2006 in sports
2006 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
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- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Baseball
- 5 Basketball
- 6 Boxing
- 7 Canadian football
- 8 Cricket
- 9 Curling
- 10 Cycling
- 11 Figure skating
- 12 Gaelic Athletic Association
- 13 Gliding
- 14 Golf
- 15 Handball
- 16 Horse racing
- 17 Ice hockey
- 18 Lacrosse
- 19 Mixed martial arts
- 20 Motor racing
- 21 Radiosport
- 22 Rugby league
- 23 Rugby union
- 24 Ski jumping
- 25 Ski mountaineering
- 26 Speed skating
- 27 Swimming
- 28 Tennis
- 29 Triathlon
- 30 Volleyball
- 31 Water polo
- 32 Weightlifting
- 33 World University Championships
- 34 Multi-sport events
- 35 Awards
- 36 References
- College Football Bowl Championship Series (2005 season):
- January 2, Fiesta Bowl – Ohio State 34–20 Notre Dame
- January 2, Sugar Bowl – West Virginia 38–35 Georgia
- January 3, Orange Bowl – Penn State 26–23 (3 OT) Florida State
- January 4, Rose Bowl (National Championship Game) – Texas Longhorns 41–38 USC Trojans
- February 5 – Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21–10.
- August 19 - Barrow High School played the first organized football game in the Arctic against Delta Junction High School.
- MVP of Super Bowl XL is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.
- Reggie White, Troy Aikman, John Madden, Warren Moon, Harry Carson, and Rayfield Wright are elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- January 1 – Australia officially leaves the Oceania Football Confederation and joins the Asian Football Confederation
- 2006 African Cup of Nations – Egypt
- 2006 FIFA World Cup – Italy
- 2006 FIFA Club World Cup – Sport Club Internacional
- Copa Libertadores 2006 – Sport Club Internacional
- UEFA Champions League 2005-06 – FC Barcelona
- Argentina Primera División – Boca Juniors (Clausura)
- Brazil Campeonato Brasileiro – São Paulo FC
- England Premiership – Chelsea
- France Ligue 1 – Lyon
- Germany Bundesliga – Bayern Munich
- Italy Serie A – Inter Milan awarded title after initial winners Juventus were stripped of the title due to involvement in the 2006 Serie A match fixing scandal.
- Spain La Liga – FC Barcelona
- Portugal Liga – FC Porto
- March – 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne
- May 12 – Justin Gatlin equals Asafa Powell's 100 m world record time of 9.77 seconds in Doha, Qatar. Gatlin was initially given a time of 9.76, which would have been a new record, but a few days later the time was corrected to 9.77
- June 11 – Asafa Powell equals the 100 m world record once again, as he ran the distance in 9.77 seconds at Gateshead, England
- August 18 – Asafa Powell runs the 100 m in a record-equalling 9.77 seconds for a third time, this time in Zürich
- August – 2006 European Championships in Athletics held in Gothenburg, Sweden
- March 20 – Japan wins the first World Baseball Classic, defeating Cuba 10–6 in the championship game.
- May 28 – Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run in a 6–3 home loss to the Colorado Rockies, passing Babe Ruth for second place on the career list and setting a new record for left-handed hitters.
- July 11 – American League wins the MLB All-Star Game by a score of 3–2 on Michael Young's game-winning 2-run triple in the 9th inning.
- October 14 – Detroit Tigers sweep the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series and advance to their first World Series since 1984.
- October 27 – St. Louis Cardinals win the 2006 World Series 4–1 in Game 5. The St. Louis Cardinals (10 wins) advance to 2nd place for most World Series wins after the New York Yankees (27).
- Miami Heat defeat the Dallas Mavericks in 6 games in the NBA Finals series for Miami's first-ever NBA World Championship. Finals MVP Dwyane Wade rallied four consecutive 35-point games to come back from a two games to none deficit and win four straight.
- University of Florida wins its first ever NCAA title, defeating UCLA 73–57. George Mason, an 11 seed, makes it to the final four
- University of Maryland wins its first ever NCAA women's title, defeating Duke 77–75 in overtime.
- January 22 – Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a win over the Toronto Raptors, becoming only the second player in league history to score at least 80 points in one game. It was the second highest individual point total in NBA history (Second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point performance).
- Chinese Basketball Association – Guangdong Southern Tigers defeat Bayi Rockets (4–1) in finals.
- National Basketball League (Australia) – Melbourne Tigers defeat the Sydney Kings 3–0 in best-of-five final series
- Euroleague – Russian power CSKA Moscow dethrones the two-time defending Euroleague champions Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 73–69 at Sazka Arena in Prague. This is CSKA's fifth title in the competition, but first since 1971. Third place goes to TAU Cerámica, which defeated FC Barcelona 87–82 in an all-Spanish affair.
