2007 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 93rd Rose Bowl: #8 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 32-18
  • Jan 1 36th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Boise State beats #7 Oklahoma, 43-42 (OT)
  • Jan 2 73rd Orange Bowl: #5 Louisville beats #15 Wake Forest, 24-13
  • Jan 3 73rd Sugar Bowl: #4 LSU beats #11 Notre Dame, 41-14

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • Jan 8 9th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Ohio State, 41-14
  • Jan 21 AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts beat New England Patriots 38-34
  • Jan 21 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints 39-14
  • Jan 24 55th NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 12-9 at Dallas, Texas

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 95th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Fernando Gonzalez (7-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 95th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Feb 10 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 31-28

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership

  • Feb 18 56th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-132 at Las Vegas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Mar 10 28th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Pittsburgh, 65-42
  • Mar 11 54th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #8 North Carolina beats NC State, 89-80
  • Mar 11 48th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Arkansas, 77-56
  • Apr 2 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State 84-75
  • Apr 3 26th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Rutgers 59-46
  • Apr 8 71st Masters Golf Tournament: Zach Johnson wins, shooting a 289
  • Apr 14 160th Grand National: Robbie Power aboard Silver Birch wins
  • Apr 16 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:14:13 and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia 1st woman in 2:29:18
  • Apr 28 2007 NFL Draft: JaMarcus Russell from LSU first pick by Oakland Raiders
  • May 5 133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense wins in 2:02.17
  • May 19 132nd Preakness: Robby Albarado aboard Curlin wins in 1:53.46
  • May 19 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 1
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 23 15th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Liverpool 2-1 at Athens
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:44:03.5608 (244.257 km/h)
  • Jun 6 Stanley Cup: first time winners Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators 4-1
  • Jun 9 139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74
  • Jun 10 53rd LPGA Championship won by Suzann Pettersen
  • Jun 10 106th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Jun 10 106th Women's French Open: Justine Henin beats Ana Ivanovic (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 14 61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 0
  • Jun 17 107th US Golf Open: Ángel Cabrera shoots a 285 at Oakmont GC PA
  • Jun 28 Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies.
  • Jul 3 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-2 to win in Spain

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 8 121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)
  • Jul 10 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 22 136th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Jul 29 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 7 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 12 89th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 22 The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
  • Aug 24 11th World Championships in Athletics open at Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 2 11th World Championships in Athletics close at Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 9 127th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Novak Đoković (7-6, 7-6, 6-4)
  • Sep 9 127th Women's U.S. Open: Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-1, 6-3)
  • Oct 13 17th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-14 in South Bend
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Colorado Rockies beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 20 6th Rugby World Cup: South Africa beats England 15-6 at Saint-Denis
  • Oct 21 58th Formula One WDC: Kimi Raikkonen wins by one point
  • Oct 21 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 28 MLB World Series: Boston Red Sox defeat Colorado Rockies to win 4-0
  • Nov 18 59th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins
  • Nov 24 72nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-10 in Auburn
  • Nov 25 95th CFL Grey Cup: Saskatchewan Roughriders defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 23-19
  • Dec 1 16th SEC Championship Game: #5 LSU beats #14 Tennessee, 21-14
  • Dec 1 3rd ACC Championship Game: #6 Virginia Tech beats #12 Boston College, 30-16
  • Dec 1 12th Big 12 Championship Game: #9 Oklahoma beats #1 Missouri, 38-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 T. C. Williams High School’s newly constructed basketball court is named after Earl Lloyd

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Dec 2 96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1)
  • Dec 8 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Dec 29 Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0.

