2011 in sports
2011 in sports will describe the year's events in world sport.
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- October 23, 2010 – March 20, 2011 –2011 Alpine Skiing World Cup
- January 14 – January 23 – 2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Sestriere
- February 7 – February 20 – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- January 10 – 2011 BCS National Championship Game, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona: The Auburn Tigers defeated the Oregon Ducks 22-19.
- February 6 – Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas: The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31–25. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP, completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns.
- April 28–30 – 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Carolina Panthers selected quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn as the first overall pick.
- July 8–16 – The 2011 IFAF World Cup will be held in Austria.
- January 7–29 — 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar
- April 2 and 17 - OFC Champions League final won by Auckland City FC
- April 20 and 27 - CONCACAF Champions League finals:
- May 28 - UEFA Champions League Final in London:
- June 5–25 — 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States
- June 15 and 22 - Copa Libertadores finals
- June 17–July 1 — 2011 CPISRA Football 7-a-side World Championships in the Netherlands
- June 18–July 10 — 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico
- Mexico won the cup as host being the first team to achieve that, defeating Uruguay 2–0 and achieving their second title in the category.
- June 26–July 17 — 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany
- July 1–July 24 — 2011 Copa América in Argentina
- July 29–August 20 — 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia
- November 5 - AFC Champions League final
- November - CAF Champions League finals
- December 8–18 — 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan
- February 20: 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
- May 8: Euroleague
- June 2–16: 2011 NBA Finals
- August 30–September 11 — FIBA Americas Championship 2011 in Mar del Plata, Argentina
- September 3–18 — EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania
- January 29 – Timothy Bradley defeats Devon Alexander by a tenth round technical decision. The fight was stopped due to a cut Alexander had received from an accidental headbutt in the third round, which was made worse by two more headbutts in the eighth round and an final fourth headbutt in the tenth round. Both fighters came in with undefeated records and the fight was initially praised as one of the few good match-ups between two top ranked Americans in recent years. With the win, Bradley unified the light welterweight titles by defending his WBO title and winning Alexander's WBC title.
- February 19 – Nonito Donaire defeats Fernando Montiel by technical knockout in the second round to unify the WBO and WBC bantamweight titles. Donaire started the fight strong by controlling most of the first round, landing a left hook that briefly stunned Montiel. In the second round Donaire started landing a few combinations before finishing Montiel with a solid hook that knocked out his opponent.
- March 12 – Sergio Gabriel Martínez knocks out undefeated Sergiy Dzindziruk in the eighth round to win the vacant WBC diamond belt middleweight championship.
- March 12 – Miguel Cotto knocks out Ricardo Mayorga in the twelfth round to retain his WBA world light middleweight title.
- March 19 – Vitali Klitschko knocks out Odlanier Solís in the first round to retain his WBC heavyweight title for the sixth time. The knockout came as a surprise after Solís appeared to have sustained serious knee injury. Initially following the stoppage, Vitali Klitschko was angry at Solís and felt he took a dive. However following the fight Solís was taken to a hospital, where a scan revealed tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus, as well as cartilage damage in his right knee.
- April 2 – Giovanni Segura knocks out Iván Calderón in the third round in a repeat of 2010's fight of the year.
- May 7 – Manny Pacquiao easily defeats Shane Mosley, retaining his WBO welterweight title by unanimous decision.
- July 2 — Wladimir Klitschko defeats David Haye by unanimous decision, adding Haye's WBA heavyweight title to the four he already held.
- Cheerleading Worlds
28 April- 2 May – The Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA
- Australian Challenge (regional championships)
- 21-22 – State Gymnastics Centre, Western Australia
- 28 or 29 – Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre main arena, New South Wales
- 29 – Kingborough Sports Centre, Tasmania
- 7 – TBC, Western Australia
- Australian Cheer for a Cure (regional championships)
- 9 – TBC, Victoria
- Australian Showdown (state championships)
- 14 – Kingborough Sports Centre, Tasmania
- 19 (scholastic) – Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, New South Wales
- 20 (allstar) – Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, New South Wales
- 21 – Southern Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
- 20-21 – MSAC, Victoria
- Australian Grand (national championships)
- February 19-April 2 – 2011 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh
- The tournament was won by India who defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. India became the first host-nation to win the world cup with final played in the host country itself. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a captain's knock of unbeaten 91 in the final and was adjudged man of the match.
