1998 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 137

  • Jan 1 84th Rose Bowl: #1 Michigan beats #8 Washington State, 21-16
  • Jan 1 64th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #9 Ohio State, 31-14
  • Jan 2 64th Orange Bowl: #2 Nebraska beats #3 Tennessee, 42-17
  • Jan 3 Los Angeles Clippers head coach Bill Fitch coaches his 2,000th NBA game, a 97-88 win against the Dallas Mavericks at the LA Memorial Sports Arena
  • Jan 6 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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Jan 7 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal blocks 3 shots in a 114-102 win over Milwaukee to bring his career total to 1,002

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • Jan 8 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position
  • Jan 9 Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title
  • Jan 9 Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving
  • Jan 9 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever

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Jan 10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Karina Habšudová & Karol Kučera beat French pair Mary Pierce & Cédric Pioline 6-3, 6-4 for a 2-1 win, and Slovakia's first title

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline
  • Jan 10 Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan wins his 600th NBA game with a 111-84 victory at the Houston Rockets

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Jan 10 Vancouver Canucks veteran center Mark Messier becomes the 6th player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists in a 2-2 tie against the Florida Panthers at General Motors Place

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Sport awardAFC Championship

Jan 11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, 3Com Park, SF: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-10

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Jan 14 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley

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Jan 15 Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Dino Ciccarelli finds his 5th NHL club; traded from Tampa Bay Lightning to Florida Panthers

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Jan 15 Australian schoolboy Ian Thorpe becomes youngest ever male to become a world swimming champion when he wins 400m freestyle aged 15 years, 3 months in Perth; also wins event at 2001 & 2003 World Championships
  • Jan 18 48th NHL All-Star Game, General Motors Place, Vancouver, BC: North America beats World, 8-7; MVP: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim, RW
  • Jan 18 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

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Jan 18 Larry Bird returns to Boston as head coach of the Indiana Pacers for the first time, as former Celtics center Robert Parish is honoured by having his No. 00 raised to the Fleet Center rafters

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Jan 22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild

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Jan 22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jan 22 World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe
  • Jan 23 Denver Nuggets tie the NBA single-season record of 23 consecutive losses set by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96; streak ends with a 99-81 win the next day against the LA Clippers

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 23 Michael Jordan scores in double figures for 800th consecutive game in a 100-98 OT win over New Jersey; adds 40 more double-figure scoring games to his NBA record before retiring for the second time (1998)

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

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Jan 25 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24; MVP: Terrell Davis, Denver RB
  • Jan 27 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock
  • Jan 30 All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Switzerland's Martina Hingis retains her title; beats Conchita Martinez of Spain 6-3, 6-3 for 5th Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 29-24; MVP: Warren Moon, Seattle Seahawks, QB, HI
  • Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Marcelo Rios of Chile 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
  • Feb 3 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
  • Feb 3 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
  • Feb 5 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • Feb 6 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • Feb 7 XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 8 Finland beats Sweden, 6-0 at the Aqua Wing Arena in Nagano, Japan in the first female ice hockey game played in Olympic history
  • Feb 8 48th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 135-114; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

  • Feb 8 NHL stops season stops to accommodate the Nagano Winter Olympics; returns February 24
  • Feb 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
  • Feb 15 Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
  • Feb 15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt's only Daytona win in his 20th start; snaps a 59-race winless streak
  • Feb 17 USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • Feb 18 NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
  • Feb 19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal

OlympicsOlympic Games

Feb 20 Vancouver Canucks' right wing Pavel Bure scores 5 goals for Russia in a 7-4 semi-final win over Finland at the Nagano Winter Olympics

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • Feb 22 XVIII Winter Olympic Games close in Nagano Japan
  • Feb 22 Petr Svoboda scores the winner as the Czech Republic claims its first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 26 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • Feb 28 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points
  • Mar 1 Miami's Pat Riley becomes the 5th head coach to record 900 NBA career wins with Heat's 85-84 win over the New Jersey Nets
  • Mar 1 Mark Martin drives his Ford Taurus to victory in the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Martin finishes 1.6 seconds ahead of teammate Jeff Burton
  • Mar 7 19th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 69-64
  • Mar 8 45th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats #1 Duke, 83-68
  • Mar 8 39th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats South Carolina, 86-56
  • Mar 27 Chicago Bulls - Atlanta Hawks matchup at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, draws a crowd of 62,046, largest in any game in NBA history; Bulls win, 89-74
  • Mar 29 17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Louisiana Tech, 93-75; Volunteers' 3-peat, completing undefeated season (39–0)
  • Mar 29 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back to finish 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Glen Day and Tom Lehman
  • Mar 29 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pat Hurst wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Helen Dobson after sinking a 5-foot birdie putt at the final green
  • Mar 29 WrestleMania XIV, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's wins his first WWF Heavyweight tile against Shawn Michaels
  • Mar 30 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Utah, 78-69; Wildcats' 2nd title in 3 seasons and 7th overall
  • Mar 31 Expansion clubs, Tampa Bay and Arizona both suffer bad losses in their MLB debuts; Devil Rays lose, 11-6 to the Detroit Tigers and the Diamondbacks fall, 9-2 to Colorado Rockies
  • Mar 31 Milwaukee becomes first team since the inception of the American League in 1901 to switch MLB leagues; Brewers lose first NL game, 2-1 to the Braves in Atlanta
  • Apr 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn wins aboard Earth Summit; first GN winner who was also successful in both Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals
  • Apr 5 France thrashes Wales, 51-0 at Wembley Stadium, London for it's second straight Five Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 5 conversions and 2 penalties
  • Apr 5 The Arizona Diamondbacks record their first win in team history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix, AZ; ends second-worst start ever (0-5) by an expansion team

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 12 62nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mark O'Meara claims his first major title with a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by 1 stroke from David Duval and Fred Couples

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Apr 20 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya wins men's title in 2:07:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia wins back-to-back women's events in 2:23:21
  • May 2 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 6 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 13 Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm
  • May 16 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80

Sport awardLPGA Championship

May 17 LPGA Championship, DuPont CC: 20-year-old rookie Se Ri Pak leads wire-to-wire to win the first of her 5 majors, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Donna Andrews and Lisa Hackney

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • May 17 David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
  • May 20 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
  • May 30 In an all-NZ final, Andrew Mehrtens lands 2 penalties and 2 conversions as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Blues, 20-13 at Eden Park, Auckland; Crusaders first Super 12 Rugby title
  • Jun 4 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 5 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 6 130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beats Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-2; her 4th and last career Grand Slam singles title and 3rd French title

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • Jun 7 97th Men's French Open: Carlos Moya beats Alex Corretja (6-3, 7-5, 6-3)
  • Jun 14 52nd NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 16 Stanley Cup Final, MCI Center, Washington D.C.: Detroit Red Wings go back-to-back, defeating debutant finalists Washington Capitals, 4-1 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • Jun 21 98th US Golf Open: Lee Janzen shoots a 280 at Olympic Club SF
  • Jul 1 NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues - lasts 204 days with the season shortened by 50 games

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-4, 7-6 for her first and only Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains title; beats Goran Ivanišević 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 for his 5th of 7 Wimbledon singles crowns

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jul 5 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens collects his 3,000th career strikeout in 2-1 win vs Tampa Bay (11th to achieve milestone)
  • Jul 5 NY Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 1-0 to improve record to 61-20, equalling best 81-game start in MLB history
  • Jul 6 England cricket spin bowler Robert Croft saves England from defeat with 37 in 190 minutes on day 5 of 2nd Test v South Africa at Old Trafford, he was dropped for next 2 Tests
  • Jul 7 69th MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver: In the highest scoring AS Game in history, AL wins 13-8
  • Jul 12 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Zinadine Zidane scores twice as France wins first World Cup beating Brazil, 3-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 17 Martin Odegaard, Norwegian footballer, youngest to play for Real Madrid, born in Drammen, Norway

Person of interestKylian Mbappé

Dec 20 Kylian Mbappé, French soccer forward (France, PSG, Monaco), born in Paris, France

Footballer Kylian Mbappé
Footballer
Kylian Mbappé

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 10 Major League Baseball outfielder Barry Bonds (33) weds Elizabeth Watson (28) at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

LoveWedding of Interest

May 1 Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Nov 6 "Some Like It Hot" actor Tony Curtis (73) weds horse trainer Jill Vanden Berg at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 14 Chicago Bulls NBA player Dennis Rodman (37) weds "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra (26) at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
Actress Carmen Electra
Actress
Carmen Electra

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 30 NBA player Clyde Drexler (36) weds attorney Gaynell Floyd

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 13 Golfer champ Nick Faldo (41) divorces manager's secretary Gill Bennett after 12 years of marriage

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestHelen Wills Moody

Jan 1 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (19 Grand Slam titles), dies of natural causes at 92

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jan 5 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85
  • Jan 16 Lionel Birkett, West Indian cricketer (WI vice-capt on Australian tour 1930-31), dies at 92
  • Jan 21 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • Feb 18 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), dies of heart attack complications at 83
  • Feb 18 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 6 Frank Barrett, American baseball player (b. 1913)

Person of interestRay Nitschke

Mar 8 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • Mar 31 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), dies of liver and throat cancer at 73
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • May 2 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • May 15 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • May 29 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), dies at 70
  • May 31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • Jun 10 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, dies at 77
  • Jun 12 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
  • Jun 13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 86
  • Jun 21 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • Jun 29 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Duncan White, Ceylonese hurdler (first Olympic medallist from Ceylon, silver 400m hurdles 1948), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Jul 11 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1926-28), dies at 93
  • Jul 13 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), dies at 95
  • Jul 19 Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jul 27 Bill Tuttle, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 69
  • Aug 17 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • Sep 1 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), dies at 77
  • Sep 2 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • Sep 13 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • Sep 21 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), dies of an epileptic seizure at 38
  • Sep 27 Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)
  • Sep 27 Narita Bryan, Japanese racehorse (b. 1991)
  • Sep 30 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), dies of brain tumour at 45
  • Oct 2 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), dies at 91
  • Oct 2 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • Oct 6 Mark Belanger, American baseball shortstop (8-time Gold Glove winner), dies of lung cancer at 54
  • Oct 28 Ghulam Ahmed, Indian cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's), dies at 76
  • Oct 31 Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • Nov 2 Fred Freer, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler played one Test in 1946), dies at 82
  • Nov 6 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (b. 1928)
  • Nov 11 Frank Brimsek, American ice hockey player (b. 1913)
  • Nov 13 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), dies leukemia at 78
  • Nov 15 Ludvik Danek, Czechoslovak discus thrower (b. 1937)
  • Nov 17 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), dies at 91
  • Nov 20 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), dies at 69
  • Dec 1 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 81

Person of interestArchie Moore

Dec 9 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), dies at 84

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 25 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 27 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, dies at 46
  • Dec 29 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), dies of hear failure at 78