2006 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 2 72nd Sugar Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #7 Georgia, 38-35
  • Jan 2 35th Fiesta Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #5 Notre Dame, 34-20
  • Jan 3 72nd Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #22 Florida State, 26-23
  • Jan 4 8th BCS National Championship: #2 Texas beats #1 Southern California, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 22 Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 81 points in a victory against the Toronto Raptors, the second most in NBA history in one single game

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jan 22 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Denver Broncos 34-17
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Carolina Panthers 34-14

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 94th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Marcos Baghdatis (5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jan 29 94th Women's Australian Open: Amelie Mauresmo beats Justine Henin (6-1, 2-0, ret.)
  • Jan 29 Irfan Pathan becomes first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match
  • Feb 5 Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 at the Ford Field MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with John Madden

American Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
American Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 10 20th Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" in his last ever performance

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Feb 12 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-17
  • Feb 19 55th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 122-120 at Houston
  • Feb 26 20th Winter Olympic Games close at Turin, Italy
  • Mar 11 27th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, 65-61
  • Mar 12 53rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #7 Boston College, 78-76
  • Mar 12 47th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats South Carolina, 49-47

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal (#692) against the Calgary Flames

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • Apr 3 68th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats UCLA 73-57
  • Apr 4 25th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Duke 78-75
  • Apr 8 159th Grand National: Niall Madden aboard Numbersixvalverde wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 70th Masters Golf Tournament: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 281

  • Apr 17 110th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:14 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:38
  • Apr 29 2006 NFL Draft: Mario Williams from North Carolina State first pick from Houston Texans
  • May 6 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
  • May 17 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • May 20 131st Preakness: Javier Castellano aboard Bernardini wins in 1:54.65
  • May 21 The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 1
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Sam Hornish Jr wins in 3:10:58.7590 (252.804 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 28 Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jun 1 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Carolina Hurricanes beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 10 138th Belmont: Fernando Jara aboard Jazil wins in 2:27.81

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 11 52nd LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • Jun 11 105th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6)
  • Jun 11 105th Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jun 18 106th US Golf Open: Geoff Ogilvy shoots a 285 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • Jun 19 Stanley Cup: first time winners Carolina Hurricanes defeat Edmonton Oilers 4-3
  • Jun 20 60th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 4 games to 2
  • Jul 3 Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1755 points
  • Jul 8 113th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo beats J Henin-Hardenne (2-6 6-3 6-4)
  • Jul 9 FIFA World Cup: Italy beats France 5-3 on penalties for football's 18th World Cup in Berlin
  • Jul 9 120th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (6-0 7-6 6-7 6-3)
  • Jul 11 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 23 135th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jul 23 93rd Tour de France won by Oscar Pereiro of Spain
  • Aug 20 88th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Medinah Country Club

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 24 After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • Sep 10 126th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 126th Women's U.S. Open: Maria Sharapova beats Justine Henin-Hardenne (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Sep 24 36th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at The K Club, Ireland
  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 22 57th Formula One WDC: Fernando Alonso wins by 13 points
  • Oct 27 MLB World Series: St. Louis Cardinals defeat Detroit Tigers to win 4-1
  • Nov 18 71st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 22-15 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 19 94th CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Montreal Alouettes, 25-14

AgreementContract of Interest

Nov 20 Moises Alou signs a one year-contract with the New York Mets worth $7.5 million

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • Nov 20 58th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins
  • Dec 2 15th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #8 Arkansas, 38-28
  • Dec 2 2nd ACC Championship Game: #16 Wake Forest beats #23 Georgia Tech, 9-6
  • Dec 2 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
  • Dec 3 95th Davis Cup: Russia beats Argentina in Moscow (3-2)
  • Dec 5 Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million
  • Dec 9 72nd Heisman Trophy Award: Troy Smith, Ohio State (QB)

Weddings in Sport

  • Jan 5 Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 7 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink
Singer
Pink

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk (37) weds Lhotse Merriam at Tavarua Island Resort in Fiji

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Skateboarder
Tony Hawk
  • Jan 28 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 4 2004 Summer Olympics badminton player gold medalist Taufik Hidayat (24) weds Armi Dianti Gumelar at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta
  • Mar 14 OVW Heavyweight wrestling champion Matt Cappotelli (26) weds Lindsay Seeders at Makena Cove Beach in Maui
  • Mar 25 Olympic gold medal freestyle skier Jonny Moseley (30) weds Malia Rich in Telluride, Colorado
  • Mar 31 Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mar 31 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jana Pittman (23) weds track and field athlete Chris Rawlinson (33) at Morning Star Estate on Mornington Peninsula in Australia
  • Apr 21 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida
  • May 6 Former WWF Women's Champion Sable (38) weds IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (28) in Medina, Minnesota
  • May 6 Race car driver "Champ Car World Series" two time winner Sebastien Bourdais (27) weds Claire Bagot at Cathedral Saint-Julien in Le Mans, France
  • May 20 Race car driver Jacques Villeneuve (35) weds Johanna Martinez at a civil ceremony in Switzerland
  • May 26 Soccer star player Joshua Kennedy (23) weds Australian Opals player Jacinta Hamilton at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Port Melbourne
  • Jul 15 Soccer star player Ashley Cole (25) weds "Girls Aloud" member Cheryl Tweedy (23) at Holy Trinity Church in Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire
  • Jul 27 NASCAR driver Kurt Busch (27) weds Eva Bryan in Eastville, Virginia

