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What Were the Sports Highlights
in December 1976, 1986, 1991 and 1996?


December Sports Trivia



1976

• Chris Evert was named Sportswoman of the year by Sports Illustrated.

• With 75 year old Adolph Rupp on center stage Kentucky's undefeated Wildcat's celebrated the dedication of the new arena in the old coach's name with a win over Kansas 90-63.

• A 2 year old named Royal Ski got out of a tough trap to win the prestigious Remsen stakes.

• The Pittsburg Steelers beat the Cincinatti Bengals in 26ºF weather and snow flurries to keep their hopes alive.


1986

• Jay Schroeder and the Washington Red Skins beat the Dallas Cowboys 41-14 as their Super Bowl prospects soared.

• The Chicago Bears beat the Pittsburg Steelers for their third straight NFC central division title.

• The Womens World Cup Alpine ski racing season kicked off for the first time in the US.

• Everything clicked for the New York Giants as the team skunked the Red Skins and took over top spot in the NFC East.

• Penn State coach Joe Paterno was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

1991

• Bert Cooper the 32-1 underdog was one punch away from winning the heavy weight championship against Evander Holyfield in the third round when he knocked down Holyfield. Holyfield managed to recover and retain his title.

• Despite an ailing elbow Jim McMahon led the Philadelphia Eagles past the Phoenix Cardinals 34-14 at Sun Devil Stadium.

• In tennis, France pulled off the biggest final round upset in the history of the Davis Cup when they won it for the first time since 1932.

• Rookie John Daly was the crowd favorite at the Skins Games even though Payne Stewart was the big winner, sinking a four-foot putt for $260,000.

• Kevin Willis of the Atlanta Hawks had emerged as the NBA's top rebounder.

• Michael Jordan was honored Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.


1996

• In pro football the San Francisco 49ers geared up for a playoff run by beating the Washington Redskins 19-16 in overtime at RFK stadium.

• Chicago White Sox boss Jerry Reinsdorf broke the bank when he signed Albert Belle to a five year 55 million free-agent contract.

• Florida State earned a trip to the Super Bowl and a shot at its second national crown in four years.

• In college basketball Andrae Patterson led a rejuvenated Indiana to the championship of preseason NIT.

• In profootball the Green Bay Packers routed the Denver Broncos and moved closer to earning homefield advantage in the playoffs.

• Upstart Carolina Panthers beat San Fancisco to gain the upperhand in the NFC West.

• Tiger Woods was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

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