Events in Sport in 2018

  • 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 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marin Čili 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win his 20th Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jan 28 French drivers Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia win their 6th Monte Carlo Rally in an M-Sport Ford WRT
  • 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

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Feb 14 Winter Olympics: American snowboarder Shaun White wins an unprecedented third halfpipe gold medal (previous 2006, 2010)

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White
  • 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 17 Ireland win the Six Nations Rugby Union Championship with a grand slam
  • 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 Arsène Wenger announces he will leave London EPL club Arsenal after 22 years as manager
  • 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 24 Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo arrested and charged with eight murders after being identified through genealogy websites
  • 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 4 LA Angels 1st baseman Albert Pujols collects his 3,000th MLB hit in a 5-0 win v Mariners in Seattle
  • 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 10 Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe's record for successive set wins on a single surface (49 on carpet) with 6-3, 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman at the Madrid Open (clay)
  • May 13 Players Championship Golf: American Webb Simpson fires a final round 1-over par 73 for a 4 stroke title win at TPC Sawgrass
  • 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
  • May 13 Manchester City ends the EPL season with a 1-0 win at Southampton having smashed 11 Premier League records including biggest title winning margin (19 points) and most points (100)
  • May 14 US Supreme Court strikes down federal law banning sports gambling in most states
  • May 17 Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.
  • May 19 FA Cup Final won by Chelsea 1-0 against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium

  • May 19 142nd Preakness Stakes: Mike Smith wins aboard Justify in fog for second-leg of the Triple Crown
  • May 23 NFL owners approve new NFL national anthem policy whereby players required to stand if they choose to be on the field for pre-game presentations

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May 24 US President Trump posthumously pardons boxer Jack Johnson for racially orientated criminal conviction - transporting a white woman across state lines

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 26 UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev, Ukraine for third straight title. Zinédine Zidane first manager to win 3 consecutive titles
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Will Power becomes the first Australian driver to win the event
  • Jun 3 US Open Women's Golf, Shoal Creek GC: Ariya Jatanugarn of Thailand gives up 7-shot lead but wins in playoff with Kim Hyo-joo

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Jun 3 Golden State guard Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen's NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers with 9 in the Warriors 19 point Game 2 win over Cleveland

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry

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Jun 5 Boxer Floyd Mayweather named 2017 top earning sportsperson by Forbes with $285 million

  • Jun 6 LeBron James eclipses Michael Jordan's record (109) for most 30-point games in NBA playoff history in Cleveland's Game 3 Finals loss to Golden State
  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup Finals: Washington Capitals earn first title in franchise history with a 4-3 win in Las Vegas for a 4-1 series victory over the Golden Knights
  • Jun 8 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors win their 3rd title in 4 years with a 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 4-nil sweep. Kevin Durant MVP
  • Jun 9 French Open Women's Tennis: Romanian Simona Halep wins her first Grand Slam singles title beating American Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
  • Jun 9 150th Belmont Stakes: Justify wins with Mike Smith aboard to become 13th Triple Crown winner
  • Jun 10 117th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 for his record 11th French title (17th Grand Slam victory)
  • 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
  • Jun 13 FIFA Congress votes to award 2026 World Cup to joint bid by US, Canada & Mexico
  • Jun 13 The Spanish Football Association sacks coach Julen Lopetegui just 2 days out from first World Cup game after he agreed to manage Real Madrid

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Jun 14 21st FIFA World Cup opens at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia with British singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performing

  • Jun 15 World Cup: Portugal 3. Spain 3 - Cristiano Renaldo scores hat-trick - 4th player to score in 4 different WC's - 1st to score in 8 consecutive major tournaments
  • Jun 16 World Cup: Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is used for the first time, awarding France a penalty in 2-1 win over Australia in Kazan
  • Jun 17 US Open Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins by 1 from Tommy Fleetwood for first back-to-back Open titles since 1988-89 (Curtis Strange)
  • Jun 17 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race: Ex-F1 world champion Fernando Alonso teams with Kazuki Nakajima & Sébastien Buemi to win for Toyota Gazoo Racing
  • Jun 19 England smash the highest score (481/6) in one day international cricket history in a 242 run defeat of Australia (239) at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 20 FIFA World Cup: Portugal superstar Cristiano Renaldo heads a goal against Morocco to become the all-time leading European goalscorer (85) in international competition
  • Jun 23 Indian chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa becomes the second-youngest grandmaster at 12 years, 10 months, 13 days
  • Jun 30 FIFA World Cup: Kylian Mbappé (19) becomes only 2nd teenager (Pelé 1st 1958) to score twice in a world cup match as France eliminate Argentina 4-3 in Kazan
  • Jul 1 NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jul 1 PGA Women's Championship, Kemper Lakes GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins in a playoff with Nasa Hataoka & Ryu So-yeon
  • Jul 1 US Open Seniors Golf, Broadmoor GC: David Toms wins by 1 stroke from Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jerry Kelly & Tim Petrovic
  • Jul 3 Australian cricket batsman Aaron Finch breaks his own T20 International record smashing 172 from 76 balls vs Zimbabwe in Harare, opening stand with D'Arcy Short (223) also a record
  • Jul 8 South Korean golfer Sei Young Ki breaks LPGA 72-hole scoring record with 31 under-par 257, also first to better -30, in winning Thornberry Creek Classic
  • Jul 9 Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper buys Carolina Panthers for an NFL record $2.275 billion

