Events in Sport in 2013

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Jan 1 Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov's chess FIDE rating, reaching 2,861

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • Jan 1 99th Rose Bowl: #8 Stanford beats Wisconsin, 20-14
  • Jan 1 79th Orange Bowl: #13 Florida State beats #16 Northern Illinois, 31-10
  • Jan 1 Phil Taylor claims his 16th and last PDC World Darts Championship title with a 7–4 victory over Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in the final in London

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Jan 2 Ray Lewis announces he will retire at the end of the playoffs

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • Jan 2 79th Sugar Bowl: #21 Louisville beats #3 Florida, 33-23
  • Jan 3 42nd Fiesta Bowl: #5 Oregon beats #7 Kansas State, 35-17

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Jan 5 25th Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 4th title; Anabel Medina Garrigues & Fernando Verdasco beat high profile Serbian pair Ana Ivanović & Novak Đoković 6-4, 7-5 to clinch 2-1 victory

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jan 6 The NHL reaches an agreement to end a 113 day lockout

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 7 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 4th consecutive year; US forward Abby Wambach wins women's award

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • Jan 7 College Football, 15th BCS National Championship, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Alabama beats #1 Notre Dame, 42-14

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Jan 8 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Jan 12 "Mile High Miracle", In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos trail Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.
  • Jan 19 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout

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Jan 19 Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: Baltimore Ravens beat New England Patriots, 28-13

  • Jan 20 NFC Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta: San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons, 28-24
  • Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wins her 2nd straight Australian title; beats Li Na of China 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • Jan 27 7 people are killed and 3 are injured after a retaining wall collapses during a football match at the Ugur Sports Facility, Turkey
  • Jan 27 Magnus Carlsen wins the 2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
  • Jan 27 Spain defeats Denmark to win the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 62-35; MVP: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, TE
  • Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins Open era record 4th Australian crown; beats Andy Murray of Scotland 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Feb 3 Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31; MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB
  • Feb 4 Europol announces it will investigate over 680 football matches alleged to involve match fixing

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Feb 12 At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Feb 16 Lionel Messi scores his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona
  • Feb 17 62nd NBA All-Star Game, Toyota Centre, Houston, TX: West beats East, 143-138; MVP: Chris Paul, LA Clippers, G
  • Feb 17 Jess Cameron with 75 and Elise Perry 3-27 lead Australia to 114 run win over West Indies in the Women's Cricket World Cup Final in Bombay, India
  • Feb 24 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins 2nd Great American Race; Danica Patrick first female to start from pole position; also best-ever finish by a woman at Daytona (8th)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Hopkins defeats Tavoris Cloud to win IBF light heavyweight title
  • Mar 15 Patrick Chan of Canada wins the men’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships
  • Mar 16 Kim Yu-Na of South Korea wins the women’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships
  • Mar 16 34th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Louisville beats Syracuse, 78-61
  • Mar 16 Wales routs England by a record 30-3 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to retain their Six Nation Rugby Championship; Welsh winger Alex Cuthbert scores 2 tries and fullback Leigh Halfpenny lands 4/4 penalties
  • Mar 17 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Miami beats North Carolina, 87-77
  • Mar 17 54th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Florida, 66-63
  • Mar 21 Martin Gould defeats Ali Carter to win the snooker 2013 Championship League

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Mar 25 Golfer Tiger Woods returns to his world number one ranking

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 5 Baltimore outfielder Chris Davis becomes 4th player to homer in first 4 games of a MLB season; 8th-inning grand slam propels Orioles to a 9-5 win over the Twins; his RBI total of 16 a MLB record
  • Apr 6 166th Grand National: Ryan Mania wins aboard 66/1 Auroras Encore for trainer Sue Smith

  • Apr 7 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Inbee Park wins her 2nd major title, 4 strokes ahead of fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu; first of Park's 3 straight major victories in 2013
  • Apr 8 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Michigan, 82-76; Cardinals' forward Luke Hancock hits 22 points
  • Apr 9 32nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 93-60; Huskies' 8th National title
  • Apr 14 77th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Adam Scott wins his first major title and becomes first Australian Masters champion with a 2nd hole sudden death playoff win against Ángel Cabrera
  • Apr 15 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line
  • Apr 15 117th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia men's winner in 2:10:22; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins women's section in 2:26:25
  • Apr 20 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado
  • Apr 21 Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo win the 2013 London Marathon
  • Apr 22 Manchester United defeat Aston Villa to claim the 2012/2013 English Premier League

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Apr 23 West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashes the fastest century in history (30 balls)

