2012 in sports
This article needs to be updated.(August 2012)
2012 in sports various events were held, notably the Summer Olympics were held in London, United Kingdom.
Events by monthEdit
|5 - 11||Squash||2011 PSA World Series Finals||International||Amr Shabana, Nicol David|
|9||American football||2012 BCS National Championship Game||Domestic||University of Alabama|
|15||Marathon||Mumbai Marathon||international||Laban Moiben, Netsanet Achamo|
|16 - 29||Tennis||2012 Australian Open||International||Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka|
|20 - 26||Squash||Tournament of Champions 2012||International||Nick Matthew|
|22||Field hockey||2012 World Series Hockey||International||Sher-e-Punjab|
|24 – 4 July||Association football||2012 Copa Libertadores||Continental||Corinthians|
|26 – 12 February||Baseball||2012 Australian Baseball League postseason||Domestic||Perth Heat|
|27||Marathon||Dubai Marathon||International||Ayele Abshero, Aselefech Mergia|
|29 –5 February||Bandy||2012 Bandy World Championship||International||Sweden|
|3 – 6 October||Rugby league||/ Super League XVII||Binational||Leeds Rhinos|
|4 – 17 March||Rugby union||/ / / / / 2012 Six Nations Championship||Continental||Wales|
|5||American football||, Super Bowl XLVI||Domestic||New York Giants|
|9 – 17 May||Darts||/ 2012 Premier League Darts||International||Phil Taylor|
|18 – 18 November||Auto racing||2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series||Domestic||Brad Keselowski|
|20 - 25||Squash||North American Open 2012||International||James Willstrop|
|24 – 4 August||Rugby union||/ / 2012 Super Rugby season||International||Chiefs|
|27||Auto racing||2012 Daytona 500||Matt Kenseth|
|1 – 30 September||Rugby league||/ 2012 NRL season||Binational||Melbourne Storm|
|10 – 1 December||Association football||/ 2012 Major League Soccer season||Binational||Los Angeles Galaxy|
|11–22||Cricket||2012 Asia Cup||Continental||Pakistan|
|13 – 2 April||Basketball||2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament||Domestic||University of Kentucky|
|17 – 3 April||Basketball||2012 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament||Domestic||Baylor University|
|18||Formula One||2012 Australian Grand Prix (F1 #1)||International||Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|24 - 29 September||Australian football||2012 AFL season||Domestic||Sydney Swans|
|25||Formula One||2012 Malaysian Grand Prix (F1 #2)||International||Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)|
|25 - 15 September||IndyCar||2012 IndyCar Series||International||Ryan Hunter-Reay|
|26 - 31||Squash||Kuala Lumpur Open Squash Championships 2012||International||Nicol David|
|28 – 28 October||Baseball||/ 2012 Major League Baseball season||Domestic||San Francisco Giants|
|8||Motorcycle racing||2012 German motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP #8)||International||MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa (Honda)|
Moto2: Marc Márquez (Eskil)
Moto3: Sandro Cortese (KTM)
|14||Association football||2012 Supercupa României||Domestic||Dinamo București|
|15||Motorcycle racing||2012 Italian motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP #9)||International||MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)|
Moto2: Andrea Iannone (Speed Up)
Moto3: Maverick Viñales (FTR-Honda)
|22||Formula One||2012 German Grand Prix (F1 #10)||International||Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)|
|28 – 12 August||Multi-sport||2012 Summer Olympics||International||Most (gold) medals: USA|
|28 – 16 September||Tennis||2012 World TeamTennis||Domestic||Washington Kastles|
|29||Formula One||2012 Hungarian Grand Prix (F1 #11)||International||Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|29||Motorcycle racing||2012 United States motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP #10)||International||MotoGP: Casey Stoner (Honda)|
|18–6 October||Rugby union||/ / / 2012 Rugby Championship||International||New Zealand|
|19||Motorcycle racing||2012 Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP #11)||International||MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa (Honda)|
Moto2: Marc Márquez (Suter
Moto3: Luis Salom (Kalex KTM)
|19–8 September||Association football||2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup||International||United States|
|22–2 September||Association football||2012 Nehru Cup||International||India|
|27–9 September||Tennis||2012 US Open||International||Men's Singles: Andy Murray|
Women's Singles: Serena Williams
|29–9 September||Multi-sport||2012 Summer Paralympics||International||Most (gold) medals: China|
|2||Formula One||2012 Belgian Grand Prix (F1 #12)||International||Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|9||Formula One||2012 Italian Grand Prix (F1 #13)||International||Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|12 - 15||Squash||Malaysian Open Squash Championships 2012||International||Raneem El Weleily.|
|23||Formula One||2012 Singapore Grand Prix (F1 #14)||International||Sebastian Vettel (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|30||Athletics||Berlin Marathon||International||Men: Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai|
Women: Aberu Kebede.