- The Detroit Shock stunned the 2005 WNBA Champion Sacramento Monarchs in 5 games in the 2006 WNBA Finals.
- January 7 – Carlos Manuel Baldomir upsets Zab Judah by unanimous decision and is crowned world welterweight champion by the WBC.
- March 3 – Welshman Joe Calzaghe defeats American Jeff Lacy by landslide unanimous decision for the WBO-IBF super middleweight title unification. Calzaghe's stellar performance propelled him to #9 in Ring Magazine's pound for pound list.
- April 1 – Sergei Liakhovich wins the WBO world heavyweight title from Lamon Brewster by unanimous decision.
- April 8 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Zab Judah by unanimous decision to win the IBF welterweight title. A mini-riot ensued as Roger Mayweather, Floyd's uncle and trainer, runs into the ring retaliating to a low blow and rabbit punch by Judah. The fight resumed and Mayweather won by decision.
- April 22 – Wladimir Klitschko wins the IBF world heavyweight title from Chris Byrd by TKO in round 7.
- June 10 – Bernard Hopkins defeats Antonio Tarver by unanimous to take the light heavyweight world championship.
- June 17 – Winky Wright and Jermain Taylor fight ends in a draw for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world in Memphis, Tennessee
- 13 to July 23 – 36th European Amateur Boxing Championships held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
- August 12 – Oleg Maskaev knocks out Hasim Rahman in the 12th round to win the WBC Heavyweight title.
- November 4 Floyd Mayweather Jr. becomes the WBC and linear Welterweight champion after he defeats Carlos Baldomir by unanimous decision.
- November 11 Wladimir Klitschko defends his IBF heavyweight title by defeating American contender Calvin Brock winning by a stunning knockout in the seventh round.
- November 18 Manny Pacquiao wins by technical knockout in his third and rubber match against Erik Morales
- December 9 Jermain Taylor defends his middleweight title as he defeats Kassim Ouma
- November 19 – The BC Lions win the 94th Grey Cup game, defeating the Montreal Alouettes 25–14 at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg.
- Olympic champions:
- World champions:
- 2006 Tour de France was won by Floyd Landis of the USA, who subsequently failed a drugs test
- 2006 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships held in Zeddam, Netherlands, and won by Erwin Vervecken (men) and Marianne Vos (women)
- 2006 Giro d'Italia is won by Ivan Basso.
- 2006 Vuelta a España is won by Alexander Vinokourov.
- World Figure Skating Championships held in Calgary, Canada
- Gaelic football
- World Gliding Championships held at Eskilstuna, Sweden
- Open Class Winner: Michael Sommer, Germany; Glider: Alexander Schleicher ASW 22 BLE
- Masters Tournament – Phil Mickelson
- U.S. Open – Geoff Ogilvy
- British Open – Tiger Woods
- PGA Championship – Tiger Woods
- PGA Tour money leader – Tiger Woods with $9,941,563
- Kraft Nabisco Championship – Karrie Webb
- LPGA Championship – Se Ri Pak
- U.S. Women's Open – Annika Sörenstam
- Women's British Open – Sherri Steinhauer
- LPGA Tour money leader – Lorena Ochoa with $2,592,872
- Team Europe wins the Ryder Cup for the third straight time, defeating Team USA 18½–9½.
- 2006 European Men's Handball Championship: France
- 2006 European Women's Handball Championship: Norway
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Delta Blues
- Canadian Triple Crown:
- Dubai – Dubai World Cup won by Electrocutionist
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Rail Link
- Ireland – Irish Derby won by Dylan Thomas
- Japan – Japan Cup won by Deep Impact
- English Triple Crown:
- United States Triple Crown:
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships:
- Breeders' Cup Classic – Invasor
- Breeders' Cup Distaff – Round Pond
- Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf – Ouija Board
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile – Street Sense
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies – Dreaming of Anna
- Breeders' Cup Mile – Miesque's Approval
- Breeders' Cup Sprint – Thor's Echo
- Breeders' Cup Turf – Red Rocks
- February 17 – Swedish women's ice hockey team defeats the United States in the semi-final round in the 2006 Olympic games. This marks the first time that either the United States or Canada has lost to anyone other than each other.
- February 26 – Sweden defeats Finland 3–2 to capture the men's gold medal at the 2006 Olympic games.
- April 8 – Wisconsin Badgers defeat the Boston College Eagles for the NCAA National Championship.
- Stanley Cup Finals – Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4 games to 3 to win the Stanley Cup
- World Lacrosse Championship – Canada 15–10 USA in London, Ontario, breaking a 28-year US winning streak.
