The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of 2017
January 2, NHL Winter Classic
In the ninth game of this annual classic, the St. Louis Blues hosted the Chicago Black Hawks at Busch Stadium. After a deadlock at 1-1 through two periods, the Blue exploded for three goals in the third to win 4-1 in front of crowd of 46,556.
January 9, NCAA Football Championship
The 2017 college football national championship game featured the 13-1 Clemson Tigers against the 14-0 Alabama Crimson Tide. Trailing 24-14 after three quarters, Clemson shocked Alabama, outscoring them 21-7 in the fourth for a 35-31 win and the national championship.
January 28, Australian Open Tennis
In a battle between Serena and Venus WIlliams, Serena ousted her sister to earn her 23rd grand slam title. Williams was unknowingly pregnant at the time and despite missing most of the season, finished ranked 22nd.
Feburary 5, Super Bowl
Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons to win in overtime, 34-28. It was the first Super Bowl to ever go to overtime and the win was a record 5th for Tom Brady.
March 22, World Baseball Classic
In the fourth World Baseball Classic, the United States defeated Puerto Rico in the championship game, 8-0. It was the second consecutive runner up finish for Puerto Rico and the first title for the United States. Japan has the most titles in the class with two.
April 3, NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
After trailing Gonzaga 35-32 at the half, the North Carolina Tar Heels outscored Gonzaga by nine in the second haf to win the National Championship, 71-65. It was the sixth title for the Tar Heels and first since 2009.
April 9, The Masters
Sergio Garcia defeated Justin Rose in a playoff by two strokes to win the 2017 Masters. The win was the first Major Championship for the 37-year old Spaniard. He joins Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as the only Spaniards to win the event.
April 19, Aaron Hernandez suicide
Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence following a convicted murder, was found dead in his cell at the age of 27. The death was a suicide by hanging.
May 29, Indianapolis 500
The event, which has taken place yearly since 1911, has had three four-time winners. This year's race was won by Takuma Sato of Andretti Autosport. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the event.
June 11, Stanley Cup
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season, defeating the Nashville Predators in six games. It was the fifth championship for the Penguins, who also won in 2009, 1992 and 1991.
June 12, NBA Finals
The Golden State Warriors took down the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant too home MVP honors for the series. It was the third consecutive meeting between the teams in the finals with the Warriors winning two of them.
June 18, US Open Golf (Men)
At the Erin Hills Golf Club in Hartford, Wisconsin, Brooks Koepka held off Hideki Matsuyama bye four strokes to win the 117th US Open. The victory was Koepka's first major championship and second win on the PGA Tour.
July 16, Wimbledon Finals (Women)
Garbine Muguruza, a 24-year old from Spain, defeated Venus Williams to win the Wimbledon singles finals. Currently ranked second in the world, Muguruza became the first player to defeat both Serena and Venus Williams in the finals.
July 23, British Open
At the Royal Birkdale Golf Course, Jordan Speith won the British Open by three shots over Matt Kuchar. It was the third major championship for Speith, who has 11 PGA Tour victories. He needs just the PGA Championship to complete the career Grand Slam.
August 13, PGA Championship
Justin Thomas defeated the trio of Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen by two strokes to win the 99th PGA Championship. Thomas, whose previous best in a major was tied for 9th at the 2017 US Open, won his first major and has seven PGA Tour victories.
August 20, Solheim Cup
The United States took home its second consecutive Solheim Cup, defeating Europe by the score fo 16 1/2 to 11 1/2. The United States holds the overall advantage in the competition, having won ten of the fifteen compeitions since its inception in 1990.
November 1, World Series
The Houston Astros, who couldn't crack the 60-win mark in a season from 2011 to 2013, took down the Dodgers in seven games to win the World Series. The series, which included two extra inning games, is arguably one of the best in recent memory. It was the first championship for the Astros in franchise history.
November 7, Roy Halladay's plane crash
Roy Halladay, who was an All-Star with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies during his playing days, died in a private plane crash in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters just off the coast of New Port Richey, Florida. Hallday was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star, who pitched a perfect game and no-hitter in the same season.
November 30, Tiger Woods Return
Tiger Woods returned to golf at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas after a 301 day absence, shooting a first round of 69. He had an up and down four days, finishing tied for ninth in the field of 18. Woods has 79 PGA victories and 14 major championships, four behind Jack Nicklaus.