Events in Sport in 1999

  • Jan 1 85th Rose Bowl: #9 Wisconsin beats #6 UCLA, 38-31
  • Jan 1 65th Sugar Bowl: #3 Ohio State beats #8 Texas A&M, 24-14
  • Jan 2 65th Orange Bowl: #7 Florida beats #18 Syracuse, 31-10
  • Jan 4 College Football, 1st BCS National Championship, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl
  • Jan 6 An agreement is reached by the NBA and the players union to end a 204-day lockout which shortened the season by 50 games
  • Jan 7 NBA Board of Governors unanimously ratifies a new 6-year collective bargaining agreement between the league and the National Basketball Players Association
  • Jan 9 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Mark Philippoussis clinches Australia's unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1), with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Sweden's Jonas Björkman; Australia's first title

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Jan 11 Marty Schottenheimer resigns as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

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Jan 13 Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces his second retirement just prior to start of lockout-shortened 1998-99 NBA season; returns in 2001 with Washington

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Sport awardAFC Championship

Jan 17 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New York Jets, 23-10; features infamous "The Miss", Vikings' PK Gary Anderson misses field goal late 4th quarter

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship, Metrodome, Minneapolis: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings, 30-27 (OT)
  • Jan 24 David Duval eagles the 18th hole for a final round 59 to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at PGA West; becomes only the 3rd player to fire a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Jan 24 49th NHL All-Star Game, Ice Palace, Tampa, FL: North America beats World, 8-6; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, NY Rangers, C

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jan 25 After an inquiry into a corruption scandal, 6 International Olympic Committee members are expelled

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis of Switzerland wins her 3rd consecutive Australian title; beats unseeded Amélie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 31 Super Bowl XXXIII, Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL: Denver Broncos beat Atlanta Falcons, 34-19; MVP: John Elway, Denver, QB

  • Jan 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov becomes first Russian, male or female, to win an Australian title; beats Thomas Enqvist of Sweden 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6
  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-10; Keyshawn Johnson, NY Jets, QB; Ty Law, New England Patriots, CB
  • Feb 14 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins; first Daytona 500 pole sitter to win the race since Bill Elliott in 1987
  • Feb 15 Wayne Gretzky records 5 assists in NY Rangers' 7-4 win over the Predators; takes a 1,000 point lead over Gordie Howe in all time NHL scoring lead; Gretzky's only appearance in Nashville

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 15 7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

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Feb 16 O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Feb 20 Toronto Maple Leafs play their first NHL home game at Air Canada Centre; Steve Thomas scores overtime winner in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens
  • Feb 27 Aston Villa are the last Premier League team to play a match with an all-English starting XI in a 4-1 defeat by Coventry
  • Mar 1 Daryll Cullinan scores South African cricket record 275no in the drawn 1st Test against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland; Gary Kirsten 128
  • Mar 6 20th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats St. John's, 82-63
  • Mar 7 46th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #15 North Carolina, 96-73
  • Mar 7 40th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 76-63
  • Mar 28 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke, 62-45; Boilermakers' Ukari Figgs is named Most Outstanding Player
  • Mar 28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: David Duval wins by 2 strokes from Scott Gump; Duval's father Bob wins Senior Tour's Emerald Coast Classic on the same day

Sport awardGolf Major

Mar 28 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: 1992 champion Dottie Pepper wins the last of her 2 major titles, 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Meg Mallon

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Mar 28 WrestleMania XV, First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin beats The Rock in no disqualification match for the WWF Heavyweight title

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • Mar 29 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke, 77-74; Huskies' first title in first title game
  • Apr 10 152nd Grand National: Irish 10/1 shot Bobbyjo, ridden by jockey Paul Carberry wins by 10 lengths from Blue Charm

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 63rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: José María Olazábal of Spain wins his second Masters title, 2 strokes ahead of Davis Love III and 3 from of Greg Norman

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Apr 11 Neil Jenkins converts a Scott Gibbs try to give Wales a famous, 32-31 win over England at Wembley Stadium; allows Scotland to win final Five Nations Rugby Championship; reverts to 6 teams in 2000
  • Apr 17 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • Apr 18 Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Apr 19 103rd Boston Marathon: Joseph Chebet of Kenya takes men's title in 2:09:52; 3-peat for Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia in women's race in 2:23:25
  • May 1 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for his second Derby victory (1991 on Strike The Gold)
  • May 2 John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

