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Sporting Highlights for 1982

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1982. The major event of this year was the FIFA World Cup in Spain, won by Italy 3–1 against West Germany. The Commonwealth Games were also held in Brisbane Australia.

The NFL season runs through winter every year and it is very common to see games being played in frigid weather conditions. But the game on Jan 10th between Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers took it to another level. The game, named as the "Freeezer Bowl" was played in conditions where temperature reached -59°F with 27mph winds. Bengals won the game 27-7.

Rosie Ruiz who rose to infamy for cheating in the Boston marathon didn't seem like she learned her lesson that cheating is not the way to go. She was arrested in April for stealing $60,000 and served time in prison.

San Antonio 171 defeated Milwaukee 166 in a 3OT game in the highest scoring game ever in NBA history. The 337 total points game though didn't remain at the top for long and was surpassed by a 370-point game the very next year.

Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, two of the most dominant players in the history of women's tennis, won two grand slams each. Steffi Graff, the most successful women in grand slam history, made her professional debut that year.

Bjorn Borg shocked the tennis world by retiring from the game at just 26 citing pressure and burnout as the reason. With 11 grand slam wins in his short career, he could have reached unreachable heights had he just kept going.

In the dying seconds of a UEFA Cup match at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow between FC Spartak and Dutch side Haarlem, in a situation reminiscent of the circumstances at Ibrox Stadium in 1971, a large number of people started rushing toward the exit to get to the metro before the rest of the crowd. A total of 66 people died in the crush.

See also videos from the world of sport in 1982. Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1982.

Date Results
Jan Super Bowl held in Pontiac won by San Francisco
April Golf Masters won by Craig Stadler
May Tennis French Open won by Mats Wilander and Martina Navratilova
June Golf US Open won by Tom Watson
June 13 - July 11 FIFA World Cup (Football) tournament was held in Spain, and won by Italy.
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault.
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova.
July Golf The Open Championship won by Tom Watson.
Aug Golf US PGA won by Raymond Floyd (2nd win)
Sep Tennis US Open won by Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert Lloyd
Sep 30 - Oct 9 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, Australia.
Oct The Baseball World Series won by St. Louis Cardinals
Dec Tennis Australia Open won by Johan Kriek and Chris Evert Lloyd

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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