2011 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 97th Rose Bowl: #3 TCU beats #4 Wisconsin, 21-19
  • Jan 1 40th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Oklahoma beats #25 Connecticut, 48-20
  • Jan 3 77th Orange Bowl: #5 Stanford beats #12 Virginia Tech, 40-12
  • Jan 4 77th Sugar Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #8 Arkansas, 31-26

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 10 Lionel Messi wins the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or, for being the best football player in 2010

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jan 10 13th BCS National Championship: #1 Auburn beats #2 Oregon, 22-19
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat New York Jets 24-19
  • Jan 23 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears 21-14
  • Jan 29 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Kim Clijsters wins her 4th and final Grand Slam title; beats Li Na of China 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • Jan 30 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-41

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 99th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (6-4, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jan 30 58th NHL All-Star Game: Team Lidstrom beats Team Staal 11-10 at Raleigh, North Carolina

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 5 Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25 at the Cowboys Stadium MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers
  • Feb 20 60th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 148-143 at Los Angeles
  • Feb 20 53rd Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne wins (130.326 MPH)

  • Mar 5 David Silva scores 38' winner as Manchester City scores 1-0 win over Wigan at City of Manchester Stadium to start EPL record 20 home game winning streak; streak ends 31/3/12
  • Mar 12 32nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Connecticut beats #3 Louisville, 69-66
  • Mar 13 58th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 75-58
  • Mar 13 52nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 70-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 22 Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty for misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and is sentenced to six years probation

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • Apr 4 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler 53-41
  • Apr 5 30th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas A&M beats Notre Dame 76-70
  • Apr 9 164th Grand National: Jason Maguire aboard Ballabriggs wins
  • Apr 10 75th Masters Golf Tournament: Charl Schwartzel wins, shooting a 274
  • Apr 18 115th Boston Marathon: Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya 1st man in 2:03:02 (course record) and Caroline Kilel of Kenya 1st woman in 2:22:36
  • Apr 23 Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.
  • Apr 28 NFL Draft: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton first pick by Carolina Panthers
  • May 7 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04
  • May 21 136th Preakness: Jesús Castañón aboard Shackleford wins in 1:56.47
  • May 24 NHL Western Conference Finals: Vancouver Canucks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 1
  • May 27 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Bruins beat Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 games to 3
  • May 28 19th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Manchester United 3-1 at London
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 2:56:11.7267 (274.015 km/h)
  • Jun 5 110th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1)
  • Jun 5 French Open Women's Tennis: Li Na of China wins her first Grand Slam event; beats Italian defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6
  • Jun 11 143rd Belmont: Jose Valdivia Jr aboard Ruler On Ice wins in 2:30.88
  • Jun 12 65th NBA Championship: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 15 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3
  • Jun 19 111th US Golf Open: Rory McIlroy shoots a 268 at Congressional GC MD
  • Jun 26 57th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng

  • Jul 1 NBA owners begin the second player lockout in 12 years, shortening the season by 16 games before a salary agreement was reached

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech left hander Petra Kvitová wins her first Grand Slam title beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jul 2 American twin brothers Bob & Mike Bryan earn their record equalling 11th Grand Slam doubles title with a straight sets win over Robert Lindstedt & Horia Tecău at Wimbledon
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 for his first Wimbledon title
  • Jul 9 Super Rugby Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Reds beat Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at home for their first SR title
  • Jul 11 US Open Women's Golf, The Boardmoor: Ryu So-yeon wins her first major in a playoff with fellow South Korean Hee Hung Seo
  • Jul 12 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix
  • Jul 17 140th British Golf Open: Darren Clarke shoots a 275 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jul 17 FIFA Women's World Cup Final: 2-2 a.e.t. but Japan beats US 3-1 on penalties in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jul 24 98th Tour de France won by Cadel Evans of Australia
  • Jul 24 British Open Seniors Golf, Walton Heath: Russ Cochran wins by 2 shots from fellow American Mark Calcavecchia
  • Aug 14 PGA Championship, Atlanta Athletic Club: Keegan Bradley wins first major title in a playoff with fellow American Jason Dufner
  • Aug 27 13th Athletics World Championships open at Daegu, South Korea
  • Aug 28 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Hillsdale CC: Brittany Lincicome wins by 1 from Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Following his disqualification in the 100m, Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs a season best 19.40 to win the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Samantha Stosur becomes first Australian to wins a Grand Slam title since 1980; upsets Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his first US title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1
  • Sep 25 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Killeen Castle, Ireland: Europe regain Cup 15-13; Azahara Muñoz beats Angela Stanford 1-up to clinch the Cup for Europe
  • Oct 8 Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin
  • Oct 9 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 3rd in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix to clinch his second consecutive World Drivers Championship
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 23 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland
  • Oct 27 MLB World Series Game 6: St. Louis Cardinal 3B David Freese hits game-tying 2 run triple with 2 outs in the 9th and then hits walk-off home run in the 11th
  • Oct 28 St. Louis beats Texas Rangers, 6-2 in Game 7 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 11th Baseball World Series; Cards 3rd baseman David Freese MVP
  • Oct 30 Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Nov 4 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 1 winners: Secret Circle, Stephanie's Kitten, Musical Romance, My Miss Aurelia, Perfect Shirl, Royal Delta
  • Nov 5 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 2 winners: Afleet Again, Wrote, Amazombie, Regally Ready, Caleb's Posse, St Nicholas Abbey, Hansen, Court Vision, Drosselmeyer
  • Nov 6 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Czech pair Lucie Hradecká & Květa Peschke beats Maria Kirilenko & Elena Vesnina of Russia to clinch a 3-2 win for the visitors in the final
  • Nov 19 21st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 16-14 in South Bend
  • Nov 26 76th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 42-14 in Auburn
  • Nov 27 99th CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 34-23

