On This Day

December 1998 in Sports History

Events in Sport

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

Sport awardPresident'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

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • Dec 14 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)

Sport awardFootball Awards

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

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Ronaldo
Football Player and Manager Zinedine Zidane
Football Player and Manager
Zinedine Zidane

Birthdays in Sport

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

Person of interestKylian Mbappé

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

Footballer Kylian Mbappé
Footballer
Kylian Mbappé

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler

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

Person of interestArchie Moore

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

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 25 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 27 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, dies at 46