Events in Sport in 2016

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 3 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 5 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 104th Women's Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams (6-4 3-6 6-4)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 104th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Feb 9 Super Bowl L: Denver Broncos defeat Carolina Panthers 24–10, at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara. Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform the halftime show.

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Feb 17 Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are "worse than animals."

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Mar 7 Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

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Mar 7 Maria Sharapova reveals she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open in January

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Mar 24 English footballer Adam Johnson sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual activity with a schoolgirl
  • Apr 10 80th Masters Golf Tournament: England's Danny Willett wins, shooting a five-under 283
  • May 2 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • May 7 142nd Kentucky Derby: Nyquist ridden by Mario Gutierrez wins in 2:01.31

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May 14 Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move "Backflip" in competition

  • May 21 141st Preakness Stakes: Kent Desormeaux aboard Exaggerator wins in 1 minute 58 seconds
  • Jun 4 115th Women's French Open: Garbiñe Muguruza beats Serena Williams (7-5, 6-4) to claim her 1st grand slam title
  • Jun 5 115th Men's French Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4) to win his first French title
  • Jun 11 148th Belmont Stakes: Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Creator wins in 2:28:51

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Jun 12 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jun 19 116th US Golf Open: Dustin Johnson wins with a one-under-par 69 by three shots, controversially penalised 1 stroke at Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win their first title defeating Golden State Warriors 4–3 - 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit
  • Jul 9 123rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf's 22 grand slam singles tiles
  • Jul 10 UEFA European Championship: Portugal defeat France 1-0 in extra time at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 10 130th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Andy Murray beats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2)

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jul 17 145th British Golf Open Championship: Swede Henrik Stenson shoots a record 264 to win at Royal Troon Golf Club, Scotland
  • Jul 24 103rd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • Jul 31 98th PGA Championship: Jimmy Walker wins his first major by 1 shot at Baltusrol Golf Club
  • Aug 5 31st Summer Olympics offically opens in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Aug 12 American swimmer Katie Ledecky's medal tally of 4 golds, 1 silver make her the most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics, highest female of Rio games and 1st swimmer to win 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at same Olympics since 1968

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky

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Aug 13 American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at Rio Olympics winning 4x100 medley relay, his 23rd Gold medal, as world's most decorated Olympian

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Aug 14 Usain Bolt wins 100m Olympic gold at Rio - 1st man to win this event 3 times

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 21 31st Summer Olympics closes at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 26 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US
  • Sep 10 136th Women's U.S. Open: Angelique Kerber defeats Karolina Pliskova (6-3, 4-6, 6-4)
  • Sep 11 136th Men's U.S. Open: Stan Wawrinka defeats Novak Đoković (6-7, 1-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3)
  • Sep 25 PGA's FedEx Cup won by Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, prize money $10 million at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta

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Oct 2 Vin Scully broadcasts his last Dodgers game after a record 67 seasons

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully
  • Oct 2 41st Ryder Cup: US wins 17-11 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota
  • Oct 12 Auston Matthews becomes 1st player to score 4 goals in his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa
  • Oct 16 Ed Whitlock at 85 becomes oldest person to complete a marathon under 4 hours, at Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes
  • Nov 2 MLB World Series: Chicago Cubs defeat Cleveland Indians in game 7, 8-7, 1st Cubs series win for 108 years
  • Nov 27 Nico Rosberg clinches the F1 World Driver's Championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • Nov 29 Former NFL player Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years in prison for a series of rapes
  • Dec 1 Former NFL player Joe McKnight is shot and killed during a road rage incident in Terrytown, Louisiana
  • Dec 10 82nd Heisman Trophy Award: Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals (QB), youngest player to win at 19
  • Dec 12 Cristiano Ronaldo wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the 4th time