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30 November 2006 (Thursday)

^Note 1 : The match was suspended after 80 minutes of play at 3–0 due to crowd trouble. Feyenoord fans who gathered tickets for the match in an illegal way and others who were held at the stadium by the police were rioting during the whole match. After a 20 minute break the match was finished.

29 November 2006 (Wednesday)

28 November 2006 (Tuesday)

  • Equestrian:
    • The parents of Albert Zoer who own his horse Okidoki reject a € 4,000,000 bid on the 10 year old horse. Zoer already won several Grand-Prix events with Okidoki and they were part of the Dutch team that became World Champions in Aachen in 2006. Owner Mr. Zoer told the press he prefers his son's career over the money.
  • Swimming:
    • Breaststroke specialist Madelon Baans ends her career at the age of 29 to concentrate on her post-sport career. Baans is 49 time Dutch national champion, current Dutch national record holder at the 100m breaststroke in either the 25- and 50m pools. During the 2004 European Championships in Madrid, she won the bronze medal as being part of the 4x100m medley, in the same year she reached the final at the 2004 Summer Olympics on the same discipline.
  • 2010 Winter Olympics:
    • Skicross will likely be added to the Olympic schedule as of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 after the Executive Board voted in favour of the sport. The inclusion of skicross must also be approved by the Vancouver Olympic Committee for the sport to be officially part of the sport program. Other events that were up for inclusion were rejected. These events included: Biathlon mixed relay, mixed curling, team alpine skiing, team bobsleigh, team skeleton, team luge and women's ski jumping.

27 November 2006 (Monday)

  • Tennis:
    • Thiemo de Bakker and Antal van der Duim are suspended for a month by the Dutch Tennis Federation, because the two did not follow the commitments made between them and the federation. They were supposed to fly back home, but played three tournaments in Israel instead. De Bakker reached the final in one of these tournaments.

26 November 2006 (Sunday)

  • Asian Games
    • Basketball: Uzbekistan Uzbekistan, Syria Syria, and Kazakhstan Kazakhstan all advance to the second round of the tournament by winning their respective groups.
    • Volleyball: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia and Macau Macau advance to the second round of the tournament.
  • Cycling: During the Six Days of Ghent current world champion at the madison Isaac Gálvez was involved in a serious crash in which he received serious injuries. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. While being rushed there, he died as a result of his injuries. The race was immediately stopped and no winners were announced.
  • Football (soccer):
  • Rugby union: 2006 Autumn internationals
    • Ireland 61–17 Pacific Islanders. Ireland give their historic home of Lansdowne Road a fitting sendoff in the last international rugby match before a two-year redevelopment project to create a modern 50,000-seat stadium.
  • Swimming: Mark Warnecke, current world champion on the 50m breaststroke announces his retirement in sports at the age of 36. Warnecke, who won a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics was unable to qualify for the upcoming World Championships before taking his decision.

25 November 2006 (Saturday)

  • Football (soccer):
    • General news:
      • Manchester United extends Wayne Rooney's contract with another two seasons. Rooney is now committed to Old Trafford until 2012.
    • ELF Cup, final:

24 November 2006 (Friday)

  • Asian Games:
    • BasketballBahrain Bahrain advances to the second round after winning Group A.
    • Football (soccer)Jordan Jordan, Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan, Iraq Iraq and Syria Syria advance to the second round after finishing in the top two positions of their first round groups.
  • Football (soccer):

23 November 2006 (Thursday)

22 November 2006 (Wednesday)

  • Football:
    • UEFA Champions League 2006-07 Matchday 5 (Teams advancing in Bold):
      • Group A: Werder Bremen 1 – 0 Chelsea
      • Group A: Levski Sofia 0 – 2 Barcelona
        • Barca must win in their final match against Werner Bremen to make the top two and assure passage into the knockout stage.
      • Group B: Inter Milan 1 – 0 Sporting
      • Group B: Spartak Moscow 2 – 2 Bayern München
        • Bayern and Inter both advance to the knockout stage.
      • Group C: Bordeaux 3 – 1 Galatasaray
      • Group C: Liverpool 2 – 0 PSV Eindhoven
        • Liverpool wins the group, and advances with Eindhoven.
      • Group D: Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – 0 Roma
      • Group D: Valencia 2 – 0 Olympiakos
        • Roma advances with a win or a draw against Valencia, while Shakhtar loses to Olympiakos.
    • Lierse SK appoints former player Kjetil Rekdal as their new manager to replace René Trost. Kjetil Rekdal resigned at Vålerenga IF on 21 August 2006.
    • Henk Houwaart is the replacement of Thomas Caers at Sint-Truiden. Dutchman Houwaart managed six other Belgian teams during his career. The last team he managed was AC Omonia.

