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January 2013 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov's chess FIDE rating, reaching 2,861

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen
Chess Grandmaster
Magnus Carlsen
  • Jan 1 99th Rose Bowl: #8 Stanford beats Wisconsin, 20-14
  • Jan 1 79th Orange Bowl: #13 Florida State beats #16 Northern Illinois, 31-10
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jan 6 The NHL reaches an agreement to end a 113 day lockout

Sport awardFootball 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

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • Jan 7 College Football, 15th BCS National Championship, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Alabama beats #1 Notre Dame, 42-14

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

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 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.
  • Jan 19 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 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

Sport awardAustralian 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

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Magnus Carlsen wins the 2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

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

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • 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 Clay Pell at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island

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, dies at 69
  • Jan 15 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

Person of interestStan 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

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jan 19 Earl Weaver, American hall of fame MLB manager, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • 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