Pervis Ellison nailed two free throws with just 29 seconds left to ice Louisville's 72-69 victory over Duke in the NCAA Men's Championship game.
1990 Quebec's Joe Sakic, at the age of 20, became 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 Brett Hull recorded his 86th goal of the year and gave him the third highest total in NHL history, as the St. Louis Blues edged the Minnesota North Stars, 2-1.
1991 Tennessee captured its third NCAA women's basketball title with a 70-67 overtime victory over Virginia.
1993 Bill White, baseball's first black league president, announced he would step down in March of 1994.
1995 Federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of U.S. District Court in Manhattan issued an injunction against Baseball owners in move that effectively ended the 232-day strike.
1997 Arizona defeated #1 ranked Kentucky, 84-79, for the NCAA Men's title.
1997 Sixteen-year-old Martina Hingis became the youngest women's tennis player to reach the world number number-one mark, as she passed Steffi Graf for the top spot in the WTA rankings.
1998 MLB welcomed its two newest franchises, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both teams got crushed in their debuts, the Devil Rays lost 11-6 at the hands of the Detroit Tigers and the Diamondbacks fell to Colorado, 9-2.
1998 The Milwaukee Brewers played their first game as a member of the National League in 33 years, but lost to the Atlanta Braves, 2-1.
2002 Andre Agassi won his 700th career match and captured his second straight Key Biscayne title with a four-set victory over Roger Federer in the final at Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida.
2002 The Connecticut women's basketball team concluded a perfect season, going 39-0 after beating Oklahoma for the NCAA Title.
2003 The Cincinnati Reds opened up their new home, Great American Ball Park, but lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-1.
2005 Tarence Kinsey drained a three-pointer with nine-tenths of a second remaining to lift South Carolina over Saint Joseph's, 60-57, in the final of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
2007 Greg Oden scored 13 points and had nine rebounds to help spark a late second-half run, as the Ohio State Buckeyes earned a berth in the national championship game with a 67-60 win over Georgetown in Final Four action of the NCAA Tournament.
2007 Corey Brewer scored 19 points and Lee Humphrey added 14 to lead the defending national champion Florida Gators over the UCLA Bruins, 76-66, in Final Four action of the NCAA Tournament.
2009 Frank Hassell scored 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, as Old Dominion outlasted Bradley, 66-62, in the championship game of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
2010 Brandon Rozzell scored a game-best 27 points as Virginia Commonwealth claimed the College Basketball Invitational title with a 71-65 victory over Saint Louis. They swept the championship series two games to none.
2010 NFL kicker Jason Elam announced his retirement.
2011 Graham Hatch and J.T. Durley both finished with 12 points as Wichita State topped Alabama, 66-57, to win its first National Invitation Tournament title.
2012 Anthony Davis had 18 points and 14 rebounds as Kentucky earned a spot in the national championship game with a 69-61 victory over in-state rival Louisville in the Final Four.
2012 Thomas Robinson scored 19 points as Kansas survived to beat Ohio State, 64-62, in the Final Four and reach the NCAA title game for the second time in five years.
2012 Oklahoma State won the WNIT defeating James Madison, 75-68.
2012 Take Charge Indy won the Florida Derby.
2013 Michigan advanced to the Final Four with a 79-59 victory over Florida in the South Regional final.
2013 Louisville advanced to the Final Four for the second straight season when they defeated Duke, 85-63, in the Midwest Regional final.
2014 OF Vladimir Guerrero signed a one-day contract with the Anaheim Angels and then announced his retirement.
Birthdays Jack Johnson (1878) - boxer; Gordie Howe (1928) - Hall Fame NHL player; Miller Barber (1931) - golfer; Pavel Bure (1971) - NHL player; Steve Smith (1969) - NBA player; Ryan Rupe (1975) - MLB player; Corey Harris (1978) - NFL player; Miller Barber (1931) - golfer; Tom Barrasso (1965) - NHL goaltender.
As of March 30, 2015, at 06:01 PM ET

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