BC-YE--2018 Sports Chronology,2nd Add, YE
March 23 — Olympic bronze medalist Caetlyn Osmond of Canada won the figure skating world title with a nearly perfect performance as Olympic champion Alina Zagitova fell a jaw-dropping three times and crowd favorite Carolina Kostner turned in a lackluster skate.
March 24 — Nathan Chen completed six quadruple jumps in the free program to become the first U.S. winner of the men’s world figure skating title since 2009.
March 24 — Loyola Chicago romped to a 78-62 victory over Kansas State to cap off a stunning run through the bracket-busting South Regional. Ben Richardson scored a career-high 23 points and the 11th-seeded Ramblers advanced to the Final Four.
March 24 — Charles Matthews scored 17 points and Michigan earned its first Final Four berth since 2013 with a 58-54 victory over Florida State in the West Region final.
March 25 — Bubba Watson won his second World Golf Championships title with the biggest blowout since the championship matched switched to 18 holes in 2011, a 7-and-6 victory over Kevin Kisner.
March 25 — Villanova’s Eric Paschall had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the 2016 national champions beat Texas Tech 71-59 in a cold-shooting East regional championship to reach the Final Four for the second time in three years.
March 25 — Malik Newman scored all 13 of Kansas’ points in overtime, and the top-seeded Jayhawks returned to the Final Four for the first time since 2012 after beating No. 2 seed Duke 85-81 in overtime in the Midwest Region final.
March 26 — Crystal Dangerfield scored 19 of her 21 points in the first half, and top-seeded UConn routed No. 2 South Carolina 94-65 to reach the Women’s Final Four for the 11th consecutive year.
March 27 — The AP All-America team had three freshmen on the first team for the first time in its 70-year history. Oklahoma’s Trae Young, Arizona’s Deandre Ayton and Dukes’ Marvin Bagley III made history being named to the AP All-America team. They were joined by Villanova’s Jalen Brunson and Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham.
March 29 — Villanova guard Jalen Brunson was named The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year and Virginia’s Tony Bennett was named the men’s coach of the year. Bennett also won the award in 2007 when he was at Washington State.
March 29 — A’ja Wilson of South Carolina was named The Associated Press women’s college basketball player of the year. Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw won the Coach of the Year for the fourth time. She lost four players over the course of the season to ACL injuries and still managed to go 32-3.
March 29 — Penn State won the NIT championship with an 82-66 victory over Utah at Madison Square Garden.
March 29 — Matt Davidson became the fourth player in major league history to homer three times on opening day, Tim Anderson homered twice and Jose Abreu went deep to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 14-7 win over Kansas City.
March 30 — Arike Ogunbowale’s jumper from the corner with 1 second left lifted Notre Dame to a 91-89 overtime victory over UConn on in the women’s national semifinals. She finished with 27 points and Jackie Young had a career-high 32 to lead the Irish back to the championship game for the first time since 2015. It was the second consecutive year an undefeated UConn team lost in the Final Four on a last-second shot in overtime.
March 30 — Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 25 rebounds to help Mississippi State reach the women’s national championship game for the second straight year with a 73-63 overtime win over Louisville.
March 31 — Michigan, led by Moe Wagner, ended Loyola-Chicago’s incredible run in the NCAA Tournament. Wagner had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Wolverines, who overcame a 10-point deficit early in the second half to beat Loyola 69-57 in the national semifinals.
March 31 — Villanova’s Eric Paschall had 24 points, including four of the Wildcats’ record 18 3-pointers, in a 95-79 win over the Kansas Jayhawks. Villanova had the most ever made 3s in a Final Four game and the most ever in a single NCAA tournament with 66 in their five games — with one more game to play.
March 31 — Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker by unanimous decision to become a three-belt world heavyweight boxing champion. Joshua added Parker’s WBO belt to his WBA and IBF titles, and moved within one belt of becoming the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000.
March 31 — The Basketball Hall of Fame announced 13 inductees for the class of 2018. Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks and Charlie Scott from the NBA were elected. The women players elected were Tina Thompson, Katie Smith and Ora Mae Washington. Executives Rick Welts and Rod Thorn, coach Lefty Driesell and European player Dino Rada were the others in the class.
April 1 — Arike Ogunbowale hit a 3-pointer with a tenth of a second left to give Notre Dame a 61-58 win over Mississippi State and its first women’s national championship since 2001. Notre Dame, trailing 30-17 at halftime, pulled off the biggest comeback in title game history, rallying from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter and a five-point deficit in the final 1:58.
April 2 — Pernilla Lindberg made a 30-foot birdie putt on the eighth extra hole to win the ANA Inspiration for her first professional victory. Lindberg finished off Inbee Park on the par-4 10th, the fourth playoff hole at Mission Hills after they played until it was too dark to see.
April 2 — Villanova won its second men’s national championship in three years after a 79-62 victory over Michigan. Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to score 31 points for the Wildcats.