- Dates TBA – ICC Champions Trophy will take place.
- April 8-May 28 – 2011 IPL in India. Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the final to win for the second consecutive year.
2010–11 curling seasonEdit
- Season of Champions
- Continental Cup of Curling (St. Albert, Alberta, Jan. 13–16)
- M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships (Calgary, Alberta, Jan. 29–Feb. 6)
- Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Feb. 19–27)
- Tim Hortons Brier (London, Ontario, Mar. 5–13)
- Ford World Men's Curling Championship (Regina, Saskatchewan, Apr. 2–10)
- Grand Slams
- BDO Canadian Open of Curling (Oshawa, Ontario, Jan. 26–30)
- GP Car and Home Players' Championship (Grande Prairie, Alberta, Apr. 12–18)
- World Championships
- World Wheelchair Curling Championship (Prague, Czech Republic, Feb. 21–Mar. 1)
- World Junior Curling Championships (Perth, Scotland, Mar. 5–13)
- Capital One World Women's Curling Championship (Esbjerg, Denmark, Mar. 19–27)
- Ford World Men's Curling Championship (Regina, Saskatchewan, Apr. 2–10)
- World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (St. Paul, Minnesota, Apr. 15–24)
- World Senior Curling Championships (St. Paul, Minnesota, Apr. 15–24)
2011–12 curling seasonEdit
- Season of Champions
- Canada Cup of Curling (Cranbrook, British Columbia, Nov. 30–Dec. 4)
- Grand Slams
- Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic (Calgary, Alberta, Oct. 7–10)
- Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Oct. 21–24)
- GP Car and Home World Cup of Curling (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Nov. 2–6)
- The Swiss Chalet National (Kingston, Ontario, Dec. 14–18)
- January 24–30 – 2011 European Figure Skating Championships in Bern, Switzerland
- February 15–20 – 2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei, Taiwan
- February 28 – March 6 – 2011 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Gangneung, South Korea
- April 24 – May 1 – 2011 World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, Russia
- Cheltenham Gold Cup – Long Run
- Grand National – Ballabriggs
- Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris – Mid Dancer
- Nakayama Grand Jump – Meiner Neos
- Flat races
- Canadian Triple Crown:
- Luis Contreras becomes the first jockey to win the Canadian Triple Crown aboard two different horses in the same year.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai World Cup – Victoire Pisa
- France: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Danedream
- Hong Kong: Hong Kong International Races
- Ireland: Irish Derby – Treasure Beach
- Japan: Japan Cup –
- English Triple Crown:
- United States Triple Crown:
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky (both days arranged in 2010 race card order; 2011 order to be confirmed):
- Day 1:
- Day 2:
- 26 December (2010)–5 January: 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo, United States.
- 1 January: Fourth NHL Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Capitals won the game 3-1.
- 30 January: 58th National Hockey League All-Star Game was hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes. In a new format, the two teams were stocked in a "fantasy draft" by captains Nicklas Lidström and Eric Staal. Team Lidström defeated Team Staal 11–10, with Team Staal's Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks) named as game MVP.
- 20 February: Second NHL Heritage Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- 25 March – April 9: 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
- 16 April: Salavat Yulaev Ufa wins the Gagarin Cup as champions of the Kontinental Hockey League, defeating Atlant Moscow Oblast 4–1 in the best-of-seven finals.
- 16 April: The Clarenville Caribous defeat the Bentley Generals 5–3 to win the 2011 Allan Cup.
- 29 April – 15 May 2011: 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, with games being played in Bratislava and Košice.
- 8 May: Pembroke Lumber Kings defeat the Vernon Vipers 2–0 to win the 2011 Royal Bank Cup.
- 29 May: Saint John Sea Dogs defeat the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 3–1 to win the 2011 Memorial Cup.
- 31 May: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces that the Atlanta Thrashers have been sold to a Winnipeg-based group and will move to that city. On 21 June, the NHL Board of Governors officially approves the move, and three days later the team is unveiled as the new Winnipeg Jets.
