On This Day

Events in Sport on January 7

  • 1899 Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier's
  • 1910 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (ON), 3-1 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • 1927 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois
  • 1932 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich
  • 1936 Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)
  • 1947 Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882

Sports History

1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

Boxing Title Fight

1955 20 year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5th-round TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden

  • 1961 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
  • 1962 1st AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 47-27; MVP Cotton Davidson, Dallas Texans, QB

Sports History

1963 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

  • 1972 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports
  • 1973 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • 1979 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 34-5
  • 1979 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 28-0
  • 1980 Minnesota ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends

NHL Record

1982 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 10th career hat trick

  • 1983 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England
  • 1985 Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Sports History

1987 Indian bowler Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

  • 1989 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers then longest winning streak (11 games)
  • 1989 Cleveland Cavaliers block 21 NY Knicks shots tying NBA regulation game record

Sports History

1992 Last day of Test cricket for Pakistan's Imran Khan

Hall of Fame

1992 Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Sports History

1994 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

  • 1994 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Petr Korda defeats Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-3, 6-3 for an unassailable 2-0 lead (ends 2-1) and the Czech Republic's first title

Hopman Cup

1995 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Boris Becker beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's second title

  • 1995 Larry Brown posts his 500th career NBA coaching victory, following the Indiana Pacers' 88-83 road win at the Houston Rockets

Sports History

1998 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal blocks 3 shots in a 114-102 win over Milwaukee to bring his career total to 1,002

  • 1999 NBA Board of Governors unanimously ratifies a new 6-year collective bargaining agreement between the league and the National Basketball Players Association

Sports History

2007 Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

  • 2008 College Football, 10th BCS National Championship Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24
  • 2010 College Football, 12th BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: #1 Alabama beats #2 Texas, 37-21
  • 2012 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Tomáš Berdych beats Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead; 2nd title for Czech Republic

Football Awards

2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 4th consecutive year; US forward Abby Wambach wins women's award

  • 2013 College Football, 15th BCS National Championship, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Alabama beats #1 Notre Dame, 42-14
  • 2017 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: French pair Kristina Mladenovic & Richard Gasquet beat Americans Coco Vandeweghe & Jack Sock 4-1, 4-3 to clinch 2-1 win; 2nd French title
  • 2019 Rain ruins last 2 days of 4th cricket Test in Sydney as India wins series 2-1; become first Asian side to win a Test series in Australia, 71 years after the first Indian touring team in 1947-48
  • 2019 College Football, National Championship, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara: #2 Clemson beats #1 Alabama, 44-16