1894 – J.L. Johnstone of England invents the starting gate for horse racing.
1920 – NYU wins the national amateur basketball championship in Atlanta. The Violets beat Rutgers 49-24 in the final of the AAU tournament.
1961 – Floyd Patterson knocks out Ingemar Johansson in the sixth round to retain the world heavyweight title in Miami Beach.
1982 – Elaine Zayak of the United States wins the world figure skating championship.
1983 – Randy Smith’s consecutive game streak ends at 906 games, the longest in NBA history. Smith played for Buffalo, San Diego (twice), Cleveland and New York during the streak.
1997 – The America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports and yachting’s most coveted prize, is all but destroyed by a Maori protester who struck it repeatedly with a sledgehammer in Auckland, New Zealand.
1998 – Bryce Drew hits a leaning 3-pointer as time expires to give Valparaiso a shocking 70-69 upset of Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional.
2001 – Philadelphia’s Mark Recchi picks up his 1,000th career point during 5-2 win over St. Louis. He’s the 60th player in NHL history to reach the mark.
2005 – Donyell Marshall ties the NBA record with 12 3-pointers and the Toronto Raptors finish with a league-record 21 in their 128-110 victory over Philadelphia. Marshall, 12-for-19 from 3-point range, finishes with a career-high 38 points. The Raptors, 21-for-34 from 3-point range, break the previous NBA record of 19 set by Atlanta in a victory in Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996.
2007 – Lance Mackey wins the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the first musher to win major long-distance North American sled dog races back-to-back. On Feb. 20, Mackey won his third consecutive Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000 mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon.
2007 – Dallas’ Mike Modano becomes the 39th player in NHL history and second born in the United States to reach 500 goals, scoring with 10:24 left in the third period of a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.
2008 – Bode Miller clinches the men’s overall World Cup ski title. Miller earns his second title in four years with a 12th-place finish in the super-G combined along with Didier Cuche’s announcement that he would not enter the season-ending slalom in Bormio, Italy.
2008 – Detroit clinches a playoff berth after beating Dallas 5-3 while reaching 100 points for a league-record tying eighth-straight season. Montreal had 100-point seasons from 1975-82.
2009 – Cleveland’s LeBron James scores 51 points, including six in overtime, and the Cavaliers clinch the Central Division title by beating Sacramento 126-123.
2009 – The Philadelphia 76ers play a final game at the Spectrum, their old home, beating Chicago 104-101. The Sixers, who normally play across the street at the Wachovia Center, play their first game at the Spectrum, scheduled to be demolished later this year, since April 19, 1996.
2010 – Oregon’s Ashton Eaton breaks Dan O’Brien’s 17-year-old world record in the indoor heptathlon. Eaton sets a mark of 6,499 points at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, passing O’Brien’s record of 6,476.
2011 – The NCAA men’s basketball selection committee releases its 68-team draw, which includes a record 11 teams from the Big East, the deepest conference in the nation. The tournament adds three more at-large teams that will open the tournament in what the NCAA is calling the “First Four.”
2011 – Golden State ends Kevin Love’s consecutive double-doubles streak at 53 games with a 100-77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love is limited to six points on 1-of-6 shooting, ending the NBA’s longest such streak since Elvin Hayes had double-doubles in 55 consecutive games in 1973-74. Love had 12 rebounds.
2012 – BYU pulls off the biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history on a wild opening night. Noah Hartsock scores 16 of his 23 points in the second half and the Cougars rally from 25 points down to beat Iona 78-72 in the first round. It marks the biggest comeback in an NCAA tournament game. Previously, the largest deficit overcome was 22 points in 2001 when Duke fought back to beat Maryland 95-84 in the national semifinals. It’s the second incredible turnaround of the night in Dayton. With President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron watching, Western Kentucky comes back from a 16-point deficit in the final 5 minutes to beat Mississippi Valley State 59-58.