Cricketer Chris Gayle
Cricketer
Chris Gayle
  • Apr 25 NFL Draft: Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher first pick by Kansas City Chiefs

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May 4 Floyd Mayweather defeats Robert Guerrero to retain his WBC Welterweight title

  • May 4 139th Kentucky Derby: Joel Rosario aboard Orb wins in 2:02.89
  • May 8 Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season
  • May 9 Everton Manager David Moyes is announced as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasts 10 months)

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May 10 Joe Sakic is hired by his former team, the Colorado Avalanche, as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • May 11 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (86,254): Wigan Athletic upsets Manchester City, 1-0; Ben Watson scores 90+1' winner
  • May 12 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins his second PC, 2 strokes ahead of David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman
  • May 18 RC Toulonnais defeat ASM Clermont Auvergne to win the rugby Heineken Cup final
  • May 18 138th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Oxbow wins in 1:57.54
  • May 19 Sweden defeats Switzerland to win the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship

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May 23 Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his former team where he won two Stanley Cups

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • May 25 UEFA Champions League Final, London: Arjen Robben scores twice as Bayern Munich beats Borussia Dortmund, 2-1 in first all-German final
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Tony Kanaan wins in 2:40:03.4181 (301.644 km/h)
  • May 26 IPL Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs; Kieron Pollard 60 no (32)
  • Jun 7 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Bruins beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 0
  • Jun 8 145th Belmont: Mike Smith aboard Palace Malice wins in 2:30.70

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her second French title; beats defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jun 8 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Los Angeles Kings, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 9 LPGA Championship, Locust Hill CC: Inbee Park wins her 3rd major title in a sudden-death playoff, defeating runner-up Catriona Matthew of Scotland on the 3rd extra hole

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Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; first man to win same Grand Slam title 8 times

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: Englishman Justin Rose wins his first major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Jason Day and Phil Mickelson

  • Jun 20 67th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 4 games to 3, LeBron James MVP for second straight year
  • Jun 23 India defeats England to win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in cricket
  • Jun 24 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 5th Championship

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Jun 28 Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole's final "Sportscentre" broadcast on TSN

Sports Anchor Jay Onrait
Sports Anchor
Jay Onrait
Sports Anchor Dan O'Toole
Sports Anchor
Dan O'Toole
  • Jul 2 Reds pitcher Homer Bailey no-hits SF Giants 3-0 in Cincinnati, his second no-hitter in 10 months
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bob & Mike Bryan beat Ivan Dogic & Marcelo Melo to be the only doubles pair to hold all 4 major titles and Olympic gold medal at same time
  • Jul 6 British & Irish Lions Rugby Union team thrash Australia, 41-16 in Sydney for a 2-1 series win, their first against the Wallabies since 1997
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In her last appearance at a major championship, Marion Bartoli of France beats German Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 for her only Grand Slam title

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Andy Murray beats Novak Đoković 6-4. 7-5. 6-4 to become the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title since 1936

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jul 15 18 people are killed and 47 are injured in a riot following a boxing match in Indonesia
  • Jul 16 84th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-0 at Citi Field, New York

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Jul 17 21st ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Serena Williams win

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 21 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Phil Mickelson wins his 5th major, by 3 strokes from Henrik Stenson of Sweden
  • Jul 21 100th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

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Jul 22 Mike Babcock is again named head coach of Team Canada, this time for the 2014 Winter Olympics (they would repeat as gold medalists)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 29 British Open Seniors Golf, Royal Birkdale: American Mark Wiebe wins in a playoff with Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Aug 3 Super Rugby Final, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton: Chiefs successfully defend title with a 27-22 over ACT Brumbies
  • Aug 5 MLB bans New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez for 211 games as a result of the Biogenesis Laboratories scandal
  • Aug 5 Rain intervenes to end the 3rd cricket Test between Australia and England at Old Trafford; England retains the Ashes after winning the first 2 Tests
  • Aug 10 14th Athletics World Championships open at Moscow, Russia
  • Aug 11 PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: Jason Dufner wins first major title by 2 shots from fellow American Jim Furyk

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Aug 11 14th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 100m

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 17 14th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 200m
  • Aug 18 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Colorado GC: Europe retain Cup for the first time in record winning margin 18-12; Sweden's Caroline Hedwall becomes first player to win 5 matches in a single competition

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 25 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Royal Mayfair GC: New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko successfully defends her title by 5 shots from Karine Icher

