2004 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 90th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Michigan, 28-14
  • Jan 1 70th Orange Bowl: #10 Miami (FL) beats #9 Florida State, 16-14
  • Jan 2 33rd Fiesta Bowl: #7 Ohio State beats #8 Kansas State, 35-28
  • Jan 4 6th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14, at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • Jan 11 "4th and 26", trailing Green Bay Packers by 3 in NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Philadelphia Eagles face 4th and 26 on their final drive, Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 24-14
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship Game: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29 at the Reliant Stadium MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 92nd Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Marat Safin (7-6, 6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Feb 1 92nd Women's Australian Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters (6-3, 4-6, 6-3)
  • Feb 8 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-52
  • Feb 8 54th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 6-4 at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 15 53rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 136-132 at Los Angeles
  • Feb 16 The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Greg Maddux signs with the Chicago Cubs, the team he began his career with

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Mar 13 25th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Pittsburgh, 61-58
  • Mar 14 51st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats #5 Duke, 95-87
  • Mar 14 45th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 89-73
  • Apr 3 157th Grand National: Graham Lee aboard Amberleigh House wins
  • Apr 5 66th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Georgia Tech 82-73
  • Apr 6 23rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 70-61

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 68th Masters Golf Tournament: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 279

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 13 Barry Bonds hits his 661st career home run, passing Willie Mays on the all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Apr 19 108th Boston Marathon: Timothy Cherigat of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:37 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:24:27
  • Apr 24 2004 NFL Draft: Eli Manning from Ole Miss first pick by San Diego Chargers
  • May 1 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 2:04.06
  • May 15 129th Preakness: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 1:55.59
  • May 18 Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game (2-0 vs Atlanta)
  • May 19 NHL Western Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 2
  • May 22 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • May 26 12th UEFA Champions League Final: Porto beats AS Monaco 3-0 at Gelsenkirchen
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins in 3:14:55.2395 (222.923 km/h)
  • Jun 5 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
  • Jun 6 103rd Men's French Open: Gaston Gaudio beats Guillermo Coria (0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6)
  • Jun 6 103rd Women's French Open: Anastasia Myskina beats Elena Dementieva (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup: Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Calgary Flames 4-3
  • Jun 13 50th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
  • Jun 15 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 20 104th US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 111th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova beats Serena Williams (6-1 6-4)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 4 118th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4)
  • Jul 4 UEFA European Championship: Greece defeat Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon
  • Jul 13 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • Jul 18 133rd British Golf Open: Todd Hamilton shoots a 274 at Royal Troon Golf Club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 91st Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 8 John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Aug 13 28th Olympic Games opens at Athens, Greece
  • Aug 15 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • Aug 15 86th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 280 at Whistling Straits
  • Aug 29 28th Olympic Games closes at Athens, Greece
  • Sep 12 124th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Lleyton Hewitt (6-0, 7-6, 6-0)
  • Sep 12 124th Women's U.S. Open: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Elena Dementieva (6-3, 7-5)
  • Sep 15 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
  • Sep 17 Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run
  • Sep 19 35th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, US
  • Oct 1 Baseball: Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old single-season record.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Lionel Messi, aged 17, makes his league debut for Barcelona against Espanyol

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Oct 20 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 23 16th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 24-23 in South Bend
  • Oct 24 10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 55th Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by 34 points

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 27 The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years
  • Nov 20 69th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 21-13 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 21 92nd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 27-19
  • Nov 21 56th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kurt Busch wins
  • Nov 27 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
  • Dec 4 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28
  • Dec 5 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
  • Dec 11 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)

Weddings in Sport

  • Feb 27 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island
  • Mar 3 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 5 Tennis player Ilie Năstase (57) weds fashion model Amalia Teodosescu

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jun 6 "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
  • Jun 20 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey
  • Jul 31 "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Sep 3 "Baywatch" actress Gena Lee Nolin (32) weds NHL hockey player Cale Hulse (30) at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Arizona

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 22 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (42) weds Gina Soto

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 5 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Dec 30 Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 3 Leon Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Jan 5 Tug McGraw, American baseball player, father of Tim McGraw (b. 1944)
  • Jan 6 Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
  • Jan 17 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • Jan 19 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach (b. 1955)
  • Jan 20 Guinn Smith, American athlete (b. 1920)
  • Jan 24 Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 25 Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
  • Jan 26 Fred Haas, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • Jan 28 Elroy Hirsch, American football player (b. 1923)
  • Jan 31 Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)
  • Feb 11 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  • Feb 14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (b. 1970)
  • Feb 21 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
  • Feb 22 Andy Seminick, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Feb 22 Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Carl Liscombe, Canadian hockey player (b. 1915)
  • Mar 2 Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)
  • Mar 2 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (b. 1980)
  • Apr 4 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
  • Apr 6 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • Apr 8 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 13 Lou Berberet, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Apr 22 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger (killed in action) (b. 1976)
  • Apr 29 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • May 3 Ken Downing, British racing driver (b. 1917)
  • May 3 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach
  • May 22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • Jun 8 Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • Jun 9 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
  • Jun 17 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • Jun 27 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • Jul 5 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • Aug 16 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • Aug 16 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 27 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • Sep 4 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player (b. 1971)
  • Sep 4 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (b. 1929)
  • Sep 7 Bob Boyd, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • Sep 20 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (b. 1935)
  • Sep 23 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1918)
  • Sep 29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider (b. 1970)
  • Oct 3 John Cerutti, baseball player and announcer (b. 1960)
  • Oct 10 Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Oct 11 Keith Miller, Australian sportsman (b. 1919)
  • Oct 20 Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Oct 26 Bobby Avila, Major League Baseball player (b. 1924)
  • Oct 27 Serginho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1974)
  • Oct 28 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • Nov 2 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (b. 1951)
  • Nov 3 Sergei Zholtok, Latvian hockey player (b. 1972)
  • Nov 6 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player (b. 1943)
  • Nov 17 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
  • Nov 17 Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (b. 1941)
  • Nov 29 Harry Danning, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Dec 11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
  • Dec 11 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
  • Dec 13 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Dec 14 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Dec 16 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Dec 22 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • Dec 24 Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 26 Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • Dec 29 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)