December 2006 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Canadian jockey Russell Baze becomes North American horse racing's all-time win leader when Butterfly Belle wins 4th race at Bay Meadows, San Mateo, California; 9,531 victories passes record of Laffit Pincay Jr
  • Dec 2 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
  • Dec 2 15th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #8 Arkansas, 38-28
  • Dec 2 2nd ACC Championship Game: #16 Wake Forest beats #23 Georgia Tech, 9-6
  • Dec 3 Davis Cup Tennis, Moscow: Marat Safin beats José Acasuso of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to clinch Russia's 3-2 victory

Sports History

Dec 5 Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million

  • Dec 9 72nd Heisman Trophy Award: Troy Smith, Ohio State (QB)

Sports History

Dec 10 British Broadcasting Corporation gives Swedish tennis icon Björn Borg a Lifetime Achievement Award; presented by Boris Becker

  • Dec 26 At 40 years, 268 days, Teddy Sheringham scores for West Ham United in a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth at Upton Park, London; becomes oldest goalscorer in EPL history

Sports History

Dec 26 Spin bowling great Shane Warne becomes first bowler in Test cricket history to take 700 wickets; bowls England opener Andrew Strauss for 50 during Australia's 4th Test win in Melbourne

  • Dec 31 The final contest at the old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin is a rugby match with Leinster beating Ulster 20-12 in a Celtic League game

Weddings in Sport

  • Dec 27 Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California
  • Dec 30 Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada
  • Dec 31 L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Sport

Chris Evert

Dec 4 American tennis player Chris Evert (51) divorces American alpine skier Andy Mill (52) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, citing irreconcilable differences

Michael Jordan

Dec 29 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (43) divorces Juanita Vanoy (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage


Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 3 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500, 1962 runner-up), dies from cancer at 81
  • Dec 5 David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 82
  • Dec 8 José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)

Paul Arizin

Dec 12 Paul Arizin, American College/Basketball HOF small forward (NBA C'ship 1956; 10 x NBA All Star; NBA scoring champion 1952, 57; Philadelphia Warriors), dies in his sleep at 78

  • Dec 13 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), dies at 74
  • Dec 15 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • Dec 17 Larry Sherry, American baseball pitcher (World Series MVP 1959, LA Dodgers), dies at 71
  • Dec 21 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • Dec 21 Sydney Wooderson, English athlete dubbed "The Mighty Atom" (world record 1937), dies at 92
  • Dec 22 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (3 x World C'ship gold 1978; 2 x World Cup gold 1977), dies of complications from quadriplegia at 46
  • Dec 23 Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)
  • Dec 30 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Dec 31 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 65