Sporting Highlights for 1971

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1971.

It was a tragic start to the year. 66 football fans were killed due to a barrier collapse in a stadium in Scotland.

Two teams began their streak that to this date stands as the longest streaks ever. The LA Lakers started their 33-game winning streak and won 30 games in that year. The UCLA men's basketball team started their 88-game winning streak which would eventually span multiple years and championships.

In tennis, Ken Rosewall beat Arthur Ashe in the Australian Open for his seventh slam and John Newcombe won the Wimbledon for the third time. Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her first grand slam at the French Open and that same year also took the Wimbledon title and finished her career with a total of seven grand slam titles. Billie Jean King won the US Open to become the first women ever in tennis to earn $100,000.

Jack Nicklaus won the PGA Championship for his ninth major. With that win Jack became the first golfer ever to win all the four majors for the second time. Tiger Woods is the only other golfer to have also achieved this feat. Kathy Whitworth won the LPGA Championship for the second time for her fifth win at majors.

In 1971, English football team Arsenal won both league title and the FA Cup, the fourth team to win the double.

66 Rangers fans died and over 200 were injured at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, in a crush involving fans trying to leave the stadium and others trying to return when they heard that a late goal had been scored. It was reported that a fall on the stairs by one of the spectators caused a massive chain-reaction pile-up. There was another stadium disaster at Ibrox Stadium in 1902.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1971.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Ken Rosewall and Margaret Court
Feb Super Bowl held in Miami won by Baltimore
April Golf Masters won by Charles Coody
May Tennis French Open won by Jan Kodes and Evonne Goolagong
June Golf US Open won by Lee Trevino
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx
July Tennis Wimbledon singles were won by Australian's John Newcombe and Evonne Goolagong
July Golf British Open won by Lee Trevino
Aug Golf US PGA won by Jack Nicklaus (his second title)
Sep Tennis US Open won by Stan Smith and Billie Jean King
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Pittsburgh Pirates

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.

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