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December 31, 2008 (Wednesday)

American football

Cricket

Ice hockey

Winter sports

Cross-country skiing

December 30, 2008 (Tuesday)

American football

Cricket

Ice hockey

December 29, 2008 (Monday)

American football

Cricket

Ice hockey

Football (soccer)

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Cross-country skiing

Ski jumping

December 28, 2008 (Sunday)

American football

Cricket

Football (soccer)

  • ASEAN Championship:
    • Finals, second leg:
      • Vietnam  1–1  Thailand, Vietnam win the championship 3–2 on aggregate

Ice hockey

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Cross-country skiing

Nordic combined

December 27, 2008 (Saturday)

American football

Cricket

Ice hockey

Winter sports

Cross-country skiing

Nordic combined

December 26, 2008 (Friday)

American football

Cricket

Ice hockey

December 25, 2008 (Thursday)

Basketball

December 24, 2008 (Wednesday)

American football

Football (soccer)

December 23, 2008 (Tuesday)

American football

Baseball

Cricket

Football (soccer)

  • Argentine league:
    • Apertura play-off:
      • Boca Juniors 0–1 Tigre
        • Boca wins the championship despite their loss by better goals-difference.

December 22, 2008 (Monday)

American football

Cricket

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

December 21, 2008 (Sunday)

American football

Badminton

Cricket

Football (soccer)

Golf

Snooker

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Biathlon

  • World Cup 3 in Hochfilzen, Austria:
    • Men's 4 x 7.5 km Relay: (1)  Austria 1:21:23.18 0+1 0+4 (2)  Sweden 1:22:34.33 +1:11.2 0+3 1+9 (3)  France 1:22:39.44 +1:16.3 0+2 0+3
    • Women's 4 x 6 km Relay: (1)  Russia 1hr 14min 00.3sec, (2)  Germany at 1:43.4, (3)  France 2:13.8

Bobsleigh

Cross-country skiing

Nordic combined

Skeleton

Ski jumping

  • World Cup in Engelberg, Switzerland:
    • Individual 137m hill: (1) Gregor Schlierenzauer Austria 264.1 pts (133.5m+133.5m) (2) Wolfgang Loitzl Austria 262.4 (132.5+133.0) (3) Simon Amman Switzerland 260.0 (131.5+136.0)
      • Overall World Cup standings (after seven of 28 events): (1) Amman 585 (2) Schlierenzauer 510 (3) Loitzl 359

Snowboarding

December 20, 2008 (Saturday)

American football

Cricket

Football (soccer)

Volleyball

  • Penn State wins their second consecutive NCAA women's championship, defeating Stanford 3–0. The Nittany Lions finish the season 38–0, only losing two sets total.

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Biathlon

Bobsleigh

Cross-country skiing

Freestyle skiing

  • World Cup in Adventure Mountain, China:

Nordic combined

Ski jumping

  • World Cup in Engelberg, Switzerland:
    • Individual 137m hill: (1) Simon Ammann Switzerland 275.4 points (138.5 m/137.0m) (2) Wolfgang Loitzl Austria 273.2 (134.0/137.5) (3) Gregor Schlierenzauer Austria 265.7 (135.0/134.0)
      • World Cup overall standings (after six of 28 events): (1) Ammann 525 points (2) Schlierenzauer 410 (3) Loitzl 279

Snowboarding

December 19, 2008 (Friday)

American college football

Cricket

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Freestyle skiing

Skeleton

December 18, 2008 (Thursday)

American football

Basketball

Cricket

Football (soccer)

Winter Sports

Biathlon

Freestyle skiing

December 17, 2008 (Wednesday)

Basketball

Cricket

Football (soccer)

December 16, 2008 (Tuesday)

Football (soccer)

December 15, 2008 (Monday)

American football

Basketball

Cricket

December 14, 2008 (Sunday)

American football

Cricket

Football (soccer)

Golf

Gymnastics

Handball

Rugby union

Swimming

Winter Sports

Alpine skiing

Biathlon

Bobsleigh

Cross-country skiing

  • World Cup in Davos, Switzerland:
    • Sprint freestyle women: (1) Petra Majdič Slovenia (2) Celine Brun-Lie Norway (3) Marit Bjoergen Norway
      • Overall World Cup standings: (1) Aino Kaisa Saarinen Finland 397 (2) Majdic 289 (3) Bjoergen 280
    • Sprint freestyle men: (1) Ola Vigen Hattestad Norway (2) Johan Kjoelstad Norway (3) Renato Pasini Italy
      • Overall World Cup standings: (1) Dario Alonzo Cologna Switzerland 208 (2) Hattestad 200 (3) Johan Olsson Sweden 186

Luge

Ski jumping

  • World Cup in Pragelato, Italy:
    • Individual 140m hill: (1) Fumihisa Yumoto Japan 114.8 pts (126.0m) (2) Simon Ammann Switzerland 113.6 (124.5) (3) Johan Remen Evensen Norway 110.3 (123.5)
      • World Cup standings (after five events): (1) Ammann 425 (2) Gregor Schlierenzauer Austria 350 (3) Ville Larinto Finland 205

