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Events in Sport in 2003

  • Jan 1 89th Rose Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats #7 Washington State, 34-14
  • Jan 1 69th Sugar Bowl: #4 Georgia beats #16 Florida State, 26-13
  • Jan 2 69th Orange Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Iowa, 38-17
  • Jan 3 College Football, 5th BCS National Championship, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: #2 Ohio State beats #1 Miami, 31-24, at 32nd Fiesta Bowl

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Jan 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Serena Williams & James Blake beat Australian pair Alicia Molik & Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2 for a 3-0 win, and 2nd American title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jan 10 NBA announces Charlotte, N.C. is awarded an NBA expansion franchise to be known as the Charlotte Bobcats and start play in 2004-05; eventually changes to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-15 season
  • Jan 11 Washington right wing Jaromír Jágr scores his 10th career hat-trick and adds 4 assists for 7 points and his 1,200th NHL point in a 12-2 win against Florida; Jágr has 20+ goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons
  • Jan 19 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans, 41-24
  • Jan 19 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
  • Jan 25 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 5th Grand Slam singles title and 4th straight; beats older sister Venus Williams 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 for her first Australian title
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualc:omm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21; MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 26 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi of the US wins his 8th and last Grand Slam title; beats Rainer Schuttler of Germany 6-2, 6-2, 6-1

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 45-23; MVP: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, RB
  • Feb 2 53rd NHL All-Star Game, Office Depot Centre, Sunrise, FL: West beats East, 6-5; MVP: Danny Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers, LW
  • Feb 9 52nd NBA All-Star Game, Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA: West beats East, 155-145 (2 OT); MVP: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, F
  • Feb 16 45th Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins for the second time in 3 years; race ends after 109 laps when rain pours on the track

  • Feb 22 Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowls the fastest ball recorded in cricket history at 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h)
  • Mar 1 World light heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. wins a unanimous decision against champion John Ruiz to capture the WBA heavyweight crown in Las Vegas
  • Mar 1 Nashville's Barry Trotz sets NHL record for most games coached with an expansion team from inception as Predators score a 5-4 OT win over Chicago; his 392nd game, Terry Crisp 391 with Tampa Bay
  • Mar 1 Legendary Mount St. Mary's basketball head coach Jim Phelan wins final game of 49 year career as Mountaineers win 60-56 over Central Connecticut State; Phelan: 830 wins in NCAA record 1,354 games
  • Mar 2 America's Cup, Auckland: Swiss yacht Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 0.44s to sweep series, 5-0; Alinghi's Russell Coutts wins last 14 America's Cup races he's competed in as skipper; most in history
  • Mar 2 Fast bowler Andy Bichel takes career best 7 for 20 as Australia beats England by 2 wickets in a Cricket World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Australia unbeaten in record 12 ODI games
  • Mar 15 24th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Connecticut, 74-56
  • Mar 16 50th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Duke beats NC State, 84-77
  • Mar 16 44th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 64-57

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Mar 23 Cricket World Cup, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, RSA: Ricky Ponting scores 140 no as defending champions Australia beat India by 125 runs; Sachin Tendulkar, Player of Series

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Mar 30 In a final match decider, England beats Ireland 42-6 in Dublin to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; Jonny Wilkinson kicks 3 conversions, a penalty and 2 dropped goals for England
  • Mar 30 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Davis Love III shoots a final round 64 to win his 2nd Players title, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Jay Haas and Pádraig Harrington
  • Mar 30 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Patricia Meunier-Lebouc of France wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of the 2-time defending champion Annika Sörenstam of Sweden

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Mar 31 Cincinnati Reds open their new home, The Great American Ball Park, with a 10-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates; former President George H. W. Bush throws first ceremonial pitch

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Apr 2 At 27 years, 249 days Texas Rangers infielder Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest MLB player to hit 300 home runs; homers off Ramon Ortiz in 5th inning of an 11-5 loss to the Angels in Anaheim
  • Apr 5 156th Grand National: 10-year-old 16/1 shot Monty's Pass, ridden by Barry Geraghty wins by 12 lengths from 2001 Welsh National winner Supreme Glory
  • Apr 5 The Kansas City Royals become the first MLB team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100 games the previous year, beating the Cleveland Indians, 2 - 1
  • Apr 7 65th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Syracuse beats Kansas, 81-78; Orangemen win first title; Carmelo Anthony named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 8 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 73-68; UConn guard Diana Taurasi is named Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 13 67th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mike Weir wins his only major title in a 1-hole playoff over Len Mattiace; only Canadian to win a major and first left-handed Masters champion

