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Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2010

On this date: 1977 Oakland Raiders wins their first NFL championship


Associated Press

Jan. 9

1942 Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer with 4 seconds left in the first round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1977 Oakland wins its first NFL championship and the Minnesota Vikings drop their fourth Super Bowl as the Raiders post a 32-14 triumph.

1988 Anthony Carter catches 10 passes for an NFL postseason-record 227 yards to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 36-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers that sends them to the NFC title game.

1991 Dean Smith collects his 700th career coaching victory as North Carolina routs Maryland 105-73. Smith is the sixth Division I basketball coach to reach the 700-win plateau and does so in the shortest time.

1996 The Toronto Raptors set an NBA record by not making a single free throw in a 92-91 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The expansion Raptors shoot 0-for-3 from the foul line.

2004 Brian Boucher of Phoenix posts his fifth consecutive shutout in a 2-0 win over Minnesota. He stops 21 shots and passes Bill Durnan's NHL mark of 309:21, early in the third period.

2006 Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scores 45 points against Indiana, making him the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in November of 1964 to score at least that many in four straight games.

2007 Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn are elected to the Hall of Fame. Mark McGwire, whose 583 home runs ranked seventh on the career list, does not make it on his first ballot.

2008 Golf Channel suspends anchor Kelly Tilghman for two weeks for saying a week earlier that young players who wanted to challenge Tiger Woods should "lynch him in a back alley."