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January 3

1920 – Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sells the Babe Ruth flying pitcher to the New York Yankees for $ 125,000 plus a loan of $ 350,000.

1931 – Nels Stewart of the Montreal Maroons scores two goals four seconds apart in the third period in a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

1946 – George Woolf falls headlong from his mount, Please Me, as he crosses the clubhouse turn in Race Four at Santa Anita Park. Suffering from a concussion, the 35-year-old jockey was transported to hospital where he died the next day. Woolf, known as “The Iceman” for his freshness in the saddle, has 3,784 mounts, 721 wins, 589 seconds and 468 thirds, with earnings of $ 2,856,125 over his 18-year career.

1973 – A 12-member group led by George Steinbrenner purchases the New York Yankees from the Columbia Broadcasting System for $ 10 million.

1991 – Wayne Gretzky scores three goals, including his 700th, as the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Islanders 6-3.

1993 – The Buffalo Bills stage professional football’s biggest comeback, beating the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in the first round of the NFL playoffs. The Oilers held a 35-3 lead at 1:41 of the third quarter. Frank Reich throws four touchdown passes to give Buffalo their first 38-35 lead of the game. Al Del Grecco’s 26-yard basket evened the score. Steve Christie hits the winning 32-yard field goal in overtime.

1995 – Nebraska, the fourth team to finish 13-0 in Division IA football history, win their first national football title since 1971 as the Cornhuskers are the overwhelming choice in the Associated Press poll.

1998 – Michigan wins its first national championship since 1948 as the Wolverines are officially declared No.1 in the latest Associated Press poll. The coaches poll propelled Nebraska to the top spot, creating a divided national championship for the third time in the 1990s.

1999 – Brian Bellows of the Washington Capitals, has one goal and one assist, including the 1,000th point of his NHL career, to lead Washington to Toronto 5-2.

2003 – Ohio State ends an unlikely and undefeated run to its first national title in 34 years with a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami at the Fiesta Bowl.

2010 – Chris Johnson rushes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee’s 17-13 victory over Seattle and ends the year with 2,006 yards.

2011 – Connecticut’s nearly three-year grip on the top of the rankings ends when they are passed by Baylor and drop to No.2 in the Associated Press’s women’s basketball poll. Connecticut, which saw its 90-game winning streak interrupted by Stanford on December 30, had been the top team for a record 51 straight weeks, as of February 18, 2008.

2015 – At one month 43, Jaromir Jagr scores three times to pass Gordie Howe to become the oldest NHL player to score a hat trick, leading New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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