  • Apr 21 107th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya men's champion in 2:10:11; Svetlana Zakharova of Russia women's winner in 2:25:19

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Apr 22 Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: USC quarterback Carson Palmer first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • Apr 28 Andre Agassi recaptures the world no. 1 ranking to become the oldest top-ranked male in the history of the ATP rankings (33 years, 13 days)
  • May 3 129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
  • May 7 Arsenal thrash Southampton, 6-1 at Highbury to start Gunners' amazing English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak; ends 24 October, 2004 with 2-0 defeat at Manchester United
  • May 16 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • May 17 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61
  • May 17 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,726): Arsenal beats Southampton, 1-0; Robert Pires scores 38' winner for Gunners' 9th title
  • May 20 Laureus World Sports Awards, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco: Sportsman: Lance Armstrong (rescinded); Sportswoman: Serena Williams; Team: Brazil Men's National Football team
  • May 22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • May 23 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • May 24 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Auckland Blues beat defending champion Canterbury Crusaders, 21-17 for their 3rd title
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
  • May 28 Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL
  • May 28 11th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Juventus (0-0, 3-2 on penalties) at Manchester
  • Jun 7 135th Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Empire Maker wins in 2:28.26
  • Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final, Justine Henin-Hardenne outclasses Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-4 for her 1st of 7 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Jun 8 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam wins in a playoff over Grace Park of South Korea with a par on the first sudden death hole
  • Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero claims his lone major title; beats Dutchman Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup Final, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: New Jersey Devils beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-0 for 4-3 series win

Cricket's T20 is Born. Howzat!?Cricket's T20 is Born. Howzat!?

Jun 13 English county cricket teams play the 1st official Twenty20 matches
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Legendary cricketer WG Grace plays forward with his typical straight bat in 1878
Legendary cricketer WG Grace plays forward with his typical straight bat in 1878
  • Jun 15 57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: American Jim Furyk wins his only major title by 3 from Stephen Leaney of Australia

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 17 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 23 Barry Bonds steals second base against the LA Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career homers and 500 steals

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

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Jun 26 NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

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Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Bruce Lietzke wins by 2 strokes from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

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Jul 4 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title beating older sister Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jul 5 French driver Sébastien Bourdais wins first-ever night road-course event in Champ Car history on Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport layout

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Australian Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 for his first Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

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Jul 6 Martina Navratilova claims her 20th all-time Wimbledon title as she and Leander Paes beat Andy Ram & Anastassia Rodionova 6-3, 6-3 in the mixed doubles final

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jul 7 Tour de France: After 2nd stage, Australians are in possession of both yellow & green jerseys for the first time, Brad McGee overall leader & Robbie McEwen sprint leader

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Hilary Lunke wins in a playoff with Kelly Robbins & Angela Stanford for her only career LPGA tournament victory

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Jul 13 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Craig Stadler wins his first of 2 Champions Tour major titles by 3 strokes from Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe and Tom Watson
  • Jul 15 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 16 11th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams win

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Ben Curtis becomes first debut winner since Tom Watson in 1975; in his first major appearance at #396 in world rankings beats runners-up Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh by 1 stroke
  • Jul 27 90th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)
  • Jul 27 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Tom Watson wins in a playoff with Carl Mason of England
  • Aug 2 South African cricket batsman Graeme Smith blazes 259, fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has 5 wickets in each England innings as Proteas win 2nd Test by an innings and 92 at Lord's

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Aug 3 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Annika Sörenstam of Sweden wins by 1 stroke from Se Ri Pak; completes career grand slam for Sörenstam

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak

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Aug 16 Cristiano Ronaldo (18) makes his debut for Manchester United and the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Aug 16 New Zealand beats Australia, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 5th Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks have undefeated 4-0 record and regain Bledisloe Cup from Wallabies
  • Aug 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Shaun Micheel wins his lone major title by 2 strokes from Chad Campbell
  • Aug 23 9th Athletics World Championships open at Saint-Denis, France
  • Aug 31 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Tom Watson wins his third of 6 Champions Tour majors by 1 stroke from Jim Ahern & Tom Kite
  • Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final Justine Henin-Hardenne wins her first US title; beats Kim Clijsters 7-5, 6-1

