2000 in sports
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2000 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003|
|Centuries:||20th century · 21st century · 22nd century|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s|
|Years:||1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003|
- 1 Alpine skiing
- 2 American football
- 3 Association football
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Australian rules football
- 6 Baseball
- 7 Basketball
- 8 Boxing
- 9 Canadian football
- 10 Cricket
- 11 Cycle racing
- 12 Dogsled racing
- 13 Field hockey
- 14 Figure skating
- 15 Gaelic Athletic Association
- 16 Golf
- 17 Handball
- 18 Harness racing
- 19 Horse racing
- 20 Ice hockey
- 21 Lacrosse
- 22 Mixed martial arts
- 23 Motor racing
- 24 Radiosport
- 25 Rugby league
- 26 Rugby union
- 27 Snooker
- 28 Swimming
- 29 Tennis
- 30 Volleyball
- 31 Water polo
- 32 Yacht racing
- 33 Multi-sport events
- 34 Awards
- 35 References
- Alpine Skiing World Cup
- Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis Rams win 23–16 over the Tennessee Titans
- Marshall Faulk wins the regular season MVP award.
- Oklahoma Sooners – college football championship.
- Euro 2000 – France won 2-1 in extra time over Italy, with a golden goal by Trézéguet. This was France's second European Championship title.
- Champions' League – Real Madrid won 3-0 in the final against Valencia. This was Real Madrid's 8th European Cup title.
- UEFA Cup – Galatasaray won 4-1 on penalties, in the final against Arsenal, after a 0-0 draw at the end of the match. This was the first European title won by a Turkish team.
- European Super Cup – Galatasaray beat Real Madrid 2-1 after extra time, with a golden goal by Jardel.
- Intercontinental Cup – Boca Juniors beat Real Madrid 2-1, winning the cup for the second time.
- September – Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics held at Sydney, Australia
- Australian Football League
- March 9 – Docklands Stadium opens with Essendon 24.12 (156) beating Port Adelaide 8.14 (62)
- July 15 – Essendon becomes the first club to win its first nineteen games when it beats Hawthorn 25.15 (165) to 13.4 (82). This beats Collingwood’s perfect home-and-away season of eighteen games from 1929.
- August 5 – Essendon become the first AFL team to win 21 of 22 games in a VFL/AFL home-and-away season, losing only to the Western Bulldogs in its second last game
- Essendon wins the 104th AFL premiership defeating Melbourne 19.21 (135) to 11.9 (75).
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Shane Woewodin (Melbourne)
- Major League Baseball dissolves the National and American Leagues as separate legal entities, although retaining them as competitive entities. From this point forward, the leagues’ functions are consolidated in the office of the Commissioner of Baseball.
- World Series – New York Yankees win 4 games to 1 over the New York Mets. The Series MVP is Derek Jeter of the Yankees
- Japan Series – The Yomiuri Giants defeat the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 4 games to 2. The Giants' Hideki Matsui is named Series MVP.
- NBA Finals –
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- Michigan State wins 89–76 over Florida
- WNBA Finals –
- Euroleague Final:
- National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
- European basketball enters a new era with the creation of the Euroleague Basketball (company). This leads to a rift with FIBA Europe and the creation of two separate continent-wide competitions for the 2000–01 season—the SuproLeague, operated by FIBA Europe, and Euroleague Basketball's Euroleague.
- May 13 to May 21 – 2000 European Amateur Boxing Championships held in Tampere, Finland
- July 29 – Kostya Tszyu defeats Julio César Chávez by a knockout in six to retain the WBC's world Jr. Welterweight title.
- August 12 – Evander Holyfield defeats John Ruiz by decision in 12 rounds to regain the WBA's world Heavyweight title, becoming the first boxer to win the world Heavyweight title four times.
- The Ring named Félix Trinidad the "Fighter of the Year 2000". Eric Morales won a 12 round points victory over Marco Antonio Barrera, for the unified WBC and WBO 122 Pound Titles, in The Ring's "Fight of The Year 2000".
- Grey Cup – B.C. Lions win 28–26 over the Montreal Alouettes
- Vanier Cup – Ottawa Gee-Gees win 42–39 over the Regina Rams
- June 26 – Bangladesh becomes the tenth Test cricket playing nation.
