2002 in sports
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2002 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
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- 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 Motorsport
- 24 Orienteering
- 25 Radiosport
- 26 Rugby league
- 27 Rugby union
- 28 Ski mountaineering
- 29 Snooker
- 30 Swimming
- 31 Tennis
- 32 Volleyball
- 33 Water polo
- 34 Winter Olympics
- 35 Multi-sport events
- 36 Awards
- 37 References
- January 6 – New England defeated the Carolina Panthers to hand them their 15th straight loss.
- Super Bowl XXXVI – New England Patriots win 20-17 over the St. Louis Rams
- NCAA Football Championship (2001 season) – Miami Hurricanes win 37-14 over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Rose Bowl
- ArenaBowl XVI – San Jose SaberCats win 52-14 over the Arizona Rattlers
- The Houston Texans become the NFL's 32nd active franchise.
- 2002 FIFA World Cup is held from May 31 to June 30 in South Korea and Japan, the first time a World Cup is held in Asia and by two countries simultaneously. Brazil wins its fifth title, defeating Germany 2-0 in the final. Surprisingly, Turkey and host nation South Korea take 3rd and 4th.
- Champions' League – Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the final. This was Real Madrid's 9th European Cup.
- UEFA Cup – Feyenoord wins 3-2 in the final against Borussia Dortmund, winning the cup for the second time.
- European Super Cup – Real Madrid wins 3-1 over Feyenoord, winning the cup for the first time.
- Intercontinental Cup – Real Madrid beats Olimpia Asunción 2-0, winning the cup for the third time.
- July – 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester
- August – 2002 European Championships in Athletics held in Munich
- October – 2002 Asian Games held in South Korea
- Australian Football League
- Inaugural Australian Football International Cup, the 2002 International Cup won by Ireland
- NBA Finals –
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- WNBA finals
- FIBA World Championship won by Yugoslavia
- FIBA World Championship for Women won by USA
- Chinese Basketball Association finals:
- National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
- October 5 – University Athletic Association of the Philippines men's division finals: The Ateneo Blue Eagles defeat the De La Salle Green Archers to end their 4-year title streak and win the school their first title in 14 years.
- June 21 – Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight-round knockout over Mike Tyson
- April – The Ring Magazine released its new championship policy, "The Ring's Championship Policy"
- July 12 to July 21 – 34th European Amateur Boxing Championships held in Perm, Russia
- November 24 – the Montreal Alouettes win the 90th Grey Cup game, defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 25-16 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
- November 23 – Saint Mary's Huskies win the Vanier Cup game, defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies 39-23.
- March 23 – death of Ben Hollioake, Surrey and England player, in a car crash
- June 1 – death of Hansie Cronje, South African player still involved in match-fixing controversy, in an air crash
- New Zealand are forced to abandon their tour of Pakistan after a bomb explodes outside their hotel in Karachi
- County Championship (England and Wales) – Surrey CCC
- Giro d'Italia won by Paolo Savoldelli of Italy
- Tour de France – Lance Armstrong of the United States (Rescinded)
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Mario Cipollini, of Italy
- 2–3 February – UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships held in Zolder, Belgium
- 2002 Men's Hockey World Cup: Germany
- 2002 Women's Hockey World Cup: Argentina
- Men's Hockey at the 2002 Commonwealth Games: Australia
- Women's Hockey at the 2002 Commonwealth Games: India
- Men's Champions Trophy: Netherlands
- Women's Champions Trophy: China
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- 2002 Winter Olympics –
- Gaelic football
- Ladies' Gaelic football
- – Masters Tournament – Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win The Masters in two consecutive years
- – U.S. Open – Tiger Woods is the only golfer under par for the tournament.
- – British Open – Ernie Els wins his third major and first British Open.
- – PGA Championship – Rich Beem wins by one shot over Tiger Woods.
- PGA Tour money leader – Tiger Woods – $6,912,625
- PGA Tour Player of the Year – Tiger Woods
- PGA Tour rookie of the year – Jonathan Byrd
- Senior PGA Tour money leader – Hale Irwin – $3,028,304
- Ryder Cup – Europe defeats the United States 15.5-12.5.
- British Amateur – Alejandro Larrazabal
- U.S. Amateur – Ricky Barnes
- European Amateur – Raphaël Pellicioli
- Kraft Nabisco Championship – Annika Sörenstam
- LPGA Championship – Se Ri Pak
- U.S. Women's Open – Juli Inkster
- Women's British Open – Karrie Webb
- LPGA Tour money leader – Annika Sörenstam – $2,863,904
- LPGA Tour Player of the Year – Annika Sörenstam
- The United States team defeats the European team 15 ½ – 12 ½ to regain the Solheim Cup.
- Men's European Championship: Sweden
- Women's European Championship: Denmark
- Asian Games (Men): Korea
- Asian Games (Women): Korea
- North America Cup – Red River Hanover
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Media Puzzle
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by T J's Lucky Moon
- Dubai – Dubai World Cup won by Street Cry
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Marienbard
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by High Chaparral
- Japan – Japan Cup won by Falbrav
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships:
- Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's Olympic Gold Medal.
- Canada defeats the United States 3-2 to win the women's Olympic Gold Medal.
- World Hockey Championship
- Men's champion: Slovakia defeats Russia.
- Junior Men's champion: Russia defeats Canada.
- Women's champion: no tournament.