Snowboarding

  • World Cup in Limone Piemonte, Italy:
    • Men's Parallel GS: (1) Matthew Morison Canada (2) Sylvain Dufour France (3) Jasey Jay Anderson Canada
    • Women's Parallel GS: (1) Doris Guenther Austria (2) Kimiko Zakreski Canada (3) Anke Karstens Germany

Speed skating

  • World Cup 5 in Nagano, Japan:
    • 500 m women:
    • 500 m men:
    • 1000 m women:
    • 1000 m men:
    • 100 m women:
    • 100 m men:

December 13, 2008 (Saturday)

American college football

Basketball

  • National Basketball Association news: The Philadelphia 76ers become the league's fifth team to fire their head coach this season, axing Maurice Cheeks after a 9–14 start, even though the Sixers had extended his contract twice in the past year. Assistant general manager Tony DiLeo will be Cheeks' interim replacement.

Cricket

Football (soccer)

Gymnastics

Handball

Rugby union

Swimming

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Biathlon

  • World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen, Austria:
    (shooting penalties in brackets)
    • Men's 12.5 km pursuit: (1) Emil Hegle Svendsen Norway 35min 46.3sec (3), (2) Ole Einar Bjoerndalen Norway at 9.4sec (2), (3) Tomasz Sikora Poland 12 (3)
      • Overall World Cup standings (after five events): (1) Svendsen 276 pts, (2) Sikora 234, (3) Michael Greis Germany 200
    • Women's 10 km pursuit: (1) Martina Beck Germany 33min 41.2sec (1), (2) Svetlana Sleptsova Russia at 18.3 (4), (3) Simone Hauswald Germany 19.2 (5)
      • Overall World Cup standings (after five events): (1) Beck 224 pts, (2) Sleptsova 219, (3) Tora Berger Norway 206

Bobsleigh

Cross-country skiing

  • World Cup in Davos, Switzerland:
    • Women's 10 km classic: (1) Virpi Kuitunen Finland 29min 51.0sec, (2) Aino-Kaisa Saarinen Finland at 18 seconds, (3) Marit Bjoergen Norway 46.7
      • Overall World Cup standings (after five of 33 events): (1) Saarinen 365 pts, (2) Kuitunen 269, (3) Justyna Kowlaczyk Poland 227
    • Men's 15 km classic: (1) Johan Olsson Sweden 40:10.0 (2) Axel Teichmann Germany 40:20.5 +10.50 (3) Sami Jauhojaervi Finland 40:38.5 +28.50

Curling

Figure skating

Luge

Skeleton

Ski jumping

  • World Cup in Pragelato, Italy:
    • Individual 140m hill: (1) Simon Ammann Switzerland 284.3 points (139.5/144.0m) (2) Gregor Schlierenzauer Austria 282.6 (137.5/139.5m) (3) Ville Larinto Finland 259.2 (131.5/135.0m)
      • World Cup standings (after four of 28 events): (1) Ammann 345 points (2) Schlierenzauer 300 (3) Larinto 205

Speed skating

  • World Cup 5 in Nagano, Japan:
    • 500 m women:
    • 500 m men:
    • 1000 m women:
    • 1000 m men:

December 12, 2008 (Friday)

American college football

Cricket

Rugby union

Swimming

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Biathlon

Bobsleigh

Curling

Figure skating

Skeleton

December 11, 2008 (Thursday)

American football

Basketball

  • Euroleague, week 7:
    (teams in bold advance to the Top-16 round)
    • Group A:
      • Air Avellino Italy 72–86 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
        • Maccabi (4–3) need one more win or Avellino (2–5) loss to qualify to the Top-16. As a result of Maccabi's win, Olympiacos (5–2) qualifies to the Top-16 and Le Mans (0–7) is eliminated.
    • Group B:
      • SLUC Nancy France 78–70 Poland Asseco Prokom Sopot
        • Nancy gets level with Sopot in 4th place on 2–5, but the Polish team hold the advantage in a tie-break due to their 29-points victory in week 2.
      • Panathinaikos Athens Greece 76–87 Spain Regal FC Barcelona
        • Panathinaikos (5–2) need one more win or either Sopot or Nancy loss to qualify to the Top-16.
    • Group C:
    • Group D:

Cricket

Football (soccer)

Handball

Swimming

Winter sports

Curling

Figure skating

December 10, 2008 (Wednesday)

Baseball

  • According to reports from ESPN.com, CC Sabathia has signed a seven year, US $160 million deal with the New York Yankees. The deal, averaging out to nearly $23 million/year, will make Sabathia the highest paid pitcher in baseball history.

