January 1

Rafal Nadal Defeats David Goffin to win 2016 Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Spanish professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal successfully clinched 2016 Mubadala World Tennis Championship title in, 2016 held at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at the Zayed Sports City.
Nadal defeated his opponent David Goffin with in the finals. He reached the Abu Dhabi Finals by beating Tomas Berdych in the quarter-final and Milos Raonic in the semi-final.
Nadal who received a cash prize of $250,000 will now head to Australia for the Brisbane International.

Lionel Messi wins World’s Best Playmaker of 2016.
Argentine Star Lionel Messi was chosen as the World’s Best Playmaker for the year 2016, by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
Messi topped the list with 172 points followed by Andres Iniesta at second spot with 66 points and Toni Kross third with 45 points.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi earlier won the Best Playmaker of the World for the year 2015 with 168 points.

January 2

Sergey Karjakin upstages Magnus Carlsen to win Blitz crown; Anand finishes 10th.
Having lost to him in the Classical Chess World Championship match, Sergey Karjakin of Russia upstaged Norway’s Magnus Carlsen on better tiebreak to win the World Blitz Chess Championship title in Doha, Qatar.
Both finished on 16.5 points at the end of 21 rounds of competition spread over two days in the shortest format of chess. However, Karjakin was in his elements as he finished with 13 wins, seven draws against a lone defeat to Hikaru Nakamura of USA.
Carlsen won 14 games and drew five but lost two games – one of them to Karjakin and other to Vassily Ivanchuk, crowned as World Rapid Chess Champion.

January 3

Rafael Nadal wins Mubadala Tennis Championships 2016 in Abu Dhabi.
Spanish tennis veteran Rafael Nadal defeated Belgian David Goffin to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.
The world No. 9 disrupted 11th ranked Goffin's rhythm as he had planned before the final, by switching sides and changing from slice balls to high balls on the center court of the International Tennis Centre in Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City.

January 4

Australian Cricketer Arthur Morris Inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Former Australian cricketer Arthur Morris was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame, 2017, by Steve Waugh during the tea break on the arthur-morrisopening day of the third Test between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney.
Morris, who became the 82nd player to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, was given the honour posthumously.
His wife Judith Morris received a personalised cap from Waugh who himself is an ICC Cricket Hall of Famer.