January Classic Moments

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Jan. 1
College football
1925: In the final ride of the Four Horsemen, unbeaten national champion Notre Dame gallops to a 27-10 victory over Ernie Nevers-led Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Fleet-footed Elmer Layden is the top horseman as he scores three touchdowns, two on long interceptions returns.

Two legendary coaches are on the sidelines, Knute Rockne leading Notre Dame and Glenn "Pop" Warner heading Stanford.

Layden's three-yard touchdown run off right tackle gives Notre Dame a 6-3 lead before a capacity crowd of 53,000 in Pasadena, Calif. That's unbeaten Notre Dame's only offensive touchdown. In between Layden's interception returns, Ed Huntsinger (not a Horseman) scores when he picks up a fumbled punt and runs it in from 20 yards.

This is the first full game of the season for Nevers, Stanford's 205-pound fullback who suffered broken ankles earlier in the season. His punishing runs and passing result in Stanford outgaining Notre Dame, 298 yards to 179, and having 10 more first downs, 17 to 7.

"They earned but six points, and the statistics show we completely outplayed them except for those fatal errors," Warner says. "Notre Dame has a great team, but I think I have a better one."

College football
1963: In a Rose Bowl between No. 1 and No. 2, Pete Beathard's fourth touchdown pass boosts Southern Cal's lead to four touchdowns six seconds into the fourth quarter. "When it was 42-14, the kids were congratulating each other on the sidelines," USC coach John McKay says.

But before the game ends, the USC players are biting their fingernails. Wisconsin quarterback Ron VanderKelen puts on one of the most memorable performances in Rose Bowl history. VanderKelen, who ran 17 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, passes for two touchdowns and leads the slightly favored Badgers to 23 unanswered points in the last 12 minutes. He finishes with Rose Bowl records in completions (33), attempts (48) and passing yards (401).

But his aerial artistry falls short as Wisconsin loses the thriller, 42-37, before 98,698 fans in Pasadena, Calif. Despite the narrow escape, McVay throws some darts at the Badgers.

"We're still No. 1 and they're still No. 2," he says. "They're a good team, but they'd finish about sixth in our league."

1967: After scoring 14 points in 12 seconds before the Dallas Cowboys run a play from scrimmage, one might expect the Green Bay Packers to have an easy time in the NFL championship game at the Cotton Bowl. It doesn't happen, though.

The Cowboys rally to tie the game at 14-14 and are down 21-20 in the third quarter. But Bart Starr throws his third and fourth touchdown passes of the game to boost the Pack's lead back up to 34-20 in the fourth quarter. It's over, right? Wrong again.

Late in the period, Don Meredith throws a 68-yard touchdown pass to Fred Clarke and on the next possession he takes the Cowboys down to the Green Bay one. After a penalty moves the ball back five yards, Meredith gets Dallas to the two with a third-down completion.

On fourth down, Meredith rolls right, but linebacker Dave Robinson breaks through the blocking convoy and gets into the quarterback's face. Just before he's about to go down, Meredith desperately throws into the end zone for Bob Hayes - but the pass goes directly to Packers safety Tom Brown, whose interception with 28 seconds left clinches - at last - the Packers' 34-27 victory.
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Jan. 2
College Football:
Oklahoma is ranked No. 1 and has a 29-game winning streak. Maryland is ranked No. 3 and has a 15-game winning streak. Something has to give in the Orange Bowl.

In the first half, it appears as if it will be the Oklahoma streak as Maryland takes a 6-0 lead. But Bud Wilkinson's Sooners dominate the second half, scoring three touchdowns to gain a 20-6 victory that clinches the national championship.

The key play is Tommy McDonald's 32-yard punt return, setting up a four-yard touchdown run by McDonald that gives Oklahoma a 7-6 lead in the third period. On the next possession, the second unit drives for a score - a quarterback sneak by Jay O'Neal. An 82-yard interception return for a touchdown by sub cornerback Carl Dodd in the fourth quarter seals the Sooners' 30th consecutive victory.

"Oklahoma is the best team in the country," Maryland coach Jim Tatum says. "There's no doubt of that."

The AFC semifinal playoff game between San Diego and Miami is a wild roller-coaster ride. The Chargers storm out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter against the Killer B's defense, but by halftime reserve quarterback Don Strock has rallied the Dolphins to within 24-17. He gets a touchdown on the final play of the second quarter on the hook-and-ladder, when Duriel Harris catches his pass and laterals to Tony Nathan, who dashes 25 yards for the score that brings the Orange Bowl to life.

The three-point favorite Dolphins take a 38-31 lead early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by Nathan. Miami is seeking to tack on clinching points when fullback Andra Franklin fumbles and San Diego safety Pete Shaw recovers. Dan Fouts moves the Chargers to the Dolphins nine, where he misses Kellen Winslow in the end zone. But James Brooks, on his own initiative, runs behind Winslow and grabs the pass to tie the game with 58 seconds left in regulation.

In overtime, the usually reliable Rolf Benirschke hooks a 27-yard field-goal try wide left before nailing a 29-yarder to give the Chargers a thrilling 41-38 victory.

Winslow catches a playoff record 13 passes (one for each pound he loses in the game) for 166 yards and one touchdown. Leaping high, the 6-foot-6 star also blocks Uwe von Schamann's 43-yard field-goal try with the pinkie finger on his right hand as the fourth quarter expires. The weary tight end is helped off the field by two teammates when the game ends after more than four hours.

This is the first time in NFL history that two quarterbacks - Fouts and Strock - pass for more than 400 yards in the same game.

"A great game," Dolphins coach Don Shula says. "Maybe the greatest ever."

Nobody in the NHL has a quicker shot than Mike Bossy. That ability has accounted for many of his goals and is the primary factor for the New York Islanders right wing becoming the fastest player to reach 500.

In a 7-5 victory over the Boston Bruins in Nassau Coliseum, Bossy scores No. 499, characteristically off a feed from Bryan Trottier. His longtime center slips a pass to Bossy at the bottom edge of the right faceoff circle, and Bossy's wrist shot beats Boston goalie Doug Keans with 2:22 left in the third period to break a 5-5 tie.

