20th to 26th December
Competitions between the United States and Europe or the Rest of the World feature in sports like golf and tennis. The Mosconi Cup is no exception where the best pool-billiard players from the USA pit their skills against the best of Europe. Last weekend Team Europe claimed a narrow 14-13 win at the Alexandra Palace in London to retain the trophy. The venue alternates every year with Las Vegas the preferred choice for 2022. Phuket has been the host for two junior Beach Volleyball World Championships. While the Under-21 tournament completes tomorrow, the Under-19's wrapped up their event with victories for France's men and USA's women. Thailand and Brazil take the remaining men's medals, while Russia and Ukraine complete the women's podium. Sweden are the undisputed champions of floorball at present as the men completed a 6-4 win over Finland in Helsinki at the postponed World Floorball Championship 2020. The final was a repeat of the women's event completed earlier in Uppsala where the hosts won in extra time.
USA's 22-year-old Stetson Wright is making a name for himself as he claimed two Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association World Championships for the second year in a row. Wright completed the all-around and saddle bronc riding titles in Las Vegas. At the same event, Kaycee Feild made history as the greatest bareback rider in PRCA history, while Tyler Waguespack collected his third steer wrestling world title. Sage Kimzey claimed his seventh bull riding mountain world title, Caleb Smidt collected his third tie-down roper world title, and Jordon Briggs snared barrel racing world and average titles. Team ropers Kabel Driggers and Junior Nogueira won their first roping header and roping healer world titles. Over to bobsleigh where Germany's Francesco Friedrich is becoming one of the biggest names in the sport by celebrating his 20th 4-man bobsleigh and 60th overall victory earlier in the week at Winterberg. In softball USA's Under-18 Women beat Chinese Taipei 1-0 to claim the World Cup in Lima. In carom billiards, the Netherland's Dick Jaspers was crowned World Champion in Sharm El Sheikh.
It does not matter who your preferred champion was, Formula One produced one of the best seasons for a while. With Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton tied on championship points going in to the final race, Abu Dhabi gave viewers more thrills than ever expected. It was Verstappen who eventually raised the prized trophy. Putting controversy of the race aside, the sport won many supporters who now look forward to 2022 as new and exciting drivers are coming though. In Dublin, Axel Vang Christensen and Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal (both of Norway) won the European Cross Country Championships. At the recent 2021 Wheelchair Basketball European Championship, it was gold for both the Netherland's women and men. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, recently completed the IWF Weightlifting World Championships and Commonwealth Championships. Several records were broken with four on the final day. One standout performance is Nigeria's Joy Ogbonne Eze completing her nation's first-ever gold medal. Finally, Russia's Nikolai Gulyaev and Tumaara Fedorova win the most recent Draughts World Cup in Julinek, Poland.
Until next time, Merry Christmas and have a great week in sport.
16-21 December - 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2021 - Abu Dhabi, UAE
19-20 December - FINA High Diving Qualifier and Team Event - Abu Dhabi, UAE
26 December - Corrida Internationale de Houilles - Houilles, France
December 18-20 - North American Cup - Lake Placid, NY, USA
December 19-23 - North American Junior (U20) Championships (Open and Girls) 2021 - Charlotte, NC, USA
25-31 December - World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2021 - Warsaw, Poland
26-31 December - European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships 2021 - Novi Sad, Serbia
16-20 December - Australia v England (2nd Test) - Adelaide, Australia
20 December - Pakistan v West Indies (2nd ODI) - Karachi, Pakistan
22 December - Pakistan v West Indies (3rd ODI) - Karachi, Pakistan; USA v Ireland (1st T20) - Lauderhill, FL, USA
23 December - USA v Ireland (2nd T20) - Lauderhill, FL, USA
26-30 December - Australia v England (3rd Test) - Melbourne, Australia, South Africa v India (1st Test) - Centurion, South Africa
26 December - USA v Ireland (1st ODI) - Lauderhill, FL, USA
26 December - 2021/2022 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Dendermonde, Belgium
15 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 - PDC World Darts Championship - London, Great Britain
26 December - Group One Racing - Arima Kinen Grand Prix - Nakayama, Japan, Zabeel Classic - Ellerslie, New Zealand; Malibu Stakes; American Oaks; La Brea Stakes - Santa Anita Park, CA, USA
26 December 2021 to 5 January 2022 - IIHF Men's U20 World Championship - Edmonton, Red Deer, Canada
24-30 December - Asian Classic & Equipped Bench Press and Powerlifting Championships - Istanbul, Turkey
26 December 2021 to 1 January 2022 - Sydney to Hobart Race - Australia
Ski & Snowboarding
19-20 December - FIS Giant Slalom World Cup - Alta Badia, Italy
20-23 December - CIT Arnold Lunn World Cup - Veysonnaz, Switzerland
21-22 December - FIS Giant Slalom World Cup - Courchevel, France
22 December - FIS Slalom World Cup - Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
26-30 December - FIS Downhill World Cup - Bormio, Italy
12-20 December - PSA World Tour Squash Open Black Ball 2021 - Cairo, Egypt
* We have listed the above events based on the best information we can obtain. The current circumstances mean some of these may be postponed or cancelled at the last moment.