Events in Sport in 2022

  • Jan 1 Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozen becomes first player in NBA history to hit buzzer-beaters on consecutive days; hits 3-pointers to beat Washington Wizards, 120-119 and previous night Indiana Pacers, 108-106
  • Jan 3 Scotsman Peter Wright wins his second PDC World Darts Championship; beats Michael Smith of England, 7-5 at the Alexandra Palace in London

Đoković's Visa Cancelled

Jan 6 Tennis world No. 1 Novak Đoković's visa into Australia cancelled after uproar over his COVID-19 vaccination exemption

  • Jan 10 College Football, National Championship, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana: #3 Georgia beats #1 Alabama, 33-18
  • Jan 16 Unvaccinated World #1 tennis player Novak Đoković is deported by the Australian government on "health and good order" grounds, without playing in the Australian Open
  • Jan 18 Boston Bruins retire Willie O'Ree's #22 jersey, on the 64th anniversary of his becoming the NHL's first Black player [1]
  • Jan 23 Buffalo wide receiver Gabriel Davis scores an NFL playoff record 4 TDs in the Bills' epic 42-36 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in their divisional-round playoff at Arrowhead Stadium
  • Jan 25 Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle becomes NHL's new "Iron Man" with his 965th consecutive regular-season game, breaking Doug Jarvis's all-time record, in a 4-3 loss at the New York Islanders [1]
  • Jan 29 Australian Open Women's Tennis: World #1 Ash Barty wins her home Grand Slam event for the first time; beats American Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6
  • Jan 30 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri: Cincinnati Bengals beat Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24 OT

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 30 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal wins record 21st Grand Slam singles title with an epic 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 win over Daniil Medvedev of Russia

  • Jan 30 NFC Championship, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California: LA Rams beat SF 49ers, 20-17

Tom Brady's Premature Retirement

Feb 1 At age 44, Tom Brady, regarded as the greatest NFL quarterback of all time, announces his retirement after a 22 year career and a record 7 Super Bowl titles with the NE Patriots and TB Buccaneers. Lasts 40 days.

  • Feb 4 XXIV Olympic Winter Games open in Beijing, China
  • Feb 5 NHL All Star Game, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada: Metropolitan All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Claude Giroux LW Philadelphia Flyers
  • Feb 5 Six days before his 50th birthday, 11-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater wins his 8th Pipeline title beating 22-year old Hawaiian Seth Moniz in the final
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada: AFC beats NFC, 41-35; MVPs: Justin Herbert, QB LA Chargers; Maxx Crosby, DE LV Raiders
  • Feb 8 Austrian alpine skier Matthias Mayer narrowly retains his Olympic Super-G title from American Ryan Cochran-Siegle at the Beijing Winter Games; Mayer's 3rd Olympic gold medal
  • Feb 13 Marte Olsbu Røiseland of Norway wins the women's biathlon pursuit for her third gold medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics (women's sprint & mixed relay)
  • Feb 13 Quentin Fillon Maillet of France adds the biathlon pursuit to his individual gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics
  • Feb 13 Super Bowl LVI, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA: Los Angeles Rams beat Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20; MVP: Cooper Kupp, LA Rams, WR
  • Feb 15 In the only podium sweep of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Germany takes all 3 medals in the 2-man bobsleigh; Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis win gold
  • Feb 16 Johannes Høsflot Klæbo teams with Erik Valnes to win the men's team sprint for Norway and clinch the cross country freestyle sprint double at the Beijing Winter Olympics
  • Feb 18 Johannes Thingnes Bø of Norway wins his 4th biathlon gold medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics when he takes out the men's mass start
  • Feb 19 Alexander Bolshunov, representing Russian Olympic Committee, wins men's 50k freestyle cross country gold in Beijing to become only 2nd man to achieve 30k/50k double at a Winter Olympics
  • Feb 20 64th Daytona 500: On owner Roger Penske's 85th birthday, 23 year-old rookie Austin Cindric works his way through numerous crashes over the closing laps to win from Bubba Wallace
  • Feb 20 Hannah Green of Australia becomes first woman to win a mix-gender golf tournament over 72 holes; closes with 5-under 66 for a 4-stroke win in TPS Murray River on the PGA Tour of Australasia

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 20 NBA All-Star Game, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Arena, Cleveland: Team LeBron beats Team Durant, 163-160; MVP: Stephen Curry (50 points, record 16 x 3s)

  • Feb 20 Therese Johaug of Norway wins women's 30 kilometre freestyle cross-country for the individual golden trifecta (10k, 15k, 30k) at the Beijing Winter Olympics; her fourth career Olympic gold medal
  • Feb 20 XXIV Olympic Winter Games close in Beijing, China; Norway finishes with record 16 gold medals
  • Feb 22 US Women soccer players settle their lawsuit with US soccer federation for $24 million and a promise to equalise pay [1]

Agreement of Interest

Mar 8 Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers agrees to remain with the Green Bay Packers in a reported 4-year, $200m deal that would make him the highest paid player in NFL history

  • Mar 10 After a 99-day lockout, Major League Baseball and MLB Players Association reach a new collective bargaining agreement; MLB teams set to play full 162 game season in 2022
  • Mar 13 After a 40-day retirement, record breaking quarterback Tom Brady announces he will play at least one more season in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Mar 14 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Australian Cameron Smith wins $3.6m, biggest individual event purse in golf history; beats Anirban Lahiri of India by 1 stroke
  • Mar 16 After 20 seasons as Fox's NFL lead broadcast team, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman join ESPN as new lead commentators of Monday Night Football
  • Mar 17 Claude Giroux, NHL Philadelphia Flyers longest-serving captain, becomes only 2nd player in franchise history to play 1,000th game for the team, joining Bobby Clarke

Sports History

Mar 19 LeBron James moves past Karl Malone (36,909) into second on NBA's all-time scoring list with 38 points in LA Lakers' 127-119 loss to Washington Wizards; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads (38,387)

  • Mar 23 After 114 consecutive weeks as world #1 female tennis player, 25 year old Australian Ash Barty makes shock retirement announcement; cites contentment with all she achieved in the sport
  • Mar 25 Sydney forward Lance "Buddy" Franklin kicks 4 goals to become only 6th player in VFL/AFL history to kick 1,000 career goals; Swans overrun Geelong, 107-77 at the SCG

Cricket History

Mar 30 State memorial service held for Australian cricketing great Shane Warne at Melbourne Cricket Ground, attended by 50,000

  • Apr 3 40th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota: South Carolina Gamecocks defeat UConn Huskies, 64–49 to win their second NCAA title: MOP Aliyah Boston (SC)
  • Apr 3 Chevron Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: American Jennifer Kupcho wins her first LPGA tournament by 2 strokes over Jessica Korda

Sports History

Apr 3 Pakistan plunges into constitutional crisis after Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolves parliament and calls for new elections, avoiding a no-confidence vote [1]

  • Apr 3 Women's Cricket World Cup: Alyssa Healy scores ICC CWC record 170 as Australia beats England by 71 runs in the final in Christchurch, NZ
  • Apr 4 83rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Caesars Superdome, NO, Louisiana: Uni of Kansas overcome record 16 point first half deficit to beat North Carolina Tar Heels, 72–69: Jayhawks 4th national title
  • Apr 7 MLB Cleveland Guardians lose in first game under their new name, 3-1 to the Royals in Kansas City

US Masters Golf

Apr 10 86th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: World #1 golfer Scottie Scheffler wins first career major title; beats Irishman Rory McIlroy by 3 strokes for record $2.7m payout

  • Apr 10 Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan removed from power after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament [1]
  • Apr 11 Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan's new Prime Minister by the country's parliament, replacing Imran Khan [1]

The Rise and Fall of Boris Becker

Apr 29 London court sentences retired tennis star Boris Becker to 2-1/2 years in prison for hiding assets during bankruptcy proceedings

Sports History

May 2 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his record equalling 7th world title with an 18-13 win over countryman Judd Trump

