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Sporting Highlights for 2015

The year 2015 was another exciting year in sport, major sporting events in 2015 included the inaugural European Games, Summer Universiade, the Rugby World Cup, Women's FIFA World Cup and the Cricket World Cup.

The America's Cup World Series
The America's Cup World Series was held in Portsmouth in 2015 in the lead up to the 2017 America's Cup

In Golf, Jordan Spieth led from the start in the US Masters, shooting a record-tying 270 (18 under) to win his first major at the age of 21. Later in the year he also won the U.S. Open.

Rafael Nadal was looking for his 6th consecutive win in the French Open, but was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, ending his record winning streak of 39 matches. For the first time since 2004, neither Nadal nor Federer won the title. Swiss player Stan Wawrinka defeated Djokovic in the final for his second grand slam win.

In women's tennis, Serena Williams won all grand slam titles except the US Open. She was the three-time defending champion, but she lost in the semifinals to unseeded Roberta Vinci. Williams thereby lost the opportunity she initially had, to become only the fourth woman (after Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf) to complete a calendar year Grand Slam.

The USA won the women's FIFA world cup held in Canada, beating Japan 5-2, avenging their loss to Japan on penalties in the 2011 final. In baseball, the inaugural WBSC Premier12 tournament was held. In the final, South Korea defeated United States 8–0.

MMA athlete Ronda Rousey dominated the news and her sport unitl her shocking kockout defeat by compatriot Holly Holm, a match in Melbourne, Australia, in front of a crowd of more than 56,000.

Cricket history was made at the Adelaide Oval, where the first day/night Test match was played between Australian and New Zealand.

The 2015 Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards went to tennis player Novak Djokovic and distance runner Genzebe Dibaba. The highest paid sportsman in 2015 according to Forbes Magazine was boxer Floyd Mayweather with $US300 million dollars in earnings. See some videos from the world of sport in 2015.

28 soccer fans died in a confrontation with the police at the gates of '30 June Stadium' during a league match between two Cairo clubs, Zamalek and ENPPI. Most of the dead were suffocated when the crowd stampeded after police used tear gas to clear the fans trying to force their way into the stadium.

Sportsmen to die this year include Frank Tyson, top England cricketer of the 1950s, and New Zealand champion Rugby players Jonah Lomu. The New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra died at the age of 90. Also Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP. Women golfer Louise Suggs, winner of 61 tournaments and 11 majors and the first woman to capture the career Grand Slam in 1957.

What was your highlight? Take the poll of the Greatest 2015 Sporting Highlight.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 2015.

