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2002 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- Super Bowl XXXVI – the New England Patriots (AFC) won 20–17 over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams (NFC)
- Rose Bowl (2001 season):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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- Tour de France – Lance Armstrong of the United States (Rescinded)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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- First Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championships are held July 2–7 in Fontainebleau, France.
- 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 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".
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