21 November 2006 (Tuesday)

  • Football:
    • ELF Cup Group Stage
      • Group A:  Greenland 0–1 Kyrgyzstan  – Kyrgyzstan tops Group A and qualifies to the semi-finals.
      • Group A:  Găgăuzia 1–1 Zanzibar  – Zanzibar gets 2nd place in Group A and qualifies to the semi-finals.
      • Group B:  Tajikistan 1–2 Crimea  – Crimea gets 2nd place in Group B and qualifies to the semi-finals.
      • Group B:  Northern Cyprus 10–0  Tibet – Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus beat their former 'best win' record of 5–0 against Crimea with this score and qualifies to the semi-finals as top of Group B.
    • UEFA Champions League 2006-07 Matchday 5 (Teams advancing in bold):
    • The board of London's West Ham United F.C. accept an offer of £85 million from an Icelandic consortium led by Iceland FA chairman Eggert Magnusson to buy the club. The consortium has also taken on the clubs' £22.5 million debt. (BBC)
  • Swimming: Australian Ian Thorpe, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, announces his retirement from the sport at the age of 24. (BBC)

20 November 2006 (Monday)

  • Alpine skiing: Jose Maria Rienda Contreras suffers a heavy knee injury after falling during a training in preparation for the giant slalom World Cup in Aspen. Contreras, who won five World Cup meetings in her career will probably miss the whole alpine skiing season.
  • Cycling: Former Danish cyclist Jesper Skibby confirms to have used doping during his career for years. Skibby writes this confession in his book that is released on 21 November.

19 November 2006 (Sunday)

  • Jujutsu: 2006 Jujutsu World Championships:
    • men's −69 kg: Gold medal icon.svg France Julien Boussuge, Silver medal icon.svg Netherlands Ferrie Hendriks, Bronze medal icon.svg Russia Fedor Serov, Bronze medal icon.svg Italy Marco Barati
    • men's +94 kg: Gold medal icon.svg France Frederic Husson, Silver medal icon.svg Romania Mihai Neaga, Bronze medal icon.svg Poland Dariusz Zimolag, Bronze medal icon.svg Russia Sergey Kunashov
    • women's −62 kg: Gold medal icon.svg France Isabelle Bacon, Silver medal icon.svg Germany Sabrina Hatzky, Bronze medal icon.svg Netherlands Judith de Weerd, Bronze medal icon.svg Spain Margarita Montes
    • mixed duo systems: Gold medal icon.svg Germany Endele / Huber, Silver medal icon.svg France Heiremans / Heiremans, Bronze medal icon.svg Netherlands Alvarez / Van Bommel, Bronze medal icon.svg Switzerland Kümin / Bürgisser

18 November 2006 (Saturday)

  • Boxing: Fights at the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada (ESPN):
    • Undercard: Mexico Omar Niño Romero fought United States Brian Viloria to a majority draw; Romero retains the WBC light-flyweight (108 lbs.) championship.
    • Undercard: Colombia Ricardo Torres defeated Greece Mike Arnaoutis via a split decision to win the vacant WBO junior welterweight (140 lbs.) championship.
    • Main event: Philippines Manny Pacquiao knocked out Mexico Erik Morales in the third round to retain the WBC International super featherweight (130 lbs.) championship.
    • The card drew 18,276 people, the second largest crowd at the arena in its history.
  • Cycling (track): Anna Meares sets a new World Record at the 500 m individual time trial at the 2007 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics meeting in Sydney. The new world best time is 33.944 seconds.
  • Football (soccer):
    • CSKA Moscow retains their Russian Premier League title after winning 0–4 at FC Luch-Energia Vladivostok. FC Spartak Moscow is able to equal CSKA in points, but if that happens CSKA would still win due to having won more league matches during the season.
  • Jujutsu: 2006 Jujutsu World Championships:
    • men's −77 kg: Gold medal icon.svg Russia Igor Rudnev, Silver medal icon.svg Sweden Johan Ingholt, Bronze medal icon.svg Ukraine Ivan Nastenko, Bronze medal icon.svg Germany Mario Staller
    • men's −94 kg: Gold medal icon.svg Netherlands Rob Haans, Silver medal icon.svg Poland Tomasz Szewczak, Bronze medal icon.svg France Vincent Parisi, Bronze medal icon.svg Croatia Vedran Ikic
    • women's −70 kg: Gold medal icon.svg Netherlands Lindsay Wyatt, Silver medal icon.svg Germany Sonja Kinz, Bronze medal icon.svg Greece Stamatiki Leontaraki, Bronze medal icon.svg France Corinne Sarcy
    • women's duo systems: Gold medal icon.svg Netherlands Alvarez / Dekker-Poort, Silver medal icon.svg Germany Altmüller / Satory, Bronze medal icon.svg France Boldi / Jasset, Bronze medal icon.svg Sweden Persson / Eriksson

17 November 2006 (Friday)

  • Domino Day:
    • For the eighth time in nine years the world record for the highest number of falling domino stones is broken during Domino Day. In Leeuwarden 4,079,381 out of 4,500,000 domino stones fell, breaking the world record by 77,245 stones.
  • Jujutsu: 2006 Jujutsu World Championships:
    • men's −62 kg: Gold medal icon.svg Denmark Anders Lauridsen, Silver medal icon.svg Spain Francisco García, Bronze medal icon.svg France Nicolas Gimenez, Bronze medal icon.svg Austria Oliver Haider
    • men's −85 kg: Gold medal icon.svg Germany Andreas Kuhl, Silver medal icon.svg Russia Dmitry Nebolsin, Bronze medal icon.svg Denmark Jakob Tideman, Bronze medal icon.svg France Franck Vatan
    • men's duo systems: Gold medal icon.svg Switzerland P. Müller / R. Müller, Silver medal icon.svg France Ben Boudaoud / Cordesse, Bronze medal icon.svg Netherlands Van Bommel / Soechit, Bronze medal icon.svg Germany Goldbeck / Schmidt
    • women's −55 kg: Gold medal icon.svg France Annabelle Reydy, Silver medal icon.svg Sweden Linda Lindström, Bronze medal icon.svg Germany Andrea Pflefka, Bronze medal icon.svg Poland Monika Dikow-Iwanow
    • women's −70 kg: Gold medal icon.svg Denmark Taja Luthje, Silver medal icon.svg Netherlands Albertine Los, Bronze medal icon.svg France Melanie Lavis, Bronze medal icon.svg Germany Seher Dumanli

16 November 2006 (Thursday)

  • Football (soccer):
    • Bora Milutinović who coached five different nations to a FIFA World Cup tournament is appointed as the new coach of Jamaica. In Mexico former Real Madrid player Hugo Sánchez is appointed as their national coach to replace Ricardo Lavolpe whose contract was not renewed after the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
    • The KBVB is doing research to whether Jacek Bąk's story about a possible attempt to bribe him before the Euro 2008 qualifier between Belgium and Poland is true or not. The Polish international said he would have been awarded € 10,000 if he caused a penalty in Belgian favour.

15 November 2006 (Wednesday)

  • Basketball:
    • Egyptian basketball team Gezira Sports Club withdraws their entry into the 2006 Haarlem Basketball Week due to the appearance of the Israel national basketball team. The Egyptian government forbids their team to play in the same tournament, even when drawn in separate groups as there would be an opportunity to face each other in the final.
  • Cycling:
    • The French anti-doping lab of Chatenay-Malabry that tested Floyd Landis' urine samples made an administrative error when reporting its findings on his backup B-sample. In its report, the lab wrote that the B-sample tested was number 994,474, while the actual number was 995,474. The error does not mean the positive B-sample was not that of Landis, but it will be used by his lawyers.
  • Football (soccer)
    • 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification – 11 matches, but only three affect qualification as ten of twelve qualifying spots are taken.
      • Group D:  Bahrain 2 – 1 Kuwait  – Bahrain got the win they needed to qualify from the group.
      • Group F:  Uzbekistan 2 – 0 Qatar  – The win was more than Uzbekistan required, they needed to avoid a 10-goal defeat against the group leaders.
      • The Singapore–Palestine clash is called off due to travel difficulties for the visitors.
      •  Japan (Group A) and  Iran (Group B) win top-of-the-table clashes to take top spots in their groups ahead of  Saudi Arabia and  South Korea.
    • 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying
    • General news:
      • During the rest of the season in the Primera División Argentina, no more visiting fans are allowed into the stadiums due to heavy violence in the last couple of weeks. On November 12 the match between Independiente and Racing Club was suspended when Racing fans attacked police forces inside the stadium. It was the third match this season that was suspended due to supporter's violence.
      • Clarence Seedorf made his comeback in Oranje during the friendly match versus England. Seedorf who had his last cap at 30 June 2004 played the whole 90 minutes. It was the first time he played a match under the current manager Marco van Basten.