Bossy doesn't have to wait long for his milestone goal, scoring into an empty net with 17 seconds remaining. He is the 11th player to score 500. By doing it in 647 games in his 8½ seasons, he performs the accomplishment faster than any other player in the NHL's 69-year history.
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Jan. 3
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett becomes the only player in NFL history to run 99 yards for a touchdown.

Taking a handoff two yards deep in the end zone, Dorsett bursts through a big hole off tackle against the Minnesota Vikings' defense, cuts to his right and then races down the sideline. He avoids being knocked out of bounds on the Vikings 25 and tightropes down the sideline for the score.

"I just saw a lot of green," says Dorsett after the Cowboys' 31-27 defeat on "Monday Night Football."

Dorsett's run breaks the NFL record of 97 yards, set by Andy Uram of the Chicago Cardinals in 1939 and tied by Bob Gage of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1949.
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Jan. 4
College Football:
A Rocky Top celebration erupts when top-ranked and undefeated Tennessee turns a rocky game by No. 2 Florida State into its first national title since 1951. A peerless performance by a wide receiver leads Tennessee to a 23-16 victory in the Fiesta Bowl in the inaugural Bowl Championship Series title game.

Tennessee finishes its first 13-0 season as Tee Martin completes 11-of-18 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns against the nation's top-ranked defense. His favorite target is Peerless Price (four catches for 199 yards), whose 76-yard reception sets up the game's first score and whose 79-yard touchdown catch with 9:17 left in the fourth quarter extends the Vols' lead to 20-9.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's defense holds Florida State's All-American wide receiver Peter Warrick to one solitary catch for seven yards before 80,470 fans in Tempe, Ariz. The D holds the Seminoles to a mere 253 yards and also contributes a touchdown when Dwayne Goodrich intercepts redshirt freshman Marcus Outzen's pass and returns it 54 yards to give the Vols a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

When the victory is secure, the strains of "Rocky Top," Tennessee's school song, reverberate throughout Sun Devil Stadium.
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Jan. 5
In his 21st season with the Detroit Red Wings, Gordie Howe continues to add to his legend. With two goals against Chicago, Mr. Hockey is the first to reach 700.

The 38-year-old right wing scores No. 699 on a slick backhander against Black Hawks goalie Denis DeJordy in the first period of Detroit's 6-4 win at home. He achieves his milestone goal 19 seconds after coming out of the penalty box in the second period. Taking a pass from Andy Bathgate, he flips his shot past DeJordy into the upper left corner.

It is Howe's 635th goal in the regular season. The other 65 have come in the playoffs.

Pete Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer, dies playing the game he loved. After a pickup game in Pasadena, Cal., Maravich tells another player, "I need to do this more often. I'm really feeling good."

Turning to walk away, Maravich falls to the floor. He never regains consciousness and efforts to revive him are futile.

Maravich's trademark was a pair of sloppy gray socks that fell around his ankles during a game. At age three, he could dribble. At eight, he could spin the ball on one finger. At LSU, he scored 3,667 points in his three seasons, averaging 44.2. In 10 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 24.2 points and was named to five All-Star teams.

He was one of basketball's great showmen, dribbling between his legs and behind his back and throwing passes from all angles, often surprising his teammates.

Pete Maravich died of a heart attack at 40.
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Jan. 6
Ice Skating:
Behind the glamour of figure skating, there's a cutthroat world. U.S. national champion figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, finds out the hard way after a practice for the Olympic Trials in Detroit. A powerful man strikes her with a collapsible metal baton, bruising her right knee so severely she will be forced to withdraw from the Trials.

The police will arrest Jeff Gillooly, the former husband of Kerrigan rival Tonya Harding, and Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, for hatching the plot. Shane Stant will be arrested as the assailant and his uncle, Derrick Smith, as the driver of the get-away car.

Gillooly and Eckardt will tell authorities that Harding had been an active participant in the plot. Harding will say that she only knew about the attack after it been carried out. After the Olympics, where she will finish eighth, she will plead guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution of a case. She will be put on three years probation, be ordered to perform 500 hours of community service and be fined $100,000.

Kerrigan will finish second at the Olympics and go to Disney World.

Lenny Wilkens, who has personified grace and dignity during his 22-year coaching career, becomes the NBA's all-time leader in regular-season coaching victories with 939 as his Atlanta Hawks defeat the Washington Bullets, 112-90.

With the Hawks comfortably ahead in the final minutes, Wilkens salutes Red Auerbach, the man he had been tied with, by lighting up a victory cigar reminiscent of the ones Auerbach lit up when Boston Celtics wins were assured.

After the victory, Wilkens receives a confetti shower from his players.

Before coming to Atlanta in 1993, Wilkens had coached the Seattle SuperSonics for 11 years, the Portland Trail Blazers for two years and the Cleveland Cavaliers for seven. His 1978-79 Sonics won the NBA title.
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Jan. 7
College Basketball:
Perhaps the lowest moment for the coach who would go on to win the most games in college basketball history comes shortly after midnight as the Tar Heels return to the North Carolina campus after last night's 107-85 loss at Wake Forest, their fourth consecutive defeat.

As the team bus pulls up in front of Woollen Gym, Dean Smith and his 6-6 team see about 100 students across the street. Other students are leaning out of their windows. In front of the gym, a dummy is hanging from a noose. "Look, they're hanging you in effigy," says assistant coach Ken Rosemond to Smith. The fourth-year coach stares straight ahead, not displaying any emotion. "I could tell it was me because of its long nose," Smith will write later.

After speaking to his team about that day's upcoming practice, Smith walks to his car. His players are furious. Billy Cunningham, North Carolina's star player, and Billy Galantai bolt from the bus and rip down the dummy. "I remember the team was just very hurt by this because we realized it wasn't Coach Smith's fault," Cunningham will recall. "It was our fault. It was the players' fault."

