1996 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 235

  • Jan 1 82nd Rose Bowl: #17 Southern California beats #3 Northwestern, 41-32
  • Jan 1 62nd Orange Bowl: #6 Florida State beats #8 Notre Dame, 31-26
  • Jan 2 25th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Florida, 62-24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • Jan 8 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • Jan 14 Liselotte Neumann wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champions
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Indianapolis Colts 20-16
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Green Bay Packers 38-27
  • Jan 18 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • Jan 19 NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix
  • Jan 20 46th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at Fleet Center Boston
  • Jan 20 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 21 Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament
  • Jan 28 Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17 in Tempe Super Bowl MVP:

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 84th Men's Australian Open: Boris Becker beats Michael Chang (6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 84th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • Jan 29 Last day of Test cricket for David Boon
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13
  • Feb 8 NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
  • Feb 11 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 12 4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Feb 15 Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns, finishing his Cleveland coaching career with a record of 36-44

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Feb 17 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, v NZ, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 First ODI for Kenya national cricket team in Cricket World Cup v India: Sachin Tendulkar scores 127*

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 24 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Feb 29 Kenya defeat West Indies (all out 93) in Cricket World Cup

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Lenny Wilkens, winningest coach in NBA, coaches his 1,000th victory

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • Mar 2 Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator
  • Mar 2 Tendulkar scores 137 for Ind v SL in Cricket World Cup, but still lose
  • Mar 6 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 10 43rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Wake Forest beats #18 Georgia Tech, 75-74
  • Mar 10 37th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Kentucky, 84-73
  • Mar 14 Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 16 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno
  • Mar 16 Montreal Canadian's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • Mar 17 Aravinda De Silva gets 107* & 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory
  • Mar 17 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
  • Mar 18 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 24 Laura Davies wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Mar 25 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)
  • Mar 26 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Qld v Vic)
  • Mar 29 Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
  • Mar 29 NY Yankees beats NY Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game
  • Mar 30 Lara hits 146 cricket not out in ODI vs NZ at Port-Of-Spain
  • Mar 30 NY Mets beats NY Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition game
  • Mar 30 149th Grand National: Mick Fitzgerald aboard Rough Quest wins
  • Mar 31 15th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Georgia 83-65

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 25th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Apr 1 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse 76-67
  • Apr 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM (morn)
  • Apr 3 South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • Apr 3 St Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1
  • Apr 6 Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 8th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 7 Kelly Robbins wins Sacramento 12 Bridges LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Apr 8 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • Apr 11 Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season
  • Apr 13 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • Apr 13 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs NJ Devils from playoff

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 14 60th Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 276

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Apr 14 Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games
  • Apr 15 100th Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:15.9 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman in 2:27:12
  • Apr 19 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
  • Apr 20 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
  • Apr 20 1996 NFL Draft: Keyshawn Johnson from USC first pick by New York Jets
  • Apr 21 57th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • Apr 21 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Golf Championship
  • Apr 21 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
  • Apr 24 Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11
  • Apr 28 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 1 Gerald Williams is 1st NY Yankee since 1934 to get 6 hits in a game
  • May 4 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Grindstone wins in 2:01
  • May 5 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 8 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
  • May 8 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels
  • May 11 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colo Rockies, 11-0
  • May 12 42nd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies
  • May 12 Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 13 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • May 14 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 16 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • May 17 Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs
  • May 18 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens beats Yankees for his 200th win

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 22 4th UEFA Champions League Final: Juventus beats Ajax (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 26 Laura Davies wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game
  • May 26 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Lazier wins in 3:22:45.753 (238.112 km/h)
  • May 29 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 30 Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play & nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina's nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension
  • Jun 1 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Florida Panthers beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 2 51st US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Annika Sorenstam
  • Jun 8 128th Belmont: Rene Douglas aboard Editor's Note wins in 2:28.96
  • Jun 9 Michelle McGann wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic
  • Jun 9 Sunday League cricket game Kent 6-314 overhaul Leicestershire's 4-311
  • Jun 9 95th Men's French Open: Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats Michael Stich (7-6, 7-5, 7-6)

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Apr 27 Romanian gymnast and three-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci (35) weds gymnast champion Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania
  • May 18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo

HeartWedding of Interest

May 18 Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison (27) weds Dawn Freeman

