On This Day

January 1994 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.83)
  • Jan 1 80th Rose Bowl: #9 Wisconsin beats #14 UCLA, 21-16
  • Jan 1 60th Sugar Bowl: #8 Florida beats #3 West Virginia, 41-7
  • Jan 1 23rd Fiesta Bowl: #16 Arizona beats #10 Miami, 29-0
  • Jan 1 60th Orange Bowl: #1 Florida State beats #2 Nebraska, 18-16
  • Jan 5 Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82)
  • Jan 5 Yat Weiju swims world record 100m butterfly stroke (58.71)
  • Jan 5 Zhong Weiju swims world record 25m pool record (58.71)
  • Jan 6 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard
  • Jan 6 Yat Weiju swims world record 50m butterfly stroke (26.44)
  • Jan 6 Zhong Weiju swims world record 25m pool (26.44)
  • Jan 7 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Petr Korda defeats Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-3, 6-3 for an unassailable 2-0 lead (ends 2-1) and the Czech Republic's first title
  • Jan 12 Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 13 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan
  • Jan 14 Inna Lassovskaya triple-jumps ladies world record (14.61m)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement from the NFL

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • Jan 15 Dallas Mavericks drop a 104-87 decision to the San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena to set an unwanted NBA record with their 17th consecutive home defeat; break mark of 16 set by Orlando in 1990

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Patrick Ewing becomes first New York player to reach the 15,000-point mark in his NBA career; scores a game-high 34 points in the Knicks' 106-94 win over visiting Minnesota

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • Jan 21 Dallas Mavericks suffer 19th straight loss at Reunion Arena, 91-87 to the Seattle SuperSonics; extends an unwanted NBA record for the most consecutive home defeats
  • Jan 22 45th NHL All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 9-8; MVP: Mike Richter, NY Rangers, G
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Kansas City Chiefs, 30-13
  • Jan 23 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 38-21
  • Jan 25 Australia beat South Africa 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 29 Frankie Randall beats Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez by split decision to win WBC super lightweight title at MGM Grand, Las Vegas; Chavez's 1st knockdown of career in 11th and 1st loss in 91 pro fights

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Jan 30 Kapil Dev takes 2/41 as India beats Sri Lanka by an innings and 95 runs in 2nd Cricket Test in Bengaluru; equals Sir Richard Hadlee's world record of 431 Test wickets

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 30 Super Bowl XXVIII, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13; MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • Jan 30 Péter Lékó becomes the youngest chess grand master.

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 30 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins 1st of 2 Australian titles; fellow American Todd Martin 7-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-0, 6-2

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 He Kexin, Chinese gymnast
  • Jan 21 Laura Robson, British tennis player (Olympics mixed doubles silver 2012), born Melbourne, Australia

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Harvey Haddix, American baseball pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
  • Jan 10 Charles "Chub" Feeney, baseball pres (National League), dies at 72
  • Jan 17 Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
  • Jan 17 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), dies at 75
  • Jan 20 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United), dies at 84
  • Jan 29 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26