By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun
9:17 AM EST, December 29, 2013
Dec. 29, 1982: The Blast treats its fourth straight sellout crowd at the Civic Center to a 5-4 Major Indoor Soccer League victory over the first-place Cleveland Force, ending the visitor's 10-game winning streak. Joey Fink scores twice for the Blast (11-3), and Stewart Jump gets the game-winner.
Jan. 3, 1978: Centennial makes its first-ever victory in boys basketball a memorable one, defeating Mount Hebron, 68-64, in double overtime in a Howard County high school game.
Jan. 4, 1978: "My whole life is going to be tennis," 15-year-old Pam Shriver gushes after losing in the second round of the Virginia Slims of Washington tournament. Shriver, a 6-foot sophomore at McDonogh, falls to Romania's Virginia Ruzici, 6-4, 7-5, before returning to classes.
Dec. 30, 1971: The Bullets, who lead the NBA's woeful Central Division at 15-22, defeat the New York Knicks, 110-102, before a raucous crowd of 19,558 at Madison Square Garden. Jack Marin scores 33 for Baltimore; Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier get 21 for the Knicks.
Dec. 31, 1960: Tom Matte, the Colts' No. 1 draft pick from Ohio State, receives the Outstanding Player award in the East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco. Matte's 10-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Mason (Tulane) is the only score in the East's 7-0 win.
Jan. 1, 1952: "We were soundly beaten by a superior football team," Tennessee coach Bob Neyland says after the top-ranked and previously undefeated Volunteers fall, 28-13, to Maryland in the Sugar Bowl before a New Orleans crowd of 82,500. The Terps, 10-0 and ranked No. 3, get a stellar performance from Ed Fullerton who scores twice, throws for a touchdown, intercepts two passes and recovers a fumble.
Jan. 2, 1950: Maryland's football team wins its first postseason game, a 20-7 defeat of Missouri in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Led by All-America defensive lineman Ray Krouse, who'll later play for the Colts, the Terps recover five fumbles and intercept three passes to finish 9-1 for coach Jim Tatum.
Jan. 1, 1938: Before a standing room-only crowd of more than 5,000, Ohio State's basketball team defeats the University of Baltimore, 53-37, at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Guard Mike Pellino scores 12 for the Bees.
Jan. 4, 1930: Hall of Famer Don Shula, onetime Colts defensive back who coached the team from 1963 to 1969 to a record of 71-23-4 but never won pro football's ultimate championship.
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