7 December 2006
Tennis: Swiss sensation Roger Federer defeated James Blake in straight sets to win the Tennis Masters Cup for the third time in four years. With his success this year winning three Grand Slam tournaments, he finishes as No. 1 for the third consecutive year and becomes the first professional tennis player ever to earn over $8 million in prize money in a single season.
Justine Henin-Hardenne finished the year as No. 1 for the second time in her career after winning the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid where the Belgian won the season-ending event by beating former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo.
Rugby: In the Autumn Internationals, Ireland had by far the best campaign of the home nations recording back to back wins over South Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Wales had a mixed campaign, with a draw against Australia, victories against the Pacific Islands and Canada, but finished with a heavy defeat to the all conquering All Blacks.
England's poor form continued, losing emphatically to the All Blacks as well as suffering a first home defeat by Argentina, with their only victory coming against South Africa. Scotland beat Romania and the Pacific Islands, but lost to Australia.
Golf: Tiger Woods' dominance of the PGA Grand Slam of golf continued as he triumphed by a shot over Jim Furyk for his seventh career victory in the event. Englishman Justin Rose won the Australian Masters for his first victory in two and a half years.
Marathon: Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil took his first ING New York City Marathon finishing in an impressive time of 2:09:58 ahead of Stephen Kiogora and Paul Tergat of Kenya.
Did you know...
David Walliams, co-star of Little Britain, narrowly missed out on the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year award. Walliams was tipped as an outside favourite after swimming the Channel from England to France in just over 10 and a half hours earlier this year to raise money for Sport Relief.
Tennis: Russia added to their 2002 Davis Cup victory by defeating Argentina 3-2 in a tightly contested Davis Cup Final on 1st December in Moscow. Marat Safin beat Jose Acasuso in an exciting decisive fifth rubber.
Golf: Players from 28 countries will compete at the World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup this month. The event will be held December 7-10 at Sandy Lane Resort's Country Club Course, St. James.
Cricket: After last year's pulsating series, England will be hoping to retain the Ashes, while Australia will hope to thrive on strong home support. Australia are 1-0 up after the 1st Test at The Gabba in Brisbane but the second test looks likely to be a draw.
1 Tennis Davis Cup World Group Final, Russia v Argentina, RUS
1-3 Motorsport FIA Wales Rally Great Britain, WAL
1-5 Cricket The Ashes, 2nd Test, Australia v England, AUS
1-15 Asian Games XVth Asian Games, QAT
2 Dancesport IDSF World Formation Latin, GER
3 Triathlon Ironman Western Australia, AUS
5 Rugby 125th Varsity Match, ENG
7 Golf WGC World Cup, Sandy Lane Resort's Country Club, BAR
9 Awards Nobel Peace Prize, NOR
10 Athletics SPAR European Cross-Country Championships, ITA
14 Golf PGA Tour Target World Challenge, USA
14-18 Cricket The Ashes, 3rd Test, Australia v England, AUS
26 Sailing Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, AUS
26 Cricket The Ashes, 4th Test, Australia v England, AUS
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