The Sun remembers: Dec. 9-15

Dec. 10, 2000: A 24-3 defeat of the San Diego Chargers earns the Ravens their first NFL postseason berth. Trent Dilfer passes for two touchdowns for host Baltimore (10-4), which wins its fifth straight game and will win six more. "The playoffs are great," safety Kim Herring says, "but we want it all."

Dec. 13, 1980: A dismal shooting night dooms fourth-ranked Maryland, which falls at defending NCAA men's basketball champion Louisville, 78-67 before a national television audience. Buck Williams' 27 points lead the Terps (5-1), who hit 36 percent of their shots against a team that lost its first three games.

Dec. 13, 1975: After a two-year hiatus, high school basketball returns to the Civic Center as the undefeated and nationally ranked Lake Clifton boys hand archrival Dunbar and rookie coach Bob Wade its first loss, 74-50. Rodney "Pop" Wright leads the Lakers (3-0) with 21 points.

Dec. 12, 1970: Delaware ends Morgan State's eight-game football winning streak with a 38-23 win in the third Boardwalk Bowl at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Jeff Freland throws two touchdown passes for the Bears, and John Sykes rushes for 70 yards.

Dec. 9, 1965: In their most celebrated trade ever, the Orioles get slugger Frank Robinson from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Milt Pappas and two throw-ins. "I think I'll have a good year," says Robinson, 30, who'll win the American League Most Valuable Player award and take the Birds to a world championship.

Dec. 10, 1960: The Maryland men's basketball team holds Minnesota without a field goal for 16 minutes in a 64-53 victory. It's the fourth win for the undefeated Terps, who get 20 points from sophomore Bill Stasiulatis.

Dec. 14, 1953: The University of Baltimore sets a school scoring record in routing King's College (Del.), 119-81, in men's basketball. Four Bees score at least 20 points: Ed Malin's 23 points lead Baltimore, which also gets 22 from Frank Spiegel.

Dec. 13, 1950: For the 15th time in as many outings, Navy defeats Western Maryland (now McDaniel), 85-55, in men's basketball at the Academy armory. Chet McDonough scores 21 for the Midshipmen (3-0).


Dec. 13, 1938: Gus Johnson, five-time NBA All-Star forward and Basketball Hall of Famer for the Baltimore Bullets who was known in the 1960s for his windmill dunks and shattered backboards. He died of brain cancer in 1987.

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