On This Day

January 2014 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins his first PDC World Darts Championship beating Peter Wright of Scotland, 7-4; first time no Englishman in the final
  • 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 1 New Zealand cricket batsman Corey Anderson smashes a record century off just 36 balls in the Black Caps' 159 run ODI win over the West Indies in Queenstown; finishes on 131 not out off 47 balls
  • 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 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: France wins first title; Alizé Cornet & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska & Grzegorz Panfil 6-0, 6-2 to clinch 2-1 victory
  • Jan 6 College Football, 16th BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: #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
Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jan 15 LA Dodgers sign pitcher Clayton Kershaw to the biggest deal in baseball history, a 7-year, $215 million package averaging $30.7 million per season
  • Jan 19 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 26-16
  • Jan 19 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-17

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 25 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Li Na of China becomes first Asian Australian champion; beats Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia 7-6, 6-0

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis 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, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Rice beats Team Sanders, 22-21; MVPs: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB; Derrick Johnson, KC Chiefs, LB
  • Jan 29 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the 1st non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid, making his 500th appearance for the club

Weddings in Sport

  • Jan 30 NBA player Baron Davis (34) weds CAA agent Isabella Brewster (31) in a secret ceremony

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 soccer midfielder (31 caps; Celtic, Everton, Leeds), dies at 82
  • Jan 19 Bert Williams MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (24 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 381 games), dies at 93
  • Jan 26 Tom Gola, American basketball player, dies at 81