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Sporting Highlights for 1974

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1974. The major events of the year were the FIFA World Cup, won by hosts Germany, and the Commonwealth Games (called the British Commonwealth Games) in New Zealand.

It was the 10th edition of the FIFA World Cup in which the host nation West Germany defeated the Netherlands by 2-1.

UCLA was riding an 88-game winning streak, which started three years ago in 1971, heading into a match against Notre Dame which they lost to bring the longest streak ever in NCAA history to an end. The streak stood as the longest in college sports until UConn women's basketball team put together a 90 game win streak.

Chris Evert won her first grand slam as a 19yr old at the French Open and immediately followed it up with a Wimbledon win en-route to a stellar career with 18 grand slam titles. Jimmy Connors had a spectacular year with three grand slam titles. He was not allowed to participate in the French Open that year which he would not play in until 1978. He reached the world no.1 ranking in July that year after his Wimbledon win which he retained for a then record of 160 weeks.

Sandra Haynie won the LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open for her third and fourth major. Gary Player who had already won six majors till then took the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship. He would finish his career with a total of eight majors. Lee Trevino won the PGA Championship for the fifth out of his six total major wins.

See videos from the world of sport in 1974.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1974.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Jimmy Connors and Evonne Goolagong
Jan 24 - Feb 2 Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Feb Super Bowl held in Houston won by Miami
April Golf Masters won by Gary Player (2nd win)
May Tennis French Open won by Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert
June Golf US Open won by Hale Irwin
June 13 - July 7 FIFA World Cup (Football) tournament was held in Germany, won by Germany.
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert
July Golf The Open Championship won by Gary Player
Aug Golf US PGA won by Lee Trevino
Sep Tennis US Open won by Jimmy Connors and Billie Jean King
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Oakland Athletics

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 a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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