On This Day

January 2008 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 94th Rose Bowl: #6 Southern California beats #13 Illinois, 49-17
  • Jan 1 74th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #10 Hawai'i, 41-10
  • Jan 2 37th Fiesta Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #3 Oklahoma, 48-28
  • Jan 3 74th Orange Bowl: #8 Kansas beats #5 Virginia Tech, 24-21

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Americans Serena Williams & Mardy Fish beat Serbian pair Novak Đoković & Jelena Janković 7-6, 6-2 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and the 5th US title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jan 7 College Football, 10th BCS National Championship Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • Jan 13 Orlando Magic knock down a then NBA-record 23 3-pointers in 37 attempts (62.2%); Jameer Nelson goes 5-for-5 from beyond the arc as Magic beat the Sacramento Kings, 139-107
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers, 21-12
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers, 23-20 (OT)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Russian Maria Sharapova wins her first and only Australian title; beats Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-3

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 to become first Serbian player to win a Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jan 27 56th NHL All-Star Game, Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 8-7; MVP: Eric Staal, Carolina, C

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • Jan 5 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • Jan 8 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • Jan 10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • Jan 13 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)

Person of interestBobby Fischer

Jan 17 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (world champion (1972-75), dies of renal failure at 64

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)