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The Sun remembers: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

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Feb. 2, 2005: "I'm here in Baltimore, and I'm going to win the crowd," slugger Sammy Sosa says after being traded to the Orioles. A seven-time All-Star outfielder, the 36-year-old Sosa disappoints, mustering only 14 home runs, 45 RBIs and a .221 batting average. He's gone in a year.

Jan. 28, 2001: Baltimore wins its first Super Bowl in 30 years as the Ravens smother the New York Giants, 34-7, for their 11th consecutive victory. "This is the best defense ever to play the game," defensive tackle Tony Siragusa says after the Ravens intercept four passes and force 11 New York punts, a Super Bowl record.

Feb. 1, 1984: Unaware that the Colts plan to leave town next month, Mayor William Donald Schaefer asks the Baltimore City Council to allow Sunday football games to start at 1 p.m. instead of 2, per Colts owner Robert Irsay's request.

Jan. 30, 1974: In a nationally televised preview of their Atlantic Coast Conference championship showdown, Maryland falls to North Carolina State, 86-80 in a packed Cole Field House. David Thompson scores 39 for the second-ranked Wolfpack, and Tom McMillen gets 28 points and 14 rebounds for the No. 6 Terps.

Jan. 31, 1968: Four players each from Morgan State and Maryland State (now UMES) are taken in the pro football drafts. Best of the lot are Morgan defensive end Carlton Dabney, a second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons, and tackle Art Shell of Maryland State, a third-round selection of the Oakland Raiders.

Jan. 30, 1964: The Bullets win their sixth straight NBA game, 107-89 over the Los Angeles Lakers before a national television audience and a record Civic Center crowd of 12,145. Center Walt Bellamy (29 points, 29 rebounds) leads fourth-place Baltimore past the division-leading Lakers.

Jan. 27, 1953: Al Kaline scores 39 points, a city public school record, as Southern's basketball team turns back City College, 89-74, for its third league victory against one loss.

Jan. 29, 1943: A game-high 18 points by Jim Lacy Jr. leads Loyola past Mount St. Joseph, 40-28, in basketball at Evergreen.

Birthday

Jan. 27, 1968: Matt Stover, former Ravens kicker and the NFL's all-time fifth-leading scorer.

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