Marcel Dionne, the Los Angeles Kings' shifty center, becomes the 13th player to score 1,000 points in NHL history. But nobody has ever done it faster.

The previous standard was 823 games, set by Phil Esposito. Tonight, against the Hartford Whalers, Dionne is playing in his 740th game. Point No. 999 comes on an assist, when his shot on a first-period power play is tipped in by Dave Taylor. The milestone point comes midway through the second period when his 10-foot wrist shot beats goalie John Garrett.

The goal is greeted by a prolonged standing ovation in the Forum from the crowd of 8,535. Among those attending is Magic Johnson, sitting in Jerry Buss' private box.

In the third period of the Kings' 5-3 victory, Dionne scores the 1,001st point of his 10-year career when he scores his 33rd goal of the season.

Pro Basketball:
Without much ado, the Harlem Globetrotters play their first game. Traveling from Chicago (not Harlem) to Hinckley, Ill. - a trip of 48 miles - they get their show on the road. They receive $75 for the game.

"Abe Saperstein, a portly little man with big basketball ideas, took five players, a ramshackle flivver (automobile) and a tattered road map and started one of the most amazing careers of the sports world," Wendell Smith of the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation's prominent African-American newspapers, will write many years later. "This was the unheralded and humble beginnings of the Harlem Globetrotters."

That first winter, according to "The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia," the Globetrotters will win 101 of 117 games before audiences whose exposure to the sport was minimal.
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Jan. 8
College Basketball:
Since losing to Ohio State 12 years ago, Kentucky hasn't lost a home game. But Georgia Tech ends the Wildcats' 129-game streak by registering a 59-58 upset.

Bobby Kimmel's two foul shots with 1:12 left move Georgia Tech to within 58-57. Kentucky tries to freeze the ball, but Joe Helms steals it, and with 11 seconds left, his jump shot sinks the No. 1-ranked Wildcats. The backcourt of Helms (game-high 23 points) and Kimmel (18) account for 41 of Tech's points.

Besides stopping the long home winning streak, the Engineers also end an overall 32-game winning streak by coach Adolph Rupp's troops. It also is the first time that Kentucky loses at Lexington in the Southeastern Conference in almost 16 years, since Tennessee won 30-29 on Jan. 21, 1939.
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Jan. 9
Ice Skating:
Shortly after midnight, figure skater Brian Boitano finally gets to perform his long program at the U.S. Nationals in Denver. After his scintillating performance in the short program, he appears flat. Tired and short of breath due to the mile-high altitude, he skates a program that, by his standards, is off-center and uninspired.

Twice he touches the ice with his hand to prevent him from falling on triple jumps. Despite these miscues, he receives spectacular scores from the nine judges - nine 5.9s, on a scale of 1 to 6, for technical merit and seven 5.9s for composition and style. When the 6.0 from one judge is flashed on the scoreboard, most of the sellout crowd of 15,869 boos.

Even Boitano's coach, Linda Leaver, said of the marks, "They were high."

Boitano's first place in the long program clinches his fourth consecutive national title and a berth in the Olympics.

The Oakland Raiders make a mockery of Minnesota quarterback Fran Tarkenton's pregame "guarantee" speech by making a mockery of the Vikings' vaunted defensive line. Pounding away inside defensive ends Carl Eller and Jim Marshall, the blocking of Art Shell and Gene Upshaw enables the Raiders to run for 266 yards in their 32-14 rout in Super Bowl XI in Pasadena, Cal.

"You're tougher than (defensive tackle) Alan Page," says Upshaw to a tall, thin, 40-something reporter.

Clarence Davis leads the Oakland rushing attack with 137 yards. Quarterback Ken Stabler completes 12-of-19 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown to tight end Dave Casper. Wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff is named MVP for catching four passes for 79 yards.

"We had tougher games in the AFC than we did today," says John Madden, a winner in his only Super Bowl as head coach.
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Jan. 10
The game will forever be remembered for "The Catch." But the pass is pretty impressive, too. And so is the drive.

Trailing the Dallas Cowboys 27-21 in the NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers take over on their own 11 with 4:54 left in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. Mixing four running plays with six passes, Montana adroitly moves the 49ers to the Dallas 13. But on first down, he misses an open Freddie Solomon in the end zone, causing the 49ers' usually stoic coach, Bill Walsh, to leap in the air and let out a yell.

Two plays later, faced with a third-and-three on the six, a mobile Montana sprints to his right while three Cowboys chase him. In the back of the end zone, his favorite target, Dwight Clark, runs in the same direction.

Throwing off the wrong foot, Montana lofts the ball towards the end zone. Knocked down, Montana never sees Clark's leaping catch. He rolls over, sees Clark's feet hit the ground and then hears the crowd roar. Ray Wersching's extra point with 51 seconds left gives the 49ers a 28-27 victory, putting them in their first Super Bowl.

"I was thinking of throwing the ball away, but I saw Dwight come open and I figured if I could hang on another half-second ..." Montana says. "We're instructed that if we throw that pass to make sure he's the only one who can catch it."

Tackle Keith Fehnhorst says, "That last drive will go down in history."
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Jan. 11
Funny how things often work out in sports. During training camp Jim Plunkett asked the Oakland Raiders to trade him because he expected to have virtually no playing time for the third straight season. But when Dan Pastorini suffered a broken leg in the fifth game, Plunkett took over and the former Heisman winner at Stanford leads the Raiders to the Super Bowl.

On the third play from scrimmage of the AFC championship game against the San Diego Chargers, Plunkett's deflected pass results in tight end Raymond Chester scoring on a 65-yard play. "If that was the way our day was going to go," Plunkett says, "that wasnt too bad."

Before the quarter is over, Plunkett scrambles five yards for another touchdown and throws a 21-yard scoring strike to halfback Kenny King as the Raiders take a 21-7 lead. Plunkett finishes with 14 completions in 18 attempts for 261 yards as the wild-card Raiders win the AFC title, 34-27, in San Diego.

