2007 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 93rd Rose Bowl: #8 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 32-18
  • Jan 1 36th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Boise State beats #7 Oklahoma, 43-42 (OT)
  • Jan 2 73rd Orange Bowl: #5 Louisville beats #15 Wake Forest, 24-13
  • Jan 3 73rd Sugar Bowl: #4 LSU beats #11 Notre Dame, 41-14

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Jan 5 Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

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Jan 7 Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • Jan 8 9th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Ohio State, 41-14
  • Jan 21 AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts beat New England Patriots 38-34
  • Jan 21 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints 39-14
  • Jan 24 55th NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 12-9 at Dallas, Texas

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer successfully defends his title beating Fernando González 7-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

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Jan 29 Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden

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Feb 4 Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Feb 10 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 31-28

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Feb 12 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership


  • Feb 18 56th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-132 at Las Vegas
  • Feb 18 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins (149.333 MPH)

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Feb 27 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Mar 10 28th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Pittsburgh, 65-42
  • Mar 11 54th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #8 North Carolina beats NC State, 89-80
  • Mar 11 48th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Arkansas, 77-56
  • Apr 2 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State 84-75
  • Apr 3 26th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Rutgers 59-46
  • Apr 8 71st Masters Golf Tournament: Zach Johnson wins, shooting a 289
  • Apr 14 160th Grand National: Robbie Power aboard Silver Birch wins
  • Apr 16 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:14:13 and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia 1st woman in 2:29:18
  • Apr 28 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell first pick by Oakland Raiders
  • May 5 133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense wins in 2:02.17
  • May 19 132nd Preakness: Robby Albarado aboard Curlin wins in 1:53.46
  • May 19 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 1
  • May 19 In an all South African final the Bulls (Pretoria) edge the home team Sharks, 20-19 in Durban for their first Super 14 Rugby title; Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard boots 2 penalties & 2 conversions
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 23 15th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Liverpool 2-1 at Athens
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:44:03.5608 (244.257 km/h)
  • Jun 6 Stanley Cup: first time winners Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators 4-1
  • Jun 9 139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74
  • Jun 10 53rd LPGA Championship won by Suzann Pettersen
  • Jun 10 106th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Jun 10 106th Women's French Open: Justine Henin beats Ana Ivanovic (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 14 61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 0

  • Jun 17 107th US Golf Open: Ángel Cabrera shoots a 285 at Oakmont GC PA
  • Jun 28 Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies
  • Jul 1 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles: American Christie Kerr wins by 2 strokes from Lorena Ochoa & Angela Park
  • Jul 3 America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lowest ever seeds contest final, Venus Williams (20) beats Marion Bartoli (18) 6-4, 6-1

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 7 Sprint-Nextel and NASCAR announce NASCAR Nextel Cup Series renamed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008
  • Jul 8 121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)
  • Jul 10 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 22 136th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Jul 29 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 British Open Seniors Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd Open Seniors title by 1 shot from Mark O'Meara and Stewart Ginn

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 4 San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds homers off Clay Hensley in 2nd inning of 3-2 loss to San Diego to tie Hank Aaron’s 33 year-old MLB career home run record of 755

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Aug 4 32-year-old Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs, connecting on the 1st pitch he sees as NY Yankees beat Kansas City, 16-8
  • Aug 5 Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine becomes only the 23rd pitcher in MLB history to reach the 300 win milestone as the Braves beat Cubs, 8-3
  • Aug 7 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to break Hank Aaron's long-standing MLB record

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 12 PGA Championship, Southern Hills CC: Tiger Woods wins his 4th PGA C'ship by 2 shots from Woody Austin

