These are among the top international sports events of the week. :
FRIDAY, Dec. 9
thru 11, Dubai, United Arab Emirates — golf, European Tour, Dubai World Championship.
thru 13, Hobart, Australia — cricket, Australia vs. New Zealand, 2nd test.
thru 13, Chittagong, Bangladesh — cricket, Bangladesh vs. Pakistan, 1st test.
thru 11, Quebec City, Canada — figure skating, Grand Prix Final.
thru 10, Port Elizabeth, South Africa — rugby, world series, South Africa Sevens.
thru 11, Auckland, New Zealand — field hockey, Champions Trophy.
thru 11, Naples, Florida — golf, US PGA Tour, Franklin Templeton Shootout.
thru 11, Harrachov, Czech Republic — ski jumping, World Cup.
Copper Mountain, Colorado — skiing, freestyle World Cup.
thru 11, Hochfilzen, Austria — biathlon, World Cup.
thru 18, Perth, Australia — sailing, world championships.
SATURDAY, Dec. 10
thru 11, Davos, Switzerland — ski jumping, World Cup.
thru 11, Ramsau, Austria — Nordic combined, World Cup.
Ruka, Finland — skiing, freestyle World Cup.
Duesseldorf, Germany — boxing, Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck for Klitschko’s WBA-IBF-WBO heavyweight titles; Gennady Golovkin vs. Lajuan Simon for Golovkin’s WBA middleweight title.
Washington — boxing, Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson for Khan’s WBA-IBF junior welterweight titles.
SUNDAY, Dec. 11
Chennai, India — cricket, India vs. West Indies, 5th ODI.
Toyota, Japan — football, Club World Cup quarterfinals: Kashiwa Reysol vs. Monterrey, Esperance vs. Al-Sadd.
MONDAY, Dec. 12
Los Angeles — rugby, IRB Council meeting.
TUESDAY, Dec. 13
No new major events.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14
Toyota, Japan — football, Club World Cup semifinal.
Various sites, Europe — football, Europa League: FC Zurich vs. Vaslui, Lazio vs. Sporting Lisbon, Dynamo Kiev vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv, Besiktas vs. Stoke City, Slovan Bratislava vs. Salzburg, Paris Saint-Germain vs. Athletic Bilbao, Maccabi Haifa vs. Schalke, Steaua Bucharest vs. AEK Larnaca, Wisla Krakow vs. Twente, Fulham vs. Odense, Sturm Graz vs. AEK Athens, Anderlecht vs. Lokomotiv Moscow.
THURSDAY, Dec. 15
thru 19, Centurion, South Africa — cricket, South Africa vs. Sri Lanka, 1st test.
Yokohama, Japan — football, Club World Cup semifinal.
thru 18, Bangkok — golf, Asian Tour, Thailand Championship.
thru 18, Dubai, United Arab Emirates — golf, Dubai Women’s Masters.
Various sites, Europe — football, Europa League: PAOK Thessaloniki vs. Rubin Kazan, Shamrock Rovers vs. Tottenham, Hannover vs. Vorskla Poltava, FC Copenhagen vs. Standard Liege, Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Legia Warsaw, PSV Eindhoven vs. Rapid Bucharest, AZ Alkmaar vs. Metalist Kharkiv, Austria Vienna vs. Malmo, FC Bruges vs. Braga, Birmingham City vs. Maribor, Udinese vs. Celtic, Atletico Madrid vs. Rennes.
thru 17, Telluride, United States — snowboard, World Cup.
FRIDAY, Dec. 16
thru 17, Val Gardena, Italy — skiing, men’s World Cup.
thru 18, Seefeld, Austria — skiing, Nordic combined World Cup.
SATURDAY, Dec. 17
thru 21, Mirpur, Bangladesh — cricket, Bangladesh vs. Pakistan, 2nd test.
Atlantic City, New Jersey — boxing, Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch for Froch’s WBC and WBC super middleweight titles.
thru 18, Courchevel, France — skiing, women’s World Cup.
thru 18, Rogla, Slovenia — skiing, cross-country World Cup.
thru 18, Engelberg, Switzerland — ski jumping, World Cup.
thru 18, Innichen, Italy — skiing, freestyle World Cup.
Ruka, Finland — snowboard, World Cup.
SUNDAY, Dec. 18
Yokohama, Japan — football, Club World Cup final.
thru 19, Alta Badia, Italy — skiing, men’s World Cup.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.