On This Day

May 2011 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 7 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04
  • May 8 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Tom Lehman wins second of 3 Champions Tour majors with par on 2nd playoff hole against Australian Peter Senior
  • May 14 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,643): Manchester City beats Stoke City, 1-0; Yaya Touré scores 74' winner; Citizens' 5th title
  • May 15 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: K. J. Choi of South Korea defeats David Toms on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $1.71 million winner's cheque
  • 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 UEFA Champions League Final, London: FC Barcelona beats Manchester United, 3-1; 4th title for Barça
  • May 28 IPL Cricket Final, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs; Murali Vijay 95 (52), Ravichandran Ashwin 3/16
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: 2005 champion Dan Wheldon of England wins his 2nd Indy 500; 4 months later he is killed in a race accident in Las Vegas

Sports History

May 29 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Valhalla GC: Tom Watson wins his 6th and final Champions Tour major title with a birdie on the first playoff hole against David Eger


Weddings in Sport

  • May 22 American R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio; divorce in 2017
  • May 28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • May 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), dies at 90
  • May 1 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), dies of heart failure at 76
  • May 3 Sergo Kotrikadze, Georgian footballer (b. 1936)
  • May 5 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player, 1948-58, and manager, 1958-89, dies at 86

Seve Ballesteros

May 7 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), dies of brain cancer at 54

  • May 8 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • May 9 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist, dies at 26
  • May 10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • May 13 Derek Boogaard, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1982)
  • May 25 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), dies of oral cancer at 64
  • May 25 Terry Jenner, Australian cricket spin bowler (9 Tests, 24 wickets; WA CA, SA CA), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • May 27 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • May 29 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), dies at 96
  • May 31 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85
  • May 31 Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 91