The Honda Center would have been one of four places for the regional semi-finals of the NCAA basketball tournament, which was canceled by COVID-19. Other Sweet 16 games would be played at venues in Louisville, Washington, D.C. and Kansas City.
The Lakers and Kings would continue to travel to Cleveland and Nashville, respectively. The Lakers defeated the Cavaliers at Staples Center 128-99 on January 13 to improve their record to 33-7. LeBron James scored 31 points. The Kings last played the predators on January 4 and lost at home 4-1.
Patriotic bunting, the smell of Dodger Dogs and a landscape of Dodger Blue would have filled Chavez Ravine today when the Dodgers opened the 2020 season against the San Francisco Giants. The Angels also started today with the first of four games in Houston against the infamous Astros.
Here’s a look at memorable games and outstanding sports performance on this date:
1946 – Hank Ibas Oklahoma A&M Aggies (now Oklahoma State) beat North Carolina 43-40 at Madison Square Garden for its second straight NCAA basketball title. Bob Kurland, considered the game’s first big man at 6 feet 10½, gets 23 points, including the first two dunks in NCAA tournament history. John Dillon leads the Tar Heels with 16 points.
1969 – John Hall dedicates his column in The Times to USC assistant football coach Dave Levy. Levy, who joined John McKay’s staff in 1960, is different from coaching at USC and playing for UCLA. He was a two-year letterman and Rose Bowl lineman for the Red Sanders’ Bruins in 1952-53.
1972 – The Lakers beat Seattle 124-98 to end the season at 69-13, the best record in NBA history, until the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 ended at 72-10. Gail Goodrich gets 24 points and Pat Riley adds 19. Bill Sharman’s club would continue to beat the New York Knicks for the NBA title, its first since the franchise moved from Minneapolis before the 1961 season.
1973 – Bill Walton gets 44 points to help UCLA win their record seventh NCAA basketball championship with an 87-66 victory over Memphis at Arena in St. Louis. Louis. Jamaal Wilkes adds 16 points and Greg Lee has 14 assists for Walton Gang. Larry Finch gets 29 for the Tigers.
1974 – George Foreman defeats Ken Norton in the second round in Caracas, Venezuela, to retain his heavyweight title in the world. It was Norton’s second straight loss after Muhammad Ali edged him in a close decision seven months earlier. The champion’s next defense would be in October against Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire, in their safe “Rumble in the Jungle.”
1985 – When the Angels lose their spring effort, The Times’ Ross Newhan reports on manager Gene Mauch’s desire for shortstop Dick Schofield and outfielder Gary Pettis, two dazzling defensive players, to get their hitting average values brilliant as much as their play on the field, especially Schofield , which hit just .193 the year before.
1995 – Nanci Bowen wins Nabisco’s Dinah Shore at Rancho Mirage, her first LPGA victory, by beating Susie Redman. Bowen, who played college golf at the University of Georgia, takes the lead with a birdie on the par-three 17th hole. Nancy Lopez has a chance to tie, but her third shot of the par-five 18 goes into the water.
1996 – Mario Lemieux gets five goals and has two assists in his first game against Wayne Gretzky in more than three seasons, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-4 win over St. Louis. Louis Blues. It was the third time “Super Mario” scored five goals in one game, and the assistants put him at the 800 mark for his career.
2002 – Utah’s John Stockton turns 40 and becomes the 10th player in NBA history to play at that age. Stockton gets 20 points in the Jazz’s 109-105 win over Houston. Karl Malone, who consistently delivered with Stockton on pick-and-roll, gets 23.
SOURCES: The Times, Associated Press