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March 17, 2014
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1936 New York Yankees clipper Joe DiMaggio made a dazzling debut with four hits, including a triple in an 8-7 exhibition loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
1955 In Montreal, there was a seven-hour riot that caused more than $1 million in damage. Canadien fans were upset because NHL President Clarence Campbell suspended Rocket Richard for attacking an official during a fight in a game on March 13th.
1965 Amos Alonzo Stagg, one of college football's winningest head coaches, died at the age of 102.
1973 In his three-year-old debut, Secretariat won the Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct by 4 1-2 lengths.
1974 The Celtics downed the Capital Bullets 129-103 at Boston Garden, collecting an NBA record 61 defensive rebounds during the contest.
1977 A federal court ruled in favor of Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's decision to void the 1976 Oakland A's sale of players by owner Charlie Finley.
1977 Scott Wil, driven by Ken McNutt, won the inaugural Four Leaf Clover Pace in 1:59 at The Meadowlands in New Jersey.
1984 The Houston Rockets retired the number 23 jersey worn by Calvin Murphy.
1999 The National Football League owners approved a new instant replay system to be used next season on a one year trial basis.
1999 The International Olympic Committee expelled six members for their role in the Salt Lake City corruption scandal.
2003 UCLA fired basketball coach Steve Lavin.
2005 The Orlando Magic fired head coach Johnny Davis.
2005 The New York Giants signed free agent WR Plaxico Burress to a four-year deal.
2006 For the second straight year, Bucknell posted an upset win in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament with a win over 8th-seed Arkansas.
2007 Michigan fired basketball coach Tommy Amaker.
2007 Dallas' Mike Modano scored his 502nd and 503rd career goals, making him the all-time U.S. leader in NHL goal-scoring.
2008 Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee earned top-seeds in the NCAA Women's Tournament.
2009 New Jersey's Martin Brodeur won his 552nd game passing Patrick Roy as the all-time leader in NHL victories in the Devils 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
2010 The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Michael Jordan's acquisition of a controlling interest of the Charlotte Bobcats.
2010 The Washington Redskins signed QB Rex Grossman to a one-year contract.
2010 The Arizona Cardinals signed QB Derek Anderson to a two-year contract.
2011 Ohio State announced that head football coach Jim Tressel would sit out the first five games of the 2011 season, rather than serve his original two-game suspension for NCAA rules violations.
2011 One big upset took place in the NCAA college basketball second round. 13-seed Morehead State defeated fourth-seed Louisville, 62-61.
2013 Louisville claimed the #1 overall seed in the Men's NCAA Tournament. Kansas, Gonzaga and Indiana received the other top seeds.

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