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Jun 22 "Full House" actress Candace Cameron (20) weds Montreal Canadiens hockey player Valeri Bure (22) at the Church of the Valle in Van Nuys, California
  • Jun 23 Five-time Olympic speed skater gold medalist Bonnie Blair (32) weds four-time Olympian Dave Cruikshank (27) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jul 14 "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (26) weds Deanna Tynes (27) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 8 NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 4 Former undisputed boxing heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield (34) weds Janice Itson (34) at Glynn Wedding Chapel in nearby Fayetteville

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 16 Golf champ Phil Mickelson (26) weds Amy McBride

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 22 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Roy McKelvie, soldier/sports writer, dies at 83
  • Jan 10 Arthur Sydney Martin, spycatcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 16 Harry Potts, footballer/manager, dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Sandor Iharos, athlete, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 David Schultz, wrestler (Oly-Gold-84), killed by John Du Pont
  • Jan 27 Tommy Mitchell, cricket (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 Tests for Eng), dies
  • Jan 28 Dan Duva, boxing promoter, dies at 44
  • Feb 9 Neil Franklin, soccer star, dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Cyril Poole, cricket (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies
  • Feb 14 Bob Paisley, football manager, dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • Feb 22 Helmut Schoen, soccer coach, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 Freddie Stocks, cricket (cent on debut & wkt on 1st ball, Notts), dies
  • Feb 27 Pat Smythe, show jumper, dies at 67
  • Mar 14 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57
  • Mar 29 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 1 John McSherry, American baseball umpire (b. 1944)
  • Apr 4 Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • Apr 17 Michele Carew, daughter of baseball great Rod, dies of Leukemia at 18
  • Apr 19 Norman Oldfield, cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies
  • Apr 21 A H Kardar, cricketer (3 Tests for India & 23 for Pak 1946-58), dies
  • Apr 21 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, oddsmaker/sportscaster (CBS), dies at 76
  • Apr 22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer, dies at 87
  • May 3 Timothy Gullikson, tennis player/coach, dies at 45
  • May 5 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • May 11 Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (b. 1922)
  • May 14 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • May 17 Rusi Modi, cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies
  • May 17 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37
  • May 17 Willi Daume, olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • May 18 Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • Jun 8 Gerry Gomez, cricketer (West Indian captain played 29 Tests), dies
  • Jun 11 Alan Weeks, British sports commentator, dies at 72
  • Jun 16 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist, dies at 73
  • Jun 22 Ray Lindwall, cricketer (228 wkts 61 Tests for Australia), dies at 74
  • Jun 29 Bobby Keetch, footballer/entrepreneur, dies at 54
  • Jul 6 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 12 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan's 1st five Tests 1952-53), dies
  • Jul 14 Jeff Krosnoff, CART driver (b. 1964)
  • Jul 17 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • Jul 24 Jock Wallace, Scottish football player and manager, dies at 60
  • Aug 6 Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Gerald Etheridge Gomez, cricketer, dies at 76
  • Aug 13 Tom Mees, ESPN sports anchors (NHL), drowns at 46
  • Aug 15 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • Aug 20 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Paddy Clift, cricketer (Rhod & Leicester all-rounder 1970-88), dies
  • Sep 4 Sam Cook, cricketer (Gloucestershire slow bowler with one Test for England), dies
  • Sep 5 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby intl/journalist, dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Edward Greenall, businessman/sportsman, dies at 67
  • Sep 14 Joe Elsby Martin, boxing coach, dies at 80
  • Sep 23 Jack Newman, cricketer (NZ left-arm pacer 1932-33), dies at 94
  • Sep 30 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer, dies at 76
  • Oct 4 Silvio Piola, footballer, dies at 83
  • Oct 11 Keith Boyce, cricketer (West Indies all-rounder 1969-76), dies of chronic cirrhosis of the liver at 53
  • Oct 12 Jack Robertson, cricketer (Midsex & Eng open bat 11 Tests), dies at 79
  • Oct 13 RenĂ© Lacoste [the Crocodile], French tennis player (7 grand slam titles) and businessman, dies at 92

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 2 Toni Stone, first woman to play professional baseball in a men's league, dies at 75

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • Nov 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer, dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Don Kenyon, cricketer, dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 [Alvin] Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner, dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle