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1981 In Sports
1981
1981
IN SPORTS describes the year's events in world sport
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Super Bowl XV
SUPER BOWL XV was an American football
American football
game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
to decide the National Football League
National Football League
(NFL) champion for the 1980 season . The Raiders defeated the Eagles by the score of 27–10, becoming the first wild card playoff team to win a Super Bowl
Super Bowl
. The game was played at the Louisiana Superdome
Louisiana Superdome
in New Orleans, Louisiana , on January 25, 1981, five days after the Iran hostage crisis ended. The game was thus held under patriotic fervor, as the pregame ceremonies honored the end of the crisis
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH are the athletic teams that represent the University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
. The Fighting Irish participate in 23 National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) Division I intercollegiate sports and in the NCAA's Division I in all sports, with many teams competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Notre Dame is one of only 15 universities in the United States that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey. The school colors are Gold and Blue and the mascot is the Leprechaun
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Oakland Raiders
American Football League
American Football League
(1960–1969) * Western Division (1960–1969)NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1970 –PRESENT) * AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (1970–PRESENT) * AFC WEST (1970–PRESENT) CURRENT UNIFORM TEAM COLORSSilver, Black, White FIGHT SONG " The Autumn Wind " PERSONNEL OWNER(S) Mark Davis (majority owner) PRESIDENT
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Philadelphia Eagles
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1933 –PRESENT) * Eastern Division (1933–1949) * American Conference (1950–1952)* Eastern Conference (1953–1969) * Capitol Division (1967–1969)* NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (1970–PRESENT) * NFC EAST (1970–PRESENT) CURRENT UNIFORM TEAM COLORSMidnight Green, Silver, Black, White FIGHT SONG Fly, Eagles Fly MASCOT Swoop PERSONNEL OWNER(S) Jeffrey Lurie PRESIDENT Don Smolenski GENERAL MANAGER Howie Roseman<
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LeRoy Irvin
LEROY IRVIN (born September 15, 1957) is a former American football player. He was a member of the Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
from 1980 to 1989. He played cornerback . He played in the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
in 1985 and 1986. He holds the record for most punt return yards in a single game (207), set against the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
in 1981. Irvin is one of only a few players in NFL history to be named All-Pro at two positions. Irvin was born at Fort Dix in New Jersey
New Jersey
and attended high school at Glenn Hills High School in Augusta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
. He began his college career in 1976 at the University of Kansas
University of Kansas
. Irvin made two pro bowl appearances (1985, 1986) and was named All-Pro four times (1981, 1982, 1985 and 1986)
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Georgia Bulldogs
The GEORGIA BULLDOGS AND LADY BULLDOGS are the athletic teams representing the University of Georgia , which is located in Athens, Georgia . The Bulldogs compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The official mascot is an English Bulldog named Uga , (derived from an abbreviation of the University of Georgia), while the costumed character version of Uga is Hairy Dawg
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Sugar Bowl
The SUGAR BOWL is an annual American college football bowl game played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana . The Sugar Bowl
Sugar Bowl
has been played annually since January 1, 1935, and celebrated its 75th anniversary on January 2, 2009. The Sugar Bowl, along with the Orange Bowl
Orange Bowl
and Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl
, are the second-oldest bowl games in the country, behind the Rose Bowl Game . The Sugar Bowl
Sugar Bowl
is also a member of the College Football Playoff . Presently, its official title is the ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL after its current sponsor, the Allstate
Allstate
insurance company
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Alpine Skiing World Cup
The FIS ALPINE SKI WORLD CUP is the top international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, launched in 1966 by a group of ski racing friends and experts which included French journalist Serge Lang and the alpine ski team directors from France
France
(Honore Bonnet) and the USA (Bob Beattie ). It was soon backed by International Ski Federation president Marc Hodler
Marc Hodler
during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1966 at Portillo, Chile
Portillo, Chile
, and became an official FIS event in the spring of 1967 after the FIS Congress at Beirut
Beirut
, Lebanon. The first World Cup ski race was held in Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden
, West Germany, on January 5, 1967
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Phil Mahre
PHILLIP FERDINAND "PHIL" MAHRE (born May 10, 1957) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer , widely regarded as one of the greatest American skiers of all time. His total of 27 World Cup race wins is fourth among Americans, only behind Lindsey Vonn , Bode Miller
Bode Miller
, and Mikaela Shiffrin . Born in Yakima , Washington , Phil and his twin brother Steve (four minutes younger) were both world class ski racers and competed on the World Cup circuit from 1976 to 1984 . Starting with the 1978 season, Mahre finished in the top three in the World Cup overall standings for six consecutive seasons, winning the title in the final three (1981 , 1982 , and 1983 ). The Mahre twins retired from World Cup racing in March 1984 at age 26. On February 9, 2010, Mahre was the only U.S. torch bearer to carry the 2010 Vancouver torch across the border at the Blaine-Surrey Peace Arch . CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 U.S
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Marie-Theres Nadig
MARIE-THERES NADIG (born 8 March 1954) is a retired Swiss alpine skier . Aged 17, she won gold medals in the downhill and giant slalom events at the 1972 Winter Olympics
1972 Winter Olympics
. During her career Nadig won 28 world cup races and had 63 podium finishes. At the 1980 Winter Olympics , she was third in the downhill event. After retiring from competitions, between 1999 and 2005 she worked as a national coach. BIOGRAPHYNadig won her first major competition in 1970, the giant slalom at the Swiss Junior Championships. She finished sixth in the downhill at the world cup in 1971, and second in 1972. The same year she won two Olympic gold medals, beating the favorite Annemarie Moser-Pröll and becoming the Swiss Sportswoman of the Year. She also took part in the slalom, but failed to finish. After a few unsuccessful years, Nadig won two downhill events at the 1975 World Cup season
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American Football
AMERICAN FOOTBALL, referred to as FOOTBALL in the United States and Canada, and also known as "gridiron football " or simply "gridiron", is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense , the team with control of the oval-shaped football , attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the team without control of the ball, the defense, aims to stop their advance and take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs , or plays, or else they turn over the football to the opposing team; if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal . The team with the most points at the end of a game wins
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Artistic Gymnastics
ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS is a discipline of gymnastics in which athletes perform short routines (ranging from approximately 30 to 90 seconds ) on different apparatus, with less time for vaulting . The sport is governed by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), which designs the Code of Points and regulates all aspects of international elite competition. Within individual countries, gymnastics is regulated by national federations, such as British Gymnastics
Gymnastics
in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and USA Gymnastics in the United States . Artistic gymnastics
Artistic gymnastics
is a popular spectator sport at the Summer Olympic Games
Olympic Games
and in other competitive environments
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1981 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
The 21ST ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS were held in Moscow , the capital of the USSR
USSR
, in 1981
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UEFA Cup
The UEFA
UEFA
EUROPA LEAGUE is an annual football club competition organised by UEFA
UEFA
since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. Previously called the UEFA
UEFA
CUP, the competition has been known as the UEFA
UEFA
Europa League since the 2009–10 season , following a change in format. For UEFA
UEFA
footballing records purposes, the UEFA
UEFA
Cup and UEFA
UEFA
Europa League are considered the same competition, with the change of name being simply a rebranding. In 1999 , the UEFA
UEFA
Cup Winners\' Cup was abolished and merged with the UEFA
UEFA
Cup. For the 2004–05 competition a group stage was added prior to the knockout phase
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Real Madrid
REAL MADRID CLUB DE FúTBOL (Spanish pronunciation: ; Royal Madrid Football Club), commonly known as REAL MADRID, or simply as REAL, is a professional football club based in Madrid
Madrid
, Spain. Founded on 6 March 1902 as Madrid
Madrid
Football Club, the club has traditionally worn a white home kit since inception. The word Real is Spanish for Royal and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem. The team has played its home matches in the 81,044-capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in downtown Madrid
Madrid
since 1947. Unlike most European sporting entities, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club throughout its history
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