January 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • Jan 1 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • Jan 1 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 2 68th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Sadri (7-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 2 68th Women's Australian Open: Barbara Jordan beats Sharon Walsh (6-3, 6-3)
  • Jan 6 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 27-13
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0
  • Jan 7 Minn ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends
  • Jan 8 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • Jan 8 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • Jan 10 Jim Stewart, Bruin's rookie goalie allows 3 goals in his 1st 4 mins & a total of 5 in 1st period; he never again plays in NHL
  • Jan 12 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 20 Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena, MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
  • Jan 22 PGA begins a senior golf tour
  • Jan 22 West Indies beat England 2-0 to win cricket's 1st World Series Cup
  • Jan 25 Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics
  • Jan 26 Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 37-27
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Stephanie Stiegler, pairs skater (& Zimmerman), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 3 Angela Ruggiero, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 3 David Tyree, American football player
  • Jan 4 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist
  • Jan 4 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer
  • Jan 6 Steed Malbranque, French footballer
  • Jan 9 Sergio García Fernández, Spanish professional golfer (31 tour victories), born in Borriol, Spain
  • Jan 10 Matt Roney, American baseball player
  • Jan 11 Mike Williams, American football player, born in South Carolina, United States
  • Jan 12 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player
  • Jan 13 Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
  • Jan 13 Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • Jan 13 Michael Rupp, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 14 Clive Clarke, Irish footballer
  • Jan 14 Cory Gibbs, American soccer player
  • Jan 14 Ossama Haidar, a Lebanese soccer player
  • Jan 14 Byron Leftwich, American football player
  • Jan 15 Matt Holliday, American baseball player
  • Jan 16 Seydou Keita, Malian footballer
  • Jan 16 Albert Pujols, Dominican-American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 18 Robert Green, English footballer
  • Jan 18 Julius Peppers, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • Jan 19 Jenson Button, English Formula One driver (World Championship 2009), born in Frome, England
  • Jan 21 Aubrie Rippner, tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Dave Kitson, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Jake Grove, American football player
  • Jan 22 Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer
  • Jan 23 Theresa Kulikowski, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 24 Rocky Boiman, American football player
  • Jan 25 Xavi, Catalan Spanish footballer
  • Jan 25 Efstathios Tavlaridis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 27 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
  • Jan 27 Chanda Gunn, ice hockey player
  • Jan 29 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player
  • Jan 30 Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Actor Samuel L. Jackson (31) weds sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson (30)


Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 3 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)
  • Jan 10 Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • Jan 12 Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • Jan 31 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies