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

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis dives over the pile for his first of two touchdowns in the Ravens' 21-3 win over the Denver Broncos in an AFC wild-card game Dec. 31, 2000, at PSINet Stadium.
Ravens running back Jamal Lewis dives over the pile for his first of two touchdowns in the Ravens' 21-3 win over the Denver Broncos in an AFC wild-card game Dec. 31, 2000, at PSINet Stadium. (John Makely / Baltimore Sun photo)

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.

Maryland men's basketball player and Dunbar alumnus Larry Gibson in January 1976.
Maryland men's basketball player and Dunbar alumnus Larry Gibson in January 1976. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

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.

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Dancer's Image wins the Kentucky Derby with Bobby Ussery aboard, before being disqualified a day later after traces of phenylbutazone, known as bute, were found in the colt's post-race urinalysis. Forward Pass (10) was declared the winner. Francie's Hat (7) is at left.
Dancer's Image wins the Kentucky Derby with Bobby Ussery aboard, before being disqualified a day later after traces of phenylbutazone, known as bute, were found in the colt's post-race urinalysis. Forward Pass (10) was declared the winner. Francie's Hat (7) is at left. (Associated Press photo)

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.

Elizabeth "Toots" Barger in December 1950.
Elizabeth "Toots" Barger in December 1950. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

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.

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Mike Bloom in January 1948.
Mike Bloom in January 1948. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

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.

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Bob Williams in a photo dated October 1953.
Bob Williams in a photo dated October 1953. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

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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