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July - and after the death of Eusebio at the start of the year, we bade farewell to another footballing giant.
Alfredo di Stefano died on the 7th - two days after suffering a heart attack.
He was 88 years old.
Revered at the Bernabeu, the two-time former European Player of the Year scored a remarkable 216 goals in 284 appearances for Real Madrid.
Di Stefano played international football for both Argentina, his country of birth, and Spain.
The Real faithful will be hoping that this man can at least attempt to emulate di Stefano's feats for the club - though one individual was rather too excited by the arrival of Colombian striker James Rodriguez.
The top scorer at the World Cup with six goals, Rodriguez signed a six-year contract after moving for a reported 80 million euros (108 million US dollars) from French Ligue 1 side Monaco.
Toni Kroos was the club's other major import over the summer.
Plenty of activity on the transfer front elsewhere in Spain, with Ivan Rakitic leaving Seville for Barcelona.
The 26-year-old Croatia midfielder signed a five-year deal.
His compatriot Mario Mandzukic also arrived in the country.
The former Bayern Munich striker signed a two-year deal with league champions Atletico Madrid.
Much movement in Italy too ...
Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was looking forward to a new challenge in Serie A.
The Serbian defender joined Inter Milan as a free agent after eight seasons at Old Trafford.
Over at city rivals AC, Filippo Inzaghi was unveiled as the team's new manager on July the 10th.
In the wake of a hugely disappointing eighth-place finish in the league, Inzaghi's ex-Milan team-mate Clarence Seedorf was relieved of his duties after only four months in charge.
With 126 goals in 300 appearances for the 'Rossoneri', Inzaghi will hope to recreate some of his past successes on the field in his new role.
Ashley Cole signed a two-year deal with AS Roma.
The 33-year-old left-back had spent the past eight seasons with Chelsea, and was with London rivals Arsenal for the previous six years.
He's the highest-profile English player to come to Italy since David Beckham's two loan spells with AC Milan in 2009 and 2010.
Massimo Allegri was unveiled as the new boss of Juventus on July the 16th, one day after Antonio Conte stepped down from the Turin club.
Plenty of other coaching vacancies around the world were being filled �
Michael Laudrup found himself back in employment as the coach of Qatari club Lekhwiya.
July the 3rd and French Ligue 1 side Monaco introduced their new coach Leonardo Jardim to the media.
Jardim signed a two-year deal and succeeded Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked at the end of the 2013 season, despite guiding Monaco to second in the table.
The former Italy national coach Cesare Prandelli signed a two-year contract to coach Turkish giants Galatasaray.
Louis van Gaal was avoiding making any promises to instantly revive Manchester United's fortunes.
The Dutchman, who guided the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was formally introduced as United's new manager on July the 17th
Van Gaal was the full-time successor to David Moyes, who was dismissed after less than a year as Alex Ferguson's replacement.
Exactly two weeks after Brazil were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, Dunga was appointed as the new national team manager to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari.
It is the second time that Dunga has managed Brazil.
And Dick Advocaat was unveiled as the new manager of the Serbian national team on July the 28th, after a signing a two-year contract.
The Dutchman replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic, who took up the managerial reins at Italian Serie A club Sampdoria.
Talking of Serbia and Serbians ...
Sunday, July the 6th - and Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a thrilling Wimbledon men's final 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4 in three hours and 56 minutes.
His second title at SW19 allowed the Serb to regain the world number one ranking for the first time since September 2013.
A day earlier and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic claimed her second Wimbledon crown with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in the women's final.
Golf and in her 64th tournament, Mo Martin finally tasted victory - and what a victory it was.
Ranked 99th in the world at the start of the week, the 31-year-old American won the women's British Open at Royal Birkdale on July the 13th.
A week later and in the corresponding men's event, Rory McIlroy secured his third major title.
The Northern Irishman finished two strokes clear of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler at Hoylake.
July the 27th - and cycling's greatest crown went to Vincenzo Nibali.
The Italian won the 101st Tour de France by a margin of seven minutes, 37 seconds from Jean-Christophe Peraud.
The 29-year-old Astana rider became the sixth man to win all three Grand Tours - the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
Into August - and Rory McIlroy just kept getting better �
He went on to secure his fourth major title and second PGA crown with a one-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson.
That was the Northern Irishman's third successive title following victories at the Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - and cemented his position as world number one.
South Korea's Inbee Park successfully defended her LPGA Championship after a one-hole sudden death playoff victory against Brittany Lincicome.
Trying to become the youngest major winner in LPGA history, Lydia Ko of New Zealand finished in third place.
Just a little bit of soccer news - but it was a huge story...
Despite his controversial coming together with Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup meeting with Italy, Barcelona decided to take a risk on the brilliant - if flawed - Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez.
A 75 million-pound deal was agreed with Liverpool.
Suarez was cleared on the 14th of August to play friendlies for Barcelona after the Court of Arbitration for Sport softened FIFA's decision to ban Suarez from all football activities for four months.
He was still prohibited from playing in a competitive match until October the 25th.
And San Lorenzo's biggest fan wanted to personally congratulate the team on their Copa Libertadores triumph.
Pope Francis granted the team from Buenos Aires an audience, shortly after they had defeated Nacional of Paraguay 1-0 to win the South American continental title for the first time.
Tennis - and Serena Williams won her third successive US Open title - and sixth overall - when she brushed aside Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 at Flushing Meadows on September the 7th.
Her 18th Grand Slam in total, Serena went level with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert on the all-time list.
Ecstasy in Medjugorje, Bosnia, as the town's most famous native lifted the men's title.
Marin Cilic won his maiden Grand Slam title on September 8th, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
It was the first US Open final since 1997 to be contested between two players making their Grand Slam final debut.
Seeded 14 ahead of the tournament, Cilic beat both Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych in straight sets, en route to his place in the final.
Under the guidance of Goran Ivanisevic - the only other Croatian player to lift a Grand Slam title - Cilic claimed the win after less than two hours on court.
A few days later, Cilic received a hero's welcome back in Medugorje.
No megastars in the side - the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul had all absented themselves - but the US were still way too strong for the field at basketball's World Cup in Madrid.
In the final, Mike Krzyzewski's men crushed Serbia 129-92.
Fans gathered outside Yankee Stadium on September the 25th as the New York Yankees prepared to face the Baltimore Orioles.
But this was no ordinary pre-game assembly - this was the build-up to Yankees' captain Derek Jeter's final regular season home game in a 20-year career.
The great man signed off in style - inspiring the Yankees to a 6-5 victory.
To the Europeans, it was known as the 'Miracle at Medinah' - to this bunch, it represented something of a nightmare.
The US team were desperate to reclaim the Ryder Cup after throwing away a 10-6 lead going into the last day, two years ago.
But the Europeans had a secret weapon - and a motivational speech from former Manchester United chief, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Come Sunday and Tom Watson's Americans were crushed 16-and-a-half points to 11-and-a-half.
Gleneagles belonged to Paul McGinley - Europe had won the Ryder Cup for the third time in succession, and the eighth time in their last 10 attempts.
Friday - the 12th of September - and Oscar Pistorius learned his fate.
A South African judge found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged.
This tragic tale reached its conclusion on October the 21st, when Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison - though he could serve as little as 10 months.
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 9th July, 2014.
1. 00:00 Wide shot of Alfredo di Stefano's coffin.
2. 00:05 European Cup trophies won by Real Madrid while di Stefano was with the club.
3. 00:08 di Stefano's football boots.
4. 00:11 di Stefano memorabilia.
5. 00:14 di Stefano's coffin removed from the Santiago Bernabeu for burial.
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 22nd July, 2014.
6. 00.26 Fan on the pitch tries to grab James Rodriguez, security pulls him down.
7. 00.39 Rodriguez kissing the badge on his Real Madrid shirt, the crowd roars.
Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - 1st July, 2014.
8. 00:45 Ivan Rakitic photo-op
Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain - 24th July, 2014.
9. 00.55 Mario Mandzukic in Atletico strip.
Milan, Italy - 4th July, 2014.
10. 01:00 Nemanja Vidic walks into press conference.
11. 01:09 Vidic talking at press conference.
Milan, Italy - 10th July, 2014.
12 01:13 Mid of Adriano Galliani (left), Filippo Inzaghi with AC Milan shirt and Barbara Berlusconi (right).
Rome, Italy - 15th July, 2014.
13. 01:19 Ashley Cole holds up his Roma shirt.
14. 01:25 Cole talking at press conference.
Turin, Italy - 16th July, 2014.
15. 01:30 Massimo Allegri, Juventus head coach in press room.
Doha, Qatar - 2nd July, 2014.
16. 01:37 Handshake between Michael Laudrup, new SC Lekhwiya coach, and Khalifa Khamis, General Secretary of SC Lekhwiya.
Monte Carlo, Monaco - 3rd July, 2014.
17 01:43 AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev presents new coach Leonardo Jardim with AS Monaco jersey.
Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey - 8th July, 2014.
18. 01:50 Cesare Prandelli signing contract to coach Galatasaray.
Old Trafford, Manchester, England - 17th July, 2014.
19. 01:56 Hoarding on exterior of stadium showing Louis van Gaal as part of the Manchester United team.
20. 02:01 Former England and Manchester United great Bobby Charlton with van Gaal.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 22nd July, 2014.
21. 02:05 Wide shot of Dunga at press conference.
Stara Pazova, Vojvodina, Serbia - 28th July, 2014.
22. 02:11 Serbia Football Association president Tomislav Karadzic handing Serbia shirt to new coach Dick Advocaat.
Paris, France - 23rd May, 2014.
23. 02:17 Novak Djokovic walking on court.
24. 02:23 Djokovic talking to reporter.
Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England - 13th July, 2014.
25. 02:28 Mo Martin with the British Open trophy.
Liberty National Golf Course, Jersey City, USA - 18th August, 2014.
26. 02:32 Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy with chat show host Jimmy Fallon.
Paris, France - 27th July, 2014.
27. 02:40 Vincenzo Nibali, Tour de France winner, being congratulated by crowd at end of race.
28. 02:46 Wide of screen showing Nibali delivering speech on podium with crowd watching in the foreground.
29. 02:48 Nibali holding his daughter in his arms during interview.
Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 5th August, 2014.
30. 02:53 Rory McIlroy hits drive at the 1st tee.
Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 9th August, 2014.
31. 02:58 Rory McIlroy enters press conference.
32. 03:09 SOUNDBITE (English): Rory McIlroy, 2014 PGA Championship winner:
"I was happy being a two-time major champion coming into this year, and all of a sudden I'm a four-time major champion and going for the career Grand Slam at Augusta in 292 days, 291 days or whatever it is; not that I'm counting. It's just been an incredible run of golf, and I just couldn't be more proud of myself or happier with where my game's at."
Monroe GC, Pittsford, New York, USA - 17th August, 2014.
33. 03:34 Inbee Park raises the LPGA Championship trophy.
34. 03:40 SOUNDBITE (Korean): Inbee Park, 2014 LPGA Championship winner:
++For the benefit of our Korean-language clients++
Barcelona, Spain. 18th August, 2014.
35. 03:52 New Barcelona players appearing on stage - Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Jeremy Mathieu.
36. 03:57 Suarez.
Vatican City - 20th August, 2014.
37. 04:04 Wide shot of San Lorenzo players greeting Pope Francis at end of audience.
38. 04:09 Pope Francis holding the Libertadores cup in front of photographers.
Empire State Building, New York City, New York, USA - 8th September, 2014.
39. 04:14 Serena Williams with US Open trophy.
Medjugorje, Bosnia - 9th September, 2014.
40. 04:22 Fans watching television cheer as Marin Cilic wins US Open final.
41. 04:28 Fans celebrating with flares in the streets.
Medjugorje, Bosnia - 16th September, 2014.
42. 04:31 Marin Cilic arrives in an open-top car.
43. 04:37 Nun walks up and hugs Cilic.
Madrid, Spain - 13th September, 2014.
44. 04:45 USA team practicing.
45. 04:51 US coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Yankee Stadium, New York, USA - 25th September, 2014.
46. 04:55 Exterior of Yankee Stadium.
47. 05:06 Yankee fans with Derek Jeter face signs.
Yankee Stadium, New York, USA - 25th September, 2014.
48. 05:12 SOUNDBITE (English): Derek Jeter, New York Yankees captain:
"I mean I don't even know what to say, it's just... I've lived a dream, this is... since I was four, five years old and part of that dream is over now."
Gleneagles, Scotland - 23rd September, 2014.
49. 05:30 Pan up to US captain Tom Watson with trophy.
50. 05:35 Pan across US team.
Gleneagles, Scotland - 23rd September, 2014.
51. 05:43 Tilt up to Justin Rose smiling at camera.
52. 05:49 Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson walks past.
Gleneagles, Scotland - 28th September, 2014.
53. 05:55 Europe captain Paul McGinley holding the Ryder Cup.
54. 05:59 SOUNDBITE (English): Justin Rose, Europe:
"You know what, I think this Ryder Cup team was something definitely special. The last couple of Ryder Cups have been close, they've been down to the wire - obviously home and away and the 'Miracle at Medinah' it was what it was, it was an amazing comeback and I think that we weren't necessarily the better team. This week we were the better team."
55. 06:16 Tilt up from Graeme McDowell (left) and Sergio Garcia during photo-call.
Pretoria, South Africa - September 12, 2014.
56. 06:23 Oscar Pistorius.
57. 06:28 Judge Thokozile Masipa, UPSOUND: (English) "Mr Pistorius, please stand up."
58. 06:31 Wide shot of court.
