March 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • Mar 4 25th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 85-77
  • Mar 7 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 9 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • Mar 14 NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • Mar 18 Wales beats France, 16-7 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch its 20th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, a record 8th Grand Slam and record 3rd consecutive Triple Crown

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 19 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 3rd TPC title, 1 stroke ahead of Lou Graham; 4th straight start for Nicklaus that ends with a top-2 finish

  • Mar 20 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 21 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • Mar 27 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke, 94-88; Wildcats 5th title; forward Jack Givens scores 41 points

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 2 Giannis Skopelitis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 3 Matt Diaz, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
  • Mar 4 Nate Ackerman, British-American logician and wrestler
  • Mar 4 Pierre Dagenais, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 5 Mike Hessman, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Sage Rosenfels, American Football Player
  • Mar 9 Lucas Neill, Australian footballer, born in Sydney
  • Mar 11 Didier Drogba, Ivorian football player (Chelsea, Phoenix Rising FC, Ivorian national team), born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Mar 11 Albert Luque, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 12 Tara Mounsey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 12 Casey Mears, American auto racer
  • Mar 13 Tom Danielson, American road racing cyclist, born in East Lyme, Connecticut
  • Mar 13 Kenny Watson, American football player, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 14 Pieter van den Hoogenband, Dutch swimmer
  • Mar 18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 18 Jonas Wallerstedt, Swedish footballer
  • Mar 18 Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
  • Mar 21 Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 22 Tom Poti, professional hockey player
  • Mar 23 Walter Samuel, Argentine footballer
  • Mar 26 Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player (Panathinaikos), born in Athens, Greece
  • Mar 30 Chris Paterson, Scottish rugby player and coach, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 31 Jérôme Rothen, French soccer winger (France 13 caps, Paris SG, Caen, Monaco), born in Châtenay-Malabry, France

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 7 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, dies at 49
  • Mar 12 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • Mar 13 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), dies at 52
  • Mar 17 George Dickinson, cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies
  • Mar 29 Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, Indian cricketer (8 Tests for India 1952-59 with little impact), dies at 47
  • Mar 30 George Paine, lefty cricket spinner (for England in WI 1935), dies
  • Mar 30 Harold Gimblett, cricketer (Batted in 3 Tests for England), suicide