14 November 2006 (Tuesday)

  • Football (American): The New England Patriots will install FieldTurf, an artificial surface, into Gillette Stadium to replace a poorly maintained grass surface effective for their November 26 game against the Chicago Bears. Normally, the change could not take place until the following season, but there was no such rule in the NFL, according to Patriots owner Robert Kraft. A game two days earlier where they lost to the New York Jets in a steady downpour when a new grass surface installed one week earlier gradually became worse throughout the game, was the main cause of the decision.

13 November 2006 (Monday)

  • Football (soccer): General news:
    • In the first managerial change of the Premiership in England, Iain Dowie was released as manager of bottom dwelling Charlton Athletic.
    • Attilio Tesser was also sacked after only winning four points out of eleven matches at Ascoli. He is immediately replaced by Nedo Sonetti.
    • Also Lierse fired their manager. René Trost was only able to help his team win two points out of twelve matches.

12 November 2006 (Sunday)

  • Athletics:
    • Asafa Powell, who equalled the 100m world record twice in 2006 and won all six Golden League meetings, is named IAAF Athlete of the Year in the men's category. Sanya Richards won the women's award for her achievements in this year. Richards broke Valerie Brisco-Hooks' 1984 US national record and also won all Golden League meetings at her distance, the 400m.
  • Football (soccer):
    • General news:
      • The government of Tilburg claims € 100,000 to be paid by Feyenoord Rotterdam for using more police forces than planned during the match Willem II vs. Feyenoord. 250 extra police officers were used as Feyenoord fans decided to go to Tilburg on their own instead of using the bus combi that they organised out of Rotterdam because they said there were problems with the supporters last year. Feyenoord and their supporters objected and decided not to work along with Tilburg. The match which ended in a 3–5 win to Feyenoord was eventually visited by just 1 Feyenoord supporter that came with the combi bus. Hundreds of other Feyenoord fans were outside the Willem II Stadion to protest. 86 of them were taken in custody.
      • Due to Wesley Sneijder's injury, Netherlands national football team manager Marco van Basten calls up Clarence Seedorf to replace him. The AC Milan midfielder had his last international cap during the Euro 2004 semifinal match against Portugal.
    • 2006 MLS Cup Finals at Frisco, Texas
The Dynamo win the MLS Cup in their first season (their third overall as the previous two were as the San Jose Earthquakes) in a game where Revs forward Taylor Twellman and Dynamo striker Brian Ching score within 66 seconds of each other in the second overtime period.

11 November 2006 (Saturday)

  • Baseball
    • Final day of round robin play at the 2006 Konami Cup Asia Series in Tokyo, Japan.
    • Third day of round robin play at the 2006 Intercontinental Cup in Taichung, Taiwan.
      • Italy Italy 0–9 Cuba Cuba – Cuba remains one of two unbeaten teams left in the tournament.
      • Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei(Taiwan) 4–2 Australia Australia – The Taiwanese score four in the eighth to register their first win of the tournament.
      • Philippines The Philippines 0–22 The Netherlands Netherlands (7 innings – mercy rule) – The Philippines remain the only winless team as the Dutch score the biggest rout of the tournament so far.
      • Japan Japan 2–1 South Korea South Korea – Japan scores two in the bottom of the ninth to remain undefeated.

10 November 2006 (Friday)

  • Alpine skiing:
    • Fredrik Nyberg falls during a training run in Austria and suffers a heavy knee injury, which forces him to end his career at the age of 37.

