Events in Sport in 2002

  • Jan 1 68th Sugar Bowl: #12 LSU beats #7 Illinois, 47-34
  • Jan 1 31st Fiesta Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Colorado, 38-16
  • Jan 2 68th Orange Bowl: #5 Florida beats #6 Maryland, 56-23
  • Jan 3 College Football, 4th BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: #1 Miami beats #2 Nebraska, 37-14, at 88th Rose Bowl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 2nd title; Arantxa Sánchez Vicario & Tommy Robredo beat American pair Monica Seles & Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-2 for a 2-1 victory

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season

  • Jan 19 "Tuck Rule Game" AFC Divisional Playoff Game; with under 2 minutes to play New England Patriots trail Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble ruled an incomplete pass. Patriots win 16-13 in overtime

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: American Jennifer Capriati wins her 2nd consecutive Australian title; beats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-6, 6-2

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Thomas Johansson of Sweden wins his only Grand Slam title; beats Russian star Marat Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
  • Jan 27 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-17
  • Jan 27 NFC Championship, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles, 29-24
  • Jan 29 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Utah's Karl Malone becomes 2nd player in NBA history to register 34,000 career points by scoring 18 in a 90-78 win over Chicago at the Delta Center; trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points)

  • Feb 2 52nd NHL All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: World beats North America, 8-5; MVP: Éric Dazé, Chicago Blackhawks, RW

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Feb 3 Super Bowl XXXVI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Feb 8 IXX Winter Olympic Games open in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

  • Feb 9 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 38-30; MVP: Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders, QB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 10 51st NBA All-Star Game, First Union Centre, Philadelphia, PA: West beats East, 135-120; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Feb 17 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton's win first for Dodge since Richard Petty's victory in the 1974 race
  • Feb 21 Canadian world champion women's ice hockey team wins first of 4 consecutive Winter Olympic gold medals with a 3-2 win over the United States at Salt Lake City

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Feb 24 Joe Sakic and Jerome Iginla each score twice as Canada defeats the United States, 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic gold medal at Salt Lake City

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Feb 24 IXX Winter Olympic Games close in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Mar 2 40-year old South African boxer ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala ends his 22-year career with a 7th-round TKO win over Columbia’s Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title in Johannesburg
  • Mar 9 Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game
  • Mar 10 49th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats NC State, 91-61
  • Mar 10 43rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Alabama, 61-58
  • Mar 17 WrestleMania XVIII, Skydome, Toronto, ON (68,237): Triple H beats Chris Jericho for the undisputed WWF Heavyweight title
  • Mar 24 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Unheralded New Zealander Craig Perks chips-in twice on the final 3 holes for his only PGA Tour career win, 2 strokes ahead of Stephen Ames
  • Mar 31 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma, 82-70; Huskies conclude perfect season (39-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 Andre Agassi wins his 700th career match and captures his second straight Key Biscayne title with a 6–3, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4 win over Roger Federer at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Mar 31 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Defending champion Annika Sörenstam of Sweden shoots a final round 68 to win, 1 stroke ahead of compatriot Liselotte Neumann
  • Apr 1 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Indiana, 64-52; Terrapins' first title in first title game
  • Apr 6 155th Grand National: 8-year-old 20/1 shot Bindaree, ridden by Jim Culloty and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies wins by 1¾ lengths from What's Up Boys
  • Apr 6 France beats Ireland 44-5 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; their 13th title

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 14 66th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods becomes the 3rd player to claim back-to-back Masters, 3 strokes ahead of Retief Goosen of South Africa

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 15 106th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Rodgers Rop claims men's event in 2:09:02; Margaret Okayo women's winner in 2:20:43
  • Apr 20 NFL Draft: Fresno State quarterback David Carr first pick by Houston Texans
  • May 1 Padres closer Trevor Hoffman sets MLB record for saves for one team (321) in 4-3 win v Chicago Cubs in San Diego

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 4 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as an SF Giant, in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is first player with 400 homers for one team and 100 with another (Pirates)

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • May 4 128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13
  • May 4 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,963): Arsenal beats Chelsea, 2-0 for 8th title

  • May 10 Anaheim Angels crush the Chicago White Sox 19-0. The Angels join the 1923 Indians, 1939 Yankees and 1950 Red Sox as the only teams to beat two opponents by 19 or more runs in the same season
  • May 15 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow
  • May 18 127th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 1:56.36
  • May 18 Micky Ward beats Arturo Gatti by majority decision in a junior welterweight boxing bout in Uncasville, Connecticut; 'The Ring' Fight of the Year; first fight in their legendary trilogy

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

May 22 Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • May 25 Crusaders win 4th Super 12 Rugby title with a 31-13 thumping of the ACT Brumbies at Jade Stadium, Christchurch; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens boots 3 penalties, 2 conversions and a dropped goal for the winners
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:00:10.871 (267.954 km/h)
  • May 28 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Carolina Hurricanes beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
  • May 31 The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.
  • May 31 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 8 134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first French title; beats older sister Venus Williams 7-5, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 9 LPGA Championship, DuPont CC: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins second of 3 titles in this event; finishes 3 strokes ahead of Beth Daniel

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Spanish final Albert Costa beats Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 for his lone major title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jun 13 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1 for a 4-1 series win; Red Wings' 10th title; coach Scotty Bowman retires with record 9th title

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Bethpage State Park: Tiger Woods wins his second Open title, 3 shots ahead of runner-up Phil Mickelson

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 21 Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jun 30 FIFA World Cup Final, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan: Ronaldo scores twice as Brazil beats Germany, 2-0 to win record 5th title, first World Cup held in Asia
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-3 for her first Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jul 9 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 10 10th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Venus Williams win

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 21 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Ernie Els of South Africa wins first of 2 Open titles in a playoff from Australians Stuart Appleby & Steve Elkington, and Frenchman Thomas Levet

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 With a record 6 races remaining, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his 5th F1 World Drivers Championship with victory in the French Grand Prix at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours; 3rd straight title win

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 89th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

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

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 1 In signing star linebacker Ray Lewis to a 5-year contract extension the Baltimore Ravens give him a $19m signing bonus, then the largest in NFL history

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • Aug 6 32-year old reliever Robb Nen becomes 16th and youngest closer to record 300 career saves as he protects Giants 11-10 lead v Cubs
  • Aug 9 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run
  • Aug 10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 30-23 in Durban to win their fourth Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks score 4 tries to 2
  • Aug 18 PGA Championship, Hazeltine National GC: American Rich Beem wins his first major title by 1 stroke from Tiger Woods

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 18 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Summerlea GC: Meg Mallon wins by 3 from Michelle Ellis, Rosie Jones, Catriona Matthew & Michele Redman

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Sep 4 Argentina pulls off one of the biggest upsets in basketball history, beating the US, 87-80 in 2nd round of the World Championships; 1st US loss in 59 games since sending NBA players to international competition in 1992
  • Sep 4 After blowing an 11-run lead to Kansas City, Scott Hatteberg's bottom of the 9th walk off HR gives Oakland a historic MLB victory, 12-11; A's set AL record 20 game winning streak
  • Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins second US title; beats older sister Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3
  • Sep 8 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • Sep 8 Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins 14th and final Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Sep 9 Pitcher Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the fifth consecutive season, extending his major league record
  • Sep 15 Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon begins NFL record-tying (Kurt Warner, Steve Young) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard passing games, throwing for 403 yards in Raiders' 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh
  • Sep 22 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Interlachen CC: US regains Cup 15½-12½; Rosie Jones gains winning point in her 3 & 2 victory over Karine Icher
  • Sep 29 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: Europe wins 15½-12½ after teams tied at 8 points going into Sunday singles matches
  • Sep 29 Seattle running back Shaun Alexander sets NFL record for most touchdowns in a half with 5 in 1st half of 48-23 win v Minnesota Vikings at Seahawks Stadium; runs for 4 plus 80-yard reception
  • Oct 1 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat
  • Oct 5 For the first time in its 42-year old history, the Anaheim Angels win a post-season series by beating the Yankees, 9-5 to take the ALDS, 3-1

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 10 Former cricketer Imran Khan elected to the Pakistani Parliament after winning the seat of Mianwali-I

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • Oct 13 Michael Schumacher wins season ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix for his record 11th victory of the year & 3rd straight World Drivers Championship; title margin: 67 points from Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: Anaheim Angels beat Minnesota Twins, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 26 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Arlington Park, winners: Volponi, Vindication, Azeri, High Chaparral, Starine, Storm Flag Flying, Domedriver, Orientate
  • Oct 27 Anaheim beats San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in Game 7 at Edison Field to win Angels' first Baseball World Series; Anaheim 1st baseman Troy Glaus MVP
  • Nov 2 14th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 14-7 in South Bend

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 Mark Messier plays his 1,616th NHL game, a 3-2 Rangers loss against the St. Blues, to move into 2nd place on the all-time games played list; passes Larry Murphy and ends career with 1,756 games, just 11 shy of Gordie Howe

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Nov 3 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Gran Canaria, Spain: Janette Husárová beats Spaniard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-0, 6-2 to give Slovakia their first title, 3-1
  • Nov 11 Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beats American Serena Williams 7–5, 6–3 to win the season-ending WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Nov 17 54th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • Nov 17 Australian Leyton Hewitt scores back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a classic 7–5, 7–5, 2–6, 2–6, 6–4 victory over Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in Shanghai, China
  • Nov 23 67th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-7 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: Montreal Alouettes beat Edmonton Eskimos, 25-16; Don Matthews' 5th Grey Cup title as a head coach
  • Dec 1 Davis Cup Tennis, Paris: Mikhail Youzhny beats Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Russia 3-2 win over France; only time in event history that a 2-set deficit turned around in a live 5th rubber of a Final
  • Dec 7 11th SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia beats #22 Arkansas, 30-3
  • Dec 11 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver
  • Dec 12 Ballon d'Or: Inter/Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is named best football player in Europe for a second time ahead of Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
  • Dec 15 68th Heisman Trophy Award: Carson Palmer, USC (QB)