"I admire the man," says Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts. "He was the difference."

In two weeks, Plunkett will be the difference again, throwing three touchdown passes in the Raiders' 27-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV.
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Jan. 12
Less than a month after winning the NFL championship, the Cleveland Rams take Horace Greeley's age-old advice and go west. When the other NFL owners grant permission for the franchise to move to Los Angeles, the Rams become the first team in a major professional sports league to locate on the West Coast.

Dan Reeves, the youthful and dapper owner of the Rams, says that since 1943 he has attempted to get the league's sanction for the transfer. "Long before I came into pro football, back in 1937, I decided some day to have a team in Los Angeles," Reeves says. "It's going to be the greatest professional town in the country."

Now that the NFL has broken out of its East-Midwest cocoon, it faces a transportation problem. Reeves says that, if necessary, airplane transportation will be used.

Despite going 9-1 in the regular season and defeating the Washington Redskins in the title game, Cleveland drew only 77,608 fans - an average of 19,402 - in its four regular-season home games last season.

Dolph Schayes, in his 10th season with the Syracuse Nationals, needs 18 points to pass George Mikan as the highest scorer in professional basketball history. Midway through the third period of the Nationals' 135-109 victory over the Detroit Pistons, the 6-foot-8 forward sets the record.

The 29-year-old Schayes finishes with 23 points, including 11 from the foul line, as he reaches 11,770 points, six more than Mikan scored.

This is Schayes' 655th regular-season game. Mikan played in 439 games in nine seasons before retiring in 1956.

Schayes will finish his 16-year career with 18,438 points, an 18.5 average.

By the time many of the fans in Chicago Stadium get back to their seats after the second-period intermission, Denis Savard has a goal. The Black Hawks center takes the puck off the third-period faceoff and quickly moves in for a 35-foot blast.

The goal past Hartford Whalers netminder Steve Weeks comes at four seconds, tying the NHL record for the fastest score to start a period. The Montreal Canadiens' Claude Provost had set the record in 1957.

"Denis just saw an opening, and he can really jump on something like that," says Chicago assistant coach Roger Neilson. "It was made to order for him." Earlier in the Black Hawks' 4-2 victory, an assist by Savard had extended his scoring streak to 17 games.
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Jan. 13
The Miami Dolphins have so little difficulty with the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII in Houston, Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray writes, "The score was 24-7, but that's misleading. Think of the 10 most one-sided things you can and this makes no worse than fifth."

The Dolphins run through the Vikings with such ease that quarterback Bob Griese throws only seven passes (completing six for 73 yards). With a hungry offensive line devouring the Vikings' Purple People eaters, they rush 53 times for 196 yards. Fullback Larry Csonka is the main course, bulling his way for 145 yards and two touchdowns on runs of five and two yards.

Miami leads 24-0 after three quarters as it wins its second consecutive Super Bowl. Coach Don Shula believes this team (12-2 in the regular season plus three postseason victories by at least 17 points) is superior to last year's squad, which has the only perfect season in NFL history. "There's no question in my mind," he says.

"We can compare ourselves to any team that's ever played this game," says Csonka, the game's MVP. "We're comparable to the Pack (of the mid-sixties)."

Michael Jordan retires - again. This time, his Airness says he is at peace with his decision and that it appears to be for good.

"I never say never, but 99.9 percent," the 35-year-old superstar tells a packed press conference at the United Center in Chicago. "I am very secure with my decision. I know from a career standpoint I have accomplished everything that I could as an individual. Right now, I don't have the mental challenges that I have had in the past to proceed as a basketball player."

In his last six full seasons, he has led the Bulls to the NBA championship each season, winning Finals MVP each time. In his 13 seasons (only 11 full ones), he has won a record 10 scoring titles and his 31.5 average (29,277 points in 930 games) is the highest in NBA history. He also is the leading scorer in the playoffs, with 5,987 points and a 33.4 average. Five times he was voted the league's MVP.

This announcement is not as shocking or dramatic as the first time Jordan "retired," on October 1993. That time, he played a season of minor league baseball before returning to the Bulls in March 1995.
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Jan. 14
The marriage of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe is an amazing coupling of American celebrityhood: The man who was the country's most revered athlete hitched to its most adored actress.

"We are both very happy," Monroe says before the ceremony at San Francisco's City Hall. DiMaggio nods a happy assent.

Monroe wears a dark brown broadcloth suit, with a broad ermine collar. She carries three white orchids and does not wear a hat. DiMaggio is attired in a blue suit.

Presiding Municipal Judge Charles Peery performs the civil ceremony. The 27-year-old bride is radiant as she exchanges vows with the blushing 39-year-old Yankee Clipper, who retired from the New York Yankees after the 1951 season.

Outside City Hall there is a crowd of almost 500, though the wedding date and site were not made public. Joe kisses Marilyn, somewhat bashfully but very well, for the photographers. He does it repeatedly without too much urging.

This is the second marriage for both. It doesn't have a happy Hollywood ending. In nine months they will divorce.
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Jan. 15
Benny Leonard, lightweight champ since May 1917, can stand up to the blows of his fellow man, but can't to the tears of his mother. For a while she has tried to convince her son to give up boxing. Finally, he throws in the towel.

"I am retiring from boxing for the love of my mother, who has begged me not to fight again," the 28-year-old Leonard said in a five-page statement.

Fears for her son's safety and the ever-present thought he might come home from a fight severely hurt made his mother apprehensive and insistent in her demands that he retire, the statement said.

Leonard, though, will return to the ring in 1931 after the Wall Street crash of 1929 leaves him virtually penniless.
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Jan. 16
Two days ago, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt asking if he thought professional baseball should continue during wartime. Yesterday, the President wrote Landis back.

Today, White House press secretary Stephen Early tells reporters that Roosevelt has given the green light for baseball to continue. The President believes the games will provide relaxation for a hard-working populace. He also suggests that more night games be played and agrees with Landis that players subject to the draft should not be deferred.

"I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going," Roosevelt wrote. "There will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before.

