2017 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 13 Cricket all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scores Bangladesh's top Test score ever (217) during the 1st Test v New Zealand in Wellington

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 18 Baseball Hall of Fame adds Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Jan 23 Bernie Ecclestone removed as Formula One boss as Liberty Media completes $8 billion takeover

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 105th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4, becomes player with most wins in major tournaments (39) in open era

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 to win his 18th Grand Slam

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Feb 5 Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in a great comeback in extra time at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 26 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch in a Ford leads for just a single lap to win from Ryan Blaney
  • Mar 14 World's oldest golf club Muirfield in Scotland, votes to admit women as members for 1st time in 273 years
  • Apr 2 American golfer Lexi Thompson loses ANA Inspiration in Racho Mirage because of TV viewer emailing earlier infringement
  • Apr 2 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ryu So-yeon of South Korea wins second major in a playoff with Lexi Thompson
  • Apr 9 81st Masters Golf Tournament: Spanaird Sergio Garcia wins his 1st major after beating Justin Rose in a playoff

Sport awardFederation Cup

Apr 22 Ilie Năstase thrown off tennis court for insulting British female players during Fed Cup play-off against Romania in Constanta

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Apr 26 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • May 1 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins 18-15, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • May 6 143rd Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming ridden by John Velasquez wins
  • May 20 142nd Preakness Stakes: Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing wins in 1 minute 55.98 seconds
  • May 24 UEFA Europa League won by Manchester United 2-0 against Ajax in Stockholm
  • May 27 FA Cup Final: Arsenal defeat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, London
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Takuma Sato wins in 3:13:03.3584

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Tiger Woods is arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jun 6 Scooter Gennet hits four home runs in Cincinnati Reds 13-1 victory against at home against St. Louis Cardinals, 17th player to do so

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Tennis player Venus Williams causes car accident that leads to death of another passenger in Palm Beach, Florida

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jun 10 149th Belmont Stakes: Jose Ortiz aboard Tapwrit wins in 2:30.02

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 116th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka (6–2, 6–3, 6–1) to become 1st man to win title 10 times

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Jun 11 116th Women's French Open: Jeļena Ostapenko beats Simona Halep(4–6, 6–4, 6–3) to claim her 1st grand slam title
  • Jun 11 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators, 2-0 in Nashville, 1st defending champions for nearly 20 years
  • Jun 13 Warriors win 2nd NBA title in 3 years over the Cavaliers (129-120)
  • Jun 14 Bernie Sanders supporter opens fire at Republican politicians practising baseball near Washington D.C., injuring 4
  • Jun 18 Pakistan defeat India to win cricket's Champions Trophy at the Oval in London by 180 runs, Fakhar Zaman scores 114 runs
  • Jun 18 US Open Golf, Erin Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins his first major by 4 strokes from Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama
  • Jun 20 Tiger Woods checks into a clinic to manage his pain medication and sleep disorder, following his arrest for driving under the influence
  • Jun 26 America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda, Peter Burling (26) youngest ever helmsman
  • Jun 27 Tennis star Serena Williams poses pregnant and nude for the cover of "Vanity Fair"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 2 Home town underdog Jeff Horn upsets Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines on points in a highly controversial WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia

  • Jul 5 Arsenal FC breaks club transfer record, paying about €53m for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette
  • Jul 8 British Lions tie 15-15 with New Zealand All Blacks in their 3rd rugby match to tie the series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 English footballer Wayne Rooney announces he has left Manchester United after 13 years to rejoin Everton

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • Jul 9 Atthaya Thitikul,14-year old Thai amateur becomes youngest winner on Ladies's European Golf Tour at 14 years, 4 months at Ladies European Thailand Championship
  • Jul 15 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain beats Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 for her 2nd Grand Slam title
  • Jul 16 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for a record 8th Wimbledon men's title
  • Jul 16 US Open Women's Golf, Trump National GC: Park Sung-hyun wins by 2 shots from fellow South Korean Choi Hye-jin
  • Jul 22 South African golfer Branden Grace records lowest round for a men's major championship - 62 in 3rd round at British Open, Royal Birkdale, England
  • Jul 23 104th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain, his 4th win
  • Jul 23 Women's Cricket World Cup: England beat India by 9 runs in the final at Lords in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Jordan Spieth wins by 3 strokes from countryman Matt Kuchar

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 3 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar
  • Aug 7 England breaks 19-year drought in home Test cricket series against South Africa; beat Proteas by 177 in 4th Test at Old Trafford; Moeen Ali 75no and 5/69

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12 Usain Bolt injures himself in his very last race - mens 4x100m relay, Jamaica misses gold at world championships

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 13 PGA Championship, Quail Hollow GC: Justin Thomas wins his first major by 2 shots from Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed & Louis Oosthuizen
  • Aug 26 Women's Rugby World Cup: New Zealand Black Ferns defeat England 41-32 in the final in Belfast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 27 Former five-weight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats MMA fighter Conor McGregor in his debut match in the 10th round in Las Vegas