- 15 June: The Boston Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 to win the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas receives the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Patrice Bergeron becomes the newest member of the Triple Gold Club, adding the Cup to his gold medals with Team Canada in the 2004 World Championships and 2010 Olympics.
- 7 September: A plane carrying KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashes; killing all but one player and one flight crew member. The league responds by stopping the season's first game, already in progress, and postponing the official season start.
- 12 September:
- On the day that Alexander Galimov, the only Lokomotiv player to survive the crash, dies of his injuries, Lokomotiv announces it will pull out of the KHL for the 2011–12 season. The team will play in the second-level Russian Major League this season and return to the KHL in 2012–13.
- In other fallout from the crash, the Czech Extraliga announces it will delay the start of its 2011–12 season from 16 September to 18 September. The original start date conflicted with the funeral of Jan Marek, one of three Czechs killed in the crash.
Ice sledge hockeyEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2011 in chronological order.
- February 12 – Budweiser Shootout
- February 20 – Daytona 500 — Trevor Bayne, a NASCAR rookie without a full-time Cup Series ride and starting only his second Cup race, becomes the youngest driver ever to win the race, on the day after his 20th birthday. He is also the first driver to win the race in his first attempt since the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959.
- June 12 – 5-hour Energy 500 — Jeff Gordon collects his 84th Cup Series victory, equaling Darrell Waltrip for the most Cup wins in NASCAR's modern era (1972–present).
- July 9 – Quaker State 400 — For the first time since 2001, a new track enters the Cup Series, with Kentucky Speedway making its debut. Kyle Busch's win, however, is largely overshadowed by massive traffic bottlenecks that reportedly prevented as many as 20,000 of the 107,000 ticketed fans from entering the track.
- July 16 – New England 200 — Kyle Busch wins his 49th Nationwide Series race, equaling the series record of Mark Martin. This was also Busch's 100th win in NASCAR's three national touring series, a feat previously accomplished only by Richard Petty and David Pearson.
- August 15 – Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen — Marcos Ambrose becomes the first Australian ever to win a Cup Series race.
- August 26 – Food City 250 — Kyle Busch takes sole possession of the career record for Nationwide Series victories with his 50th win.
- September 6 – AdvoCare 500 — Gordon wins his 85th Cup Series race, giving him sole possession of the record for Cup wins in the modern era.
- November 20 – Ford 400: final Sprint Cup race for the 2011 NASCAR season
- 2011 Winter Universiade
- 2011 Summer Universiade
- 2011 All-Africa Games
- 2011 Pan American Games
- 2011 Asian Winter Games
- 2011 South Asian Winter Games
- 2011 Pacific Games
- 2011 South East Asian Games
- 2011 Military World Games
- 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games
- 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games
- 2011 Island Games
- 2011 ALBA Games
- 2011 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival
- 2011 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival
- 3–10 July: 2011 Netball World Championships in Singapore
2011 April 15th – 20th National Netball Championships 17/U & 19/U
June 9th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Palmerston North
12th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Auckland
July 3rd – 10th World Netball Championships 2011
12th – 17th National Netball Championships 21/U
30th Jul – 18th Sep Australian Netball League 2011
September 8th – 11th NetFest 2011 – Netball on the Gold Coast
October 9th Diamonds v England, Newcastle
12th Diamonds v England, Canberra
16th Diamonds v England, Sydney
23rd Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Perth
26th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Adelaide
30th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Melbourne
- February 22 - March 6 – FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo
- March 29 - April 11 – 2011 IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk
Road bicycle racingEdit
- May 7 - May 29: 2011 Giro d'Italia
- Alberto Contador sealed overall victory in the Giro d'Italia for the second time in his career.
- July 2 - July 24: 2011 Tour de France
- Australian Cadel Evans won the race, having gained the lead in a time-trial on the penultimate day. He became the first Australian to win the race, and at 34, the oldest post-war winner.
