2009 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 95th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #6 Penn State, 38-24
  • Jan 1 75th Orange Bowl: #21 Virginia Tech beats #12 Cincinnati, 20-7
  • Jan 2 75th Sugar Bowl: #6 Utah beats #4 Alabama, 31-17
  • Jan 5 38th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas beats #10 Ohio State, 24-21
  • Jan 8 11th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14

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Jan 12 Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year at a ceremony in Zurich

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens 23-14
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles 32-25
  • Jan 25 57th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 12-11 at Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 1 Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona Cardinals, 27-23 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh, WR
  • Feb 1 97th Men's Australian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 97th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Dinara Safina (6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Feb 8 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 30-21
  • Feb 15 58th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 146-119 at Phoenix
  • Mar 3 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 Moises Alou announces he will retire following the World Baseball Classic

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou

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Mar 7 Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Real Madrid

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar
  • Mar 13 30th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Louisville beats #10 Villanova, 69-55
  • Mar 15 56th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Duke beats #22 Florida State, 79-69
  • Mar 15 50th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Tennessee, 64-61
  • Mar 22 Cricket Women's World Cup: England defeats New Zealand by 4 wickets
  • Apr 4 162nd Grand National: Liam Treadwell aboard Mon Mome wins
  • Apr 6 71st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan State 89-72
  • Apr 7 28th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville 76-54
  • Apr 12 73rd Masters Golf Tournament: Ángel Cabrera wins, shooting a 276
  • Apr 20 113th Boston Marathon: Deriba Merga of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:08:42 and Salina Kosgei of Kenya 1st woman in 2:32:16
  • Apr 25 2009 NFL Draft: Matthew Stafford from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions
  • May 2 135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Bird wins in 2:02.66
  • May 16 134th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:19:34.6427 (241.913 km/h)
  • May 26 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Carolina Hurricanes, 4 games to 0
  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 27 17th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Manchester United 2-0 at Rome
  • Jun 6 141st Belmont: Kent Desormeaux aboard Summer Bird wins in 2:27.54

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 108th Men's French Open: Roger Federer beats Robin Soderling (6-1, 7-6, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jun 7 108th Women's French Open: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Dinara Safina (6-4, 6-2)
  • Jun 12 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Detroit Red Wings 4-3, Evgeni Malkin 1st Russian to win MVP
  • Jun 14 63rd NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 14 55th LPGA Championship won by Anna Nordqvist
  • Jun 22 109th US Golf Open: Lucas Glover shoots a 276 at Bethpage State Park NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 Mike Babcock is named head coach of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics (they would win the gold medal)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • Jul 5 116th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-2)
  • Jul 5 123rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14), winning a record 15th Grand Slam titles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Jul 14 80th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Busch Stadium, St Louis
  • Jul 19 138th British Golf Open: Stewart Cink shoots a 278 at Ailsa Course
  • Jul 23 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0.
  • Jul 26 96th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • Aug 15 12th World Championships in Athletics open at Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 16 91st PGA Championship: Yang Yong-eun shoots a 280 at Hazeltine National Golf Club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 12th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 100m

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 20 12th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 200m
  • Aug 23 12th World Championships in Athletics close at Berlin, Germany
  • Sep 14 129th Men's U.S. Open: Juan Martin del Potro beats Roger Federer (3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2)
  • Sep 14 129th Women's U.S. Open: Kim Clijsters beats Caroline Wozniacki (7-5, 6-3)
  • Oct 2 Rio de Janeiro is elected the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Oct 18 QB Tom Brady throws five second quarter touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 24 19th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 20-16 in South Bend (Notre Dame's first win in the series in nine years)
  • Oct 25 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 2
  • Nov 1 60th Formula One WDC: Jenson Button wins by 11 points
  • Nov 4 MLB World Series: New York Yankees defeat Philadelphia Phillies to win 4-2
  • Nov 5 US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan (US Army Medical Corps) killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting ever at a US military installation.
  • Nov 27 74th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 26-21 in Auburn
  • Nov 29 97th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeats Saskatchewan Roughriders, 28-27
  • Dec 5 18th SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #1 Florida, 32-13
  • Dec 5 5th ACC Championship Game: #12 Georgia Tech beats #25 Clemson, 39-34
  • Dec 5 14th Big 12 Championship Game: #3 Texas beats #21 Nebraska, 13-12
  • Dec 6 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Dec 14 75th Heisman Trophy Award: Mark Ingram, Jr., Alabama (RB)

