Events in Sport in 2012

  • Jan 2 98th Rose Bowl: #6 Oregon beats #9 Wisconsin, 45-38
  • Jan 2 41st Fiesta Bowl: #3 Oklahoma State beats #4 Stanford, 41-38 (OT)
  • Jan 3 78th Sugar Bowl: #13 Michigan beats #11 Virginia Tech, 23-20
  • Jan 4 78th Orange Bowl: #23 West Virginia beats #14 Clemson, 70-33
  • Jan 8 "The 3:16 Game" AFC Wild Card Playof, underdogs Denver Broncos defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 29–23 with Tim Tebow connecting with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on first scrimmage play of overtime

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 9 Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the second consecutive year

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jan 9 14th BCS National Championship: #2 Alabama beats #1 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 22 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Baltimore Ravens 23-20
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers 20-17 (OT)
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 59-41

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 100th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 100th Women's Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka beats Maria Sharapova (6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jan 29 59th NHL All-Star Game: Team Chara beats Team Alfredsson 12-9 at Ottawa, Ontario
  • Feb 2 NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989
  • Feb 5 Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17 at the Lucas Oil Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 5 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Feb 17 Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece
  • Feb 26 61st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 152-149 at Orlando
  • Mar 10 33rd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Louisville beats Cincinnati, 50-44
  • Mar 11 59th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #17 Florida State beats #4 North Carolina, 85-82
  • Mar 11 53rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Vanderbilt beats Kentucky, 71-64

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Mar 16 Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar becomes first cricketer to score 100 international centuries

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Mar 17 Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur
  • Mar 18 Superleague Greece football match between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is abandoned after fans set fire to Athens' Olympic Stadium
  • Apr 2 74th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky defeats Kansas 67-59
  • Apr 3 31st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Notre Dame 80-61
  • Apr 4 Somalia's National Theatre is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation
  • Apr 8 76th Masters Golf Tournament: Bubba Watson wins, shooting a 278
  • Apr 14 165th Grand National: Daryl Jacob aboard Neptune Collonges wins
  • Apr 16 116th Boston Marathon: Wesley Korir of Kenya 1st man in 2:12:40 and Sharon Cherop of Kenya 1st woman in 2:31:50
  • Apr 21 Chicago White Sox pitcher, Philip Humber, pitches the 21st MLB perfect game against the Seattle Mariners
  • Apr 22 30 year old woman collapses and dies during London Marathon
  • Apr 23 38,000 London Marathon entrants have their home and email contacts published in a data protection breach
  • Apr 26 2012 NFL Draft: Andrew Luck from University of Stanford first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 30 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history
  • May 1 Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion
  • May 2 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals
  • May 5 138th Kentucky Derby: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 2:01.83
  • May 13 Manchester City win the English Premier League for the first time
  • May 19 137th Preakness: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 1:55.94
  • May 19 20th UEFA Champions League Final: Chelsea beats Bayern Munich (1-1, 4-3 on penalties) at Munich
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings beat Phoenix Coyotes, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:58.51.2532 (269.934 km/h)
  • Jun 1 New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana pitches a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 3 Tiger Woods' 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus's record

  • Jun 9 144th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Union Rags wins in 2:30.42
  • Jun 10 58th LPGA Championship won by Shanshan Feng
  • Jun 11 Stanley Cup: Los Angeles Kings defeat New Jersey Devils in 6 games

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 111th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković (6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jun 11 111th Women's French Open: Maria Sharapova beats Sara Errani (6-3, 6-2)

  • Jun 13 San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise's history against the Houston Astros
  • Jun 17 112th US Golf Open: American golfer, Webb Simpson shoots a 281 at Olympic Club CA
  • Jun 21 Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA finals after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to one
  • Jun 21 66th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 24 Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time
  • Jul 1 UEFA European Championship: Spain crush Italy 4-0 in Kiev

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats A Radwańska (6-1 5-7 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 126th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jul 10 83rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 11 20th ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Brittney Griner win

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Jul 22 141st British Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 273 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
  • Jul 22 99th Tour de France won by Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain
  • Jul 25 The 2012 Summer Olympics begin (Opening ceremony 27th)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 Queen Elizabeth II opens the 30th Olympics in London, United Kingdom (with some help from 007)

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 Zara Phillips wins silver on her horse High Kingdom in Olympic equestrian eventing final

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips
  • Aug 1 8 Women's badminton doubles players are disqualified from the 2012 summer Olympics for "not using one's best efforts to win a match"
  • Aug 4 South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first amputee to compete at the Olympics
  • Aug 5 General Motors signs a record breaking $559 million marketing deal with Manchester United

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 12 94th PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy shoots a 275 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Aug 12 30th Olympic Games closes at London, United Kingdom
  • Aug 13 Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus is stripped of her shot-put gold medal after failing a drugs test
  • Aug 15 Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)
  • Aug 20 South Africa become the top-ranked test cricket nation after defeating England

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 26 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 The USADA claims to have stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 132nd Men's U.S. Open: Andy Murray beats Novak Đoković (7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Sep 10 132nd Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka (6-2, 2-6, 7-5)
  • Sep 13 19 people are killed after a freight elevator crashes from 100 meters in Wuhan, China
  • Sep 16 NHL locks out its players after the expiry of the collective bargaining agreement
  • Sep 30 39th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 14.5-13.5 at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, U.S

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Formula One legend Michael Schumacher retires

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 18 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 22 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 25 The double dip recession in the UK economy ends with growth of 1.0% in GDP in the third quarter of 2012, with help from the London Olympic Games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 28 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2012 Formula One Indian Grand Prix

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • Oct 28 MLB World Series: San Francisco Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers to win 4-0
  • Oct 28 Pablo Sandoval is named MLB 2012 World Series MVP.
  • Nov 10 22nd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 21-6 in Chestnut Hill

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Nov 12 Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 Lewis Hamilton wins the 2012 US Formula One Grand Prix

Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula One Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • Nov 18 Brad Keselowski wins the 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup
  • Nov 18 101st Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Spain in Prague (3-2)
  • Nov 21 Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo is sacked and replaced by Rafael Benítez
  • Nov 24 The continued NHL lockout results in all games to December 14 being cancelled
  • Nov 24 77th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 49-0 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 25 100th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Calgary Stampeders, 35-22
  • Nov 25 63rd Formula One WDC: Sebastian Vettel wins by three points
  • Dec 1 21st SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #3 Georgia, 32-28
  • Dec 1 8th ACC Championship Game: #13 Florida State beats Georgia Tech, 21-15
  • Dec 9 13 people are killed and 10 are injured after a bus rolls of a cliff and falls 100 meters in Taiwan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Juan Manuel Márquez knocks out Manny Pacquiao in round six for the WBO light welterweight title

  • Dec 10 78th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (QB) (first freshman to win the award)
  • Dec 16 Corinthians defeat Chelsea 1-0 to win the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup
  • Dec 21 The NHL announces a further cancellation of games until January 14 brining the total number of cancelled games to 625
  • Dec 22 Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania