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Year 1997 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • Jan 2 63rd Sugar Bowl: #3 Florida beats #1 Florida State, 52-20
  • Jan 3 Zimbabwe cricket fast bowler Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick as home team scores another upset against England, winning by 131 runs and sweeping series, 3-0 in Harare
  • Jan 3 Texas-El Paso head basketball coach Don Haskins becomes 10th coach in NCAA Division I history to record 700 career wins when the Miners edge SMU, 66-64
  • Jan 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Justin Gimelstob & Chanda Rubin clinch first title for the US; beat South African pair Wayne Ferreira & Amanda Coetzer 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 for a 2-1 victory
  • Jan 12 Ladies' figure skating star Oksana Baiul injured slightly while driving intoxicated in Bloomfield, Connecticut
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship, Foxborough Stadium: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Carolina Panthers, 30-13
  • Jan 15 Controversial Chicago Bulls' forward Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin during a game against Minnesota Timberwolves; ultimately pays Amos $200,000 settlement, and is suspended for 11 games without pay
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Sports Stars Married in 1997

  • Feb 1 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (49) weds stockbroker Elizabeth Benton
  • Apr 19 Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California
  • Oct 4 Infanta Cristina of Spain (32) weds retired handball player turned entrepreneur IƱaki Urdangarin (29) in Barcelona, Spain

Sports Stars Divorces in 1997


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