Weddings in Sport

  • Feb 7 Actress and skating champ Kristy Swanson (39) weds 1993 World Pair Skater Champion Lloyd Eisler (45) at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California
  • Feb 14 Victoria's Secret Angel model Adriana Lima (31) weds NBA player Marko Jaric (33) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Cricketer Martin Crowe (46) weds former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes (44) in an intimate ceremony

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 26 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen (32) weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (35) at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Mar 14 New Zealand cricketer Martin Crow marries ex-Miss Universe Lorraine Downes

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode (29) weds technician Michael Harryman in El Monte, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 Tennis player champion Roger Federer (27) weds former WTA tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec (31) in Basel, Switzerland

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 17 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • May 1 Olympic swimmer gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia
  • May 16 Actress Jennifer Freeman (23) weds NBA guard Earl Watson (29) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 9 Boxing legend Mike Tyson (43) weds Lakiha Spicer (32) at La Bella Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Tennis ace Boris Becker (41) weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Jun 27 "Playboy Playmate" model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds NFL player beau Hank Baskett (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 29 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Businesswoman and TV personality Khloé Kardashian (28) weds NBA basketball forward Lamar Odom (32) in Beverly Hills, California

TV Personality Khloé Kardashian
TV Personality
Khloé Kardashian

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 10 Ice hockey right winger Pavel Bure (38) weds model Alina Khasanova (23) in Moscow, Russia

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 9 Elizabeth Watson (39) divorces MLB outfielder Barry Bonds (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • Jan 11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
  • Jan 16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • Jan 22 Billy Werber, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Jan 24 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • Jan 29 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 30 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • Feb 10 Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • Feb 20 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • Feb 26 Norm Van Lier, Basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 26 Johnny Kerr, Basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)
  • Mar 2 Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 George McAfee, former American football player (b. 1918)
  • Mar 4 Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 21 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • Mar 22 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • Mar 23 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 24 George Kell, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Mar 25 Johnny Blanchard, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Mar 25 Gábor Ocskay, Hungarian hockey player (b. 1975)
  • Mar 25 Giovanni Parisi, Italian boxer (b. 1967)
  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, MLB pitcher (b. 1986)
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (b. 1954)
  • May 6 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • May 8 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • May 9 Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • May 15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • May 26 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)
  • May 29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • Jun 9 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • Jul 1 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan professional boxer (b. 1952)
  • Jul 4 Steve McNair, American football player (b. 1973)
  • Jul 11 Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian professional boxer (b. 1972)
  • Jul 19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • Jul 25 Vernon Forrest, Professional boxer, 2-division world champion (b. 1971)
  • Jul 28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • Jul 31 Sir Bobby Robson, English professional football player and manager (b. 1933)
  • Aug 8 Daniel Jarque, Spanish football player (b. 1983)
  • Aug 11 Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)
  • Sep 14 Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (b. 1982)
  • Sep 16 Myles Brand, NCAA President (b. 1942)
  • Oct 12 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian cyclist (b. 1974)
  • Oct 27 David Shepherd, English cricket umpire (b. 1940)
  • Nov 10 Robert Enke, German football goalkeeper (b. 1977)
  • Nov 16 Antonio de Nigris, Mexican footballer (b. 1978)
  • Nov 18 Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • Nov 20 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author (b. 1915)
  • Nov 24 Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards (b. 1923)
  • Dec 2 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (b. 1938)
  • Dec 14 Alan A'Court, English footballer (b. 1934)
  • Dec 17 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • Dec 22 Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Dec 23 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (4 Tests for WI), dies at 65
  • Dec 24 George Michael, American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)