9 November 2006 (Thursday)

  • American college football, AP NCAA Division I-A Top 25:
    • (15) Rutgers 28, (3) Louisville 25. Jeremy Ito's 28 yard field goal with 13 seconds left gave the Scarlet Knights the biggest win in their 137 years of playing the game, knocking the Cards from any National Title Game hopes.
    • (25) BYU 55, Wyoming 7

8 November 2006 (Wednesday)

  • Figure skating:
    • Irina Slutskaya denies the reports of her retirement in the sport and says she will probably compete during the 2006–07 season.
  • Football (soccer):
    • Al-Karama wins the second leg of the AFC Champions League 2006 final versus Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–1. Jeonbuk however, claims the Champions League title 3–2 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2–0.
    • Former English international Paul Gascoigne has been arrested and is accused of molesting a photographer at a night club.
    • S.C. Braga fires their manager Carlos Carvalhal after their 3–0 loss versus FC Porto on November 6.
  • Motorsport:
    • Sete Gibernau who finished in second position in the MotoGP World Championships twice behind Valentino Rossi retires from the sport. He won nine MotoGP races during his career.

7 November 2006 (Tuesday)

  • Cycling:
    • UCI Pro Tour team Davitamon-Lotto will experience a name change, to Predictor-Lotto for the 2007 season. Omega-Pharma will continue to sponsor the team, but will use it to promote its pregnancy test kits instead of its vitamin range.
  • Equestrian:
    • Dressage: Dutch two time silver Olympic medallist Tineke Bartels is heavily injured after she fell off her horse during a training. She fell with her head against a tree and will need a long time to recover. It is unsure whether she can continue her career.
    • Horse Racing: Japanese horses Delta Blues and Pop Rock finish first and second in the 2006 Melbourne Cup. Maybe Better, an Australian horse, finishes third.[3]

6 November 2006 (Monday)

  • Figure skating:
    • Irina Slutskaya ends her international career at the age of 27. She won two World and seven European titles, while she won a silver and a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics.
  • Golf: Ryder Cup:
    • Paul Azinger will be the new captain of the American Ryder Cup team, replacing Tom Lehman who was their captain in the 2006 edition which was won by Europe 18.5 vs. 9.5. In addition, the PGA of America announces a major overhaul in the points system to select the U.S. team, beginning with the 2008 Ryder Cup at the Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, and that the top eight will earn spots onto the team, with four captain's picks instead of just two.

5 November 2006 (Sunday)

Bye Week: Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Rugby union:  New Zealand defeat  England 41 points to 20 in a one-off international as part of a number of internationals being played throughout November. The game marked the opening of the new South Stand at Twickenham Stadium, allowing 82,000 fans to see the game.

4 November 2006 (Saturday)

  • Horse racing: 2006 Breeders Cup World Championship at Louisville, Kentucky
    • Invasor, an Argentine-bred now running in the USA, stuns the two favorites, Bernardini and Lava Man, to win the $5 million (US) Classic. Fernando Jara, who rode Invasor to the win, became the youngest jockey to win any Breeders' Cup race. Other winners in horse racing's richest day ($20 million [US] in purses):
      • Juvenile Fillies – Dreaming of Anna
      • Juvenile – Street Scene
      • Filly & Mare TurfOuija Board
        • Ouija Board, who won this race in 2004, joins Da Hoss as the only horses to win Breeders' Cup races in non-consecutive years.
      • Sprint – Thor's Echo
      • Mile – Miesque's Approval
      • Distaff – Round Pond
        • Tragically, Pine Island was put down following the race after severely dislocating her left front ankle, which broke through the skin and left her prone to untreatable infection. A second entrant, Fleet Indian, also broke down, but her injury was less severe, and she is expected to survive.
      • Turf – Red Rocks
  • Rugby union:  Wales and  Australia draw 29-all in a one-off international as part of a number of Test matches taking place in the Northern Hemisphere during November. The game, played at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, is historic as it is the first draw ever between the nations.

3 November 2006 (Friday)

  • Speed skating:
    • Two-time Olympic gold medallist Gianni Romme announces his immediate retirement in long track speed skating. He will however continue his career as a marathon speed skater and as a coach of Anni Friesinger and others.

2 November 2006 (Thursday)

  • Cricket: 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, 2nd semi-final:
    • Chris Gayle made the highest score of the tournament thus far, batting through 44 overs unbeaten as  West Indies (262/4) beat  South Africa (258/8) with six wickets and six overs to spare to book their place in the final, a replay of the main round group match, which West Indies won. Gayle batted together with Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the first 26 overs, adding 154 runs before Chanderpaul retired hurt, and South Africa did get some wickets near the end. Earlier, Herschelle Gibbs and Abraham de Villiers put on 92 for South Africa's fourth wicket, after they were 96 for three in the 23rd over. (Cricinfo)

1 November 2006 (Wednesday)


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