2016 in Sport

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Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 3 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 5 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 104th Women's Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams (6-4 3-6 6-4)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 104th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Feb 9 Super Bowl L: Denver Broncos defeat Carolina Panthers 24–10, at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara. Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform the halftime show.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are "worse than animals."

  • Feb 21 58th Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins closest finish in race history - by just one-hundredth of a second from Martin Truex Jr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova reveals failed drug test for meldonium at Australian Open in January, subsequently suspended for 15 months

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Mar 24 English footballer Adam Johnson sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual activity with a schoolgirl

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Apr 3 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins by 1 from Charley Hull & Chun In-gee for her second major title

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • Apr 10 80th Masters Golf Tournament: England's Danny Willett wins, shooting a five-under 283
  • May 2 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • May 2 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • May 7 142nd Kentucky Derby: Nyquist ridden by Mario Gutierrez wins in 2:01.31

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May 14 Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move "Backflip" in competition

  • May 21 141st Preakness Stakes: Kent Desormeaux aboard Exaggerator wins in 1 minute 58 seconds
  • Jun 4 115th Women's French Open: Garbiñe Muguruza beats Serena Williams (7-5, 6-4) to claim her 1st grand slam title
  • Jun 5 115th Men's French Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4) to win his first French title
  • Jun 11 148th Belmont Stakes: Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Creator wins in 2:28:51

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Jun 12 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jun 12 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat San Jose Sharks 4-2 in San Jose
  • Jun 19 116th US Golf Open: Dustin Johnson wins with a one-under-par 69 by three shots, controversially penalised 1 stroke at Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win their first title defeating Golden State Warriors 4–3 - 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit
  • Jun 22 NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season.
  • Jul 9 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf's 22 Grand Slam singles tiles
  • Jul 10 UEFA European Championship: Eder scores in extra time as Portugal upset France 1-0 in Saint-Denis

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 10 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Andy Murray beats Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 for his 2nd Wimbledon and 3rd Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 British Open Golf, Royal Troon GC: Sweden's Henrik Stenson shoots a record 264 to win by 3 from Phil Mickelson

  • Jul 24 103rd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • Jul 24 British Open Seniors Golf, Carnoustie: Englishman Paul Broadhurst wins by 2 strokes from American Scott McCarron
  • Jul 31 PGA Championship, Baltusrol GC: American Jimmy Walker wins his first major by 1 shot from defending champion Jason Day of Australia
  • Jul 31 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand wins by 3 from Mo Martin & Mirim Lee
  • Aug 5 31st Summer Olympics officially open in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 6 Super Rugby Final: Wellington Hurricanes win their first SR title with a 20-3 home win over the Lions from Johannesburg at Westpac Stadium
  • Aug 6 Hoàng Xuân Vinh of Vietnam records 202.5 points to win the gold medal in the men's 10m air pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Vietnam's first ever gold medal in any Olympic event
  • Aug 6 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú sets world record 4:26.36 to win the gold medal in the women's 400m individual medley at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 6 Australian women's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell & Cate Campbell sets a new world record 3:30.65 to win gold ahead of US and Canada at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 7 Miami Marlins veteran Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club in a 10 - 7 win v Rockies
  • Aug 7 Jim Furyk fires 12-under-par 58 in final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC at River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut, becoming 1st player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event and 1st PGA Tour pro to card 2 sub-60 rounds
  • Aug 7 British swimmer Adam Peaty records a world record 57.13 to win the gold medal in the men's 100m breaststroke at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

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Aug 7 United States men's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team wins the final in 3:09.92 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Michael Phelps' record 19th Olympic gold medal

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 7 American swimmer Katie Ledecky sets a new world record with a time of 3:56.46 to win the gold medal in the women's 400m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky
  • Aug 7 Sarah Sjöström of Sweden breaks world record in 55.48 to win the gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 8 Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 8 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins the women's 100m backstroke gold medal in a time of 58.45; her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • Aug 9 American swimmer Michael Phelps swims 1:53.36 to win the men's 200m butterfly gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats Japan's Masato Sakai by 0.04 for his 20th Olympic gold medal
  • Aug 9 American swimmer Katie Ledecky wins her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 1:53.73 in the women's 200m freestyle ahead of Sarah Sjöström of Sweden and Australian Emma McKeon
  • Aug 9 Hungary's Katinka Hosszú records an Olympic record of 2:06.58 in the women's 200m individual medley, her 3rd gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 9 Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei sets a world record of 147kg in the clean & jerk, and another for a total score of 262kg, to win the women's 63kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 10 South Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh recovers from 7th place during the final to record an Olympic record 193.7 and win gold in men's 50m pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first shooter to win 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event