Date(s) Sport Event Location Results
Jan 9-31 Football (Soccer) Asian Cup Australia The hosts Australia beat South Korea in the final 2-1 (aet)
Jan 17-Feb 8 Football (Soccer) African Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea The Ivory Coast won the tournament for their 2nd title, defeating Ghana 9–8 in a penalty shoot-out.
Jan 19-Feb 1 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne Djokovic won a record fifth Australian Open title, and Serena Williams won her sixth title.
Jan 21-Feb 8 Multi-sports World Masters Games (Winter) Quebec City, Canada nearly 1500 athletes competed
Feb 1 Gridiron/Football Super Bowl Arizona won by the New England Patriots, who beat the Seattle Seahawks 28 to 24
Feb 2-15 Skiing World Ski Championships Vail/Beaver Creek, CO, USA Athletes from Austria dominated the medal tally
Feb 4-14 Multi-sports Winter Universiade Granada, Spain 42 countries participated
Feb 14-Mar 29 Cricket World Cup Australia & New Zealand Australia defeated New Zealand in the final for their 5th title.
Feb 18-22 Cycling World Track Championships Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France France led the medal tally with 5 golds, but Australia won the most medals overall (11)
Apr 6-12 Golf Masters Augusta, USA Jordan Spieth led from the start, shooting a record-tying 270 (18 under) to win his first major at the age of 21.
Apr 11 Horse Racing Grand National Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool won by Many Clouds, ridden by Leighton Aspell, Aspell's 2nd consecutive Grand National victory.
May 2 Horse Racing Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky, US Won by American Pharaoh, the 4th win by trainer Bob Baffert and the third win for jockey Victor Espinoza.
May 24-June 7 Tennis French Open Paris, France Serena Williams won her third title. Nadal's winning streak was beaten by Djokovic in the quarters, who was then beaten by Wawrinka in the final.
May 30 Football (Soccer) FA Cup final Wembley Stadium, London Arsenal defeated Aston Villa 4–0
Jun 3-15 Ice Hockey Stanley Cup finals Tampa Bay and Chicago, USA Chicago Blackhawks defeated Tampa Bay Lightning 4 games to 2, to win their 6th championship in franchise history, and their 3rd title in 6 seasons.
Jun 4-16 Basketball NBA Finals Cleveland, Ohio & Oakland, California Golden State Warriors capped off memorable season with its first championship in 40 years, defeating Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2.
Jun 5-16 Multi-sports South-East Asian Games Singapore 370 athletes from 11 nations competed in the Games, with 402 events in 36 sports. Thailand won the most gold medals, hosts Singapore won the most medals overall.
Jun 6 Football (Soccer) UEFA Champions League final Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany Barcelona beat Juventus 3–1 to gain their fifth trophy
Jun 6-Jul 5 Football (Soccer) Women's World Cup Canada The winners were the USA, beating Japan 5-2, avenging their loss to Japan on penalties in the 2011 final.
Jun 12-28 Multi-sports European Games Baku, Azerbaijan The inaugural event featured almost 6,000 athletes from 50 countries competing in 20 sports. Russia easily led the medal tally.
Jun 18-21 Golf US Open Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington. Jordan Spieth won his first U.S. Open and consecutive major titles.
Jun 26-Jul 5 Multi-sports World Police and Fire Games Fairfax County, Virginia, USA US athletes won the most medals, as did Law Enforcement over Firefighters.
Jun 29-Jul 12 Tennis Wimbledon London, England Serbian Novak Djokovic won his 3rd title in men's singles, defending his title from 2014. Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon and 21st major title, defeating first-time finalist Garbiñe Muguruza.
Jul 3-14 Multi-sports Summer Universiade Gwangju, South Korea South Korea won the most golds, but Russia won the most medals overall.
July 4-18 Multi-sports Pacific Games Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 24 countries took part with the inclusion of Australia and New Zealand for the first time in the history of the Games, in 28 sports. Papua New Guinea led the medal table.
Jul 4-26 Cycling Tour de France France 2015 The winner was Chris Froome of Team Sky, his second win in three years.
Jul 10-26 Multi-sports Pan American Games Toronto over 6000 athletes representing 41 National Olympic Committees in 36 sports. USA led the medal table.
Jul 16–19 Golf The Open Championship Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland American Zach Johnson claimed his 2nd major title winning in a 3-way play off.
Jul 24-Aug 9 Swimming World Aquatics Championships Kazan, Russia Most number of gold medals won was by China, the United States then Russia, the first time the US did not finish in first place in the medal standings since 2001. 12 world records were set.
Jul 25-Aug 2 Multi-sports Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles, California a huge event with 6,500 athletes
Aug 7-16 Netball World Championships Sydney, Australia Australia defeated New Zealand 58-55 to claim its third consecutive title
Aug 13-16 Golf US PGA Whistling Straits, Wisconsin Australia's Jason Day claimed his first major win, finishing with a score of 20-under par, the lowest any player in the history of the sport has ever finished to par in a major championship.
Aug 22-30 Athletics World Championships Beijing National Stadium, Beijing China. The highlight was the showdown between sprinters Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, with Bolt the surprise winner in both the 100 and 200m. Kenya topped the medal table for the first time.
Aug 31-Sep 13 Tennis US Open New York In the men's singles, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the final. In the women's event, three-time defending champion Serena Williams was looking to win her first grand slam, but lost in the semifinals to unseeded Roberta Vinci. Vinci subsequently was beaten in the final by Flavia Pennetta, who won her first Grand Slam championship.
Sep 4-19 Multi-sports All Africa Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo Egypt led the meal table ahead of Nigeria and South Africa
Sep 18-Oct 31 Rugby World Cup England won by New Zealand, a record third World Cup tournament win. They beat Australia in the final 34 to 17.
Sep 19-27 Cycling Road World Championships Richmond, USA The USA were the most successful country with 8 medals.
Oct 1-11 Multi-sports European Masters Games Nice, France  
Oct 2-11 Multi-sports 6th CISM Summer Military World Games Mungyeong, South Korea  
Oct 5-15 Boxing AIBA World Championships Doha, Qatar Boxers in 10 weight categories from 73 countries. The most successful country was Cuba with 4 golds.
Oct 8-11 Golf Presidents Cup Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Incheon, South Korea The United States won for the sixth successive time with a 15½–14½ victory over the International team
Oct 23-Nov 1 Gymnastics world championships (artistic) Glasgow, UK The US lead the medal table
Oct 27-Nov 1 Baseball World Series New York & Kansas Played between between New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. The Royals won the series 4 games to 1.
Nov 3 Horse Racing Melbourne Cup Victoria, Australia Michelle Payne had a historic win on Prince of Penzance, a 100-1 long-shot, becoming the first female jockey to win the race.
Nov 8-21 Baseball WBSC Premier 12 Taiwan and Japan In the final, South Korea defeated United States 8–0 to win the first WBSC Premier12 title.
Nov 20–29 Weightlifting IWF World Championships Houston, USA 748 athletes, 113 federations and more than 105 countries. The leading nation was China with 6 golds.
Dec 1-12 Air Sports World Air Sports Games Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

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