San Francisco 49ers 26, Denver Broncos 23 (OT) - The Broncos, needing only a tie to secure a wild-card berth, blow an early 13-0 lead, fail to score on three trips inside the Niners 5 in regulation, and eventually lose the game and a playoff berth on a Joe Nedney field goal.
Green Bay Packers 26, Chicago Bears 7 - In what many analysts speculate will be Brett Favre's last game, he throws for 285 yards and a TD to help lead the Pack to a rout of the Bears, who had little to play for as they had already clinched home field throughout the NFC playoffs. Bears QB Rex Grossman goes 2-for-12 with three interceptions, two returned for TDs, in the first half, and is pulled in favor of Brian Griese.
NFL Week 17: New York Giants 34, Washington Redskins 28: In what he says will be his last regular-season game, Tiki Barber rushes for a team-record 234 yards and scores three touchdowns. The Giants clinch the last playoff spot in the NFC.
England second innings: 161 all out (65.5 overs). Australia win the match by an innings and 99 runs, stretching their lead in the five-match series to 4-0. Shane Warne, in his final Test at the MCG, is named Man of the Match for his bowling figures of 5-39 and 2-46, and his 40 not out with the bat in the first innings. His final dismissal, of Steve Harmison, puts him on 999 total Test and ODI wickets, trailing only Muttiah Muralitharan. (BBC)
Allen Iverson made his debut with the Denver Nuggets, not starting the game but entering with less than four minutes in the first quarter, contributing 22 points and 10 assists, but the Sacramento Kings spoiled his party, winning 101-96.
England second innings: 350 all out (122.2 overs) Australia wins the match by 206 runs, and regain the Ashes at the earliest possible opportunity, leading the five-match series by 3-0. (BBC), (BBC Scorecard)
Philadelphia Eagles 36, New York Giants 22. Trent Cole, whose personal foul cost the Eagles their Week Two loss to the Giants, seals the game with an interception return for a touchdown as they take sole possession of second place in the NFC East.
2006 Lexus Cup - Asia and the International teams are tied 3 – 3 after day one.
14 December 2006 (Thursday)
Alpine skiing: Only one day after Andreas Schifferer announced his retirement from international skiing competitions his fellow countryman Werner Franz does the same. Franz who faced many longterm injuries won one European Cup and two World Cup meetings during his career.
San Francisco 49ers 24, Seattle Seahawks 14. After going almost the entire first half without a third down conversion, the 49ers spoil the Seahawks' second bid to clinch the NFC West and sweep the season series. Alex Smith throws for two touchdowns, and ran for a third in the win.
Ronnie O'Sullivan surprises opponent Stephen Hendry, the audience, referees and many others watching the live broadcasting of his match as he concedes the match at a 4-1 score. Henry was awarded the remaining frames and won the match by 9-1. Only several hours later O'Sullivan gave the reason for his decission. He said "Today I got so annoyed with myself that I lost my patience and walked away from a game that, with hindsight, I should have continued."
Bears return specialist Devin Hester sets a new NFL single-season record with his fifth (94 yards on a kickoff in the first quarter) and sixth (96 yards on a fourth quarter kickoff) kick returns for a touchdown. The two kickoff returns for touchdowns tie the NFL single-game record for the sixth time, last done by Chad Morton with the New York Jets against the Buffalo Bills on September 8, 2002. (NFL.com)
NBA: Commissioner David Stern announces that the league's widely criticized new microfiber composite ball will be replaced by the league's old leather ball, effective January 1, 2007. (ESPN)
Jacksonville Jaguars 44, Indianapolis Colts 17. Maurice Jones-Drew (166 yards rushing) and Fred Taylor (131 yards) expose the Colts' utter inability to defend the run. Jones-Drew has two rushing TDs and returns a punt for a third. The Jaguars' 375 rushing yards are a team single-game record, with the previous record of 246 being broken before halftime, while a third Jag, Alvin Pearman (77 yards), joined Jones-Drew and Taylor outrushing the whole Colts team (34 yards total).
Team America wins six out of nine matches over the last two session versus Team Europe to overcome their trailing score of 9-6 to a 12-12 final standings. This draw means Team America, who were the 2005 Mosconi Cup winners will keep the cup for another year.
Yury Prilukov trashes his own European record at the 1500m freestyle by more than seven seconds, bringing the time down from 14:23.92 to 14:16.13 in Helsinki. Prilukov's record is now six seconds away from the 14:10.10 World record set by Grant Hackett.
Laure Manaudou swims a new World record at the 400m freestyle. The old record, which was also hers was swum in 3:56.79, while 3:56.09 is the new best time.
NFL Week 14 Thursday night game: Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cleveland Browns 7. Willie Parker broke the Steelers' all-time record for most yards rushing in a game by a running back with 223 yards on 32 carries. By comparison, the Browns had a total of 18 yards on 11 carries…as a team.
NBA: In a game that tied for the fourth-highest highest combined scoring game in league history, the Phoenix Suns defeated the New Jersey Nets in double overtime, 161-157. Steve Nash led all scorers with 42 points for the Suns, while the Nets' Jason Kidd had his 89th triple double (38 points, 14 assists and 14 rebounds) in a losing effort, tying him with Wilt Chamberlain for third place on the all-time list.
Tragedy struck the Asian Games when South Korean equestrian athlete Kim Hyung-chil died after falling off his horse during the cross country competition which took place in the rain. The accident occurred at jump number eight during the cross-country stage of the three-day eventing competition. After the horse rolled over him, he was taken to the hospital, with his death later confirmed by the organizing committee. Kim won a silver medal at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan on the same horse.
The UEFA gives Feyenoord Rotterdam a fine of €125.000, because of the crowd trouble that occurred during their match versus AS Nancy on 30 November. Feyenoord also has to pay to repair the Stade Marcel Picot and will play two home matches without any supporters if something similar happens within the next three years.
Arkady Vyatchanin swims a new European record at the 200m backstroke. The Russian became the first European to swim under 1:50.00, finishing 0.02 underneath the time. The previous European record was 1:50.43 held by Markus Rogan.
Otylia Jędrzejczak beats Annika Mehlhorn's European record of 2:05.77 to 2:04.94, becoming the first European to swim under 2:05.00 at the 200m butterfly. Mehlhorn herself only finished in fifth position.
The Ashes 2006-07: wins the Second Test in Adelaide, defeating by six wickets. The match was dominated by high scores in the first two innings - England scoring 6/551 declared (Collingwood 206, Pietersen 158), Australia responding with 513 all out (Ponting 142, Clarke 124, Hoggard 7/109). England collapsed on the final day, dismissed for 129, leaving Australia 168 runs to win with just over two hours play remaining. The home side's victory came three overs before the close of play. Australia leads the series 2–0, with three Tests to play. (Scorecard)
Nathan Deakes sets a new World Record on the 50km road walking in Geelong. He was 16 seconds faster than Robert Korzeniowski's record, resulting in a 3.35.47 finish time. At 40km Deakes was 2 minutes faster than Korzeniowski, but lost most of it in the final kilometres.
At the Division IIISalem University Invitational consolation game in Salem, West Virginia, Lincoln University beats Ohio State-Marion, 201-78. The 123-point margin of victory by the Lions is the largest in NCAA history; Lincoln's Sami Wylie sets an all-division record with 21 three-pointers in 24 minutes played, also setting a school record with 69 points. In addition, the Lions set records for most points in a half (104 in the second half), most field goal attempts attempts and made in a game (141 and 79 respectively). ESPN
(15) West Virginia 41, (13) Rutgers 39 (3 OT): A failed two-point-conversion attempt in triple overtime ends the Scarlet Knights' Cinderella campaign for a Big East title and sends Louisville to the BCS.
The two year suspension of Karen Kronemeyer who was tested positive on using benzylpiperazine is reduced to one year. While appealing the suspension she convinced the jury that she did not use the doping substance on purpose. The jury however still believes Kronemeyer should have paid more attention and reduced the suspension with 50%. Kronemeyer's suspension started in February 2006 and will be able to compete again in February 2007.