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YESTERDAY IN L.A. : HERE COMES KAREEM; THERE GOES O.J.

Byline: - Tom Hoffarth

As the year 2000 approaches, here's a look at some of the interesting anniversaries that will occur this week in Los Angeles sports history (followed by the ranking of the event from the book ``Unforgettable: The 100 Greatest Moments in Los Angeles Sports History'' in parenthesis, where applicable):

June 14, 1987: The Lakers squash the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals 106-93 at the Forum to win the title. Magic Johnson is the series MVP for the third time.

June 15, 1935: More than 40,000 show up at the Coliseum to see Ohio State sophomore Jesse Owens compete against USC just three weeks after he set six world records in one meet. Against USC, considered the best track team in the country, Owens wins the 100 (9.7 seconds), 220 (20.7), 220 low hurdles (23.1) and long jump (25-5-1/2). And USC wins the meet. (91)

June 15, 1974: USC's baseball team wins its fifth straight NCAA title under coach Rod Dedeaux.

June 15, 1985: Pierce College is the site for the USFL's Los Angeles Express final home game. Some 8,200 watch - the stadium was expanded from 5,000 to 16,000 with wooden bleachers - as the Express loses 21-10 to Doug Williams' Arizona Wranglers.

June 16, 1975: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes a Laker, traded to the team along with backup center Walt Wesley from Milwaukee for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman.

June 16, 1987: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an 18-year NBA veteran, signs a two-year deal for $5 million that makes him the highest-paid player in the game.

June 17, 1967: The USC relay team of Earl McCullouch, Fred Kuller, O.J. Simpson and Lennox Miller establish a world record in the 440-yard relay with 38.6 seconds at the NCAA championships in Provo, Utah.

June 17, 1994: O.J. Simpson's most famous run: With best friend Al Cowlings driving, Simpson takes a slow trip up the San Diego Freeway followed by a fleet of police cars and an estimated 90 million TV viewers, including those detoured from the NBA Finals.

June 18, 1986: The Angels' Don Sutton records his 300th career victory in a 5-1, three-hit complete-game win over Texas.

June 19, 1992: Marcel Dionne, the Kings' all-time leading scorer, is voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Birthdays: Monday: Former Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe (73). Tuesday: Former Dodgers outfielders Dusty Baker (50) and Brett Butler (42). Wednesday: Former USC football star Al Cowlings (52). Thursday: Former Los Angeles Rams star Elroy ``Crazy Legs'' Hirsch (76), Kings goalkeeper Stephane Fiset (29) and tennis star and L.A. native Venus Williams (19). Friday: Former Lakers coach Del Harris (62). Saturday: Former Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss (50) and former Laker girl Paula Abdul (37).
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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 14, 1999
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