  • May 7 148th Kentucky Derby: Venezuelan jockey Sonny Leon rides 80-1 outsider Rich Strike to victory to become second biggest longshot to win in the history of the event
  • May 8 Dutch runner Jo Schoonbroodt (71) breaks Canadian Ed Whitlock's 2004 record for fastest marathon by person over 70 by 29 seconds (2:54:19) at Maasmarathon of Visé in Belboom, Belgium
  • May 10 Tom Brady agrees to record 10-year, $375m deal to be Fox Sports’ lead analyst when he decides to finally retire; surpasses $303m the quarterback earned in salary during his NFL career
  • May 15 MLB Pirates win 1-0 over Cincinnati Reds, despite getting no hits, in Pittsburgh
  • May 22 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: 2017 champion Justin Thomas beats Will Zalatoris by 1 stroke in a 3-hole playoff after 54-hole leader Mito Pereira double bogeys the 72nd hole
  • May 28 UEFA Champions League Final, Paris: Carlo Ancelotti becomes first manager to win CL x 4 as Real Madrid beats Liverpool, 1-0
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Marcus Ericsson driving for Chip Ganassi Racing is second wining Swedish-born driver; holds off furious charge from Pato O'Ward with 2 laps to go to win his first Indy 500
  • May 29 IPL Cricket Final, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad: Debut team Gujarat Titans beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets; Shubman Gill 45no, Hardik Pandya 3/17
  • May 29 Jai Hindley becomes only the second Australian cyclist to win a Grand Tour with a 1' 18" victory over 2019 champion Richard Carapaz in the Giro d'Italia
  • Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Polish world #1 Iga Świątek beats American teenager Coco Gauff, 6–1, 6–3 for her second Franch singles title
  • Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Casper Ruud of Norway, 6–3, 6–3, 6–0; record 22nd Grand Slam singles title and 14th French singles title
  • Jun 5 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles Lodge & GC: Australian Minjee Lee beats American Mina Harigae by 4 strokes for her second major title
  • Jun 9 The controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series gets underway at the Centurion Club, Hertfordshire; PGA suspends 17 participating players
  • Jun 11 Charl Schwartzel hangs on to beat fellow South African Hennie Du Plessis by a stroke to win the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational event at the Centurion GC, Hertfordshire; pockets massive US$4.75m for the victory
  • Jun 16 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat Boston Celtics, 103-90 for a 4-2 series win; Warriors' 4th title in 8 years; MVP: Stephen Curry
  • Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, The CC, Brookline, Mass.: Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick wins his first major title with a 1 stroke win over American pair Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris
  • Jun 21 Law enforcement's response to the Uvalde school shooting was an "abject failure" says Texas's public safety chief Steven McCraw in testimony at a Senate hearing [1]
  • Jun 21 MLB Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has career high 8 RBI in 11-inning 12-11 loss to Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, California
  • Jun 22 MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani strikes out career high 13 batters, retires 23 of last 24 batters faced in 5-0 win over Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, California

Sports History

Jun 24 American Katie Ledecky wins the 800m gold medal in 8:08.04 at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest; completes 400/800/1500m treble for unprecedented 4th time at a single worlds

  • Jun 26 Stanley Cup Final, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Colorado Avalanche beats two-time defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; Avs 3rd championship in franchise history
  • Jun 26 Women's PGA Championship, Congressional CC: Despite carding finishing rounds of 75, 75 Chun In-gee of South Korea holds on to beat Minjee Lee and Lexi Thompson by 1 stroke for her third major title
  • Jul 4 Lone shooter at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Chicago, kills seven and wounds 47, later captured [1]
  • Jul 4 Minneosta Twins turn 1st 8-5 triple play in MLB history as centerfielder Byron Buxton makes a catch and third baseman Gio Urshela tags one runner out in the basepath and doubles-off another runner by tagging second base against White Sox in Chicago
  • Jul 5 Mike Grier becomes the first Black manager in the NHL - of the San Jose Sharks [1]

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jul 8 Gymnast Simone Biles aged 25, becomes the youngest person to receive the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden [1]

  • Jul 9 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan claims her first Grand Slam title with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Tunisia's Ons Jabeur; first Kazakhstani player to win a major title
  • Jul 10 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins 4th straight and record equalling 7th Wimbledon singles title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over Nick Kyrgios of Australia; Đoković 21 Grand Slam titles

Mo Farah's Story

Jul 11 UK Olympic gold medalist Sir Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked into the UK as a child, from Djibouti, to work as a domestic servant [1]

150th British Golf Open

Jul 17 150th British Open Men's Golf, St. Andrews: Cameron Smith of Australia wins his first major title by 1 stroke from American Cameron Young with Irish favourite Rory McIlroy another stroke back in third place

  • Jul 19 92nd MLB All Star Game, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA: AL beats NL, 3-2 for their ninth straight victory
  • Jul 24 109th Tour de France: Jonas Vingegaard from Denmark wins overall & mountains sections; Team Jumbo–Visma claims treble with Belgian rider Wout van Aert taking the points section
  • Jul 24 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Gleneagles: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland finishes at -10 to beat Irishman Pádraig Harrington by 1 stroke

Sports History

Jul 24 David Ortiz, Gil Hodges, Bud Fowler, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Buck O’Neil are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

  • Jul 24 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Brooke Henderson of Canada edges American rookie Sophia Schubert by 1 stroke for her second major title
  • Aug 4 Russian court sentences WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for drug smuggling amid claims she is being used as a pawn between the US and Russia [1]
  • Aug 7 British Open Women's Golf, Muirfield GC: South Africa's Ashleigh Buhai wins her first major title; beats In Gee Chun of South Korea on 4th hole of a sudden death playoff

Sports History

Aug 9 Tennis superstar Serena Williams announces her intention to retire in an interview with "Vogue" [1]

  • Aug 16 Philadelphia Phillies 11-4 win over visiting Cincinnati Reds makes them 9th MLB team with 10.000 franchise victories (and last of those founded in 19th century); they were the 1st to lose 10,000, in 2007

Most Expensive Sports Memorabilia

Aug 28 A 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for $12.6 million at auction, becoming the world's most expensive piece of sporting memorabilia [1]

  • Aug 28 Tour Championship, Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Irishman Rory McIlroy wins $18m with 1 stroke win over Scottie Scheffler & Im Sung-jae; becomes first 3-time winner of the FedEx Cup

Pujols Hits a Record

Aug 29 St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits career home run 694 off of major league record 450th different pitcher in 13-4 win over Reds in Cincinnati

  • Sep 3 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams plays her final match at the US Open, going down 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in a third round match in New York
  • Sep 8 Australian Stephanie Gilmore wins her eighth world surfing title at Lower Trestles, California - making her the most successful women's champion in history
  • Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis: World #1 Iga Świątek of Poland wins her 3rd major title with a 6–2, 7–6 (7–5) victory over Tunisia's Ons Jabeur
  • Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis: Spain's Carlos Alcaraz defeats Casper Ruud of Norway 6–4, 2–6, 7–6, 6–3 for his first major title

Sports History

Sep 15 Tennis great Roger Federer announces his retirement from professional tennis at 41 with 20 grand slam wins and 103 ATP titles [1]

World Record

Sep 20 Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge breaks his own world record for the marathon in 2 hours 1 minute 9 seconds in Berlin (previous record 2:01:39) [1]

  • Sep 23 St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits 2 home runs with 5 RBI in 11-0 win over Dodgers in LA; becomes fourth player in MLB history to hit 700 career HRs
  • Sep 23 Tennis great Roger Federer plays his final professional match during Laver Cup in London; teams with friend and rival Rafael Nadal but loses 6–4, 6–7 [9–11] to Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe
  • Sep 25 Laver Cup Men's Tennis, London: Team World sweeps final day for 13-8 victory over Team Europe; tournament marks retirement of Roger Federer
  • Sep 25 Presidents Cup Golf, Quail Hollow CC: United States win final day singles 6.5-5.5 for a convincing 17.5-12.5 win over the International Team; 9th straight American victory

Baseball Record

Sep 28 New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hits his 61st home run of the season, tying Roger Maris's AL record from 1961 in an 8-3 win over Blue Jays in Toronto

  • Oct 1 Stampede at Indonesian soccer stadium kills 131 people in Malang city, East Java, started after police fire teargas at rioters in the crowd [1]
  • Oct 4 NY Yankees slugger Aaron Judge breaks Roger Maris's AL single season HR record when he slams his 62nd homer in a 3-2 loss against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas
  • Oct 9 American runner Emily Sisson runs US record 2:18:29 in Chicago Marathon, finishing 2nd by 4:11 to repeat winner Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya

Sports History

Oct 9 Dutch Red Bull driver Max Verstappen secures his second consecutive World F1 Drivers C'ship after finishing in front of Sergio Pérez and Charles Leclerc in the Japanese GP at Suzuka

