December 1995 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 4th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #23 Arkansas, 34-3

Sports History

Dec 2 Montreal Canadiens coach Mario Tremblay leaves goaltender Patrick Roy in the game too long, allowing an embarrassing 9 goals in 11-1 rout by Detroit Red Wings; Roy demands trade; moves to Colorado Avalanche and wins Stanley Cup that season

Davis Cup

Dec 3 Davis Cup Tennis, Moscow: Pete Sampras beats Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 to give US a winning 3-1 lead (ends 3-2); record 31st US title

  • Dec 3 England cricket wicket-keeper Jack Russell dismisses Clive Eksteen with his record 11th catch in 2nd Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • Dec 7 NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12
  • Dec 9 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)
  • Dec 10 1st meeting of NBA expansion teams, Raptors beat Grizzlies 93-81
  • Dec 10 Australian cricket opening batsman Michael Slater scores career high 219 (15 x 4, 5 x 6) in innings and 36 run, 1st Test win v Sri Lanka in Perth
  • Dec 10 Ricky Ponting makes 96 on Test Cricket debut (Aust v Sri Lanka, WACA)
  • Dec 11 Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
  • Dec 12 NBA referees return to work after striking
  • Dec 15 The European Communities Court of Justice hands down the "Bosman ruling", giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another.
  • Dec 21 SF Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000
  • Dec 22 David Cone signs $19.5 million 3 year contract with NY Yankees
  • Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: PSG/Milan's Liberian striker George Weah is named Europe's best football player; first edition where players born outside Europe permitted to receive votes

NFL Record

Dec 25 Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith scores NFL record 25th touchdown of the season in 37-13 win against Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe AZ

  • Dec 26 Paul Adams becomes South Africa's youngest Test Cricket player at 18 yrs 340 days

Sports History

Dec 27 Australian cricketer David Boon completes his 21st Test Cricket century (110 v SL, MCG)

  • Dec 31 62nd Sugar Bowl: #13 Virginia Tech beats #9 Texas, 28-10
  • Dec 31 Matthew Elliott scores separate cricket century same day for Victoria

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 18 Barbora Krejčíková, Czech tennis player (French Open singles 2021; French Open doubles 2018, 21; Wimbledon 2018, 22; US Open & Australian Open 2022; 3 x Australian Open mixed doubles), born in Brno, Czech Republic
  • Dec 24 Anett Kontaveit, Estonian tennis player (world #8 2021; WTA finals 2021 runner-up), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Dec 31 Gabby Douglas, American gymnast (2012 Olympic champion), born in Newport News, Virginia

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 5 Bill Bruton, American baseball outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55 Milwaukee Braves), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Dec 14 Rob Harris, American sky surfer, dies skydiving at 28
  • Dec 23 Gabrielle Keiller, Scottish art collector, golfer, archaeological photographer, dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Jimmy Boucher, Irish cricket all-rounder (28 first-class matches for Ireland; secretary Irish Cricket Union 1954-73), dies at 85
  • Dec 27 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), dies at 80