2015 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 101st Rose Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Florida State, 59-20 (National Championship Playoff Semi-Final)
  • Jan 1 81st Sugar Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #1 Alabama, 42-35 (National Championship Playoff Semi-Final Game)
  • Jan 4 Gary Anderson of Scotland wins the PDC World Darts Championship
  • Jan 6 Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 12 Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid C.F. wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the best player of the year

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jan 18 AB de Villiers makes the fastest century in ODI cricket history from 31 balls against the West Indies
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 45-7
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers 28-22 (OT)
  • Jan 24 Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter with 37 & the most 3-pointers in a quarter with 9
  • Jan 25 60th NHL All-Star Game: Team Toews beats Team Foligno 17-12 at Columbus, Ohio
  • Jan 25 NFL Pro Bowl: Team Irvin beats Team Carter 32-28

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 Lydia Ko at 17, becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. MVP: Tom Brady who becomes only the 3rd quarterback to win 4 Superbowls.

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Feb 1 France defeats Qatar to win the World Handball Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 103rd Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Feb 15 64th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 163-158 at New York City
  • Feb 22 57th Daytona 500: Joey Logano wins (148.379 MPH)
  • Mar 14 62nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Notre Dame beats North Carolina, 90-82
  • Mar 14 36th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Villanova beats Xavier, 69-52
  • Mar 15 56th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 78-63
  • Mar 29 Cricket World Cup: Australia defeats fellow host New Zealand by 7 wickets to win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Apr 6 77th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Wisconsin 68-63
  • Apr 7 34th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame 63-53
  • Apr 11 168th Grand National: Leighton Aspell aboard Many Clouds wins
  • Apr 12 79th Masters Golf, Augusta: Jordan Spieth wins first major, by 4 strokes from Phil Mickelson & Justin Rose
  • Apr 17 James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taking bowler in England's test cricket history
  • Apr 20 119th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:17 and Caroline Rotich of Kenya 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • Apr 26 35th London Marathon: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge & Ethiopian Tigist Tufa win
  • Apr 30 NFL Draft: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • May 2 141st Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins
  • May 2 Toulon win the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr. beats Manny Pacquiao on points in 12 rounds in world welterweight unification fight, shatters all financial records for a boxing match

  • May 3 Chelsea wins the 2014–15 English football Premier League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry is named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • May 4 Stuart Bingham wins the 2015 World Snooker Championship
  • May 16 140th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 1:58.46
  • May 20 NASCAR 2016 hall of fame inductees: Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte and Jerry Cook
  • May 22 Pakistan begin the first test-playing nation cricket tour of Zimbabwe since 2009
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 3:05:56.5286 (259.653 km/h)
  • May 24 Mumbai Indians defeat Chennai Super Kings to win the 2015 20/20 cricket Indian Premier League
  • May 26 Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Eastern Conference
  • May 27 Golden State Warriors win the NBA Western Conference
  • May 29 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 3
  • May 30 FA Cup Final: Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0
  • May 30 Alistair Cook becomes the leading run scorer of all time in test cricket for England
  • May 30 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 3
  • May 31 Harriette Thompson aged 92 and 65 days becomes the oldest woman to complete a marathon (Suja Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego)
  • Jun 6 114th Women's French Open: Serena Williams beats Lucie Safarova (6-3, 6-7, 6-2)
  • Jun 6 23rd UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Juventus 3-1 at Berlin
  • Jun 6 147th Belmont: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 2:26.65, 1st horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown

  • Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his 2nd major title; beats Novak Đoković 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
  • Jun 9 Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 2015 MLB season
  • Jun 15 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2
  • Jun 16 69th NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 2

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 21 US Open Golf, Chambers Bay GC: Jordan Spieth (21) becomes youngest winner since 1923 by 1 shot from Dustin Johnson & Louis Oosthuizen

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth
  • Jun 24 Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price wins the 2014-15 Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP
  • Jun 25 Karl-Anthony Towns is chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the first draft pick in the 2015 NBA draft
  • Jun 26 Connor McDavid is selected by the Edmonton Oilers as the first draft pick for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft
  • Jul 4 Super Rugby Final: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14 in Wellington for their first title
  • Jul 4 Chile wins football's Copa América for the first time beating Argentina 4-1 on penalties, 0-0 a.e.t. in Santiago
  • Jul 5 FIFA Women's World Cup Final: Carli Lloyd scores a hat-trick as US beats Japan 5-2 in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jul 6 Floyd Mayweather Jr. is stripped of his WBO welterweight boxing title after failing to pay $200k sanctioning fee and vacate his 2 junior middleweight titles
  • Jul 8 The NFL's Washington Redskins have their trademark vacated on the grounds it may cause offence to native Americans
  • Jul 11 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams becomes oldest winner in Open era (33) beating Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4
  • Jul 12 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković successfully defends his title beating Roger Federer 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
  • Jul 14 86th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • Jul 20 British Open Golf, St. Andrews: American Zach Johnson wins in a 4-hole play-off with Australian Marc Leishman & Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa
  • Jul 25 UCI BMX Supercross series: Niek Kimmann & Stefany Hernandez win the world title
  • Jul 26 102nd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 26 British Open Seniors Golf, Sunningdale: American Marco Dawson wins by 1 shot from Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Aug 16 PGA Championship, Whistling Straits GC: Australian Jason Day wins setting major championship record of 20-under-par; beats Jordan Spieth by 3
  • Aug 17 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF
  • Aug 22 15th Athletics World Championships open at Beijing, China
  • Aug 23 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 23 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Vancouver GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins in a playoff with Stacy Lewis for her third success in the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 27 15th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Sep 1 India scores their first Test cricket series victory in Sri Lanka since 1993 winning 3rd Test in Colombo by 117 runs; Ravichandran Ashwin (4) & Ishant Sharma (3) combine for 7 Sri Lankan 2nd innings wickets
  • Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Italian final Flavia Pennetta wins her only Grand Slam title; beats Roberta Vinci 7-6, 4-7, 6-2
  • Sep 13 Evian Championship, Evian Resort: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins by 6 from Lexi Thompson to become youngest major winner, 18yrs, 142 days
  • Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his second US title; beats Roger Federer 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
  • Sep 19 Japan beats South Africa 34-32 in Brighton, England in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history
  • Oct 3 Host England loses to Australia 33-13 and crashes out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage
  • Oct 13 Basketball player Lamar Odom is hospitalised after being found unconscious in a brothel in Nevada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 27 American soccer star Abby Wambach announces her retirement

