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April 1
1920 The Ottawa Senators captured the Stanley Cup, three games to two, with a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Metropolitans.
1938 Joe Louis KO'd Harry Thomas in the fifth round of their world heavyweight bout to retain his title.
1940 New York legalized parimutuel wagering and outlawed bookmakers at the state's racetracks.
1972 Baseball engaged in its first-ever work stoppage that lasted 12 days and canceled some 80+ games.
1984 USC crushed Tennessee, 72-61, to win the NCAA women's basketball title.
1985 Dwayne McClain scored a team-high 17 points and his Villanova teammates shot a stunning 79 percent from the floor en route to a shocking 66-64 win over Georgetown in the NCAA Men's championship game.
1991 Duke finally got the weight off its back and defeated Kansas, 72-65 to win the NCAA Men's championship. It was its first national title in five championship game appearances and ninth trip to the Final Four.
1994 The Texas Rangers celebrated the opening of their new stadium, The Ballpark in Arlington, but lost the opener 4-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
1995 Boston University claimed its fourth NCAA Men's hockey championship with a 6-2 win over east rival Maine at Providence.
1996 National League umpire John McSherry died of a heart attack in the middle of a count to the third batter of the ballgame between the Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds.
2001 Ruth Riley hit a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds left to give Notre Dame a 68-66 victory over Purdue for the NCAA Women's college basketball title.
2002 Maryland clinched its first NCAA Men's Basketball title with a 64-52 victory over Indiana. Juan Dixon was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
2002 Major League Baseball opened its season as the defending champions Arizona Diamondbacks shutout the San Diego Padres, 2-0, behind Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson's six-hitter.
2003 North Carolina basketball coach Matt Doherty resigned.
2004 Daniel Horton scored 14 points to lead the Michigan Wolverines over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 62-55, for the National Invitation Tournament crown.
2006 Lee Humphrey and Corey Brewer each scored 19 points to lead four Florida players in double figures, as the Gators earned a trip to the national championship game after thumping George Mason, 73-58.
2006 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the UCLA Bruins punched their ticket into the national championship game after dominating the Louisiana State Tigers, 59-45.
2009 Kentucky named John Calipari its basketball coach.
2010 Marcus Johnson scored 20 points and Dayton captured the title at the National Invitation Tournament for the first time since 1968 with a 79-68 triumph over North Carolina.
2011 E.J. Singler hit a bank shot from just inside the lane with two seconds left, as Oregon beat Creighton 71-69 to win the College Basketball Invitational.
2013 Former Chicago Bears head coach Jack Pardee passed away. He was 76.
2013 Texas Tech named Tubby Smith its basketball coach.
2013 Western Kentucky decided to leave the Sun Belt Conference and accepted an invitation to join Conference USA.
2014 Tiger Woods announced he will miss the Masters after having successful microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve.
Birthdays Steve Smith (1969) - NBA player; Mark Jackson (1965) - NBA player; Phil Niekro (1939) - MLB player.
As of April 1, 2015, at 09:03 AM ET

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