2008 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 94th Rose Bowl: #6 Southern California beats #13 Illinois, 49-17
  • Jan 1 74th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #10 Hawai'i, 41-10
  • Jan 2 37th Fiesta Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #3 Oklahoma, 48-28
  • Jan 3 74th Orange Bowl: #8 Kansas beats #5 Virginia Tech, 24-21
  • Jan 7 10th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers 21-12
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers 23-20 (OT)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 96th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 96th Women's Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic (7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jan 27 56th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 8-7 at Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 3 Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • Feb 10 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 42-30
  • Feb 17 57th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 134-128 at New Orleans
  • Mar 15 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65
  • Mar 16 55th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 North Carolina beats #22 Clemson, 86-81
  • Mar 16 49th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Arkansas, 66-57
  • Mar 22 The French Swimmer Alain Bernard sets the world record of 47.50 for the 100 m freestyle long course after winning the European LC Championships 2008.
  • Apr 5 161st Grand National: Timmy Murphy aboard Comply or Die wins
  • Apr 7 70th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Memphis 75-68
  • Apr 8 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford 64-48
  • Apr 13 72nd Masters Golf Tournament: Trevor Immelman wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 20 Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
  • Apr 21 112th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:45 and Dire Tune of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:25:25
  • Apr 26 2008 NFL Draft: Jake Long from University of Michigan first pick by Miami Dolphins
  • May 3 134th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 2:01.82
  • May 17 133rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 1:54.80
  • May 18 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 1
  • May 19 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • May 21 16th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Chelsea (1-1, 6-5 on penalties) at Moscow
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon wins in 3:28:57.6792 (231.049 km/h)
  • Jun 4 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2
  • Jun 7 140th Belmont: Alan Garcia aboard Da Tara wins in 2:29.65
  • Jun 8 54th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
  • Jun 8 107th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-1, 6-3, 6-0)
  • Jun 8 107th Men's French Open: Ana Ivanovic beats Dinara Safina (6-4, 6-3)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 16 108th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 283 at Torrey Pines GC CA

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jun 17 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 23 Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners hits a grand slam home run against New York Mets, 1st pitcher since Steve Dunning in 1971
  • Jun 29 UEFA European Championship: Spain defeat Germany 1-0 in Vienna

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 115th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Serena Williams (7-5 6-4)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 122nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jul 16 79th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Jul 20 137th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 283 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club
  • Jul 20 16th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Candace Parker win
  • Jul 27 95th Tour de France won by Carlos Sastre of Spain
  • Aug 8 29th Olympic Games opens at Beijing, China
  • Aug 10 90th PGA Championship: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Oakland Hills Country Club

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 16 Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 24 29th Olympic Games closes at Beijing, China
  • Aug 24 Summer Olympics in Beijing becomes the most watched event on TV ever - nearly 5 billion, 70% of world's population

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 128th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (6-2, 7-5, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 128th Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Jelena Jankovic (6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 Greg Maddux pitches his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Sep 21 The final home game is played at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Sep 21 37th Ryder Cup: US wins 16.5-11.5 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Sep 27 Greg Maddux wins his final start of his career (#355)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick defeat Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine in a match for charity, raising over $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 MLB American League Championship: Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 23 Joe Sakic scores his final career goal (#625) against the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Oct 29 MLB World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies defeat Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 to become champions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 59th Formula One WDC: Lewis Hamilton wins by one point

Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula One Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • Nov 8 18th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 17-0 in Chestnut Hill
  • Nov 16 60th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Patrick Roy's #33 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Nov 22 13th Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Australia 34-20
  • Nov 23 97th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Mar del Plata (3-1)
  • Nov 23 96th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Montreal Alouettes, 22-14
  • Nov 29 73rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 36-0 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama's first win in the series in seven years
  • Dec 5 O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery
  • Dec 6 17th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #1 Alabama, 31-20
  • Dec 6 4th ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech beats #18 Boston College, 30-12
  • Dec 6 13th Big 12 Championship Game: #4 Oklahoma beats #19 Missouri, 62-21
  • Dec 15 74th Heisman Trophy Award: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 Phil Jackson becomes the sixth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games

  • Dec 28 The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay Packers The first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Denver Broncos

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan

Weddings in Sport

  • Apr 19 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Jun 14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 28 Golfing legend Greg Norman (53) weds former tennis star Chris Evert (53) in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Sep 22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 28 American tennis player Mardy Fish (26) weds "Deal or No Deal" model Stacey Gardner at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 18 Tennis player Michael Chang (35) weds fellow tennis player Amber Liu (24) at Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills, California

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • Oct 25 Olympic gold medal-winning skier Picabo Street (37) weds John Reeser (31) on top of Alabama's Prospect Mountain in Hanceville

Divorces in Sport

  • Jul 7 Cynthia Rodriguez (35) divorces New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (32) due to long period of infidelity and emotional abandonment after 6 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • Jan 5 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • Jan 8 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • Jan 10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • Jan 13 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Feb 6 Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • Feb 17 Brian Harris, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 18 Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
  • Feb 23 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 25 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • Feb 27 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Mar 16 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), dies at 95
  • Mar 20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 25 Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • Mar 27 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA (b. 1921)
  • Mar 30 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • Mar 30 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • Apr 14 Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Apr 19 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive (b. 1941)
  • May 8 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • May 9 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
  • May 11 Bruno Neves, portuguese cyclist that died in competition (b.1981)
  • May 15 Tommy Burns, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • May 15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • May 29 Luc Bourdon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1987)
  • Jun 7 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (b. 1921)
  • Jun 11 Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • Jun 11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player (b. 1951)
  • Jun 12 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
  • Jun 16 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • Jun 19 Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • Jun 21 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • Jul 3 Ernie Cooksey, English Footballer (b. 1980)
  • Jul 4 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • Jul 10 Mike Souchak, professional golfer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 12 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), dies from complications related to brain cancer at 62
  • Jul 15 Gyorgy Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist, Olympics medalist. (b. 1972)
  • Aug 4 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • Aug 8 Orville Moody, American golfer (b. 1933)
  • Aug 15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • Aug 16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 20 Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • Aug 25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • Aug 28 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • Sep 6 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)
  • Sep 7 Don Haskins, American College Basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • Sep 24 Mickey Vernon, American baseball player (b. 1918)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and popcorn mogul (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Sep 28 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres)
  • Oct 13 Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (b. 1989)
  • Oct 20 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • Oct 23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • Nov 11 Herb Score, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Nov 17 Pete Newell, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Dec 8 Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)
  • Dec 9 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • Dec 13 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • Dec 17 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 17 Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)