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Today In Sports History

Posted: January 6, 2014 - 1:00am

JANUARY 6

1980 — The Pittsburgh Steelers advance to their fourth Super Bowl appearance since 1974 by eliminating the Houston Oilers for the second consecutive year with a 27-13 triumph in the AFC title game.

1985 — Dan Marino passes for a record 421 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Miami Dolphins to a 45-28 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game.

1994 — Nancy Kerrigan is attacked after practice at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Shane Stant clubs Kerrigan on the knee and flees the scene. Later that evening, Scott Davis wins the men’s U.S. Figure Skating title.

1995 — Lenny Wilkens becomes the winningest coach in NBA history as the Atlanta Hawks post a 112-90 victory over the Washington Bullets. Wilkens, with his 939th win, surpasses Red Auerbach’s record.

1999 — The NBA lockout finally ends on its 191st day after a divisive struggle that costs the owners and players hundreds of millions of dollars.

2001 — Nina Kemppel sets a record with her 15th U.S. cross-country skiing title, winning the 15-kilometer race to sweep the national competition in McCall, Idaho.

2005 — For the first time in NBA history, a player leads his team in scoring without making a field goal. Detroit’s Richard Hamilton scores 14 points despite missing all 10 of his field goal attempts in a 101-79 loss to Memphis.

2010 — Andre Dawson is the lone player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is one of only three players with at least 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases, joining Barry Bonds and Willie Mays.

2011 — Miami of Ohio caps a historic season with a 35-21 win over Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. The RedHawks (10-4) are the first team in Football Bowl Subdivision history to win 10 games one season after losing 10. Miami finished a dismal 1-11 in 2009, but recovers to win the Mid-American Conference title and finish this season on a six-game winning streak.

2013 — For the first time in the Super Bowl era, three rookie quarterbacks — Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), Robert Griffin III (Washington) and Russell Wilson (Seattle) — all start a game in the same postseason. Previously, only 11 rookie quarterbacks had started a playoff game in the Super Bowl era. Wilson is the lone rookie quarterback remaining, teaming with Marshawn Lynch to lead Seattle to a 24-14 comeback victory over the Redskins, who lost Griffin to another knee injury in the fourth quarter.

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