January 2006 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 2 35th Fiesta Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #5 Notre Dame, 34-20
  • Jan 2 72nd Sugar Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #7 Georgia, 38-35
  • Jan 3 72nd Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #22 Florida State, 26-23 in 3OT
  • Jan 4 College Football, 8th BCS National Championship: #2 Texas beats #1 Southern California, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl
  • Jan 6 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Lisa Raymond & Taylor Dent beat Dutch pair Michaëlla Krajicek & Peter Wessels 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 for a 2-1 win and 4th American title

Sports History

Jan 12 During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

  • Jan 22 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Denver Broncos, 34-17

NBA Record

Jan 22 Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a 122-104 Lakers victory over the Toronto Raptors; second-highest game total in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game (1962)

  • Jan 22 NFC Championship, Qwest Stadium, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat Carolina Panthers, 34-14
  • Jan 28 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo of France wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Justine Henin 6-1, 2-0; Henin retires from stomach cramps

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 for his 2nd Australian title

  • Jan 29 Irfan Pathan becomes first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match

Weddings in Sport

  • Jan 5 Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office

P!nk

Jan 7 Punky pop singer P!nk (26) weds motocross daredevil and "The Surreal Life" actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Tony Hawk

Jan 12 Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk (37) weds Lhotse Merriam at Tavarua Island Resort in Fiji

  • Jan 28 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 64
  • Jan 3 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), dies after swallowing combination of prescription drugs and alcohol at 51
  • Jan 9 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 13 Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • Jan 13 Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • Jan 14 Mark Philo, English footballer, dies in a car crash at 21
  • Jan 19 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), dies at 84