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August 2018 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 Australian Rugby League's 'Immortals' tally moves to 13 as pre-War stars Dally Messenger, Frank Burge & Dave Brown along with latter day giants Norm Provan & Mal Meninga are added
  • Aug 4 Super Rugby Final, AMI Stadium, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg; Crusaders' 9th SR title
  • Aug 5 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lyham & St. Annes: England's Georgia Hall wins her first major title by 2 shots from Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand
  • Aug 5 English swimmer Adam Peaty breaks his own world record in 57.00 as he wins his 9th European 100m breaststroke title in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 8 EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper
  • Aug 9 EPL club Tottenham Hotspur fails to bring in one player during the transfer window; first time since FIFA made system compulsory in 2002-03

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 12 100th PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Brooks Koepka becomes only the 5th player to win 2 major titles in a calendar year (US Open 2018) when he beats Tiger Woods by 2 strokes

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 16 Brandt Snedeker shoots 10th sub-60 round in PGA history with an 11-under par 59 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Aug 16 International Tennis Federation votes to change format of the Davis Cup to a big prize money, season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site; 24 team qualifying tournament to start in February 2019

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 18 Imran Khan becomes the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after gaining the support of independent members after his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the most votes but not a majority in the general election

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • Aug 18 Australian mare Winx wins her Australasian record 26th consecutive race, the renamed Winx Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney; 19th Group One win for thoroughbreds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters to become the first player to win all 9 Masters 1,000 tennis tournaments since the series started in 1990

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 24 French Open Tennis bans Serena Williams' black Nike catsuit from future tournaments citing 'respect for the game and the place'

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Aug 26 Gamer at a Madden NFL 19 gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, loses then returns to shoot two dead and wound nine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Boxing match between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul ends in a draw in Manchester, England

YouTube Star and Actor Logan Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Logan Paul
  • Aug 27 Reigning French Open tennis champion Simona Halep becomes first top-seeded woman to lose in 1st round of the U.S. Open; loses to Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4; first match at newly renovated Louis Armstrong Stadium

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 29 Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers signs NFL record contract extension with the Green Bay Packers; 4 years worth $134m rising to a possible $180m with a record $103m in guarantees

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 7 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (4 time NHL scoring leader), dies of Lewy body dementia at 78
  • Aug 15 Ajit Wadekar, Indian cricket batsman and captain (37 Tests; top score 143), dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Aug 21 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), dies of dementia at 78