59. 06:35 SOUNDBITE (English): Thokozile Masipa, Judge (includes overlay of Pistorius and Steenkamp family):
"On count one murder read with Section 51.1 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997: the accused is found not guilty and is discharged. Instead he's found guilty of culpable homicide"
60. 07:10 Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva, sat forward after verdict has been read.
61. 07:21 Pistorius sitting after reading of the verdict.
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Part two of SNTV's review of the sporting year - and who said that sport and politics don't mix?
US President Barack Obama welcomed the baseball's World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, to the White House.
David Ortiz, Boston's best-known player, presented the president with a Red Sox jersey emblazoned with "Obama" and the number 44 on the back, then promptly took a 'selfie' of himself and the chief executive.
Obama, a Chicago White Sox fan, wished Boston good luck this season, then added, "May the best Sox win."
Staying Stateside and Tiger Woods' challenge for a fifth 'Green Jacket' was over before it started�
The world number one was forced to miss the US Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.
After triumphing in 2012, Bubba Watson picked up his second title at Augusta.
Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for second, three shots behind Watson's eight-under-par 280 total.
Some 'rough house' stuff in training ahead of India's appearance in World Twenty20 final in Bangladesh.
Despite that 'assault' from his skipper MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli would go on to be the 'man of the tournament'.
The trophy itself though, went to a Sri Lankan team lumbered - along with South Africa - with the tag of 'chokers'.
In the previous seven years, they had lost in the final of four global ICC tournaments.
But in Mirpur, they won by six wickets after India had made 130 for four.
And a glorious farewell for former captains Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, ahead of their retirement from international T20 games.
Five years and three months since losing what he called his "dream job" in charge of England's cricket team, Peter Moores was reappointed to the role.
The 51-year-old replaced Andy Flower who stepped down after the Ashes drubbing.
Relations with Kevin Pietersen were partly responsible for Moores' demise, first round around..
Pietersen's shadow still lurked - following his dismissal from the England team.
Athletics now and Kenyan world record holder Wilson Kipsang set a new course best in winning the London Marathon in a time of two hours, four minutes and 27 seconds.
Runner-up the previous two years, 34-year-old Edna Kiplagat won the women's race in two hours, 20 minutes and 19 seconds - holding off her fellow-Kenyan - and namesake - Florence Kiplagat, by three seconds.
To less pleasant news and Jamaican Asafa Powell was handed an 18-month doping ban by a disciplinary panel in Kingston on April the 10th.
The 31-year-old former 100 metres world record holder tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaica's national trials in June 2013.
A few weeks later and on May the 2nd, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced that another sprint superstar would be suspended.
Tyson Gay accepted a 12-month ban after testing positive for a prohibited substance nearly a year earlier.
31 year-old Gay has also returned the silver medal he won in the men's 400 metres relay at the 2012 London Olympics.
Onto soccer - and it was celebration time in Spain.
Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital after their heroes won the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed out through injury - but still joined in the fun.
Across the border, a 2-0 win over Olhanense saw Benfica win the Portuguese Primeira Liga title with two games to spare on April the 20th.
The league win - the 33rd in the club's history but first since 2010 - sparked wild celebrations on the streets of Lisbon.
In stark contrast, Manchester United fans were finding little to cheer - and on April the 22nd, David Moyes was sacked as the manager.
Personally nominated by the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes embarked on a six-year contract on July the 1st, 2013.
With the club destined for their lowest-ever English Premier League points total while missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 19 years, Moyes did not even see out his first season at Old Trafford.
Sadness at the Nou Camp ...
After a long period of intermittent ill health, former Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova died on April the 25th due to throat cancer.
Vilanova was just 45 years old.
He left the club in the summer of 2013 to focus on battling the cancer, which was originally diagnosed in late 2011 when he was an assistant to then-coach, Pep Guardiola.
In his only season in charge, he led Barcelona to the Spanish Primera League title.
A few days later, and the sporting world marked the 20th anniversary of the passing of Ayrton Senna.
Family members, Formula One drivers old and new - and thousands of fans - attended a solemn but also festive memorial on May the 1st to mark the Brazilian's death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
The ceremony was held on the Imola circuit's Tamburello curve, where Senna crashed into a concrete wall at about 300 kilometres per hour (185 mph).
The gathering fell silent at exactly 2:17 p.m, the time of the accident.
Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger, who died in qualifying a day before, was also remembered.
And the three-time F1 world champion was also remembered in his home city of Sao Paulo, where he is still revered.
From one of motorsport's finest, to arguably the greatest swimmer of all time and Michael Phelps was making a comeback after a 20-month retirement.
A couple of months later and the most decorated Olympian ever was good enough to finish second in the 200-metre medley and the 100 butterfly at the US Nationals.
Phelps has broken a few records along the way - this is another man familiar with making history�
On April the 19th, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest man to unify boxing world titles.
The 49-year-old outpointed Beibut Shumanov to add the WBA to his IBF light-heavyweight title.
Shumenov - a 2004 Olympian from Kazakhstan - was five years old when Hopkins turned pro.
And Wladimir Klitschko extended his 10-year winning streak with the fifth-round knockout of Australia's Alex Leapai on the 26th of April.
That meant the 38-year-old Ukrainian kept hold of his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts.
May - and England's major soccer silverware has been handed out.
With morning rain giving way to blue skies, tens of thousands of Manchester City fans turned out to honour the team on May the 12th - a day after a 2-0 victory over West Ham United clinched the league championship.
City also won the League Cup in manager Manuel Pellegrini's first season in charge.
Six days later and Arsenal fans lined the streets of north London to celebrate the end of a nine-year trophy drought as the Gunners paraded the FA Cup.
Arsenal recovered from an early 2-0 deficit against outsiders Hull City to win 3-2, with goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey securing a fifth FA Cup trophy in Arsene Wenger's 18-year reign.
Back to Spain, and a gritty maestro and all-time Barcelona hero was hanging up his boots...
35-year-old Carles Puyol had intended to retire at 40, but several injury-filled seasons forced him to depart earlier.
The defender made his debut for Barcelona in 1999 and spent his entire career with the club, making 392 senior appearances and helping the Catalans secure three Champions League titles.
The winner of exactly 100 international caps, Puyol was part of the Spanish squad that lifted the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup titles.
Gerardo Martino was at the event marking Puyol's farewell.
Two days later, the coach too stepped down after Barca's first season without a major trophy in six years.
And another two days on, former Barcelona player Luis Enrique signed a two-year contract to succeed Martino.
The Catalans also announced that Lionel Messi had signed a new contract - and German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen had joined from Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Martino resigned in the wake of the 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid that saw the visitors claim their first Primera Division title since 1996.
The success was celebrated in suitable style on the streets of Madrid.
It was a golden year for the Spaniards in continental football.
Goalless after 90 minutes, Seville defeated Benfica 4-2 on penalties in the Europa League final in Turin.
And it was an all-Madrid final in the Champions League with Real defeating Atletico 4-1 on the 24th of May at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
Carlo Ancelotti's men becoming the champions of Europe for the 10th time.
Real's basketball arm failed to make it a continental double, going down 98-86 after overtime to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague final.
Cycling and Nairo Quintana won the first Grand Tour event of his career, with the Colombian powering to the Giro d'Italia title.
Early June in the tennis world meant the French Open.
Maria Sharapova edged out Romanian Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 on June the 7th to win a second Roland Garros singles title in three years.
And a day later, Rafael Nadal - the 'King of Clay' - outlasted Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 to seal his ninth French Open singles title in 10 years.
Martin Kaymer did his best to match Rory McIlroy's exploits in the golfing world.
After lifting the 1.8-million US dollar first prize at The Players Championship at Sawgrass in May, the 29-year-old German decimated the field at Pinehurst in June to capture the US Open title, winning by a massive eight shots.
Lucy Li hit an eight-over-par 78 on the first round of the US Women's Open at Pinehurst.
Big deal, I hear you say. But as melting ice cream might indicate, Lucy is rather young.
11-years-old, in fact, making the American amateur the youngest qualifier to compete at the event.
The tournament was eventually won by Michelle Wie - the 24-year-old from Hawaii finally living up to the hype to secure her first major win.
A substantial trophy Wie's cuddling there - but they don't come much bigger than this one ...
The Stanley Cup went to Los Angeles.
Coach Darryl Sutter's second title with the Kings came after a 3-2 overtime victory against the New York Rangers on June the 13th that clinched a 4-1 series win.
And finally, after Brian O'Driscoll's departure, it was the end of the road for another all-time rugby great from the northern hemisphere...
And like 'BO'D', Jonny Wilkinson bowed out at the top, being part of the Toulon team that lifted the French league title - earning the Brennus shield - and Europe's premier honour - the Heineken Cup.
The fly-half and centre is probably best remembered for kicking the drop-goal that defeated Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final.
The White House, Washington D.C. USA - 1st April, 2014.
1. 00:00 UPSOUND (English): Barack Obama:
"Oh, he wants to do a selfie!"
2. 00:04 UPSOUND (English): David Ortiz:
"Yes sir, yes sir!"
3. 00:05 UPSOUND (English): Barack Obama:
"It's the 'Big Papi' selfie! (laughter) Come on."
Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York, USA - 6th August, 2013:
4. 00:10 Tiger Woods practicing ahead of 2013 USPGA Championship.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA - May 6, 2014.
5. 00:21 Pan up to Bubba Watson walking.
6. 00:27 Watson being interviewed.
Mirpur, Bangladesh - 5th April, 2014.
7. 00:32 Virat Kohli knocked over by Mahendra Singh Kohli during India training.
Colombo, Sri Lanka - 8th April, 2014.
8. 00:43 Lasith Malinga and Kumar Sangakkara pose for photos with trophies.
Lord's Cricket Ground, London, England - 19th April, 2014.
9. 00:52 Newly re-appointed England cricket coach Peter Moores.
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England - 31st July, 2013.
10. 00:56 Kevin Pietersen batting in nets.
Lord's Cricket Ground, London, England - 19th April, 2014.
11. 01:05 SOUNDBITE (English): Paul Downton, English Cricket Board managing director
"The sooner we understand that Kevin's (Pietersen) had his time the better."
Tower Hotel, London, England - 10th April, 2014.
12. 01:11 Pan from Tower Bridge to marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang.
13. 01:10 Tilt-up from Kipsang's bib.
Tower Hotel, London, England - 10th April, 2014.
14. 01:22 Edna Kiplagat during press conference
15. 01:29 Asafa Powell being interviewed.
16. 01:34 Close-up of Powell.
Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, England - 25th July, 2012.
17. 01:38 Tyson Gay sprinting in training session.
Cibeles Square, Madrid, Spain - 17th April, 2014.
18. 01:49 Crowd in Cibeles Square.
19. 01:55 Real Madrid team bus with players and Copa del Rey on the open top deck.
20. 01:59 Pepe with Alvaro Arbeloa and the trophy.
21. 02:03 Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao.
Lisbon, Portugal - 21st April, 2014.
22. 02:08 Tilt up from fans waving Benfica flags to bus with players on top.
23. 02:12 Bus with Benfica players driving through crowd of fans.
24. 02:18 David Moyes training with Manchester United players.
London, England - 22nd April, 2014.
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25. 02:26 Tilt up newspapers describing Moyes' departure.
Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - 26th April, 2014.
26. 02:36 Flags flying at half-mast.
Barcelona, Spain - 2012.
27. 02:43 Tito Vilanova during Barcelona training sessions.
Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - 26th April, 2014.
28. 02:53 Tilt down from exterior of stadium.
29. 03:00 Sign saying 'Tito Per Sempre Etern' ('Tito Forever Eternal').
30. 03:04 Close-up of Barcelona crest with black ribbon.
Imola, Italy - 1st May, 2014.
31. 03:08 Ayrton Senna fans at the memorial.
32. 03:14 Gerhard Berger.
33. 03:18 Fernando Alonso in the foreground and Kimi Raikkonen in the background.
34. 03:24 Fans taking pictures of Brazilian flags and notes left for Senna on the fence near the Tamburello.
Cemiterio do Morumby, Sao Paulo, Brazil - 1st May, 2014.
35. 03:29 Fans round Ayrton Senna's grave.
36. 03:36 Tearful mourners.
Skyline Aquatic Center, Mesa, Arizona, USA - 24th April, 2014.
37. 03:43 Michael Phelps preparing to swim.
38. 03:50 Crowd.
39. 03:54 Phelps in pool.
Washington D.C., USA - 18th April, 2014.
40. 00:12 Beibut Shumenov and Bernard Hopkins stare down
Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany - 25th April, 2014.
41. 04:11 Wladimir Klitschko's weigh-in, presenter announcing his weight of 112.2 kgs, Klitschko posing.
42. 04:18 Alex Leapai and Klitschko in stare down.
Manchester, England - 12th May, 2014.
43. 04:23 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifts the English Premier League trophy.
London, England - 18th May, 2014.
44. 04:31 Bus carrying Arsenal team with player holding the English FA Cup.
45. 04:37 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger waves to crowd.
Barcelona, Spain - 15th May, 2014
46. 04:41 Carles Puyol being applauded during farewell ceremony.
47. 04:43 Puyol talking.
48. 04:50 Lionel Messi listening.
49. 04:54 Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino leaving auditorium.
Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - 21st May, 2014.
50. 05:00 Luis Enrique seated in stadium.
Neptuno Square, Madrid, Spain - 17th May, 2014.
51. 05:10 Atletico fans celebrating in the square.
Turin, Italy - 13th May, 2014.
52. 05.20 Seville squad warming-up.
53. 05.26 Coach Unai Emery with the team.
Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid, Spain - 25th May, 2014.
