2014 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 124

  • Jan 1 Michael van Gerwen defeats Peter Wright to win the 2014 PDC World Darts Championship
  • Jan 1 100th Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan State beats #5 Stanford, 24-20
  • Jan 1 43rd Fiesta Bowl: #15 UCF beats #6 Baylor, 52-42
  • Jan 2 80th Sugar Bowl: #11 Oklahoma beats #3 Alabama, 45-31
  • Jan 3 80th Orange Bowl: #12 Clemson beats #7 Ohio State, 40-35
  • Jan 6 Zach Johnson wins the 2014 PGA Tournament of Champions
  • Jan 6 16th BCS National Championship: #1 Florida State beats #2 Auburn, 34-31
  • Jan 9 Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year
  • Jan 12 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 13 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo ends Lionel Messi's domination of award; FFC Frankfurt goalkeeper Nadine Angerer takes women's award

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jan 19 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots 26-16
  • Jan 19 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers 23-17
  • Jan 25 102nd Women's Australian Open: Li Na beats Dominika Cibulková (7-6, 6-0)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his first major title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl: Team Rice beats Team Sanders 22-21
  • Jan 29 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the 1st non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid, making his 500th appearance for the club

  • Feb 1 Ray Guy becomes the first pure NFL punter to be inducted in the hall of fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Adam Silver becomes the 5th NBA Commissioner

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner
Adam Silver
  • Feb 2 Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 42-8, most viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers
  • Feb 7 22nd Winter Olympic Games open at Sochi, Russia
  • Feb 8 Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12
  • Feb 12 Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating
  • Feb 16 63rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 163-155 at New Orleans
  • Feb 23 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (145.29 MPH)
  • Feb 23 22nd Winter Olympic Games close at Sochi, Russia
  • Mar 15 35th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Creighton, 65-58
  • Mar 15 Ireland edges France, 22-20 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis to beat England on points difference and win Six Nations Rugby Championship; final international match for Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll with record 141 caps
  • Mar 16 61st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #6 Virginia beats #7 Duke, 72-63
  • Mar 16 55th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 61-60

AgreementContract of Interest

Mar 18 Phil Jackson signs a five-year contract to be president of the New York Knicks

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 Canadian freestyle skier (moguls) and two-time Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau retires at 26

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • Apr 5 167th Grand National: Leighton Aspell aboard Pineau de Re wins
  • Apr 6 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Dhaka: captain Meg Lanning's 44 from 30 balls leads Australia to 106/4; beat England 105/8 to win by 6 wickets (with 29 balls remaining); 3rd consecutive T20 WC
  • Apr 7 76th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Kentucky 60-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • Apr 8 33rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame 79-58
  • Apr 13 Kenyan Wilson Kipsang wins the London Marathon
  • Apr 13 78th Masters Golf Tournament: Bubba Watson wins, shooting a 280

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 13 Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley to regain his WBO welterweight boxing title

  • Apr 21 118th Boston Marathon: Meb Keflezighi of United States 1st man in 2:08:37 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:18:57
  • Apr 22 David Moyes is sacked as manager of Manchester United

  • May 3 140th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboad California Chrome wins in 2:03.66

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats countryman Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-14, the first of 3 world titles

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • May 8 NFL Draft: South Carolina outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney first pick by Houston Texans
  • May 16 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations
  • May 17 Arsenal defeats Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup Final
  • May 17 139th Preakness: Victor Ezpinoza aboard California Chrome wins in 1:54.84

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 Adam Scott overtakes Tiger Woods as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • May 19 Decorated Dutch coach Louis van Gaal confirmed as manager of Manchester United; Ryan Giggs named assistant, confirms retirement as a player at age 40 after 963 games and English record 22 major trophies
  • May 24 22nd UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Atletico Madrid 4-1 at Lisbon
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Ryan Hunter-Reay wins in 2:40:48.2305 (300.244 km/h)
  • May 29 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 1 Kolkata Knight Riders win the Indian Premier League cricket championship
  • Jun 1 NHL Western Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 3 Hashim Amla becomes the first non-white captain of the South African national cricket team

