On This Day

January 2008 in Sports History

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

Hopman Cup

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

  • Jan 7 College Football, 10th BCS National Championship Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24

Sports History

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

  • 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)

Australian Open Women's Tennis

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

Australian Men's 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

  • 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 pitcher (MLB All Star 1952-53, 60; St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox), dies of natural causes at 87
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer (Lineal & WBC light flyweight titles 1999-2002), dies of brain damage after fight at 35
  • 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)
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and co-owner of the St. Louis Rams, dies at 80
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)