On This Day

December 2009 in Sports History

Events in Sport

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Dec 1 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is named best football player in the world; wins award by a then record margin, 240 points ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid with Barcelona midfielder Xavi 3rd

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Lionel Messi
Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Dec 5 18th SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #1 Florida, 32-13
  • Dec 5 5th ACC Championship Game: #12 Georgia Tech beats #25 Clemson, 39-34
  • Dec 5 14th Big 12 Championship Game: #3 Texas beats #21 Nebraska, 13-12
  • Dec 6 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)

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Dec 11 Tiger Woods announces an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

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Tiger Woods
  • Dec 14 75th Heisman Trophy Award: Mark Ingram, Jr., Alabama (RB)
  • Dec 19 Former Welsh and Lions captain Gareth Thomas is the first international rugby player to reveal he is gay

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Tommy Henrich, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1942, 1947–50; World Series 1938, 41, 47, 49, 51; NY Yankees), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Dec 2 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (University of Pittsburgh), dies of leukemia at 71
  • Dec 11 Claudia Boyarskikh, Soviet cross country skier (5 Olympic gold 1964, 1968), dies at 70
  • Dec 14 Alan A'Court, English footballer, dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • Dec 23 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (4 Tests for WI), dies at 65
  • Dec 24 George Michael, American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29 Steve Williams, American professional wrestler, known as "Dr. Death", and USFL football player, dies of throat cancer at 49