- National Lacrosse League – Champion's Cup won by Colorado Mammoth over Buffalo Bandits 16–9 at the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York
- Major League Lacrosse – Steinfeld Cup won by Philadelphia Barrage over Denver Outlaws 23–12 at The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2006 in chronological order.
|Date||Event||Alternate Name/s||Location||Attendance||PPV Buyrate||Notes|
|January 16||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3||Ultimate Fight Night 3||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||1,008||N/A||N/A|
|February 4||UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||11,000||400,000||N/A|
|February 4||Cage Rage 15: Adrenalin Rush||N/A||London, England||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 26||Pride 31: Unbreakable||Pride 31: Dreamers||Saitama, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 4||UFC 58: USA vs Canada||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||9,569||300,000||This was the first UFC event to hold a lightweight fight since UFC 49.|
|March 10||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie||N/A||San Jose, California, USA||18,265||N/A||Strikeforce's first MMA event, after 20 years of kickboxing promotion.
The event featured Frank Shamrock in his first fight since March 2003.
|March 15||K-1 Hero's 4||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 2||Pride Bushido 10||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 6||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4||Ultimate Fight Night 4||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||843||N/A||N/A|
|April 15||UFC 59: Reality Check||N/A||Anaheim, California, USA||13,814||425,000||N/A|
|April 22||Cage Rage 16: Critical Condition||N/A||London, England||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 29||IFL: Legends Championship 2006||N/A||Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA||N/A||N/A||IFL's first event; Start of 2006 IFL Season 1.|
|May 3||K-1 Hero's 5||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 5||Pride Total Elimination Absolute||N/A||Osaka, Japan||N/A||N/A||Opening round to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.|
|May 27||UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie||N/A||Los Angeles, California, USA||14,765||620,000||The event featured Royce Gracie's return to the UFC since April 1995.|
|June 3||IFL: Championship 2006||N/A||Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA||N/A||N/A||End of 2006 IFL Season 1.|
|June 4||Pride Bushido Survival 2006||Pride Bushido 11
Pride Bushido Survival
|Saitama, Japan||N/A||N/A||Opening round to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.|
|June 9||Strikeforce: Revenge||N/A||San Jose, California, USA||10,374||N/A||This event featured Alistair Overeem's American debut.
Prior to this Overeem fought exclusively in Europe and Japan since 1999.
|June 24||The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||N/A||N/A||Randy "The Natural" Couture was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this event.|
|June 28||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5||Ultimate Fight Night 5||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||606||N/A||N/A|
|July 1||Pride Critical Countdown Absolute||N/A||Saitama, Japan||N/A||N/A||Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.|
|July 1||Cage Rage 17: Ultimate Challenge||N/A||London, England||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 8||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||11,167||775,000||N/A|
|July 22||WFA: King of the Streets||N/A||Los Angeles, California, USA||N/A||N/A||WFA's last event.
The event featured Bas Rutten's only fight after retiring in 1999.
|August 5||K-1 Hero's 6||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 17||UFC Fight Night 6||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 26||UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||9,859||500,000||N/A|
|August 26||Pride Bushido 12||Pride Bushido Survival 2nd Round||Nagoya, Japan||N/A||N/A||Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.|
|September 9||IFL: Portland||N/A||Portland, Oregon, USA||N/A||N/A||Start of 2006 IFL Season 2.|
|September 10||Pride Final Conflict Absolute||N/A||Saitama, Japan||N/A||N/A||Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.
Mirko Filipović becomes the Pride 2006 openweight Grand Prix champion.
|September 23||IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich||N/A||Moline, Illinois, USA||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 23||UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn||N/A||Anaheim, California, USA||12,604||400,000||N/A|
|September 30||Cage Rage 18: Battleground||N/A||London, England||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 7||Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello||N/A||Fresno, California, USA||4,437||N/A||N/A|
|October 9||K-1 Hero's 7||N/A||Yokohama, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 10||Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter||UFC Fight Night 6.5||Hollywood, Florida, USA||3,510||N/A||This event featured a third fight between, Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.
The show was aired on Spike TV and received 5.7 million viewers.
|October 14||UFC 64: Unstoppable||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||10,173||300,000||N/A|
|October 21||Pride 32: The Real Deal||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||11,727||40,000||This was the first Pride FC event held in the USA.|
|November 2||IFL: World Championship Semifinals||N/A||Portland, Oregon, USA||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 5||Pride Bushido 13||Pride Bushido Survival Finals||Yokohama, Japan||N/A||N/A||Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.
