February 2017 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Super Bowl

Feb 5 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

Laureus Awards

Feb 14 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: Chicago Cubs

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 19 NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East, 192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F

  • Feb 26 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch wins after Kyle Larson runs out of gas on last lap; Jeffrey Earnhardt makes NASCAR history, 1st ever 4th generation driver to compete in Daytona 500

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 6 Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby union halfback (89 Tests; Bulls), dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • Feb 6 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), dies at 89

Mike IlitchMike Ilitch (1929-2017)

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

  • 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
  • Feb 22 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 91
  • Feb 23 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 84