On This Day

Events in Sport in December 2009

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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

Football Star Lionel Messi
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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