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From Sun staff reports | January 11, 2014
Former Baltimore heavyweight contender Larry Middleton died Thursday at age 71. Middleton won 23 bouts, including 14 by knockout, lost 10 and drew 10 in a career that started in 1965 and ended in 1978. Fighting out of Baltimore-based trainer Mack Lewis' gym, he won 19 straight bouts from 1966 to 1972, including a decision over eventual champion Joe Bugner in 1971. Middleton also fought other prominent heavyweights, including Ron Lyle, Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Duane Bobick, Ken Norton and Jerry Quarry.
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From Sun staff reports | January 11, 2014
Former Baltimore heavyweight contender Larry Middleton died Thursday at age 71. Middleton won 23 bouts, including 14 by knockout, lost 10 and drew 10 in a career that started in 1965 and ended in 1978. Fighting out of Baltimore-based trainer Mack Lewis' gym, he won 19 straight bouts from 1966 to 1972, including a decision over eventual champion Joe Bugner in 1971. Middleton also fought other prominent heavyweights, including Ron Lyle, Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Duane Bobick, Ken Norton and Jerry Quarry.
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By Rick Gosselin and Rick Gosselin,Dallas Morning News | December 30, 1991
CHICAGO -- Dave Wannstedt scribbled a message on the blackboard in the Dallas Cowboys' defensive meeting room for his players to see and absorb:Defense wins championships.A visit six days later to a noted NFL den of defense confirmed the message. The Cowboys, making their first playoff appearance in six years, wrapped a defensive bearhug around the Chicago Bears and stormed to a 17-13 upset victory yesterday at Soldier Field.That put the Cowboys in the NFC semifinals next Sunday against the Central Division champion Detroit Lions.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | January 26, 1995
MIAMI -- Ken Norton Jr. sent a message to his teammates last Sunday.When the San Francisco 49ers flew to Miami to prepare for Super Bowl XXIX, he wore the ring he won last year in Super Bowl XXVIII with the Dallas Cowboys."
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | January 26, 1995
MIAMI -- Ken Norton Jr. sent a message to his teammates last Sunday.When the San Francisco 49ers flew to Miami to prepare for Super Bowl XXIX, he wore the ring he won last year in Super Bowl XXVIII with the Dallas Cowboys."
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | November 14, 1994
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers, who bought the best defense money can buy in the off-season, reaped a big dividend on their investment yesterday.After being shredded for 94 points while losing three games to the Dallas Cowboys the past two years, the 49ers' rebuilt defense held the Cowboys to one touchdown for more than 58 minutes while recording a 21-14 victory before a record 49ers crowd of 69,014 at Candlestick Park.With the victory, the 49ers tied the Cowboys for the best record in pro football at 8-2 and gained the tiebreaker edge in the battle for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | February 1, 1993
PASADENA, Calif. -- Super Bowl XXVII was a battle of NFC muscle against AFC finesse -- and muscle won easily.The Cowboys, completing a run from 1-15 to the championship in just four years since owner Jerry Jones and coach Jimmy Johnson took over the team, routed the bumbling, blundering Buffalo Bills, 52-17, yesterday at the Rose Bowl.This time, it was the Dallas Cowboys' turn to be crowned the kings of pro football as they joined the rolls of the four NFC teams -- the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins, the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears -- that had won the past eight Super Bowls.
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August 13, 1994
SAN FRANCISCO -- Steve Young completed seven of 10 passes for 74 yards in a quarter of play, including his first scoring pass of the preseason, to lead San Francisco.Denver's John Elway hit three of nine passes for 23 yards, and Richard Dent and Ken Norton, two of the 49ers' defensive free-agent acquisitions, turned in strong efforts.An interested spectator was free-agent cornerback Deion Sanders, who didn't have to be with the Cincinnati Reds because of the baseball strike. He watched in a stadium suite with 49ers president Carmen Policy.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 11, 1994
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Five days after suffering a season-ending, career-threatening leg injury, Napoleon McCallum showed up yesterday at the Los Angeles Raiders' headquarters in a wheelchair to visit his teammates."
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By BOSTON GLOBE | September 26, 1995
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots' bye week may have helped them as a whole, but it didn't do much for their uncertain quarterback situation. The problem remains Drew Bledsoe's separated left shoulder.Bledsoe was in Birmingham, Ala., yesterday having a series of tests done by renowned orthopedics expert Dr. James Andrews, sources said.Bledsoe's agent, Leigh Steinberg, wanted his $42 million quarterback to be examined by Andrews. There is concern that Bledsoe has a third-degree separation, the worst kind.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | November 14, 1994
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers, who bought the best defense money can buy in the off-season, reaped a big dividend on their investment yesterday.After being shredded for 94 points while losing three games to the Dallas Cowboys the past two years, the 49ers' rebuilt defense held the Cowboys to one touchdown for more than 58 minutes while recording a 21-14 victory before a record 49ers crowd of 69,014 at Candlestick Park.With the victory, the 49ers tied the Cowboys for the best record in pro football at 8-2 and gained the tiebreaker edge in the battle for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | February 1, 1993
PASADENA, Calif. -- Super Bowl XXVII was a battle of NFC muscle against AFC finesse -- and muscle won easily.The Cowboys, completing a run from 1-15 to the championship in just four years since owner Jerry Jones and coach Jimmy Johnson took over the team, routed the bumbling, blundering Buffalo Bills, 52-17, yesterday at the Rose Bowl.This time, it was the Dallas Cowboys' turn to be crowned the kings of pro football as they joined the rolls of the four NFC teams -- the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins, the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears -- that had won the past eight Super Bowls.
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By Rick Gosselin and Rick Gosselin,Dallas Morning News | December 30, 1991
CHICAGO -- Dave Wannstedt scribbled a message on the blackboard in the Dallas Cowboys' defensive meeting room for his players to see and absorb:Defense wins championships.A visit six days later to a noted NFL den of defense confirmed the message. The Cowboys, making their first playoff appearance in six years, wrapped a defensive bearhug around the Chicago Bears and stormed to a 17-13 upset victory yesterday at Soldier Field.That put the Cowboys in the NFC semifinals next Sunday against the Central Division champion Detroit Lions.
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By Michael Katz and Michael Katz,New York Daily News | June 16, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- Larry Holmes can't complain that Evander Holyfield gives him no respect.Holyfield, the undisputed and undefeated champion, asked yesterday to place his 42-year-old challenger in heavyweight history, ranked him "No. 3, behind Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis.""When I look at the guy, I see someone who had good skills and was able to take it and somehow always found a way to win," Holyfield said. "He was so much better than the people in his era; they thought they were so many bums, but they weren't.
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By Gary Myers and Gary Myers,New York Daily News | December 30, 1993
IRVING, Texas -- Ken Norton has taken playing in pain to a new dimension. He tore a biceps in his right arm on Halloween, rejected surgery until after the season, and just kept going.He has become the Dallas Cowboys' one-armed Pro Bowl middle linebacker."For normal everyday things, the pain is not real bad. But playing football is not normal everyday, so that changes the whole aspect," Norton said yesterday. "At first, it was real painful. I had to learn how to deal with the pain, learn how to play with pain during the week going to practice."
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