- Super Bowl XLVI – the New York Giants (NFC) won 21–17 over the New England Patriots (AFC)
- January 9 – BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans (2011 season):
- March 21 - former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning signs a 5-year, $96 million deal with the Denver Broncos, after considering signing with teams such as the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans. Manning spent his first 13 years with the Colts, leading them to their 2nd Super Bowl title in 2007 and after going 2-14 in 2011 and earning the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft, Manning was released by the Colts 13 days earlier, and sat out that whole season due to undergoing neck surgeries. In a move that shocked both the media and fans, sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow would be traded to the New York Jets the next day, and just 2 months after he led the 4th seeded Broncos to a playoff win and go 7-4 as a starter. This signing is tied with the New Orleans Saints' signing of Drew Brees in 2006 as the greatest free agency signing in NFL history.
- January 16–29: 2012 Men's European Water Polo Championship in Eindhoven, Netherlands
- January 18–28: 2012 Women's European Water Polo Championship in Eindhoven, Netherlands
- February 20–26: 2012 FINA Diving World Cup in London, U.K.
- May 14–27: 2012 European Aquatics Championships in Antwerp and Eindhoven
- Aquatics at the 2012 Olympics in London, United Kingdom:
- Swimming 28 July - 10 August. American swimmer Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, by surpassing soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina. Phelps has won 22 Olympic medals (18 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze) . The Swimming Medal Table was won by United States with 16 gold, 9 silver and 6 bronze. China was second with 5 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze. France was third with 4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze.
- Diving 29 July - 11 August
- Water Polo
- Synchronized Swimming 5–10 August
- 2012 FINA Swimming World Cup in eight different cities in October and November:
- October 2–3 Dubai, United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
- October 6–7 Doha, Qatar Qatar
- October 13–14 Stockholm, Sweden Sweden
- October 17–18 Moscow, Russia Russia
- October 20–21 Berlin, Germany Germany
- November 2–3 Beijing, China China
- November 6–7 Tokyo, Japan Japan
- November 10–11 Singapore Singapore.
- 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea (final held in Libreville)
- UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine (final was held in Kiev)
- 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan
- 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan (final held in Tokyo)
- 2011–12 OFC Champions League
- 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League
- 2011–12 UEFA Champions League (final held in Munich)
- 2012 Copa Libertadores
- 2012 AFC Champions League (final held in Ulsan)
- 2012 CAF Champions League
- 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan
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- The Miami Marlins, known as the Florida Marlins until November 11, 2011, opened their new stadium, Marlins Park, on April 4 against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.
- October 24–28: In the World Series, the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers 4–0, with Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval named MVP. It was the Giants' second World Series victory in three years.
- October 27–November 5: In the Japan Series, the Yomiuri Giants defeated the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 4–2, with Giants starting pitcher Tetsuya Utsumi named MVP.
- Miami Heat win four games to one over the Oklahoma City Thunder
- October 27 : The Oklahoma City Thunder trade James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook, and Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first round picks (which became Steven Adams in 2013 and Mitch McGary in 2014), and a second round pick that became Alex Abrines in 2013, a trade that was heavily criticised by fans and the media as many believe the Thunder would've won a title or possibly become the NBA's next dynasty had they kept the trio of Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant. Having played there until 2021, Harden had his best years in Houston, leading them to 7 straight playoff appearances, the Western Conference Finals in 2015 and 2018, won the 2017-18 MVP award, and in 2018-19, led the Rockets to 32 straight 30-plus point games.
- Barclays Center, a new arena in Brooklyn, opened late in 2012. The New Jersey Nets revealed in 2011 that they will become the Brooklyn Nets starting in the 2012–13 season, when they will begin playing in the new building.
- 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – The University of Kentucky wins its eighth national title, defeating the University of Kansas 67–59 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
- 2012 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament – Baylor University wins its second national title, defeating the University of Notre Dame 80–61 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Lady Bears finish the season 40–0, becoming the first team in NCAA basketball history of either sex to win 40 games in a season.
- 2011–12 Euroleague Basketball. Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey - Olympiacos B.C. won, defeating PBC CSKA Moscow.
- South American Basketball Championship 2012 in Argentina - Argentina won, defeating Venezuela in the final.
- 2012 Under19 Cricket World Cup was held in Australia.
- Flat races
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai World Cup – Monterosso
- English Triple Crown:
- United States Triple Crown:
- Breeders' Cup:
- Day 1:
- Day 2:
The following is a list of major noteworthy kickboxing events during 2012 in chronological order.
- May 19: Rochester Knighthawks defeat the Edmonton Rush in Rochester to win their third MILL/NLL title.
- May 27: Northwestern defeats Syracuse 8–6 in the final of the NCAA Women's Tournament. It is the Wildcats' seventh national title, all in the last eight years.
- May 28: Loyola defeats in-state rival Maryland 9–3 in the final of the NCAA Men's Tournament. It is the first national title for the Greyhounds.
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events by month.
1/14 — UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
1/27 — MFC 32 - Bitter Rivals
1/28 — UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis
2/4 — UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
2/25 — UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
2/25 — KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy
3/16 — M-1 Challenge 31 - Monson vs. Oleinik
3/24 — M-1 Belarus 16 - Belarus Fighting Championship
4/21 — UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
5/4 — MFC 33 - Collision Course
5/12 — KSW 19: Pudzianowski vs. Sapp
5/26 – UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir
6/21 — M-1 Global - Fedor vs. Rizzo
6/22 — UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida
7/21 — UFC 149: Faber vs. Barão
8/10 — MFC 34 - Total Recall
9/15 — KSW 20: Fighting Symphonies
9/22 — UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
9/30 — M-1 Challenge 34 - Emelianenko vs. Gluhov
10/13 — UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
10/26 — MFC 35 - Explosive Encounter
11/3 — Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir
11/10 — UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le
11/17 — UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit
12/1 — KSW 21: Ultimate Explanation
- 2012 the 50th Rink Hockey European Championship
- 2012 Rink hockey World Club Championship the 4th Rink hockey World Club Championship, Argentine
- 2012 Rink Hockey Ladies World Championship, the 11th Ladies Rink Hockey World Championship, in Argentine
- 2012 B-Rink Hockey World Championship
- 2012 Rink Hockey American Championship
- May 5 – May 27: 2012 Giro d'Italia
- June 30 – July 22: 2012 Tour de France
- August 18 – September 9: 2012 Vuelta a España
- 2012 Challenge Cup - Warrington Wolves win, defeating Leeds Rhinos in the final.
- 2012 European Cup - the England Knights won.
- 2012 New South Wales Cup season
- 2012 New Zealand rugby league season
- 2012 National League Cup
- 2012 RFL Championship
- 2012 State of Origin series – Queensland defeats New South Wales 2–1 in the best-of-3 series, extending the northerners' all-time record for consecutive State of Origin wins to seven.
- Super League XVII – Leeds Rhinos defeat Warrington Wolves 26–18 in the Grand Final to claim their second consecutive championship and fifth in the last six seasons.
- 2012 USARL season
- Leeds Rhinos win the 2012 World Club Challenge
- February 4 – 17 March: Six Nations Championship
- May 18: Amlin Challenge Cup Final at The Stoop, London:
- May 19: Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham, London
- IRB Sevens World Series:
- June 4–22: 2012 IRB Junior World Championship in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, South Africa
- June 16–30: 2012 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Salt Lake City, United States
- August 4: Super Rugby Final at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton:
- August 18 – October 6: The Rugby Championship
- Domestic competitions
- English Premiership Final, May 26 at Twickenham:
- RFU Championship Final, May 23 and May 30:
- London Welsh defeat Cornish Pirates 66–41 on aggregate to claim the title. London Welsh were initially denied a place in the Premiership due largely to stadium issues, but successfully appealed the denial, placing them in the Premiership for 2012–13 at the expense of bottom finisher Newcastle Falcons.
- Top 14 Final, June 9 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis:
- Rugby Pro D2 — Grenoble automatically promoted to Top 14 as champion. Mont-de-Marsan defeat Pau 29–20 in the playoff final to claim the second promotion place. These teams replace Brive and Lyon, which finished on the bottom of the Top 14 table.
- Pro12 Final, May 27 at RDS Arena, Dublin:
- LV Cup (Anglo-Welsh Cup) – Leicester Tigers
- ITM Cup
- Premiership Final, October 27 at Rugby League Park, Christchurch: Canterbury defeat Auckland 31–18 for their fifth consecutive provincial title.
- Championship Final, October 26 at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe: Counties Manukau defeat Otago 41–16 to claim their first title at any level of provincial rugby in 32 years. The Steelers are promoted to the 2013 ITM Premiership, replacing bottom-placed Hawke's Bay.
- Currie Cup Final, October 27 at Mr Price Kings Park, Durban:
- Australian Open (January 16–29)
- French Open (May 27 – June 11)
- Wimbledon (June 25 – July 8)
- Us Open (August 27 – September 9)
- WTA Tour Championships at Istanbul, Turkey. October 23 - October 28
- ATP World Tour Finals at London, United Kingdom. November 5 - November 11
- Davis Cup - the Czech Republic wins, defeating Spain in the final.
- Fed Cup World Group - the Czech Republic wins, defeating Serbia in the final.
- 2012 Winter Youth Olympics January 13–22 in Innsbruck, Austria
- June 21 – June 24 – 2012 United World Games in Klagenfurt, Austria
- July 27 – August 12 – 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom
- August 29 – September 9 – 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom
- 2012 Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China
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