- Stanley Cup – Detroit Red Wings win 4 games to 1 over the Carolina Hurricanes.
- Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames.
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player:
- The Baltimore Bayhawks win the Steinfeld Cup over the Long Island Lizards.
- The Toronto Rock beat the Albany Attack, 13-12 to win the Champion's Cup.
- The 9th World Lacrosse Championship is held in Perth, Australia. The United States beat Canada 18-15 in the final.
- The Coquitlam Adanacs win the Mann Cup.
- The St. Catharines Athletics win the Minto Cup.
- The Wallaceburg Red Devils win the Founders Cup.
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2002 in chronological order.
|Date||Event||Alternate Name/s||Location||Attendance||PPV Buyrate||Notes|
|January 11||UFC 35: Throwdown||N/A||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||9,600||35,000||N/A|
|February 22||Pride The Best Vol. 1||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 24||Pride 19: Bad Blood||N/A||Saitama, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 22||UFC 36: Worlds Collide||N/A||Las Vegas, United States||10,000||55,000||This event featured the last UFC appearance's from Pat Miletich and Pete Williams.|
|April 28||Pride 20: Armed and Ready||N/A||Yokohama, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 10||UFC 37: High Impact||N/A||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States||7,200||50,000||N/A|
|June 22||UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets||N/A||Las Vegas, United States||3,700||N/A||This event featured the first appearance of longtime UFC announcer Joe Rogan.|
|June 23||Pride 21: Demolition||N/A||Saitama, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 13||UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall||N/A||Saitama, Japan||3,800||45,000||N/A|
|July 20||Pride The Best Vol. 2||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 28||Pride Shockwave||Dynamite!||Tokyo, Japan||91,108||N/A||Event featured a Royce Gracie vs. Hidehiko Yoshida Jujutsu match and two K-1 kickboxing matches. This event holds the highest attendance for a predominately MMA event.|
|September 27||UFC 39: The Warriors Return||N/A||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||7,800||45,000||N/A|
|September 29||Pride 22: Beasts From The East 2||N/A||Nagoya, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 22||UFC 40: Vendetta||N/A||Las Vegas, United States||13,265||150,000||This event was the first to gain mainstream converge for a MMA event in the USA. The event also was noted as an important fiscal milestone for Zuffa and the UFC.|
|November 24||Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2||N/A||Tokyo, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 23||Pride 24: Cold Fury 3||N/A||Fukuoka, Japan||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- First Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championships are held July 2–7 in Fontainebleau, France.
- The fourth World Radiosport Team Championship held in Helsinki, Finland. Gold medals go to Jeff Steinman N5TJ and Dan Street K1TO of the United States, the team's third victory in a row.
- Eleventh Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship held in Tatranske Matliare, Slovakia.
- The Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame is established.
- 2002 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain and France
- 2002 NRL season
- 2002 State of Origin series
- Super League VII
- 2002 World Club Challenge
- 108th Six Nations Championship series is won by France who complete the Grand Slam
- Tri Nations – New Zealand
- Heineken Cup – Leicester Tigers 15–9 Munster
- Inaugural World Championship of Skimountaineering sanctioned by the International Council for Ski Mountaineering Competitions (ICSM) was held in Serre Chevalier in France from January 24 to January 27.
- World Snooker Championship – Peter Ebdon beats Stephen Hendry 18-17
- World rankings – Ronnie O'Sullivan becomes world number one for 2002–03
- 26 January – in Berlin, Slovakian swimmer Martina Moravcová betters Jenny Thompson's world record in the women's 100m butterfly (short course) from 56:56 to 56:55
- April – 6th World Short Course Championships held at Moscow
- United States wins the most medals (26) Australia the most gold medals (10)
- July–August – 26th European LC Championships held at Berlin
- Germany wins the most medals (23) and the most gold medals (10)
- August – 9th Pan Pacific Championships held at Yokohama
- United States wins the most medals (52) and the most gold medals (21)
- 22 November – US swimmer Natalie Coughlin betters Martina Moravcová's world record in the women's 100m butterfly (short course) from 56:55 to 56:39
- December – 6th European SC Championships held at Riesa, Germany
- Germany wins the most medals (22) and the most gold medals (7)
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- Davis Cup – in the final, Russia defeats France 3-2 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris
- Fed Cup – Slovakia defeats Spain 3-1 in the final at Palacio de Congresos de Maspalomas in Gran Canaria, Spain
- 2002 FIVB Men's World Championship: Brazil
- 2002 FIVB Women's World Championship: Italy
- 2002 Men's World League: Russia
- 2002 Women's World Grand Prix: Russia
- Men's volleyball at the 2002 Asian Games: South Korea
- Women's volleyball at the 2002 Asian Games: China
- 2002 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup: Russia
- 2002 FINA Men's Water Polo World League: Russia
- 2002 FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup: Hungary
- 2002 Winter Olympics takes place in Salt Lake City, United States
- Norway wins the most medals (25) and the most gold medals (13)
- Top performers include Janica Kostelić, Ole Einar Bjørndalen and Simon Ammann
- A scandal in figure skating dominates the news.
- Also on the short track, Steven Bradbury of Australia becomes the first Winter Olympic gold medalist from the Southern Hemisphere when a crash on the final corner of the men's 1000 m final leaves him the "last man standing".
- 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester, England
- 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea
- 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games held in San Salvador, El Salvador
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Lance Armstrong, Cycling
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Serena Williams, Tennis