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August 2020 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 9 PGA Championship Men's Golf, TPC Harding Park: 23 year old American Collin Morikawa fires final round 64 (-6) to win his first major title by 2 strokes from Paul Casey of England

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Aug 16 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his 6th world title with an 18-8 win over countryman Kyren Wilson

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • Aug 21 American golfer Scottie Scheffler makes birdie on 4 of final 5 holes to become 12th player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 in 2nd round of the Northern Trust at TPC Boston
  • Aug 23 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Troon GC: Sophia Popov of Germany claims her first Tour title by 2 strokes from Thailand's Jasmine Suwannapura; at #304, lowest ranked player to win a major

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Aug 23 UEFA Champions League Final, Lisbon: Kingsley Coman heads German giants Bayern Munich to the club's 6th crown in a 1-0 win over Paris St-Germain

Football Star Thomas Müller
Football Star
Thomas Müller
  • Aug 23 Indianapolis 500: 2017 champion Takuma Sato of Japan wins his 2nd title under yellow caution flag after a crash with 3 laps remaining
  • Aug 25 England's James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket; Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali caught at first slip on 5th day of 3rd Test at Southampton
  • Aug 25 Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago

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Aug 26 Milwaukee Bucks forfeit their NBA playoff game after the shooting of Jacob Blake, leading to the NBA postponing more games

Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 1 Rickey Dixon, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Jim Thorpe Award 1987; Oklahoma Sooners; Cincinnati Bengals, LA Raiders), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 53
  • Aug 1 Vitold Kreyer, Russian athlete (Olympic bronze, triple jump 1956, 60) and coach (Soviet athletics team 1967–80; head Russian team 2000 Olympics), dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Stan Mellor MBE, English National Hunt jockey and trainer (first jumps jockey to ride 1,000 winners; Champion Jockey 1960-62), dies at 83
  • Aug 2 Saïd Amara, Algerian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Strasbourg, Béziers, Bordeaux) and manager (Algeria), dies at 87
  • Aug 2 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), dies at 69
  • Aug 2 Bob Ryland, American tennis player (first African-American to play professionally) and coach (Harold Solomon, Arthur Ashe, Venus & Serena Williams), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 100
  • Aug 4 Willie Hunter, Scottish soccer forward (3 caps; Motherwell) and manager (Queen of the South, Inverness Caledonian), dies at 80
  • Aug 6 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), dies at 81
  • Aug 7 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), dies at 71
  • Aug 8 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios [6], Santa Fe [1], América de Cali [7]; Columbia), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Lorna Beal (née Larter), Australian cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 16 dismissals), dies at 96
  • Aug 10 Vladimir Popović, Serbian soccer midfielder (20 caps, Yugoslavia; Red Star Belgrade) and manager (Intercontinental Cup, Red Star Belgrade 1991), dies at 85
  • Aug 11 Gordon J. Brand, English golfer (British Open 1986 runner-up), dies at 65
  • Aug 12 Bill Yeoman, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Houston 1962-86; record 160–108–8), dies from kidney failure and pneumonia at 92
  • Aug 12 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), dies after a motorcycle accident at 78
  • Aug 12 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), dies at 93
  • Aug 12 Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), dies from heart disease at 67
  • Aug 12 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), dies at 89
  • Aug 13 Eric Hughes, English rugby league utility back (10 Tests England, 8 Great Britain; Widnes 481 games), dies from cancer at 73
  • Aug 14 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), dies at 73
  • Aug 14 Thomas Forsyth, Scottish soccer defender (22 caps; Motherwell, Rangers), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), dies at 85
  • Aug 15 Henk Wullems, Dutch soccer manager (NAC Breda, SBV Vitesse, Go Ahead Eagles, AZ; Indonesia 1996-98), dies from a Cerebral infarction at 84
  • Aug 16 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • Aug 16 Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), dies from heart attack complications at 74
  • Aug 17 Boyd Grant, American college basketball coach (PCAA Coach of the Year 1978, 81, 82; Fresno State, Colorado State), dies from a stroke at 87
  • Aug 17 Savvas Theodoridis, Greek soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Olympiacos), dies at 85
  • Aug 18 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987, 91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), dies from stomach cancer at 57
  • Aug 18 Glenn Bassett, American tennis coach (UCLA 1967-93; 7 x NCAA C'ships), dies at 93
  • Aug 21 Pedro Nájera, Mexican soccer midfielder (FIFA World Cup 1954, 62; Club América), dies at 91
  • Aug 21 Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, Tunisian soccer midfielder (35 caps; CS Sfaxien), dies at 69
  • Aug 22 Alessandro Mazzinghi, Italian boxer (WBA and WBC light-middleweight champion 1963–65, 68), dies from a stroke at 81
  • Aug 24 Paul Wolfisberg, Swiss soccer forward (FC Luzern) and coach (Switzerland 1981-85), dies at 87
  • Aug 26 Dan Yochum, American football offensive lineman (CFL All-Star 1975, 76, 77, 78; Grey Cup 1974, 77; Montreal Alouettes; CFHOF), dies at 70
  • Aug 27 Lute Olson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of Iowa 1974-83; NCAA Division I Tournament 1997, Uni of Arizona 1983-2008), dies from stroke complications at 85
  • Aug 29 Clifford Robinson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1994; 6th Man of Year Award 1993; Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers), dies from lymphoma at 53
  • Aug 31 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78
  • Aug 31 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), dies at 95

Person of interestTom Seaver

Aug 31 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), dies of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19 at 75 [1]

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver