January 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Barbara Jordan wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Sharon Walsh 6-3, 6-3
  • 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 awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 2 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas retains title for 4th and last Grand Slam win; beats American 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 6 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 27-13
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship, Tampa Stadium: 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 12 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games during a 107-96 loss at the Golden State Warriors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Björn Borg of Sweden wins his first of 2 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles outclassing American Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–2 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

OlympicsOlympic Games

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, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19; 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, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 37-27; MVP: Chuck Muncie, New Orleans Saints, RB
  • Jan 28 New York coach Red Holzman wins his 600th NBA game, only the second (after Red Auerbach) coach at the time to reach the plateau, as the Knicks beat Golden State, 107-103
  • 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, born in Drohobych, Ukraine
  • Jan 4 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 6 Steed Malbranque, French footballer, born in Mouscron, Belgium
  • Jan 9 Sergio García, Spanish golfer (US Masters 2017), born in Borriol, Castellón
  • Jan 10 Matt Roney, American baseball player, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 11 Mike Williams, American football player, born in South Carolina, United States
  • Jan 12 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player, born in Lakewood, California
  • 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, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 14 Cory Gibbs, American soccer player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 14 Ossama Haidar, Lebanese soccer player
  • Jan 14 Byron Leftwich, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 15 Matt Holliday, American baseball player, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Jan 16 Seydou Keita, Malian footballer
  • Jan 16 Albert Pujols, Dominican MLB 1st baseman (NL MVP 2005, 2008-9)), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 18 Robert Green, English footballer, born in Chertsey, United Kingdom
  • 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, born in Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Jan 22 Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer, born in Nunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Theresa Kulikowski, American gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 24 Rocky Boiman, American football player
  • Jan 25 Xavi [Xavier Hernández Creus], Spanish footballer, born in Terrassa, Spain
  • Jan 25 Efstathios Tavlaridis, Greek footballer, born in Serres, Greece
  • Jan 27 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player (US Open 2000, Australian Open 2005), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 29 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player
  • Jan 30 Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer, born in Sergipe, Brazil

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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 (Tour de France 1926 champion), dies at 87
  • 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