Steve Gardner, USA TODAY
Published 7:00 a.m. ET March 31, 2020 | Updated 9:25 a.m. ET March 31, 2020
USA TODAY Sports’ Mark Medina discusses NBA star Stephen Curry’s interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
These days, we all value a doctor we can trust. For a 10-season stretch from 2002-11, there was no one more trusted on the mound than Roy “Doc” Halladay.
Over that 10-year span, Halladay made eight All-Star teams, led the league in innings pitched four times, won 20 games three times and is one of only six pitchers in baseball history to win a Cy Young Award in both leagues.
(Trivia answer: Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Max Scherzer are the others.)
Halladay won a total of 203 games during his 16-year career in the majors and was elected posthumously to the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.
But perhaps Halladay’s finest moment came in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series when he no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for only the second postseason no-hitter in history.
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What to watch
NBC Sports Network will provide a double dose of Dallas on Sunday Night Football, starting at 7 p.m. ET tonight with a 2006 clash between the Tony Romo-led Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers with Jake Delhomme under center. Then at 9:30, catch the 2009 shootout between the Cowboys and New York Giants.
MLB Network is airing MLB Network Presents, a Bryan Cranston-narrated account of the 1998 Los Angeles Dodgers season with memorable performances from Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson. That’s at 7 p.m. ET. It’s followed by the “Fifth Inning” of Ken Burns’ “Baseball” documentary at 8 p.m. ET. And MLB’s Greatest Games caps off the evening at 10:30 with Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
ESPN is kicking off MLB Encore Tuesdays this week, starting with the Sept. 21, 2001 game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets in which Mike Piazza hits an unforgettable home run in NYC’s first sporting event since 9/11.
CBS Sports Network continues to air some of the best NCAA tournament classics:
- 7 p.m. ET: 2019 Final Four: Texas Tech vs. Michigan State
- 9 p.m. ET: 2019 Final Four: Auburn vs. Virginia
- 11 p.m. ET: 2019 Championship: Texas Tech vs. Virginia
If you like blowouts, NFL Network is airing Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at 3:30 p.m. ET. Also, NFLN will have back-to-back episodes of “A Football Life” featuring Willie McGinest at 8 p.m. ET and Matt Millen at 9 p.m. ET.
NHL Network has its Rivalry Series at 7 p.m. ET featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team against Canada in a game played Feb. 5, 2020, followed by a rematch on Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.
NBA TV is airing Steve Smith’s recollections of the 1998 NBA All-Star Game at 8 p.m. ET, then giving the former Hawks guard the spotlight all to himself at 10:30 when it airs the fourth quarter of a game against the Seattle SuperSonics in which Smith tied an NBA record with seven 3-pointers in one quarter.
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Now that we have an official start date for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics (July 23, 2021), we can finally start looking forward to magical moments like this one.
Katie Ledecky was just 19 when she set a world record in winning the 400-meter freestyle gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
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March 31 in sports history
- 1973: Muhammad Ali suffers a broken jaw in a stunning 12-round split-decision loss to Ken Norton.
- 1973: Bobby Orr scores his third career hat trick to become the first player in NHL history to score more than 100 points in four consecutive seasons.
- 1975:UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 for the Bruins’ 10th national championship under legendary college basketball coach John Wooden.
- 1987: Keith Smart hits the game-winning jump shot to lift Indiana and coach Bob Knight to the NCAA basketball championship, 74-73, over Syracuse.
- 1994: The Chicago White Sox assign 31-year-old outfielder Michael Jordan to the Birmingham Barons of the Class AA Southern League. In his only season in professional baseball, Jordan would hit .202 with three home runs and 51 RBI before returning to the NBA in 1995.
- 1995: Future Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issues an injunction against Major League Baseball owners, effectively ending a 232-day players strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series.
- 1996: At Wrestlemania XII in Anaheim, Shawn Michaels defeats Bret Hart for the WWF Heavyweight title.
- 1998: MLB’s two newest expansion teams, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, play the first games in franchise history. Both lose big. The Rays 11-6 to the Detroit Tigers and the D’backs 9-2 to the Colorado Rockies.
- 2018: In Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Major League Soccer debut, the new Los Angeles Galaxy star scored two goals — the tying and winning strikes — in a 4-3 win over new rival LAFC in the first El Trafico.
Games we’re missing
- Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs
- Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
- Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
- Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
- Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
- Cincinnati Reds at Toronto Blue Jays
- New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
- Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets
- St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
- San Francisco Giants at Diamondbacks
- Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
- Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres
- Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers
- Minnesota Twins at Seattle Mariners
- New Orleans Pelicans at Atlanta Hawks
- Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers
- Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors
- San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings
- Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals
- Minnesota Wild at New York Islanders
- Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning
- New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins
- Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes
- Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues
- Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Blackhawks
- Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames
- Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers
- Phoenix Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche
- San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
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