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1997 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
Alpine skiing edit
American football edit
- Super Bowl XXXI – the Green Bay Packers (NFC) won 35–21 over the New England Patriots (AFC)
- Sugar Bowl (1996 season):
- October 18 – Liz Heaston becomes the first woman to both play and score in a college football game
Artistic gymnastics edit
- World Artistic Gymnastics Championships –
- Women's all–around champion: Svetlana Khorkina, Russian
- Women's team competition champion: Romania
- Women's vault champion: Simona Amânar, Romania
- Women's uneven bars champion: Svetlana Khorkina, Russian
- Women's balance beam champion: Gina Gogean, Romania
- Women's floor exercise champion: Gina Gogean, Romania
- Men's all-around champion: Ivan Ivankov, Belarus
- Men's team competition champion: China
- Men's vault champion: Sergei Fedorchenko, Kazakhstan
- Men's still rings champion: Yuri Chechi, Italy
- Men's floor exercise champion: Alexei Nemov, Russian
- Men's parallel bars champion: Zhang Jinjing, China
- Men's pommel horse champion: Valery Belenky, Germany
- Men's horizontal bar champion: Jani Tanskanen, Finland
Association football edit
Australian football edit
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- NBA Finals –
- WNBA Finals (inaugural WNBA season):
- National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
- January 18 – Oscar De La Hoya maintained his World Boxing Council super lightweight title in with a 12–round unanimous decision over Miguel Ángel González in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- May 13 – death of Eduard Zakharov (22), Russian boxer
- June 28 – Mike Tyson bites off a piece of the ear of Evander Holyfield in the third round of their WBA Heavyweight title fight, getting disqualified by referee Mills Lane.
- July 9 – Mike Tyson's boxing license is suspended for at least a year and he is fined $3 million for biting Evander Holyfield's ear in a televised match.
- October 18 to October 26 – World Amateur Boxing Championships held in Budapest, Hungary
Canadian football edit
Dogsled racing edit
- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion
- Martin Buser won with lead dogs: Blondie & Fearless
Gaelic Athletic Association edit
- Gaelic football
- Ladies' Gaelic football
- Masters Tournament – Tiger Woods
- U.S. Open – Ernie Els
- British Open – Justin Leonard
- PGA Championship – Davis Love III
- PGA Tour money leader – Tiger Woods – $2,066,833
- PGA Tour Player of the Year – Tiger Woods
- PGA Tour Rookie of the Year – Stewart Cink
- Senior PGA Tour money leader – Hale Irwin – $2,343,364
- Ryder Cup – Europe won 14½–13½ over the United States in team golf.
- Tiger Woods creates an uproar with his record 12-shot victory at the Masters, and becomes the first Masters winner of African-American descent. He set the record for the lowest to-par score of −18, and the lowest 72-hole score of 272. He also rises to the No. 1 ranking on June 15, in only his 42nd week as a professional – the fastest ascent to the No. 1 ranking.
Harness racing edit
- North America Cup – Gothic Dream
- Western Dreamer won the United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
Horse racing edit
- The Grand National Saturday meeting was abandoned after two coded bomb threats were received, causing evacuation of the course. The race was eventually run on the following Monday.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Might And Power
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Awesome Again
- Dubai – Dubai World Cup won by Singspiel
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Peintre Célèbre
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Desert King
- Japan – Japan Cup won by Pilsudski
- English Triple Crown races:
- United States Triple Crown races:
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships:
Ice hockey edit
- Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Dominik Hašek of the Buffalo Sabres
- Stanley Cup – Detroit Red Wings win 4 games to 0 over the Philadelphia Flyers
- World Hockey Championship
- The Rochester Knighthawks defeat the Buffalo Bandits 15–12 to win the Major Indoor Lacrosse League championship
- The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is formed from the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL), with the decision to move from league ownership of all teams to individual team ownership.
- Mann Cup for the Canadian box lacrosse championship: Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association
- European Lacrosse Championships –
Mixed martial arts edit
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1997 in chronological order.
- McGill University Rowing Club wins the inaugural McGill-Queen's Challenge Boat Race.
Rugby league edit
- 1 March – Townsville, Australia: The Adelaide Rams play their inaugural game, a loss to the North Queensland Cowboys 24–16 at Dairy Farmers Stadium before a crowd of 17,738.
- 2 March – Newcastle, Australia: The Hunter Mariners club plays its inaugural game, a 20–16 loss to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Topper Stadium before a crowd of 6,579.
- 18 May – Auckland, New Zealand: In the 1997 Oceania Cup's final New Zealand XIII defeat New Zealand Māori 20 – 15 at Carlaw Park.
- 19 May – Brisbane, Australia: In the final of the only Super League Tri-series to be played, New South Wales defeat Queensland 23–22 at ANZ Stadium before a crowd of 35,570. It sets a new record as the longest game of rugby league ever played before being decided by a field goal during extra time.
- 11 June – Melbourne, Australia: The 1997 State of Origin series is wrapped up in Game II by New South Wales who defeat Queensland 15–14 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before a crowd of 25,105.
- The 1997–98 French Championship season finishes with the Villeneuve Leopards on top of the league table.
- 20 September – Brisbane, Australia: The 1997 Super League (Australia) season's Grand Final is won by the Brisbane Broncos who defeated the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26–8 at ANZ Stadium before a crowd of 58,912.
- 28 September – Sydney, Australia: The 1997 ARL season's grand final is won by the Newcastle Knights who defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22–16 at the Sydney Football Stadium before a crowd of 42,482.
- 12 October – Christchurch, New Zealand: The 1997 New Zealand season culminates in the Waikato Cougars 34–18 victory over the Canterbury Reds at Rugby League Park, Waikato defeated Canterbury 34–18 to win both the Challenge Cup and the Rugby League Cup.
- 18 October – Auckland, New Zealand: In the 1997 World Club Championship's final, the Brisbane Broncos defeat the Hunter Mariners 36–12 at Ericsson Stadium before a crowd of 12,000.
- In the Super League II, on Sunday 28 September, with the final of the Premiership was won by Wigan Warriors who defeated St. Helens 33–20. At the end of the season Bradford Bulls were crowned League champions by virtue of finishing the season at the top of the table.
- 16 November – Leeds, England: In the third and deciding test match of the Super League Test series, Australia defeat Great Britain 37–20 at Elland Road before a crowd of 39,337.
Rugby union edit
- March 28 – Japan's Ayari Aoyama breaks Misty Hyman's world record in the Women's 100m Butterfly (short course): 58:24
- Third World Short Course Championships, held in Gothenburg, Sweden (April 17 – 20)
- 23rd European LC Championships, held in Seville, Spain (August 19 – 24)
- Germany wins the most medals (19), and the most gold medals (8)
- XIX Summer Universiade, held on Sicily, Italy (August 24 – 30)
- World Championships held in Hong Kong
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- Davis Cup – Sweden won 5–0 over the United States in world tennis.
- Second East Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea
- 8th Pan Arab Games held in Beirut, Lebanon
- Fifth World Games held in Lahti, Finland
- 13th Mediterranean Games held in Bari, Italy
- 19th Summer Universiade held on Sicily, Italy
- 19th SEA Games held on Jakarta, Indonesia
- 18th Winter Universiade held in Muju County, South Korea
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