- Giro d'Italia – Stefano Garzelli
- Tour de France – Lance Armstrong
- World Road Cycling Championship – Romans Vainšteins
- 2000 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
- Olympic Games Men's Competition: Netherlands
- Olympic Games Men's Competition: Australia
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- First World Synchronized Skating Championships held in Minneapolis
- Gaelic football
- All-Ireland Senior Football Championship – Kerry 0–17 beats Galway 1–10
- National Football League – Derry 1–8 beats Meath 0–9
- Sligo Senior Football Championship – Bunninadden were crowned County Champions by defeating Coolera/Strandhill
- Dublin Senior Football Championship – Na Fianna were crowned County Champions by defeating Kilmacud Crokes
- Ladies' Gaelic football
- Masters Tournament – Vijay Singh
- U.S. Open – Tiger Woods wins by 15 shots, a record for all majors, with a U.S. Open to–par record score of –12.
- British Open – Tiger Woods becomes the fifth golfer in history to achieve the modern "career grand slam", and sets the to–par record for all majors (–19).
- PGA Championship – Tiger Woods becomes the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in a calendar year. He ties the to–par record for the PGA (–18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff.
- PGA Tour money leader – Tiger Woods – $9,188,321
- PGA Tour Player of the Year – Tiger Woods
- PGA Tour Rookie of the Year – Michael Clark II
- Tiger Woods set or tied a total of 27 PGA Tour records during the year
- Senior PGA Tour money leader – Larry Nelson – $2,708,005
- Nabisco Championship – Karrie Webb
- LPGA Championship – Juli Inkster
- U.S. Women's Open – Karrie Webb
- Classique du Maurier – Meg Mallon
- LPGA Tour money leader – Karrie Webb – $1,876,853
- The European team defeated the United States team 14 ½ – 11 ½ to regain the Solheim Cup.
- March 18 – John Campbell became the first driver in harness racing history to reach $100 million in earnings at one track on at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
- North America Cup – Gallo Blue Chip
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Brew
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Scatter the Gold
- Dubai – Dubai World Cup won by Dubai Millennium
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Sinndar
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Sinndar
- Japan – Japan Cup won by T M Opera O
- 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:
- Stanley Cup –New Jersey Devils win 4 games to 2 over the Dallas Stars
- World Hockey Championship
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2000 in chronological order.
|Date||Event||Alternate Name/s||Location||Attendance||PPV Buyrate||Notes|
|January 30||Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||48,316||N/A||Opening Round to Pride GP 2000 openweight tournament.
The event featured Royce Gracie in his first fight since April 1995.
|March 10||UFC 24: First Defense||N/A||Lake Charles, Louisiana, US||N/A||N/A||The event was originally scheduled to have a title fight between Kevin Randleman and Pedro Rizzo.
However this postponed due to a concussion Randleman suffered before the fight.
|April 14||UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||This event was held to determine the new light heavyweight champion following Frank Shamrock's retirement from the UFC.|
|May 1||Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||38,429||N/A||Mark Coleman becomes the Pride 2000 openweight Grand Prix champion.|
|June 4||Pride 9: New Blood||N/A||Nagoya, Japan||N/A||N/A||Matt Serra was to fight on this card, but his opponent, Johil de Oliveira, was injured by a pyrotechnics explosion at the event.|
|June 9||UFC 26: Ultimate Field Of Dreams||N/A||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, US||N/A||N/A||This event featured the first UFC "bantamweight" bout as defined as 155lbs.|
|August 27||Pride 10: Return of the Warriors||N/A||Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan||35,000||N/A||N/A|
|September 22||UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz||N/A||New Orleans, Louisiana, US||N/A||N/A||UFC veteran Frank Shamrock replaced Jeff Blatnick in the announcers booth for this event.|
|October 31||Pride 11: Battle of the Rising Sun||N/A||Osaka, Japan||13,500||N/A||N/A|
|November 17||UFC 28: High Stakes||N/A||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||N/A||N/A||UFC rule change, New Jersey SACB becomes the first state to regulate MMA in the USA. Uses newly written Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.
This event held the first and only UFC super heavyweight bout.
|December 9||Pride 12: Cold Fury||N/A||Saitama, Japan||26,882||N/A||N/A|
|December 16||UFC 29: Defense of the Belts||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||1,414||N/A||This was the last UFC event held by SEG. Because in January 2001, SEG sold the UFC to current owners Zuffa LLC.|
- Stock car racing –
- NASCAR Championship – Bobby Labonte
- Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Scott Baker and Tony Roper all died from head–related injuries that brought safety concerns to NASCAR
- February 20 – 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Daytona 500 won by Dale Jarrett
- February 27 – 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Dura-Lube/Kmart 400 at North Carolina Motor Speedway won by Bobby Labonte
- Indy Racing League – Buddy Lazier won the season championship
- Indianapolis 500– Juan Pablo Montoya
- CART Racing – Gil de Ferran won the season championship
- Formula One Championship – Michael Schumacher of Germany
- 24 hours of Le Mans – Frank Biela / Tom Kristensen / Emanuele Pirro won driving an Audi R8R LMP
- World Rally Championship – Marcus Grönholm of Finland
- Drag racing – Gary Scelzi won the NHRA "Top Fuel" championship.
