2005 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 91st Rose Bowl: #6 Texas beats #13 Michigan, 38-37
  • Jan 1 34th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Utah beats #19 Pittsburgh, 35-7
  • Jan 3 71st Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #8 Virginia Tech, 16-13
  • Jan 4 7th BCS National Championship: #1 Southern California beats #2 Oklahoma, 55-19, at 71st Orange Bowl (USC would later vacate Championship)
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27
  • Jan 23 NFC Championship Game: Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons 27-10
  • Jan 30 93rd Men's Australian Open: Marat Safin beats Lleyton Hewitt (1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 93rd Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Lindsay Davenport (2-6, 6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Feb 6 Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots win 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Feb 13 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-27
  • Feb 16 2004-05 NHL season is canceled by league commissioner Gary Bettman. This was the first time that a North American professional sports league had to cancel a season due to a labor dispute
  • Feb 20 54th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Denver
  • Mar 12 26th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats West Virginia, 68-59
  • Mar 13 52nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats Georgia Tech, 69-64
  • Mar 13 46th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 70-53
  • Apr 2 James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
  • Apr 4 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois 75-70
  • Apr 5 24th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Michigan State 84-62
  • Apr 9 158th Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Hedgehunter wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 69th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 276

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 10 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
  • Apr 18 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:11:44 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:25:12
  • Apr 23 2005 NFL Draft: Alex Smith from University of Utah first pick from San Francisco 49ers
  • May 7 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard Giacomo wins in 2:02.75
  • May 21 130th Preakness: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 1:55.04
  • May 25 13th UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool beats Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties)
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 3:10:21.0769 (253.637 km/h)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 104th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Mariano Puerta (6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 104th Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Mary Pierce (6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • Jun 11 137th Belmont: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 2:28.75
  • Jun 12 51st LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
  • Jun 14 Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Michael Schumacher wins controversial Formula 1 United States Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Jun 19 105th US Golf Open: Michael Campbell shoots a 280 at Pinehurst GR NC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons 4-3 in NBA finals MVP: Tim Duncan (his third), San Antonio

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • Jun 23 59th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • Jul 2 South African tennis player Wesley Moodie and Australian Stephen Huss win the Wimbledon Men's double title

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 112th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Lindsay Davenport (4-6 7-6 9-7)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 119th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (6-2 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Jul 12 76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 15 After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • Jul 17 134th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 274 at St Andrews to win his 10th major and becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 92nd Tour de France: no winner; Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive victory but disqualified in 2012 for doping

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Aug 6 10th World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 7 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 100m
  • Aug 11 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 200m
  • Aug 14 10th World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 15 87th PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson shoots a 276 at Baltusrol Golf Club

  • Sep 3 20th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Maryland beats Navy 23-20 in Baltimore
  • Sep 11 125th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Andre Agassi (6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1)
  • Sep 11 125th Women's U.S. Open: Kim Clijsters beats Mary Pierce (6-3, 6-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Sep 27 Atlanta Braves clinch their 14th straight division title thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets
  • Sep 29 Chicago White Sox clinch their first division title since 2000 and become just the 10th team in the history of baseball to be in first place on every day of the season
  • Oct 2 NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 16 56th Formula One WDC: Fernando Alonso wins by 21 points
  • Oct 16 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Houston Astros beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 26 Chicago White Sox defeat Houston Astros 4-0 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Jermaine Dye, Chicago
  • Nov 19 70th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-18 in Auburn
  • Nov 20 57th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • Nov 27 93rd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 38-35

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 The Boston Bruins trade captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Dec 3 14th SEC Championship Game: #13 Georgia beats #3 LSU, 34-14
  • Dec 3 1st ACC Championship Game: #22 Florida State beats #5 Virginia Tech, 27-22
  • Dec 3 10th Big 12 Championship Game: #2 Texas beats Colorado, 70-3
  • Dec 4 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)
  • Dec 10 71st Heisman Trophy Award: Reggie Bush, USC (RB) (Bush would later forfeit the trophy)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 26 Professional golfer Arnold Palmer (75) weds Kathleen Gawthrop in an intimate ceremony at a cottage on the beach at Turtle Bay Resort

  • Jan 29 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Retired baseball player Keith Hernandez (51) weds Kai Thompson in Miami Beach, Florida

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 11 NBA player Steve Nash (31) weds Alejandra Amarilla

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Jun 22 "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson Peete (40) weds former pro quarterback Rodney Peete (39) in an outdoor ceremony held at the Wynn Las Vegas resort

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 15 Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis (39) weds former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang at William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Jamaica

