Sports Trivia

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Sports Trivia

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In what year was the first modern Olympic Games held?▶ 1896
Which athlete has won the most Olympic medals?▶ Michael Phelps
In which sport does the bowler deliver the ball to the batsman?▶ Cricket
In what country did table tennis originate?▶ England
A shuttlecock is used in what sport?▶ Badminton
Where did the sport of curling originate?▶ Scotland
The Walker Law passed in 1920 in New York was a law regulating which sport?▶ Boxing
What do the letters in NCAA, the name of the association that regulates athletes, stand for?▶ National Collegiate Athletic Association
NASCAR is an acronym for what family-owned and operated business?▶ The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
The Grand Slam tournaments are the four most import annual events in which two sports?▶ Tennis & Golf
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal retired in 2011 from what sport?▶ Basketball
In what year was the 4 minute mile first achieved?▶ 1954 by Roger Bannister in 3:59.4
The Kangaroo Hoppet is a long distance cross-country skiing race that is held in which county?▶ Australia
Which five-times Grand Slam tennis champion tested positive for a banned substance at the 2016 Australian Open?▶ Maria Sharapova
What is the highest score possible in 10 pin bowling?▶ 300
What sport does Cristiano Ronaldo play?▶ Soccer (football)
The Stanley Cup is a championship trophy awarded annually to the playoff winner in what sport?▶ Hockey
What country was host to the 1930 inaugural FIFA Football World Cup?▶ Uruguay
In sports, what does the acronym MVP stand for?▶ Most valuable player
Which country won the 2012 UEFA European Championship?▶ Spain
What is the real name of the former wrestler turned actor who went by the ring name “The Rock”?▶ Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Which tennis player has won the most men’s Grand Slam titles?▶ Roger Federer
What is professional wrestler John Cena’s famous catchphrase?▶ You can’t see me!
Who is the longest reigning heavyweight boxing champion with 25 successful defenses?▶ Joe Louis
Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb retired from what professional sport in 1997?▶ Basketball
The Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in which college sport?▶ Football
“Game, set, match” is an expression used to indicate a competitor has won the game in which sport?▶ Tennis
Ozeki and yokozuna are the top ranks in which sport?▶ Sumo wrestling
In what sport does a jammer score a point for each opponent she skates past?▶ Roller Derby
In boxing, what is the term for an illegal punch to the back of the head or base of the skull?▶ Rabbit Punch
What skipper lost the 1983 America’s Cup and then won the Cup back in 1987?▶ Dennis Conner
Who is the only former heavyweight boxing champ to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery?▶ Joe Louis
In 2012, Magic Johnson became part owner of which Major League Baseball team?▶ Los Angeles Dodgers
In 2018, what video technology was used for the first time in a FIFA World Cup?▶ Video Assistant Referees (VARs)
MMA is the acronym for what full-contact combat sport?▶ Mixed Martial Arts
What two sisters faced each other in the finals of the French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open in 2002?▶ Venus and Serena Williams
Which water sport is the official state individual sport of Hawaii?▶ Surfing
Who was the first ever wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?▶ André the Giant
Who proclaimed “I am the greatest” after defeating Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight title?▶ Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)
In the sport of professional bicycle racing, what are the three Grand Tours?▶ The Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.
What is the name of both the championship game of the Canadian Football League and the trophy awarded to the victorious team?▶ The Grey Cup
A. J. Foyt was the first race car driver to win what race four times?▶ The Indianapolis 500
St. Augustine Florida is the home to the hall of fame for what sport?▶ Golf (The World Golf Hall of Fame)
In Darts, what is the highest possible score using three darts?▶ 180 (All three darts landing on triple 20)
In 1957, who became the first African American to win Wimbledon?▶ Althea Gibson
Indianapolis 500 winners traditionally celebrate by drinking what beverage?▶ Milk
South Africa native Arthur D’Arcy “Bobby” Locke was an professional player in which sport?▶ Golf
Which team won the original XFL championship game in 2001?▶ Los Angeles Xtreme
Handsome Dan is a bulldog who serves as the mascot of which university’s sports teams?▶ Yale University
Who was the first black baseball player to play in the major leagues?▶ Moses Fleetwood Walker
How many soccer players should be on the field at the same time?▶ Twenty Two
Where is the baseball hall of fame located?▶ Cooperstown, New York
What year was the first Super Bowl played?▶ 1967
In hockey, what is known as a hat trick?▶ When a player scores three goals in a single game.