  • Aug 10 18 year old Australian Kyle Chalmers creates huge upset when he swims a junior world record 47.58 to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 10 Weightlifter Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan sets a world record 214kg in the clean & jerk, and finishes with 379kg overall, to win the gold medal in the men's 77kg at the Ro de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 11 Fiji wins inaugural men's rugby sevens gold medal with a comfortable 43-7 rout of Great Britain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 11 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins men's 200m individual medley in 1:54.66 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 3rd athlete and 1st swimmer to win 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • Aug 11 American Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak of Canada dead heat for the gold medal in coveted 100m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; tie in Olympic record 52.70; Sarah Sjöström (Sweden) takes bronze; her 3rd medal of the Games
  • Aug 12 Italian jockey Frankie Dettori aboard Predilection rides his 3,000th British winner at Newmarket
  • Aug 12 Joseph Schooling of Singapore sets Olympic record 50.39 to win men's 100m butterfly gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; rare 3-way tie for silver at 51.14, Michael Phelps (USA), Chad le Clos (South Africa) & László Cseh (Hungary)
  • Aug 12 American star swimmer Katie Ledecky sets world record 8:04.79 to dominate the women's 800m field at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; medal tally of 4 gold, 1 silver make her most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics
  • Aug 12 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins her 4th medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics finishing 2nd in the women's 200m backstroke; gold to American Maya DiRado in 2:05:99
  • Aug 13 American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at the Rio Olympics as part of the winning 4x100 medley relay, his record 23rd gold medal
  • Aug 13 British super-star Mo Farah wins 1st leg of 5,000/10,000m double (repeat of London 2012) in 27:05.17 in the 10k at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Kenya's Paul Tanui wins silver just 0.47 behind
  • Aug 13 Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson wins blue ribband women's 100m gold in 10.71 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; American Tori Bowie second in 10.83 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica 3rd 10.86
  • Aug 13 Great Britain sets a world record of 3:14.051 to comfortably beat the United States in the women's cycling team pursuit at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 13 The dominant Great Britain men's crew wins the eight at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; US scores a comfortable win over GB in the women's eight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt wins coveted 100m Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics - first man to win the event 3 times

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 14 South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk sets world record 43.03 to win the men's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Kirani James (Grenada) silver, American LaShawn Merritt bronze
  • Aug 14 Kenya's Jemima Sumgong wins women's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2:24:04; Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) takes silver, and Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) bronze
  • Aug 14 An all-British final in the men's cycling sprint with Jason Kenny beating team mate Callum Skinner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 14 Justin Rose of Great Britain finishes with a score of 16 under par to win the inaugural men's individual golf gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Rose is 2 strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson (Sweden) and 3 from American Matt Kuchar
  • Aug 14 Great Britain's Andy Murray wins the men's tennis singles gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5 over Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina
  • Aug 15 Anita Włodarczyk of Poland sets a world record 82.29m to win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Zhang Wenxiu (China) silver, and Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain) bronze.
  • Aug 15 Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil sets an Olympic record 6.03m to win the men's pole vault gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • Aug 15 Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives at the line to win the women's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats American 6-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix by 0.07
  • Aug 16 Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze sets a world record of 473 total kilograms to win the men's +105kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 16 Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perković retains her Olympic title with a distance of 69.21m at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • Aug 16 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington retains her K-1 200m Olympic title with a time of 39.864 at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • Aug 16 Russian pair Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina retain their Olympic synchronised swimming duet title at the Rio de Janeiro Games with final score 194.9910
  • Aug 17 American sweep in 100m women's hurdles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with Brianna Rollins taking gold ahead of Nia Ali & Kristi Castlin; 1st time US has swept medals in an Olympic women's track & field event
  • Aug 17 Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson wins 200m gold medal in 21.78; wraps up 100/200m Rio de Janeiro Olympics double
  • Aug 17 Kenyan runner Conseslus Kipruto records an Olympic record 8:03.28 to win the men's 3,000m steeplechase gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • Aug 17 German pair Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst upsets Brazilian hometown favourites Ágatha Bednarczuk & Bárbara Seixas 21–18, 21–14 to win the Olympic women's beach volleyball gold in Rio de Janeiro
  • Aug 18 Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men's 200m for the 3rd successive Summer Olympics, recording a time of 19.78 in Rio de Janeiro
  • Aug 18 Ukranine canoeist Yuriy Cheban sets an Olympic record 39.279 to win the men's C-1 200m gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; retains title he won in London 2012
  • Aug 18 New Zealand's 2017 America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling teams with Blair Tuke to win the gold medal in the 49er class sailing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Aug 18 Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee records time of 1:45.01 to retain his Olympic men's triathlon title at the Rio de Janeiro Games; 0:06 in front of second-place finisher, brother Jonathan Brownlee
  • Aug 19 Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov throws 78.68m to win the men's hammer throw gold medal the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic history
  • Aug 19 Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya goes one better than her London silver medal when she wins women's 5,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; runs Olympic record time of 14:26.17
  • Aug 19 Colombian BMX rider Mariana Pajón successfully defends her Olympic title when she beats American Alise Post in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • Aug 19 A 6-way tie for first place in the final of the equestrian individual jumping competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Nick Skelton of Great Britain wins gold medal jump-off
  • Aug 19 Great Britain upsets the heavily favoured Netherlands to win the women's field hockey gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after drawing 3-3 in regulation time; win dramatic penalty shootout, 2-0
  • Aug 19 Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in the women's football gold medal match at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 52,432 at the Maracanã Stadium
  • Aug 19 Chloe Esposito of Australia sets Olympic record overall score of 1,372 points to win the women's modern pentathlon in Rio de Janeiro. Élodie Clouvel of France second (1,356 points), Oktawia Nowacka of Poland third (1,349)
  • Aug 19 Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals as the US women's water polo team routs Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title
  • Aug 20 German canoeist Sebastian Brendel teams with Jan Vandrey to win the C-2 1,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up C-1 / C-2 1,000m double
  • Aug 20 The Hungarian crew wins canoe sprint K-4 500m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Danuta Kozák becomes the only female to win K1, K2 and K4 at the same Olympics
  • Aug 20 Canoeists Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross part of winning German crew in K-4 100m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wrap up K-2 / K-4 1,000m double
  • Aug 20 Star British runner Mo Farah wins the men's 5,000m in 13:03.30 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up 5k/10k double which he also completed in London 2012
  • Aug 20 Controversial South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya retains her Olympic women's 800m title in a time of 1:55.28 in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • Aug 20 4 women's high jump competitors tie at clearing winning height 1.97m at the Rio Olympics; all then fail at 2.00m; Ruth Beitia of Spain wins the gold based on having no misses prior to bar being raised to 2.00m