Ballon d'Or

Oct 17 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema wins his first award; Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas claims women's award for a second-straight season

  • Oct 19 Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola faces his brother San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola in first MLB playoff sibling pitcher-batter battle; Austin goes 1-2, with rally starting RBI in 8-5 win at Petco Park, San Diego
  • Oct 23 MLB American League Championship Series: Houston Astros defeat NY Yankees 6-5 in NYC, sweeping series 4-0 to advance to World Series for 4th time in 6 years
  • Oct 23 MLB National League Championship Series: Philadelphia Phillies defeat San Diego 4-3 at home, winning series 4-1 to advance to World Series
  • Oct 30 Dutch Red Bull driver Max Verstappen wins the Mexican F1 Grand Prix in Mexico City for his record breaking 14th GP win of the season; surpasses Michael Schumacher and fellow German Sebastian Vettel (13)
  • Nov 1 MLB World Series: Phillies match 1967 Boston Red Sox record with 5 home runs in 7-0 win over Houston Astros to take 2-1 lead in series at Citizen's Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 2 MLB World Series: Houston Astros pitcher Cristian Javier and 3 relievers combine for no-hitter in 5-0 win over Phillies to tie series 2-2 at Citizen's Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the only other Series no-hitter was Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956
  • Nov 3 Former Prime Minister Imran Khan survives an assassination attempt after being shot in the leg at a rally in Wazirabad, Pakistan [1]

NHL Record

Nov 5 Alex Ovechkin scores 787th career goal for the Washington Capitals surpassing Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings, for all-time NHL record for most goals scored for a single team, in 3-2 loss to Arizona Coyotes

  • Nov 5 MLB World Series: Houston Astros win 2nd title in franchise history; beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1 iat Minute Maid Park, Houston for 4-2 series victory; MVP: Astros SS Jeremy Peña, Dusty Baker (73) becomes oldest manager to win championship, Phillies set ignominious record striking out 71 times
  • Nov 7 French tennis star Caroline Garcia scores the biggest title win of her career beating Aryna Sabalenka 7–6, 6–4 in the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Nov 12 New Zealand's Black Ferns win Women's World Rugby Championship defeating England 34-31 at Eden Park in Auckland in front of a capacity crowd [1]
  • Nov 13 ICC Men's Cricket T20 World Cup, Melbourne: England beats Pakistan by 5 wickets to win their WC second title; Player of the match & series: England fast bowler Sam Curran; crowd 80,462
  • Nov 20 Dutch driver Max Verstappen retains Formula 1 Drivers' C'ship for Red Bull with a win in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP; Verstappen's 3rd straight Abu Dhabi win, record 15th of the season, record 454 points for season
  • Nov 20 Serbian tennis star Novak Đoković wins record equalling sixth ATP World Tour Finals beating Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 in Turin, Italy
  • Nov 28 Qatar Football World Cup Chief Hassan Al-Thawadi confirms 400-5000 immigrant workers died during the building of world cup venues [1]
  • Dec 8 American basketball star Brittany Griner is released by Russian authorities in a prisoner exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout; Griner detained on drug smuggling charges since February 2022
  • Dec 10 88th Heisman Trophy Award: Caleb Williams, USC (QB)
  • Dec 13 Washington Capitals center Alex Ovechkin scores a hat trick in 7-3 away win over Chicago Blackhawks to join Wayne Gretzky & Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to score 800 goals
  • Dec 17 Minnesota Vikings recover from 33-0 down at halftime to beat Indianapolis Colts, 39-36 in overtime at US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN; biggest comeback in NFL history

FIFA World Cup

Dec 18 FIFA World Cup Final, Lusail Stadium, Qatar: Argentina beats France, 4-2 in penalty shootout after teams locked at 3-3 after extra time; Lionel Messi scores 2 for Argentina, Kylian Mbappé a hat-trick for France

  • Dec 23 Washington Capitals center Alex Ovechkin scores two goals to move past Gordie Howe on most NHL career goals list in 4-1 win over visiting Winnipeg Jets

NBA Record

Dec 27 Luka Dončić becomes the first player to register a 60-21-10 triple-double in NBA history as the Dallas Mavericks beat the NY Knicks, 126-121; first 60-point game in Mavs franchise history