December 1982 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 3 After losing his world welterweight boxing titles to Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns wins WBC Super Welterweight crown in a majority points decision over Wilfred Benitez at Superdome, New Orleans
  • Dec 4 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)
  • Dec 5 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions
  • Dec 5 Ingrid Berghmans (Neth) retains judo's world championship
  • Dec 5 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 10 Heavyweight Michael Doakes KOs Mike Weaver in 1:03 in Las Vegas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Dec 12 Joanne Carner and John Mahaffey wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 13 Australian Open Men's Tennis: South African Johan Kriek wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats American Steve Denton 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 13 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd wins her first Australian title; beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Marcel Dionne, LA, becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Dec 16 Chicago White Sox starter Tom Seaver pitches the complete game in his 300th MLB career victory, a 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium
  • Dec 24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic
  • Dec 30 England defeat Australia by three runs at cricket MCG

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Hristos Karipidis, Greek footballer
  • Dec 2 Matt Ware, American football player
  • Dec 3 Michael Essien, Ghanaian footballer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • Dec 3 Manny Corpas, American baseball player (Sugar Land Skeeters), born in Panama City, Panama
  • Dec 4 Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese racing driver, born in Velp, Netherlands
  • Dec 5 Eddy Curry, American basketball player
  • Dec 5 Trai Essex, American football player
  • Dec 6 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist and 2007 Tour de France winner
  • Dec 6 Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Dec 6 Robbie Gould, American football player
  • Dec 8 Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete
  • Dec 8 Hamit Altintop, German-born Turkish Football player (identical twin brother of Halil Altintop)
  • Dec 8 Halil Altintop, Turkish Football player (identical twin brother of Hamit Altintop)
  • Dec 9 Tamilla Abassova, Russian cyclist
  • Dec 9 Nathalie De Vos, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 11 Pablo Pérez Companc, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dec 12 Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player
  • Dec 13 Ricky Nolasco, American baseball player
  • Dec 13 Tuka Rocha, Brazilian racing driver
  • Dec 13 Freddie Weinke, American football player
  • Dec 13 Dominik Werling, German footballer
  • Dec 14 Josh Fields, American baseball player
  • Dec 14 Steve Sidwell, English footballer
  • Dec 15 Borja García, Spanish racing driver
  • Dec 16 Antrel Rolle, National Football League defensive back
  • Dec 17 Josh Barfield, American baseball player
  • Dec 17 Stephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
  • Dec 19 Maurice Williams, American basketball player
  • Dec 19 Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower
  • Dec 20 Mohammed Asif, Pakistani cricket player
  • Dec 20 Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer
  • Dec 20 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Dec 21 Mike Gansey, American basketball player
  • Dec 21 Philip Humber, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
  • Dec 25 Shawn Andrews, American football player
  • Dec 25 Rob Edwards, Welsh footballer
  • Dec 28 François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete
  • Dec 30 Dawan Landry, American football player
  • Dec 30 Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner
  • Dec 31 Julio DePaula, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 31 Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player
  • Dec 31 Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 8 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • Dec 13 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Ray Emery, New Zealand cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies at 67
  • Dec 18 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 44