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BC-YE--2018 Sports Chronology,1st Add, YE

December 27, 2018


Feb. 18 — Christian Coleman broke the world indoor record in the 60 meters in 6.34 seconds to win his first U.S. title in the final event of the USA Track & Field Indoor National Championships. Coleman beat the former world record of 6.39 set by Maurice Greene on Feb. 3, 1998, in Madrid, Spain and matched by Greene on March 3, 2001, in Atlanta.

Feb. 18 — LeBron James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145. For the first time in All-Star Game history, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format used since 1951 and allowed team captains James and Stephen Curry to choose their own rosters.

Feb. 18 — Austin Dillon put the No. 3 back in victory lane in the Daytona 500. Dillon drove the iconic car number made famous by Dale Earnhardt to the win 17 years to the day the Hall of Famer was killed in an accident on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Feb. 19 — Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard set the NCAA record for consecutive field goals made for men and women. She came into the No. 8 Ducks game against UCLA with 30 straight makes, which was the women’s record. She made her first three shots to break the men’s record of 30 set by Yale’s Brandon Sherrod in 2016. Hebard finally missed in the second quarter.

Feb. 20 — The NCAA upheld penalties against Louisville’s men’s basketball program related to a sex scandal involving players, recruits and prostitutes. Louisville vacated 123 wins — every game it won from the 2011-12 through the 2014-15 seasons — and all of its NCAA tournament appearances, including its 2012 and 2013 trips to the Final Four and the 2013 national championship. It was the first time the NCAA stripped a national championship in Division I men’s basketball.

Feb. 21 — Sofia Goggia of Italy won the women’s Olympic downhill, with Lindsey Vonn taking the bronze. At 33, Vonn became the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games.

Feb. 21 — The United States won its first Olympic gold medal in women’s cross-country skiing, and Norwegian skier Marit Bjoergen became the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time by taking bronze at the Pyeongchang Games. Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the women’s team sprint freestyle race, outsprinting more heralded teams from Sweden and Norway. Bjoergen won her 14th career medal at the Winter Olympic Games, passing Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjourndalen for the most ever.

Feb. 21 — The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

Feb. 21 — Alex Tuch scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and the Vegas Golden Knights pulled away for a 7-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. The win moved the Golden Knights back atop the NHL standings with 84 points — a record for an expansion team in its inaugural season. Vegas improved to 23-4-2 at home to also set the record for home wins by a team in its inaugural season.

Feb. 22 — Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his Olympic medal after admitting to a doping violation at the Pyeongchang Games. Krushelnitsky tested positive after winning bronze in mixed doubles with his wife.

Feb. 22 — The U.S. women’s hockey team ended a 20-year gold medal drought by beating archrival Canada 3-2 in a shootout thriller at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Feb. 22 — Drexel overcome a 34-point first-half deficit to set the men’s Division I record and beat Delaware 85-83. Delaware led 53-19 with 2:36 remaining in the first half and had a 56-29 lead at halftime. The previous largest comeback was 32 points in 1950, when Duke beat Tulane 74-72 after being down 54-22 in the first half.

Feb. 23 — Alina Zagitova won the women’s figure skating competition over Evgenia Medvedeva at the Pyeongchang Olympics, becoming the first Russian gold medalist at the games. The 15-year-old Zagitova edged her 18-year-old friend and training partner by less than two points.

Feb. 24 — Ester Ledecka won the second leg of an unheard-of Olympic double, taking the gold medal in snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom to go with her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the games. The Czech star is the first to win gold medals in both sports.

Feb. 24 — The United States won the Olympic gold medal in men’s curling in a decisive upset of Sweden. John Shuster skipped the United States to a 10-7 victory for only the second curling medal in U.S. history.

Feb. 24 — Top-ranked UConn wrapped up its fifth consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season championship, using a 43-0 first-half run to rout SMU 80-36.

Feb. 24 — Devonte Graham scored 26 points and No. 8 Kansas set an NCAA record with its 14th straight regular-season conference championship, beating No. 6 Texas Tech 74-72 to clinch at least a tie for the Big 12 title. The NCAA-record 14th straight conference title broke a tie with UCLA (1967-79).

Feb. 25 — Kirill Kaprizov scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift the Russians to the gold medal in men’s hockey with a 4-3 win over Germany at the Pyeongchang Olympics. It was the first gold in men’s hockey for a Russian team since 1992.

Feb. 25 — Norway’s Marit Bjoergen closed out a remarkable Olympic career, winning the gold medal in the women’s 30-kilometer mass start at the Pyeongchang Games. Bjoergen, the only Olympian to win five medals at these Games, finished her career with 15 medals. She left as the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympic history. Bjoergen’s win was also big for the Norwegian team, which finished with 14 medals in cross-country skiing in Pyeongchang, breaking the record of 13 held by the Soviet Union in 1988.

Feb. 26 — The U.S. Open changed to a two-hole aggregate playoff, the last of the four majors to do away with an 18-hole playoff. The U.S. Golf Association also decided to make its other three open championships two-hole playoffs — the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Feb. 26 — The top-ranked UConn women’s team completed an undefeated regular season for the 10th time in program history with an 82-53 win over No. 20 South Florida. The Huskies (29-0, 16-0 American) are 98-0 in games against American Athletic Conference opponents.

