1995 in sports
1995 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s|
|Years:||1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998|
- 1 Alpine skiing
- 2 American football
- 3 Association football
- 4 Australian rules football
- 5 Baseball
- 6 Basketball
- 7 Boxing
- 8 Canadian football
- 9 Cricket
- 10 Cycling
- 11 Dogsled racing
- 12 Field hockey
- 13 Figure skating
- 14 Gaelic Athletic Association
- 15 Golf
- 16 Harness racing
- 17 Horse racing
- 18 Ice hockey
- 19 Lacrosse
- 20 Mixed martial arts
- 21 Motor racing
- 22 Radiosport
- 23 Rugby league
- 24 Rugby union
- 25 Snooker
- 26 Swimming
- 27 Taekwondo
- 28 Tennis
- 29 Volleyball
- 30 Water polo
- 31 Yacht racing
- 32 Multi-sport events
- 33 Awards
- 34 References
- Alpine Skiing World Cup
- Super Bowl XXIX – San Francisco 49ers won 49-26 over the San Diego Chargers
- The World League of American Football is resumed after 2 years without play. Frankfurt Galaxy win the World Bowl 26-22 over the Amsterdam Admirals.
- 1994 NCAA Division I-A national football championship – The Nebraska Cornhuskers won 24-27 over the Miami Hurricanes on January 1, 1995.
- FIFA Women's World Cup – Norway won 2-0 over Germany
- World Club Championship – AFC Ajax defeat Grêmio 0-0 (4-3 in penalty shootout)
- UEFA Champions League – AFC Ajax defeat A.C. Milan 1-0
- Copa Libertadores da América – Grêmio defeat Atlético Nacional 4-2 (aggregate score)
- Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League, denying Manchester United a hat-trick of titles
- December 15 – European football is shaken to its foundations when the European Court of Justice rules that:
- Clubs in the European Union cannot be restricted from signing foreign players who are nationals of EU member states
- Players under contract to clubs in the EU are entitled to a free transfer at the end of their contracts
- Australian Football League
- South Australian National Football League
- World Series – Atlanta Braves won 4 games to 2 over the Cleveland Indians. The Series MVP was Tom Glavine, Atlanta
- September 6 - Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig's record of playing 2131 consecutive games.
- California Angels lose a 13-game lead over the Seattle Mariners, and lose the division title in a one-game playoff.
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- UCLA wins 89-78 over Arkansas, giving the Bruins their first National College Basketball Championship in 20 years, and 11th overall.
- NBA Finals
- National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
- March 11 to March 27 – Pan American Games held in Mar del Plata, Argentina.* May 6 – Oscar de la Hoya scored a second round TKO in Las Vegas over Rafael Ruelas to retain his World Lightweight Championship.
- For the first time in history, the Grey Cup went to an American-based team.
- Grey Cup –
- Vanier Cup –
- December 26 in Melbourne – umpire Darrell Hair no balls Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan seven times for throwing in the second Test against Australia.
- Giro d'Italia won by Tony Rominger of Switzerland
- Tour de France - Miguel Indurain of Spain
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Abraham Olano of Spain
- Men's Champions Trophy: Germany
- Women's Champions Trophy: Australia
- Men's European Nations Cup: Germany
- Women's European Nations Cup: Netherlands
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Gaelic football
- Ladies' Gaelic football
- Masters Tournament - Ben Crenshaw
- U.S. Open - Corey Pavin
- British Open - John Daly
- PGA Championship - Steve Elkington
- PGA Tour money leader - Greg Norman - $1,654,959
- Senior PGA Tour money leader - Jim Colbert - $1,444,386
- Ryder Cup - Europe won 14½ to 13½ over the United States in team golf.
- Nabisco Dinah Shore - Nanci Bowen
- LPGA Championship - Kelly Robbins
- U.S. Women's Open - Annika Sörenstam
- Classique du Maurier - Jenny Lidback
- LPGA Tour money leader - Annika Sörenstam - $666,533
- North America Cup - David's Pass
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Doriemus
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Regal Discovery
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Lammtarra
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Winged Love
- Japan – Japan Cup won by Lando
- 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: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Hart Memorial Trophy – for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
- Stanley Cup – New Jersey Devils win 4 games to 0 over the Detroit Red Wings
- World Hockey Championship
- Major Indoor Lacrosse League Championship: The Philadelphia Wings win 15–14 over the Rochester Knighthawks after overtime.
- Mann Cup for the Canadian box lacrosse championship: Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse
- Inaugural European Lacrosse Championships – England defeats Czech Republic
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1995 in chronological order.