  • May 3 Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time.
  • May 15 124th Preakness: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for the second leg of an unsuccessful Triple Crown campaign
  • May 19 Lazio of Italy win 39th European Cup Winner's Cup against Mallorca of Spain 2-1 in Birmingham
  • May 26 7th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Barcelona
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Kenny Bräck wins in 3:15:51.182 (246.513 km/h)
  • May 30 Super Rugby Final, Carisbrook, Dunedin: Canterbury Crusaders retain title with a 24-19 win over Otago Highlanders; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens kicks 3 penalties, a conversion & dropped goal for the winners
  • May 31 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 4 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 5 131st Belmont: Jose Santos aboard Lemon Drop Kid wins in 2:27.88

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 French Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins her 22nd and final Grand Slam title; beats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Graf's 6th French singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jun 6 US Open Women's Golf, Old Waverly GC: Juli Inkster breaks under-par scoring record with a 272 (−16) to win by 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Sherri Turner

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 French Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins his 1st and only French title; beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

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Jun 19 Stanley Cup, Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, NY: Dallas Stars edge Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in triple overtime for 4-2 series win; Brett Hull clinches series with infamous "No Goal" ruling

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst CC: Payne Stewart wins his 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Phil Mickelson
  • Jun 20 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Shane Warne takes 4/33 as Australia beats Pakistan by 8 wickets; Lance Klusener (RSA), Player of Series
  • Jun 25 53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 27 LPGA Championship, DuPont CC: Juli Inkster shoots final round 65 to win by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Liselotte Neumann; completes career grand slam
  • Jun 27 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Hale Irwin wins his 5th of 7 Champions Tour major titles by 7 strokes from Australian Graham Marsh
  • Jun 30 NBA Draft: Duke power forward Elton Brand first pick by Chicago Bulls
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf 6-4, 7-5 for her only Wimbledon singles title

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-American final, Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 for his third straight Wimbledon title

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Jul 4 South Korean defending champion Se Ri Pak wins the most crowded playoff in LPGA history (6) in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic
  • Jul 10 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: US beats China, 5-4 on penalties; 0-0 a.e.t; US second World Cup
  • Jul 11 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Des Moines G & CC: Dave Eichelberger wins by 3 strokes ahead of Ed Dougherty for his lone major title
  • Jul 13 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Jul 15 The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field held in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 18 British Open Golf, Carnoustie: Scotsman Paul Lawrie wins his only major title by 3 strokes in 4-hole aggregate playoff with Jean van de Velde & Justin Leonard; recovers from 10 shots behind after 3rd round for biggest comeback in major championship history; van de Velde famously triple-bogies last hole
  • Jul 18 New York Yankees' David Cone becomes 15th pitcher to throw a perfect game (6-0 vs Montreal)

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Jul 25 86th Tour de France: Lance Armstrong wins 1st of 7 consecutive Tour de France titles but is later disqualified for drug cheating

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong

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Jul 27 Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900"

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Skateboarder
Tony Hawk

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 1 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Priddis Greens GC: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 2 from Laura Davies of England

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Aug 3 Arsenal FC completes a huge signing coup snapping up ace French striker Thierry Henry for a bargain £10 million from Italian club Juventus.
  • Aug 5 St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire becomes only the 16th MLB player to reach the 500 home run milestone as the Cardinals lose 10-2 v San Diego at Busch Stadium
  • Aug 6 Tony Gwynn goes 4 for 5 and collects his 3,000th MLB hit as San Diego beats Expos, 12-10 at Montreal Olympic Stadium
  • Aug 7 Tampa Bay 3rd baseman Wade Boggs becomes the first MLB player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in Devil Rays' 15-10 loss v Cleveland
  • Aug 14 New Zealand win their 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series as South Africa edges Australia, 10-9 in Cape Town; All Blacks' only defeat comes in final round dead rubber, 28-7 against Wallabies in Sydney

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 15 PGA Championship, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins by 1 stroke from Spaniard Sergio Garcia

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 20 7th Athletics World Championships open at Seville, Spain

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Aug 31 Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

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Sep 1 Ex-Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux is approved as new owner of the struggling franchise; Penguins become first club in pro sports history to be owned by a former member of the team

