1999 in sports
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1999 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002|
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|Years:||1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002|
- Alpine Skiing World Cup
- January 31 – Super Bowl XXXIII: The Denver Broncos win their second Super Bowl in a row, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34–19 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.
- April 17 Quarterback Tim Couch is the first over all pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 NFL Draft
- St. Louis Rams Quarterback Kurt Warner named NFL MVP
- St. Louis Rams Head coach Dick Vermeil named NFL Coach of the Year
- Indianapolis Colts Running back Edgerrin James named NFL Rookie of the Year
- The Florida State Seminoles won 49–29 over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.
- Wisconsin Badgers Running back Ron Dayne awarded Heisman Trophy
- November 1 – death of Walter Payton (45), Chicago Bears running back
- Champions League – Manchester United F.C. beat FC Bayern Munich 2 – 1
- UEFA Cup – Parma F.C. beat Olympique Marseille 3–0
- 1999 Copa Libertadores – Palmeiras beat Deportivo Cali 4–3 after penalties
- Ecuador - Ecuadorian Serie A Champions: Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito
- August – 1999 World Championships in Athletics held at Seville
- Hicham El Guerrouj sets a new world record for the 1500m. He recorded a time of 3:43.13, barely edging out Noah Ngeny who recorded 3:43.40.
- Michael Johnson sets a new world record in the 400 metres in 43.18.
- Australian Football League
- May 10 – The Boston Red Sox pound the Seattle Mariners, 12–4, as shortstop Nomar Garciaparra leads the way with three home runs, including two grand slams. Garciaparra drives home 10 of Boston's runs as he clouts a bases loaded homer in the 1st, a 2–run shot in the 3rd, and another grand slam in the 8th. Nomar is the first Bosox since Jim Tabor, in 1939, to slam two slams in a game, and just the 9th in MLB history. Robin Ventura last did it, in 1995.
- July 18 – David Cone pitches a perfect game, the 16th in history, as the Yankees defeat the Montreal Expos, 6–0, to celebrate Yogi Berra Day.
- Texas Rangers Catcher Ivan Rodriguez named AL MVP
- Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones named NL MVP
- Kansas City Royals OF Carlos Beltran named AL Rookie of the Year
- Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Scott Williamson named NL Rookie of the Year
- World Series – New York Yankees won 4 games to 0 over the Atlanta Braves. The series MVP: Mariano Rivera, New York
- Miami Hurricanes defeat Florida State Seminoles in the College World Series
- NBA Finals – San Antonio Spurs defeat the New York Knicks, 4 games to 1, to win the franchise's first championship. The Spurs also became the first former ABA team to win an NBA title, while the Knicks were the first number eight seed in NBA history to make it to the NBA Finals.
- Utah Jazz Forward Karl Malone named NBA MVP for the second time in his career
- Toronto Raptors Guard/Forward Vince Carter named NBA Rookie of the Year
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- Connecticut wins 77–74 over Duke
- Duke Blue Devils Forward Elton Brand named Naismith College Player of the Year & John R. Wooden Award
- WNBA Finals – – The Houston Comets defeat the New York Liberty, 2 games to 1, to win their third title in a row.
- National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
- July 31 to August 8 – Pan American Games held at Winnipeg
- August 20 to August 27 – 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships held at Houston
- September 18 – The Fight of the Millennium:
- Grey Cup – Hamilton Tiger-Cats win 32–21 over the Calgary Stampeders
- Vanier Cup – Laval Rouge et Or win 14–10 over the Saint Mary's Huskies
- Cricket World Cup Final: Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets
- World Curling Championships –
- Men: Scotland won 6–5 over Canada
- Women: Sweden won 8–5 over USA
- Giro d'Italia won by Ivan Gotti of Italy
- Tour de France – Lance Armstrong of the United States
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Óscar Freire of Spain
- Men's Champions Trophy: Australia
- Women's Champions Trophy: Australia
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- European Figure Skating Championships –
- Gaelic football
- Ladies' Gaelic football
- October 25 – death of Payne Stewart (42) in an air accident
- Masters Tournament – José María Olazábal
- U.S. Open – Payne Stewart
- British Open – Paul Lawrie This Open is also remembered for the epic collapse of French golfer Jean van de Velde, who threw away a three–shot lead on the final hole, finding himself in a playoff which Lawrie won.
- PGA Championship – Tiger Woods
- PGA Tour money leader – Tiger Woods – $6,616,585
- PGA Tour Player of the Year – Tiger Woods
- PGA Tour Rookie of the Year – Carlos Franco
- Senior PGA Tour money leader – Bruce Fleisher – $2,515,705
- Ryder Cup – United States won 14½ to 13½ over Europe in team golf.
Amateur – Graeme Storm
- Nabisco Dinah Shore – Dottie Pepper
- LPGA Championship – Juli Inkster
- U.S. Women's Open – Juli Inkster
- Classique du Maurier – Karrie Webb
- LPGA Tour money leader – Karrie Webb – $1,591,959
- 1999 World Men's Handball Championship - won by Sweden
- 1999 World Women's Handball Championship - won by Norway
- North America Cup – The Panderosa
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Pacers: Sir Vancelot
- Trotters: Special Force
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Rogan Josh
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Woodcarver
- Dubai – Dubai World Cup won by Almutawakel
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Montjeu
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Montjeu
- Japan – Japan Cup won by Special Week
- English Triple Crown races:
- United States Triple Crown races:
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships:
- Breeders' Cup Classic – Cat Thief
- Breeders' Cup Distaff – Beautiful Pleasure
- Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf – Soaring Softly (inaugural running of this race)
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile – Anees
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies – Cash Run
- Breeders' Cup Mile – Silic
- Breeders' Cup Sprint – Artax
- Breeders' Cup Turf – Daylami
- February 13 Last ever Ice Hockey game played at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the game was a 6–2 loss for the Toronto Maple Leafs to Chicago Blackhawks.
- 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:
- Stanley Cup – Dallas Stars defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4 games to 2, Conn Smythe Trophy – Joe Nieuwendyk. The Stars became the first team from the Southern United States to win the Cup.
- World Hockey Championship
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – University of Maine Black Bears defeat University of New Hampshire Wildcats 3–2 in overtime
- Major League Lacrosse (MLL) is founded by Jake Steinfeld, Dave Morrow and Tim Robertson.
- The Toronto Rock beat the Rochester Knighthawks 13–10 to win the National Lacrosse League Championship.
- The Victoria Shamrocks win the Mann Cup.
- The Edmonton Miners win the Founders Cup.
- The Whitby Warriors win the Minto Cup.
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1999 in chronological order.
|Date||Event||Alternate Name/s||Location||Attendance||PPV Buyrate||Notes|
|January 8||UFC 18: The Road to the Heavyweight Title||N/A||New Orleans, Louisiana, US||N/A||N/A||This event featured the American debut of Bas Rutten. Who previously fought exclusively for Pancrase in Japan.|
|March 5||UFC 19: Ultimate Young Guns||N/A||Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, US||N/A||N/A||Following the main event, Tito Ortiz insulted the Lion's Den team. This led to a long rivalry between Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.|
|April 29||Pride 5||N/A||Nagoya, Japan||N/A||N/A||First Pride FC event to be promoted by Dream Stage Entertainment, who took over Kakutougi Revolution Spirits.|
|May 7||UFC 20: Battle for the Gold||N/A||Birmingham, Alabama, US||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 4||Pride 6||N/A||Yokohama, Japan||N/A||N/A||Event featured seven MMA bouts and one karate bout between Hiroki Kurosawa and Nobuaki Kakuda.|
|July 16||UFC 21: Return of the Champions||N/A||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, US||N/A||N/A||UFC rule change, Introduction of five minute rounds. preliminary bouts consist of two rounds, non-title bouts consist of three rounds, and title bouts consist of five rounds. Introduction of 10-point must system.|
|September 12||Pride 7||N/A||Yokohama, Japan||10,031||N/A||N/A|
|September 24||UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion||N/A||Lake Charles, Louisiana, US||N/A||N/A||Following this event, UFC parent company SEG stopped releasing events on home video until UFC 30 with new owners Zuffa.|
|November 19||UFC 23: Ultimate Japan 2||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||This event featured a four man "Japanese" tournament, held to crown the first ever UFC Japan Champion. The tournament was the first in the UFC since UFC 17, and the last ever tournament held by the UFC.|
|November 21||Pride 8||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- Stock car racing –
- Indy Racing League –
- Indianapolis 500 – Kenny Bräck
- CART Racing – Juan Pablo Montoya won the season championship
- Formula One Championship – Mika Häkkinen of Finland
- 24 hours of Le Mans – won by the team of Pierluigi Martini / Yannick Dalmas / Joachim Winkelhock driving a BMW V–12 LMR
- World Rally Championship – Tommi Mäkinen / Risto Mannisenmäki of Finland
- Drag racing – Tony Schumacher won the NHRA "Top Fuel" championship.
- Formula Nippon – Tom Coronel of the Netherlands.
- First IARU Region II Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships held in Portland, Oregon, US This is the first IARU sanctioned international ARDF competition in the Americas.
- Third High Speed Telegraphy World Championship held in Pordenone, Italy.
- April 23 at Sydney, Australia – 1999 ANZAC test match is won by Australia 20–14 against New Zealand at Stadium Australia before 30,245.
- June 23 at Brisbane, Australia – 1999 State of Origin is retained by Queensland as the third and deciding match of the series is drawn 10 – 10 with New South Wales.
- September 19 in Australia – last game of the 1999 Telstra Premiership is played, including the final NRL matches as stand alone entities for the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies who would later merge to form the Wests Tigers.
- September 26 at Sydney, Australia – 1999 NRL season culminates in the Melbourne Storm's 20 – 18 win against the St George Illawarra Dragons in the grand final
- October 9 at Manchester, England – Super League IV culminates in St. Helens' 8 – 6 win against the Bradford Bulls in the grand final.
- November 1 at Auckland, New Zealand – 1999 Tri–Nations culminates in Australia's 22 – 20 win against New Zealand in the final.
- 105th Five Nations Championship series, the last under the Five Nations format, is won by Scotland. The modern Six Nations format would be established the following year with the addition of Italy.
- Bledisloe Cup – Australia retains the cup after drawing the two-match series with New Zealand.
- Rugby World Cup: Australia defeat France 35–12 in the final, becoming the first nation to win the Webb Ellis Cup twice.
- Tri Nations – New Zealand
- World Snooker Championship – Stephen Hendry beats Mark Williams 18–11
- World rankings – John Higgins remains world number one for 1999/00
- Fourth World Short Course Championships, held in Hong Kong, China (April 1 – 4)
- Australia wins the most medals (27), and the most gold medals (9)
- 24th European LC Championships, held in Istanbul, Turkey (July 26 – August 1)
- Germany wins the most medals (23), and the most gold medals (11)
- XIII Pan American Games, held in Winnipeg, Canada (August 2 – 7)
- Eighth Pan Pacific Championships, held in Sydney, Australia (August 22 – 29)
- Third European SC Championships, held in Lisboa, Portugal (December 9 – 12)
- Germany wins the most medals (26), Sweden the most gold medals (9)
- February 17 – Australia's Susie O'Neill snapped the oldest world record in the books, clocking 2:05.37 in the women's 200m butterfly (short course) at a World Cup meet in Malmö, Sweden. The old mark, set by Mary T. Meagher on January 2, 1981, stood at 2:05.65.
- September 2 – Susie O'Neill breaks her own world record in the women's 200m butterfly (short course) at a meet in Canberra, Australia, clocking 2:04.43
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- Davis Cup – Australia won 3–2 over France in world tennis.
- Kim Clijsters makes her WTA Tour debut.
- Men's World League: Italy
- Women's World Grand Prix: Russia
- Men's European Championship: Italy
- Women's European Championship: Russia
- Men's European Championship: Hungary
- Men's World Cup: Hungary
- Women's European Championship: Italy
- Women's World Cup: Netherlands
- 13th Pan American Games held in Winnipeg, Canada
- Seventh All–Africa Games held in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Winter Asian Games held in Gangwon, South Korea
- Ninth Pan Arab Games held in Amman, Jordan
- 20th Summer Universiade held on Palma de Mallorca, Spain
- 19th Winter Universiade held in Poprad, Slovakia
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Tiger Woods, PGA golf
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – United States women's national soccer team, soccer