1975 UCLA defeats Kentucky, 92-85, in the NCAA title game and John Wooden's final game. It is his 10th NCAA title in 12 years.

•  The Lakers bring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar back to L.A., trading Elmore Smith, Dave Meyers, Junior Bridgeman and Brian Winters to Milwaukee.

1976 After 23 years at the helm, Walter Alston retires as Dodger manager and is replaced by Tom Lasorda.

1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew suffers his first loss, finishing fourth, 16 lengths behind winner J.O. Tobin, in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park.

1978 The Dodgers become the first team to draw 3 million fans. They win the NL pennant but lose the World Series to the New York Yankees in six games.

1979 The Lakers, who have the first pick in the draft, reach an agreement with a 19-year-old, tall, skinny point guard from Michigan State: Earvin "Magic" Johnson.



1980 It's Showtime! Rookie Magic Johnson, playing center in place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists as the Lakers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers, 123-107, to win the NBA title in six games.

1981 The Dodgers rally from a series deficit for the third straight time in the playoffs and defeat the Yankees in six games to win the World Series.

1982 Cheryl Miller scores 105 points for Riverside Poly in a 179-15 girls' high school basketball victory over Norte Vista.

•  Magic Johnson is the MVP of the playoffs as the Lakers defeat the 76ers in the Finals for the second time in three years. Johnson was also MVP of the 1980 Finals.

1983 USC's women's basketball team, led by Cheryl Miller, wins the first of two consecutive NCAA titles.

1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's career scoring record of 31, 419 points in a game played at Las Vegas. Abdul-Jabbar finished with 38,387.

•  The Summer Olympics return to Los Angeles and are a rousing success, athletically and financially, despite a boycott by Eastern Bloc nations that leaves the U.S. dominating the medal count. Carl Lewis wins four gold medals in track and field, equaling Jesse Owens' record.

•  The Rams' Eric Dickerson breaks O.J. Simpson's NFL season rushing mark in the second-to-last game of the season. Dickerson's record of 2,105 yards still stands.

1985 After eight failed attempts (including in Minneapolis), the Lakers end the Boston mystique, defeating the Celtics in Game 6 at the Boston Garden, 111-100, to win the NBA title.

1986 USC loses at Hawaii, 5-3, in the final game of Rod Dedeaux's 45-year baseball coaching career. Dedeaux won 11 national championships and sent 59 former players to the major leagues.

1987 The New York Giants win their first NFL title since 1956 with a 39-20 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI at the Rose Bowl.

1988 Wayne Gretzky is traded to the Kings from the Edmonton Oilers for two players, three first-round draft picks and $15 million.