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December 2012 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Ukrainian Anna Ushenina beats Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria, 3½-2½ in 2 rapid tie breaks to win the World Women's Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
  • Dec 1 21st SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #3 Georgia, 32-28
  • Dec 1 8th ACC Championship Game: #13 Florida State beats Georgia Tech, 21-15

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Dec 1 Ex-England soccer captain David Beckham leaves LA Galaxy triumphantly with a second MLS Cup winner's medal after a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in Carson, CA; final game of a 6-year stint in US

Football Player David Beckham
Football Player
David Beckham

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Dec 1 FC Barcelona with 13 wins and a draw sets new La Liga start to Spanish football season record; Lionel Messi scores twice in 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao; pass Real Madrid's 1991-92 season mark

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

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Dec 9 Juan Manuel Márquez knocks out Manny Pacquiao in round six for the WBO light welterweight title

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Dec 10 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov’s 13-year Elo rating record

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen
Chess Grandmaster
Magnus Carlsen
  • Dec 10 78th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (QB); first freshman to win the award
  • Dec 16 Corinthians defeat Chelsea 1-0 to win the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup
  • Dec 21 The NHL announces a further cancellation of games until January 14 bringing the total number of cancelled games to 625
  • Dec 22 Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport

  • Dec 1 Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (33) weds Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader Krystle Campbell in Maui, Hawaii
  • Dec 1 Minnesota Twins baseball catcher Joe Mauer (29) weds Maddie Bisanz at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Dec 12 Basketball player Amare Stoudemire (30) weds Alexis Welch in Manhattan
  • Dec 17 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Rick Majerus, American college basketball coach (5× WAC Coach of the Year; Uni of Utah), dies of heart failure at 64
  • Dec 4 Miguel Calero, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (50 caps; Copa América 2001; Pachuca), dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41
  • Dec 9 Alexander Moulton, English engineer and bicycle designer (folding bicycle), dies at 92
  • Dec 11 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), dies of cancer at 56
  • Dec 14 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • Dec 19 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • Dec 20 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), dies at 89
  • Dec 22 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 88
  • Dec 25 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 84
  • Dec 28 Emmanuel Scheffer, Israeli soccer coach (Israel 1968–70, 78–79; only World Cup appearance 1970), dies at 88

Person of interestTony Greig

Dec 29 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, dies from a heart attack at 66

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig