On This Day

January 2005 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 91st Rose Bowl: #6 Texas beats #13 Michigan, 38-37
  • Jan 1 34th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Utah beats #19 Pittsburgh, 35-7
  • Jan 3 71st Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #9 Virginia Tech, 16-13; first perfect season in school history
  • Jan 4 Adam Gilchrist of Australia becomes the most prolific century scoring wicket keeper in cricket history when he smashes 113 from just 120 balls in the 3rd Test against Pakistan in Sydney
  • Jan 4 College Football, 7th BCS National Championship, Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens: #1 Southern California beats #2 Oklahoma, 55-19, at 71st Orange Bowl (USC later vacates Championship)
  • Jan 8 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Guillermo Coria of Argentina 6-4, 6-1 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and 2nd Slovakian title
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27
  • Jan 23 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons, 27-10

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 29 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Serena Williams wins her 2nd Australian title; beats Lindsay Davenport 2-6, 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jan 30 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Marat Safin of Russia wins his second and final Grand Slam title; beats local hero Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 26 Professional golfer Arnold Palmer (75) weds Kathleen Gawthrop in an intimate ceremony at a cottage on the beach at Turtle Bay Resort

  • Jan 29 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
  • Jan 4 Robert Christiani, West Indian cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests), dies at 84
  • Jan 6 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Kalevi Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (b. 1932)
  • Jan 10 Jack Horner, American sports journalist (b. 1912)
  • Jan 10 Tommy Fine, American baseball player, dies at 90
  • Jan 11 Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
  • Jan 22 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1943)
  • Jan 24 Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
  • Jan 25 Nettie Witziers-Timmer, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)