Today in sports history: March 27

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1939 — Oregon beats Ohio State 46-33 in the NCAA’s first national basketball tournament.

1942 — Joe Louis knocks out Abe Simon in the sixth round at Madison Square Garden to retain his world heavyweight title.

1945 — Oklahoma A&M defeats New York University 49-45 for the NCAA basketball championship.

1951 — Bill Spivey scores 22 points to lead Kentucky to a 68-58 win over Kansas State for the NCAA title.

1971 — UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 for its fifth NCAA title.

1978 — Jack Givens scores 41 points to lead Kentucky past Duke 94-88 for the NCAA title.

1983 — Larry Holmes wins a unanimous 12-round decision over Lucien Rodriguez to keep his world heavyweight title in his hometown of Scranton, Pa.

1994 — Donna Andrews sinks a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Dinah Shore by one stroke, her second straight victory and first LPGA major.

1998 — Michael Jordan scores 34 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 89-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks before 62,046 at the Georgia Dome — the largest crowd in NBA history.

2005 — Annika Sorenstam shoots a final-round 68 to win the Nabisco Championship by eight shots over Rosie Jones. It’s Sorenstam’s fifth win in a row over two seasons, tying a record set by Nancy Lopez in 1978.

2010 — Al Shemali, a 40-1 shot, wins the $5 million Dubai Duty Free in a surprisingly easy victory in the Dubai World Cup.

2010 — Joe Mazzulla scores a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and West Virginia beats Kentucky 73-66 to reach its first Final Four since 1959. Butler, behind 22 points from Gordon Hayward, defeats Kansas State 63-56 in the West Regional final to advance to the Final Four.

2011 — Jamie Skeen scores 26 points and Virginia Commonwealth delivers the biggest upset of the NCAA Tournament, a 71-61 win over No. 1 seed Kansas in the Southwest Regional final. The Rams are the third 11th seed to make the Final Four. Kentucky restores some order to the Final Four with a 76-69 win over North Carolina in the East Regional final.

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