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Weddings in Sport

  • Feb 17 Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24 Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Apr 14 Supermodel Esther Canadas (30) weds MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau (34) in Spain

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria
  • Jul 22 Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California
  • Aug 6 NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (27) weds Chinese women's national basketball team member Ye Li (26) at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel in Shanghai
  • Aug 11 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota
  • Aug 25 Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano (37) weds "Dancing with the Stars" season 3 alumna Willa Ford (26) in Athens, Texas
  • Sep 29 Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Kildow (23) weds former Olympic skier Thomas Vonn (31) at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah

Deaths in Sport

Deaths 1 - 100 of 111

  • Jan 1 Ernie Koy, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Jan 1 Darrent Williams, American football player (b. 1982)
  • Jan 2 Don Massengale, American PGA Tour golfer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 2 Dan Shaver, NASCAR driver and ARCA race car driver/owner (b. 1950)
  • Jan 3 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • Jan 4 Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 4 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • Jan 6 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • Jan 9 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • Jan 13 Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • Jan 15 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • Jan 16 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • Jan 21 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • Jan 26 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 77
  • Jan 27 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • Jan 28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist (b. 1929)
  • Jan 28 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • Jan 29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • Feb 1 Ray Berres, American baseball player (b. 1907)
  • Feb 2 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • Feb 4 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • Feb 4 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 6 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Willye White, American athlete (b. 1939)
  • Feb 9 Hank Bauer, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Feb 22 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • Feb 23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • Feb 24 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • Mar 2 Clem Labine, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • Mar 8 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 9 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1921)
  • Mar 10 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 15 Bowie Kuhn, American commissioner of baseball (b. 1926)
  • Mar 16 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi cricketer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 18 Bob Woolmer, South African cricketer and Pakistan national coach (b. 1948)
  • Mar 23 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer (b. 1973)
  • Apr 1 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (b. 1923
  • Apr 3 Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)
  • Apr 5 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • Apr 16 Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • Apr 16 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • Apr 21 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 25 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • Apr 29 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (b. 1912)
  • Apr 29 Josh Hancock, American baseball player (b. 1978)
  • Apr 29 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)
  • Apr 30 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • May 7 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • May 20 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)
  • May 24 Bill Johnston, Australian cricketer (b. 1922)
  • May 28 Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • May 29 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jun 1 Arn Shein, American sports writer (b. 1928)
  • Jun 4 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Jun 4 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jun 19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (b. 1947)
  • Jun 22 Erik Parlevliet, Dutch field hockey player (b. 1964)
  • Jun 23 Rod Beck, American Major League Baseball relief pitcher, dies at 38
  • Jun 24 Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 25 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher (b. 1933)
  • Jun 26 Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27 Patrick Allotey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1979)
  • Jul 14 John Ferguson Sr, former professional hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jul 22 Jarrod Cunningham New Zealand rugby player (b. 1968)
  • Jul 22 Mike Coolbaugh former baseball player and coach (b.1972)
  • Jul 22 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (b. 1906)
  • Jul 26 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (b. 1950)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 30 Bill Walsh, American football coach (San Fransisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Aug 13 Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • Aug 15 Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
  • Aug 17 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • Aug 25 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • Aug 28 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer (b. 1984)
  • Aug 29 Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)
  • Aug 31 Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 15 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, dies following a helicopter crash at 39
  • Sep 20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, dies at 79
  • Sep 21 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1929)
  • Sep 22 Bodinho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 26 Bill Wirtz, American sports team owner (b. 1929)
  • Oct 1 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (b. 1936) (Olympics-gold-56, 60, 64, 68) dies aged 71
  • Oct 2 Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)
  • Oct 7 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1975)
  • Oct 19 Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)
  • Oct 20 Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • Oct 26 Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • Oct 30 John Woodruff, American athlete (b. 1915)
  • Oct 31 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (b. 1951)
  • Nov 6 George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster (b. c1939)
  • Nov 12 Khanmohammed Ibrahim, Indian cricketer (b. 1919)
  • Nov 13 John Doherty, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Nov 13 Kazuhisa Inao, Japanese baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Nov 15 Joe Nuxhall, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1928)
  • Nov 19 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • Nov 21 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1928)
  • Nov 21 Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1931)