On This Day

December 1986 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 3 Chasing the West Indies 248/5, Sri Lanka is sensationally dismissed for just 55 in cricket's Champions Trophy in Sharjah; Windies pace bowler Courtney Walsh takes 5 for 1 in 4.3 overs
  • Dec 6 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)
  • Dec 10 Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins scores 57 points vs Chicago Bulls

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Dec 10 Ivan Lendl repeats previous year's result with a 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 win over Boris Becker to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Dec 12 Australian cricketer David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide
  • Dec 12 James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden

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Dec 17 Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scores 4 goals, including a natural hat trick in the 1st period and also records an assist as the Oilers win 5-3 over the visiting Quebec Nordiques; his 41st NHL career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Dec 19 Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with former team Tigers & accuses owners of collusion against free agency
  • Dec 19 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hrs of community service & fined $500
  • Dec 22 India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket
  • Dec 26 Doug Jarvis, 31, sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games

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Dec 26 Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Dec 28 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Kyiv's Ukrainian forward Igor Belanov is named best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona striker Gary Lineker and Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueño

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 DeSean Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009-10, 13; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 2 Claudiu Keșerü, Romanian soccer forward (37 caps; FC Nantes, Steaua București), born in Oradea, Romania
  • Dec 6 Matt Niskanen, American NHL player (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Virginia, Minnesota
  • Dec 7 Billy Horschel, American golfer (FedEx Cup 2014, 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Grant, Florida
  • Dec 8 Amir Khan, English boxer, born in Bolton, United Kingdom
  • Dec 10 Matthew Bates, English footballer
  • Dec 12 Përparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer, born in Srbica, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Dec 19 Ryan Babel, Dutch Footballer
  • Dec 25 Doug Loft, English footballer, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • Dec 27 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold 100m 2008, 12; 9 x World C'ship gold), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 28 Tom Huddlestone, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL champion 1952-53, 57; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Dec 20 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)