  • Aug 27 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Ottawa Hunt GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins by 2 from Mirim Lee
  • Sep 10 137th Women's U.S. Tennis Open: Sloane Stephens defeats Madison Keys (6-3 6-0), only the 2nd unseeded winner
  • Sep 10 137th Men's U.S. Open: Rafael Nadal defeats Kevin Anderson (6-3 6-3 6-4)
  • Sep 13 International Olympic Committee announces Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) will host the Olympic games
  • Sep 16 New Zealand All Black rugby team scores record 57-0 against South African Springboks in Auckland
  • Sep 18 England footballer Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drunk driving and is banned for driving for 2 years
  • Sep 19 New MLB record for most home runs in a season, no. 5,694 hit by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals
  • Sep 21 Andre Ward, unified light heavyweight champion and world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announces his retirement

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 US President Donald Trump withdraws invitation to the White House for NBA champions Golden State Warriors after Stephen Curry says he doesn't want to attend

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • Sep 24 NFL players kneal, lock arms or stay in their dressing room during the anthem in protests against comments made by President Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 LeBron James calls President Donald Trump "U Bum" in a tweet in response to Trump's comments about Stephen Curry

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • Oct 6 Vegas Golden Knights win first ever NHL game 2-1 away to the Dallas Stars

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 O.J. Simpson released from Nevada's Lovelock Prison after ten years detention

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Nov 1 Houston Astros win their first baseball World Series defeating the LA Dodgers 5-1 in game 7 at Dodger Stadium
  • Nov 5 Shalane Flanagan becomes the first American woman to win the New York marathon for 40 years
  • Nov 7 South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun becomes the first LPGA rookie to be ranked no. 1
  • Nov 7 Melbourne Cup: Joseph O’Brien at 24 is the youngest trainer to win with Rekindling jockeyed by Corey Brown
  • Nov 8 Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for surfing the biggest-ever wave at 24.4m at Nazaré, Portugal
  • Nov 13 Italy fails to qualify for 2018 Football World Cup (first time since 1958), after play-off defeat against Sweden
  • Nov 13 First Barbie doll to wear a hijab, modeled on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad unveiled in New York
  • Nov 15 3 UCLA basketball players suspended after admitting shoplifting in China, only released at President Trump's request
  • Nov 23 Brazilian footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for rape in Italy
  • Dec 4 New York Giants fire coach Bob McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese
  • Dec 5 Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping

Sport awardFootball Awards

Dec 7 Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th FIFA Ballon d’Or to equal Lionel Messi's record

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Dec 7 Former US gymnastics physician Larry Nasser is sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges
  • Dec 10 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is out for the season after injuring his knee in 43-35 win over Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles
  • Dec 17 Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires
  • Dec 18 Australia regains cricket's Ashes against England, winning by an innings to take 3 game lead at the Wacca in Perth
  • Dec 31 Cleveland Browns become only the 2nd team in history to finish a NFL season without a win

Weddings in Sport

  • Mar 26 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Julie Beth Johnston (25) weds NFL player Zach Ertz (26) in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 14 Actress and model Nicky Whelan (36) weds former NFL player-turned-actor Kerry Rhodes (34) at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles
  • May 6 Olympic diver Tom Daley (23) weds Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at Bovey Castle in Devon, England
  • May 13 Former WNBA player Diana Taurasi (34) weds teammate Penny Taylor (36) in Pheonix, Arizona
  • May 14 Retired soccer player Abby Wambach (37) weds best-selling author Glennon Doyle Melton
  • May 19 Roller derby skater Bonnie Thunders weds NFL player Larry English (31) at The Montage in Laguna Beach, California
  • Nov 16 Tennis champion Serena Williams marries Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), dies at 98
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45

Person of interestMike Ilitch

Feb 10 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), dies at 87

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • Feb 17 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (1994 US Senior Open), dies of cancer at 76
  • Mar 3 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85
  • Mar 10 John Surtees, British F1 driver (1964 Championship) and motorcyclist (7 world championships), dies at 83
  • Mar 13 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), dies at 95
  • Mar 22 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82
  • Mar 26 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter, dies at 71
  • Mar 31 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • Apr 23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • May 1 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Twins record 102 wins 1965), dies at 95
  • May 5 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), dies at 98
  • May 6 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold 2010), dies at 37
  • May 11 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • May 14 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), dies at 94
  • May 22 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35
  • May 23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48
  • May 26 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 26 John Severson, founder of 'Surfer' magazine and artist (known for his depictions of surf culture), dies of cancer at 83
  • Jul 6 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, dies from colorectal cancer at 72
  • Jul 15 Babe Parilli, American football player, dies at 87
  • Jul 21 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56
  • Jul 23 Mervyn Rose, Australian professional tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles), dies at 87
  • Jul 29 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies from pneumonia at 74
  • Aug 6 Darren Daulton, American baseball player (catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies), dies of brain cancer at 55
  • Aug 6 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94
  • Sep 3 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion), dies at 75
  • Sep 7 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 79

Person of interestJake LaMotta

Sep 19 Jake LaMotta, American middleweight boxing champion (1949-51) (immortalised in Raging Bull), dies at 95

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • Sep 29 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 81
  • Nov 13 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), dies at 99
  • Nov 18 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), dies from endometrial cancer at 61
  • Nov 19 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998), dies of cancer at 49
  • Dec 6 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), dies of complications from dementia at 89
  • Dec 7 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), dies at 84
  • Dec 13 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), dies at 80
  • Dec 19 Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, American professional baseball player at 1st female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues, dies from heart complications at 82
  • Dec 29 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1953-56), dies at 88