AP Sportlight

  • Article by: Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA
  • Associated Press
  • December 28, 2012 - 4:12 PM

Dec. 29

1957 — Tobin Rote passes for four touchdowns and scores another to give the Detroit Lions a 59-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the NFL championship game.

1961 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 60 points against the Los Angeles Lakers at Hershey, Pa., the future site of his 100-point game.

1963 — Chuck McKinley and Dennis Ralston give the United States a 3-2 victory over Australia for the Davis Cup title.

1963 — The Chicago Bears, who won the Western Conference title by allowing only 10 points per game, play up to form in a 14-10 victory over the New York Giants for the NFL title at Wrigley Field.

1984 — Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scores his 100th point in the 35th game of the season, a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

2002 — Marvin Harrison catches six passes for a season-low 28 yards in a 20-13 win over Jacksonville, finishing his record-breaking year with 143 receptions and 1,722 yards — the fourth-most in league history.

2006 — Texas Tech spots Minnesota a 31-point, third-quarter lead, then rallies for a stunning 44-41 overtime victory in the Insight Bowl, the largest comeback in Division I-A bowl history. The previous record for a bowl comeback was 30 points, set by Marshall against East Carolina in the 2001 GMAC Bowl.

2007 — Joe Paterno's 500th game as Penn State coach ends the way most have, with a win. The Nittany Lions erase an early 14-point deficit to beat Texas A&M 24-17 at the Alamo Bowl. Paterno, 372-125-3, is the college football leader in bowl appearances (34) and bowl wins (23).

2007 — The New England Patriots complete a perfect regular season, finishing with a remarkable 16-0 record following a thrilling 38-35 comeback victory over the New York Giants. New England is the first NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins to win every game on the schedule, and that one was only 14-0.

2010 — No. 1 Duke routs North Carolina-Greensboro 108-62 to give coach Mike Krzyzewski sole possession of second place on the men's all-time wins list. The Hall of Fame coach gets his 880th career victory to move past longtime rival Dean Smith.

2010_ Sidney Crosby's streak of 25 games with at least a point — tied for the 11th longest in NHL history — is snapped by the New York Islanders and goalie Rick DiPietro. DiPietro stops the Pittsburgh captain and the rest of the Penguins' high-powered offense in a 2-1 shootout victory.

2011 — Baylor pulls out an incredible Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring regulation bowl game in history, beating Washington 67-56 in the wildest shootout of this bowl season. Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III isn't dazzling, but Terrance Ganaway rushes for 200 yards and five touchdowns. His last was a 43-yard run with 2:28 left to seal Baylor's first 10-win season since 1980. The previous bowl record for a regulation game was 102 total points set in the 2001 GMAC Bowl between Marshall and East Carolina. That game went to double overtime and ended with a combined 125 points — which still stands as the overall bowl record.

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