What female singer had an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show?▶ Janet Jackson
What football teams have never made it to the Super Bowl?▶ Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars
What was the NBA player Kobe Bryant named after?▶ Kobe beef
How many teams are there in the American National Football League?▶ 32
What do golfers shout to warn other golfers when they hit an errant shot?▶ Fore
What type of animal is the mascot for the Oakland Athletics baseball team?▶ Elephant
How much money is a US Olympic gold medalist awarded?▶ $25,000
In what year did the Houston Texans become a team in the US National Football League?▶ 2002
How many holes are there in a full round of golf?▶ Eighteen
In 1998, what Major League Baseball player broke the single season home run record previously set by Roger Maris?▶ Mark McGwire
Which team won the National Football League’s first Super Bowl?▶ The Green Bay Packers
What was the first wild card NFL team to win the Super Bowl?▶ The 1980 Oakland Raiders
In 1998, what Major League Baseball player broke the single season home run record previously set by Roger Maris?▶ Mark McGwire
How many Super Bowl Rings did Troy Aikman win?▶ Three with the Dallas Cowboys.
What city hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics?▶ London, England
Who was the last professional hockey player to play without a helmet?▶ Craig MacTavish
Who was the shortest player ever to play in the NBA?▶ Tyrone Bogues, better known as Muggsy Bogues
Which team won the 2016 Super Bowl?▶ Denver Broncos
Tiger Woods became a professional golfer in what year?▶ 1996
Which hockey player has won the most Stanley Cups with 11 wins?▶ Henri Richard
Finish this phrase: You drive for show, but putt for “_____”?▶ Dough
El Clásico is the name given to football (soccer) matches between which two teams?▶ Real Madrid and FC Barcelona
What is the regulation height for a basketball hoop?▶ 10 feet (3.048 m)
Which NFL Quarterback has been to the most Super Bowls?▶ Tom Brady
In what year was the “Perfect 10” scoring system in gymnastics abandoned?▶ 2006
How many super bowls have the Denver Broncos won?▶ Three
Who was the first pinch hitter to score a home run in World Series play?▶ Yogi Berra
Who was the first Latin American born player to play in Major League Baseball?▶ Luis Manuel Castro
Which team did the Chicago Cubs play in the 1945 World Series?▶ Detroit Tigers
According to NBA rules how long does a player have after catching the ball to shoot a free throw?▶ 10 seconds
In hockey, how many players from each team are allowed to be on the ice at the same time?▶ Six
What is the name of Atlanta’s major league baseball team?▶ Atlanta Braves
Barry Bonds currently holds the Major League Baseball home run record with how many home runs?▶ 762
What were the six original Hockey teams of the National Hockey League?▶ Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs
What football team had the biggest scoring comeback in the history of the Super Bowl?▶ Patriots (Super Bowl LI)
What is the most common type of pitch thrown by pitchers in baseball?▶ Fastball
Who is the only head basketball coach to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA title?▶ Larry Brown
In what year did the Houston Texans join the NFL?▶ 2002
Lambeau Field is the home field of which National Football League team?▶ Green Bay Packers
Bobby Fischer is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time in which game?▶ Chess
Who was the first golfer to win the Masters Tournament two years in a row?▶ Jack Nicklaus
Which NFL team overcame a 25-point deficit to win the 2017 Super Bowl?▶ New England Patriots
What is the most popular spectator sport in Australia?▶ Australian Rules Football
Who is the all time leading point scorer in NBA history?▶ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
What was major league baseball’s Yogi Berra’s real name?▶ Lawrence Peter Berra
Which baseball team won the first World Series championship in 1903?▶ Boston Americans
What is the national sport of Japan?▶ Sumo
What NHL hockey player was nicknamed “The Golden Jet”?▶ Bobby Hull
What NBA player was known as “The Pearl”?▶ Earl Monroe
What international event for athletes with disabilities is held in the same years and cities as the Olympic Games?▶ The Paralympic Games