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Jul 10 Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo joins Italian champions Juventus in a deal worth £99.2m, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jul 13 Chelsea FC sacks high profile manager Antonio Conte despite winning 2016-17 EPL and 2018 FA Cup, replaced by ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri
  • Jul 13 Kevin Anderson of South Africa beats American John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 in the longest (6 hours 36 mins) semi final in Wimbledon history

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Jul 14 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber becomes the first German since Steffi Graf (1996) to win Wimbledon beating Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

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Jul 15 Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao stops WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in 7 in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout in 9 years and 60th career victory

  • Jul 15 FIFA World Cup Final: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the third man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia 4-2 in Moscow

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Jul 15 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his 4th Wimbledon title beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jul 17 Bloomberg estimates NFL made $14 billion in revenue in 2017, distributing a record $8.1 billion to the league's 32 teams, $255m each
  • Jul 17 Australian basketball center Liz Cambage scores 53 points as the Dallas Wings beat the NY Liberty 104-87 to set new WNBA single game scoring record
  • Jul 17 89th MLB All Star Game, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.: AL beats NL 8-6, the teams combining for a record 10 home runs accounting for 13 of the 14 total runs
  • Jul 19 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m
  • Jul 22 British Open Golf, Carnoustie: Francesco Molinari holds off a pack of players including favourites Rory McIlroy & Justin Rose to win by 2; first Italian to win a major title
  • Jul 25 Pakistan general election: former cricketer Imran Khan wins most votes but not majority after vote marred by violence and bomb that kills 31 people
  • Jul 29 Tour de France: Geraint Thomas becomes the first Welshman and only 3rd Briton to win the Tour; beats Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1' 51"; Peter Sagan wins green points jersey

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Jul 29 British Open Senior Golf, St. Andrews: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 1 shot from defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Jul 29 Chipper Jones, Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Jack Morris are inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 1 Australian Rugby League's 'Immortals' tally moves to 13 as pre-War stars Dally Messenger, Frank Burge & Dave Brown along with latter day giants Norm Provan & Mal Meninga are added
  • Aug 4 Super Rugby Final: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with a 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg in Christchurch; 9th SR title
  • Aug 5 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lyham & St. Annes: England's Georgia Hall wins her first major title by 2 shots from Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand
  • Aug 5 English swimmer Adam Peaty breaks his own world record in 57.00 as he wins his 9th European 100m breaststroke title in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 8 EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper
  • Aug 9 EPL club Tottenham Hotspur fails to bring in one player during the transfer window; first time since FIFA made system compulsory in 2002-03
  • Aug 12 An American clean sweep of the 3m diving medals via Marjorie Gestring, Katherine Rawls and Dorothy Poynton-Hill at the Berlin Olympics

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Aug 12 100th PGA Championship, Bellerive CC: Brooks Koepka becomes only the 5th player to win 2 major titles in a calendar year (US Open 2018) when he beats Tiger Woods by 2 strokes

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 16 Brandt Snedeker shoots 10th sub-60 round in PGA history with an 11-under par 59 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Aug 16 International Tennis Federation votes to change format of the Davis Cup to a big prize money, season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site; 24 team qualifying tournament to start in February 2019
  • Aug 18 Australian mare Winx wins her Australasian record 26th consecutive race, the re-named Winx Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney; 19th Group One win for thoroughbreds
  • Aug 19 Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters to become the first player to win all 9 Masters 1,000 tennis tournaments since the series started in 1990
  • Aug 24 French Tennis Open bans Serena Williams' Nike catsuit
  • Aug 26 Gamer at a Madden NFL 19 gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, loses then returns to shoot two dead and wound nine
  • Aug 26 Boxing match between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul ends in a draw in Manchester, England
  • Aug 29 Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers signs NFL record contract extension with the Green Bay Packers; 4 years worth $134m rising to a possible $180m with a record $103m in guarantees

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Sep 4 NFL player Colin Kaepernick who kneeled during the US national anthem is the new face of Nike's 30th anniversary advertising campaign

NFL Player and Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Activist
Colin Kaepernick
  • Sep 6 World Surf League announces from 2019 there would be equal prize money for men and women across elite tour events; first US-based global sports league with gender pay parity
  • Sep 16 Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes sets an NFL record of 10 touchdowns in first 2 weeks of a season, torching Pittsburgh’s secondary with 6 TD passes; leads Chiefs to 42-37 victory on the road
  • Oct 18 American swimmer Don Schollander anchors US 4 × 200m freestyle relay team to world record 7:52.1 and the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo; Schollander's 4th gold of the Games