January 1987 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #9 Arkansas, 42-8
  • Jan 2 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Jan 8 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Jan 11 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 "The Drive" game: trailing Cleveland Browns 20-13 with 5:32 remaining in the AFC Championship Game, Denver quarterback John Elway drives his team 98 yards for a touchdown to tie, Broncos then win in overtime advancing to Super Bowl XXI

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins 17-0
  • Jan 14 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 20 UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums
  • Jan 22 Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXI: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 25 75th Men's Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 25 Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlíková beats Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Gilbert Brule, Canadian professional hockey player
  • Jan 1 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer
  • Jan 1 Devin Setoguchi, Canadian professional hockey player
  • Jan 7 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), born in San Giovanni Bianco, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Jan 9 Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian and Liverpool Footballer
  • Jan 9 Sam Bird, English racing driver
  • Jan 11 Scotty Cranmer, US professional BMX rider, born in Jackson Township, New Jersey
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer
  • Jan 15 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player
  • Jan 15 David Knight, English footballer
  • Jan 19 Edgar Manucharyan, Armenian footballer
  • Jan 20 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), born in Cattolica, Italy (d. 2011)
  • Jan 21 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • Jan 24 Luis Suárez, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • Jan 25 Maria Kirilenko, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 29 Spencer Clark, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • Jan 29 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • Jan 9 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass

Divorces in Sport

  • Jan 29 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 & 0-18 in Test), dies
  • Jan 8 Nana Joshi [Padmanabh Govind Joshi], Indian cricket wicketkeeper (Indian National Team during 1950's), dies at 60
  • Jan 20 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies