January 1986 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • Jan 1 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • Jan 1 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • Jan 1 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10

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Jan 2 NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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Jan 4 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Jan 6 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland
  • Jan 9 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

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Jan 10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)

  • Jan 12 Chicago Blackhawk centre Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins, 31-14
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-0
  • Jan 17 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 21 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana

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Jan 21 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl defeats Boris Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title for a third time at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 25 Edmonton's Paul Coffey sets NHL record for defensemen with a point in his 28th consecutive game, as the Oilers beat the visiting LA Kings, 5-2

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Jan 26 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champion
  • Jan 26 Val Skinner wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XX, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10; MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Glen Davis, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Jacob Timpano, Australian soccer player
  • Jan 4 James Milner, English footballer, born in Wortley, Leeds
  • Jan 4 Steve Slaton, American football player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Paul McShane, Irish footballer, born in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 7 Grant Leadbitter, English footballer, born in Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
  • Jan 8 David Silva, Spanish footballer, born in Arguineguín, Spain
  • Jan 12 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jan 13 Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
  • Jan 14 Cristina Aicardi, Peruvian badminton player
  • Jan 15 Fred Davis, American football player, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 23 Steven Taylor, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • Jan 25 Chris O'Grady, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 25 Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Jan 26 Gerald Green, American basketball player
  • Jan 28 Jessica Ennis, English heptathlete
  • Jan 29 Mark Howard, English football player
  • Jan 29 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player
  • Jan 29 Chris Bourque, American pro hockey player
  • Jan 30 Nick Evans, American baseball player
  • Jan 31 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Belgian football goalkeeper

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3 British golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • Jan 1 Bruce Norris, American hockey executive (Detroit Red Wings) (b. 1924)
  • Jan 2 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner, promoter (Brewers, White Sox, Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • Jan 5 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
  • Jan 15 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (b. 1954)
  • Jan 25 Horace Smith, cricketer (1 Test NZ v Eng 1933, one wkt at 113), dies