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 19 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Royal Mayfair GC: Mexican Lorena Ochoa wins by 3 from Paula Creamer
  • Aug 22 The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
  • Aug 24 11th Athletics World Championships open at Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 1 Clay Buchholz becomes first Boston Red Sox rookie to pitch a no-hitter. In just his second MLB appearance; beats Baltimore Orioles 10-0 at Fenway Park
  • Sep 1 Tyson Gay helps US win the men's 4 x 100m relay at the world track & field championships in Osaka, Japan to join Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene as the only men to win 3 gold medals at one world meet
  • Sep 1 In one of the biggest upsets in college football history, 109,218 fans see Appalachian State's Corey Lynch block a Jason Gingell 37-yard field goal attempt with 6 seconds remaining to inspire an epic 34-32 win v Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne wins her second US title; beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3
  • Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 4th consecutive US title; beats Novak Đoković (7-6, 7-6, 6-4
  • Sep 9 127th Women's U.S. Open: Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-1, 6-3)
  • Sep 16 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Halmstad GK, Sweden: US retains Cup 16-12; after trailing by a point US dominates singles 8½-3½
  • Sep 16 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Francesca Schiavonea of Italy 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-0)
  • Sep 30 FIFA Women's World Cup Final: Birgit Prinz & Simone Laudehr score as Germany beats Brazil 2-0 in Shanghai, China
  • Oct 3 South Africa's Mark Boucher breaks Ian Healy's record to become the wicketkeeper with most dismissals in Test cricket (395); stumps Umar Gul off Paul Harris in 2nd innings of 1st Test win v Pakistan in Karachi

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Oct 5 After years of angry denials, triple gold medal winning American sprinter Marion Jones admits she used steroids 2000-01; pleads guilty to lying to federal investigators; announces retirement in tearful apology; medals returned to USOC

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Oct 13 17th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-14 in South Bend
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Colorado Rockies beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 20 6th Rugby World Cup: South Africa beats England 15-6 at Saint-Denis
  • Oct 21 Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen wins season ending Brazilian F1 Grand Prix to claim his first World Drivers title by one point from Lewis Hamilton
  • Oct 21 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 21 Tennessee kicker Rob Bironas sets NFL record for most points scored in a game (no touchdowns) with 26 in the Titans 38-36 win v Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium, Houston
  • Oct 26 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 1 winners: Maryfield, Nownownow, Corinthian
  • Oct 27 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 2 winners: Indian Blessing, War Pass, Lahudood, Midnight Lute, Kip Deville, Ginger Punch, English Channel, Curlin
  • Oct 28 Boston Red Sox beats Colorado, 4-3 in Game 4 at Coors Field, Denver to sweep the Rockies and win their 2nd Baseball World Series in 4 years; Boston 3rd baseman Mike Lowell MVP
  • Nov 1 Joe Torre, the winningest manager in MLB postseason history, moves from one storied franchise (NY Yankees) to another (LA Dodgers), agreeing to a 3-year, $13 million contract
  • Nov 18 59th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins
  • Nov 24 72nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-10 in Auburn
  • Nov 25 95th CFL Grey Cup: Saskatchewan Roughriders defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 23-19
  • Dec 1 16th SEC Championship Game: #5 LSU beats #14 Tennessee, 21-14
  • Dec 1 3rd ACC Championship Game: #6 Virginia Tech beats #12 Boston College, 30-16
  • Dec 1 12th Big 12 Championship Game: #9 Oklahoma beats #1 Missouri, 38-17

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Dec 1 T. C. Williams High School’s newly constructed basketball court is named after Earl Lloyd

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Dec 2 96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1)
  • Dec 8 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)

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Dec 13 The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Dec 29 Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Weddings in Sport

  • Feb 17 Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24 Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Apr 14 Supermodel Esther Canadas (30) weds MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau (34) in Spain
  • Jul 6 NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker (25) weds Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria (32) at a civil ceremony in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria
  • Jul 22 Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California
  • Aug 6 NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (27) weds Chinese women's national basketball team member Ye Li (26) at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel in Shanghai
  • Aug 11 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota
  • Aug 25 Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano (37) weds "Dancing with the Stars" season 3 alumna Willa Ford (26) in Athens, Texas
  • Sep 29 Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Kildow (23) weds former Olympic skier Thomas Vonn (31) at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah

Deaths in Sport

Deaths 1 - 100 of 124

  • Jan 1 Ernie Koy, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Jan 1 Darrent Williams, American football player (b. 1982)
  • Jan 2 Don Massengale, American PGA Tour golfer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 2 Dan Shaver, NASCAR driver and ARCA race car driver/owner (b. 1950)
  • Jan 3 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • Jan 4 Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 4 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • Jan 6 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • Jan 6 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • Jan 9 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • Jan 13 Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • Jan 15 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • Jan 16 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • Jan 21 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • Jan 26 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 77
  • Jan 27 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • Jan 27 Chuan-Kwang Yang, Taiwanese decathlete (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 73
  • Jan 28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist, dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • Jan 29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • Feb 1 Ray Berres, American baseball player (b. 1907)
  • Feb 2 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • Feb 4 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • Feb 4 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 6 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Willye White, American athlete (b. 1939)
  • Feb 9 Hank Bauer, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Feb 22 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • Feb 23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • Feb 24 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • Mar 2 Clem Labine, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • Mar 8 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 9 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1921)
  • Mar 10 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 10 Buddy [Brian Thomas] Allin, American PGA golfer (1980 NZ Open), dies at 62
  • Mar 15 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • Mar 16 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricket player, dies at 22
  • Mar 18 Bob Woolmer, South African cricketer and Pakistan national coach (b. 1948)
  • Mar 23 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer (b. 1973)
  • Mar 24 Maurice Flitcroft, British golfer and audacious hoaxer, dies at 77
  • Apr 1 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (b. 1923
  • Apr 3 Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)
  • Apr 3 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Apr 5 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • Apr 16 Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • Apr 16 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • Apr 21 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 25 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • Apr 29 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 94
  • Apr 29 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, dies at 29
  • Apr 29 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)
  • Apr 30 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • May 7 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • May 14 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Giant Slalom silver, Slalom bronze medal 1964 Olympics), dies of breast cancer at 65
  • May 20 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)
  • May 24 Bill Johnston, Australian cricketer (b. 1922)
  • May 28 Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • May 29 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jun 1 Arn Shein, American sports writer (b. 1928)
  • Jun 4 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Jun 4 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jun 19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (b. 1947)
  • Jun 19 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • Jun 22 Erik Parlevliet, Dutch field hockey player (b. 1964)
  • Jun 23 Rod Beck, American Major League Baseball relief pitcher, dies at 38
  • Jun 24 Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 25 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, dies at 74
  • Jun 26 Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27 Patrick Allotey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1979)
  • Jul 12 Forbes Johnston, Scottish footballer (Falkirk), dies at 35
  • Jul 14 John Ferguson Sr, former professional hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jul 20 Bill Flemming, American journalist and sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 80
  • Jul 22 Jarrod Cunningham New Zealand rugby player (b. 1968)
  • Jul 22 Mike Coolbaugh former baseball player and coach (b.1972)
  • Jul 22 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (b. 1906)
  • Jul 25 Bernd Jakubowski, German goalkeeper (b. 1952)
  • Jul 26 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (b. 1950)

Person of interestBill Walsh

Jul 30 Bill Walsh, American football coach (San Fransisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Aug 13 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster and MLB shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), dies at 89
  • Aug 15 Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
  • Aug 17 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • Aug 25 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • Aug 28 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer (b. 1984)
  • Aug 29 Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)
  • Aug 31 Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 1 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer, dies at 76
  • Sep 11 Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)
  • Sep 15 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, dies following a helicopter crash at 39
  • Sep 20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, dies at 79
  • Sep 21 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1929)
  • Sep 22 Bodinho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 26 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, dies at 77
  • Oct 1 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), dies aged 71
  • Oct 2 Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)
  • Oct 7 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer, dies at 32
  • Oct 19 Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)