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: American Andy Roddick wins his only career Grand Slam title; beats Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Sep 14 Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis sets the NFL single-game rushing record when he runs for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries in the Ravens 33-13 victory over Cleveland
  • Sep 14 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Barsebäck G & CC: Europe regains Cup; after Catriona Matthew beat Rosie Jones 3 & 1 to clinch, amid controversy 4 of 5 remaining matches are conceded for final score of 17½-10½
  • Oct 4 Red Raiders' quarterback B.J. Symons sets a Big 12 Conference record with 8 touchdown passes, leading Texas Tech to a convincing 59-28 win over Texas A & M
  • Oct 4 Trainer Bobby Frankel saddles Sightseek to victory in the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park; Frankel's 23rd Grade I stakes winner of the year, breaking D. Wayne Lukas' 1987 record of 22
  • Oct 4 Jockey Jerry Bailey surpasses his own single season record for North American purse earnings ($19,271,814) set in 2002; wins aboard Sightseek in Beldame Stakes & Birdstone in Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park

  • Oct 5 Kansas City wide receiver Dante Hall scores on game winning 93-yard punt return in Chiefs 24-23 victory v Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium; returns for score in an NFL-record 4th straight game
  • Oct 5 Chicago Cubs win their first MLB postseason series since the 1908 World Series with 5-1 win v Atlanta Braves in Game 5 NLDS at Turner Field

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Oct 12 Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari finishes 8th at the season-ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix at Suzuka; clinches 4th consecutive World Drivers Championship by 2 points from Kimi Räikkönen

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • Oct 12 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Home Depot Center, Carson, CA: Nia Künzer scores winner in sudden death extra time as Germany beats Sweden, 2-1

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Oct 14 Fan Steve Bartman deflects the ball away from Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. Cubs give up eight runs in the inning and lose to the Marlins 8-3, and the Bartman incident is seen as the turning point in the series

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 16 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 25 Florida beats New York Yankees, 2-0 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium for Marlins second Baseball World Series; Florida pitcher Josh Beckett MVP
  • Oct 25 15th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-25 in Chestnut Hill
  • Oct 25 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; winners: Pleasantly Perfect, Action This Day, Adoration, Johar, High Chaparral, Islington, Halfbridled, Six Perfections, Cajun Beat

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Oct 31 Bethany Hamilton, aged 13, has her arm bitten off by a shark while surfing in Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton
  • Nov 1 Arkansas beats Kentucky 71-63 in 7 OTs at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest game in college football history
  • Nov 1 John Gagliardi ties Eddie Robinson as college football's career victory leader with his 408th win, guiding Division III St. John's to a 15-12 victory over St.Thomas at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 1 University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald establishes a new NCAA record with a touchdown reception in his 14th straight game as Pittsburgh beats Boston College, 24-13 at Alumni Stadium
  • Nov 1 Arkansas beats Kentucky, 71-63 at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest football game ever played, with 7 overtime periods
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: Margaret Okayo of Kenya wins in 2:22:31 to break her own record; her countryman Martin Lel wins men's race in 2:10:30

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Nov 3 Grant Fuhr, Pat LaFontaine, Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and Ottawa 67’s coach Brian Kilreais are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • Nov 10 Kim Clijsters of Belgium becomes first female tennis player to earn $US4 million in a season when she overwhelms Amélie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-0 for the WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Nov 16 CFL Grey Cup, Taylor Field, Regina: Edmonton Eskimos reverse previous year result; beat Montreal Alouettes, 34-22 for 12th title

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Nov 16 Lionel Messi makes his official debut for FC Barcelona in a friendly against Porto

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Nov 16 55th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Matt Kenseth wins
  • Nov 16 Roger Federer of Switzerland wins his first of 6 season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a 6–3, 6–0, 6–4 victory over American Andre Agassi in the final in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 22 5th Rugby World Cup Final, Stadium Australia, Sydney: Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson lands winning drop goal in extra time as England beats Australia, 20-17
  • Nov 22 68th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-23 in Auburn
  • Nov 23 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Amélie Mauresmo beats American Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-1 to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their second title

Sport awardPresident's Cup

Nov 23 Presidents Cup Golf, Fancourt Hotel and CC: US and International team tie, 17-17; after 3 tied playoff holes between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, captains and players decide Cup to be shared

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Nov 30 92nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Melbourne (3-1)
  • Dec 6 12th SEC Championship Game: #3 LSU beats #5 Georgia, 34-13
  • Dec 6 8th Big 12 Championship Game: #13 Kansas State beats #1 Oklahoma, 35-7
  • Dec 13 69th Heisman Trophy Award: Jason White, Oklahoma (QB)

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Dec 22 The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • Dec 22 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd is named best football player in Europe ahead of Arsenal forward Thierry Henry and Milan defender Paolo Maldini