Events in Sport on January 4

  • 1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • 1887 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco to San Francisco)
  • 1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1
  • 1920 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes

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1932 Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1942 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 35-24
  • 1957 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000
  • 1975 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1976 64th Men's Australian Open: Mark Edmondson beats John Newcombe (6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1)
  • 1976 64th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Renata Tomanova (6-2, 6-2)

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1976 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 16-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1976 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 37-7
  • 1977 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play
  • 1981 69th Men's Australian Open: Brian Teacher beats Kim Warwick (7-5, 7-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

1981 Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlíková beats Wendy Turnbull 6-0, 7-5

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • 1984 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game

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1986 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1991 Fu Mingxia, 12, of China wins World Swimming Championships gold medal
  • 1999 1st BCS National Championship: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl

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2000 A day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 2000 2nd BCS National Championship: #1 Florida State beats #2 Virginia Tech, 46-29, at 66th Sugar Bowl
  • 2004 6th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14, at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • 2005 7th BCS National Championship: #1 Southern California beats #2 Oklahoma, 55-19, at 71st Orange Bowl (USC would later vacate Championship)
  • 2006 8th BCS National Championship: #2 Texas beats #1 Southern California, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl
  • 2010 39th Fiesta Bowl: #6 Boise State beats #3 TCU, 17-10
  • 2011 77th Sugar Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #8 Arkansas, 31-26
  • 2012 78th Orange Bowl: #23 West Virginia beats #14 Clemson, 70-33
  • 2015 Gary Anderson of Scotland wins the PDC World Darts Championship
  • 2018 Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah is named African Football Player of the Year