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The Year in Sports--Day by Day

December 29, 1991

March 16--Three Americans became the first skaters from one nation to sweep the medals in the women's event at the World Figure Skating Championships. Kristi Yamaguchi earned one perfect 6.0 in winning the gold medal, Tonya Harding, the U.S. champion, took the silver, and Nancy Kerrigan won the bronze.

March 18--Bo Jackson was waived by the Kansas City Royals. Jackson was suffering from avascular necrosis of the left hip. The injury was a result of a fracture to the hip socket suffered while playing for the Los Angeles Raiders.

March 19--The NFL owners ratified football Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's decision to strip Phoenix of the 1993 Super Bowl over Arizona's failure to enact a paid holiday honoring Martin Luther King. The owners awarded the game to Los Angeles and tentatively awarded Arizona the 1996 game.

March 19--The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Colleges recommended that colleges should adopt a no-pass, no-play policy and universities should have independent control of all athletic revenues. The commission stated that income from shoe contracts for coaches should go to the schools, and players should be ineligible if they aren't on course to graduate in five years.

March 19--Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues became the third NHL player to score 80 goals in a season with a goal in the first period of a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

March 19--The Sacramento Kings set an NBA record for consecutive road losses in a season at 29 straight with a 104-101 loss at San Antonio.

March 20--Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra was placed on one year's probation by commissioner Fay Vincent because of his gambling activities. On March 12, Dykstra testified in a gambling trial that he lost $78,000 during poker games in Mississippi.

March 22--National Labor Relations Board judge Benjamin Schlesinger ruled that the NFL owners discriminated against players who struck by refusing to let them play in games on the weekend of Oct. 18, 1987. Schlesinger ruled the players are entitled that week's pay plus incentives, interest and penalties to make a total estimated between $22 million and $25 million.

March 23--London beat Frankfurt 24-11 in the first World League of American Football contest.

March 24--Dean Smith became the first coach to win regional titles in four different decades as North Carolina beat Temple 75-72 in East Regional of the NCAA tournament.

March 27--Kenny Ammann scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, as Stanford captured its first National Invitation Tournament with a 78-72 victory over Oklahoma.

March 27--The NCAA banned the University of Minnesota football team from postseason play next season and stripped the men's basketball program of one scholarship next year for rules infractions.

March 27--Scotty Bowman and Neil Armstrong were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Bowman, the NHL leader with 739 victories, was chosen in the Builders' category. Armstrong, a linesman for 21 seasons, was elected in the officials' category.

March 30--Duke stunned defending champion UNLV 79-77 and Kansas eliminated North Carolina with a 79-73 to advance to the NCAA basketball championship. The Duke victory prevented UNLV from becoming only the eighth undefeated NCAA champion. Duke forward Greg Koubek became the first player in NCAA history to appear in four Final Fours.

March 30--Darryl Plandowski scored 1:57 into the third overtime to lift Northern Michigan to its first NCAA hockey title with an 8-7 victory over Boston University in the second-longest championship game ever.

March 31--Tennessee edged Virginia 70-67 in overtime to win its third NCAA women's basketball title. It was the first overtime in the NCAA's ten-year history.

March 31--Brett Hull scored his 86th goal to give him the third-best total in NHL history as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota North Stars 2-1.

March 31--Amy Alcott won the Dinah Shore golf tournament with a record eight-shot victory over Dottie Mochrie. Alcott fired a closing 4-under-par 68 and rewrote her own tournamehnt record with a 15-under-par total of 273, one shot better than her winning score in 1988.

April 1--The Duke Blue Devils became NCAA champions as they ended six years of frustration with a 72-65 victory over Kansas for its first national title in five championship-game appearances and nine trips to the Final Four.

April 3--Bo Jackson signed a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox and was immediately placed on the 60-day disabled list.

April 3--Olympic champion Janet Evans and Melvin Stewart, the world record holder in the 200-meter butterfly, announced at the U.S. Spring Nationals that they would give up their collegiate eligibilty to concentrate on the Olympics. Evans and Stewart were upset by new NCAA legislation that would restrict training to 20 hours a week. Evans, 19, passed up her final two years at Stanford and Stewart, 20, gave up his senior year at Tennessee.

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