2009 in sports
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2009 in sports describes the world events in sport.
- Super Bowl XLIII – the Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC) won 27–23 over the Arizona Cardinals (NFC)
- BCS National Championship Game at Orange Bowl (2008 season):
- September 20 – The Dallas Cowboys play their first game in the new Cowboys Stadium against the New York Giants and lose 31–33. The game drew an NFL record regular-season crowd of over 105,000.
- September 27 – Detroit Lions defeat the Washington Redskins to end a 19-game losing streak dating back to December 2007. This tied the 1942–45 Chicago Cardinals (who suspended independent operations in 1944) and the 1961–62 Oakland Raiders for the second longest such streak after the 1976–77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- October 8 – The United Football League made its debut.
- November 27 – In the first UFL Championship Game, the Las Vegas Locomotives defeat the previously unbeaten Florida Tuskers 20–17 in overtime.
- Shakhtar Donetsk win the UEFA Cup after beating Werder Bremen 2–1 in extra time of the 2009 UEFA Cup Final in Istanbul.
- FC Barcelona win the UEFA Champions League after beating Manchester United 2–0 in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final in Rome.
- Estudiantes win the Copa Libertadores after beating Cruzeiro 4–1 on points.
- Brazil win the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup after beating the United States 3–2 in the final in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Mexico win the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup after beating the United States 5–0 in the final in East Rutherford, United States.
- Ghana win the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup after beating Brazil 4–3 in penalties (the match ended 0–0) in the final in Cairo, Egypt.
- Switzerland win the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup after beating Nigeria 1–0 in the final in Abuja, Nigeria.
- FC Barcelona win the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup after beating Estudiantes de La Plata 2–1 in the final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito win the Recopa Sudamericana after defeating Internacional in the two-legged final.
- Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito win the Copa Sudamericana after defeating Fluminense FC in the two-legged final.
- FIFA World Player of the Year:
- Japan win the 2009 World Baseball Classic after beating South Korea by 5–3 (F/10) in the final at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California.
- New York City opens two new ballparks, The New Yankee Stadium for the New York Yankees and Citi Field for the New York Mets.
- Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox throws the 18th perfect game in Major League history against the Tampa Bay Rays.
- The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2 to win their 27th World Series championship. Hideki Matsui is named World Series MVP
- The Yomiuri Giants defeat the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 4 games to 2 to win their 21st Japan Series championship. The Giants' Shinnosuke Abe is named MVP.
- NCAA Men's Tournament — North Carolina defeats Michigan State 89–72 at Ford Field in Detroit. It is North Carolina's fifth national title.
- NBA Finals — The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Orlando Magic 4 games to 1 to win the 2009 NBA Championship. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant is named Finals MVP.
- Euroleague — Panathinaikos win their fifth Euroleague crown, defeating defending champions CSKA Moscow 73–71 in the final in Berlin.
- NCAA Women's Tournament — Connecticut completes a 39–0 season with a 76–54 win over Louisville at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It is the sixth national title and third unbeaten season for the Huskies.
- 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships held in Mediolanum Forum, Milan
- David Haye defeats Nikolai Valuev to claim the WBA World heavyweight title.
- Vitali Klitchko comes back from injury
- Manny Pacquiao defeated Ricky Hatton to win the IBO and Ring Magazine Light Welterweight championship. Pacquiao also defeated Miguel Cotto to win the WBO Welterweight championship to become the first boxer to win 7 world title in seven different weight classes.
- Floyd Mayweather, Jr. came out of retirement by facing lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and defeating him by unanimous decision.
- March 3 – five members of the Sri Lanka national cricket team are injured when their team bus is attacked by masked gunmen en route to the third day's play of their Second Test against Pakistan at Lahore. The tour is cancelled following the attack.
- March 7–22 – 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup held in Australia.
- Deccan Chargers win the 2009 Indian Premier League held in South Africa.
- June 5, – June 21, – 2009 ICC World Twenty20 held in England.
- September 22, – October 5, – 2009 ICC Champions Trophy held in South Africa
- Giro d'Italia – Denis Menchov
- Tour de France – Alberto Contador
- Vuelta a España – Alejandro Valverde
- 2009 UCI Road World Championships - Men's Road Race – Cadel Evans
- 2009 UCI Road World Championships – Men's Time Trial – Fabian Cancellara
- 2009 UCI Road World Championships - Women's Road Race – Tatiana Guderzo
- 2009 UCI Road World Championships – Women's Time Trial – Kristin Armstrong
- The Masters winner: Ángel Cabrera
- U.S. Open winner: Lucas Glover
- The Open Championship winner: Stewart Cink
- PGA Championship winner: Yang Yong-eun
- Kraft Nabisco Championship winner: Brittany Lincicome
- LPGA Championship winner: Anna Nordqvist
- U.S. Women's Open winner: Ji Eun-hee
- Women's British Open winner: Catriona Matthew
- Australia: Melbourne Cup – Shocking
- Canadian Triple Crown:
- Dubai: Dubai World Cup – Well Armed
- France: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Sea the Stars
- Ireland: Irish Derby Stakes – Fame and Glory
- Japan: Japan Cup – Vodka
- English Triple Crown:
- United States Triple Crown:
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California (all races in order of running):
- Day 1 (November 6):
- Day 2 (November 7):
- April 18 – Bentley Generals win 2009 Allan Cup Canadian senior championship.