"And that means that they ought to have a chance for recreation and for taking their minds off their work even more than before . . .

"Here is another way of looking at it - if 300 teams use 5,000 or 6,000 players, these players are a definite recreational asset to at least 20 million of their fellow citizens - and that in my judgment is thoroughly worthwhile."

Finally, after several years of losing the big game to either the Green Bay Packers or Baltimore Colts, the Dallas Cowboys win the season's decisive contest. With the Doomsday Defense dominating the Dolphins, the Cowboys cruise to a 24-3 victory in Super Bowl VI in Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.

By holding the Dolphins to a lone Garo Yepremian field goal, the Cowboys set a Super Bowl record that will stand for the rest of the 20th century.

Coach Tom Landry's team limits Miami to a total of 185 yards - just 80 on the ground (40 each for Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick) and 105 via the air.

With an interception and fumble recovery, linebacker Chuck Howley leads the Doomsday D.

The Cowboys rush for more yards than the Dolphins gain total. The 252-yard running attack is led by halfback Duane Thomas (95 yards on 19 carries, including a three-yard touchdown) and fullback Walt Garrison (74 yards on 14 carries).

However, it's quarterback Roger Staubach who wins the game's MVP despite passing for only 119 yards (12-of-19). Staubach does throw for a pair of seven-yard touchdown passes - to Lance Alworth in the second quarter and Mike Ditka in the fourth.
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Jan. 17
Super Bowl V is known as the Blunder Bowl because of the ineptitude of the Cowboys and Colts. A total of 11 turnovers are committed, with Baltimore making seven in the Orange Bowl. While Dallas commits a mere four, it makes the last - and most significant - one.

With less than two minutes left of a 13-13 game, the Cowboys face a second-and-34 on their own 27. Craig Morton throws his third interception when his pass goes off halfback Dan Reeves' hands and to Colts middle linebacker Mike Curtis, who returns it 13 yards to the Cowboys 28.

That sets up a 32-yard field-goal attempt for rookie Jim O'Brien, whose extra point in the second quarter after a 75-yard pass from Johnny Unitas to John Mackey was blocked. About 10 days ago, O'Brien dreamed that a field goal was going to win the game. "I didn't know who was going to kick it or how far or when it would happen," he says.

Now he knows. O'Brien nervously kicks the field goal with five seconds left that gives the Colts the 16-13 Blunder Bowl victory in Miami.
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Jan. 18
Two weeks ago, in the AFC championship game, Lynn Swann was carried off the field with a concussion, knocked woozy by a vicious Oakland Raider hit. Today, the acrobatic Pittsburgh wide receiver catches four passes for 161 yards and is named MVP of the Steelers' 21-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X in Miami.

Among Swann's receptions is a magnificent 53-yarder, with Swann catching the ball as he is tumbling to the ground with a Dallas defender draped around his pads in the second quarter. Swann's 64-yard touchdown catch of Terry Bradshaw's pass in the fourth quarter boosts the Steelers' lead to 21-10.

"I looked at the films of me being carried off and I was limper than a piece of spaghetti," Swann says. "I made a vow then I'd play. Somehow, some way. And now, hey, this is the game ball, and it's mine. The Super Bowl game ball. How about that?"
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Jan. 19
Willie Mosconi, who is to pool what Babe Ruth is to baseball, retains his world pocket billiards championship by defeating challenger Irvin Crane.

The first half of the match was played in Philadelphia - where Mosconi took a 1,500-1,135 lead. It ends in Kansas City with Mosconi a 3,000-2,323 victor.

Mosconi, who first won the championship in 1941, is an easy winner even though Crane sets a world record with a run of 160 balls. Clicking in the balls from every angle, Crane breaks the mark of 153 by the late Andrew Ponzi.

This is the 11th title for Mosconi. He will win the championship eight more times before suffering a minor stroke at the end of 1956. In 1954, he will sink 526 straight balls in an exhibition match in Springfield, Ill. He will coach Paul Newman for his role in the 1961 film "The Hustler."
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Jan. 20
Super Bowl:
Three times the Pittsburgh Steelers fall behind the 11-point underdog Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena, Cal. And each time Terry Bradshaw leads them back on top.

After trailing 13-10 at halftime, Bradshaw hits Lynn Swann with a 47-yard touchdown pass as the Steelers regain the lead for the second time at 17-13.

After the Rams come back on their next possession to take a 19-17 lead on a 24-yard halfback option pass, from Lawrence McCutcheon to Ron Smith, Bradshaw works his magic again.

His 73-yard bomb to John Stallworth - on "60 Prevent, Slot, Hook and Go" - puts the Steelers back in front, 24-19, in the fourth quarter and his 45-yard pass to Stallworth sets up Franco Harris' second one-yard run, the clinching score in the 31-19 victory.

In winning the game's MVP for the second straight year, Bradshaw passes for 309 yards on just 14 completions (in 21 attempts). The championship is Bradshaw and the Steelers' fourth in six seasons.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux joins Wayne Gretzky as the only players in NHL history to score 50 goals in fewer than 50 games. Just 78 seconds into his 44th game (No. 46 for Pittsburgh), Lemieux skates past the faceoff circle and beats Winnipeg Jets goal Pokey Reddick with a shot to the short side.

Gretzky has accomplished the feat three times, with the record coming in the 1981-82 season when he scored 50 goals in just 39 games.

Only 23 and in his fifth season, Lemieux also becomes the Penguins' all-time leading scorer in the 7-3 loss to the Jets when he gets two assists. With 638 points, Lemieux passes Rick Kehoe (636).

Despite the two marks, Lemieux sits dejectedly in the locker room after the game. "We didn't put any type of effort in out there," he says with a sigh. "I don't know what's going on."
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Jan. 21
After hitting .346 with 167 runs batted in and an American League-leading 46 homers in his second year in the majors, Joe DiMaggio believes he deserves a lot more than the $15,000 he was paid last season. DiMaggio privately meets with Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the team owner, at Ruppert's brewery office.

