Events in Sport in 2006

  • Jan 2 72nd Sugar Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #7 Georgia, 38-35
  • Jan 2 35th Fiesta Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #5 Notre Dame, 34-20
  • Jan 3 72nd Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #22 Florida State, 26-23
  • Jan 4 8th BCS National Championship: #2 Texas beats #1 Southern California, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl

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Jan 12 During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

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Jan 22 Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 81 points in a victory against the Toronto Raptors, the second most in NBA history in one single game

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jan 22 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Denver Broncos 34-17
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Carolina Panthers 34-14

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 for his 2nd Australian title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jan 29 94th Women's Australian Open: Amelie Mauresmo beats Justine Henin (6-1, 2-0, ret.)
  • Jan 29 Irfan Pathan becomes first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match
  • Feb 5 Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 at the Ford Field MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR

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Feb 9 Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with John Madden

American Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
American Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

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Feb 10 20th Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" in his last ever performance

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Feb 12 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-17
  • Feb 19 55th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 122-120 at Houston

  • Feb 19 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (142.667 MPH)
  • Feb 26 20th Winter Olympic Games close at Turin, Italy
  • Mar 11 27th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, 65-61
  • Mar 12 53rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #7 Boston College, 78-76
  • Mar 12 47th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats South Carolina, 49-47

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Apr 3 Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal (#692) against the Calgary Flames

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • Apr 3 68th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats UCLA 73-57
  • Apr 4 25th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Duke 78-75
  • Apr 8 159th Grand National: Niall Madden aboard Numbersixvalverde wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 70th Masters Golf, Augusta: Phil Mickelson wins his 2nd green jacket by 2 shots from South African Tim Clark

  • Apr 17 110th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:14 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:38
  • Apr 29 NFL Draft: North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams first pick from Houston Texans
  • May 6 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
  • May 17 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • May 20 131st Preakness: Javier Castellano aboard Bernardini wins in 1:54.65
  • May 21 The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 1
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Sam Hornish Jr wins in 3:10:58.7590 (252.804 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 28 Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the MLB all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jun 1 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Carolina Hurricanes beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 10 138th Belmont: Fernando Jara aboard Jazil wins in 2:27.81

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 11 52nd LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • Jun 11 105th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6)
  • Jun 11 105th Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jun 18 106th US Golf Open: Geoff Ogilvy shoots a 285 at Winged Foot GC NY

  • Jun 19 Stanley Cup: first time winners Carolina Hurricanes defeat Edmonton Oilers 4-3
  • Jun 20 60th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 4 games to 2

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Jul 2 Michael Schumacher wins US F1 Grand Prix for the 5th time, 1st driver in any series to win 5 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Jul 2 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (152) and Upul Tharanga (109) compile world record cricket ODI opening stand of 286 vs England at Headingley

  • Jul 3 Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1,755 points
  • Jul 3 US Open Women's Golf, Newport CC: Annika Sörenstam wins her 10th and final major title by 4 strokes in a playoff with Pat Hurst
  • Jul 4 Sri Lanka sets new ODI cricket record score 443-9 in a World Cup win over Netherlands in Amstelveen (Jayasuriya 157, Dilshan 117no)
  • Jul 7 Cleveland Indians first baseman Travis Hafner becomes first player in MLB history to hit 5 grand slams before the All-Star break when he homers off Baltimore's Kris Benson
  • Jul 8 113th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo beats J Henin-Hardenne (2-6 6-3 6-4)
  • Jul 9 FIFA World Cup Final: 1-1 a.e.t. but Italy beats France 5-3 on penalties in Berlin, Germany
  • Jul 9 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
  • Jul 11 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 23 135th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jul 23 93rd Tour de France won by Oscar Pereiro of Spain
  • Jul 30 British Open Seniors Golf, Turnberry: American Loren Roberts wins in a playoff with Eduardo Romero of Argentina
  • Aug 3 Barry Bonds' 715th MLB home run ball (moved him past Babe Ruth for 2nd all-time) fetches $220,100 at auction
  • Aug 3 Brazilian Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta crashes into a deer during testing at Road America, Wisconsin; seriously injured but returns to racing in 2008

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 5 Warren Moon becomes the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; joined by Troy Aikman, John Madden, Rayfield Wright, Harry Carson and Reggie White

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • Aug 6 Tiger Woods (30) becomes the youngest player to compile 50 PGA Tour wins with a 3 stroke victory in the Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Michigan
  • Aug 6 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Sherri Steinhauer wins second of 2 majors (du Maurier Classic 1992) by 3 from Cristie Kerr & Sophie Gustafson
  • Aug 6 For a MLB record 11th time in his career, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman records 30 or more saves in a season; beats mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader
  • Aug 6 Fresh from his British Open victory, Tiger Woods goes back-to-back to capture his 50th career title, taking the Buick Open by 3 strokes from Jim Furyk

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Aug 8 Actor Sylvester Stallone and former heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner settle law suit out of court for an undisclosed sum; Wepner claims he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" movies

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone
  • Aug 13 Cleveland Indians first baseman Travis Hafner ties Don Mattingley's MLB mark of 6 grand slams in a season when he homers off Kansas City's Luke Hudson
  • Aug 13 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Christie Kerr wins by 1 shot from Angela Stanford
  • Aug 20 PGA Championship, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins his 3rd PGA C'ship by 5 strokes from Shaun Micheel

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 24 After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Sep 1 The United States men's basketball team is upset at the World Basketball Championships in Saitama, Japan, as the hot-shooting Greece pulls off a 101-95 semi final victory

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Sep 1 Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • Sep 3 Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie wins the WNBA's Most Valuable Player award, joining Sheryl Swoopes as the league's only three-time winners

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Sep 3 Andre Agassi loses to 112th-ranked Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the 3rd round at the US Open in his final career match; 8-time Grand Slam winner finishes with record of 870-274

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Sep 4 Tiger Woods matches the lowest final round of his career (8-under 63) in the Deutsche Bank C'ship at Norton, Mass. to win for the 5th straight time and 7th time this PGA Tour season
  • Sep 4 Damon Allen moves past ex-CFL & NFL star Warren Moon as pro football's all-time leading passer; throws for 207 yards & 2 scores as Toronto routs Hamilton, 40-6; Allen 70,595 career passing yards

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova of Russia wins her first US title; overpowers Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 3rd straight US title; beats Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
  • Sep 24 Ryder Cup Golf, K Club, Ireland: Europe, captained by Ian Woosnam wins convincingly 18½-9½ for 3rd consecutive Cup victory
  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 22 Spanish Renault driver Fernando Alonso finishes 2nd in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to retain World Formula 1 Drivers Championship; wins by 13 points from Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 27 St. Louis beats Detroit Tigers, 4-2 in Game 5 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 10th Baseball World Series; Cards infielder David Eckstein MVP
  • Nov 4 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs, winners: Invasor, Street Sense, Round Pond, Ouija Board, Dreaming of Anna, Miesque's Approval, Thor's Echo, Red Rocks
  • Nov 18 71st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 22-15 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 19 94th CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Montreal Alouettes, 25-14

AgreementContract of Interest

Nov 20 Moises Alou signs a one year-contract with the New York Mets worth $7.5 million

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • Nov 20 58th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins
  • Nov 26 The last international rugby match before demolition of Dublin's famous Lansdowne Road Stadium is Ireland's 61-17 win over the Pacific Islanders
  • Dec 2 15th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #8 Arkansas, 38-28
  • Dec 2 2nd ACC Championship Game: #16 Wake Forest beats #23 Georgia Tech, 9-6
  • Dec 2 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
  • Dec 3 95th Davis Cup: Russia beats Argentina in Moscow (3-2)
  • Dec 5 Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million
  • Dec 9 72nd Heisman Trophy Award: Troy Smith, Ohio State (QB)
  • Dec 31 The final contest at the old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin is a rugby match with Leinster beating Ulster 20-12 in a Celtic League game