Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a 12-part series looking back at some of the biggest local, regional and national sports stories of 2010.
Jan. 1 — Florida State beat West Virginia 33-21 in the Gator Bowl in Bobby Bowden’s final game as the Seminoles’ head coach. ... Collin Wagner’s field goal in the final minute of the game lifted Penn State over LSU 19-17 in the Capital One Bowl.
3 — The Baltimore Ravens beat the Oakland Raiders 21-13 to earn an AFC wild-card berth. ... The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Miami Dolphins 30-24, but failed to make the playoffs.
4 — The Washington Redskins fired Jim Zorn after two seasons as head coach. … Martinsburg’s Jackie Brewer scored 35 points in an 86-41 win over St. Maria Goretti in girls basketball.
5 — In boys basketball, Williamsport moved to 8-0 with a 50-42 win over South Hagerstown.
6 — North Hagerstown handed Williamsport its first loss in boys basketball, 54-44. … Former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is hired as coach and executive vice president of the Washington Redskins. … Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA due to pending gun charges. … Andre Dawson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
7 — Alabama beat Texas 37-21 in the BCS National Championship game. … The Heritage Academy girls basketball team moved to 9-0 with a 44-35 win over New Life Christian.
8 — In boys basketball, Brandon McCauley’s basket with 18 seconds left in overtime gave Williamsport a 53-51 win over Clear Spring. … The North Hagerstown girls beat Smithsburg 45-37 in a battle of unbeaten MVAL Anitetam teams.
9 — Three Williamsport wrestlers won individual titles at the Hub Cup tournament at North Hagerstown. Waynesboro won the team title. ... Quarterback Peyton Manning won a record fourth NFL MVP award.
10 — The Maryland men’s basketball team opened its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a 77-68 win over Florida State. … The Baltimore Ravens flattened the New England Patriots 33-14 in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
11 — Mark McGwire admits to having used steroids during his baseball career.
12 — In girls basketball, Katie Connolly scored 25 points to lead Broadfording Christian’s 53-45 win over Grace Academy.
13 — Longtime Washington Redskins assistant coach Joe Bugel announced his retirement.
14 — In boys basketball, Clear Spring’s Brandon Glazer scored 30 points to lead the Blazers to a 68-57 win over Smithsburg. … In girls basketball, South Hagerstown’s Alex Silva had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Rebels’ 69-50 win over Brunswick.
15 — The North Hagerstown girls won the Washington County Indoor Track & Field title to end Williamsport’s seven-year title run. Boonsboro won the boys title. ... In boys basketball, Nic Martin scored 31 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his career at St. Maria Goretti. The Gaels lost 66-55 to Cardinal Gibbons.
16 — Williamsport improved to 13-0 with by winning South Hagerstown’s Rebel Duals. … The Indianapolis Colts beat the Baltimore Ravens 20-3 in an AFC Divisional playoff game.
17 — The New York Jets upset the second-seeded San Diego Chargers 17-14 in an AFC Divisional playoff game.
18 — DaiQuane Peterson scored 31 points to lead the Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball team to a 105-82 win over Potomac State.
19 — In boys basketball, Williamsport was knocked off by Middletown, 61-57. … Grace Academy pulled off a doubleheader basketball sweep of Hancock, winning the boys game 43-40 and the girls game 43-32.
20 — The North Hagerstown wrestling team beat South Hagerstown 63-12, the 18th straight year the Hubs have beaten the Rebels.
21 — Alex Ovechkin scored twice and the Washington Capitals scored the final four goals of the game in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
22 — North Hagerstown’s Dominic Sink set the Washington County pole vault record, clearing 14 feet, 4 inches at the MVAL Antietam Championships at Hagerstown Community College. Williamsport’s boys and North’s girls won the team titles. … Tyler Sterling scored a career-high 26 points to lead North Hagerstown past Clear Spring 75-70 in boys basketball.
23 — Allegany College built a 14-point lead then held off Hagerstown Community College 77-74 in men’s basketball.
24 — The New Orleans Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in the NFC championship game, while the Indianapolis Colts beat the New York Jets 31-17 for the AFC title.
25 — The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team lost its fifth straight game, 66-58 to Potomac State. ... The HCC men rallied for an 87-79 win over Frederick Community College.
26 — Smithsburg was 16-for-16 from the foul line on the way to a 51-35 upset win over South Hagerstown in boys basketball. ... Maryland’s men’s basketball team moved into first place in the ACC standings with an 81-59 win over Miami.
27 — Hagerstown Community College swept a basketball doubleheader from College of Southern Maryland, winning the women’s game 77-29 and the men’s game 83-77.
28 — Former Maryland men’s basketball coach Bud Millikan died at age 89.
29 — In boys basketball, Williamsport beat North Hagerstown 58-50 in a key MVAL Antietam matchup.
30 — Serena Williams beat Justine Henin in three sets to win the Australian Open women’s singles title.
31 — Roger Federer won his 16th major tennis title, beating Andy Murray in the Australian Open men’s singles final. ... The Washington Capitals won their 10th straight game, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.