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • Oct 28 Longest ever 1st game of Baseball World Series (5h 9min), Kansas City Royals defeat New York Mets 5-4, also joint longest by innings
  • Oct 31 8th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand's All Blacks defeat Australia's Wallabies 34-17 at Twickenham in London
  • Nov 9 World Anti-Doping Agency commission report recommends Russian Federation be banned from athletics competitions for running a "state-supported" doping programme
  • Nov 23 Lydia Ko (18) of New Zealand wins women's LPGA Player of the Year and retains the Race to the CME Globe title worth $1 million
  • Nov 29 104th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats Belgium in Ghent 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, 1st win since 1936
  • Nov 29 Britain Tyson Fury defeats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko to win world heavyweight champion title (WBA, IBF, WBO) in Dusseldorf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 NBA star Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) announces his intention to retire at the end of the season

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Dec 13 Irishman Conor McGregor knocks out Brazilian Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win his 1st featherweight title in Las Vegas
  • Dec 13 81st Heisman Trophy Award: Derrick Henry, Alabama (RB)
  • Dec 17 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 Pro tennis player Andy Murray (28) weds Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral in Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jun 29 Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones (33) weds model Dani Lawrence (28) at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jul 12 Former football player Ledley King (35) weds long-term girlfriend Amy Kavanagh at Syon House in West London
  • Sep 5 Actress Erika Christensen (33) weds cyclist Cole Maness in Palm Springs, California
  • Oct 10 Supermodel Hilary Rhoda (28) weds former pro hockey player Sean Avery (33) at the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island
  • Dec 20 Broadcaster Christine Bleakley (36) weds footballer Frank Lampard (37) at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

Divorces in Sport

  • Mar 23 TV personality Kris Jenner and athlete Bruce Jenner divorce after 13 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jan 8 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76

Person of interestErnie Banks

Jan 23 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 25 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), dies of myeloid leukemia at 78

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

Feb 3 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, dies at 92

  • Feb 6 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, dies at 94
  • Feb 7 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83

Person of interestEd Sabol

Feb 9 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • Feb 18 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Sea Supersonics), dies at 52

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

Feb 26 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Feb 28 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, dies at 72
  • Feb 28 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • Mar 1 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time All Star), dies of heart disease at 92
  • Mar 13 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), dies at 90
  • Mar 21 Chuck Pednarik 'Concrete Charlie', American professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • Apr 1 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, dies at 85
  • Apr 4 Elmer Lach, Canadian professional ice hockey player, dies at 97

Person of interestRichie Benaud

Apr 10 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (62 Tests, 248 wickets), dies of skin cancer at 84

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Apr 20 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84
  • Apr 29 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (12 PGA wins), dies at 71
  • May 1 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • May 1 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • May 15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • May 16 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • May 29 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 89
  • May 29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • Jun 3 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), dies at 82
  • Jun 5 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • Jun 5 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34
  • Jun 17 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78
  • Jul 2 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68
  • Jul 8 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), dies at 69
  • Jul 17 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, dies from injuries during accident at Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, at 25
  • Jul 25 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of heart failure at 69
  • Jul 28 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder, dies at 66
  • Jul 29 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97

Person of interestLouise Suggs

Aug 6 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, dies at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Aug 9 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Aug 10 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 95
  • Aug 21 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach and father of Chris Evert, dies at 91
  • Aug 22 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), dies at 93
  • Aug 24 Justin Wilson, English Indycar driver, dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • Aug 25 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, dies at 90
  • Aug 27 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), dies at 58
  • Aug 28 Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 82
  • Sep 5 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, dies at 93
  • Sep 8 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62
  • Sep 13 Moses Malone, American NBA center "Chairman of the Boards"( Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 60
  • Sep 13 Brian Close, English cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), dies at 84
  • Sep 17 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, dies at 91

Person of interestYogi Berra

Sep 22 Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), dies at 90

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Sep 27 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67
  • Oct 6 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), dies of leukemia at 78
  • Oct 11 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher, dies at 74
  • Oct 17 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69
  • Oct 23 Jimmy [James] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • Oct 30 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71
  • Nov 3 Tom Graveney, England cricket batsman (79 Tests), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Nov 10 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), dies at 63
  • Nov 12 Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, dies of cancer at 32
  • Nov 16 Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 89

Person of interestJonah Lomu

Nov 18 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • Nov 18 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, dies at 91
  • Nov 21 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Ken Johnson, American MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, dies at 82
  • Nov 29 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), dies at 89

Person of interestDolph Schayes

Dec 10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, dies of cancer at 87

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Dec 11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • Dec 27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 88
  • Dec 29 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59