ESPN Classic celebrates Utah sports and the 2002 Winter Olympics with a presentation of Classic Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon - 8 p.m. ET.
Highlights include the Utah Jazz reaching the 1997 NBA Finals, Mike Anderson's record breaking performance to help Utah win the 1999 Las Vegas Bowl, Keith Van Horn leading the Utes in the '97 NCAA Tournament and some memorable moments from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake. Here's our complete schedule:
|Karl Malone has spent his entire 17-plus year career with the Jazz.|
All times eastern
Classic Salt Lake City
Sunday, Dec. 8
Noon - 9 p.m. ET
Noon - 9 p.m. - CLASSIC SALT LAKE CITY
Noon - Classic NBA
1997 Western Conf. Finals, Game 6
Jazz at Rockets
Finally, the Utah Jazz can be called finalists. After three failures in the Western Conference finals in the previous five years, John Stockton made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from 25 feet to give Utah a dramatic 103-100 victory. Stockton's winning shot capped Utah's comeback from a seven-point deficit over the final two minutes. Stockton finished with 25 points and 13 assists. Karl Malone added 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Clyde Drexler scored 33 points to lead the Rockets.
|John Stockton's unbelievable play at 40 raises his stature among the best point guards ever.|
2 p.m. - 1999 Las Vegas Bowl
Utah vs. Fresno State
Mike Anderson broke loose for a 76-yard run the first time he touched the ball and finished with a school- and game-record 254 yards and two touchdowns and Cletus Truhe kicked a 33-yard field goal with five minutes left as Utah beat Fresno State 17-16. Anderson scored on runs of 34 and 5 yards, the latter giving Utah a 14-10 third-quarter lead. Fresno State answered with Derrick Ward's 2-yard TD run as the fourth quarter opened, giving the Bulldogs a 2-point lead that was not quite enough.
4 p.m. - Up Close Classics: Steve Young
4:30 p.m. - Classic College Basketball
1997 NCAA West Regional Semifinal
Utah vs. Stanford
Keith Van Horn did his job. He had 25 points and 14 rebounds and made key baskets throughout the second half as Utah held off a Stanford rally to win in overtime, 82-77.
Stanford rallied from 16 points down to force the game into overtime, and Van Horn fouled out 34 seconds into the extra period. So he decided to inspire his teammates with words, not actions.
|Bonnie Blair won two gold medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway.|
Andre Miller had 19 points for Utah, including five in overtime, and Michael Doleac added six of his 16 in overtime for the Utes -- who scored their final seven points at the free-throw line. Stanford's Brevin Knight scored 25 of his 27 points after halftime and hit a 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
6:30 p.m. - Up Close Classics: Merlin Olsen
7 p.m. - SportsCentury: Bonnie Blair
7:30 p.m. - SportsCentury: Picabo Street