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1986 in sports

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1986 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Contents

Alpine skiing

  • Alpine Skiing World Cup –
  • Men's overall season champion: Marc Girardelli, Luxembourg
  • Women's overall season champion: Maria Walliser, Switzerland
  • American football

  • Super Bowl XX – the Chicago Bears win 46–10 over the New England Patriots
  • Linebacker Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants is named NFL Most Valuable Player Award
  • January 1 – Orange Bowl (1985 season):
  • Oklahoma Sooners won 25-10 over the Penn State Nittany Lions to win the national championship
  • Quarterback Vinny Testaverde of the Miami Hurricanes is awarded the Heisman Trophy
  • Association football

  • 1986 World Cup – In the final, played for second time in Mexico City, Azteca Stadium, Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 and won their second World Cup title.
  • UEFA Champions League – Steaua Bucuresti 0-0 F.C. Barcelona; Steaua Bucuresti won 2-0 on penalties
  • UEFA Cup –Two legs; 1st leg Real Madrid C.F. 5-1 1. FC Köln; 2nd leg 1.FC Köln 2-0 Real Madrid CF. Real Madrid CF won 5-3 on aggregate
  • Cup Winners' Cup – Dinamo Kiev 3-0 Atlético Madrid
  • Super Cup – Steaua Bucuresti 1-0 Dinamo Kiev
  • Copa Libertadores de América – Two legs; 1st leg América de Cali 1-2 River Plate; 2nd leg River Plate 1-0 América. River Plate won 3-1 on aggregate
  • November 6 - Alex Ferguson is appointed manager of Manchester United F.C.
  • Milk Cup Final held at Wembley Stadium – Oxford United 3-0 QPR
  • Intercontinental Cup – River Plate 1-0 Steaua Bucuresti
  • Australian rules football

  • Victorian Football League
  • Hawthorn wins the 90th VFL Premiership (Hawthorn 16.14 (110) d Carlton 9.14 (68))
  • Brownlow Medal awarded to Greg Williams (Sydney Swans) and Robert DiPierdomenico (Hawthorn)
  • The national draft is held for the first time.
  • Baseball

  • Major League Baseball
  • American League defeats the National League 3-2 in the 1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game played in Houston, Texas. Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox is named the game's Most Valuable Player.
  • All-Star Game: American League Manager Dick Howser is diagnosed with brain cancer after mixing up signals during the game.
  • Dave Righetti saves 46 games for the New York Yankees, breaking a record shared by Dan Quisenberry and Bruce Sutter.
  • October 27 - World Series – The New York Mets win 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox. The series is best remembered for Game 6, when the Red Sox were one out away from the Series victory but blew a 2-run lead with the bases empty and 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th inning; the game's final play was a groundball that rolled through the legs of first baseman Bill Buckner.
  • Jeff King of the University of Arkansas is the #1 overall pick in the 1986 MLB Draft selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Arizona Wildcats defeat Florida State Seminoles 10-2 in College World Series
  • Basketball

  • NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
  • Louisville Cardinals wins 72-69 over Duke Blue Devils
  • Duke Blue Devils Guard Johnny Dawkins is named Naismith College Player of the Year
  • NBA Finals
  • June - Boston Celtics win 4 games to 2 over the Houston Rockets
  • Boston Celtics Forward Larry Bird is awarded NBA Most Valuable Player Award
  • National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
  • Adelaide 36ers defeated the Brisbane Bullets 2-1 in the best-of-three final series.
  • FIBA World Championship
  • US World Champion
  • Boxing

  • March 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada – Marvin Hagler retains the World Middleweight Championship with an 11th-round knockout of John Mugabi.
  • May 8 to 18 – Fourth World Amateur Boxing Championships are held in Reno, United States
  • November 22 – Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in round 2 to become the youngest world heavyweight-boxing champion at 20 years and 4 months old
  • Canadian football

