November 27

Grey Cup (football)

The Vancouver-based British Columbia Lions host the nicknameless expansion Baltimore entry (the NFL threatened to sue if they call themselves the Colts) in the Canadian Football League's championship game. Wide receiver Darren Flutie, brother of 1984 Heisman Trophy-winner Doug Flutie, caught three touchdown passes to lead the Lions over Doug's team, the Calgary Stampeders, last week.

December 1-3

US Open Swimming Championships

The Open will be swum in a 25-meter rather than a 50-meter, Olympic-size pool. With twice the turns, times might be slightly faster, since swimmers have more chances to push off the pool's end walls. The leading US entrant is Amy Van Dyken, a three-medal winner at last summer's world championships in Rome.

December 1-4

J.C. Penney Classic (golf)

December is novelty month in professional golf; this is the first of several events in which men and women pros will mix in varying formats.

December 2-4

Women's World Cup skiing, Vail, Colo.

Women on the international ski circuit make their only US appearance of the 1994-95 season here. The downhill shapes up as the most interesting race for spectators, since it brings together US Olympic stars Hilary Lindh (silver '92) and Picabo Street (silver '94). The men simultaneously kick off their season in Val-d'Isere, France.

December 2-4

Davis Cup tennis final

Playing in Moscow, Russia is bidding to win its first major tennis team title in a five-match showdown with Sweden, which last won the cup in 1987.

December 3

John R. Wooden Classic (basketball)

The annual men's basketball doubleheader debuts at the Anaheim (Calif.) Arena. The lineup: Kentucky vs. UCLA and Kansas vs. the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Kentucky and UCLA last met in the 1975 NCAA championship, in which Wooden bid farewell to coaching by guiding the Bruins to their 10th national title.

December 3 and 4

Men's and women's World Cup speed-skating

American star Bonnie Blair, a four-time Olympian, launches her final season of competition in a speed-skating hotbed, Heerenveen, Netherlands.

December 9 and 11

Men's college soccer championships

The University of Virginia, winner of the last three titles, is among 16 teams still alive in the major-college playoffs. The semifinals and finals will be played at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. The women crowned their team champion last weekend, when the University of North Carolina secured a ninth consecutive title by beating previously undefeated Notre Dame, 5-0.

December 10

Heisman Trophy presentation

In a nationally televised ceremony, New York City's Downtown Athletic Club names the best college football player, as selected by news-media members. Quarterbacks have won four of the last five years, and two are leading candidates this time - Alcorn State's Steve McNair and Penn State's Kerry Collins. Some observers favor Colorado running back Rashann Salaam.

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