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What Were the Sports Highlights
in February 1976, 1986, 1991 and 1996?


February Sports Trivia



1976

• Ben Crenshaw, who had been missing from the winner's circle since 1973, won the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Carmel Bay. Nicklaus had been expected to win.

• After three mediocre seasons Marquette's Earl Tatum was hot and the Warriors had the formula for a national title.

• George Foreman overpowered Ron Lyle in a series of knock downs in Las Vegas.

• Franz Klammer of Austria upheld the Aurstrian position as the world capital of skiing winning the gold medal at the 12th winter Olympiad in Innsbruck.


1986

• Billy Olsen vaulted 19' 31/2" at the Sunkist Invitational at the Los Angeles Sports Arena reclaiming the indoor record for a second time in the season.

• Ivan Lendl beat 18 year old Boris Becker 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to win the Nabisco Masters.

• Playing the most devastating defence in Super Bowl XX history the Chicago Bears claimed a 46-10 victory over the Patriots in New Orleans.

• Jayhawk super sophmore Danny Manning of Kansas graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.


1991

• In the best Super Bowl in 25 years, the New York Giants powered past the Buffalo Bills to win by a single point. For US forces in Saudia Arabia the NFL show provided a break from Desert Storm.

• Brett Hull of the St.Louis Blues became the fifth player in National Hockey League history to score 50 goals within the first 50 games of the NHL season.

• An hour after the first air strike battered Iraq, the US Ski team was rousted out of its European Hotel room at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Saalbach and Hinterglemm and ordered home to safety. ABC Sports, who had been contracted to pay 1.5 million for the right to televise the two week event, bailed out in less than 24 hours before the championships were to begin. The American team did show up two days after the competition began.

• Clarence Weatherspoon at 240 pounds and 6' 7" was named Metro Conference Freshman of the Year and league player of the year. A junior forward and sophmore at Southern Miss, he helped stir the upstart Golden Eagles into the mix of national title contenders.


1996

• Barry Switzer coached the Dallas Cowboys to victory over Pittsburg with a 27-17 Super Bowl XXX win at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

• Magic Johnson created a world stir when at 36 years old, after a five season break and 30 pounds overweight, he returned to the NBA.

• Picabo Street reigned in Sierra Nevada, Spain with a downhill run that earned her the World Alpine Ski Championship at .57 of a second faster than Katja Seizinger of Germany.

• At 23, Juwan Howard, a 6'9" 250 pound forward, who the Washington bullets had reluctantly drafted, was wiping out his NBA opponents.



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