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July 2012 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 UEFA European Championship Final, Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine: Spain crush Italy, 4-0 to retain their title
  • Jul 1 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Fox Chapel GC: Joe Daley wins his lone career major title by 2 strokes from Tom Lehman
  • Jul 5 Harness racing trainer/driver Dave Palone sets a new North American record for wins when he drives Herculotte Hanover to the winner's circle for his 15,181st career victory

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to win her 5th Wimbledon singles crown; 5 hours later teams with sister Venus to win doubles title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 7th Wimbledon and 17th Grand Slam title; beats Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jul 8 US Open Women's Golf, Blackwolf Run: Na Yeon Choi of South Korea wins her first major championship, 4 strokes ahead of compatriot Amy Yang
  • Jul 10 83rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 11 20th ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Brittney Griner win

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Jul 13 Financially troubled Scottish football club, Rangers, is voted into the third division

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 15 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Indianwood G &CC: Englishman Roger Chapman wins by 2 strokes ahead of Bernhard Langer, Fred Funk, Corey Pavin & Tom Lehman

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 22 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: South African Ernie Els wins his 2nd Claret Jug, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Adam Scott of Australia

Golfer Ernie Els
Golfer
Ernie Els
  • Jul 22 99th Tour de France won by Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain
  • Jul 22 Hashim Amla smashes 311 not out in South Africa's inning and 12 run 1st Test win over England at The Oval; first South African to score a triple-century in Test cricket
  • Jul 25 The 2012 Summer Olympics begin (Opening ceremony 27th)

OlympicsOlympic Games

Jul 27 Queen Elizabeth II opens the 30th Olympics in London, United Kingdom (with some help from 007)

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jul 28 Ye Shiwen of China sets world record in the women's 400m individual medley (4:28.43) to take the gold medal at the London Olympics

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 29 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Fred Couples wins by 2 strokes from fellow American Gary Hallberg

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Jul 30 General Motors (Chevrolet) sign a record breaking 7 year $559 million sponsorship deal with EPL club Manchester United

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 Germany wins London Olympic equestrian eventing final; daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips part of GB silver medal winning team

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

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Jul 31 Michael Phelps becomes the greatest medal winner in Olympic history as part of the winning American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team in London; Phelps' 19th career Olympic medal and 15th overall gold


Weddings in Sport

  • Jul 4 NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) weds "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada in Saint Martin
  • Jul 26 NBA guard Rafer Alston (36) weds "Basketball Wives" star Ashley Walker at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 1 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), dies of heart failure at 86
  • Jul 2 Ben Davidson, American actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R) and football player, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Jul 4 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92
  • Jul 12 Alimuddin, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62), dies at 81
  • Jul 13 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer and politician, dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Jul 20 Dorothy Germain Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), dies at 88