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • Sep 1 Gareth Bale transfers from Tottenham Hotspur FC to Real Madrid for an estimated world record fee of £85.3 million (€100 million)
  • Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7, 6-1
  • Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal wins his second US title; beats Novak Đoković 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
  • Sep 13 Jim Furyk fires 12-under-par 59 in the 2nd round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, Illinois, becoming just the 6th player to shoot sub-60 in a PGA Tour event
  • Sep 20 Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record with 24 Grand Slam home runs for the New York Yankees
  • Sep 25 Oracle Team USA defeats Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America's Cup
  • Oct 5 In an all-Russian boxing contest, Wladimir Klitschko beats Alexander Povetkin in 12 round unanimous points decision in Moscow to retain his WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles
  • Oct 5 New Zealand beats South Africa, 38-27 in Johannesburg to retain the Rugby Championship with an undefeated record; All Black flanker Liam Messam crosses for 2 tries
  • Oct 12 Timothy Bradley defeats Juan Manuel Márquez to win the WBA Welterweight boxing title
  • Oct 18 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 19 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 23 Boston Red Sox defeat St Louis Cardinals in game 1 of the MLB 2013 World Series
  • Oct 24 St Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox to tie the MLB 2013 World Series 1-1

  • Oct 26 St Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox to lead the MLB 2013 World Series 2-1

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Oct 27 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit to clinch his 4th straight F1 World Drivers Championship; 6th consecutive GP victory

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • Oct 27 American Serena Williams wins her 4th season ending tennis title; beats Li Na of China 2–6, 6–3, 6–0 in the WTA Championship final in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Oct 30 Boston Red Sox decisively beat St Louis Cardinals, 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway Park to win the Baseball World Series; Boston slugger David Ortiz MVP
  • Nov 1 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: London Bridge, Outstrip, Goldencents, Chriselliam, Beholder

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Nov 2 Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina claims ASP World Junior Title by beating Ramzi Boukhiam of Morocco in a high-scoring final at Joaquina Beach in Florianopolis, Brazil

  • Nov 2 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Ria Antonia, Dank, Groupie Doll, Mizdirection, New Year's Day, Magician, Secret Circle, Wise Dan, Mucho Macho Man
  • Nov 2 Masahiro Tanaka's record streak of 30 consecutive starts without a loss ends when the Rakuten Golden Eagles' ace is beaten, 4-2, by the Yomiuri Giants in Game 6 of the Japan Baseball Series
  • Nov 3 Nick Foles connects with Riley Cooper 3 times to become 7th passer in NFL history with 7 TD tosses in a game during Philadelphia Eagles’ 49-20 win over the Raiders at Oakland; Foles completes 22 of 28 for 406 yards

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Nov 3 Bobby Orr's autobiography "Orr: My Story" debuts at the #8 position on The New York Times best seller list for nonfiction

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Nov 3 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Cagliari, Italy: Sara Errani of Italy outclasses Russia's Alisa Kleybanova 6-1, 6-1 for an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-0) and 4th title for the home country
  • Nov 10 Spaniard Marc Márquez wins the 2013 MotoGP World Championship to become its youngest ever winner at 20
  • Nov 11 Novak Đoković claims back-to-back ATP World Tour Finals tennis titles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the final in London, England

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Nov 16 Sachin Tendulkar plays his very last cricket match before retiring in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium against the West Indies

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Nov 17 102nd Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Serbia in Belgrade (3-2)
  • Nov 17 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins record 8th consecutive Formula 1 race with victory in United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas
  • Nov 17 Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth time
  • Nov 22 Norwegian, Magnus Carlsen defeats Viswanathan Anand to win the 2013 World Chess Championship

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Nov 23 Manny Pacquiao defeats American Brandon Rios to win the WBO welterweight title

  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Taylor Field, Regina: Saskatchewan Roughriders win 4th title; defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 45-23; Roughriders running back Kory Sheets MVP, sets Grey Cup record rushing for 197 yards with 2 TDs
  • Nov 24 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix; his record 9th straight GP victory; record equalling 13th consecutive GP win; 4th straight World Drivers Championship
  • Nov 27 Tiger Woods is named PGA Tour's Player of the Year for the 11th time
  • Nov 30 14th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 34-2
  • Nov 30 78th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 34-28 in Auburn
  • Dec 7 22nd SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #5 Missouri, 59-42
  • Dec 7 9th ACC Championship Game: #1 Florida State beats #20 Duke, 45-7

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Dec 9 Mike Ditka's #89 jersey is retired by the Chicago Bears

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Dec 16 79th Heisman Trophy Award: Jameis Winston, Florida State (QB)
  • Dec 17 Australia wins the 3rd test to take win the 2013-14 Ashes test cricket series

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Dec 29 7-time world F1 motor racing champion Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps; his condition still remains unclear

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

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Dec 30 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan