2003 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 89th Rose Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats #7 Washington State, 34-14
  • Jan 1 69th Sugar Bowl: #4 Georgia beats #16 Florida State, 26-13
  • Jan 2 69th Orange Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Iowa, 38-17
  • Jan 3 5th BCS National Championship: #2 Ohio State beats #1 Miami, 31-24, at 32nd Fiesta Bowl
  • Jan 19 AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans 41-24
  • Jan 19 NFC Championship Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles 27-10
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21 at the Qualcomm Stadium MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 91st Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Rainer Schuttler (6-2, 6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 91st Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6, 3-6, 6-4)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 45-23
  • Feb 2 53rd NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 6-5 at Sunrise, Florida
  • Feb 9 52nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 155-145 (2 OT) at Atlanta
  • Feb 16 45th Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (133.87 MPH)
  • Mar 2 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • Mar 15 24th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Connecticut, 74-56
  • Mar 16 50th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Duke beats NC State, 84-77

  • Mar 16 44th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 64-57
  • Apr 5 156th Grand National: Barry Geraghty aboard Monty's Pass wins
  • Apr 7 65th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Syracuse beats Kansas 81-78
  • Apr 8 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 73-68
  • Apr 13 67th Masters Golf Tournament: Mike Weir wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 21 107th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:11 and Svetlana Zakharova of Russia 1st woman in 2:25:19

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: USC quarterback Carson Palmer first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • Apr 28 Andre Agassi recaptures the world no. 1 ranking to become the oldest top-ranked male in the history of the ATP rankings (33 years, 13 days)
  • May 3 129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
  • May 16 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • May 17 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61
  • May 22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • May 23 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • May 24 Auckland Blues beat defending champion Canterbury Crusaders, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland for their 3rd Super 12 Rugby title
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
  • May 28 Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL
  • May 28 11th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Juventus (0-0, 3-2 on penalties) at Manchester
  • Jun 7 135th Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Empire Maker wins in 2:28.26
  • Jun 8 LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
  • Jun 8 102nd Men's French Open: Juan Carlos Ferrero beats Martin Verkerk (6-1, 6-3, 6-2)
  • Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final, Justine Henin-Hardenne outclasses Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-4
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat first time finalists Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4-3
  • Jun 15 57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 15 US Open Golf, Olympia Fields CC: American Jim Furyk wins his only major title by 3 from Stephen Leaney of Australia

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 17 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 23 Barry Bonds steals second base against the LA Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career homers and 500 steals

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title beating older sister Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jul 5 French driver Sébastien Bourdais wins first-ever night road-course event in Champ Car history on Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport layout

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Australian Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 for his first Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 Martina Navratilova claims her 20th all-time Wimbledon title as she and Leander Paes beat Andy Ram & Anastassia Rodionova 6-3, 6-3 in the mixed doubles final

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jul 7 Tour de France: After 2nd stage, Australians are in possession of both yellow & green jerseys for the first time, Brad McGee overall leader & Robbie McEwen sprint leader

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Hilary Lunke wins in a playoff with Kelly Robbins & Angela Stanford for her only career LPGA tournament victory

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Point Grey CC: Beth Daniel wins by 1 from Julie Inkster

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Jul 15 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 16 11th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams win

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 20 132nd British Golf Open: Ben Curtis shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jul 27 90th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 British Open Seniors Golf, Turnberry: American Tom Watson wins in a playoff with Carl Mason of England

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Aug 2 South African cricket batsman Graeme Smith blazes 259, fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has 5 wickets in each England innings as Proteas win 2nd Test by an innings and 92 at Lord's

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Cristiano Ronaldo (18) makes his debut for Manchester United and the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Aug 17 PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: Shaun Micheel wins by 2 strokes from Chad Campbell
  • Aug 23 9th Athletics World Championships open at Saint-Denis, France
  • Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final Justine Henin-Hardenne wins her first US title; beats Kim Clijsters 7-5, 6-1

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: American Andy Roddick wins his only career Grand Slam title; beats Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Sep 14 Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis sets the NFL single-game rushing record when he runs for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries in the Ravens 33-13 victory over Cleveland
  • Sep 14 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Barsebäck G & CC: Europe regains Cup; after Catriona Matthew beat Rosie Jones 3 & 1 to clinch, amid controversy 4 of 5 remaining matches are conceded for final score of 17½-10½
  • Oct 4 Red Raiders' quarterback B.J. Symons sets a Big 12 Conference record with 8 touchdown passes, leading Texas Tech to a convincing 59-28 win over Texas A & M
  • Oct 4 Trainer Bobby Frankel saddles Sightseek to victory in the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park; Frankel's 23rd Grade I stakes winner of the year, breaking D. Wayne Lukas' 1987 record of 22
  • Oct 4 Jockey Jerry Bailey surpasses his own single season record for North American purse earnings ($19,271,814) set in 2002; wins aboard Sightseek in Beldame Stakes & Birdstone in Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park
  • Oct 5 Kansas City wide receiver Dante Hall scores on game winning 93-yard punt return in Chiefs 24-23 victory v Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium; returns for score in an NFL-record 4th straight game
  • Oct 5 Chicago Cubs win their first MLB postseason series since the 1908 World Series with 5-1 win v Atlanta Braves in Game 5 NLDS at Turner Field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari finishes 8th at the season-ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix at Suzuka; clinches 4th consecutive World Drivers title by 2 points from Kimi Räikkönen

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 12 FIFA Women's World Cup Final: Nia Künzer scores winner in sudden death extra time as Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in Carson, California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Fan Steve Bartman deflects the ball away from Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. Cubs give up eight runs in the inning and lose to the Marlins 8-3, and the Bartman incident is seen as the turning point in the series

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 16 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 25 Florida beats New York Yankees, 2-0 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium for Marlins second Baseball World Series; Florida pitcher Josh Beckett MVP
  • Oct 25 15th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-25 in Chestnut Hill
  • Oct 25 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; winners: Pleasantly Perfect, Action This Day, Adoration, Johar, High Chaparral, Islington, Halfbridled, Six Perfections, Cajun Beat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 Bethany Hamilton, aged 13, has her arm bitten off by a shark while surfing in Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton
  • Nov 1 Arkansas beats Kentucky 71-63 in 7 OTs at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest game in college football history
  • Nov 1 John Gagliardi ties Eddie Robinson as college football's career victory leader with his 408th win, guiding Division III St. John's to a 15-12 victory over St.Thomas at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 1 University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald establishes a new NCAA record with a touchdown reception in his 14th straight game as Pittsburgh beats Boston College, 24-13 at Alumni Stadium
  • Nov 1 Arkansas beats Kentucky, 71-63 at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest football game ever played, with 7 overtime periods
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: Margaret Okayo of Kenya wins in 2:22:31 to break her own record; her countryman Martin Lel wins men's race in 2:10:30

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Nov 3 Grant Fuhr, Pat LaFontaine, Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and Ottawa 67’s coach Brian Kilreais are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • Nov 10 Kim Clijsters of Belgium becomes first female tennis player to earn $US4 million in a season when she overwhelms Amélie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-0 for the WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Nov 16 91st CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 34-22

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 Lionel Messi makes his official debut for FC Barcelona in a friendly against Porto

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Nov 16 55th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Matt Kenseth wins
  • Nov 22 5th Rugby World Cup: England beats Australia 20-17 at Sydney
  • Nov 22 68th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-23 in Auburn
  • Nov 23 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Amélie Mauresmo beats American Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-1 to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their second title
  • Nov 30 92nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Melbourne (3-1)
  • Dec 6 12th SEC Championship Game: #3 LSU beats #5 Georgia, 34-13
  • Dec 6 8th Big 12 Championship Game: #13 Kansas State beats #1 Oklahoma, 35-7
  • Dec 13 69th Heisman Trophy Award: Jason White, Oklahoma (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2007)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 4 One of the best cricketer Rahul Dravid (30) weds surgeon Vijeta Pendharkar in Bangladore, India

Cricketer Rahul Dravid
Cricketer
Rahul Dravid

HeartWedding of Interest

May 13 NBA star Dennis Rodman (42) weds Michelle Moyer in a small civil ceremony in Newport Beach, California

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Actress Elizabeth Banks (29) weds sportswriter and producer Max Handelman (30) at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills

Actress, Director Elizabeth Banks
Actress, Director
Elizabeth Banks

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 29 Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 2 Hiralal Gaekwad, Indian cricket all-rounder (Test for India 1952-53), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • Jan 20 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • Jan 26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • Feb 4 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 9 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • Feb 13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 14 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Triple Crown on Count Fleet), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Feb 20 Harry Jacunski, American football player
  • Feb 21 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), dies of cancer at 55
  • Feb 26 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • Mar 10 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, dies at 52
  • Mar 12 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • Mar 18 Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • Apr 13 Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956
  • Apr 15 Leonard Tose, owner NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • Apr 20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • Apr 22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • Apr 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • Apr 30 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 30 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • May 1 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • May 6 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 10 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, dies at 66

Person of interestDave DeBusschere

May 14 Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 62

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • May 21 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, dies at 74
  • May 29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)
  • Jun 1 Johnny Hopp, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • Jun 8 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
  • Jun 14 Dale Whittington, American racing driver (b. 1959)
  • Jun 18 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1st African-American in AL, Cleveland Indians), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jun 21 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • Jun 23 Doug Ring, Australian cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (collapsed during international match, died), dies of heart failure at 28
  • Jun 28 Wim Slijkhuis, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • Jul 1 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer/trainer (Roy Jones Jr), dies of kidney cancer at 75
  • Jul 5 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, dies at 24
  • Jul 15 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • Jul 21 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • Aug 7 Mickey McDermott, baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Aug 9 Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)

Person of interestHerb Brooks

Aug 11 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach, dies in a car accident at 66

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • Aug 14 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 23 Bobby Bonds, American MLB outfielder and coach, dies of lung cancer and brain tumor at 57
  • Aug 26 Jim Wacker, American football coach (b. 1937)
  • Sep 8 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India), dies at 76
  • Sep 28 Althea Gibson, American golfer and 1st African American tennis champion in a major event, dies at 76
  • Oct 5 Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)
  • Oct 12 Joan Kroc, American philanthropist and 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, dies of a brain tumor at 75
  • Oct 12 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), dies of natural causes at 72
  • Oct 16 László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)
  • Nov 6 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), dies at 84
  • Nov 15 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 93
  • Nov 18 Ken Brett, American baseball player, dies at 55
  • Nov 19 Ian Geoghegan, Australian racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Nov 24 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left hand pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), dies at 82
  • Nov 28 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • Nov 30 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), dies at 98
  • Dec 1 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (b. 1928)
  • Dec 4 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • Dec 15 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)

Person of interestOtto Graham

Dec 17 Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Dec 21 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), dies at 94
  • Dec 27 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1962)