What Were the Sports Highlights
in March 1976, 1986, 1991 and 1996?
March Sports Trivia
Indiana, UCLA, Michigan and Rutgers made up the final four in college basketball.
Dick Deaver, who had been in competitive sailing all of his life, became the 12th consecutive Southern Californian to win the Congressional Cup.
At 13, tennis prodigy Tracy Austin, who ranked first in the national girls' 14 and under division, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Heavily favored Iowa, led by 150-pounder Chuck Yagla, won its second straight NCAA wrestling championship.
Buffalo's Bob McAdoo was the leading scorer in the NBA.
Upsets put upstart LSU into the Final Four. Louisville cruised past North Carolina but had a rougher ride with Auburn to win the West. Kansas beat Michigan and then North Carolina to advance. Duke, the pre-tournament favorite, got by the Midshipmen to keep their hopes alive.
Wade Boggs, the Boston third baseman and American League batting champion, set a new record for the most money awarded in arbitration in a season at $1.35 million.
Snow Chief the 3-2 favorite from the coast headed off fellow Californian BadgerLand to win $500,000 in the Florida Derby to become the favorite for the Kentucky Derby.
In his seventh season the Celtics' Larry Bird had averaged 30.8 points, 13.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists. The 6ft. 9 in., 220 pound forward was proving to be one of the best NBA players of all time.
Fly So Free delivered a smashing six length victory in the 1 1/6-mile Fountain of Youth stakes at Florida's Gulf Stream Park, making him the horse to beat in the 117th Kentucky Derby to held on May 4.
Mike Tyson beat Razor Ruddock by a controversial TKO in Las Vegas when the referee called a halt to the heavyweight bout.
After 11 seasons in Boston under four coaches, through three championships only George Mikan, Bill Russell and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar had played center for as many title teams as Robert Parish, aka the Chief. Parish of the Boston Celtics was the oldest player in the NBA and featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
In Final Four action in the NCAA midwest Duke's 76-61 victory over St. John's at Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan gave them a place at the Final Four. In the NCAA west UNLV blew away Utah 83-66 and Seton Hall 77-65 to win the west regioinal of the NCAA tournament and moved on to a second successive Final Four meeting with Duke. In the NCAA east, senior Rick Fox starred as North Carolina outlasted Temple. In the NCAA southeast, Kansas asserted itself with stunning upsets of Indianna and Arkansas.