On This Day

February 2015 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardSuper Bowl

Feb 1 Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks, 28-24; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Feb 1 France defeats Qatar, 25-22 to win the World Men's Handball Championship in Lusail, Qatar

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Serbian ace Novak Đoković wins an Open era record 5th men's singles crown, beating Scotsman 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, Madison Square Garden, NYC: West beats East, 163-158; MVP: Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder, G
  • Feb 22 57th Daytona 500: Joey Logano wins event for 2nd time after taking lead with 10 laps to go; is ahead of Kevin Harvick before caution flag on last lap ends race in his favour

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestCharlie Sifford

Feb 3 Charlie Sifford, American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), dies of a stroke at 92

  • Feb 6 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, dies at 94
  • Feb 7 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Feb 7 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83

Person of interestEd Sabol

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

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • Feb 9 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Stanley Cup 1968-69, Montreal Canadiens), dies at 76
  • Feb 18 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers), dies of a pulmonary embolism 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, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack