2001 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 87th Rose Bowl: #4 Washington beats #14 Purdue, 34-24
  • Jan 1 30th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Oregon State beats #10 Notre Dame, 41-9
  • Jan 2 67th Sugar Bowl: #3 Miami beats #7 Florida, 37-20
  • Jan 3 3rd BCS National Championship: #1 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 13-2, at 67th Orange Bowl
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Ravens beats Oakland Raiders 16-3
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings 41-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 89th Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Arnaud Clement (6-4, 6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 89th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-17
  • Feb 4 51st NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 14-12 at Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 11 50th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-110 at Washington

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 12 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Mar 10 22nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Boston College beats Pittsburgh, 79-57
  • Mar 11 48th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 79-53
  • Mar 11 42nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Ole Miss, 77-55
  • Apr 1 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Purdue 68-66
  • Apr 2 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona 82-72
  • Apr 7 154th Grand National: Richard Guest aboard Red Marauder wins
  • Apr 8 65th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272
  • Apr 16 105th Boston Marathon: Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea 1st man in 2:09:43 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:53
  • Apr 21 2001 NFL Draft: Michael Vick from Virginia Tech first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • May 5 127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97
  • May 9 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanian football fans die in a stampede caused by the firing of teargas by police following a decision by the referee in a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko
  • May 19 126th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 1:55.40
  • May 21 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 1
  • May 22 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 1
  • May 23 9th UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Valencia (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) at Milan
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:31:54.180 (227.841 km/h)
  • May 29 U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • Jun 9 133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup: Colorado Avalanche defeat New Jersey Devils 4-3
  • Jun 10 100th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Alex Corretja (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-0)
  • Jun 10 100th Women's French Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Kim Clijsters (1-6, 6-4, 12-10)
  • Jun 15 55th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 18 101st US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Southern Hills CC OK
  • Jun 24 47th LPGA Championship won by Karrie Webb

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 9 115th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Goran Ivanišević beats Pat Rafter (6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7)
  • Jul 10 72nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Safeco Field, Seattle
  • Jul 22 130th British Golf Open: David Duval shoots a 274 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 88th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Aug 3 8th World Championships in Athletics open at Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 12 8th World Championships in Athletics close at Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 19 83rd PGA Championship: David Toms shoots a 265 at Atlanta Athletic Club

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 121st Men's U.S. Open: Lleyton Hewitt beats Pete Sampras (7-6, 6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 4 Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run, tying Mark McGwire for the most home runs hit in a single season

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Oct 5 Barry Bonds hits his 71st home run, breaking Mark McGwire's record of 70 for the most home runs hit in a single season (Bonds would end up with 73 in total)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 52nd Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by 58 points

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 22 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 27 13th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 21-17 in Chestnut Hill
  • Nov 4 MLB World Series: Arizona Diamondbacks defeat New York Yankees to win 4-3
  • Nov 17 66th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-7 in Auburn
  • Nov 23 53rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • Nov 25 89th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 27-19
  • Dec 8 10th SEC Championship Game: #21 LSU beats #2 Tennessee, 31-20
  • Dec 10 67th Heisman Trophy Award: Eric Crouch, Nebraska (QB)
  • Dec 20 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 24 Mo'ne Davis, American Little League baseball pitcher, 1st girl to pitch a shutout, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 8 MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 18 NBA star player Kobe Bryant (22) weds Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jun 9 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Six-time golf winner Nick Faldo (44) weds third wife Valerie Bercher on a lavish ceremony in Windsor, England

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Oct 5 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 5 F1 racing driver Ralf Schumacher (26) weds former model Cora Brinkmann at the church of Maria Plain in Salzburg, Austria

Formula 1 Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Ralf Schumacher

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Tennis champion Andre Agassi (31) weds fellow tennis champion Steffi Graf (32) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Dec 12 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 12 Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • Jan 22 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • Jan 26 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (b. 1928)
  • Jan 28 Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • Feb 16 Bob Buhl, baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Feb 17 Bob Geary, Canadian football player and manager (b. 1933)
  • Feb 18 Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver dies in car crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
  • Feb 18 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, dies at 69

Person of interestDonald Bradman

Feb 25 "The Don" Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time (6,996 runs), dies at 92

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Mar 16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Mar 17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • Mar 20 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • Apr 1 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Apr 9 Willie Stargell, American baseball player (b. 1940)
  • Apr 14 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 16 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • Apr 25 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • May 26 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • Jun 2 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • Jun 26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • Jul 4 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • Aug 1 Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • Aug 10 Lou Boudreau, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • Aug 11 Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 13 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • Aug 21 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • Aug 25 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Aug 25 Ken Tyrrell, former race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing (b. 1924)
  • Sep 1 Brian Moore British sports commentator (b. 1932)
  • Sep 11 Garnet Bailey, Canadian hockey player and scout (b. 1948)
  • Sep 13 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon title 1954),
  • Sep 23 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 4 Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)
  • Oct 6 Arne Harris, American television sports director (b. 1934)
  • Oct 10 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (b. 1911)
  • Oct 18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 22 Prof. Dr. Dkfm. Helmut Krackowizer, journalist and motorcycle racer (b. 1922)
  • Oct 23 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner (b. 1917)
  • Nov 14 Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Argentine footballer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 23 Bo Belinsky, American baseball player (b. 1936)
  • Dec 6 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53
  • Dec 6 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • Dec 21 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)