January 1, 1997 in Sport

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in Sport

  • 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17

Deaths in Sport

  • Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71