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • Jul 21 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
  • Aug 23 Olympic gold medalist swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband (27) weds fellow Olympic swimmer Minouche Smit at Henkenshage Castle in Sint-Oedenrode, North Brabant, The Netherlands
  • Nov 5 2004 Indianapolis 500 racecar driver winner Buddy Rice (29) weds Michelle Noonan in Arizona
  • Nov 11 Millionaire Nasir Khan weds "Footballers' Wives" actress Laila Rouass (34) in London
  • Nov 19 Indianapolis 500 racer Danica Patrick (23) weds physical therapist Paul Hospenthal in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Dec 3 NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb (41) weds New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga in the Dominican Republic
  • Dec 3 French heiress Athina Onassis (20) weds Olympic gold medalist equestrian Alvaro de Miranda Neto (32) in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Dec 4 2004 Olympic volleyball team member Kerri Walsh (27) weds fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings (30) at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California
  • Dec 10 Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model Isabeli Fontana (22) weds actor-model Henri Castelli (27) at Fort Are Joao in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Dec 10 Rugby Star Clyde Rathbone (24) weds Carrie-Ann Leeson in South Africa
  • Dec 17 Race car driver Gary Paffett (24) weds his lady love Lisa in England
  • Dec 22 "Ospreys" Rugby star Shane Williams (28) weds Gail Lacey at Twyn Church in Garnant, West Wales
  • Dec 23 Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Dec 29 "One Life To Live" actress Bree Williamson (26) weds surfer Josh Evans near the Flor Blanca Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica
  • Dec 31 Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
  • Jan 10 Kalevi Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (b. 1932)
  • Jan 10 Jack Horner, American sports journalist (b. 1912)
  • Jan 11 Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
  • Jan 22 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1943)
  • Jan 24 Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
  • Jan 25 Nettie Witziers-Timmer, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • Feb 2 Max Schmeling, German boxer (1930-32 World Heavyweight Champion), dies at 99
  • Feb 7 Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1934)
  • Feb 12 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • Feb 13 Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
  • Feb 13 Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
  • Feb 14 Najai Turpin, American boxer
  • Feb 17 Omar Sivori, Argentine footballer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 2 Rick Mahler, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • Mar 6 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Mar 9 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 16 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • Mar 16 Dick Radatz, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Mar 26 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 30 Milton Green, American athlete (b. 1913)
  • Apr 1 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek footballer and manager (b. 1952)
  • Apr 3 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 7 Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • Apr 7 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Apr 8 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Apr 10 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • Apr 11 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (b. 1907)
  • Apr 13 Don Blasingame, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Apr 18 Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)
  • Apr 20 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish football player (b. 1943)
  • Apr 21 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • Apr 23 Earl Wilson, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Apr 28 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • May 7 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • May 7 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • May 8 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (b. 1981)
  • May 26 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  • May 30 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (b. 1927)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1 George Mikan, American basketball player, dies at 80

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Jun 2 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • Jun 12 Scott Young, Canadian sportswriter, novelist, and journalist (b. 1918)
  • Jun 18 Syed Mushtaq Ali, Indian cricketer (b. 1914)
  • Jul 4 Hank Stram, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • Jul 9 Yevgenij Grishin, Russian speed skater (b. 1931)
  • Jul 9 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Jul 11 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine professional racing driver (b. 1922)
  • Jul 18 Bill Hicke, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jul 26 Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)
  • Jul 30 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (b. 1905)
  • Aug 5 Polina Astakhova, Russian gymnast (b. 1936)
  • Aug 5 Jim O'Hora, American football coach (b. 1915)
  • Aug 8 Gene Mauch, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • Aug 14 Coo Coo Marlin, American race car driver (b. 1932)
  • Aug 18 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
  • Aug 27 Seán Purcell, Gaelic footballer (b. 1929)
  • Sep 8 Noel Cantwell, Irish cricketer and footballer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 11 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 82
  • Sep 13 Toni Fritsch, Austrian football and American football player (b. 1945)
  • Sep 18 Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)
  • Sep 25 George Archer, American golfer (b. 1939)
  • Oct 15 Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • Oct 18 Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • Oct 18 Johnny Haynes, English footballer (b. 1934)
  • Oct 28 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (b. 1918)
  • Oct 28 Tony Jackson, American basketball player (b. 1942)
  • Oct 30 Al Lopez, American baseball player and manager (b. 1908)
  • Nov 2 Ferruccio Valcareggi, Italian football player and coach.
  • Nov 16 Robert Tisch, American football team owner (b. 1926)
  • Nov 22 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (b. 1920)
  • Nov 23 Frank Gatski, American football player (b. 1919)
  • Nov 25 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), dies at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures
  • Nov 29 David di Tommaso, French footballer (b. 1979)
  • Dec 3 Herb Moford, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Dec 6 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 7 Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • Dec 15 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
  • Dec 15 Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • Dec 21 Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • Dec 23 Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  • Dec 23 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and coach (b. 1914)