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova beats Simona Halep of Romania 6-4, 6-7, 6-4

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jun 7 146th Belmont: Joel Rosario aboard Tonalist wins in 2:28.52
  • Jun 8 113th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković (3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Jun 13 Stanley Cup: Los Angeles Kings defeat the New York Rangers in 5 games
  • Jun 15 114th US Golf Open: Martin Kaymer shoots a 271 at Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina
  • Jun 15 68th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 22 US Open Women's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: Michelle Wie wins by 2 shots from Stacy Lewis for her first major title
  • Jun 24 Sidney Crosby wins the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award for the 2014 NHL season
  • Jun 25 Luis Suárez is charged with biting at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • Jun 26 Luis Suárez is expelled from the 2014 FIFA World Cup following his biting incident
  • Jun 26 Canadian Andrew Wiggins is selected as the No.1 draft pick in the NBA by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jun 27 NHL Coyotes franchise changes geographic name from "Phoenix" to "Arizona" after change of ownership
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Petra Kvitová outclasses Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-3, 6-0 for her 2nd Wimbledon title

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to regain his world #1 ranking

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jul 8 FIFA World Cup: Germany defeat Brazil by a record 7-1 in the semi-finals to make it to the final; Miroslav Klose of Germany breaks the World Cup goal scoring record with 16 goals
  • Jul 13 FIFA World Cup Final: Mario Götze scores an extra time winner as Germany beats Argentina 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jul 13 FIFA World Cup Awards: Lionel Messi (golden ball), James Rodriguez (golden boot) and Manuel Neuer (Golden gloves)

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jul 15 85th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Target Field, Minnesota
  • Jul 20 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins wire-to-wire by 2 from Sergio Garcia & Rickie Fowler
  • Jul 27 101st Tour de France won by Vincenzo Nibali of Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 British Open Seniors Golf, Royal Porthcawl: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins his second Open Seniors title by 13 strokes from Colin Montgomerie of Scotland

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Jul 29 Chicago Cubs player John Baker scores the win against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in the longest game in Cubs history
  • Aug 1 Indiana Pacers NBA super-star Paul George suffers a gruesome compound fracture of his lower right leg in a Team USA scrimmage
  • Aug 2 Super Rugby Final, ANZ Stadium, Sydney: NSW Waratahs win their first SR title in a nail-biting 33-32 home effort against New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 PGA Championship, Valhalla GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins his 2nd PGA C'ship by 1 shot from Phil Mickelson

  • Aug 24 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Ryu So-yeon wins by 2 from fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Aug 26 Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • Sep 7 Bob and Mike Bryan win their fifth US Open men's tennis doubles

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 3rd straight US title; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Marin Čilić of Croatia wins his maiden grand slam title; beats Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • Sep 11 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (and is later found guilty of culpable homicide)
  • Sep 27 New Zealand clinch 3rd consecutive southern hemisphere Rugby Championship after bonus-point 34–13 win v Argentina in La Plata; first time NZ fail to win all their matches; fly half Beauden Barrett kicks 6/6
  • Sep 27 New Zealand scores 4 tries to Pumas 1 to beat Argentina, 34-13 in La Plata and claim their 3rd straight Rugby Championship; All Blacks first five eighth Beauden Barrett kicks 4 conversions and 2 penalties
  • Sep 28 Ryder Cup Golf, Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland: Europe wins 16½-11½ to win Cup for 3rd consecutive time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Russell Crowe owned South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Canterbury Bulldogs, 30-6 to break 43 year drought and win National Rugby League (Australia) Premiership

