Events in Sport in 1998

  • Jan 1 84th Rose Bowl: #1 Michigan beats #8 Washington State, 21-16
  • Jan 1 64th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #9 Ohio State, 31-14
  • Jan 2 64th Orange Bowl: #2 Nebraska beats #3 Tennessee, 42-17
  • Jan 6 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 8 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position
  • Jan 9 Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title
  • Jan 9 Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving
  • Jan 9 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever

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Jan 11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers 23-10

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Jan 14 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley

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Jan 15 Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Jan 18 48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver
  • Jan 18 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

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Jan 18 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Jan 22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild

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Jan 22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jan 22 World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe
  • Jan 25 Helen Alfredsson wins Office Depot LPGA tournament

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Jan 25 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24
  • Jan 27 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock
  • Jan 30 All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 29-24
  • Feb 1 86th Men's Australian Open: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 86th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Conchita Martinez (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Feb 3 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
  • Feb 3 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
  • Feb 5 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • Feb 6 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • Feb 7 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 8 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
  • Feb 8 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
  • Feb 8 NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accommodate the Olympics
  • Feb 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
  • Feb 15 Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
  • Feb 15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt wins (172.712 MPH)
  • Feb 17 USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • Feb 18 NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell

  • Feb 19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
  • Feb 22 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan
  • Feb 24 NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accommodate the Olympics
  • Feb 26 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders

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Feb 28 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Mar 7 19th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 69-64
  • Mar 8 45th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats #1 Duke, 83-68
  • Mar 8 39th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats South Carolina, 86-56
  • Mar 29 17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Louisiana Tech 93-75
  • Mar 30 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Utah 78-69
  • Mar 31 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers
  • Apr 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Earth Summit wins
  • Apr 12 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279

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Apr 18 NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Apr 20 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:21
  • May 2 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 6 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 13 Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm
  • May 16 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80

Sport awardGolf Major

May 17 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • May 17 David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
  • May 20 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
  • May 30 In an all-NZ final, Andrew Mehrtens lands 2 penalties and 2 conversions as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Blues, 20-13 at Eden Park, Auckland; Crusaders first Super 12 Rugby title
  • Jun 4 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 5 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 6 130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29
  • Jun 7 97th Men's French Open: Carlos Moya beats Alex Corretja (6-3, 7-5, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beats Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-2

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • Jun 14 52nd NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat the first time finalists Washington Capitals 4-0
  • Jun 21 98th US Golf Open: Lee Janzen shoots a 280 at Olympic Club SF
  • Jul 1 NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues - lasts 204 days with the season shortened by 50 games

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-4, 7-6 for her first and only Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains title; beats Goran Ivanišević 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 for his 5th of 7 Wimbledon singles crowns

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jul 5 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens collects his 3,000th career strikeout in 2-1 win vs Tampa Bay (11th to achieve milestone)
  • Jul 5 NY Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 1-0 to improve record to 61-20, equalling best 81-game start in MLB history
  • Jul 6 England cricket spin bowler Robert Croft saves England from defeat with 37 in 190 minutes on day 5 of 2nd Test v South Africa at Old Trafford, he was dropped for next 2 Tests
  • Jul 7 69th MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver: In the highest scoring AS Game in history, AL wins 13-8
  • Jul 12 FIFA World Cup Final: Zinadine Zidane scores twice as France wins first WC beating Brazil 3-0 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis
  • Jul 19 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Mark O'Meara wins his 2nd major championship of the year (Masters) and first Open title by 2 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Brian Watts
  • Jul 26 19th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Hale Irwin
  • Aug 2 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Essex GC: Brandie Burton wins by 1 shot from Annika Sörenstam
  • Aug 2 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Minikahda GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland 10-8
  • Aug 2 Tour de France: Marco Pantani of Italy makes it a Tour & Giro d'Italia double, German Erik Zabel is points winner
  • Aug 3 The Oval stages first competitive cricket match played under floodlights in London when home team Surrey loses to Sussex by 8 wickets in the day/night 40-over fixture
  • Aug 16 PGA Championship, Sahalee CC: Vijay Singh of Fiji wins by 2 shots from American Steve Stricker
  • Aug 22 South Africa beats Australia, 29-15 in Johannesburg to win their first Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • Sep 1 American harness trainer/driver Dave Palone wins his 6,000th race, driving Oompa’s Terminator to victory at The Meadows Racetrack in Pennsylvania
  • Sep 4 NY Yankees beat Chicago WS, 11-6, to win their 100th game on the earliest date in MLB history besting the 1906 Chicago Cubs & 1954 Cleveland Indians by 5 days
  • Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport wins her first career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-5
  • Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Patrick Rafter retains title; beats Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
  • Sep 20 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Muirfield Village: US retains Cup; beats Europe 16-12 for third consecutive victory
  • Sep 20 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Geneva, Switzerland: Conchita Martínez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beat Martina Hingis & Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-0, 6-2 in doubles decider to clinch Spain's 5th title, 3-2
  • Oct 2 With his team struggling at 28 for 3, Australian cricket batsman Steve Waugh smashes a brilliant 157 to guide the tourists to an innings & 99 run win over Pakistan in the 1st Test in Rawalpindi
  • Oct 4 Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy overtakes countryman Rod Marsh's world record of 355 Test cricket dismissals during 1st Test win v Pakistan in Rawalpindi; catches Wasim Akram off Colin Miller to reach milestone
  • Oct 4 Australian motorcycle racer Mick Doohan wins the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to clinch his 5th world 500cc championship; all 5 titles are won with Honda
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 14 NY Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
  • Oct 14 Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 21 New York Yankees beat San Diego, 3-0 in Game 4 at Qualcomm Stadium to sweep Padres and win 2nd Baseball World Series in 3 years; Yankees 3rd baseman Scott Brosius MVP
  • Nov 1 Finnish McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to claim his first World F1 Drivers title; wins Championship by 14 points from Michael Schumacher
  • Nov 1 Steve Young and Jerry Rice hook up for their 80th career touchdown in Niners' 36-22 loss to GB Packers at Lambeau Field; eclipse previous NFL mark held by Miami Dolphins tandem Dan Marino & Mark Clayton
  • Nov 7 10th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 31-26 in Chestnut Hill
  • Nov 7 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Awesome Again, Answer Lively, Escena, Buck's Boy, Da Hoss, Silverbulletday, Reraise
  • Nov 12 NY Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak
  • Nov 21 63rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-17 in Birmingham
  • Nov 22 CFL Grey Cup, Winnipeg Stadium: Calgary Stampeders defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 26-24; future NFL 4-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia MVP
  • Nov 22 48th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • Nov 22 Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis beats American Lindsay Davenport 7–5, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2 in the WTA Tour Championship final at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Nov 29 In a classic all-Spanish final, Àlex Corretja puts on a stunning comeback to beat Carlos Moyá 3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–5 and win his only ATP Tour World Championship tennis title in Hanover, Germany
  • Dec 5 7th SEC Championship Game: #1 Tennessee beats #23 Mississippi State, 24-14
  • Dec 5 3rd Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Texas A&M beats #2 Kansas State, 36-33 (2 OT)
  • Dec 6 87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)
  • Dec 14 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)
  • Dec 22 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Zinedine Zidane is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Davor Šuker and Inter forward Ronaldo