Murray's Wimbledon win, Sachin's goodbye.. Top sporting moments of 2013
Who stole the show in 2013? Andy Murray, Sachin Tendulkar, Lance Armstrong among others were in the spotlight this year. As the year draws to an end, check out the top 10 sporting moments of 2013.
Lance Armstrong comes clean over doping -- January 17
"Yes." With one word, Lance Armstrong finally confessed to a cycling career built on performing-enhancing drugs, putting himself on a par with Canadian athlete Ben Johnson as the world's most notorious drugs cheat.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January, Armstrong ended his years of denials about systematic doping and said it would have been impossible to win one of his seven Tour de France titles without the drugs.
"I am flawed," the American said. "Deeply flawed."
Image: In this handout photo provided by the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey (right) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career
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'Blade Runner' in alleged murder of girlfriend
Oscar Pistorius accused of murder - February 14
Stunned disbelief greeted the news that Oscar Pistorius, who triumphed over disability to compete with able-bodied athletes at the Olympics, had shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.
South Africa's "Blade Runner", a double amputee who uses carbon-fibre prosthetic blades to compete, will be tried for murder next year. Pistorius told a Pretoria bail hearing: "I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva."
Image: Oscar Pistorius with his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Photographs: Thembani Makhubele/Reuters
Murray finally wins Wimbledon
Andy Murray wins Wimbledon - July 7
Andy Murray ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's champion by vanquishing Novak Djokovic in an electric final at the All England Club in July. Willed on by thousands of Union Jack-waving fans on Centre Court and millions across Britain, the Scot won tennis's most prestigious title in straight sets. Murray told Reuters: "I know what it feels like to lose in finals, in a Wimbledon final, but now I know what it feels like to win and that's certainly a lot better."
Image: Andy Murray of Britain kisses the winners trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Bolt struck at Worlds with three golds
Usain Bolt registers eight world titles - August 10-18
Usain Bolt won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay at the 14th IAAF Moscow World Athletics Championships in August to take his all-time tally to eight gold and two silver.
The Jamaican signed off from the event in grand style, leading Jamaica to the gold in the 4 x100 metres relay.
The quartet of Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt, all finalists in the 100 meters, were comfortable winners, in 37.37 secs, a world leading time.
The United States, with former world champion Justin Gatlin in the ranks, finished second in 37.66.
Great Britain won the bronze in 37.80.
It was the fourth instance when Bolt completed the 'treble' of 100, 200 and the relay -- after the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
Bolt was untouchable on the blue track at the Luzhniki stadium, winning the 100 in the first week of the event and then becoming the first man to take three successive 200 metres titles.
In completing his treble, he joined the American trio of Allyson Felix, Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson with eight world titles.
Image: Usain Bolt
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Isinbayeva claims third world title
Yelena Isinbayeva thrills home crowd at worlds - August 13
Russian Yelena Isinbayeva pulled off a winning leap when it mattered most to claim her third world title in front of a partisan home crowd in Moscow. The double Olympic champion was the only vaulter to jump 4.89 metres.
"I'm the pole vault queen, the crowd is mine," said the 31-year-old who then sparked controversy with comments on Russia's anti-gay laws. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won three titles at the championships.
Image: Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia celebrates winning gold at the World Championships
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End of Ferguson era at Old Trafford
Alex Ferguson announces retirement - May 8
The news was not entirely unexpected but it still stunned British football. Alex Ferguson, the country's longest-serving and most decorated football manager, announced he was retiring after more than 26 years and 1,500 matches at the helm of Manchester United. The 71-year-old Scot's era at Old Trafford brought the northern English club 13 league titles, two European Cups, five FA Cups and four League Cups.
Image: Alex Ferguson
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Bale signs record deal with Real Madrid
Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid - September 1
Ending months of speculation, Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale finally put pen to paper and joined Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee of 100 million euros ($132 million). The fee eclipsed the previous record of 94 million euros that Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.
The Welshman said Spurs would "always be in my heart" before jetting off to Madrid to take his place among the Galacticos.
Image: Gareth Bale (left) with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
Photographs: Paul Hanna/Reuters
Tearful farewell for Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar's last Test - November 16
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar struggled to hold back the tears after calling time on a 24-year cricket career in Mumbai, his birthplace.
The ‘Little Master’ finished his career as the sport's most prolific international run-scorer but was unable to sign off with a century against West Indies in his 200th and final Test.
"My life's been 22 yards for 24 years," said Tendulkar who scored 15,921 Test and 18,426 ODI runs.
Image: Sachin Tendulkar after his last innings against the Windies at the Wankhede
Sailing: Team USA retain America's Cup
Oracle comeback secures America's Cup - September 25
Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA capped an incredible comeback to retain the America's Cup in San Francisco after a winner-takes-all showdown with Emirates Team New Zealand. Hit with a pre-match penalty that required Oracle to win 11 races on the water, the American boat appeared to be down and out at 8-1 behind. But helped by speed improvements and installing Britain's multi Olympic champion Ben Ainslie as team tactician, Oracle reeled off race after race to win sailing's biggest trophy.
Image: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrates after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand to defend the America's Cup during the final race on in San Francisco, California
Photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Baseball great Rivera hangs boots
Mariano Rivera retires - September 26
Baseball's greatest closer was reduced to tears on the mound as he brought the curtain down on a stellar 19 years in Major League Baseball. The New York crowd rose to their feet, chanting Rivera's nickname "Mo".
"It definitely was a magic moment," said Rivera, who rose from poverty in Panama to be one of the most revered players in America's favourite pastime. He recorded 652 saves and served as the Yankees' closer for 17 seasons.
Image: Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees reacts to the crowd after leaving the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning during their game on September 26
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Baseball: Red Sox win World Series
Red Sox win World Series for wounded Boston - October 30
Boston closer Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out as the Red Sox clinched their first World Series at FenwayPark since the 1918 championship. The win came six months after the city was shocked by the deadly marathon bombings, and the Red Sox had emerged as a beacon of hope for Boston. Red Sox slugger
David Ortiz, who won the Most Valuable Player award, said of Boston: "We stick together. It's a family, and we fight against the world."
Image: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates following a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Wrestling dropped from Olympics, then reinstated
Wrestling dropped from Olympics - February 12
Wrestling fans were shocked when the IOC announced it was dropping the sport from the Olympic programme because of its failure to modernise after decades of waning interest. Wrestling responded by overhauling its rules, administration and gender equality policy and was reinstated for the 2020 Games. The sport featured in the ancient Olympics as well as every modern Games, apart from 1900.
Photographs: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Vettel ignores team orders on way to title
Sebastian Vettel ignores team orders - March 24
Sebastian Vettel cruised to a fourth successive Formula One title but his road to the championship hit a speed bump in Malaysia when he chose to defy his team's orders and overtake Red Bull team mate Mark Webber. Vettel was told to stay behind Webber, with both asked to save their tyres and fuel to ensure a one-two finish. Vettel said: "I am the black sheep right now ... all I can say is apologies to Mark." The relationship between the two deteriorated beyond repair.
Image: Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates with his trophy on the podium after winning the Austin F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas
Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters
Lisicki under Bartoli pressure
Sabine Lisicki's meltdown in Wimbledon final - July 6
Sabine Lisicki despatched defending champion Serena Williams and last year's runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska on her way to the Wimbledon final but found nerves a tougher opponent than Marion Bartoli.
The German succumbed to the pressure and sobbed her way through a 6-1 6-4 defeat. Former men's champion John McEnroe said: "There would have been no place Lisicki would rather have been an hour ago. Now it's the last place she wants to be."
Image: Sabine Lisicki
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