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January 25
1945 Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping and Del Webb purchased the New York Yankees for $2.8 million.
1968 Bob Seagren set a new indoor pole vault record of 17 feet, 4 1/4" in the Milrose Games at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1973 Warren Spahn, the winningest left-hander all-time, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1981 Oakland Raiders QB Jim Plunkett passed for 261 yards and tossed three touchdowns as the underdog and wildcard Raiders stunned the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in Super Bowl XV. For his efforts, Plunkett was named the game's MVP.
1987 Phil Simms won the MVP and set records in Super Bowl XXI by completing 10 consecutive passes and 88% of his throws overall in the New York Giants 39-20 victory against Denver.
1997 The Detroit Pistons honored and retired the numeral 2 for former head coach Chuck Daly, who won two championships with Detroit.
1997 Don Shula - NFL's winningest head coach, Wellington Mara - co-owner
  longtime center of the great f the 1970's and '80's and the NFL Hall of Fame.
1997 Top-ranked Pete Sampras needed just one hour and 27 minutes to cruise to his ninth Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 victory over unseeded Carlos Moya in the final of the 85th Australian Open.
1998 The Denver Broncos finally get the monkey off their back, scoring a touchdown late in regulation and win their first Super Bowl, a 31-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.
2001 The Detroit Lions named Marty Mornhinweg head coach.
2002 The Carolina Panthers named John Fox head coach.
2003 RB Marcus Allen, DE Elvin Bethea, OG Joe DeLamielleure, WR James Lofton and coach Hank Stram were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2003 Gallo Blue Chip became harness racing?s first $4 million pacer by winning the Presidential Series final at the Meadowlands.
2005 Ghostzapper was named 2004 Horse of the Year.
2006 The Indiana Pacers traded Ron Artest to the Sacramento Kings for Peja Stojakovic.
2009 Alex Kovalev collected three points on two goals and one assist and notched the game-winner in the shootout, as the Eastern Conference posted a wild 12-11 win over the Western Conference at the 57th NHL All-Star game from Bell Centre.
2009 The Memphis Grizzlies named Lionel Hollins head coach.
2012 The Indianapolis Colts named Chuck Pagano head coach.
2014 The fourth-seeded Chinese star Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 at Rod Laver Arena to capture her first Australian Open title
Birthdays Lou Groza (1924) - NFL placekicker; Don Maynard (1937) - NFL player; Chris Chelios (1962) - NHL player.
As of January 25, 2015, at 09:37 AM ET