Major sports headlines from every week of 2019
Whether you’ve blissfully ignored sports since New Year’s, missed several of the most pivotal moments of the last few months, or simply want to relive 2019 in sports, this gallery is for you. Covering every sport—and then some—since Jan. 1, Stacker looks back at all the major sports headlines and news that have defined the year.
We dug through Google News archives for every week to answer the question: What was the biggest sports story? While great plays, buzzer-beaters, or injuries may have stolen the momentary spotlight, Stacker opted for weeks symbolized by broken records, landscape-changing trades, gender boundary firsts, historic comebacks, and anything else that shifted culture and transcended athletic achievement.
Yes, Russell Westbrook is the triple-double king, but do you know what he pulled off the week after the Super Bowl? You probably heard Tiger Woods won the Masters in April after an 11-year major drought, but do you know the extreme rarity that Brooks Koepka’s PGA Championship victory in May at Bethpage represented? Can you name the Irishman who, in July, won the first Open Championship held in Northern Ireland in 68 years?
For the patriotic, the Women's World Cup was must-watch television—sports fans or not—and the U.S. victory following Independence Day is arguably the sports headline of the year. But why was a member of that team in NFL preseason headlines in August?
No different from the rest of domestic and world news headlines, the 2019 sports year has not lacked scandal: College coaches transformed into co-conspirators in an ignominious admissions scam, and an NBA general manager sent shock waves through China with one since-deleted tweet.
Read through the following list to refresh your memory, relive moments of 2019 glory and sports history, learn something new, or, if you or a loved one is a Chicago Bears fan, to open old wounds.
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Jan. 1: Warriors and Kings set NBA all-time record for combined threes
Who besides Stephen Curry would have broken a three-point record? His 10th make with three minutes left in the fourth quarter was also the 41st combined three-pointer from his Warriors and the Kings, setting a new single-game record. Golden State went 21-of-47 from three, while Sacramento went 20-of-36.
Jan. 6: Cody Parkey’s ‘double doink’ ends Bears’ playoff hopes
With a chance to send the beleaguered Bears to the NFC divisional round of the playoffs against the defending champion Eagles, kicker Cody Parkey instead delivered the “double doink” heard ‘round the world. Hitting not only the upright but also the crossbar, Parkey’s missed kick was his final in a season of poor accuracy.
Jan. 13: Sarah Thomas becomes first female NFL ref to officiate a playoff game
In the divisional playoff game between the Patriots and Chargers, Sarah Thomas became the first on-field female official in NFL postseason history. Beginning her NFL officiating career in 2015, Thomas had already held the distinction of the first full-time female ref in the league.
Jan. 20: Search ends for missing Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala’s plane
Jan. 27: Sergio Garcia disqualified midway through Saudi International for purposely damaging greens
Spaniard Sergio Garcia—who won his maiden major after capturing the 2017 Masters—is famous for his often ill temperament. Playing in the Saudi International, Garcia allegedly took his frustrations out on the putting surfaces of several holes, as other players accused him of damaging several greens (i.e. slamming his clubs). He was disqualified before finishing all four rounds.
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Feb. 3: Patriots win sixth Super Bowl in lowest-scoring game in history
After an NFL season best remembered for explosive offense pitted the Patriots against the Rams in Super Bowl 53, we, of course,were rewarded with a 13-3 contest—the lowest-scoring championship in history. To make matters worse (for non-Boston residents), the dynastic front-runner Patriots won their sixth Lombardi Trophy, all of which have come under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
Feb. 10: Russell Westbrook breaks NBA record with 10th consecutive triple-double
If we’re playing a quick word association, “triple-double” may be the first phrase that comes to mind for generational player Russell Westbrook. After becoming the first to average a triple-double (10-plus points, rebounds, assists) for two consecutive seasons in 2017–18, he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record of nine straight games with a triple-double when he recorded his 10th on a 21-point, 14-rebound, 11-assist performance.
Feb. 17: Manny Machado agrees to largest free-agent deal in American sports history
Major League Baseball’s lack of a salary cap has accounted for mega-contracts for many years. But in February, infielder Manny Machado signed the largest free-agent deal in history—among all American sports at the time—when the San Diego Padres offered him $300 million over 10 years.
Feb. 24: Bulls and Hawks four-overtime game finishes as third-highest-scoring NBA game in history
With a combined 329 points, the Bulls’ 168-161 victory over the Hawks in four overtimes became the third-highest-scoring game in league history. It marked the first time in more than a decade that a team lost despite scoring 155 or more, as well as the first time a Chicago and Atlanta player (Zach LaVine, 47, and Trae Young, 49) each scored 40 in the same game since Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins.
March 3: LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for fourth in all-time scoring
Historic NBA occasions typically invoke names like Michael Jordan; in early March, the Lakers’ LeBron James passed MJ for fourth on the all-time scoring list when he converted a layup for his 32,293rd career point. The 34-year-old James, who has worn #23 since high school to honor Jordan, trails only Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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