1990 in sports
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1990 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
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|Years:||1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993|
- January 28 - Super Bowl XXIV - San Francisco 49ers won 55-10 over the Denver Broncos
- November 11 - Derrick Thomas has 7 sacks for Kansas City Chiefs against Seattle Seahawks.
- The Colorado Buffaloes are named the AP Poll champions.
- The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are named the UPI Poll champions.
- West Germany won the Football World Cup in Rome, Italy, defeating defending champion Argentina 1-0 in the final.
- Ecuador - Ecuadorian Serie A Champions: Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito
- 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland, New Zealand
- 1990 European Championships in Athletics held in Split, Yugoslavia
- Australian Football League
- June 11 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitched a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics.
- The Cincinnati Reds sweep the Oakland A's in the World Series.
- Ira Smith becomes the first player in NCAA history to win consecutive batting titles after hitting .519 with the UMES Hawks.
- National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
- Detroit Pistons win the NBA Finals.
- Erica Jiles AkA All-City of Indianapolis, Indiana
- UNLV wins the NCAA Men's Division I championship
- Yugoslavia wins the FIBA World Championship.
- February 11 – Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson by a knockout in round 10 to win the world's unified Heavyweight title, in what many consider boxing's biggest upset ever.
- March 31 – Thunder Meets Lightning: Julio César Chávez defeated Meldrick Taylor to unify boxing's world junior welterweight title
- September 22 to October 7 – Asian Games held in Beijing, PR China
- November 24 to December 3 – Central American and Caribbean Games held in Mexico City
- Grey Cup – Winnipeg Blue Bombers 50-11 over the Edmonton Eskimos
- Vanier Cup – Saskatchewan Huskies win 24-21 over the St. Mary's Huskies
- Giro d'Italia won by Gianni Bugno of Italy
- Tour de France - Greg Lemond of the United States
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Rudy Dhaenens of Belgium
- Phil Taylor (darts player) wins his first world title
- Men's World Cup held in Lahore won by the Netherlands
- Men's Champions Trophy held in Melbourne won by Australia
- Women's World Cup held in Sydney won by the Netherlands
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Gaelic football
- Ladies' Gaelic football
- Masters Tournament - Nick Faldo
- U.S. Open - Hale Irwin
- British Open - Nick Faldo
- PGA Championship - Wayne Grady
- PGA Tour money leader - Greg Norman - $1,165,477
- Senior PGA Tour money leader - Lee Trevino - $1,190,518
- Nabisco Dinah Shore - Betsy King
- U.S. Women's Open - Betsy King
- LPGA Championship - Beth Daniel
- Classique du Maurier - Cathy Johnston-Forbes
- LPGA Tour money leader - Beth Daniel - $863,578
- The inaugural Solheim Cup match was won by the United States who beat Europe 11½ - 4½
- North America Cup - Apaches Fame
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Kingston Rule
- Canadian Triple Crown Races:
- For the second straight year, a horse sweeps the series.
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Saumarez
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Salsabil
- Japan – Japan Cup won by Better Loosen Up
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships:
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers
- Stanley Cup – Edmonton Oilers won 4 games to 1 over the Boston Bruins
- World Hockey Championship
- The 6th World Lacrosse Championship is held in Perth, Australia. The United States win, and Canada is the runner-up.
- The Philadelphia Wings beat the New England Blazers 17-7 in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League Championship.
- The Brooklin Redmen win the Mann Cup.
- Orangeville wins the Founders Cup.
- The St. Catharines Athletics win the Minto Cup.
- Stock car racing –
- CART Racing - Al Unser, Jr. won the season championship
- Formula One Championship - Ayrton Senna of Brazil
- 24 hours of Le Mans –
- Rally racing - Carlos Sainz in a Toyota won the World Rally Championship
- Drag racing - Joe Amato won the NHRA "Top Fuel" championship.
- The first World Radiosport Team Championship held in Seattle, Washington, US Gold medals won by John Dorr K1AR and Doug Grant K1DG of the United States.
- Fifth Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship held in Štrbské Pleso, Czechoslovakia.
- 1990–91 French Championship season
- 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France
- 1990 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1990 NSWRL season
- 1990 Pacific Cup
- 1989–90 Rugby Football League season / 1990–91 Rugby Football League season
- 1990 State of Origin series
- 1989–1992 Rugby League World Cup
- World Snooker Championship – Stephen Hendry beats Jimmy White 18-12
- World rankings – Stephen Hendry becomes world number one for 1990/91
- March 24 – Tom Jager betters his own world record (22.12) in the 50m freestyle (long course) twice at a swimming meet in Nashville, Tennessee, swimming 21.98 in the heats and 21.81 in the final.
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- Davis Cup – United States won 3-2 over Australia in world tennis.
- ITU World Championships held in Orlando, United States
- ETU European Championships held in Linz, Austria
- FIVB World League 1990 held in Osaka, Japan won by Italy
- 1990 FIVB Men's World Championship held in Rio de Janeiro won by Italy
- 1990 FIVB Women's World Championship held in Beijing won by USSR
- Asian Games held in Beijing, China
- Winter Asian Games held in Sapporo, Japan
- Central American and Caribbean Games held in Mexico City, Mexico
- Commonwealth Games held in Auckland
- Summer Goodwill Games held in Seattle, United States
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Joe Montana, National Football League
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Beth Daniel, LPGA golf
- BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year – Mal Meninga, Australian rugby league footballer