- August 20 - September 11: 2011 Vuelta a España
- September 19 - September 25: 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark
- British Mark Cavendish became the first British male since Tom Simpson to win the road race title
- 13 February; NRL All Stars Game
- 23 February; World Club Challenge
- May; City vs Country Origin
- May; Australia vs New Zealand ANZAC Test
- 25 May–6 July: State of Origin
- 10 June: International Origin Match at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds
- August; Challenge Cup final
- 11 March to 2 October; National Rugby League season
- 12 February to 2 October; 2011 Super League season
- November; Rugby League Four Nations
- 4 February – 19 March: Six Nations Championship
- Winner: England, 26th title.
- 20 May: Amlin Challenge Cup Final at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
- 21 May: Heineken Cup Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- IRB Sevens World Series – New Zealand clinched the series title at the London Sevens on 22 May, with the Edinburgh Sevens remaining to be played.
- 24 May–5 June: 2011 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Georgia
- 10–26 June: 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy
- 9 July: Super Rugby Final at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- 23 July–27 August: Tri Nations Series
- Australia won its third title.
- 9 September–23 October: 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
- Domestic competitions
- English Premiership – Final, 28 May at Twickenham: Leicester Tigers vs. Saracens
- Saracens defeated Leicester Tigers 22–18 for their first-ever Premiership title.
- RFU Championship — Worcester Warriors. As the only side among the semifinalists that met the requirements for promotion, they replaced Leeds Carnegie in the 2011–12 Premiership.
- Top 14 – Final, 4 June at Stade de France: Toulouse vs. Montpellier
- Toulouse won 15–10 and lifted the Bouclier de Brennus for the 18th time.
- Rugby Pro D2 — Lyon won the championship and automatic promotion to the Top 14. Bordeaux Bègles won the promotion playoffs. The two clubs will replace La Rochelle and Bourgoin.
- Celtic League – Grand Final, 28 May in Limerick:
- LV Cup (Anglo-Welsh Cup) – Gloucester
- ITM Cup:
- Premiership – Final, 3 September in Hamilton: Waikato vs. Canterbury
- Canterbury won 12−3 for their fourth consecutive title in the Air New Zealand/ITM Cup and ninth in the history of New Zealand provincial rugby.
- Championship: Final, 4 September in Palmerston North: Manawatu vs. Hawke's Bay
- Hawke's Bay won 35−30 and will replace Southland in the 2012 ITM Cup Premiership.
- Premiership – Final, 3 September in Hamilton: Waikato vs. Canterbury
- Currie Cup: Season in progress
- Other major events
- 26 February: During the England–France match in the Six Nations, England's Jonny Wilkinson retakes the all-time lead for career Test points from New Zealand's Dan Carter.
- 27 February: During the Scotland–Ireland match in the Six Nations, Ireland's Ronan O'Gara retakes the all-time lead for career points in the Championship from Wilkinson.
- 19 March: During the Ireland–England Six Nations match, two Irish players reach major career milestones in the Championship:
- 30 July: During New Zealand's Tri Nations opener at home to South Africa, Carter reclaims the all-time lead for career Test points from Wilkinson.
- 2011 Australian Open (January 17 – January 30)
- 2011 French Open (May 17 – June 5)
- 2011 Wimbledon Championships (June 20 – July 3)
- 2011 US Open (August 29 – September 12)
- 2011 WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. (October 24 - October 30)
- 2011 ATP World Tour Finals in London, United Kingdom. (November 20 - November 27)
- Women's CEV Champions League 2010–11 November 23, 2010-March 20, 2011. Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey
- Men's CEV Champions League 2010–11 November 17, 2010 - March 27, 2011. Final Four in Bolzano, Italy.
- 2011 Montreux Volley Masters June 7–12 in Montreux, Switzerland
- 2011 FIVB World League, May 27 - July 10, 2011, with the Final Eight in Gdańsk / Sopot, Poland
- 2011 FIVB Women's Junior World Championship July 22 - July 31 in Lima and Trujillo, Peru
- 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship August 1 - August 10 in Rio de Janeiro and Niteròi, Brazil
- 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix August 5 - August 28, with the Final Eight in Macau, China
- 2011 Men's European Volleyball Championship September 10-September 18 in Austria and Czech Republic
- 2011 Women's European Volleyball Championship September 22 - October 2 in Italy and Serbia
- 2011 FIVB Women's World Cup November 4 - November 18 in Japan
- 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup November 20 - December 4 in Japan