54. 05:33 Players arriving at Plaza de Cibeles in bus with Champions League trophy.
55. 05:41 Luka Modric jumps on the back of Iker Casillas.
Ben Gurion airport, Israel - 19th May, 2014.
56. 05:48 Guy Pnini, Maccabi Tel Aviv captain raising Euroleague trophy aloft.
Trieste, Italy - 1st June, 2014.
57. 05:55 Nairo Quintana being hugged by team-mate.
58. 06:00 Quintana with Rigoberto Uran and Fabio Aru on podium.
Paris, France - 23rd May, 2014.
59. 06:04 Maria Sharapova being interviewed.
Paris, France - 9th June, 2014.
60. 06:13 Rafael Nadal holding French Open's Mousquetaires Cup in front of Eiffel Tower.
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, Florida, USA - 11th May, 2014.
61. 06:24 Martin Kaymer speaking at press conference.
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Merseyside, England - 14th July, 2014.
63. 06:29 Kaymer practice putt.
Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - 19th June, 2014.
64. 06:40 11-year-old Lucy Li being interviewed, eating an ice cream bar.
Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - 22nd June, 2014.
65. 06:43 Michelle Wie enters interview area with US Open trophy.
66. 06:47 Wie being interviewed holding trophy.
The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA - 13th June, 2014.
67. 06:50 Los Angeles players holding Stanley Cup.
68. 06:56 Kings fans holding celebratory banner.
Toulon, France - 1st June, 2014.
69. 07:02 Boat carrying Toulon team approaches quayside.
70. 07:05 Toulon players holding the Brennus Shield - the French rugby championship trophy - on board the boat.
71. 07:08 Fans holding up banner thanking Jonny Wilkinson.
72. 07:12 Wide shot of Toulon players on balcony of Toulon City Hall.
73. 07:14 Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup.
74. 07:18 Close-up Wilkinson, pull out to players on stage.
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STORYLINE: SNTV takes a look back at the big sports stories from April, May and June.
May saw the conclusion of the European football season and the departure of the one of the game's greatest ever managers.
Josep "Pep" Guardiola left his Barcelona post after leading the Catalan club to fourteen trophies in his four seasons as manager.
Although the La Liga title was surrendered to rivals Real Madrid, Guardiola was still able to leave on a high note as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey.
Francesc "Tito" Vilanova, who was Barca's first team coach during Guardiola's reign, was appointed to succeed the great man in April.
With Barcelona through to the Champions League semifinals for a sixth time in seven seasons, the Catalans were hot favourites to become the first side to retain the UEFA Champions League.
However, English club Chelsea had other ideas and successfully defeated Barca 3-1 on aggregate over two legs. The result shocked the world, especially as Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the second leg at the Camp Nou.
Following their win over the favourites Chelsea squared off against Bayern Munich in the final, played in the German side's home stadium.
Pre-game, Munich were heavily fancied to claim European football's ultimate prize and the city prepared itself for its biggest ever party.
Unfortunately for them Chelsea defied the odds yet again to defeat the Germans in a penalty shoot-out after the sides drew 1-1.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba capped off his Chelsea career with a man-of-the-match winning performance scoring both the equalising goal in normal time and the winning penalty in the shoot-out.
It was a tough defeat to take for Bayern fans, only made worse when the club lost the DFB-Pokal final and finished second in the German Bundesliga as Borussia Dortmund took both honours.
Jurgen Klopp's side, inspired by Robert Lewandowski's goals, was impressive throughout the season and set a new record for the most points ever in the Bundesliga finishing with 81.
In neighbouring France Montpellier fought off competition from big-spenders PSG and traditionally footballing powers such as Lille, Lyon and Bordeaux to win their first ever Ligue 1 title.
Montpellier's star performer for the season, striker Olivier Giroud, finished top scorer in the league as the Frenchman found the net 21 times in total.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was convinced that city rivals Manchester United would walk out Premier League champions in England, or at least that's what he told the media.
The Italian publicly played down City's chances as United took an eight point lead in the title race with only six matches remaining.
But City clawed their way back into the title race and a 93rd minute strike from City striker Sergio Aguero in their final league game against QPR ensured that it was the blue half of Manchester celebrating.
La Liga in Spain was won for the 32nd time by Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional throughout the season - the Portuguese player scored 46 goals in 38 league games. Jose Mourinho's Los Blancos celebrated their Championship with a parade through the streets of the Spanish capital.
In Italy, Juventus claimed their 28th Scudetto and progressed through the entire Serie A season without suffering a defeat.
Antonio Conte's side celebrated with a parade through the streets of Turin, holding signs suggesting it was the club's 30th title - the Italian football authorities removed two of the Old Lady's titles from the record books following the Calciopoli scandal in 2006.
The Europa League Final was an all-Spanish encounter hosted by Bucharest's National Stadium which featured Bilbao's Athletic Club and Atletico Madrid.
Atletico ran out 3-0 winners with Radamel Falcao getting on the score sheet twice.
After much speculation, Roy Hodgson was appointed the new national team manager of England.
Hodgson, who had previously managed Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup, took over amid much speculation that the then Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would be the man for the job.
However it was Hodgson that was given the task of taking England to the upcoming European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
The second tennis Grand Slam of the year was played on the clay courts of Roland Garros in June.
Spaniard Rafa Nadal won his record breaking seventh title in the men's singles draw and Maria Sharapova completed her career Grand Slam by winning the women's singles title.
Nadal passed Bjorn Borg's record of six titles to stand alone as the greatest ever male player in the history of the tournament.
As for Sharapova, she became only the tenth woman in history to win all four Grand Slam events and only the second European to do so after Steffi Graf. The Russian remarked that it was the greatest moment of her career - "I thought that when I won Wimbledon at 17, I thought that would be the most treasured moment of my career. But when I fell down on my knees today I realised that this was extremely special, and even more so."
The fairways and greens of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia looked as perfect as ever in April as the club hosted the 76th Masters Tournament - the first golf major of 2012. The pre-tournament talk billed the tournament as a two horse showdown between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, but neither man managed a sustained challenge for the green jacket.
South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and the USA's Bubba Watson both finished the final round level on -10 and the two golfers went to a play-off, with Watson emerging victorious, parring both opening holes with Oosthuizen going one over.
The Olympic Club in San Francisco then hosted the second major of 2012 - the US Open.
American Webb Simpson won the first major of his career, beating Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson by a single shot. Simpson commented that the victory was unexpected - "If I was honest with you I believed in myself I could win a Major, but maybe not this soon. I've only played in...I think this is my fourth or fifth. And I just gained all the respect for the guys who have won multiple Majors, because it's so hard to do. The level of pressure is so much greater than a regular event."
There was controversy in Washington DC in May where Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson's rematch bout was called off after the American failed a drugs test.
Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone after both boxers took random tests prior to the light-welterweight matchup scheduled for 19th May in Las Vegas.
Peterson won belts from Khan back in December 2011 - in another controversy moment - and the Brit had been looking to avenge the defeat. Peterson denied any wrongdoing.
Dereck Chisora and David Haye did make it into the ring last summer and the two boxers who clashed in Munich earlier in the year held a news conference before the bout at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground in East London. A metal fence separated the two rivals during the build-up to July's showdown.
In Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley weighed in at the MGM Grand on 8th June ahead of their fight for Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship title.
The fight ended in controversy as the Filipino boxer lost in a split decision to the American.
Elsewhere in the boxing world, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced to three months in jail for attacking his ex-girlfriend in September 2010.
In December 2011 Mayweather pled guilty to domestic battery after an incident in which he allegedly assaulted Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children. The Nevada courts delayed Mayweather's report date so the boxer could fight Miguel Cotto on 5th May.
The Los Angeles Kings won their first ever Stanley Cup in June, defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-2 in the best-of-seven game series. The Kings players celebrated on the ice at the Staples' Center in Downtown LA as they become the second Californian team in history to win NHL's ultimate prize.
Back east in Miami, the Heat won the NBA Finals overcoming the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 in the series. Lebron James took home the MVP trophy after leading the series in average rebounds and assists over the five games. It was Miami's second ever NBA Finals victory after also winning it all in 2006.
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh discussed his battle with cancer in June as the Indian prepared to make his way back into the game.
Singh spent more than a month of 2012 admitted to a hospital in the American city of Boston where he fought for his recovery.
Singh is best known for hitting six consecutive sixes off England bowler Stuart Broad in the inaugural ICC Twenty20 World Cup and he commented that his new lifestyle was helping him overcome the disease.
Singh said, "It's been two months since I finished my chemotherapy and initially energy levels were low but now I'm following my diet and eating loads of food. Is getting better recovery."
Salman Butt, the former Pakistan cricket captain, returned home to his native country after serving seven months of a two-and-half year sentence for his role in the spot fixing scandal during the 2010 England-Pakistan series that rocked the world of cricket.
After arriving in Pakistan, Butt spoke to the waiting reporters at the airport. He started off by apologising to the nation and later went on to accept the blame for some of his conduct. He, however, stressed that he was not party to any match-fixing or spot-fixing in any cricket match.
The England and Wales Cricket Board found Pakistan's Danish Kaneria guilty of two spot-fixing charges during an English county match in June.
Kaneria was handed a life suspension and labelled "a grave danger to the game of cricket" by the ECB disciplinary panel.
Kaneria has been found guilty of "cajoling and pressurising" Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to become involved in spot-fixing.
Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain. 26th May, 2012.
1. 00.00 Pep Guardiola on the pitch at the Camp Nou
2. 00.04 Barcelona celebrate winning the Copa del Rey
3. 00.08 Guardiola watches on
4. 00.11 Guardiola leaves the Camp Nou pitch
Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain. 15th June, 2012.
5. 00.18 New Barcelona coach Francesc "Tito" Vilanova poses for photos with the club's president Sandro Rosell
6. 00.22 SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Francesc "Tito" Vilanova, Barcelona first team coach,
"I want to thank Pep (Guardiola). My friend that I love as a brother. For allowing to work by his side. It has been a daily learning process. This have been a five-year-long dream. Thank you Pep, thank you all."
Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain. 23rd April, 2012.
7. 00.41 Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks on
8. 00.45 Midfielder Xavi trains at the Camp Nou
9. 00.49 Wide shot of Chelsea training in Barcelona before the Champions League Semifinal second leg versus the Catalan side
10. 00.52 Close shot of Chelsea striker Fernando Torres
Fussball Arena Munich, Munich, Germany. 18th May, 2012.
11. 00.57 Wide shot of Chelsea training before the Champions League final versus Bayern Munich
12. 01.01 Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
13. 01.04 Chelsea first team coach Roberto di Matteo
Munich, Germany. 18th May, 2012.
14. 01.08 Bayern Munich train in front of fans with flares
15. 01.12 Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger trains
16. 01.16 Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes oversees training
Fussball Arena Munich, Munich, Germany. 19th May, 2012.
17. 01.19 Didier Drogba with his Man of the Match award
18. 01.23 SOUNDBITE (English): Didier Drogba, Chelsea striker and scorer of the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final,
"I've been here for eight years and always so close... always so close and so far at the same time. And today we have it, we have this cup - the cup is going back to Stamford Bridge and this is the best feeling ever."
Munich, Germany. 19th May, 2012.
19. 01.43 Various shots of Bayern Munich fans following their team's defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final
20. 01.50 SOUNDBITE (German): Fabian Dieckemann, Bayern Munich fan,
"Chelsea's equaliser was unnecessary. Losing on penalties against the English is not acceptable. It's a catastrophe!"
21. 02.02 Bayern fans
Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund, Germany. 21st April, 2012.
22. 02.05 Wide of Borussia Dortmund fans on the pitch celebrating the club's Bundesliga title
23. 02.09 Borussia Dortmund players lift the Bundesliga trophy
Montpellier, France. 21st May, 2012.
24. 02.23 Ligue 1 Champions Montpellier celebrate their Championship
25. 02.34 Wide of fans celebrating in front of the town hall with flares
26. 02.38 The Montpellier squad celebrate
Manchester, England, UK. 30th May, 2012.
27. 02.42 SOUNDBITE (English): Roberto Mancini, Manchester City manager (on who is favourite to win the English Premier League title),
"United. They have easy games. They play against Swansea and Sunderland. These two teams are strong teams but at this moment I think for United it will be easy."
Manchester, England, UK. 13th May, 2012.
28. 03:00 Manchester City fans celebrate winning the Premier League, chanting "we won the league in Fergie time."
Manchester, England, UK. 14th May, 2012.
29. 03.06 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy in front of celebrating Manchester City fans in Manchester city centre
Madrid, Spain. 3rd May, 2012.
30. 03.14 Real Madrid players celebrate winning La Liga with an open top bus parade through the streets of Madrid
31. 03.25 Real Madrid first team coach Jose Mourinho enjoys the parade
Turin, Italy. 13th May, 2012.
32. 03.28 Juventus celebrate their unbeaten Serie A season and league title with an open top bus parade in Turin.
33. 03.35 Juve midfielder Arturo Vidal holds the Serie A trophy on the bus
34. 03.39 Players hold road signs with '30' written on in reference to Juventus' unofficial 30th league title
National Stadium, Bucharest, Romania. 8th May, 2012.
35. 03.43 Pull out from 'UEFA Europa League Final 2012' signage to Atletico Madrid training session on the stadium's pitch
36. 03.47 Radamel Falcao trains ahead of the final
Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK. 1st May, 2012.
37. 03.51 Shot of 'Roy Hodgson England Manager' name plate
38. 03.53 Roy Hodgson prepares to address the media following his appointment as the new England manager
39. 03.55 SOUNDBITE (English): Roy Hodgson, England national manager,
"Yes well, I suppose it's a very proud day for me. I'm a very happy man to have been offered the chance to manage my country."
Roland Garros, Paris, France. 9th June, 2012.
40. 04.04 Various tennis players at Roland Garros
41. 04.09 SOUNDBITE (English): Maria Sharapova, 2012 Women's Singles French Open Champion,
"It's the most unique moment I've experienced in my career. I never thought I would have that. I thought that when I won Wimbledon at 17, I thought that would be the most treasured moment of my career. But when I fell down on my knees today I realised that this was extremely special, and even more so."
42. 04.34 An outside course at Roland Garros
Roland Garros, Paris, France. 11th June, 2012.
43. 04.39 SOUNDBITE (English): Rafael Nadal, 2012 Men's Singles French Open Champion and winner of seven French Open titles,
"For me it's great. For me, it's a very emotional day, I win another time here. Sure the 7th is more important because I am the player who has more today. But like I said yesterday, that's after. For me the important thing is to win Roland Garros."
Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, USA. 2nd April, 2012.
44. 04.57 Pull out of Augusta's clubhouse
45. 05.02 Shot the 13th green
46. 05.06 Players practice at the club
The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California, USA. 11th June, 2012.
47. 05.11 Pullout from the Golden Gate Bridge to a player teeing off at the 2nd hole
48. 05.20 Players walk down the second fairway at the Olympic Club
49. 05.24 SOUNDBITE (English) Webb Simpson, 2012 US Open Champion,
"There's so many... there's so many great players who have won to tournament, won Majors. I was kind of hoping for my first win on the PGA Tour last year. To think my second would come two weeks later I didn't. If I was honest with you I believed in myself I could win a Major, but maybe not this soon. I've only played in...I think this is my fourth or fifth. And I just gained all the respect for the guys who have won multiple Majors, because it's so hard to do. The level of pressure is so much greater than a regular event."
Headbangers Gym, Washington, DC, USA. 3rd May, 2012.
50. 05.54 Boxer Lamont Peterson trains in the ring
51. 05.58 Peterson going to the body in the ring
Headbangers Gym, Washington, DC, USA. 18th May, 2012.
52. 06.02 SOUNDBITE (English): Lamont Peterson,
"Never in my life. This goes beyond boxing and fighting for money and things of that nature. This goes back to 9, 10 years old, playing a checkerboard game. You can leave out the room, whatever, but I'm not going to cheat, because if I cheat, I didn't win."
Boleyn Ground, London, England, UK. 11th July, 2012.
53. 06.25 Wide shot of David Haye and Dereck Chisora either side of a metal fence
54. 06.29 SOUNDBITE (English) Dereck Chisora,
"Come a couple of weeks' time, I'm gonna whoop your ass."
55. 06.34 Haye and Chisora square off on opposite sides of the metal fence
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 6th June, 2012.
56. 06.39 Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley square off in the pre-fight news conference
Clark County Justice Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 1st June, 2012.
57. 06.47 Handcuffs are placed on Floyd Mayweather Jr's wrists and he is led out of the courtroom
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
58. 06.57 Wide exterior of the Staples Center
59. 07.00 SOUNDBITE (English): Dustin Penner, LA Kings forward,
"I am so proud of everybody here and happy to do it for everybody in LA."
60. 07.05 Andrei Loktionov holds Stanley Cup
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA. 25th June, 2012.
61. 07.13 The NBA Finals trophy
62. 07.18 Miami Heat celebrate on stage
63. 07.22 2012 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James kisses the trophy and salutes the watching Heat fans
64. 07.29 SOUNDBITE (English) Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat Guard,
"The joy that this trophy brings all of us is amazing."
Bangalore, India. June, 2012.
65. 07.35 Yuvraj Singh walks on a treadmill
66. 07.39 SOUNDBITE (English): Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer,
"It's been two months since I finished my chemotherapy and initially energy levels were low but now I'm following my diet and eating loads of food. Is getting better recovery."
67. 08.01 Singh in the gym stretching
Lahore International Airport, Lahore, Pakistan. 22nd June, 2012.
68. 08.03 International arrivals board at Lahore airport
69. 08.06 Salman Butt walking through airport with people chanting "Salman Butt Zindabad"
70. 08.10 SOUNDBITE (Urdu): Salman Butt, former Pakistan cricket captain,
"First of all I have to thank all my family members, my friends and all other people who have supported me throughout this difficult time. Secondly, I want to talk to you about two things, which I should have told you long back but couldn't do it because I didn't have a chance. I want to apologise from the nation. I hope people can forgive me for the allegations on me, especially for failure to report. That I accept that I did receive lot of offers but didn't report. There is a code of conduct for players that we should report (such offers) to PCB or ICC."
71. 08.41 Butt leaving
FILE - Karachi, Pakistan. 8th January, 2011.
72. 08.45 Wide shot of Danish Kaneria sat at a news conference
73. 08.48 Close up of Kaneria
74. 08.54 Kaneria with his legal representative
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Cabinda, Angola - January 8th, 2010
1. 00:00 People lying on the ground
2. 00:05 Injured person being stretchered away
3. 00:12 Emmanuel Adebayor crying against car bonnet
4. 00:16 Togo players comforting each other
Lome, Togo - January 10th, 2010
5. 00:23 Bus carrying Togo team leaving to cheering crowds
Lome, Togo - January 13th, 2010
6. 00:38 SOUNDBITE (English): Emmanuel Adebayor, Togo captain
Lome, Togo - January 15th, 2010
7. 00:48 Coffins of Abalo Amelete and Stanislas Ocloo with Togo's president in the background
8. 00:53 Togo coach Hubert Velud (right) and Adebayor
Nairobi, Kenya - January 6th, 2010
9. 00:58 Wide shot of Cameroon training session
10. 01:00 Samuel Eto'o training
11. 01:05 Training
Cabinda province, Angola - January 14th, 2010
12. 01:09 Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba (no.11) walking towards rest of the team seated for squad photograph
13. 01:17 Pan of Ivory Coast team seated for photo
14. 01:25 Close-up of Drogba
Cairo, Egypt - January 31st, 2010
15. 01:30 Crowd celebrating in restaurant as full-time whistle is blown
16. 01:37 Egyptian fans celebrating victory
17. 01:40 Man swinging his motorcycle in circles
18. 01:44 Fans celebrating on boat with flashing lights
19. 01:46 Crowd celebrating in the street
Cairo, Egypt - February 1st, 2010
20. 01:50 Egyptian team pose with prime minister Ahmed Nazif and Jamal Mubarak (son of president Hosni Mubarak)
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - January 21st, 2010
21. 02:05 Diego Maradona shows off his heading skills
22. 02:13 Cameraman
23. 02:16 Maradona and Danny Jordaan posing for photographers with football shirts
Milan, Italy - January 7th, 2010
24. 02:20 Close-up of Goran Pandev
25. 02:28 Coach Jose Mourinho and Inter director Gabriele Oriali help Pandev hold up his Inter shirt
Melwood training ground, Liverpool, England - January 15th, 2010
26. 02:32 Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and Maxi Rodriguez pose with scarf
Saint Petersburg, Russia - January 18th, 2010
27. 02:41 Cameras at news conference
28. 02:44 Luciano Spalletti enters news conference
29. 02:48 Close-up of cameraman at news conference
30. 02:51 Wide shot of Spalletti at news conference
Barcelona, Spain - January 20th, 2010
31. 02:53 Mid of left to right: Rafael Yuste - sporting director, Joan Laporta - club president, Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain - sporting director
32. 02:58 Photographer
33. 03:00 Laporta and Guardiola shake hands
Hamburg, Germany - January 25th, 2010
34. 03:05 Close-up of Ruud van Nistelrooy's Hamburg shirt, tilt up to mid shot of van Nistelrooy
35. 03:10 Photographer
36. 03:13 Close-up of van Nistelrooy
Paris, France - January 5th, 2010
37. 03:19 Flavio Briatore's lawyer, Philippe Ouakrat entering courtroom
FILE: September 16th, 2009
38. 03:27 Briatore surrounded by journalists
Jerez, Spain - January 12th, 2010
39. 03:35 Close-up of Michael Schumacher in GP2 car - exits pit box
40. 03:49 SOUNDBITE (English): Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team
41. 04:10 Schumacher on track in GP2 car
Adelaide, Australia - January 18th, 2010
42. 04:20 Lance Armstrong and other Radio Shack team members mount stage
43. 04:28 Pan up from cycling shoe to Armstrong's face
Rome, Italy - January 22nd, 2010
44. 04:36 Davide Rebellin and lawyers walking towards the Olympic Stadium
Johannesburg , South Africa - January 13th, 2010
45. 04:50 Graeme Smith takes his seat at press conference
46. 04:54 Media
47. 04:58 SOUNDBITE (English): Graeme Smith, South Africa captain
48. 05:15 England training
49. 05:21 England net practice
White House, Washington, DC, USA - January 25th, 2010
50. 05:25 Smiling Kobe Bryant behind President Obama
51. 05:31 Obama is given an LA Lakers jersey
Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 30th, 2010
52. 05:41 Close-up of the Daphne Alkhurst Memorial Cup, pan to close-up of Serena Williams
53. 05:48 SOUNDBITE (English): Serena Williams
Melbourne, Australia - January 31st, 2010
54. 06:00 Roger Federer walks into press conference
Santos, Brazil - February 1st, 2010
55. 06:13 Robinho getting out of helicopter with Pele
FILE: England - Recent
56. 06:27 John Terry at England training
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - February 9th, 2010
57. 06:36 New Orleans Saints players on floats
58. 06:52 Sean Payton with the Vince Lombardi trophy
Valencia, Spain - February 14th, 2010
59. 07:01 BMW Oracle Racing winning the 33rd America's Cup
60. 07:13 Larry Ellison lifts America's Cup
61. 07:19 SOUNDBITE (English): Larry Ellison, BMW Oracle Racing owner
TPC Sawgrass, Florida, USA - February 19th, 2010
62. 07.27 Tiger Woods walks into press conference
63. 07.30 SOUNDBITE (English): Tiger Woods
64. 07.46 Woods hugs his mother.
SNTV starts it's look at the 2010 sporting year with a look at the months of January and February.
Thursday, January the 8th, 2010 - and an atrocity before the start of the African Cup of Nations ...
Three people were killed when attackers machine-gunned the bus carrying Togo's football after it crossed from the Republic of Congo into Angola's oil-rich territory of Cabinda.
Star striker Emmanuel Adebayor was unharmed.
But reserve goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale was seriously injured. Eight others were hurt.
The team was recalled from the competition by the Togo government - and returned to the capital Lome and cheering crowds.
The Angolan bus driver, assistant coach Amalete Abalo and media spokesperson Stanislas Ocloo were killed.
Not surprisingly it had a profound effect on those involved.
"But I had the press officer in my hand till his last respiration and he passed away in my hands, so you can imagine it's very difficult."
SUPER CAPTION: Emmanuel Adebayor, Togo captain
Hundreds of mourners - including the President - attended the funerals of Amelete and Ocloo, exactly a week after the attack.
No Adebayor now - but there were still many big stars in Angola for the tournament.
The involvement of Samuel Eto'o and Cameroon - and that of Didier Drogba and the Ivory Coast - was ended at the quarter-final stage.
The hosts too, progressed no further than the last eight - eliminated by a Ghanaian team that seemed to improve the longer the competition went on.
The 'Black Stars' made it all the way to the final on January the 31st - where they dominated for much of the game before an 85th minute goal by substitute Mohamed Gedo earned Egypt a 1-0 victory.
A record seventh title for the 'Pharaohs' - and their third in a row.
That triggered euphoric scenes in the restaurants and on the streets of Cairo - some consolation for Egypt's failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Elsewhere in Africa, an old master was showing the class was still there.
Diego Maradona was in South Africa to witness the progress being made ahead of the World Cup - and enjoy the feel of the venue for the final itself.
Plenty going on in Europe during an icy January.
After a long spell with Lazio, Macedonian striker Goran Pandev returned to Inter - the club that first brought him to Serie A in 2001.
Argentine international Maxi Rodriguez arrived on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid and signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Liverpool.
Former Sampdoria and Roma manager Luciano Spalletti officially took over the reigns at Russian Premier League side FC Zenit. He would go onto to complete the league and cup double in his first season in charge.
Ending weeks of speculation over his future, 'Pep' Guardiola extended his tenure at Barcelona until the end of the 2010-11 campaign.
Leaving Spain though - Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The Dutch international signed a one-and-a-half year deal with SV Hamburg after leaving Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee.
In the world of motorsport, former Renault principal Flavio Briatore had his life ban from Formula One overturned when a French court ruled that the punishment was illegally imposed by the sport's governing body.
The Italian was banned in September 2009 by the FIA for a plot to rig the outcome of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix by staging a deliberate crash.
Jerez witnessed the return of an all-time great ...
Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher was back on track on January the 12th - albeit in a GP2 due to racing regulations.
"Well, first of all I feel good. I am glad that Mercedes and the team offered the opportunity for me to be in a car, to be in a Formula car after quite a while since I was last in a car. It's purely here to do as many kilometres as possible in order to get back into the rhythm of driving a single seater."
SUPER CAPTION: Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team
The 41-year-old German was unable to get behind the wheel of the car he would drive in the 2010 season until February.
On two wheels, Lance Armstrong was in Australia for the Tour Down Under - and the international debut of his new team, Radioshack.
In the year since his return from retirement, the American had ridden for Astana.
Rome's Olympic Stadium was the venue for Davide Rebellin's hearing with the anti-doping prosecutor of Italy's Olympic Committee.