It should be noted that before 1997, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was considered the only major MMA organization in the world and featured much fewer rules then are used in modern MMA.
|Date||Event||Alternate Name/s||Location||Attendance||PPV Buyrate||Notes|
|April 7||UFC 5: The Return of the Beast||N/A||Charlotte, North Carolina, US||6,000||260,000||UFC rule change, introduction to a single 30 minute round. Introduction of superfights.|
|July 14||UFC 6: Clash of the Titans||N/A||Casper, Wyoming, US||2,700||240,000||UFC rule change, referee is given the authority to restart the fight. Introduction to additional 5 minute extension to 30 minute round. Introduction of superfight titles.|
|September 8||UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo||N/A||Buffalo, New York, US||9,000||190,000||N/A|
|December 16||The Ultimate Ultimate||Ultimate Ultimate 1995
|Denver, Colorado, US||2,800||N/A||Time limits were redefined for this event. 15 minutes in quarterfinal fights, 18 minutes for semi-final fights, and 27 minutes with a possible 3 minute overtime for the final fight.|
- Stock car racing
- CART racing – season championship won by Jacques Villeneuve
- Formula One Championship – Michael Schumacher of Germany
- 24 hours of Le Mans – Yannick Dalmas / J.J. Lehto / Masanori Sekiya won, driving a McLaren F1 GTR
- Rally racing – Colin McRae won the World Rally Championship
- Drag racing – Scott Kalitta won the NHRA "Top Fuel" championship.
- First IARU Region III Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships held in Japan.
- First High Speed Telegraphy World Championship held in Siófok, Hungary.
- Australian international representative forward Ian Roberts became the first high-profile Australian sports person and first rugby footballer in the world to come out to the public as gay.
- March 5 – Carcassonne, France: last match of the 1995 European Championship is played with Wales finishing on top of the table.
- March 10 – Auckland, New Zealand: newly formed Auckland Warriors club play their first match: a 25-22 loss to the Brisbane Broncos at Ericsson Stadium before 29,220.
- April 29 – London, England: 1994-95 Challenge Cup tournament culminates in Wigan's 30-10 win over Leeds in the final at Wembley Stadium before 78,550.
- May 31 – Melbourne, Australia: 1995 State of Origin is wrapped up by Queensland in game two of the three-match series against New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before 52,994.
- September 24 – Sydney, Australia: 1995 ARL season culminates in the Sydney Bulldogs' 17-4 win over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the grand final at the Sydney Football Stadium before 41,127.
- October 24 – Bury, England: 1995 Emerging Nations Tournament culminates in the Cook Islands' 22-6 win over Ireland in the final at Gigg Lane before 4,147.
- October 28 – London, England: 1995 World Cup culminates in Australia's 16-8 win over England in the final at Wembley Stadium before 66,540.
- 101st Five Nations Championship series is won by England who complete the Grand Slam
- Rugby World Cup is won by hosts South Africa 15–12 over New Zealand in the final with an extra-time drop goal by Joel Stransky
- 26 August – International Rugby Football Board lifts the century-old ban on professionalism
- World Snooker Championship – Stephen Hendry beats Nigel Bond 18-9
- World rankings – Stephen Hendry remains world number one for 1995/96
- February 11 – Danyon Loader swims world record in the Men's 400m Freestyle, while Mark Foster betters the world record in the Men's 50m Butterfly and Sandra Völker swims a European record in the Women's 50m Backstroke.
- February 18 – Australia's Angela Kennedy breaks the world record in the Women's 100m Butterfly (short course): 58:77
- XII Pan American Games, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina (March 12 – 18)
- 22nd European LC Championships, held in Vienna, Austria (August 22 – 27)
- Germany wins the most medals (28), Russia the most gold medals (14)
- II. World Short Course Championships, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (November 30 – December 3)
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- Davis Cup – The USA wins 3–2 over Russia.
- Fed Cup – Spain wins 3–2 over the USA in the first Fed Cup to bear that name, and the first to employ a Davis Cup-style format.
- Men's World Cup: Italy
- Men's European Championship: Italy
- Women's World Cup: Cuba
- Women's European Championship: Netherlands
- Men's World Cup: Hungary
- Men's European Championship]: Italy
- Women's European Championship: Italy
- New Zealand wins its first America's Cup as Black Magic, of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, beats defender Young America, from the San Diego Yacht Club, 5 races to 0
- Twelfth Pan American Games held in Mar del Plata, Argentina
- Sixth All-Africa Games held in Harare, Zimbabwe
- 18th Summer Universiade held in Fukuoka, Japan
- 17th Winter Universiade held in Jaca, Spain
- 18th SEA Games held in Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Cal Ripken Jr., Major League Baseball
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Rebecca Lobo, College basketball