Basketball

Football (soccer)

Handball

Ice hockey

Winter sports

Curling

  • European Championships in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden:
    (teams in bold qualify to the play-off)
    • Men:
      • Round 8:
        •  Switzerland 7–4  Norway
          • Switzerland secures at least a tie for fourth place.
        •  France 5–6  Scotland
          • Scotland secures a play-off berth and eliminates France.
        •  Spain 2–9  Czech Republic
          • The Czechs win their 4th game in a row and remain in contention for a play-off berth.
        •  Germany 10–2  Sweden
          • Germany secures at least a tie for first place, while Sweden is eliminated.
        •  Ireland 5–11  Denmark
          • Denmark stay in contention for a play-off berth.
          • Standings with one round remaining: Germany 7–1, Norway, Scotland 6–2, Switzerland 5–3, Czech Republic, Denmark 4–4.
      • Round 9:
    • Women:

December 9, 2008 (Tuesday)

Baseball

Basketball

  • Euroleague, week 7:
    • Group C:
      • ALBA Berlin Germany 72–63 Fenerbahçe Ülker Turkey
        • Both teams are level in 4th place on 3–4, with identical head-to-heat record since Fenerbahçe won their first encounter 82–73.

Football (soccer)

Handball

Winter sports

Curling

December 8, 2008 (Monday)

American football

Baseball

Basketball

  • NBA news: The Minnesota Timberwolves fire head coach Randy Wittman. Kevin McHale is named Wittman's replacement in an effective demotion, as McHale had been the T-Wolves' vice president of basketball operations and had the final say on all player personnel decisions. Wittman is the fourth head coach axed this season, the most in league history before Christmas.

Football (soccer)

Cricket

  • England in India:
    • News: The English team arrive to Chennai for the first Test due to start there on Thursday, after it was decided on Sunday night at the team's training camp in Abu Dhabi to continue the tour.

Handball

Winter sports

Curling

December 7, 2008 (Sunday)

American football

Auto racing

Football (soccer)

Golf

Handball

Rugby union

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Biathlon

Bobsleigh

Cross-country skiing

  • World Cup in La Clusaz, France
    • Men's 4x10 km relay: (1)  Norway 1:39:01.0 (2)  Sweden 1:39:03.2 +02.20 (3)  France 1:39:07.6 +06.60
    • Women's 4x5 km relay: (1)  Finland 1:00:46.3 (2)  Sweden 1:01:19.7 +33.39 (3)  Norway 1:01:20.8 +34.50

Curling

Luge

Nordic combined

Short track speed skating

  • World Cup 4 in Nagano, Japan

Ski jumping

  • World Cup in Trondheim, Norway:
    • Individual 131m hill: (1) Simon Ammann Switzerland 280.2 points (140/135 m), (2) Matti Hautamaeki Finland 278.3 (137/135 m), (3) Gregor Schlierenzauer Austria 274.8 (134.5/135 m)
      • World Cup standings (after three of 34 rounds): (1) Ammann 245 pts, (2) Schlierenzauer 220, (3) Ville Larinto Finland 145

Speed skating

December 6, 2008 (Saturday)

American college football

Auto racing

Boxing

Football (soccer)

Handball

Rugby union

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Biathlon

Bobsleigh

Cross-country skiing

Curling

Luge

Nordic combined

Short track speed skating

Ski jumping

Snowboarding

Speed skating

December 5, 2008 (Friday)

American football

  • NCAA Top 25:
    • MAC Championship Game in Detroit:
      • Buffalo 42, (12) Ball State 24
        • The Bulls shock the previously unbeaten Cardinals and will go to Toronto for the International Bowl, the first bowl game in their history.
  • News:

Cricket

  • England in India:
    • News: The England cricket team is training in Abu Dhabi, while ECB officials and a security advisor inspect the security conditions in Chennai and Mohali, the cities scheduled to host the two Test matches. The delegation is due to report its findings to the team on Sunday, and then a decision should be made whether the tour will continue with the first Test in Chennai next Thursday.

Football (soccer)

Handball

Rugby union

Winter sports

Alpine skiing

Skeleton

December 4, 2008 (Thursday)

American football

Basketball

Football (soccer)

Handball

Winter sports

Biathlon

December 3, 2008 (Wednesday)

American college football

Basketball

  • NBA news: The Toronto Raptors fire Sam Mitchell as head coach, making him the league's third head coach axed this season. His interim replacement is assistant Jay Triano, the first Canadian coach in NBA history.

Football (soccer)

Handball

Ice hockey

Rugby union

Winter sports

Biathlon

December 2, 2008 (Tuesday)

American football

  • NFL news:
    • The New York Giants suspend Plaxico Burress for the remainder of the season, a day after he was charged with felony weapons possession stemming from an incident in which he accidentally shot himself.

Handball

December 1, 2008 (Monday)

American football

Cricket

Football (soccer)

  • U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile:
    • Quarterfinals:
      • Japan  1–2  North Korea
        • Defending champion North Korea win the all-Asian battle and earn a semifinal match against France.
      • Brazil  2–3  Germany
        • Twins Sylvie and Nicole Banecki score a goal each for Germany, that eliminate the reigning bronze medallists and will next play USA in a repeat of 2002 and 2004 semifinals. On the previous two occasions, the winner went on to win the title.



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