- V8 Supercars – Mark Skaife won the 2000 championship
- The third World Radiosport Team Championship held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Gold medals won by Jeff Steinman N5TJ and Dan Street K1TO of the United States.
- Tenth Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championships are held in Nanjing, China, the first time ever to be hosted at a location outside Europe.
- January 22, Wigan, England – 2000 World Club Challenge is won by the Melbourne Storm who defeat St. Helens 44 – 6 at JJB Stadium before 13,394.
- April 21, Sydney, Australia – 2000 ANZAC test match is won by Australia 52–0 against New Zealand at Stadium Australia before 26,023.
- April 29, Murrayfield Stadium – 2000 Challenge Cup tournament culminates in the Bradford Bulls' 24 – 18 win in the final against the Leeds Rhinos.
- June 5, Suncorp Stadium – 2000 State of Origin series is wrapped up by New South Wales in game two of the series against Queensland.
- August 27, Stadium Australia – 2000 NRL season culminates in the Brisbane Broncos' 14-6 win in the grand final against the Sydney Roosters.
- October 14, Old Trafford – Super League V culminates in St Helens' 29-16 win in the grand final against Wigan Warriors.
- November 20, Crown Flatt – 2000 Emerging Nations Tournament is won by the British Amateur Rugby League Association who defeated Italy 20-14 in the final.
- November 25, Old Trafford – 2000 World Cup tournament culminates in Australia's 40-12 win in the final against New Zealand.
- Italy is admitted to the former Five Nations Championship which now establishes its current Six Nations format
- 106th Six Nations Championship series is won by England
- Tri Nations – Australia
- World Snooker Championship – Mark Williams beats Matthew Stevens 18–16
- World rankings – Mark Williams becomes world number one for 2000/01
- Fifth World Short Course Championships, held in Athens, Greece (March 16 – March 19)
- United States wins the most medals (25), and the most gold medals (9)
- 25th European LC Championships, held in Helsinki, Finland (July 3 – August 9)
- Romania wins the most medals (14), Sweden and Russia the most gold medals (6)
- XXVII Olympic Games, held in Sydney, Australia (September 16 – September 23)
- Fourth European SC Championships, held in Valencia, Spain (December 14 – December 17)
- Great Britain wins the most medals (19), Sweden the most gold medals (10)
- January 18 – Australia's Susie O'Neill breaks her own world record in the 200 m butterfly (short course) once again, this time at a meet in Sydney, Australia, clocking 2:04.16.
- February 12 – In Paris, France, US–swimmer Jenny Thompson betters her own world record in the women's 100 m butterfly (short course), from 56:90 to 56:80.
- March 18 – Jenny Thompson once again betters her own world record in the women's 100 m butterfly (short course), this time in Athens, Greece, from 56:80 to 56:56.
- March 23 – Anthony Ervin breaks the world record in the men's 50 m freestyle (short course) at a swimming meet in Minneapolis, clocking 21.21.
- June 16 – At the Russian National Swimming Championships in Moscow, Alexander Popov betters the ten year old world record (21.81) in the 50m freestyle (long course), swam by USA's Tom Jager in 1990 – 21.64.
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- 2000 Summer Olympics
- Davis Cup
- Spain wins 3–1 over Australia in world tennis
- Men's World League: Italy
- Women's World Grand Prix: Cuba
- Olympic Games Men's Competition – Yugoslavia
- Olympic Games Women's Competition – Cuba
- Olympic Games men's competition: Hungary
- Olympic Games women's competition: Australia
- New Zealand retains the America's Cup as Team New Zealand defeats Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, 5 races to 0
- 2000 Summer Olympics held at Sydney
- United States wins the most medals (97) and the most gold medals (40).
- Winter Goodwill Games held at Lake Placid, New York
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Tiger Woods, PGA Tour golfer
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Marion Jones, Track and Field
- ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Tiger Woods, PGA Tour golfer. Note that the Wide World award was discontinued in 2001.