On This Day

May 2012 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion

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May 2 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

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  • May 5 138th Kentucky Derby: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 2:01.83
  • May 5 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,102): Chelsea beats Liverpool, 2–1; Didier Drogba scores winner for Blues' 7th title
  • May 13 Manchester City win the English Premier League for the first time
  • May 13 Manchester City beats QPR 3-2 at City of Manchester Stadium to win English Premier League title on goal difference from Manchester United; Citizens recover from 2–1 down with 2 stoppage-time goals; first EPL title decided on goal difference
  • May 13 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Matt Kuchar wins by 2 strokes ahead of Ricky Fowler, Zach Johnson, Martin Laird and Ben Curtis
  • May 19 137th Preakness: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 1:55.94
  • May 19 UEFA Champions League Final, Munich: Chelsea beats Bayern Munich, 4-3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time; Blues' first title
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings beat Phoenix Coyotes, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:58.51.2532 (269.934 km/h)
  • May 27 IPL Cricket Final, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets; Manvinder Bisla top scores, 89 (48)
  • May 30 Vishwanathan Anand wins his fifth World Chess Championship

Deaths in Sport

  • May 2 Junior Seau, American NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • May 5 Raman Surendranath, Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 26 wickets), dies at 75
  • May 11 Dorothea Hochleitner, Austrian giant slalom (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 86
  • May 19 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), dies of a brain aneurysm at 75
  • May 30 Jack Twyman, American Hall of Fame basketball player, dies from complications from blood cancer at 78