On This Day

August 2011 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 14 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Keegan Bradley wins first major title by 1 stroke in 3-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Jason Dufner

Sports History

Aug 20 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Westchester CC: Fred Couples wins first of 2 Champions Tour major titles with birdie on 3rd playoff hole against John Cook

  • Aug 27 13th Athletics World Championships open at Daegu, South Korea
  • Aug 27 Australia claims final Tri Nations Rugby Series with 25-20 win over New Zealand in Brisbane; Argentina's Pumas join competition the following year; series rebranded The Rugby Championship
  • Aug 28 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Hillsdale CC: Brittany Lincicome wins by 1 stroke from Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis

Weddings in Sport

Kim Kardashian

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

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 3 Bubba Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Michigan State; Pro Bowl 1970, 71; First Team All Pro 1971; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy), dies of acute drug intoxication and heart disease at 66
  • Aug 3 Allan Watkins, Welsh cricket all-rounder, (15 Tests, England @ 40.15, 11 wickets; Glamorgan), dies at 89
  • Aug 4 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • Aug 15 Eric Dempster, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, TS 47, 2 wickets; Wellington CA), dies at 86
  • Aug 16 Pete Pihos, American Pro/College Football HOF end (Indiana University; 6 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; Philadelphia Eagles), dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • Aug 31 Wade Belak, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1996-2011 (Toronto Maple Leafs and four other teams), dies at 35