The 1927 New York Yankees batting order, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, was known by what nickname?▶ Murderer’s Row
Ice hockey pucks are made from what material?▶ Vulcanized rubber
Professional footballer Lionel Messi was born in which country?▶ Argentina
What Catholic prayer lends its name to a very long forward pass thrown with time running out in American football?▶ Hail Mary
What is called when a player scores two goals in a game of soccer?▶ A brace
What was the first all-professional baseball team with salaried players?▶ Cincinnati Red Stockings
How many teams are in the American National Football league?▶ 32 Teams
Who holds the record for the most home runs in a single major league baseball season?▶ Barry Bonds, with 73 home runs in 2001.
What is the name of the Las Vegas professional ice hockey team that began play in the 2017–18 NHL season?▶ The Vegas Golden Knights
Who is the only basketball player to score 100 points in a single NBA game?▶ Wilt Chamberlain
What are the official winter and summer sports of Canada?▶ Ice hockey and lacrosse
In Olympic archery, what is the standard distance of the target from the archer?▶ 70 Meters
The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies formerly played in what Canadian city?▶ Vancouver
With 208 touchdowns, which player holds the record for the most touchdowns in the American National Football League?▶ Jerry Rice
Which soccer star ended his career by playing a half for each team in an exhibition match?▶ Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
Which Korean martial art literally means “the way of the foot and fist”?▶ Taekwondo
In basketball, what is the term used when a player reaches double digits in three of five statistical categories?▶ Triple-double
What Winter Olympic sport features stones, sheets, pebbles, and houses?▶ Curling
Every Major League Baseball team retired uniform number 42 to honor what barrier-breaking player?▶ Jackie Robinson
What former Chicago Bears teammate won a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach and a head coach?▶ Mike Ditka
In baseball and softball what do the initials RBI stand for?▶ Run batted in
Soldier Field is an American football stadium that is home to which NFL team?▶ Chicago Bears
Which two baseball teams played in the 2000 World Series, sometimes called the “Subway Series”?▶ The New York Yankees and the New York Mets
In 1977 at age 34, who became the youngest inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?▶ Gale Sayers
What is the only Major League Baseball team to never make it to the World Series?▶ Seattle Mariners
Basketball great Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year career with which team?▶ Los Angeles Lakers
The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based which state?▶ Missouri
In baseball, what is the term for a player that is in the batting order to hit only but not play defense?▶ Designated Hitter
In 1983, what two NBA teams set the record for the highest scoring regular-season game with a final score of 186-184?▶ Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons
What is the name of the professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Canada?▶ Toronto Maple Leafs
From 1965 to 1973, Dick Butkus played professional football as a linebacker for which NFL team?▶ Chicago Bears
At 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m), who was the shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association?▶ Muggsy Bogues
Which basketball team did Michael Jordan play for in college?▶ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Who is the only athlete ever to play in a Super Bowl and a World Series?▶ Deion Sanders
What do letters in the the acronym SCUBA stand for?▶ Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” is a Nike advertisement associated with what former NFL player?▶ Colin Kaepernick
What “King” of golf lent his name to a mixture of iced tea and lemonade?▶ Arnold Palmer
In what country were the Winter Olympics first held?▶ France (1924)
Who is the only professional athlete in history to have been named an All-Star in both baseball and football?▶ Bo Jackson
In what major Canadian city would you find the Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument?▶ Ottawa

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