December 2001 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Nicaraguan baseball team wins the Central American Games; Ramon Padilla ends 15 year stint with the national team with 2 homers in the 9-0 finale against Guatemala
  • Dec 2 Davis Cup Tennis, Melbourne: Nicolas Escudé defeats Wayne Arthurs of Australia 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to give France a 3-2 victory; 9th French title, despite not playing a single match on home soil
  • Dec 8 10th SEC Championship Game: #21 LSU beats #2 Tennessee, 31-20
  • Dec 10 67th Heisman Trophy Award: Eric Crouch, Nebraska (QB)
  • Dec 18 Ballon d'Or: Liverpool forward Michael Owen is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Raúl and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
  • Dec 20 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)

Weddings in Sport

  • Dec 12 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 6 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53
  • Dec 6 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • Dec 21 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)