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Sporting Highlights for 1987

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1987. In major events, this year the first-ever Rugby World Cup was held, hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand, and won by New Zealand.

There have been stretches in NBA games where teams struggle to score, but none more epic than the four points scored by Sacramento Kings in the first quarter against LA Lakers. The team however recovered from the poor start and finished the match with 92 points. Just when you thought this will remain as the lowest score in a quarter for ever, the Dallas Mavericks scored just two points in the entire third quarter against LA Lakers in 1997.

In tennis, Stefan Edberg won his second Australian Open title. He also won two doubles title that year, in Australian Open and the US Open. Ivan Lendl won both the French Open and the US Open for the third time. Martina Navratilova, the all-time great also won two titles, Wimbledon and US Open. Michael Chang set a record by being the youngest player, at 15, to win a US Open match. Hana Mandlikova, won her fourth and final grand slam at the Australian Open defeating the all-time great Martina Navratilova.

Sunil Gavaskar scored 10,000 test runs to become the first-ever player to reach this mark. In the almost three decades since then, there have been only seven players who have exceeded that mark. It was also the year of the cricket World Cup which Australia won by defeating England.

b was successful in two heavyweight title fights defeating Bonecrusher Smith and Pinklon Thomas.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1987.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Stefan Edberg and Hana Mandlikova
Jan Super Bowl held in Pasadena won by NY Giants
April Golf Masters won by Larry Mize
May Tennis French Open won by Ivan Lendl and Steffi Graf
May 22 - June 20 Rugby World Cup won by New Zealand.
June Golf US Open won by Scott Simpson
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Stephen Roche
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Pat Cash and Martina Navratilova
July Golf The Open Championship won by Nick Faldo
Aug Golf US PGA won by Larry Nelson (2)
Sep Tennis US Open won by Ivan Lendl and Martina Navratilova
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Minnesota Twins

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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