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 27 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 2nd in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to retain his World F1 Drivers Championship; wins by 122 points from Jenson Button

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • Dec 3 20th SEC Championship Game: #1 LSU beats #16 Georgia, 42-10
  • Dec 3 7th ACC Championship Game: #21 Clemson beats #5 Virginia Tech, 38-10
  • Dec 4 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)
  • Dec 8 The NBA and players union reach financial agreement to end a 161-day lockout, shortening the season by 16 games
  • Dec 12 77th Heisman Trophy Award: Robert Griffin III, Baylor (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Weddings in Sport

  • Jan 15 PGA golfer Hunter Mahan (28) weds former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Kandi Harris in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 16 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati (36) weds Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta (32) at Bandra, Mumbai
  • May 22 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 9 NBA Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (24) weds long-term girlfriend Jaime Collins at Louisiana
  • Jul 23 "Pittsburgh Steelers" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (29) weds Ashley Harlan at Christ Church of Grove Farm in Ohio Township

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 30 Granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and British equestrian Zara Phillips (30) weds England rugby player Mike Tindall (32) at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 20 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (30) weds basketball player Kris Humphries (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
  • Oct 29 Actress Eva Amurri (26) weds former Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino (31) in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Nov 11 TV personality Kim Zolciak (33) weds Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Biermann (26) in Roswell, Georgia

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 28 "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 31 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Coen Moulijn, Dutch footballer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 6 Uche Okafor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 7 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • Jan 8 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 10 Cookie Gilchrist, American football player, dies at 75
  • Jan 12 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver, dies at 90
  • Jan 15 Nat Lofthouse, English Footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 8 Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Feb 11 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 11 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)
  • Feb 19 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • Feb 27 Duke Snider, American baseball centerfielder (406 HRs), dies at 84
  • Mar 4 Ed Manning, American basketball player and coach (b. 1943)
  • Mar 9 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), dies at 86
  • Mar 21 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 21 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 21 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), dies at 58
  • Apr 10 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Apr 10 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)
  • Apr 18 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer (b. 1985)
  • Apr 30 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, dies at 105
  • May 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black), dies at 90
  • May 1 Henry Cooper, English heavyweight boxer (famous defeat to Muhammad Ali 1966), dies of heart failure at 76
  • May 3 Sergo Kotrikadze, Georgian footballer (b. 1936)
  • May 5 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

May 7 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88), dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • May 8 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • May 9 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)
  • May 10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • May 13 Derek Boogaard, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1982)
  • May 17 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 74
  • May 25 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), dies of oral cancer at 64
  • May 25 Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)
  • May 27 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • Jun 7 Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (b. 1937)

Person of interestKurt Nielsen

Jun 11 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, (2-time Wimbledon runner-up), dies at 80

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • Jun 23 Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)
  • Jun 24 Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)
  • Jun 27 Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)
  • Jun 30 Barry Bremen, American sports imposter and business man (b. 1947)
  • Jul 7 Dick Williams, American baseball player and manager (including Seattle 1986-87), dies at 82
  • Jul 9 Don Ackerman, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • Jul 13 Allan Jeans, Australian football player and coach (b. 1933)
  • Jul 16 Forrest Blue, American football player (b. 1944)
  • Jul 22 Cees de Wolf, Dutch footballer (b. 1945)
  • Aug 3 Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • Aug 4 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • Aug 15 Rick Rypien, Canadian hockey player (b. 1984)
  • Aug 24 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • Aug 28 Bernie Gallacher, British footballer (Aston Villa) (b. 1967)
  • Aug 31 Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)
  • Sep 4 Lee Roy Selmon, American football player (b. 1954)
  • Sep 11 Christian Bakkerud, Danish racing driver (b. 1984)
  • Sep 11 Ralph Gubbins, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 12 Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1985)
  • Oct 1 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golfer (b. 1931)

Person of interestAl Davis

Oct 8 Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Oct 9 Pavel Karelin, Russian ski jumper (b. 1989)
  • Oct 15 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Oct 16 Dan Wheldon, English auto racer (b. 1978)
  • Oct 23 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), dies in a track accident at 24
  • Oct 31 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)

Person of interestJoe Frazier

Nov 7 Joe Frazier, Olympic Heavyweight Boxer, dies of liver cancer at 67

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Nov 12 Peter Roebuck, English cricketer and journalist, dies at 55
  • Nov 17 Kurt Budke, American basketball coach (b. 1961)
  • Nov 23 Jim Rathmann, 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner, dies at 83
  • Nov 27 Gary Speed, Former Welsh international footballer and Wales national football team manager (b. 1969)
  • Dec 1 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 90
  • Dec 3 Sam Loxton, Australian cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's), dies at 90
  • Dec 4 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian footballer (60 caps and 22 goals for Brazil), dies at 57
  • Dec 5 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Dec 5 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 15 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80