Events in Sport in December 1997

  • Dec 2 MCI Center opens in Washington, D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics
  • Dec 3 Golden State Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, four-year, $32 million, contract terminated for attacking his coach P J Carlesimo
  • Dec 4 NBA suspends Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking his coach
  • Dec 5 1st Game at Wash Capitals' MCI Center vs Fla Panthers
  • Dec 6 6th SEC Championship Game: #3 Tennessee beats #11 Auburn, 30-29
  • Dec 7 Amy Fruhwirth & Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic
  • Dec 12 Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
  • Dec 13 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)
  • Dec 14 Juli Inkster & Dottie Pepper win LPGA Diners Club Matches

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Dec 14 Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner

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Dec 15 SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Dec 21 Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
  • Dec 21 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game

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Dec 23 Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)

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Dec 23 Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • Dec 29 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats New Zealand by 5 wickets
  • Dec 31 Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills
  • Dec 31 27th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Kansas State beats #14 Syracuse, 35-18