February 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 3 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Feb 3 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Landover, Maryland
  • Feb 5 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit

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Feb 9 Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Feb 10 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 12 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

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Feb 12 Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 13 NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
  • Feb 14 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 15 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec
  • Feb 15 Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals
  • Feb 16 Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
  • Feb 17 Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Feb 17 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins (177.602 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • Feb 19 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
  • Feb 21 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44
  • Feb 21 Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olympic gold, for the giant slalom

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Feb 22 USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
  • Feb 23 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • Feb 24 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • Feb 24 USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
  • Feb 26 Richard Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft

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Feb 29 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Moisés Muñoz, Mexican footballer
  • Feb 1 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 1 Héctor Luna, Dominican Republic baseball player
  • Feb 2 Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • Feb 8 Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • Feb 9 Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • Feb 10 César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Feb 10 Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Feb 10 Steve Tully, English footballer, born in Paignton, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Feb 11 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer, born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland (d. 2004)
  • Feb 11 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 12 Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player, born in Ontinyent, Spain
  • Feb 13 Kristy Powell, US gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Stuart, Florida
  • Feb 13 Sebastian Kehl, German footballer, born in Fulda, Germany
  • Feb 14 Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer
  • Feb 16 Ashley Lelie, American football player
  • Feb 17 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 17 Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
  • Feb 17 Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • Feb 18 Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Feb 18 Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
  • Feb 19 Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • Feb 20 Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
  • Feb 20 Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
  • Feb 21 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
  • Feb 21 Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 21 Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 23 Yvonne Tousek, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Feb 24 Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
  • Feb 25 Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • Feb 26 Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player
  • Feb 28 Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
  • Feb 28 Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
  • Feb 28 Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer
  • Feb 28 Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
  • Feb 29 Ruben Plaza, Spanish cyclist
  • Feb 29 Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 29 Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
  • Feb 29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 1 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 28 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies