The year 1982 in sports:
- NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip
- Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500
- CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship
- Indianapolis 500 - Gordon Johncock
- Formula One Champion - Keke Rosberg of Finland
- 24 hours of Le Mans:
- Rally racing - Walter Röhrl in an Opel won the World Rally Championship
- Walter Rohrl / Christian Geistdorfer won the Monte Carlo Rally driving an Opel
- Ascona 400
- Drag racing - Shirley Muldowney won the NHRA Top Fuel Championship.
- On May 8, 1982 Formula 1 driver Gilles Villeneuve crashed and died during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.
- July 13: Montreal hosts the first MLB All-Star Game outside the United States. Reds SS Dave Concepción hits a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning to spark the National League to its 11th consecutive win over the American League 4-1. The NL has now won 19 of the last 20 contests. Concepción was named the MVP.
- August 18: Pete Rose sets record with his 13,941st plate appearance.
- World Series: St. Louis Cardinals won 4 games to 3 over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Series MVP was Cardinals catcher Darrell Porter.
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina wins 63-62 over Georgetown
- NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers won 4 games to 2 over the Philadelphia 76ers
- November 12: Aaron Pryor defeats Alexis Arguello in what would later be called the fight of the decade. Pryor retained the WBA's world Jr. Welterweight title with a 14th round knockout.
- November 13: Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim by knockout in 14 rounds in a tragic fight. Kim died five days later and the fight's outcome brought many new resolutions to boxing.
- December 3: the carnival of champions
- Graham Gooch leads a "rebel" team of players on tour of South Africa, banned from official cricket since 1970 because of apartheid.
- Giro d'Italia won by Bernard Hinault of France
- Tour de France - Bernard Hinault of France
- World Cycling Championship: Giuseppe Saronni of Italy
- March 20: In an international women's field hockey match at Wembley Stadium,England. The Netherlands beat England 4-2.
- June 6 - 13: Fourth Men's Champions Trophy held for the first time in Europe in Amstelveen.
- World Figure Skating Championships:
- Super Bowl XVI: San Francisco 49ers won 26-21 over the Cincinnati Bengals
- Strike: First regular season strike by NFL players ends on November 16 after 57 days.
Football (Australian Rules)
- Victorian Football League
- Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos won 32-16 over the Toronto Argonauts
- Vanier Cup: UBC Thunderbirds won 39-14 over the Western Ontario Mustangs
- World Cup: Italy (hosts: Spain)
- Champions' Cup: Aston Villa 1-0 Bayern München
- UEFA Cup: Two legs; 1st leg IFK Göteborg 1-0 Hamburger SV; 2nd leg Hamburger SV 0-3 IFK Göteborg. IFK Göteborg won 4-0 on aggregate
- Cup Winners' Cup: Barcelona 2-1 Standard Liège
- Super Cup: Two legs; 1st leg Barcelona 1-0 Aston Villa; 2nd leg Aston Villa 3-0 Barcelona. Aston Villa won 3-1 on aggregate
- Copa Libertadores de América: Two legs; 1st leg Peñarol 0-0 Cobreloa; 2nd leg Cobreloa 0-1 Peñarol. Peñarol win 1-0 on aggregate
Gaelic Athletic Association
- All-Ireland Camogie Champion: Cork
- National Camogie League: Kilkenny
- Gaelic football
- All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: Offaly 1-15 d. Kerry 0-17
- National Football League: Kerry 1-9 d. Cork 0-5 (replay)
- Ladies' Gaelic football
- All-Ireland Senior Football Champion: Kerry
- National Football League: Kerry
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Kilkenny 3-18 d. Cork 1-13
- National Hurling League:
- Major championship results:
1. May - The Masters - Craig Stadler 2. June - US Open - Tom Watson 3. July - British Open - Tom Watson 4. August - PGA Championship - Ray Floyd
- PGA Tour leading money winner for the year: Craig Stadler - $446,462
- Champions Tour leading money winner: Miller Barber - $106,890
- US Women's Open - Janet Anderson
- LPGA Championship - Jan Stephenson
- JoAnne Carner: leading money winner on the LPGA tour, earning $310,399.
Thoroughbred Horse Racing
- Australia - Melbourne Cup - Gurner's Lane
- Canada - Queen's Plate - Son of Briartic
- France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Akiyda
- Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Assert
- English Triple Crown Races:
1. Two Thousand Guineas Stakes - Zino 2. Epsom Derby - Golden Fleece 3. St. Leger Stakes - Touching Wood
- United States Triple Crown Races:
1. Kentucky Derby - Gato del Sol 2. Preakness Stakes - Aloma's Ruler 3. Belmont Stakes - Conquistador Cielo
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
1. Cane Pace - Cam Fella 2. Little Brown Jug - Merger 3. Messenger Stakes - Cam Fella
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
1. Hambletonian - Speed Bowl 2. Yonkers Trot - Mystic Park 3. Kentucky Futurity - Jazz Cosmos
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
- Pacers: Rhett's Law
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
- Stanley Cup: New York Islanders win 4-0 over the Vancouver Canucks
- World Hockey Championship:
o Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia o Junior Men's champion: Canada defeated Czechoslovakia
- Alpine Skiing
- The men's overall season champion: Phil Mahre, USA
- The women's overall season champion: Erika Hess, Switzerland
- World Snooker Championship: Alex Higgins beats Ray Reardon 18-15
- World rankings: Ray Reardon becomes world number one for 1982/83
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
1. Australian Open - Johan Kriek 2. French Open - Mats Wilander 3. Wimbledon championships - Jimmy Connors 4. US Open - Jimmy Connors
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
1. Australian Open - Chris Evert 2. French Open - Martina Navratilova 3. Wimbledon championships - Martina Navratilova 4. US Open - Chris Evert
- Davis Cup: United States won 4-1 over France in world tennis.
- Billy Jean King makes her final singles appearance at the US Open, losing in the first round.
- Total prize money at US Open exceeds 1 million US dollars.
General sporting events
- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion:
- Rick Swenson won with lead dog: Andy