January 2013 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 79th Orange Bowl: #13 Florida State beats #16 Northern Illinois, 31-10
  • Jan 1 99th Rose Bowl: #8 Stanford beats Wisconsin, 20-14
  • Jan 1 Phil Taylor claims his 16th and last PDC World Darts Championship title with a 7–4 victory over Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in the final in London
  • Jan 2 79th Sugar Bowl: #21 Louisville beats #3 Florida, 33-23
  • Jan 3 42nd Fiesta Bowl: #5 Oregon beats #7 Kansas State, 35-17

Hopman Cup

Jan 5 25th Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 4th title; Anabel Medina Garrigues & Fernando Verdasco beat high profile Serbian pair Ana Ivanović & Novak Đoković 6-4, 7-5 to clinch 2-1 victory

  • Jan 6 The NHL reaches an agreement to end a 113 day lockout
  • Jan 7 College Football, 15th BCS National Championship, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Alabama beats #1 Notre Dame, 42-14

Football Awards

Jan 7 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 4th consecutive year; US forward Abby Wambach wins women's award

Sports History

Jan 8 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

  • Jan 12 "Mile High Miracle", In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos ahead of Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.

Sports History

Jan 19 Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories

  • Jan 19 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: Baltimore Ravens beat New England Patriots, 28-13
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta: San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons, 28-24

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wins her 2nd straight Australian title; beats Li Na of China 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

  • Jan 27 7 people are killed and 3 are injured after a retaining wall collapses during a football match at the Ugur Sports Facility, Turkey
  • Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins Open era record 4th Australian crown; beats Andy Murray of Scotland 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2

Sports History

Jan 27 Magnus Carlsen wins the 2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 62-35; MVP: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, TE
  • Jan 27 Spain defeats Denmark to win the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship

Weddings in Sport

Jake LaMotta

Jan 4 Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancée Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona

  • Jan 15 "Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle
  • Jan 19 Figure skater five-time world champion Michelle Kwan (32) weds American lawyer Clay Pell at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island; divorce in 2017

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist & broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 2 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Atlético Mineiro), dies from a respiratory illness at 67
  • Jan 4 Derek Kevan, English footballer, dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Neil Adcock, South African cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 104 wickets @ 21.10), dies from bowel cancer at 81
  • Jan 13 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), dies from complications from a stroke at 76
  • Jan 14 Giorgio Alverà, Italian bobsledder (World C'ship gold Two-man 1975), dies at 69
  • Jan 15 (Jesús) "Chucho" Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • Jan 16 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Anatoly Bannik, Ukrainian chess master, dies at 91

Earl Weaver

Jan 19 Earl Weaver, American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1970 Baltimore Orioles), dies from a heart attack at 82

Stan Musial

Jan 19 Stan Musial, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (24 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 44, 46; NL MVP 1943, 46, 48; 7 × NL batting champion; St Louis Cardinals), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92

  • Jan 20 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • Jan 28 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), dies at 82
  • Jan 31 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 85