  • Grey Cup – Hamilton Tiger-Cats won 39-15 over the Edmonton Eskimos
  • Vanier Cup – UBC Thunderbirds won 25-23 over the Western Ontario Mustangs
  • Cycling

  • Giro d'Italia won by Roberto Visentini of Italy
  • Tour de France - Greg LeMond is the first winner from the United States
  • UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Moreno Argentin of Italy
  • Dogsled racing

  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion –
  • Susan Butcher won with lead dogs: Granite & Mattie
  • Field hockey

  • Men's World Cup held in London won by Australia
  • Women's World Cup held in Amstelveen won by the Netherlands
  • Men's Champions Trophy held in Karachi won by West Germany
  • Figure skating

  • World Figure Skating Championships –
  • Men's champion: Brian Boitano, United States
  • Ladies' champion: Debi Thomas, United States
  • Pair skating champions: Ekaterina Gordeeva / Sergei Grinkov, Soviet Union
  • Ice dancing champions: Natalia Bestemianova / Andrei Bukin, Soviet Union
  • Gaelic Athletic Association

  • Camogie
  • All-Ireland Camogie Champion: Kilkenny
  • National Camogie League: Cork
  • Gaelic football
  • All-Ireland Senior Football Championship – Kerry 2-15 died Tyrone 1-10
  • National Football League – Laois 2-6 died Monaghan 2-5
  • Ladies' Gaelic football
  • All-Ireland Senior Football Champion: Kerry
  • National Football League: Wexford
  • Hurling
  • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship – Cork 4-13 died Galway 2-15
  • National Hurling League –
  • General

  • 17 October - The IOC votes that the 1992 Olympic Summer Games will be held in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Golf

    Men's professional

  • Masters Tournament - Jack Nicklaus becomes the oldest Masters winner (age 46), and wins his last major golf championship (excluding the Senior PGA Tour).
  • U.S. Open - Raymond Floyd
  • British Open - Greg Norman
  • PGA Championship - Bob Tway
  • PGA Tour money leader - Greg Norman - $653,296
  • Senior PGA Tour money leader - Bruce Crampton - $454,299
  • Men's amateur

  • British Amateur - David Curry
  • U.S. Amateur - Buddy Alexander
  • European Amateur - Anders Haglund
  • Women's professional

  • Nabisco Dinah Shore - Pat Bradley
  • LPGA Championship - Pat Bradley
  • U.S. Women's Open - Jane Geddes
  • Classique du Maurier Classic - Pat Bradley
  • LPGA Tour money leader - Pat Bradley - $492,021
  • Harness racing

  • North America Cup - Quite A Sensation
  • United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
    1. Cane Pace - Barberry Spur
    2. Little Brown Jug - Barberry Spur
    3. Messenger Stakes - Amity Chef
  • United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
    1. Hambletonian - Nuclear Kosmos
    2. Yonkers Trot - Gunslinger Spur
    3. Kentucky Futurity - Sugarcane Hanover
  • Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
  • Pacers: Village Kid
  • Horse racing

    Steeplechases

  • Cheltenham Gold Cup – Dawn Run
  • Grand National – West Tip
  • Flat races

  • Australia – Melbourne Cup won by At Talaq
  • Canada – Queen's Plate won by Golden Choice
  • France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Dancing Brave
  • Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Shahrastani
  • Japan – Japan Cup won by Jupiter Island
  • English Triple Crown Races:
    1. 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Dancing Brave
    2. Epsom Derby – Shahrastani
    3. St. Leger Stakes – Moon Madness
  • United States Triple Crown Races:
    1. Kentucky Derby – Ferdinand
    2. Preakness Stakes – Snow Chief
    3. Belmont Stakes – Danzig Connection
  • Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships:
    1. Breeders' Cup Classic – Skywalker
    2. Breeders' Cup Distaff – Lady's Secret
    3. Breeders' Cup Juvenile – Capote
    4. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies – Brave Raj
    5. Breeders' Cup Mile – Last Tycoon
    6. Breeders' Cup Sprint – Smile
    7. Breeders' Cup Turf – Manila
  • Ice hockey

  • Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
  • Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
  • Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens won 4 games to 1 over the Calgary Flames
  • World Hockey Championship –
  • Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Sweden
  • Junior Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Canada
  • Lacrosse

  • The 5th World Lacrosse Championship is held in Toronto, Ontario. The United States win, and Canada is the runner-up.
  • The first Japanese lacrosse team is formed at Keio University.
  • The Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL) is formed as the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League.
  • The New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup.
  • Mississauga wins the Founders Cup.
  • The Peterborough Maulers win the Minto Cup.
  • Motor racing

  • Stock car racing –
  • February- Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500
  • NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt
  • CART Racing - Bobby Rahal
  • June - Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Rahal Note: this race was run on a Saturday 6 days after the race was rained out.
  • Formula One Championship - Alain Prost of France
  • 24 hours of Le Mans – the team of Derek Bell / Hans-Joachim Stuck / Al Holbert won, driving a Porsche 962C
  • Rally racing - Juha Kankkunen in a Peugeot won the World Rally Championship
  • the team of Henri Toivonen / Sergio Cresto won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Lancia Delta S4
  • Drag racing –
  • Don Garlits won the NHRA "Top Fuel" championship
  • Darrell Gwynn won Top Fuel at the NHRA Winston Finals
  • Air Racing –
  • Reno Air Races[1]
  • Rick Brickert wins the unlimited gold race in the Hawker Sea Fury 'Dreadnought' at 434.488 mph.
  • Jon Sharpe wins the formula 1 gold in 'Bilbo' at 229.614 mph.
  • Eddie Van Fossen wins the T-6 class in 'Miss TnT' at 223.450 mph.
  • Alan Preston wins the Bi-plane class in 'Miss Lake Tahoe' at 192.665 mph.
  • Radiosport

  • Third Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
  • Rugby league

  • 1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France
  • 1986 National Panasonic Cup
  • 1986 New Zealand rugby league season
  • 1986 NSWRL season
  • 1986 Pacific Cup
  • 1986–87 Rugby Football League season / 1985–86 Rugby Football League season
  • 1986 State of Origin series
  • 1985–1988 Rugby League World Cup
  • Rugby union

  • 92nd Five Nations Championship series is shared by France and Scotland
  • Snooker

  • World Snooker Championship – Joe Johnson beats Steve Davis 18-12
  • World rankings – Steve Davis remains world number one for 1986/87
  • Swimming

  • The fifth FINA World Championships held in Madrid, Spain
  • June 26 – Matt Biondi clocks 22.33 to take the world record from fellow American Tom Jager (22.40) in the 50m freestyle (long course)
  • Tennis

  • Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
    1. Australian Open - no tournament held
    2. French Open - Ivan Lendl
    3. Wimbledon championships - Boris Becker
    4. US Open - Ivan Lendl
  • Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
    1. Australian Open - no tournament held
    2. French Open - Chris Evert
    3. Wimbledon championships - Martina Navratilova
    4. US Open - Martina Navratilova
  • Davis Cup – Australia won 3-2 over Sweden in world tennis.
  • Volleyball

  • Men's World Championship held in Paris won by USA
  • Women's World Championship held in Prague won by China
  • Water polo

  • Men's World Championship held in Madrid won by Yugoslavia
  • Women's World Championship held in won by Australia
  • Multi-sport events

  • Asian Games held in Seoul, South Korea
  • Winter Asian Games held in Sapporo, Japan
  • Central American and Caribbean Games held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
  • British Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Summer Goodwill Games held in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Awards

  • Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Larry Bird, NBA Finals NBA basketball
  • Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Martina Navratilova, Tennis
  • Joe Paterno is named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
  • References

    1986 in sports Wikipedia


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