Events in Sport in December 1985

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 NFL QB legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Dec 7 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
  • Dec 8 Laurie Rinker/Larry Rinker wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 8 74th Men's Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Mats Wilander (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 8 74th Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice
  • Dec 11 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • Dec 21 Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • Dec 22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG