Sporting Highlights for 2005

Here are the sporting highlights of the world of sport in 2005. This was a year of total domination by some of the most reputed individuals in sport. From tennis where Roger Federer continued his domination over the Wimbledon championships to Tiger Woods who eclipsed every feat there ever was in golf. The Tour de France was won by Lance Armstrong, again, for the seventh time, though in 2012 all his wins were removed from the record books due to doping violations.

It was also the year where "That fateful night in Istanbul" happened for Liverpool fans. It was the Champions league final and AC Milan was up 3-0 in the first half. That night saw one of the most amazing comebacks in football history where Liverpool won the league (for the fifth time) after defeating Milan 3-2 on penalties after drawing 3-3 in full time.

Also this year Diego Corrales defeated José Luis Castillo by 10th round knockout, for the WBO-WBC lightweight title unification. Both men were exchanging a brutal amount of punishment throughout the fight, before a dramatic tenth round in which Corrales scored a TKO after getting knocked down twice. The fight was highly regarded as one of the greatest of all-time and won Ring Magazine fight of the year.

It was the year where the domination of Rafael Nadal in the French open started when he won his first title in this year and went on to win 9 titles in 10 years after that. Also Roger Federer sealed his domination over the Wimbledon championships wining his 3rd consecutive title.

In cricket in 2005 ICC World XI beat the ACC Asian XI by 112 runs to win the first of two scheduled one-day internationals for the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal where the second one was not played.  It was the first time an ODI has been played that has not been between two cricketing nations.

In golf, Tiger Woods reigned supreme once again as he won his 4th golf masters and his 9th major title. Woods efforts helped his bank account - he was again the World's Sporting Top Earner for 2005, with earnings of US$87 million.

2005 was a sad year in soccer/football history as one of the most reputed footballer of all time and Manchester United legend George Best lost his life at an age of 59 after suffering multiple organ failures.  There is a saying in soccer folklore that goes “Maradona good, Pele better, George Best” and that says a lot about the kind of skills he had the and achievements he had won. This was also the year we lost legendary boxer Max Schmeling who holds a rank in the top 50 greatest boxers of all time released by the Ring Magazine. Max Schmeling fought the “Battle of the Century” with Joe Louis during the Nazi era. Other notable deaths included that of Gunder Gundersen (skiing), Toni Fritsch (football and soccer), Syed Mushtaq Ali (cricket), Bob Kennedy (baseball) and many others.

The 2005 Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards went to tennis player Roger Federer and middle distance runner Kelly Holmes.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 2005.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Marat Safin and Serena Williams
Feb Super Bowl held in Jacksonville won by New England
April Golf Masters won by Tiger Woods (4th win)
May Tennis French Open won by Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Justine Henin (Belgium)
June Golf US Open won by Michael Campbell
July the Cycling Tour de France was won by Lance Armstrong (though he was later stripped of this win)
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Roger Federer (Switz) and Venus Williams (USA)
July Golf British Open won by Tiger Woods
Aug Golf US PGA won by Phil Mickelson
Sep Tennis US Open won by Roger Federer (Swiz) and Kim Clijsters
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Chicago White Sox

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know. You can also send a comment below.

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