The Sun Remembers: This Week in Sports, Dec. 31-Jan. 6

Dec. 31, 2000: Jamal Lewis rushes for 110 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens defeat Denver, 21-3, in a wild-card playoff game at PSINet Stadium. It’s the first postseason victory since 1971 for a team from Baltimore, which allows the Broncos to cross midfield just once.

Jan. 4, 1977: Three Terps are ejected for fighting in Maryland’s 90-78 basketball victory over Richmond in College Park. Starters Larry Gibson and Mike Davis, plus sixth man Lawrence Boston, are tossed as the Terps win their 10th straight.

Jan. 1, 1968: Angry fans pelt jockey Hugo Dittfach with snowballs after favored Dancer’s Image stumbles down the stretch and loses the New Year’s Handicap at Laurel Race Course. The 3-year-old colt, son of Native Dancer, will win the Kentucky Derby but be disqualified for using illegal drugs.

Jan. 4, 1953: Elizabeth “Toots” Barger wins the women’s division of the 28th Evening Sun Duckpin Bowling Classic by one pin, and on her last ball in the 30-game tournament. It’s the eighth Evening Sun title for Barger, who knocks down 3,707 pins to win a $100 U.S. savings bond.

Jan. 2, 1947: The Bullets defeat the Syracuse Nationals, 46-37, at the Coliseum to improve to 20-3. Mike Bloom, a 6-foot-6 center, leads the American Basketball League team with 11 points despite missing his first 12 shots from the field.

Jan. 6, 1943: New wartime gas restrictions will affect high school sports competition in Baltimore, say school officials, who announce that teams will now travel by streetcar.

Jan. 2, 1925: Navy’s undefeated basketball team nips Michigan, 31-29, in Ann Arbor as Ken Craig, a junior forward, scores the winning basket with five seconds remaining. The Midshipmen will finish 18-5.

Jan. 6, 1917: More than 2,000 fans — the largest basketball crowd in Baltimore history — see Yale defeat Loyola, 47-33, at the Richmond Market Armory. Herb Wilkerson scores 10 points for the Greyhounds.

Birthday

Jan. 2, 1930: Bob Williams (Loyola High), a two-time All-America quarterback at Notre Dame who led the Fighting Irish to a national championship in 1949. Williams died in 2016.

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