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The Sun Remembers: Dec. 22-28

Dec. 24, 2000: New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde passes for 481 yards, but the Ravens triumph, 34-20, before an announced 69,184 at PSINet Stadium. It's the seventh straight win for the playoff-bound Ravens (12-4), who intercept three passes and force six turnovers.

Dec. 27, 1997: Gary Williams' 150th victory as Maryland's basketball coach is a rout, 74-36 over UNC-Wilmington at Cole Field House. Forward Rodney Elliott (Dunbar) scores a game-high 22 points for the No. 20 Terps, who improve to 7-3.

Dec. 28, 1978: Quintin Dailey scores 43 points, hitting 19 of 24 shots from the field as Cardinal Gibbons' basketball team rips Grand Bahamas, 104-74, in the Benedictine Classic in Richmond, Va. The NBA-bound Dailey, a 6-foot-3 guard, adds 14 rebounds and seven assists for coach Ray Mullis' Crusaders (5-2).

Dec. 22, 1966: For the first time in seven years, the Colts raise ticket prices on most seats at Memorial Stadium, which will now cost $6 instead of $5. Student tickets, however, drop from $2 to $1.

Dec. 25, 1963: The Clippers score three times within three minutes in the third period to overtake Cleveland and defeat the Barons, 3-2, in an American Hockey League game. Jean Ratelle, Dave Richardson and Ed Ehrenverth score for Baltimore before an announced Christmas crowd of 3,795 at the Civic Center.

Dec. 28, 1958: "It was New Year's Eve three days ahead of time," The Sun reports in describing Baltimore's celebration of the Colts' 23-17 sudden-death overtime victory over the New York Giants for the NFL title. Throughout the city, firecrackers pop, sirens wail and horns blare. On The Block, an exotic dancer tells her audience that she is dedicating her act to Johnny Unitas et al.

Dec. 27, 1947: A tripleheader strike in the 10th frame polishes off a 196 game for Nova Hamilton and sets a single-game record for the 10-year-old Evening Sun Duckpin Tournament. Hamilton, a B&O Railroad clerk, bowled the game at Stoneleigh Lanes.

Dec. 22, 1915: With the basketball game tied at the end of regulation, the captains of City and Calvert Hall huddle to decide how to determine a winner. They agree to play a five-minute overtime period, during which City scores the only basket to win, 24-22.

Birthday

Dec. 25, 1931: Charles "Lefty" Driesell, who coached Maryland men's basketball from 1969 to 1986 while taking the Terps to eight NCAA tournament appearances and a National Invitation Tournament championship in 1972.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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