2011 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 97th Rose Bowl: #3 TCU beats #4 Wisconsin, 21-19
  • Jan 1 40th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Oklahoma beats #25 Connecticut, 48-20
  • Jan 3 77th Orange Bowl: #5 Stanford beats #12 Virginia Tech, 40-12
  • Jan 4 77th Sugar Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #8 Arkansas, 31-26

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 10 Lionel Messi wins the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or, for being the best football player in 2010

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jan 10 13th BCS National Championship: #1 Auburn beats #2 Oregon, 22-19
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat New York Jets 24-19
  • Jan 23 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears 21-14
  • Jan 30 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-41

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 99th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (6-4, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jan 30 99th Women's Australian Open: Kim Clijsters beats Li Na (3-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Jan 30 58th NHL All-Star Game: Team Lidstrom beats Team Staal 11-10 at Raleigh, North Carolina

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 5 Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25 at the Cowboys Stadium MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers
  • Feb 20 60th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 148-143 at Los Angeles
  • Mar 12 32nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Connecticut beats #3 Louisville, 69-66
  • Mar 13 58th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 75-58
  • Mar 13 52nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 70-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 22 Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty for misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and is sentenced to six years probation

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • Apr 4 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler 53-41
  • Apr 5 30th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas A&M beats Notre Dame 76-70
  • Apr 9 164th Grand National: Jason Maguire aboard Ballabriggs wins
  • Apr 10 75th Masters Golf Tournament: Charl Schwartzel wins, shooting a 274
  • Apr 18 115th Boston Marathon: Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya 1st man in 2:03:02 (course record) and Caroline Kilel of Kenya 1st woman in 2:22:36
  • Apr 23 Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.
  • Apr 28 2011 NFL Draft: Cam Newton from University of Auburn first pick by Carolina Panthers
  • May 7 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04
  • May 21 136th Preakness: Jesús Castañón aboard Shackleford wins in 1:56.47
  • May 24 NHL Western Conference Finals: Vancouver Canucks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 1
  • May 27 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Bruins beat Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 games to 3
  • May 28 19th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Manchester United 3-1 at London
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 2:56:11.7267 (274.015 km/h)
  • Jun 5 110th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1)
  • Jun 5 110th Women's French Open: Li Na beats Francesca Schiavone (6-4, 7-6)
  • Jun 11 143rd Belmont: Jose Valdivia Jr aboard Ruler On Ice wins in 2:30.88
  • Jun 12 65th NBA Championship: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 15 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3
  • Jun 19 111th US Golf Open: Rory McIlroy shoots a 268 at Congressional GC MD
  • Jun 26 57th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 118th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Petra Kvitová beats Maria Sharapova (6-3 6-4)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jul 3 125th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal (6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3)
  • Jul 12 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix
  • Jul 17 140th British Golf Open: Darren Clarke shoots a 275 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jul 24 98th Tour de France won by Cadel Evans of Australia
  • Aug 14 93rd PGA Championship: Keegan Bradley shoots a 272 at Atlanta Athletic Club
  • Aug 27 13th World Championships in Athletics open at Daegu, South Korea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 13th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 200m

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Sep 4 13th World Championships in Athletics close at Daegu, South Korea
  • Sep 12 131st Men's U.S. Open: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal (6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 131st Women's U.S. Open: Samantha Stosur beats Serena Williams (6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 23 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland
  • Oct 27 MLB World Series Game 6: St. Louis Cardinal 3B David Freese hits game-tying 2 run triple with 2 outs in the 9th and then hits walk-off home run in the 11th
  • Oct 28 MLB World Series: St. Louis Cardinals defeat Texas Rangers to win 4-3
  • Nov 19 21st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 16-14 in South Bend
  • Nov 26 76th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 42-14 in Auburn
  • Nov 27 99th CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 34-23

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 27 62nd Formula One WDC: Sebastian Vettel wins by 122 points

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • Dec 3 20th SEC Championship Game: #1 LSU beats #16 Georgia, 42-10
  • Dec 3 7th ACC Championship Game: #21 Clemson beats #5 Virginia Tech, 38-10
  • Dec 4 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)
  • Dec 12 77th Heisman Trophy Award: Robert Griffin III, Baylor (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Weddings in Sport

  • Jan 15 PGA golfer Hunter Mahan (28) weds former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Kandi Harris in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 16 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati (36) weds Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta (32) at Bandra, Mumbai
  • May 22 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 9 NBA Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (24) weds long-term girlfriend Jaime Collins at Louisiana
  • Jul 23 "Pittsburgh Steelers" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (29) weds Ashley Harlan at Christ Church of Grove Farm in Ohio Township

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 30 Granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and British equestrian Zara Phillips (30) weds England rugby player Mike Tindall (32) at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 20 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (30) weds basketball player Kris Humphries (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
  • Oct 29 Actress Eva Amurri (26) weds former Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino (31) in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Nov 11 TV personality Kim Zolciak (33) weds Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Biermann (26) in Roswell, Georgia

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 28 "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 31 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Coen Moulijn, Dutch footballer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 6 Uche Okafor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 8 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 15 Nat Lofthouse, English Footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 8 Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Feb 11 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 11 Chuck Tanner, American Baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Feb 19 Ollie Matson, American Football Running Back (b. 1930)
  • Feb 27 Duke Snider, American professional baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Ed Manning, American basketball player and coach (b. 1943)
  • Mar 21 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 21 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • Apr 10 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Apr 10 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)
  • Apr 18 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer (b. 1985)
  • May 3 Sergo Kotrikadze, Georgian footballer (b. 1936)
  • May 5 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 7 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer, dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • May 8 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • May 9 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)
  • May 10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • May 13 Derek Boogaard, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1982)
  • May 17 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (b. 1936)
  • May 20 Randy Savage, American Pro-Wrestler (b. 1952)
  • May 25 Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)
  • May 27 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • Jun 7 Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (b. 1937)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 11 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, dies at 80

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • Jun 23 Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)
  • Jun 24 Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)
  • Jun 27 Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)
  • Jun 30 Barry Bremen, American sports imposter and business man (b. 1947)
  • Jul 9 Don Ackerman, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • Jul 13 Allan Jeans, Australian football player and coach (b. 1933)
  • Jul 16 Forrest Blue, American football player (b. 1944)
  • Jul 22 Cees de Wolf, Dutch footballer (b. 1945)
  • Aug 3 Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • Aug 4 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • Aug 15 Rick Rypien, Canadian hockey player (b. 1984)
  • Aug 24 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • Aug 28 Bernie Gallacher, British footballer (Aston Villa) (b. 1967)
  • Aug 31 Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)
  • Sep 4 Lee Roy Selmon, American football player (b. 1954)
  • Sep 11 Christian Bakkerud, Danish racing driver (b. 1984)
  • Sep 11 Ralph Gubbins, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 12 Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1985)
  • Oct 1 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golfer (b. 1931)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 8 Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Oct 9 Pavel Karelin, Russian ski jumper (b. 1989)
  • Oct 15 Betty Driver, British Actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 16 Dan Wheldon, English auto racer (b. 1978)
  • Oct 23 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1987)
  • Oct 31 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 7 Joe Frazier, Olympic Heavyweight Boxer, dies of liver cancer at 67

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Nov 17 Kurt Budke, American basketball coach (b. 1961)
  • Nov 23 Jim Rathmann, 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner, dies at 83
  • Nov 27 Gary Speed, Former Welsh international footballer and Wales national football team manager (b. 1969)
  • Dec 4 Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)
  • Dec 5 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Dec 5 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 15 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80