- April 19 – Ak Bars Kazan win 2009 Gagarin Cup.
- May 10 – Russia defeats Canada 2–1 to win the 2009 IIHF World Championship.
- May 24 – Windsor Spitfires win 2009 Memorial Cup Canadian junior championship.
- June 12 – Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Detroit Red Wings to win the 2009 Stanley Cup. Evgeni Malkin is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.
- June 26–27 – 2009 NHL Entry Draft held in Montreal.
- September 29 – ZSC Lions defeat the Chicago Blackhawks to win the 2009 Victoria Cup.
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events by month.
1/24 – Affliction: Day of Reckoning (Last Affliction event)
1/25 – WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone
1/31 – UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
3/1 – WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia
3/8 – DREAM.7
4/3 – Bellator I (Bellator FC's first event; Start of Bellator season 1)
4/5 – DREAM.8
4/10 – Bellator II
4/17 – Bellator III
4/17 – Bellator IV
4/18 – UFC 97: Redemption
5/1 – Bellator V
5/8 – Bellator VI
5/15 – Bellator VII
5/15 – MFC 21: Hard Knocks
5/23 – UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
5/26 – DREAM.9
5/29 – Bellator IX
6/5 – Bellator X
6/12 – Bellator XI
6/13 – UFC 99: The Comeback
6/19 – Bellator XII (End of Bellator season 1)
7/20 – DREAM.10
8/8 – UFC 101: Declaration
10/6 – DREAM.11
10/10 – WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson
10/24 – UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun
10/25 – DREAM.12
11/14 – UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera
11/18 – WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo
11/20 – ShoMMA 5: Woodley vs. Bears
11/21 – UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2
12/12 – UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
12/19 – WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff
12/19 – Strikeforce: Evolution
- ANZ Championship — Melbourne Vixens def. Adelaide Thunderbirds by 54–46 to win the 2009 season.
- World Youth Netball Championships — Australia U21 def. New Zealand U21 to win 2009 WYNC in the Cook Islands.
- World Netball Series (inaugural) — New Zealand def. Jamaica by 32–27 to win the 2009 Series in Manchester, England.
- March 1 – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles defeats Leeds Rhinos 28–20 to win the 2009 World Club Challenge at Elland Road
- March 22: Maesteg, South Wales – 20-year-old forward Leon Walker collapses and dies on the field in a reserve match between Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Celtic Crusaders.
- June–July – Queensland defeats New South Wales 2–1 in the 2009 State of Origin series to claim a record 4th straight Origin series victory.
- August 29 – Warrington Wolves defeats Huddersfield Giants 25 – 16 to win The Carnegie Challenge Cup at Wembley
- October 4 – Melbourne Storm defeat Parramatta Eels 23–16 in the 2009 NRL Grand Final to win their third premiership and second in two years. Billy Slater named Clive Churchill Medalist. On April 22, 2010, the Melbourne Storm were stripped of the 2007 and 2009 premierships and the 2006–2008 minor premierships, after Storm officials confessed to the NRL that the club had committed serious and systematic breaches of the salary cap between 2006 and 2010 by running a well-organized dual contract and bookkeeping system which concealed a total of $3.17 million in payments made to players outside of the salary cap.
- November – Australia defeat England 46–16 in the final of the Rugby League Four Nations tournament in England.
- 115th Six Nations Championship series is won by Ireland who complete the Grand Slam
- 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens
- 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series – South Africa
- July 18 – The Celtic League and Italian Rugby Federation tentatively agree that two Italian teams will enter the previously Celtic league in 2010–11.
- September 14 – SANZAR, the organiser of the Tri Nations and Super 14 competitions, announces that Argentina has been provisionally invited to join an expanded "Four Nations" competition effective in 2012.
- November 12 – Independent arbitrators appointed by SANZAR award the 15th Super Rugby franchise to Melbourne, specifically to the operators of the Melbourne Rebels, the city's representative in the defunct Australian Rugby Championship. The new team, whose name was ultimately announced as the Rebels, will join an expanded Super 15 in 2011.
- 2009 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa – South Africa wins the Test series 2–1
- Tri Nations – South Africa
- 2009 World Aquatics Championships held at Rome
- Australian Open
- French Open
- Wimbledon Championships
- U.S. Open
- Davis Cup
- Fed Cup
- August 3 – 9 – 2009 World Waterski Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- July 11 – 19 – 2009 Lusophony Games in Lisbon, Portugal.
- July 16 – 26 – World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
- Chinese delegation boycotts the opening ceremony on July 16.
- 2009 Summer Deaflympics is held in Taipei, Taiwan
- December 5(some events will start from December 2)—December 13 – 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong, China
- December 9 – December 18 – 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos