On This Day

February 2020 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Australian Open Women's Tennis: 21 year old American Sofia Kenin wins her first Grand Slam title with a 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 victory over Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 2 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia rallies to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park

Super Bowl

Feb 2 Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers, 31-20; MVP: Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs, QB; Chiefs' 1st victory in 50 years

  • Feb 14 UEFA places 2 year ban on Manchester City from European club competition for committing "serious breaches" of club licensing and financial fair play regulations; EPL champions also fined €30million
  • Feb 16 NBA All Star Game, United Center, Chicago, IL: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis, 157-155; MVP: Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers, F
  • Feb 17 62nd Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins second straight title by 0.014 seconds over Ryan Blaney on the second restart in overtime; his third Daytona victory

Laureus Awards

Feb 17 Laureus World Sports Awards, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton & Lionel Messi; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: South Africa National Rugby Union team

Sports History

Feb 22 Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo marks his 1,000th senior appearance by scoring in Juventus' 2-1 Serie A win over SPAL; 725 career goals in 836 club games and 164 internationals

  • Feb 24 Memorial service for NBA star Kobe Byrant held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
  • Feb 28 Court of Arbitration for Sport bans Chinese triple Olympic gold medallist Sun Yang from swimming for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules
  • Feb 29 Watford beats Liverpool, 3-0 at Vicarage Road; first Reds loss since Manchester City January 2019; ends joint-longest winning streak (18) and second longest unbeaten run (44) in English top-flight football history

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 3 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), dies of dementia at 83
  • Feb 3 Robert Alner, British racehorse trainer (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cool Dawn 1998), dies at 76
  • Feb 4 Giancarlo Bergamini, Italian fencer (Olympic gold foil, team 1956; silver foil team 1952, individual 1956), dies at 93
  • Feb 4 Benito Sarti, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Juventus, Sampdoria), dies at 83
  • Feb 4 Alexander Skvortsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 81, 83), dies at 65
  • Feb 6 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), dies at 83
  • Feb 10 Waqar Hasan, Pakistani cricket batsman (21 Tests, top score 189; member Pakistan's inaugural Test squad), dies at 87
  • Feb 11 Katsuya Nomura, Japanese baseball catcher and manager (first NPB batter to win Triple Crown 1965; Nankai Hawks), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Feb 12 Tamás Wichmann, Hungarian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold x 9; Olympic silver C-1 1000m 1972, C-2 1000m 1968; bronze C-1 1000m 1976), dies at 72
  • Feb 13 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), dies following brain surgery at 54
  • Feb 14 Jimmy Conway, Irish soccer midfielder (20 caps Republic of Ireland; Fulham), dies at 73
  • Feb 14 Garrett Fitzgerald, Irish rugby union coach and administrator (CEO Munster Rugby 1999-2019), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball shortstop (MLB All-Star 1986, 87, 89, 92, 99; World Series 1993; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Toronto Blue Jays), dies of polycystic kidney disease at 57
  • Feb 16 Harry Gregg, Irish soccer goalkeeper (25 caps Northern Ireland; Manchester United) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra), dies at 87
  • Feb 16 Barry Hulshoff, Dutch soccer defender (14 caps; European Cup 1971, 72, 73; Ajax Amsterdam), dies at 73
  • Feb 16 Tony Fernández, Dominican MLB baseball shortstop, 1983-2001, 5X All-Star, 4X Golden Glove (Toronto Blue Jays, and 6 other teams), dies of multiple medical issues at 57
  • Feb 17 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), dies at 84

Mickey Wright

Feb 17 Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), dies from a heart attack at 85

  • Feb 21 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), dies at 92
  • Feb 23 Stefan Florenski, Polish soccer defender (11 caps; Górnik Zabrze), dies at 86
  • Feb 23 János Göröcs, Hungarian soccer midfielder (62 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, Tatabányai Bányász), dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), dies at 87
  • Feb 24 Jan Kowalczyk, Polish equestrian rider (Olympics gold show jumping individual; silver team 1980), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), dies from colon cancer at 89
  • Feb 28 Stig-Göran Myntti, Finnish soccer midfielder (61 caps; Vasa IFK), dies at 94
  • Feb 29 Éva Székely, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; silver 1956; first WR 400m individual medley 1953), dies at 92
  • Feb 29 Andrei Vedernikov, Russian road cyclist (first Soviet to win individual amateur road race at World C'ships 1981), dies as a result of a falling tree at 60