The Yankees are willing to boost DiMaggio's salary to $25,000, but not a nickel more. When Ruppert says that's his final offer, the Yankee Clipper walks out of the room.

Though DiMaggio spurns his offer, Ruppert says there's no hard feelings. "Joe is very easy to do business with," he says. "He's not as pugnacious as (Babe) Ruth was. He's a nice young fellow."

While DiMaggio does not reveal how much he wants, newspapers report that's he seeking anywhere from $30,000 to $45,000.

Ruppert will keep his word and not budge. Two days after the Yankees open the season, DiMaggio will give in and accept the team's offer of $25,000.

Ned Irish, the founder and former president of the New York Knicks from 1946-74 and one of the leaders in the development of college and pro basketball, dies of a heart attack in Venice, Fla. He was 76.

Irish left his job as a New York sportswriter in 1934 to work for Madison Square Garden. His first college promotion drew 16,180 fans to a doubleheader, with NYU defeating Notre Dame in the feature game.

Over the next decade, Irish spurred the growth of college basketball in New York. In 1946, he was one of the founders of the 11-team Basketball Association of America, which merged with the National Basketball League in 1949 to become the National Basketball Association. Irish was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1964.
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Jan. 22
Duke Kahanamoku, a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming who became Hawaii's best-known citizen, dies of a heart attack in Honolulu. He was 77.

Duke popularized the American crawl stroke and was the first outstanding sprinter to swim with his head and shoulders high above the water.

He won the 100-meter freestyle in the 1912 and 1920 Olympics and finished second to Johnny Weissmuller in 1924 at the age of 33. As a member of the 4x200-meter U.S. freestyle relay team, he won silver in 1912 and gold in 1920. In 1932, he was an alternate on the U.S. water polo team.

Duke also played a major role in introducing the sport of surfing around the world. In 1925, in a tragedy in which 17 people died when a yacht capsized off Newport Beach, Calif., Duke used his surfboard to save the lives of eight people. After appearing in minor roles in 28 Hollywood films, he served as the sheriff of the city and county of Honolulu for more than 20 years.

His ashes will be deposited on the sea off Waikiki in the traditional beachboy manner, a final rite the Duke himself requested.

The San Francisco 49ers trail the Cincinnati Bengals by three points in Super Bowl XXIII with 3:10 left when Montana spots - no, not an open receiver - but a personality. "There, in the stands, standing near the exit ramp," Montana says to tackle Harris Barton. "Isn't that John Candy?"

After locating the comedian in the stands, Joe Cool is all business. He hits 8-of-9 passes, accounting for 97 yards. (While the 49ers start on their own eight, they have to gain 102 yards because of a penalty). Montana hyperventilates during the drive, but doesn't panic and gets his breath back. "It's like the soldier taking two in the belly and still finishing in charge," says Bill Walsh, coaching his final game with the 49ers.

The last pass by Montana, who completes 23-of-36 for a Super Bowl record 357 yards, is a bullet - a 10-yard bulls-eye to John Taylor in the end zone with 34 seconds left at Miami's Orange Bowl. It gives the 49ers a 20-16 victory, their third Super Bowl triumph in the eighties.

"It took 23 years, but the Super Bowl was finally super," says 49ers guard Randy Cross. "It was a game you can look back on and say, 'Now, that was a game.' "
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Jan. 23
After playing defensive end his first three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, a sportswriter suggested in 1980 to coach Don Shula that A.J. Duhe might be better suited at linebacker. "The only good suggestion I ever heard from a sportswriter," says a laughing Shula today.

In the AFC championship game in Miami, the 6-foot-4, 248-pound Duhe gives Shula plenty of reason to be happy. Though listed as an inside linebacker, Duhe lines up all over, and his duties vary as well. Sometimes he blitzes the quarterback, sometimes he falls back into pass coverage.

While the defense is known for its Killer B's - the last names of several players start with the letter B - it's Duhe who kills the Jets, intercepting three of Richard Todd's passes in the second half.

The first sets up the Dolphins' first score and the third he returns 35 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the Dolphins' 14-0 victory on a soggy Orange Bowl field.

Duhe lets it all out with each of his big plays. He clenches his fists and holds them aloft. He points a forefinger to the sky. "I'm not going to be Mr. Mellow in a championship game," says Duhe, not known to be mellow in any game.

In the most one-sided game in NHL history, the Red Wings blast the New York Rangers, 15-0, at Olympia Stadium in Detroit. The Red Wings also break another record by becoming the first team to score 15 consecutive goals in a game.

After scoring two goals in the first period, they get five in the second and eight in the third. If the game lasts another second, their total would be 16 goals as a shot goes into the net just after the contest ends.

While Rangers goalie Ken McAuley, a former truant officer from Saskatchewan, misses 15 shots, he makes 43 saves. Detroit's rookie goalie, Connie Dion, has an easier time, having to make only nine saves for his first NHL shutout.

Ten players score for the Red Wings, with Syd Howe leading the onslaught with a hat trick, with all three goals coming in the final eight minutes.
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Jan. 24
Flo Hyman, who led the United States to a silver medal in women's volleyball at the 1984 Olympics after being a three-time All-American at Houston in the mid-seventies, collapses during a match in Japan and dies.

The 6-foot-5 Hyman had played for Daier, a top Japanese team, since 1982. Substituted for in the third set of a match in Matsue, 380 miles west of Tokyo, Hyman is cheering her teammates from the bench when she suddenly keels over. She is carried from the gym on a stretcher and taken to a hospital, where efforts to revive her fail.

An autopsy will report that Hyman died from a ruptured aorta brought on by Marfan syndrome, a genetic abnormality that affects connective tissue. Hyman's aorta was weakened by Marfan syndrome and higher than normal blood pressure from the intense physical activity. It ruptured explosively and the blood, in effect, smothered the heart.

Flo Hyman was 31.
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Jan. 25
Super Bowl:
Finally, the Giants are, indeed, giants. Led by the pinpoint accuracy of Phil Simms, who had been criticized as not being able to win "the big one," New York rallies in the second half to rout the Denver Broncos, 39-20, for their first Super Bowl title and first NFL championship since 1956.

Warming up before Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, Calif., Simms is on target and has a premonition that today is going to be his day. He tells several teammates, "Hey, I've got it."

Simms certainly does. Before 101,063 fans in the Rose Bowl, he completes a Super Bowl record 88 percent of his passes (22-of-25), including all 10 in the second half when he leads the Giants to 24 unanswered points and a 33-10 lead. He finishes with 268 yards gained in the air, three touchdown passes and the MVP trophy.

His touchdown passes are six yards to Zeke Mowatt in the first quarter, 13 yards to Mark Bavaro in the third quarter and six yards to Phil McConkey in the fourth period. He also throws a 44-yard pass to McConkey on a flea-flicker to set up Joe Morris' one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and scrambles 22 yards in the fourth period, leading to O.J. Anderson's two-yard TD run and a 39-13 advantage.

"In my wildest dreams, I couldn't have hoped it to work out this way," says the 30-year-old quarterback.

Not even a severe knee bruise that limits his mobility can stop Michael Jordan from reaching a milestone. With 5:37 left in Philadelphia, Jordan hits a 16-foot fadeaway jumper to give him 33 points for the game and exactly 10,000 for his career.

"He played basically on one leg," Bulls coach Doug Collins says after the 120-108 loss to the 76ers. "Any other guard would have taken the night off."

Jordan achieves the milestone in 303 games, 15 faster than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but second to Wilt Chamberlain, who needed just 236 games.

"I'm proud of the accomplishment," Jordan says. "To be compared to Chamberlain is really something. I don't mind being second. After all, he was about a foot taller."

The Golden Brett accomplishes something his Hall of Fame father, the Golden Jet, never did. With two goals against the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues right wing Brett Hull becomes just the third player in NHL history to score 50 in fewer than 50 games.

Both goals in Game No. 49 are on the same power play. The first, late in the second period, is against Tim Cheveldae and the milestone goal comes at 1:30 of the third period against rookie Dave Gagnon, who had entered the game at the start of the period and was making his NHL debut.

Wayne Gretzky beat the 50-game mark three times and Mario Lemieux once. Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy scored 50 goals in exactly 50 games.

"It's hard to explain how much it means to me," Hull says after the Blues' 9-4 victory in Detroit. "If you look at the guys who have done it, and the guys who haven't, it's pretty amazing company."

Hull will finish the season with 86 goals, a figure surpassed only by Gretzky (twice, 92 goals and 87).

In a steam-powered car designed by the Stanley brothers, driver Fred Marriott seeks to break his own mile record of 28.2 seconds at the Ormond-Daytona Beach speed trials. Despite two rough spots in the measured mile on the beach, Marriott figures that at high speed his Stanley Steamer, nicknamed "The Bug," will be able to glide over them with no trouble.

Various estimates have Marriott traveling anywhere from 125 to 197 miles per hour when disaster strikes. After making it over the first ripple, "The Bug" hits the second and bounces high in the air. The car is demolished, the machine breaking in two in the middle. The boiler flies out and rolls 50 yards down the beach, enveloped in a cloud of speed.

While Marriott suffers severe injuries, including a broken rib and the temporary loss of sight in his right eye, at least he's alive. F. E. Stanley talks of constructing another steam-driven car. But the twin brothers apparently have second thoughts as they will pull out of any further racing activity. With their exit goes steam-powered cars.
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Jan. 26
Super Bowl:
The number 46 stands out for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. That's how many points Mike Ditka's team scores in a 46-10 destruction of the New England Patriots in the Superdome. It also is the name of the attacking-style defense that defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan favors.

The dominating "46" defense plays a huge role in limiting the Patriots to just 123 total yards, including only seven on the ground, and 12 first downs. The Bears recover four fumbles, intercept two passes (returning one for a touchdown) and have seven sacks (one for a safety). Defensive end Richard Dent, who forces two early New England fumbles and makes 1.5 sacks, is named MVP.

Quarterback Jim McMahon scores two touchdowns on short runs and William "The Refrigerator" Perry moves over from the defensive line to flop over for a one-yard TD to make it 44-3 in the third quarter. Only the chants from Chicago fans of "Payton, Payton" go unanswered. Walter Payton fails to score, about the only negative for the Bears, who finish the season with an 18-1 record, including 3-0 in the postseason.
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Jan. 27
After the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears finished last season tied for the worst record in the NFL, a coin flip was held to decide which team would select first in the draft. The Steelers won the flip, equaling their victory total for the season (they were 1-13).

Today, the Steelers decline numerous trade offers for that choice to draft Terry Bradshaw, a 6-foot-3 Little All-America quarterback from Louisiana Tech over more publicized college stars, such as Oklahoma running back Steve Owens, the Heisman Trophy winner who is picked 19th by the Detroit Lions. Bradshaw is the first No. 1 draft choice from a small college since the Kansas City Chiefs took Buck Buchanan from Grambling in the 1963 AFL draft.

While Bradshaw, who bears a striking resemblance to Chuck Connors of "Rifleman" fame, threw more interceptions (42) than touchdown passes (39) in his four seasons at Louisiana Tech, NFL executives and scouts view him as something special.

"He's a big Sammy Baugh," says Jim Lee Howell, personnel director of the New York Giants. "He is one of the best quarterbacks I've seen in a long while."

Bradshaw will justify the Steelers' selection by leading the team to four Super Bowl titles in the next decade.

Pro basketball:
At the first-ever "Slam-Dunk" contest, Julius Erving makes the mother of all dunks. As Dr. J prepares for his attempt at halftime of the ABA All-Star Game in Denver, players and fans lean forward in anticipation.

Erving races up the court and then takes off at the foul line. The 6-foot-6½ New York Nets forward seemingly defies gravity before spectacularly slamming the ball home as the crowd of 17,796 in McNichols Sports Arena goes crazy.

Dr. J's peers are duly impressed. Denver Nuggets coach Larry Brown holds his hands to his head in amazement. All-Star Marvin Barnes is wildly clapping his hands and teammate Maurice Lucas is stomping his feet - like a little kid - when the announcement, as if one is needed, proclaims Dr. J the winner.
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Jan. 28
The second Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight doesn't live up to the standards set by the first competition, but it still is a good one. With a flurry of jabs and occasional right hands that prevent the aggressive Frazier from smokin', Ali avenges his 1971 loss to Frazier by taking a 12-round decision in the non-title fight. (Frazier had lost his crown to George Foreman in 1973.)

"I was in the best shape of my life," says the 212-pound Ali, who outweighed his smaller opponent by three pounds. "Tell me the truth, did I look 32 years old?"

Ali, the 7-5 favorite, is a winner on all three officials' cards - 8-4, 7-4 and 6-5-1 - before a glamorous gathering of 20,748 in Madison Square Garden. Frazier, though, disputes the decision. "Yeah, I thought I won," said the 30-year-old Philadelphian, whose record fell to 30-2. "Clay held the whole fight."

Both former champs immediately look ahead to a rubber match, with Frazier saying, "I want him again. One more time."

He will get him - the next year in the Thrilla in Manila - but will lose again to his nemesis.

In all 51 Edmonton Oilers games this season, Wayne Gretzky had scored a point, breaking his own NHL record by an astounding 21 games. But tonight, the sensational streak comes to an end, when The Great One is blanked by the Los Angeles Kings in Edmonton.

While Gretzky suffered a muscle injury to his right shoulder a week ago that has hampered him, he doesn't offer it as an excuse. "I can still slap the puck because I don't have to move my shoulder, but if I have to pass it bothers me," says the 23-year-old center. "I thought about not playing, but I didn't want the streak to end with me in the stands."

In the Oilers' 4-2 loss, Gretzky plays most of the last five minutes in an attempt to keep alive the streak. His fourth and final shot - with two seconds left - is stopped by goalie Markus Mattsson, who is playing only his second game with the Kings since being recalled from the minors eight days ago.

In his 51-game streak, Gretzky had scored 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points. Counting the last nine regular-season games last season, Gretzky had scored in 60 consecutive regular-season games since being shut out on March 11.
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Jan. 29
Finally, Steve Young steps out of the super-large shadow cast by his predecessor, Joe Montana, the quarterback who led the 49ers to four Super Bowl triumphs. A steamy, sweltery evening in Miami will be remembered for being forever Young.

The left-handed gun throws a Super Bowl record six touchdown passes, breaking Montana's record of five, in leading San Francisco to a 49-26 demolition of the San Diego Chargers. Three of his scoring strikes go to Jerry Rice, two to Ricky Watters and one to William Floyd as the 49ers become the first team to win five Super Bowls.

Young completes 24-of-36 passes for 325 yards with no interceptions. He also runs for 49 yards, making him the leading ground gainer in the game. And, of course, he wins the MVP award for Super Bowl XXIX.

"I really wish anyone who ever played football could feel this," the 33-year-old Young says as he hugs the Super Bowl trophy as if it were a child. "When you get to the big game and play what is your best game ever, you couldn't ask for more."

An NBA record crowd of 61,983 fills the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., breaking the mark of 52,745 set on Feb. 14, 1987, also at the Silverdome. Boosting the attendance is that more than 20,000 fans show up after receiving freebies from upwards of a half-dozen corporations which had bought the $4, third-level seats. Tuffy Mufflers, the biggest donator of tickets, uses Detroit Pistons forward Rick Mahorn as a spokesman.

"You get the tickets," Mahorn had promised. "We'll get the Celtics."

He's both a good salesman and an accurate prophet, as the Pistons romp to a 125-108 victory.

"It was mind-boggling to look up in the stands and see that many people," Pistons coach Chuck Daly says.

The attendance record will last more than 10 years, until 62,046 show up in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to see Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls on March 27, 1998.
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Jan. 30
The return is pure Magic. After disappearing from the Los Angeles Lakers lineup for 4½ years, Magic Johnson puts on quite a show in his first game back. Playing 27 minutes as a power forward, he scores 19 points, has 10 assists and grabs eight rounds in a 128-118 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the Forum.

"It was great," Johnson says. "It was so much fun. Man!"

In one Magic moment, he brings the sellout crowd to its feet and causes the Warriors' Latrell Sprewell to be faked out of his sneakers. Johnson pretends to throws a shovel pass - Sprewell falls for it ("like a carp going after a worm," broadcaster Chick Hearn says) - and then he scores a layup.

Except for appearing in the 1992 All-Star Game, Johnson hadn't played in the NBA since announcing on Nov. 7, 1991, that he was retiring from the Lakers because he had tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He is older at 36, 30 pounds heavier at 255, and wiser and more secure about his illness.

"I'm doing what I love to do," Magic says. "I wanted my son and daughter to see me play. I didnt think I went out the way I wanted to go out before, and that's the reason I'm back."
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Jan. 31
College Basketball: 1970: The Pistol is a machine-gun scorer. He averaged 43.8 as a sophomore and 44.2 as a junior, and with 14 games left in his senior season at LSU, Pete Maravich needs just 40 points to break Oscar Robertson's NCAA career record of 2,973.

The slender 6-foot-5 guard scores 25 points in the first half against Mississippi in Baton Rouge. When he hits a 23-foot jump shot from the corner with 4:42 left in the game to give him the record, an overflow crowd of more than 11,000 in the LSU Coliseum goes wild. The game is stopped and the ball is given to the Pistol.

Maravich goes on to score 12 more points in LSU's 109-86 victory to finish the game with 53 and 2,987 for 2½ seasons.

The 21-year-old Maravich, whose tousled haircut and floppy socks are his trademarks on the court, will finish his three-time All-American career with 3,667 points and 44.2 average, both records that will endure through the 20th century. (And, remember, the long-range shooting Pistol scored all his points before the three-point field goal was introduced.)
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