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 9 Tennis player Iva Majoli (29) weds local businessman Stipe Marić

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
  • Sep 12 NBA basketball star Tracy McGrady (27) weds CleRenda Harris at the sandy beach in Los Cabos, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 1 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (44) weds Tracy Boulware

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Nov 4 1996 summer Olympics gold medalist gymnast Dominique Moceanu (25) weds podiatrist Dr. Michael Canales (29) in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 7 NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon (38) weds Belgian model and actress Ingrid Vandebosch (36) at the Hacienda de San Antonio Resort in Colima, Mexico
  • Nov 11 Dutch Formula One racer Christijan Albers (27) weds Liselore Kooijman at The Grand in Amsterdam
  • Dec 27 Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California
  • Dec 30 Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada
  • Dec 31 L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 29 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (43) divorces Juanita Vanoy (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 3 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1954)
  • Jan 9 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 13 Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • Jan 13 Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • Jan 14 Mark Philo, English footballer (b. 1984)
  • Jan 19 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1921)
  • Feb 1 Dick Bass, American football player (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (b. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Feb 16 Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (b. 1925)
  • Feb 20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), dies at 86
  • Feb 23 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • Mar 1 Peter Osgood, English footballer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 4 Roman Ogaza, Polish footballer (b. 1952)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 6 Kirby Puckett, American MLB player (Minnesota Twins), dies of a stroke at 45

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Mar 11 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)
  • Mar 13 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 15 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • Mar 17 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)
  • Mar 26 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • Mar 30 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • Apr 6 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)
  • Apr 9 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)
  • Apr 13 Bill Baker, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 21 Telê Santana, Brazilian football manager (b. 1931)
  • Apr 24 Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • Apr 24 Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • May 3 Earl Woods, Athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 11 Floyd Patterson, American boxer, dies at 71

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • May 21 Spencer Clark, American racecar driver (b. 1987)
  • May 23 Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • May 26 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • May 27 Craig Heyward, American football player (b. 1966)
  • May 28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • Jun 2 Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)
  • Jun 11 Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 15 Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)
  • Jun 20 Billy Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Jun 23 Luke Graham, American wrestler (b. 1940)
  • Jun 29 Randy Walker, American football coach (b. 1954)
  • Jul 1 Fred Trueman, English cricketer (b. 1931)
  • Jul 30 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (b. 1924)
  • Jul 31 Paul Eells, American sportscaster (b. 1935)
  • Aug 13 Payao Poontarat, Thai Olympic boxer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 15 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • Aug 15 Faas Wilkes, Dutch international footballer
  • Aug 26 Clyde Walcott, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (b. 1983)
  • Sep 2 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75
  • Sep 4 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer (b. 1942)
  • Sep 8 Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
  • Sep 8 Erk Russell, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • Sep 9 Matt Gadsby, English footballer (b. 1979)
  • Sep 10 Patty Berg, American golfer (b. 1918)
  • Sep 16 Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • Sep 19 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (b. 1950)
  • Sep 22 Carla Benschop, Dutch basketball player (b. 1950)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 25 Sofia Muratova, Russian Olympic gold winning Gymnast, dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 26 Byron Nelson, American PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), dies at 94

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Sep 29 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1915)
  • Oct 1 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (b. 1952)
  • Oct 6 Puck Brouwer, Dutch athlete (b. 1930)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 6 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), dies at 94

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • Oct 8 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1975)
  • Oct 11 Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • Oct 27 Joe Niekro, American baseball player (b. 1944)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 28 Red Auerbach, American basketball coach and executive, dies of a heart attack at 89

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Oct 28 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (b. 1955)
  • Nov 3 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorean footballer (b. 1937)
  • Nov 6 Federico (Fico) López, Puerto Rican basketball player (b. 1962)
  • Nov 7 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • Nov 7 Johnny Sain, American baseball pitcher (b. 1917)
  • Nov 17 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (b. 1929)
  • Nov 17 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (b. 1927)
  • Nov 20 Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • Nov 22 Pat Dobson, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • Nov 23 Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 26 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish procyclist (b. 1975)
  • Nov 27 Casey Coleman, American sportscaster (b. 1951)
  • Dec 8 José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
  • Dec 12 Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • Dec 13 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive (b. 1932)
  • Dec 15 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • Dec 17 Larry Sherry, American baseball player (b. 1935)
  • Dec 21 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • Dec 22 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
  • Dec 23 Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)
  • Dec 30 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Dec 31 George Sisler, Jr., baseball executive (b. 1917)