  • Oct 5 French driver Jules Bianchi collides with recovery vehicle during Japanese Grand Prix, dies 2 days later; first F1 death due to racing accident in 21 years (Ayrton Senna 1994)
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 26 American tennis star Serena Williams beats Simona Halep of Romania 6–3, 6–0 to successfully defend her WTA Finals title in Kallang, Singapore
  • Oct 29 San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants' 3rd Baseball World Series in 5 years; SF starter Madison Bumgarner MVP

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Oct 31 Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Oct 31 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Hootenanny, Goldencents, Lady Eli, Untapable
  • Nov 1 Australian A-League soccer club Western Sydney Wanderers draw 0-0 with Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh to win the AFC Champions League, 1-0 on aggregate
  • Nov 1 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Take Charge Brandi, Dayatthespa, Judy The Beauty, Bobby's Kitten, Texas Red, Main Sequence, Work All Week, Karakontie, Bayern
  • Nov 9 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: Home favourite Petra Kvitová beats Germany's Angelique Kerber 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 for an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 3-1) and an 8th title for the Czechs

Weddings in Sport

  • Jan 30 NBA player Baron Davis (34) weds CAA agent Isabella Brewster (31) in a secret ceremony
  • Jun 12 The Band Perry singer Kimberly Perry weds Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia (28) in Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Aug 30 NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade (32) weds actress Gabrielle Union (41) at Miami's Chateau Artisan castle
  • Dec 31 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), dies from heart failure at 71
  • Jan 5 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, dies from complications from brain bleeding and surgery at 89
  • Jan 12 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Olympic Champion Boxer, dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Bobby Collins, Scottish footballer, dies at 82
  • Jan 19 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), dies at 93
  • Jan 26 Tom Gola, American basketball player, dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Louise Brough, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1948-50, 55), dies at 90
  • Feb 6 Ralph Kiner, HR hitter (Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91
  • Mar 6 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player, dies at 80
  • Mar 20 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian footballer, dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 23 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 74

Person of interestHobart "Hobie" Alter

Mar 29 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, dies of cancer at 80

  • Apr 9 Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), dies at 91
  • Apr 11 Bill Henry, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • Apr 12 Hal Smith, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82
  • Apr 12 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), dies of Alzheimer's & COPD at 89
  • Apr 20 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • Apr 25 Earl Morrall, American football player, dies from complications from Parkinson's disease at 79
  • Apr 28 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), dies from cancer at 89
  • May 1 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (coach Honduras 2011 Copa Centroamericana), dies of skin cancer at 63
  • May 6 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
  • May 9 Mel Patton, American sprinter, double Olympic champion, dies at 89
  • May 11 Reg Gasnier, Australian Hall of Fame rugby league player, dies at 74
  • May 19 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (F1 champ 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • May 20 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer, dies at 77
  • Jun 4 Don Zimmer, American baseball manager, dies from heart failure as a complication from cardiac surgery at 83
  • Jun 5 Chris Burger, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58), dies at 78
  • Jun 9 Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher, dies at 57

Person of interestChuck Noll

Jun 13 Chuck Noll, NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of natural causes at 82

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • Jun 14 Rodney Thomas, American NFL running back, dies at 41
  • Jun 16 Tony Gwynn, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8-time NL batting champion), dies of salivary gland cancer at 54
  • Jul 7 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach, dies at 88
  • Jul 14 Alice Coachman, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1948), dies of cardiac arrest at 90
  • Jul 28 Jon Erikson, American swimmer 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981), dies at 58
  • Aug 10 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), dies at 85
  • Aug 15 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • Aug 29 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, dies from cancer at 70
  • Oct 15 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player, dies at 52
  • Nov 8 Don Paul, 89, American football player, dies at 89
  • Nov 13 Alvin Dark, American baseball player & manager, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • Nov 16 Ian Craig, Australian cricketer, dies at 79
  • Nov 17 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player, dies from blood cancer at 73
  • Nov 23 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, American tennis player, dies at 98

Person of interestJean Beliveau

Dec 2 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player NHL, dies at 83

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Dec 16 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), dies at 75
  • Dec 25 Geoff Pullar, English cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's early 60's), dies at 79