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
  • Feb 18 Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt, prompting sport to implement new safety procedures
  • Feb 18 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (161.783 MPH)
  • 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 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick 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 26 Fullback Andrew Walker kicks 5 penalties and 3 conversions as the ACT Brumbies win their first Super 12 Rugby title; beat Coastal Sharks (Durban), 36-6 at Bruce Stadium, Canberra
  • 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 French Open Women's Tennis: American Jennifer Capriati wins centenary event; beats Kim Clijsters of Belgium 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

  • Jul 4 In a world record fee for a soccer goalkeeper, Juventus signed Parma's Gianluigi Buffon in a £32.5m deal including midfielder Jonathan Bachini
  • Jul 7 Australian cricketer Karen Rolton smashes an unbeaten 209 to set a new world record for highest score in a women's Test in Australia's 9 wicket win v England at Headingley

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 13 International Olympic Committee votes to award Beijing the 2008 Summer Olympic Games
  • Jul 22 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes: David Duval wins his only major title by 3 shots from Niclas Fasth of Sweden

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
  • Jul 29 British Open Seniors Golf, Royal County Down: Australian Ian Stanley wins in a playoff with Bob Charles of New Zealand
  • Aug 3 8th Athletics World Championships open at Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 3 Olympic champion Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia becomes first athlete to achieve Olympics-World Championships marathon double; runs 2:12:42 to beat Kenya's Simon Biwott by just 0.1s in Edmonton World Championships
  • Aug 4 Australian cricket spinner Shane Warne skittles England (162) with 6/33 to guide tourists to a 7 wicket 3rd Test victory at Trent Bridge; Aussies regain Ashes with record 7th straight Test win v England
  • Aug 5 Cleveland Indians tie a MLB record in erasing a 12 run Seattle lead to win 15-14, also preventing the Mariners from reaching a record 117 season wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 6 Two-time champion Marion Jones is disqualified and has her string of 42 consecutive 100m final victories snapped by Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine at the World Athletics Championships in Edmonton, Canada

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 PGA Championship, Atlanta Athletic Club: David Toms wins his first major title by 1 stroke from Phil Mickelson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Angus Glen GC: Annika Sörenstam wins by 2 from Kelly Robbins

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Aug 19 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins the Hungarian Grand prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his 4th World F1 Drivers title and equal Alain Prost's record of 51 Grand Prix victories
  • Sep 1 Australian Rugby Union team gives all-conquering captain John Eales perfect send off in his final international with a famous last minute, 29-26 win over New Zealand in Sydney; Wallabies retain Tri Nations Series
  • Sep 1 Jockey Tim Moccasin caps a streak of 14 consecutive victories, a North American record, at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Canada aboard Intricate Stitch in the 5th race

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 1 Facing 4-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa hits the longest home run in Turner Field history as his 53rd of the season travels 471 feet to straight away center

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • Sep 2 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for his record 52nd F1 Grand Prix victory
  • Sep 3 In just his 11th start, St. Louis Cardinals' rookie pitcher Bud Smith no-hits the San Diego Padres, 4-0
  • Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends title; beats younger sister Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia becomes youngest (20) world #1 player; 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 2 Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa becomes first player in MLB history to total 60 home runs in three seasons; Chicago slugger connects off Reds starter Lance Davis to reach milestone in 5-4 loss

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 3 After a 21-season career, Paul Coffey officially retires from the NHL, having won 4 Stanley Cups with Edmonton Oilers, finishing 2nd on all-time list for points by defensemen (1,531 in 1,409 games), and playing in 14 All-Star Games

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds Is walked for the 171st time in 11-8 win at Houston; breaks Babe Ruth's 1923 MLB single-season record for walks

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 3 San Diego outfielder Rickey Henderson scores a run in the 3rd inning of the Padres' 12-5 loss to LA Dodgers to tie the MLB record of 2,245 runs scored held by the legendary Ty Cobb

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Oct 4 SF Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run in 10-2 win v Houston; ties Mark McGwire for the most MLB home runs in a single season
  • Oct 4 Brendan Shanahan scores a hat trick in Red Wings 4-3 OT win at San Jose; becomes second player in NHL history to score an opening-night hat trick twice in his career
  • Oct 4 Boston Bruins retire future Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque's #77 jersey in the NHL season opener at Boston Garden; beat visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4-2
  • Oct 5 Barry Bonds hits his 71st and 72nd home runs in 11-10 loss v LA Dodgers at Pacific Bell Park; breaks Mark McGwire's MLB single season HR record
  • Oct 5 MLB's Atlanta Braves become first pro sports team to win 10 straight division titles after mauling the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the NL East title; NBA's Boston Celtics (1957-65) & LA Lakers (1982-90) both won 9 in a row
  • 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
  • Oct 27 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Belmont Park; winners: Tiznow, Johannesburg, Unbridled Elaine, Fantastic Light, Val Royal, Banks Hill, Tempera, Squirtle Squirt
  • Nov 1 In the Wallabies’ 400th rugby union Test match in history, Australia routs Spain 92-10 (Australian record score) in Madrid; Matt Burke kicks an Australian record 10 conversions
  • Nov 4 Arizona beats New York Yankees, 3-2 in Game 7 at Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix for Diamondbacks' first Baseball World Series; Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling co-MVP's

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 American tennis star Serena Williams wins the WTA Tour Championship in Munich, Germany after Lindsay Davenport defaults the final due to a knee injury; Williams' first season-ending title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Nov 11 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Madrid, Spain: Kim Clijsters beats Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-4 to clinch Belgium's first title with unassailable 2-0 lead (ends, 2-1)
  • 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 (Marquette), dies at 72
  • 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 Donald Bradman, Australian Test cricket captain (6,996 Test runs at 99.94), dies of pneumonia 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 Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7-time All Star), dies of a stroke at 61
  • 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 7 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • May 12 Didi [Waldyr Pereira], Brazilian footballer, dies at 72
  • May 26 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • Jun 2 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • Jun 10 John McKay, American football coach (USC, Tampa Bay, 5X Rose Bowl champ), dies at 77
  • Jun 26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • Jul 4 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • Jul 8 Christl Haas, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 57
  • Jul 8 Ernst Baier, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 95
  • 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 15 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • Aug 21 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • Aug 22 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), dies at 61
  • Aug 25 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Aug 25 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, dies at 77
  • Sep 1 Brian Moore British sports commentator (b. 1932)
  • Sep 5 Heywood Hale Broun, American TV commentator and sports correspondent, dies at 83
  • Sep 11 Garnet Bailey, Canadian hockey player and scout (b. 1948)
  • Sep 13 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic silver 1948) / tennis player (Wimbledon 1954, French 1951-52), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 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, dies at 84
  • Oct 31 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), dies of respiratory failure at 77
  • Nov 12 Tony Miles, English chess player (b. 1955)
  • 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)