April 3 — For the first time in major league history a game both began and ended with consecutive home runs. Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham of St. Louis connected off Chase Anderson in the span of three pitches in the first inning. In the ninth, Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun homered off Dominic Leone on consecutive pitches with two outs in the ninth to give the Brewers a 5-4 win.
April 7 — Karson Kuhlman had a goal and an assist, and Minnesota Duluth beat Notre Dame 2-1 to win the school’s second NCAA hockey championship.
April 8 — Patrick Reed won his first major championship with a thrilling one-shot victory over Rickie Fowler at the Masters.
April 11 — The Philadelphia 76ers beat Milwaukee 130-95 for their 16th straight win. The 16 wins is the longest streak by a team heading into the postseason. The Sixers, 28-54 last year, finished the regular season with a 52-30 record.
April 12 — South Carolina star post player A’ja Wilson was the top pick in the WNBA draft by the Las Vegas Aces.
Aug. 14 — David Pastrnak had a hat trick and three assists to help Boston blow out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second straight game, leading the Bruins to a 7-3 victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series. Pastrnak became the first player since Claude Giroux in 2012 and just the sixth overall to have a three-goal, three-assist playoff game.
April 16 — Desiree Linden ran through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to win the Boston Marathon, the first victory for an American woman since 1985. Yuki Kawauchi won the men’s race in 2:15:58 and earned Japan’s first Boston Marathon title since 1987.
April 17 — Brayden McNabb scored against his former team in the second period, lifting Vegas to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings that made the Golden Knights the first expansion team in NHL history to sweep its first playoff series.
April 21 — Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in nearly 40 years, JJ Redick scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat 106-102 to move within a victory of the second round. Simmons became the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to post a playoff triple-double — 17 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists.
April 21 — Oakland’s left-hander Sean Manaea pitched the first no-hitter against Boston in 25 years, with an overturned call preserving the gem in Oakland’s 3-0 win over the Red Sox.
April 22 — Rafael Nadal won a record 31st Masters title after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final. Nadal also became the first man in the Open era to win the same title 11 times — 13 years after his first title here — and moved one ahead of rival Novak Djokovic for career Masters titles.
April 26 — The NFL Draft featured four quarterbacks selected in the first 10 selections, a league first. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield was chosen by Cleveland at No. 1. Sam Darnold of Southern California went to the New York Jets at No. 3, while Buffalo traded up to grab Wyoming’s Josh Allen at No. 7. Arizona moved up to No. 10 to get UCLA’s Josh Rosen.
April 29 — LeBron James scored 45 points in Game 7 to stay unbeaten in the opening round of the playoffs, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers. James improved to 13-0 in the first round.
April 29 — Rafael Nadal extended his dominance on clay with a 6-2, 6-1 win over 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his 11th Barcelona Open title. The top-ranked Spaniard has won 46 straight sets on clay, extending his own record.
May 2 — Wanheng Menayothin improved to 50-0, equaling the record of Floyd Mayweather Jr. by knocking out Panamanian opponent Leroy Estrada in a mandatory WBC mini-flyweight fight. The 32-year-old Wanheng, a Thai fighter who is known as the “Giant Dwarf,” has 18 knockouts among his 50 wins.
May 4 — Dodger Rookie Walker Buehler and a trio of Los Angeles relievers combined for the franchise’s 23rd no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a neutral-site series at Monterrey, Mexico. In just his third start in the majors, Buehler went six innings before Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore closed it out.
May 4 — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols got his 3,000th hit, reaching the mark with a broken-bat single in a 5-0 win against Seattle. Pujols became the 32nd player in major league history to join the exclusive club.
May 5 — Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old. The colt that began his racing career in February improved to 4-0 and gave Bob Baffert his fifth Derby victory.
May 6 — Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the playoffs and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the Western Conference Final in their inaugural season after beating the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in Game 6 of their second-round series. Vegas became the third team in NHL history to win multiple series in its first season.
May 8 — James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Blue Jays 5-0 in Toronto. Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.
May 9 — The Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in the longest game in the 82-year history of the American Hockey League. Alex Krushelnyski’s goal at 6:48 of the fifth overtime period gave the Phantoms a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Finals series.
May 10 — Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface after beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open. Nadal extended his winning streak to 50 consecutive sets on clay, eclipsing the mark McEnroe established on carpet in 1984.
May 11 — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal lost to Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals, breaking the defending champion’s run of 21 straight wins on clay courts.
May 14 — The Supreme Court cleared the way for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the Trump administration, the high court struck down a federal law that had barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.
May 15 — Seattle Mariners All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement.
May 15 — Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper purchased of the Carolina Panthers for $2.2 billion, a record for the NFL. Tepper tied the highest price ever paid for a sports team matching what Tilman Fertitta paid for the Houston Rockets last year. The previous record price for an NFL team was $1.4 billion, which was paid for the Buffalo Bills in 2014.
May 16 — Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history.