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Sep 3 Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially takes over the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins; Lemieux is first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he once played for
  • Sep 4 MLB's Cincinnati Reds set a National League record with 9 home runs as they rout the Philadelphia Phillies, 22-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first Grand Slam title; beats World #1 Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins 2nd and final US title; beats fellow American Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
  • Sep 13 John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos
  • Sep 19 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Stanford, California: Lindsay Davenport beats Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their record extending 16th title
  • Sep 26 Ryder Cup Golf, The Country Club, Brookline: US wins 14½-13½ after trailing 10-6 going into the singles; win first 6 matches to set up victory; poor American crowd & team behaviour heavily criticised
  • Oct 1 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the Houston Rockets move All Star forward Scotty Pippen to Portland Trail Blazers for Kelvin Cato, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Carlos Rogers, Ed Gray and Brian Shaw
  • Oct 1 Sourav Ganguly smashes 11 fours and 5 sixes for a blistering 139 as India (277/6) dominates Zimbabwe (170) in the 6th cricket LG Cup ODI in Nairobi
  • Oct 1 Edmonton Oilers retire Wayne Gretzky's #99 in a pre-game ceremony before a 1-1 tie v NY Rangers, the last team for which 'The Great One' suited up in an NHL game

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Oct 2 Boston's Ray Bourque becomes highest goal-scoring defenseman in NHL history; 386th career goal in Bruins' 3-1 win v Carolina Hurricanes moves him 1 ahead of Paul Coffey

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Oct 2 #21 University of Alabama football team beats #3 Florida, 40-39 in overtime to snap the Gators' 30-game home win streak; future Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander crosses for 4 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide
  • Oct 2 Atlanta Thrashers play first regular-season game in franchise history, a 4-1 loss to the visiting NJ Devils, before a crowd of 18,545 at Philips Arena; Kelly Buchberger scores first goal in Thrashers history
  • Oct 3 St Louis 1st baseman Mark McGwire hits his 65th homer of the season in a rain shortened 9-5 win over Cubs at Busch Stadium; wins 2nd straight HR title over Sammy Sosa, who hits his 63rd HR in same game
  • Oct 3 Chelsea scores massive upset when they humble English Premiership champions Manchester United, 5-0 at Stamford Bridge; Gus Poyet sets the tone scoring after just 27 seconds; Nicky Butt is sent-off for United
  • Oct 4 Rain prevents play on the final day of the 3rd cricket Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo; despite 105 from Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka wins first ever Test series v Australia

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Oct 12 Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • Oct 18 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat New York Mets, 4 games to 2

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Oct 22 NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • Oct 27 New York Yankees beat Atlanta, 4-1 in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium to sweep Braves and retain Baseball World Series; Yankees closer Mariano Rivera MVP
  • Oct 31 Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • Oct 31 Finnish McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his second straight F1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 2 points from Irishman Eddie Irvine

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Nov 3 Los Angeles Lakers debut in the STAPLES Center, with 103-88 win v Vancouver Grizzlies; Magic Johnson & Chick Hearn co-host ceremony unveiling Lakers' retired jerseys & championship banners in new building

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Nov 6 4th Rugby World Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff: Wallabies fullback Matt Burke lands 7 penalties and 2 conversions as Australia beats France, 35-12
  • Nov 6 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Gulfstream Park; winners: Cat Thief, Anees, Beautiful Pleasure, Daylami, Silic, Soaring Softly, Cash Run, Artax
  • Nov 20 64th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Auburn
  • Nov 20 11th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 31-29 in South Bend
  • Nov 21 Repeat of previous year's final, but different result; American tennis star Lindsay Davenport beats Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-2 for the WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Nov 21 51st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Jarrett wins

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Nov 26 Steve Yzerman scores his 600th career goal

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Calgary Stampeders, 32-21; reverse previous year's result
  • Nov 28 In an all-American final, Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6–1, 7–5, 6–4 to win his 5th and final ATP Tour World Championship tennis title in Hanover, Germany
  • Dec 3 Ottawa Senators' right wing Kevin Dineen becomes 5th player in NHL history to score 300 career goals and record 2,000 penalty minutes; picks up a misconduct penalty in 7-4 loss to NJ Devils
  • Dec 4 8th SEC Championship Game: #7 Alabama beats #5 Florida, 34-7
  • Dec 5 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)
  • Dec 13 65th Heisman Trophy Award: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (RB)
  • Dec 17 Ray Bourque becomes just the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,100 assists, and goaltender Byron Dafoe records his 100th NHL victory in Boston Bruin's 3-1 win over the Thrashers in Atlanta
  • Dec 21 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rivaldo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Manchester United midfielder David Beckham and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko

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Dec 27 Joe Sakic records his 1,000th career point, an assist against the St. Louis Blues

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic