December 1998 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 5 3rd Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Texas A&M beats #2 Kansas State, 36-33 (2 OT)
  • Dec 5 7th SEC Championship Game: #1 Tennessee beats #23 Mississippi State, 24-14
  • Dec 6 87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)

President's Cup

Dec 13 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: International team wins for first time; Shigeki Maruyama and Steve Elkington unbeaten as Internationals beat US 20½–11½

  • Dec 14 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)

Ballon d'Or

Dec 22 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Zinedine Zidane is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Davor Šuker and Inter forward Ronaldo

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 17 Martin Odegaard, Norwegian footballer, youngest to play for Real Madrid, born in Drammen, Norway

Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé (24 years old)

Dec 20 French soccer forward (France, PSG, Monaco), born in Paris, France

  • Dec 22 Casper Ruud, Norwegian tennis player (French & US Open 2022 runner-up), born in Oslo, Norway

Weddings in Sport

Clyde Drexler

Dec 30 NBA player Clyde Drexler (36) weds attorney Gaynell Floyd; divorce in 2011

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder and manager (15 caps; Atalanta; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 81
  • Dec 3 Ed Widseth, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (University of Minnesota; Pro Bowl 1938; NY Giants), dies at 88

Archie MooreArchie Moore (1913-1998)

Dec 9 American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), dies at 84

  • Dec 25 John Pulman, English snooker player (World Champion 1957-68; News of the World Snooker Tournament 1954, 57, 58), dies after a fall at 75
  • Dec 27 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, dies at 46