On This Day

December 2000 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 England holds off a determined comeback by South Africa to notch up their 3rd Southern Hemisphere rugby scalp of the autumn with a 25-17 win at Twickenham; previously beat Australia, 22-19 and Argentina, 19-0
  • Dec 2 9th SEC Championship Game: #7 Florida beats #18 Auburn, 28-6
  • Dec 2 5th Big 12 Championship Game: #1 Oklahoma beats #8 Kansas State, 27-24

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Dec 3 French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup for the only time; beats Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 in the final in Lisbon, Portugal

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Dec 9 Tottenham defender Ledley King scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 9.82 seconds in 3-3 draw at Bradford City
  • Dec 10 89th Davis Cup: Spain beats Australia in Barcelona (3-1)
  • Dec 11 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)

Sport awardFootball Awards

Dec 19 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko

Football Star and Manager Zinedine Zidane
Football Star and Manager
Zinedine Zidane
  • Dec 23 Cricket Women's World Cup: New Zealand defeats Australia by 4 runs

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Dec 27 Pittsburgh Penguins center and part-owner Mario Lemieux scores a goal and 2 assists in his return to the NHL after more than 3 years out with injury problems and lingering cancer issues; Penguins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-0

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 16 Tennis player Todd Martin (30) weds Amy Martin in New Jersey

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), dies of drug overdose at 34
  • Dec 4 Colin Cowdrey CBE, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 14 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • Dec 25 Neil Hawke, Australian cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 91 wickets), dies at 61
  • Dec 30 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72