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  • Jan 1 World Darts Championship: Retiring 16-time title holder Phil Taylor loses 7-2 to Rob Cross in the Final in London.
  • Jan 4 Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah is named African Football Player of the Year
  • Jan 6 Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota scores a touchdown off own pass in 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs, second NFL quarterback to do so
  • Jan 6 Jon Gruden returns to the NFL as Oakland Raiders head coach after nearly a decade of broadcasting (Monday Night Football 2009-17)
  • Jan 8 College Football National Championship: #1 Alabama overcomes a 13-0 half time deficit to beat #2 Georgia 26-23

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Jan 23 LeBron James becomes the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Jan 24 Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison
  • Jan 27 106th Women's Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki defeats Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam

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Jan 28 106th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Marin Čili 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 to win his 20th Grand Slam

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Indians announce they will remove Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019
  • Jan 29 David Beckham launches a Major League Soccer team in Miami
  • Feb 4 Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots 41-33 for their first Super Bowl victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
  • Feb 6 Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey - 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro
  • Feb 9 XXIII Olympic Winter Games opens in PyeongChang, South Korea
  • Feb 14 Winter Olympics: American snowboarder Shaun White wins an unprecedented third halfpipe gold medal (previous 2006, 2010)
  • Feb 18 60th Daytona 500: Austin Dillon wins in a Chevrolet Camero ZL1
  • Feb 21 Winter Olympics: Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall become the first Americans in history to win a cross country gold medal (team sprint)
  • Feb 24 Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka (Czech Rep) wins unprecedented gold medals in different sports (snowboard parallel giant slalom and earlier skiing's Super-G)
  • Feb 25 Winter Olympics end in Pyeongchang, Korea with Norway winning a record 39 medals, 14 gold
  • Feb 25 Winter Olympics: Marit Bjoergen (Norway) becomes the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in the 30k cross country
  • Mar 10 Two girls aged 8 and 6 become the first female weightlifters to appear on Iranian television after a protest
  • Mar 24 Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is caught on camera rubbing match ball with an object during 3rd Cricket Test in Cape Town, resulting in an infamous ball tampering scandal
  • Mar 25 Australian cricket captain Steve Smith handed one-match ban after admitting Australian team tampered with the ball in 3rd test against South Africa in South Africa
  • Mar 28 Captain Steve Smith and David Warner are suspended by Cricket Australia for 12 months, and Cameron Bancroft (9 months) for their part in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa
  • Apr 8 82nd Masters Golf: Patrick Reed wins his first major title shooting 273
  • Apr 16 Desiree Linden becomes the first American to win the women's Boston marathon title since 1985
  • Apr 20 Football manager Arsène Wenger announces he will leave British club Arsenal after 22 years
  • Apr 21 Oakland A's left hander Sean Manaea no-hits the Boston Red Sox
  • Apr 22 Liverpool's Egyptian goal sneak Mohamed Salah is named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year

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Apr 22 Monte Carlo Tennis Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to extend his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: 4 quarterbacks are taken in the top 10 selections for the first time in history
  • Apr 28 Shaquem Griffin is the first one-handed person to be drafted into the NFL, for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Apr 29 Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal equals his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11 Monte Carlo) with his 11th Barcelona ATP title
  • May 1 Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers' Footballer of the Year.
  • May 3 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan becomes NFL's first $30m per season player after agreeing to $150m contract extension
  • May 5 144th Kentucky Derby: 52 year old Mike Smith wins his second Derby aboard Justify
  • May 5 Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffers a brain haemorrhage and is hospitalized
  • May 7 World Snooker Championship: Welshman Mark Williams wins beating John Higgins 18-16 in Sheffield and, as promised, does his press conference in the nude
  • May 8 Seattle Mariners MLB left-hander James Paxton hurls a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto
  • May 9 Manchester City smashes EPL records in 3-1 win over Brighton - most goals (105), most points (97) and most wins (31)
  • May 13 Arsène Wenger guides Arsenal to a 1-0 win at Huddersfield in his final game as Gunners manager after 22 years in charge

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May 19 Queen Elizabeth II grants the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their marriage

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle
  • May 24 US President Trump posthumously pardons boxer Jack Johnson for racially orientated criminal conviction - transporting a white woman across state lines
  • Jun 5 Boxer Floyd Mayweather named 2017 top earning sportsperson by Forbes with $285 million
  • Jun 9 150th Belmont Stakes: Justify wins with Mike Smith aboard to become 13th Triple Crown winner
  • Jun 13 Roger Connor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (career HR record 138 stood for 23 years), dies of a stomach illness at 73