Kazuo Misaki becomes the Pride 2006 welterweight Grand Prix champion.
|November 11||The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 11||K-1 Hero's Lithuania 2006||N/A||Lithuania||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 18||UFC 65: Bad Intentions||N/A||Sacramento, California, USA||14,666||500,000||N/A|
|December 8||Strikeforce: Triple Threat||N/A||San Jose, California, USA||8,701||N/A||This event featured one of the first major women's MMA bouts.|
|December 13||UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Riggs||UFC Fight Night 7||San Diego, California, USA||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 29||IFL: Championship Final||N/A||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA||N/A||N/A||End of 2006 IFL Season 2.|
|December 30||UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2||N/A||Paradise, Nevada, USA||13,761||1,050,000||This is the first MMA event to receive over a million PPV buys.|
|December 31||Pride Shockwave 2006||N/A||Saitama, Japan||48,709||N/A||N/A|
|December 31||K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!!||N/A||Osaka, Japan||51,930||N/A||Event featured ten K-1 Hero's MMA bouts and four K-1 kickboxing bouts.|
- Formula One –
- World Rally Championship won by Sébastien Loeb for the Citroën Total World Rally Team.
- World Touring Car Championship won by Andy Priaulx
- Stock car racing (NASCAR):
- Indy Racing League –
- March 26 – Paul Dana is killed and Ed Carpenter is injured in an accident during the final practice before the Toyota Indy 300. Dana's teammates, Buddy Rice and Danica Patrick, withdraw from the race following the crash.
- Indianapolis 500 won by Sam Hornish, Jr..
- 2006 IRL IndyCar Series champion – Sam Hornish, Jr..
- 24 hours of Le Mans won by
- February 3 at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield – 2006 World Club Challenge match is won by the Bradford Bulls 30–10 over the Wests Tigers before 19,207
- March 18 at Canberra Stadium, Canberra – record for most points scored in Australian premiership history is broken with 102 scored in the Newcastle Knights' 70–32 win over the Canberra Raiders
- May 5 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – 2006 ANZAC Day Test is won by Australia 50–12 against New Zealand before 44,191
- July 5 at Telstra Dome, Melbourne – 2006 State of Origin is won by Queensland in the third and deciding match against New South Wales 16–14 before 54,833
- August 26 at Twickenham Stadium, London – 2006 Challenge Cup tournament culminates in St Helens RLFC's 42–12 win over Huddersfield Giants in the final before 65,187
- October 1 at Telstra Stadium, Sydney – 2006 NRL premiership culminates in the Brisbane Broncos' 15–8 win over the Melbourne Storm in the Grand Final before 79,609
- October 14 at Old Trafford, Manchester – Super League XI culminates in St Helens RLFC's 26–4 win over Hull in the Grand Final before 72,582
- November 25 at Aussie Stadium, Sydney – 2006 Tri-nations tournament culminates in Australia's 16–12 win over New Zealand in the final before 27,325
- 112th Six Nations Championship series is won by France
- Sale Sharks win the Guinness Premiership
- London Wasps win the 2005-06 Powergen Cup
- Biarritz win the Top 14
- Ulster win the Celtic League
- Munster win the 2005-06 Heineken Cup
- The Crusaders win the Super 14 final in foggy conditions.
- The All Blacks win the 2006 Tri Nations Series
- The Blue Bulls and the Free State Cheetahs share the Currie Cup in Bloemfontein after the final went into extra time and was drawn 28–28
- Four Hills Tournament – Janne Ahonen and Jakub Janda are joint winners, the first time in the tournament's 54-year history that it has been shared
- February–March – 2006 World Championship of Ski Mountaineering held in the Province of Cuneo in Italy
- European Championships held at Hamar, Norway
- World Sprint Championships held at Heerenveen, Netherlands
- World Allround Championships held at Calgary, Canada
- 8th World Short Course Championships held in Shanghai
- Australia wins the most medals (24) and the most gold medals (12)
- 28th European LC Championships held in Budapest
- Italy and France win the most medals (15); Russia the most gold medals (7)
- August 12 – Roland Schoeman breaks the short course world record in the men's 50m freestyle (short course) at Hamburg with a time of 20:98 seconds.
- August 28 – at Hobart, Tasmania, Australian swimmer Libby Lenton betters Natalie Coughlin's world record in the women's 100m butterfly (short course) from 56:39 to 55:95
- Australian Open
- French Open
- Wimbledon Championships
- US Open
- Men's World League: Brazil
- 2006 Men's European Volleyball League: Netherlands
- 2006 FIVB Men's World Championship: Brazil
- Women's World Grand Prix: Brazil
- 2006 FIVB Women's World Championship: Russia
- 2006 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup: Serbia
- 2006 FINA Men's Water Polo World League: Serbia
- 2006 Men's European Water Polo Championship: Serbia
- 2006 Women's European Water Polo Championship: Russia
- 2006 FINA Women's Water Polo World League: USA
World University Championships
- Central American and Caribbean Games held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
- 2006 Lusophony Games held in Macau, People's Republic of China.
- 2006 Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar
- 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006.
- 2006 Gay Games held in Chicago, United States from July 15 to July 22, 2006.
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Tiger Woods, PGA golf
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Lorena Ochoa, LPGA golf