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SPORTS TRIVIA 02-28
Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:28 PM

Trivia

Q:  In Tuesday's 108-97 home win over Golden State, Indiana Pacers' center Roy Hibbert was ejected after a fourth-quarter scuffle with the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. When and where did the Pacers' most infamous court skirmish take place?

A: On Nov. 19, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Pacers and Pistons engaged in a free-for-all that spilled over into the stands, ignited when a drink was thrown at Indiana's Ron Artest while he was lying on the scorer's table. Artest waded into the crowd, sparking the brawl. Nine players were suspended for a total of 146 games, while five fans faced criminal charges.


Today in … 

1973 – In her first professional tennis match, 18-year old Chris Evert easily dispatches Michele Gurdal of Belgium, 6-2, 6-1, in just 36 minutes in the first round of the S&H Green Stamps Tournament in Evert's hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In the same tournament on the same day, 16-year old Czech sensation Martina Navratilova downs Gail Chantreau of France, 7-5, 7-6. Navratilova will be ousted in the second round, but Evert advances to the finals to beat 27-year old Virginia Wade of England, 6-1, 6-2. Both youngsters go on to capture 18 Grand Slam singles championships. Evert's first comes at the French Open in 1974, with Navratilova's at Wimbledon in 1978.


Birthdays

Pistons guard Tayshaun Prince, born 1980. Knicks guard Luther (Ticky) Burden, born 1953.