March 1 — De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer as time expired gave No. 1 Virginia a 67-66 victory over Louisville in a wild finish that made the Cavaliers the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to go 9-0 on the road in league play.

March 2 — Kristina Vogel of Germany won a record-tying 11th women’s world cycling title when she took the individual sprint at the track world championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Vogel, who also won the team sprint on Feb. 28, tied Anna Meares’ record for most women’s world titles.

March 3 — Deontay Wilder survived a pummeling from Luis Ortiz, then knocked out the challenger in the 10th round to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

March 4 — Poland set a world indoor record in the 4x400-meter relay at the world indoor athletics championships in Birmingham, England. The Polish team of Karol Zalewski, Rafal Omelko, Lukasz Krawczuk and Jakub Krzewina won in 3:01.77. That shaved 0.36 seconds off the previous record of 3:02.13, which was set by the United States in 2014.

March 4 — A’ja Wilson helped eighth-ranked South Carolina become the first Southeastern Conference women’s program to win four consecutive tournament titles, snapping the nation’s longest winning streak at 32 with a 62-51 upset of No. 2 Mississippi State.

March 7 — James Harden scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-99 for their 17th straight victory. The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season.

March 9 — Mikaela Shiffrin won her second straight overall World Cup title, finishing third in a giant slalom race in Ofterschwang, Germany. Shiffrin became the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles. Lindsey Vonn won the sport’s most coveted prize four times.

March 9 — Kyle Lowry had 30 points as the Toronto Raptors snapped the Houston Rockets’ 17-game win streak with a 108-105 victory at Air Canada Centre.

March 10 — Texas Southern defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 84-69 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game. Texas Southern (15-19) started out 0-13 this season. Didn’t win a game until Jan. 1 and never beat a nonconference opponent.

March 10 — The Vegas Golden Knights set a record for road wins by an expansion team with a 2-1 shootout victory at Buffalo. At 20-12-3, the Golden Knights broke a tie with the 1993-94 Anaheim Ducks for most road wins by an NHL team in its first season.

March 12 — Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach 600 goals as the Washington Capitals moved back into first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in overtime.

March 12 — Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves to become the 13th goalie in NHL history with 400 career wins and lead the Vegas Golden Knights over the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.

March 13 — Russell Westbrook picked up the 100th triple-double of his career and the Oklahoma City Thunder used a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Atlanta Hawks for a 119-107 victory.

March 14 — Norway’s Joar Leifseth Ulsom won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Leifseth Ulsom was the second Norwegian in the 46-year history of the 1,000-mile race to claim the top spot. Robert Sorlie of Hurdal won the race in 2003 and 2005.

March 16 — Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 75-54 to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed.

March 16 — Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone was suspended for 80 games under Major League Baseball’s drug program following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

March 16 — Hector Arana Jr. became the first Pro Stock Motorcycle racer to top 200 mph at an NHRA event when he broke the elusive barrier at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway. Arana reached 200.23 mph during his second qualifying run for the Gatornationals.

March 17 — UConn opened its NCAA Tournament with a record-setting 140-52 rout of Saint Francis (Pa.). The tournament’s top seed set a record for points in a tournament game and all-time NCAA records for points in a period (55 in the first) and a half (94 in the first).

March 17 — Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher won the season-ending men’s World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden for his 58th career victory. The Austrian became the third skier to win 13 races in a single World Cup season, after Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark in 1978-79 and Austria’s Hermann Maier in 2000-01.

March 17 — Marvin Bagley had 22 points and nine rebounds, leading Duke to an 87-62 win over Rhode Island and its 26th trip to the Sweet 16. It was Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,099th victory, breaking a tie with late Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt for the most wins by a basketball coach in NCAA history.

March 18 — Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

March 18 — Tennessee lost for the first time at home in women’s NCAA Tournament history when Marie Gulich had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead sixth-seed Oregon State to a 66-59 win. The third-seeded Lady Vols had been 57-0 at home.

March 18 — Nevada dug out of a deep hole with the second-largest comeback in tournament history to advance to its first Sweet 16 since 2004. The seventh-seeded Wolf Pack trailed by 22 before going on an amazing a 32-8 run to close the game. Josh Hall hit a short jumper with 9.1 seconds left to give Nevada its only lead of the game at 75-73, and No. 2 seed Cincinnati couldn’t get a shot off before the clock expired.

March 18 — PJ Savoy made a 3-pointer with 1:08 left to give Florida State its first lead of the second half, and the Seminoles rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat top-seeded Xavier 75-70 in the second round of the West Region. Xavier was the second No. 1 seed ousted in the first weekend, sending the Musketeers out along with Virginia. It is the first tourney since 2004 that two top seeds were eliminated in the first weekend.

March 21 — Dwight Howard had 32 points and 30 rebounds, becoming the first player with a 30-30 game since 2010, and the Charlotte Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn 111-105.

March 22 — Olympic figure skating champions Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany set a world record as they claimed their first world title as a pair with a flawless program. Savchenko and Massot’s free program score was 162.86 points, topping their own world record at the Olympics just a month ago of 159.81.


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