Weddings in Sport

  • Jan 16 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California
  • Apr 16 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (24) weds NFL player Andrew East (24) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • May 1 Paralympic athlete Aimee Mullins (39) weds "Homeland" star Rupert Friend (34) in a magical hobbit-y compost shed

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 13 Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps (30) weds former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson (30) in Paradise Valley, Arizona

  • Jul 6 NFL quarterback Russell Wilson (27) weds singer-songwriter Ciara (30) at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England
  • Jul 12 German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) marries Spanish tennis player Ana Ivanovic (27) in Venice, Italy
  • Jul 12 Tennis player Ana Ivanovic (28) weds midfielder football player Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) in Venice, Italy
  • Aug 20 Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen (31) weds Tom May in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Sep 4 Olympic gold medalist track and road cyclists Laura Kenny (24) weds track cyclist Jason Kenny (28) at a private ceremony in Cheshire, England
  • Sep 17 Olympian and professional road racing cyclist Philip Deignan (33) weds fellow road racing cyclist Lizzie Armitstead (26) in Otley, England
  • Nov 6 TV personality and actress Audrina Patridge (31) weds professional BMX dirt bike rider Corey Bohan in Hawaii

Divorces in Sport

  • May 6 Actress Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting divorce after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 8 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • Jan 18 Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • Jan 23 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), dies at 95
  • Feb 1 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests 1952-59), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • Feb 4 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, commits suicide at 41
  • Feb 8 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Johnny Lattner, American football player, dies at 83
  • Feb 17 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
  • Feb 25 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83

Person of interestMartin Crowe

Mar 3 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • Mar 9 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • Mar 24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68
  • Mar 24 Kevin Turner, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • Apr 19 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), dies at 85
  • May 9 John Warr, English cricket bowler (avg 281) and president (MCC), dies at 88
  • May 21 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), dies at 74

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

Jun 3 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), dies of respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jun 6 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85

Person of interestGordie Howe

Jun 10 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), dies at 88

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Jun 11 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, dies at 89
  • Jun 20 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • Jun 25 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79
  • Jun 28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61
  • Jun 28 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85
  • Jul 3 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), dies of leukemia at 74
  • Aug 2 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • Aug 3 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer "Little Master" (1952-69), played the longest test innings - 16 hours, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87
  • Aug 30 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Sep 7 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47

Person of interestArnold Palmer

Sep 25 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles including US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), dies of heart failure at 87

  • Sep 28 Max Walker, Australian cricket and rules football player, dies at 68
  • Oct 9 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, dies of heart disease at 60
  • Oct 25 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), dies at 72
  • Nov 12 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian LPGA golfer (3 LPGA wins), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 13 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Ralph Branca, American baseball player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), dies at 90
  • Nov 23 Peggy Kirk Bell, American top amateur golfer, dies at 95
  • Nov 25 Trevor Goddard, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler), dies at 85
  • Dec 2 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 1952), dies at 96
  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 5 Rashaan Salaam, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • Dec 7 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish sailer (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), dies at 88
  • Dec 12 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), dies after falling from a window at 55
  • Dec 22 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • Dec 29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97
  • Dec 29 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, dies at 78