The cyclist was stripped of his road race silver medal won at the Beijing Olympics by the IOC after testing positive for a blood-boosting drug. The Italian denied doping.
Cricket - and an enthralling series was reaching its climax with the fourth and final Test between South Africa and England.
"We have not quit landed that knockout blow for whatever reason, I think you also got to give England credit for that. We've played some really good test cricket, so we want to carry that on over the next five days. Our focus is that we have moved, shifted focus after Newlands into this Test match and we want to make the most of the next few days."
SUPER CAPTION: Graeme Smith, South Africa captain
South Africa deservedly won the match to level the series at 1-1 with two drawn Tests.
An avid basketball fan, President Obama will have thoroughly enjoyed January the 25th - and a visit from Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers.
Obama was honouring Phil Jackson's men after they lifted their 15th NBA title with victory over the Orlando Magic.
Serena Williams outlasted Justin Henin in a classic climax to the women's competition at the Australian Open on January the 30th.
A fifth Australian Open title for the defending champion.
(On what it means to win a fifth Australian Open singles title): "I'm just really trying to enjoy the moment, and I feel really special that I was able to tie Billie Jean King, because in my heart of hearts, I've been going for it and I haven't been able to quite achieve it."
SUPER CAPTION: Serena Williams, Australian Open champion
Williams triumphed 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 against the unseeded Belgian.
The following day, Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 for his fourth title at Melbourne Park.
Not quite so much money changed hands in the world of football in February - though an unsettled Robinho did make a loan move back home to Santos from Manchester City.
John Terry was making the headlines for all the wrong reasons and was stripped of the England captaincy by Fabio Capello in the wake of allegations about his private life.
Football - the American version - and after a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts, ten of thousands of jubilant fans turned out to share in the glory of the New Orleans Saints' first- ever Super Bowl triumph.
The destination of another famed trophy was about to be decided in the waters off Valencia.
Larry Ellison's trimaran BMW Oracle won back the America's Cup for the United States on February the 14th - routing two-time defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland for a two-race sweep.
Ellison's victory over rival billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli sent the oldest trophy in international sports to San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club.
"It's not as heavy as I thought it would be - it feels very light, it feels perfect. Just like a little baby."
SUPER CAPTION: Larry Ellison
And to finish, a major announcement from a massive figure ...
"I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behaviour I engaged in."
SUPER CAPTION: Tiger Woods
This was Tiger's first public appearance since taking an extended break from golf, following revelations about his private life.
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Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - April 30th, 2010
1. 00:00 'Lookin at Lucky' on track
Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - May 1st, 2010
2. 00:11 SOUNDBITE (English): Calvin Borel, jockey Super Saver
Pimlico, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - May 13th, 2010
3. 00:20 'Super Saver' being led onto track
Pimlico, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - May 15th, 2010
5. 00:28 SOUNDBITE (English): Mike Pegram, co-owner, 'Lookin At Lucky'
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - April 30th, 2010
6. 00:43 Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr pose
Rat Verlegh Stadium, Breda, Holland - May 2nd, 2010
7. 00:54 Emotional Twente Enschede fans
8. 00.59 Steve McClaren hoisted onto players' shoulders
Marseille, France - May 5th, 2010
9. 01:13 Marseille fans celebrate
Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany - May 8th, 2010
10. 01:24 Bayern Munich lift Bundesliga 1 shield
Hamburg, Germany - May 11th, 2010
11. 01:38 Atletico Madrid players jogging, pull-in to Diego Forlan
12. 01:49 Danny Murphy of Fulham
13. 01:58 Fulham manager Roy Hodgson
Hamburg, Germany - May 12th, 2010
14. 02:05 Forlan presented with man-of-the-match award after Europa League final
West London, England - May 16th, 2010
15. 02:15 Didier Drogba and John Terry lift the Premier League trophy
16. 02:19 Petr Cech, Terry and Frank Lampard on bus
17. 02:23 Manager Carlo Ancelotti leading chant
18. 02:30 Fans
19. 02:33 Drogba leading chant
Milan, Italy - May 16th, 2010
20. 02:37 Inter Milan fans celebrate
Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - May 7th, 2010
21. 02:55 Lionel Messi and the Barcelona squad training
Barcelona, Spain - May 16th, 2010
22. 03:02 Andres Iniesta talking to the press
23. 03:07 SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Andres Iniesta, Barcelona midfielder
Moscow, Russia - May 18th, 2010
24. 03:20 New Russia coach Dick Advocaat signing contract
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - May 21st, 2010
25. 03:34 Bayern coach Louis van Gaal overseeing training
26. 03:40 Arjen Robben training
27. 03:45 Mario Gomez at training
Valdebebas training centre, Madrid, Spain - May 21st, 2010
28. 03:51 Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho overseeing training
29. 03:57 Wesley Sneijder
30. 04:03 Samuel Eto'o
Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain - May 22nd, 2010
31. 04:09 Jose Mourinho enters news conference to applause
32. 04:24 SOUNDBITE (English): Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan coach
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - May 31st, 2010
33. 04:55 Jose Mourinho enters press conference room on his presentation as the new coach of Real Madrid
34. 05:03 Wide shot of media
35. 05:07 Mourinho surrounded by photographers
Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - May 21st, 2010
36. 05:11 David Villa with Barcelona President Joan Laporta and Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain
37. 05:14 Villa's Barcelona shirt
38. 05:22 Villa introduced to the crowd
Gatwick Airport, near London, England - May 18th, 2010
39. 05:28 England captain Paul Collingwood holding the World Cup
40. 05:37 Kevin Pietersen
41. 05:41 Graeme Swann pushing baggage trolley
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan - May 25th, 2010
42. 05:45 Shahid Afridi in stadium
California, USA - May 20th, 2010
43. 05:55 Lance Armstrong riding after crash
44. 06:01 Armstrong gets into team car
Paris, France - May 21st, 2010
45. 06:11 Close-up of Roland Garros flag
46. 06:15 Visitors with Suzanne Lenglen court in background
47. 06:17 Wide shot of area
Paris, France - June 7th, 2010
48. 06:20 Wide shot Nadal walking onto podium at Euro Disney
49. 06:33 Tilt up from trophy to Nadal
Pebble Beach, California, USA - June 14th, 2010
50. 06:39 Tiger Woods teeing off
51. 06:47 Rory McIlroy chipping
Pebble Beach, California, USA - June 20th, 2010
52. 06:59 SOUNDBITE (English): Graeme McDowell, 2010 US Open Champion
Appiano Gentile training ground, Milan, Italy - June 15th, 2010
53. 07:13 Banner saying "Welcome Benitez. We start a new adventure!"
54. 07:19 Rafa Benitez (left) with Marco Branca, Inter Milan technical director, and an Inter shirt
Chicago, Illinois, USA - June 11th, 2010
55. 07:26 Chicago Blackhawks celebrate
56. 07:33 Patrick Kane raises the Stanley Cup
Los Angeles, California, USA - June 21st, 2010
57. 07:42 Kobe Bryant waving to the crowd
58. 07:50 SOUNDBITE (English): Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
59. 07:57 Pau Gasol waves to the crowd
SNTV's review of the 2010 sporting year looks at the months of May and June.
May - a big month for horse racing in the US.
'Lookin at Lucky' was the 3-1 favourite for the Kentucky Derby - Calvin Borel on 8-1 shot 'Super Saver' came home first.
"I mean, every jock's dream to win the Derby, you know, I never dream I'd win three Derbys but I work hard and I'm dedicated to the job, you know, and I love the game. I mean, it's what I love to do and I'm very successful with it."
SUPER CAPTION: Calvin Borel, jockey, Super Saver.
So much for the first leg of North America's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing - Super Saver was eighth in the second - the Preakness Stakes - with Mike Pegram's 'Lookin at Lucky', striking back.
"But you know what, in the end it's about the horse and this is a neat horse, I mean, he is just a neat, neat horse and at the end of the day that's what we're in: it's horse racing. It ain't owner racing, this horse could talk you'd be talking to him."
SUPER CAPTION: Mike Pegram, co-owner, Lookin At Lucky.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to the ring on May the 1st in a welterweight clash against the WBA champion, Shane Mosley.
Mayweather Jr. maintained his unbeaten professional record with a 12-round unanimous points decision over the 38-year-old.
Soccer - and around Europe, silverware was being decided.
Steve McClaren's FC Twente became the Dutch Eredivisie Champions for the first time in their history on May the 2nd, after defeating NAC Breda 2-0 at the Rat Verlegh Stadium.
The title is a culmination of a fairytale for Twente and McClaren since he took charge, two seasons ago.
A small-town team, Twente reached the Dutch Cup final and took the runners-up spot in the Eredivisie in the previous season before going one better this time around.
McClaren becoming the first English manager to win a top flight title since Sir Bobby Robson led Porto to the Portuguese crown in 1996.
Didier Deschamp's Olympique Marseille ended an 18-year wait for the French Ligue 1 title following a 3-1 home win over Stade Rennes on May the 5th.
The win meant Marseille had reached 75 points - and an unassailable eight-point lead over second-placed Lille, with two games left.
Bayern Munich beat relegated Hertha Berlin 3-1 on the 8th of May to win the German Bundesliga for a record 22nd time.
A week later, Bayern completed their eighth domestic double when they defeated Werder Bremen 4-0 in the Cup final.
Although Atletico Madrid dropped out of the Champions League after the group stages, the Spanish side made the most of their opportunity in the UEFA Europa League.
A last-gasp victory over Liverpool in their semi-final saw them reach Hamburg.
The European Cup Winners' Cup back in 1962 was their only previous European success.
Their opponents in the final were Fulham.
But having started in the qualifying rounds - chalking up trips to the likes of Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine - and notching famous triumphs against Juventus and Hamburg SV, this was a step too far for Roy Hodgson's rank outsiders.
Diego Forlan scored twice - the last coming in the dying minutes of extra time - to secure a 2-1 victory for Atletico - and the man-of-the-match award for himself.
Tens of thousands of blue-clad fans lined the streets of west London on May the 16th as Chelsea celebrated winning the FA Cup and English Premier League with an open-top bus parade.
The Londoners wrapped up the Premier League title the week before with an 8-0 thumping of Wigan at Stamford Bridge - and completed a remarkable season with a 1-0 defeat of Portsmouth in the FA Cup final on May the 15th.
It was first double in the club's history, and came in coach Carlo Ancelotti's first season in control of the London side.
Back in Ancelotti's homeland, former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho guided Inter Milan to their fifth straight Serie A title.
They clinched the Scudetto with a 1-0 win at Siena, having already lifted the Italian Cup after victory over Roma.
Barcelona were crowned La Liga Champions for the second successive season on May the 16th when they thrashed Real Valladolid 4-0 at home at the Nou Camp.
Spanish international Andres Iniesta highlighted the winning ethos that coach Pep Guardiola had instilled into the players as one of the main reasons for their success.
"I think we've kept a very good mentality during the last two or three seasons. A winning mentality combined with sacrifice and humility. This team has a lot of good objectives and we will keep them."
SUPER CAPTION Andres Iniesta, Barcelona midfielder
Dick Advocaat signed a four-year contract to coach Russia.
The Dutchman's first goal will be to guide Russia into qualification for the 2012 European Championship, where he will try to emulate the success of compatriot Guus Hiddink, who led the country to the semi-finals of Euro 2008.
And yet another Dutch coach was looking for further glory.
Bayern boss Louis van Gaal was relishing the chance to win a second UEFA Champions League final on May the 22nd at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid - this time against Italy's Inter Milan - 15 years after guiding Ajax to the European club football's most prestigious trophy.
Up against the Germans - Inter Milan and Jose Mourinho.
Both men were looking to become only the third coach to win the competition with two different teams.
And both teams were looking to complete a league, cup and Champions League treble.
Diego Milito scored a goal in each half to ensure the trophy went to Italy.
At last, club president Massimo Moratti was a truly happy man.
"You know, it was an incredible wedding between us. He (Inter Milan club president Massimo Moratti) wanted me a few years ago when I was at Chelsea, he tried for me to go to Inter and I didn't go. He tried again and I went and maybe he had a feeling that I was the one to give him his dream."
SUPER CAPTION: Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan coach.
But the marriage was not to last ...
Same man, same location ...
Except now, just nine days later, the 47-year-old was in charge of Real.
Mourinho left Inter to sign a four-year contract.
He took over from Manuel Pellegrini, who had been sacked the previous week.
Staying in Spain, and arch-rivals Barcelona made it abundantly clear that they had no intention of relinquishing their position of power.
The country's hottest property completed a 40 million euro (49 million US dollars) transfer from Valencia.
David Villa signed a four-year contract at the Nou Camp.
For the first time in their history, on May the 18th the England team returned to London after an international cricket tournament with a trophy in their hands - the Twenty20 World Cup.
Enterprising performances from Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, and man-of-the-tournament Kevin Pietersen, enabled England to put previous poor performances in limited-overs cricket behind them to secure a seven-wicket victory over Australia in the final.
A little bit of stability was restored in Pakistani cricket on May the 25th when Shahid Afridi was selected as national captain for the Asia Cup - and the forthcoming Test series against Australia and England.
May the 20th was an unpleasant day for Lance Armstrong.
Early on, disgraced former team-mate Floyd Landis accused the seven-time Tour de France winner of having used performance-enhancing drugs.
Armstrong promptly dismissed the accusation, before crashing heavily during the fifth stage of the Tour of California.
He was sent to hospital for precautionary X-rays and needing stitches in his elbow and cheek.
Tennis - and Roland Garros - took centre stage with the start of the French Open on May the 23rd.
There was a surprise winner of the women's event.
Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title with victory over Sam Stosur on June the 5th.
The 29-year-old from Milan ignored her underdog status as she won a high-quality encounter 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
No shocks in the men's tournament as Rafael Nadal won his fifth French Open title the following day, when he defeated Sweden's Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
With this triumph, the Spaniard moved to the top of the rankings, replacing Roger Federer as world number one.
10 years after his historic 15-stroke victory at the US Open at Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods returned to the famed venue on June the 14th to prepare for the second major championship of 2010.
Perhaps the hottest of the young stars coming into the tournament was 21-year-old Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.
But it was another Ulsterman who came out on top - Graeme McDowell becoming the first European in 40 years to win the US Open.
"Like I say, I can't believe it. I mean Pebble Beach, it's such a special venue. Obviously to join the list of names: Jack (Nicklaus), Tom - Tom Kite, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, obviously. I can't believe I'm standing here as a Major champion. It's an amazing feeling."
SUPER CAPTION: Graeme McDowell, 2010 US Open Champion
A little bit of soccer news and Rafa Benitez was officially unveiled as the new coach at European Champions Inter Milan on the 15th of June.
The former Liverpool manager succeeded Jose Mourinho.
And celebrations in the States ...
Two million people were estimated to have packed the centre of the 'windy city' to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks success in NHL's Stanley Cup final.
The 'Hawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in game six of the best-of-seven finals to win their first championship since 1961, and the fourth in franchise history.
Patrick Kane scored the trophy-clinching goal in game six.
And on the west coast, thousands of screaming fans saluted the NBA champions, Los Angeles Lakers on June the 21st.
Lakers' starters Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest waved to the crowd from a flatbed truck.
"No, this is the best one by far. this is the most satisfying because it was the hardest one to get. The most challenging to get and because of that it was the sweetest."
SUPER CAPTION: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
The parade capped a season that ended the previous week with an 83-79 game seven victory over the Boston Celtics - and a 16th NBA title for the Lakers.
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Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa - March 2nd, 2010
1. 00:00 Wide exterior of stadium
2. 00:05 Wide tilt down interior of stadium
Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa - 2nd March, 2010
3. 00:14 Crowd at street party
4. 00:17 Dancers
5. 00:26 Crowd
Valdebebas Training Complex, Madrid, Spain - March 11th, 2010
6. 00:30 Wide shot of press conference room
7. 00:36 Journalists
8. 00:41 SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Iker Casillas, Real Madrid goalkeeper
Stamford Bridge, west London, England - March 15th, 2010
9. 01:05 Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho enters press conference
10. 01:19 Camera crews
11. 01:22 SOUNDBITE (English): Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan coach
Istanbul, Turkey - March 15th, 2010
12. 01:26 Guus Hiddink signing contract in presence of Turkish FA President Mahmut Ozgener
13. 01:29 Photographers
14. 01:32 Ozgener and Hiddink pose for photographs
Turku, Finland - March 15th, 2010
15. 01:37 Car carrying David Beckham arrives at hospital and fans try and get autographs
16. 01:49 Beckham inside car wearing white jumper.
Wild Card Boxing Club, Hollywood, California, USA - March 3rd, 2010
17. 01:52 Manny Pacquiao sparring with trainer Freddie Roach
18. 02:01 Pacquiao working the bag
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA - March 12th, 2010
19. 02:08 Joshua Clottey weighs in
20. 02:15 Pacquiao and his entourage come to the stage
21. 02:21 Pacquiao weighs in
Manila, Philippines - March 14th, 2010
22. 02:27 Cheering crowd in amphitheatre watching the Pacquiao-Clottey bout
Lahore, Pakistan - March 10th, 2010
23. 02:36 Wide exterior shot of PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) headquarters
24. 02:39 Mid shot of PCB sign
25. 02:43 Set up shot of PCB spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar.
26. 02:48 SOUNDBITE (English): Sarwar Nadeem, PCB spokesman
Karachi, Pakistan - March 29th, 2010
27. 03:05 Mohammad Yousuf at the podium
28. 03:10 Wide shot of press conference
29. 03:16 SOUNDBITE (Urdu): Mohammad Yousuf
Maranello, Italy - March 23rd, 2010
30. 03:23 Fernando Alonso leaving pit-box in Ferrari F10
31. 03:27 Ferrari F10 on Maranello test track
Marcoussis, France - February 10th, 2010
32. 03:41 French rugby team training
33. 03:45 Spectators
34. 03:48 Team training
Auckland, New Zealand - March 21st, 2010
35. 04:02 Emirates Team New Zealand
36. 04:09 End of the race, Mascalzone Latino defeated
37. 04:12 Team New Zealand crew members congratulating each other following their win
Augusta, Georgia, USA - April 7th, 2010
38. 04:24 Tilt down from flags to the new practice range at the Augusta National
39. 04:31 Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara walk up to 9th green
40. 04:37 Woods on the green
41. 04:46 Phil Mickelson on the green
Augusta, Georgia, USA - April 11th, 2010
42. 04:55 SOUNDBITE (English): Phil Mickelson, winner of the 2010 US Masters
43. 05:08 SOUNDBITE (English): Tiger Woods, joint-fourth at the 2010 US Masters
Mexico City, Mexico - April 23rd, 2010/File
44. 05:23 Lorena Ochoa with 2007 Ricoh Women's British Open trophy
45. 05:32 Close-up of tearful Ochoa as she announces her retirement
MEN Arena, Manchester, England - April 1st, 2010
46. 05:45 David Haye (left) and John Ruiz squaring up at press conference.
47. 05:54 Wide shot of stage at press conference.
48. 05:59 SOUNDBITE (English): David Haye, WBA heavyweight champion
Globovision: FILE (date and place unknown)
49. 06:11 Edwin Valero training
Globovision: Venezuela - April 18th, 2010
50. 06:20 Valero being taken away by police
Navi Mumbai, India - April 25th, 2010
51. 06:30 Mumbai fans watching the match on a big screen
The White House, Washington DC, USA - April 26th, 2010
52. 06:44 Joe Girardi, New York Yankees' manager presents President Obama with jersey
FILE: Copenhagen, Denmark - September 30th, 2009
53. 06:58 Former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch shaking hands in hotel lobby ahead of vote for 2016 games
54. 07:05 Samaranch becoming IOC president
Lausanne, Switzerland - April 21st, 2010
55. 07:13 Jacques Rogge talking to the media outside IOC headquarters
56. 07:15 SOUNDBITE (English): Jacques Rogge, IOC President
57. 07:35 Olympic flag inside building at half-mast
58. 07:37 Flag outside the building flying at half-mast.
SNTV's review of the 2010 sporting year looks at the months of March and April.
Local officials stressed that they were comfortably on schedule to have everything ready for the start of the 2010 World Cup.
And on March the 2nd - exactly 100 from the start of the tournament, the impressive arch over Durban's sparkling new Moses Mabhida Stadium attested to that assertion.
That milestone was celebrated with a massive street party in Johannesburg.
There was nothing festive though, about the mood in the Real Madrid camp after a shock UEFA Champions League exit - courtesy of French side Olympique Lyon.
Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted that he was struggling to come to terms with his side's elimination.
"I'm having a bad time, a bad time. It's hard to get home, go to bed and really get a bit of sleep trying to forget what happened. But, of course, we have to think about all that happened yesterday (Wednesday). And I know the rest of the players are feeling pretty much like me."
SUPER CAPTION: Iker Casillas, Real Madrid goalkeeper
Less than three years after his acrimonious departure from Chelsea, Jose Mourinho returned at the helm of Inter Milan.
The Italian side were looking to protect a 2-1 lead when they faced the Londoners on March the 16th.
And as for the 'special one' - he was not bearing grudges.
(On his return to Chelsea)
"No regrets. No problems. No bad feelings. Just respect."
SUPER CAPTION: Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan coach
Another former Chelsea manager was taking on a fresh challenge.
Dutchman Guus Hiddink spoke to the press on March the 15th following his appointment as the new national coach of Turkey.
Less than 24 hours after picking up a serious Achilles injury in the closing minutes of AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo Verona, David Beckham was in Finland as he made an ultimately forlorn effort to keep his World Cup dreams alive.
The former England captain was in Turku to undergo surgery on the injury - and the crowds were waiting.
In the boxing world, the man considered the world's top fighter, pound-for-pound, was in training ahead of a WBO welterweight title defence against Joshua Clottey.
Manny Pacquiao came into the bout at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas with an impressive 50-3-2 record - 38 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
Come the bout on the 13th of March, the Filipino was way too good for Clottey, throwing over three times as many punches as the Ghanaian on the way to a unanimous points victory.
The turbulent times of Pakistan cricket took another twist on March the 10th.
After an appalling winless tour to Australia the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) formed an inquiry committee.
Their findings were damning for two former captains.
"These recommendations were like - Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, keeping in view their infighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team. Their attitude has a trickle down effect, which is bad influence for the whole team should not be part of national team in any format."
SUPER CAPTION: Sarwar Nadeem, PCB spokesman
Yousuf's public reaction came later in the month.
"Yes, it is my retirement. I am retiring from Pakistan cricket."
SUPER CAPTION: Mohammad Yousuf, former Pakistan Test Captain
Ferrari and Fernando Alonso made the perfect start to the new Formula One campaign, powering to victory in the season-opener in Abu Dhabi.
Unfortunately for both parties, that would be their last success until round 11 in Germany in late July.
In rugby union, France were crowned kings of the northern hemisphere, clinching the 6 Nations title with a 12-10 victory over England in Paris.
It also completed the Grand Slam for Marc Lievremont's side - played five, won five.
Ireland finished four points adrift in second place.
Emirates Team New Zealand produced a clinical performance to hold off the challenge of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team and win the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland on March the 21st.
The 'Kiwi' boat extended its lead on every leg of the five-mile (eight kilometre) course to beat Mascalzone - the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup - and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the final.
Early April - and Augusta National was the place to be.
Much of the focus had been on the world's top golfer, Tiger Woods.
The world number one was about to make his first tournament appearance since his life was turned around by a sex scandal that became public in November,
The winner though - for the third time - was Woods' great rival - Phil Mickelson
(On how much his Masters title win means to him and his family)
"It's a special and very emotional week. It's the first time my family has travelled with me since The Players' (Championships) last year. And it made for a really fun week. And to win... man, this feels incredible."
SUPER CAPTION: Phil Mickelson, Winner of the 2010 US Masters.
(Question: 'What was the feeling you got being here his week?')
"It was incredible. The people were just absolutely fantastic all week. The support I got, I was just blown away all week, from Monday to Sunday... thanks."
SUPER CAPTION: Tiger Woods, Joint-fourth at the 2010 US Masters
This was probably the highlight of Lorena Ochoa's short but glittering professional career - victory in 2007 in the Women's British Open.
That same year, the Mexican ousted Annika Sorenstam as the world's top female golfer - she had stayed there ever since.
But on April the 20th, she announced her retirement, at the tender age of 28. A day later, a tearful Ochoa publicly confirmed that move.
Boxing now, and David Haye's WBA heavyweight crown was up for grabs in Manchester on April the 3rd.
38-year-old John Ruiz of America was looking to prize the title away from the smart Briton.
"It is always people's plans to break me down and get me into the later rounds but they amount of damage that is accumulated while they try to do that, you know.....very few of them hear the final bell."
SUPER CAPTION: David Haye, WBA heavyweight champion
Ruiz was stopped in the ninth round.
One of the world's most gifted boxers was found dead on April the 19th.
After being detained by police in connection with the killing of his wife, Edwin Valero hanged himself in a cell.
He was a former two-weight world champion with the impeccable professional record of 27 fights - 27 wins - 27 by knockout.
Cricket - and excitement around India as the Chennai Super Kings defeated the highly-fancied Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in the IPL final.
After winning the toss and batting first, Suresh Raina's unbeaten half-century was vital in taking Chennai to 168 for five.
Mumbai - and in particular, Sachin Tendulkar - never really found their stride and only a late salvo from Kieron Pollard provided some belated excitement.
Among the numerous visitors to the White House in April - the New York Yankees.
In November 2009, the Yankees clinched baseball's World Series 4-2, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies to claim their 27th championship.
And in late April - the passing of one of international sport's greatest administrators with the death of Juan Antonio Samaranch. The Spaniard was 89 years old.
Following Lord Killanin's resignation, Samaranch was elected the seventh president of the International Olympic Committee, prior to the 1980 Moscow Games.
He immediately set about resurrecting the fortunes of the Olympics.
Samaranch retired in 2001 as the second-longest serving president in the history of the IOC. He was succeeded by current president Jacques Rogge.
"(Juan Antonio) Samaranch was a great President. He left a strong legacy. He can definitely be credited with making the Games the success story they are today. He can also be credited with changing the IOC, making it more representative, more transparent and with a better covenant."
SUPER CAPTION: Jacques Rogge, IOC President
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Tom Watson said on Tuesday (21st July) that messages of support from U.S. troops he met in Iraq had helped put his 2009 Open Championship defeat at Turnberry into perspective.
Speaking at Sunningdale where he is hoping to win a fourth Senior Open title, the 59-year-old also confessed he had a "vacuum in the stomach" after Sunday's (19th July) play-off defeat to American compatriot Stewart Cink.
Tom Watson has had two nights to come to terms with an ultimately heartbreaking Open Championship.
Having led for most of the final day at Turnberry, Watson missed an eight-foot putt for victory on the 18th before he was soundly beaten by countryman Stewart Cink in a four-hole play-off.
"There is still quite a vacuum in the stomach but it's not due to... I'm not crying but I've been affected by it to a certain degree - but this too shall pass. It honestly is not the most important thing in life."
SUPER CAPTION: Tom Watson, three-time Senior Open champion.
Two years ago, Watson visited Iraq and met hospitalised U.S. soldiers.
Many have sent messages of support helping the nine-time Major winner put his Open into perspective.
"Many of them have contacted me and said 'congratulations - and by the way when you're in a neck-high bunker or you have a four-footer (putt), just remember it's just a game'. I give them credit for keeping me on the straight and level here - and not getting too disappointed about what happened on Sunday."
SUPER CAPTION: Tom Watson.
At 59, Watson would have become the oldest holder of the Open title and handed a further nine-year exemption to compete for the Claret Jug.
As it is next year's Open at St. Andrews will be his last unless he lifts the trophy a sixth time, as former winners are not permitted to play beyond the age of 60.
The governing body, the R&A, only reduced that limit from 65 in 2007 - with Watson consulted by chief executive Peter Dawson - though a further review is imminent.
"When he (Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club) called me last year to say that it had changed from 65 to 60 I said exactly this, I said 'you know I concur with you'. It's sensible - you have give the young kids a chance to play and that's the whole reason behind it."
SUPER CAPTION: Tom Watson.
Watson is at Sunningdale hoping to continue a run of alternate year victories in the Senior Open dating back to 2003.
The sport, he believes, is in rude health.
"From the kids who watch Anthony Kim and now this Matteo Manassero (2009 Open Amateur champion) from Italy, 16-year-old, he's out there trying to get Tiger Woods' autograph on a bag for his mum. You know they are watching Tiger, the older folks may be watching Greg Norman, Tom Watson and Fred Couples when he comes out on the senior tour... and that's third generation - and there's a great span there."
SUPER CAPTION: Tom Watson.
Should Watson triumph in Berkshire, he would set a new Senior Open record of four championships, one more than South African Gary Player.
More importantly, perhaps, it might help ease the pain triggered at Turnberry more rapidly.
Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire, England. July 21st, 2009.
1. 00:00 Tom Watson arrives for press conference.
2. 00:17 SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Watson, three-time Senior Open champion.
3. 00:44 Pan from reporters to wide of press conference.
4. 00:49 SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Watson.
5. 01:15 Wide of press conference.
6. 01:20 SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Watson.
7. 01:35 Wide of press conference.
8. 01:39 Tilt down - female reporter.
9. 01:45 SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Watson.
10. 02:18 Mid - rear of cameraman.
11. 02:22 Zoom out - end of press conference.
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Here is the initial part of the annual 2007 SNTV news review - featuring the highlights of the first third of the calendar year.
It is the first instalment of a selection of the biggest headlines made in the sporting world from January to April this year, courtesy of the world's leading sports news video agency.
In the first week of the year, Australia completed the most crushing Ashes series victory in 86 years, sending bowling greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath into test retirement with a five-nil clean sweep of England.
The 10-wicket victory in Sydney was also the final game for Australian opener Justin Langer.
After the Aussies regained the precious urn, England captain Andrew Flintoff and leg-spinning genius Warne gave their reaction.
"Yes, I've experienced both sides of it now. At the Oval in 2005, the jubilation and the joy of winning the Ashes and then today, and probably in Perth as well, I've experienced it on the other side and it's not very nice."
SUPERCAPTION: Andrew Flintoff, England captain.
Then the incomparable Warne took centre stage once more.
At the moment, I think we are a long way ahead of the next best side, as you can see. England are rated as the second-best side and to win five-nil, you can't be any more comprehensive then that. So, there is a good gap between Australia and the next best side and that's not being arrogant, that's just facts."
SUPER CAPTION: Shane Warne, Australia's record wicket-taker.
January also saw David Beckham announce that he was to leave Real Madrid and sign a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy reportedly worth US$250 million.
Beckham eventually made the move in the summer, when his four-year contract with the Spanish giants expired, but the former England captain was keen to impress his new team-mates via a satellite link-up from Madrid to California.
"One thing that you can always get from me is working hard and being a good team player. So, that's the biggest thing and, hopefully, a few goals would be nice."
SUPER CAPTION: David Beckham, former England captain.
There was a surprise at the Australian Open in Melbourne where unseeded Serena Williams, ranked number 81 in the world, thrashed top seed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 to take her third Australian crown and eighth Grand Slam title.
"Even I didn't expect to come in and win it all. I never expected to lose. But, you know, you just always stay so positive. You always go in. You always think, I'm going to win, I'm going to win. When it really happens, I still can't believe the tournament's over. I feel like there's another match to be played or there's something else. You know, it's an awesome feeling."
SUPER CAPTION: Serena Williams, 2007 Australian Open champion.
It was business as usual in the men's singles though where defending champion and top seed, Roger Federer of Switzerland, beat Chile's Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4.
He became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a Grand Slam event without dropping a set - on his way to a 10th Grand Slam title.
Of course, now that it's all over, it's great to look back and think, Wow, you know, not having dropped a set. It's quite amazing."
SUPER CAPTION: Roger Federer
Back on European soil and Michel Platini was named as the new President of UEFA at the 31st Ordinary Congress in Duesseldorf, Germany.
The former French international footballer beat his predecessor Lennart Johannson by a margin of just four votes in the hard-fought Presidential election to earn a four-year term as the head of European football's governing body.
Once the votes had been counted, UEFA Vice-President Senes Erzik read out the eagerly-awaited result.
"The first ballot has given the following results: elected as UEFA President with a mandate of four years isâ€¦..... Monsieur Platini Michel."
SUPER CAPTION: Senes Erzik, UEFA Vice-President.
Platini had won the election by a margin of four votes - 27 to 23 - with two ballot papers having been spoiled.
A sporting Johansson was quick to congratulate his successor, offering a warm hug and a handshake.
Into February and the travelling supporters of the Indianapolis Colts celebrated their side's first Superbowl title in 37 years.
The Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in a rain-soaked Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
Peyton Manning, playing in his ninth season, was named the game's MVP in Super Bowl XLI.
Despite the conditions, the enthusiasm of these Colts supporters couldn't be dampened as the Bears were denied their first NFL title since they beat the New England Patriots back in 1986.
Liverpool became the latest English football (soccer) club to be owned by foreign parties.
It was announced that Americans George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks had agreed a deal to buy a 51 percent stake in the club.
"My background is love of the sport. I honestly would not kid you to tell you that I've been a long-time Liverpool fan, because that would be a fib."
SUPER CAPTION: George Gillett Jr., Liverpool F.C. co-owner.
Gillett Jr. and Hicks, who own NHL sides the Montreal Canadiens and the Dallas Stars respectively, offered $342.7 million U.S. dollars (Â£174.1 million sterling) for a majority shareholding in the five-time European champions - and also paid off the club's $88.2 million U.S. dollars (Â£44.8 million sterling) debt.
Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich announced his retirement from cycling - amid continuing investigations of his alleged role in a Spanish doping scandal.
The 34-year-old German, who won the Tour in 1997 and was runner-up five times, said he would stay in the sport as a consultant for the Austrian-based Volksbank team.
Finally in February, the US President George W. Bush welcomed the 2005-2006 NBA champions, the Miami Heat, to the White House in Washington D.C.
Miami came back from a two-nil deficit in the finals, after winning four successive games, to defeat the Dallas Mavericks four-two and claim the franchise's first NBA title in their 18th season.
"Yeah, they had the stars. Everybody knew who the stars are. But it was the capacity to play together, to put the team ahead of themselves, that enabled them to be here at the White House saying congratulations, NBA Champs."
SUPER CAPTION: George W. Bush, U.S. President.
The President enjoying his personalised jersey and basketball from the Heat - despite Miami defeating a team from his native Texas.
All 16 teams competing in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup gathered for a final photo session, just hours before the official opening of the competition in the picturesque surroundings of Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The captains walked onto the beach to pose in front of the official World Cup trophy, with the hosts captain Brian Lara and the skipper of the defending championsm Ricky Ponting of Australia, leading the pack.
The first major shock of the tournament arrived when Pakistan's suffered a three-wicket defeat against monnows Ireland on the first Saturday of the tournament.
Around 50 protesters in Inzamam-ul-Haq's hometown of Multan in central Pakistan also burned an effigy of their hero to show their anguish.
However, a much greater shock was just about to reverberate around the tournament that generated real mourning.
Just hours after the defeat to Ireland, Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer died in hospital after being found unconscious in his hotel room in Jamaica.
Initially it was thought that the 58-year-old had died of a suspected heart attack but two days later after the post-mortem the police held a news conference to say they were treating the death as suspicious.
As Pakistan trained ahead of their final match against Zimbabwe, new Pakistan stand-in coach Mushtaq Ahmed described the death as the worst thing to happen to Pakistan cricket.
While Pakistan legend Imran Khan dispelled the rumours now circulating that Woolmer had been murdered.
"That feeling, we can't explain into words. He was a great guy, Bob was a humble man and a great fellow, and a great coach. One of the best coaches I have ever come across."
SUPER CAPTION: Mushtaq Ahmed, stand-in Pakistan coach.
"I do not think there is any foul play, unless I see black-and-white evidence of it. I'm convinced that it was from natural causes - and of course, stress. But stress because of, probably, his medical condition."
SUPER CAPTION: Imran Khan, former Pakistan captain.
Then, two days later, as rumours, counter-rumours and further allegations abounded around a shellshocked Caribbean, Jamaican police spokesman Karl Angell announced in Kingston that the death of Woolmer was now being regarded as murder.
"The pathologist's report is now available and states that Mr. Woolmer's death was due to asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation. In these circumstances, the matter of Mr. Robert Woolmer's death is now being treated by the Jamaica Police as a case of murder."
SUPER CAPTION: Karl Angell, Jamaican police spokesman.
Meanwhile, back in Europe, as investigations continued into the shrouded mystery of Woolmer's death in the West Indies, the French rugby union XV had been the guests of honour at a ceremony at the Disneyland resort in Paris.
'Les Blues' had clinched their third Six Nations crown in four years with an emphatic 46-19 win over Scotland at the Stade de France the previous weekend.
The margin of victory gave them a superior tournament points difference to Ireland as they regained their Six Nations title.
Back in Beijing, there may have been nothing officially organised but hundreds of residents gathered in Tiananmen square to watch the countdown clock move to show just 500 days until the opening of the Olympics.
The big day was to be on August the 8th, the one-year remaining mark, which also signalled the start of several months of test events.
But the news continued to be dominated by the circumstances surrounding the death of Bob Woolmer. Muslims joined Christians in observing a minute of silence, as they lit candles and offered prayers in a memorial for him at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the eastern city of Lahore, the home of Pakistani cricket.
Former Pakistan team captain Inzamam-ul-Haq offered flowers on behalf of his team members.
Inzamam resigned as captain and stepped down from one-day international cricket following the team's humiliating elimination from the World Cup before the second stages.
It wouldn't be until June that the rumours surrounding Woolmer would go away when it was anounced that he had indeed died of natural causes.
Stateside now and to the Augusta National, where Zach Johnson shot a final round 69 to win the US Masters, which was the American's first major title.
The 31-year-old holed three birdies in four holes on the back nine as he took a surprise victory by two shots from Tiger Woods and the South African duo of Rory Sabbatini and Retief Goosen to claim the famous green jacket.
"So, I had a great number on 16 and a great target and managed to execute it properly and I managed to make a birdie there which obviously helped. You know you may not know where Tiger is, but you can feel him for obvious reasons. It was not over until he hit his second shot on the 18th, I just feel very lucky."
SUPER CAPTION: Zach Johnson, 2007 U.S. Masters champion.
Decision day in Wales as the winning bid to host the 2012 European Championships was revealed.
UEFA president Michel Platini announced the winner at Cardiff City Hall. Italy had been the overwhelming favourites but when the envelope was opened there was a surprise - Poland and Ukraine had been selected to co-host the prestigious tournament.
Amid jubilant scenes, an emotional former Olympic pole vault champion, Sergei Bubka welcomed the decision.
"This is needed today, especially needed in the political situation in my country. We should have something which unites the nation and saves our future."
SUPER CAPTION: Sergei Bubka, part of the Ukrainian delegation.
Finally, back to the Caribbean and the cricket World Cup and another shock - West Indies captain Brian Lara announcing his retirement from all international cricket after his side's final match against England.
The 38-year-old, considered as the most gifted batsman of his generation by many, was close to tears as he brought a close to a career that saw him become Test cricket's all-time leading scorer with 11,953 runs from 131 Tests while holding the record for the highest Test score, 400 not out against England in Antigua in 2004.
"This is the last question, I'll just say that I have given this extensive consideration and I just want everybody to know that on Saturday I am going to bid farewell to international cricket as a player."
SUPER CAPTION: Brian Lara, West Indies captain.
Sadly for the ICC a troubled World Cup finished in a farcical manner as Australia won a on sided final against Sri Lanka.
After Sri Lanka had accepted the offer of bad light still needing 63 from 18 balls most thought they had conceded defeat.
But the umpires forced the players back onto the ground to play out the final three overs in near darkness before Ricky Pontings men could celebrate for real.
"I actually thought he was having a joke with us to try and stop our celebrations, he said, it looks like we are going to have to come back tomorrow and bowl three overs, all the guys stopped and looked at him. I said mate we have played the twenty overs we have actually finished a game, we have concluded a game. But we came back out and bowled three more overs so, it was a little bit of a disappointing way to end a World Cup."
SUPER CAPTION: Ricky Ponting, Australian captain.
Australia now unbeaten in 29 matches in World Cups as they added a third World Cup title to their one-day cricket list of honours.
SHOTLIST: Various. January-April, 2007 (see below).
Sydney, Australia. January 5th, 2007:
1. 00:00 Close-up huddle of Australia fans celebrating five-nil Ashes whitewash outside S.C.G.
2. 00:12 Mid shot of England captain Andrew Flintoff walking into press conference.
3. 00:19 SOUNDBITE: Andrew Flintoff (English).
4. 00:36 Cutaway - mid shot of the newly-retired Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Justin Langer (l-r).
5. 00:40 SOUNDBITE: Shane Warne (English).
Los Angeles, U.S.A. and Madrid, Spain. January 12th, 2007:
6. 00:55 Wide and mid shot of sign signalling David Beckham's arrival in Los Angels in the summer of 2007.
7. 01:02 Pan from mid shot of Beckham on live statellite from Madrid talking to his new L.A. Galaxy team-mates.
8. 01:15 SOUNDBITE: David Beckham (English).
Melbourne, Australia. January 26th and 27th, 2007.
9. 01:25 Close-up of Serena Williams posing with Australian Open trophy.
10. 01:35 SOUNDBITE: Serena Williams (English).
11. 01:55 Mid shot of Roger Federer being presented with winner's trophy.
12. 02:06 SOUNDBITE: Roger Federer (English).
Duesseldorf, Germany. January 26th, 2007.
13. 02:13 Wide of stage.
14. 02:18 Mid shot of Lennart Johansson greeting Michel Platini on stage.
15. 02:25 SOUNDBITE: (English) Senes Erzik, UEFA Vice-President.
16. 02:41 Wide shot of Michel Platini, who stands and embraces his predecessor Lennart Johansson.
Miami, U.S.A. February 4th, 2007:
17. 02:49 Various of Indianapolis Colts fans watching the game on a large screen in a bar.
18. 02:58 Close-up's and mid shot of Indianapolis fans holding up a newspaper with the headline "Champs!"
Liverpool, England. February 6th, 2007.
19. 03:12 03:07 Mid shot of George Gillett Jr. (Left) and Tom Hicks posing for photo opportunity under the 'This is Anfield' sign.
20. 03:20 SOUNDBITE: (English) George Gillett Jr.
21. 03:28 Mid shot of Gillett Jr. (left) and Hicks holding Liverpool shirts before zoom into mid shot of pair.
Hamburg, Germany, February 26th, 2007
22. 03:39 Wide of Jan Ullrich walking in to press conference.
23. 03:53 Close-up of Ullrich on podium.
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.. 27th February, 2007.
24. 03:58 Miami Heat players file into White House.
25. 04:07 Close-up of the Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy.
26. 04:10 SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, U.S. President.
27. 04:28 Bush holds jersey and ball given by Heat.
Montego Bay, Jamaica. 11th March, 2007.
28. 04:34 Close-up pan of cricket World Cup team captains.
29. 04:43 Tilt up to mid shot of West Indies skipper Brian Lara and Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting.
30. 04:48 Wide of captains posing on beach.
Multan, Pakistan. March 18th, 2007.
31. 04:52 Mid shot of chanting demonstrators holding placards and posters of Pakistani cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.
32. 04:54 Close-up of demonstrator beating an effigy of Inzamam about the head.
33. 05:00 Wide shot of effigy being lit.
File - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Kingston, Jamaica 5th and 12th March, 2007.
34. 05:08 Mid shot of pakistan coach Bopb Woolmer and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.
35. 05:14 Mid shot of Woolmer watching net practice.
Kingston, Jamaica. 20th March 2007.
36. 05:19 Wide of MONA University Hospital buildings with Pathology and Microbiology sign in foreground.
37. 05:23 Body bag is wheeled from building and placed into hearse.
38. 05:37 Various of hearse leaving MONA University Hospital on its way to Madden's Funeral Parlour.
Kingston, Jamaica. March 20th, 2007.
39. 05:47 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mushtaq Ahmed.
Lahore, Pakistan. March 20th, 2007.
40. 05:59 SOUNDBITE: (English) Imran Khan.
Kingston, Jamaica. March 22nd, 2007.
41. 06:12 Wide shot of start of press conference
42. 06:19 SOUNDBITE: (English) Karl Angell, Jamaican police spokesman.
Disneyland Resort, Paris, France. March 18th, 2007.
43. 06:45 Close-up of Bernard Laporte and Joe Maso, the Coach and Manager of the French XV.
44. 06:48 Mid shot of Mickey Mouse leading the French team and mascots onto the stage.
45. 06:59 Cutaway - Pieter de Villiers and team-mates.
46. 07:09 Wide shot of the crowd in Disneyland.
Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. March 26th, 2007.
47. 07:12 Various shots of people taking pictures.
48. 07:18 Wide of Beijing 2008 Olympics countdown clock with sound of people shouting countdown.
49. 07:26 Close-up of countdown clock.
Lahore, Pakistan, April 1st, 2007.
50. 07:31 Close-up of female choristers at memorial service for cricket coach Bob Woolmer at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
51. 07:36 Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq lays wreath of flowers next to photo of Woolmer.
52. 07:51 Mid shot and close-up of Inzamam-ul-Haq in front row of congregation.
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A. April 4th and 8th, 2007.
53. 07:59 Various shots of Augusta National.
54. 08:12 SOUNDBITE: Zach Johnson (English).
Cardiff, Wales. April 18th, 2007.
55. 08:33 Close-up of European championship trophy.
56. 08:37 Cutaway - wide of dignitaries and delegates in hall.
57. 08:41 UEFA President Michel Platini opens envelope and announces that Poland and Ukraine have won.
58. 08:51 Mid shot of winning delegations celebrating.
59. 08:59 SOUNDBITE (English) Sergei Bubka, part of the Ukrainian delegation.
Bridgetown, Barbados. April 19th 2007.
60. 09:07 Mid shot of Brian Lara walking into press conference.
61. 09:15 Close-up of Lara.
62. 09:21 Cutaway of journalists.
63. 09:26 SOUNDBITE: (English) Brian Lara.
Bridgetown, Barbados. April 28th, 2007.
64. 09:40 Australian team and coach walk into press conference.
65. 09:47 Close-up of winners medal.
66. 09:52 SOUNDBITE: (English) Ricky Ponting.
67. 10:19 Wide shot of press conference.
68. 10:25 Close-up of Ricky Ponting.
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Summer 2007 certainly proved to be a particular highlight in the sporting year, with the clement weather providing an ideal backdrop to some of the most hotly anticipated and high-profile events of the season.
The mid-point of the year saw individual triumph for three-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal, F1 rookie sensation Lewis Hamilton, U.S. Open winner Angel Cabrera with American sprinter Tyson Gay also dominating the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan.
Elsewhere, the team plaudits belonged to UEFA Cup winners Sevilla, Champions League winners A.C. Milan and Copa America victors Brazil - with the Iraqi national team also taking a surprise win at the Asian Cup.
The month of May saw clear skies and sunny weather grace the British Isles, and also saw some ambitious plans for the countries capital unveiled.
Organisers of the Red Bull Air Race announced that London would host a round of the adrenalin-fuelled series in early July, with some of the world's best pilots set to do battle against the stunning backdrop of the famous River Thames.
Flying individually against the clock, the pilots have to execute tight turns through a slalom course consisting of specially designed pylons, known as 'Air Gates'.
Events have already taken place this year in Abu Dhabi and at the foot of the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio, with London the latest addition to the rapidly growing World Series.
"I am delighted. I think for someone who, for anyone living in England to be racing in your capital city...London, I mean, the fact that they have got all the permissions to let us race in London is really awesome so it is going to be very special."
SUPER CAPTION: Nigel Lamb, British pilot.
May also saw the conclusion of the two European competitions.
Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland played host to the UEFA Cup final which turned out to be an all Spanish affair.
Defending champions Sevilla took on RCD Espanyol on the 16th May and after the game finished 2-2, they eventually retained the trophy on penalties.
In Athens, Greece, Italian and English fans gathered to watch AC Milan meet Liverpool in the Champions League final.
The fixture was a repeat of the 2005 final, which saw Liverpool stage a thrilling comeback to secure the most coveted piece of footballing silverware in Europe.
The Scouse fans in the Greek capital pinning their hopes on another 'miracle'.
"It's going to be a very, very close game. It's going to be one-nil for Liverpool. Stevie G (Steven Gerrard) is going to score to win it."
Q: So, you don't think there's going to be a repeat of the goal-fest (in Istanbul in 2005)?
"No, that was a miracle. When the Pope went to Turkey, he asked to be taken to the Attaturk Stadium, and they said 'Why?' and he said, 'To see where the miracle occurred in 2005'.
SUPER CAPTION: Liverpool fan, vox pop.
On the night though it was the 'Rossoneri' (Red-Blacks) who emerged victorious - with two goals from man-of-the-match Filippo Inzaghi ending the Merseysiders dreams.
The result sparking scenes of jubilation on the streets of Milan as Carlo Ancelotti's men claimed their first Champions League title since the 2002/2003 season, their seventh overall.
Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal also had cause to celebrate in May after his four-set victory over world number one Roger Federer allowed him to win his third straight French Open title, to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win three successive titles at Roland Garros.
The 21-year-old Spaniard took some time to parade the trophy on the streets of Paris, with the sweet taste of victory providing the perfect tonic to his increasingly hectic schedule.
(answering reporter's question "how are you feeling today?")
"Really good, a little bit tired because I can't stop after the final but happy for this victory".
(Answering reporter's question "how did you celebrate?")
"Not much, I play on Wednesday at Queens so I don't have too much time."
SUPER CAPTION Rafael Nadal, three-time French Open champion.
Another man enjoying the spotlight at the start of the summer was F1 rookie sensation Lewis Hamilton.
The Hertfordshire-born Formula One driver, who seemed destined to be on his way to becoming the most successful rookie driver in the sports history with seven podium finishes from seven races, took some time out from his hectic schedule to return to his roots in the sport.
"Well to win your first Grand Prix is something you work for so many years. 13 years of working and racing cars and go-karts. It's been a long, long journey and to finally get there and finally achieve your main goal which is to win, to be on the top step of that podium is a great accomplishment and an extremely emotional experience, and something I will take on with me for the rest of my life."
SUPERCAPTION: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-McLaren F1 driver.
Hamilton ended the month top the Formula 1 standings on 58 points, 10 points ahead of his nearest rival Fernando Alonso in what was to be a thrilling race for the world championship.
Another Englishman soaking up the plaudits as summer approached was Real Madrid midfielder and media superstar David Beckham, whose resurgence in form played a crucial part in the Spanish giants claiming their first La Liga title in four years.
Across the Atlantic, the immaculately-manicured greens and fairways of Oakmont County Club awaited the start of the 107th edition of the U.S. Open, with a world-class field all eyeing the $1.26 million U.S. dollars (€943,182.74) first prize.
Amongst them, Phil Mickelson, who was hoping to claim his first U.S. Open title after finishing runner up on four occasions.
Mickelson and, naturally, Tiger Woods would start the four-day tournament as hot favourites but in the end it was Argentina's Angel Cabrera who was the surprise champion.
"It is very difficult to describe this moment. Probably when I wake up tomorrow morning with this trophy beside me in my bed, I will realise that I have won the U.S. Open."
SUPER CAPTION: Angel Cabrera, US Open Champion 2007
Cabrera's countrymen met Brazil in the final of the Copa America in Venezuela in mid-July with Brazil - spearheaded by Real Madrid's Robinho, and under the watchful guidance of coach Dunga - facing the daunting task of nullifying a clearly rampant and unbeaten Argentinian side.
Despite starting the match as the marginal underdogs at the imposing Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Brazil dominated the 14-time tournament winners.
A goal from Julio Baptista opening the scoring before an own goal from Roberto Ayala on the stroke of half-time and a late Daniel Alves strike sealed an empathic 3-0 victory and Brazil's eighth title.
The final score, and in fact the contrasting nature of the performances of the two sides in the final, sparked scenes of jubilation on the streets of Rio and nationwide despair across Argentina.
Despair also visited North London with talismanic Arsenal captain Thierry Henry departing 'The Gunners' in a
£16.1-million pounds move to La Liga giants F.C. Barcelona.
Alex Ferguson was also enjoyed some summer spending with the audacious double signing of Portuguese prospect Nani from Sporting Clube de Portugal and the long-anticipated arrival of Owen Hargreaves from Bundesliga side Bayern Munich for just under 34 million dollars (17 million pounds).
Liverpool's Rafael Benítez also completed the capture of highly-rated Spanish international Fernando Torres from Atlético Madrid in a club record 26.5-million pound move.
However, by far the most expensive and high-profile transfer of the summer saw David Beckham complete his move to MLS (Major League Soccer) side L.A. Galaxy.
The 32-year-old was officially unveiled as a Los Angeles Galaxy player at a glittering ceremony at the club's Home Depot Center on Friday July 13th.
The former England captain had agreed a five-year deal back in January, with the fee reportedly to be worth up to $250 million U.S. dollars.
But he stressed he was not there just for the money.
"I just want people to look back at my career and see it as successful, which.... you know, I've won everything I can in English football, I've won a league title in Spain. I've played for my country for 11 years and captained my country for six years and now I'm going on to a different challenge where I hope I can succeed in this as well, in playing in the U.S."
SUPER CAPTION: David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy.
Beckham's arrival certainly sparked shirt sales but not the team itself as a knee injury was to restrict his appearances.
At the 136th Open Championship Padraig Harrington edged past Sergio Garcia following a dramatic four-hole play-off over the famous Carnoustie links course in Scotland.
The Irishman won his maiden major title, beating his Ryder Cup team-mate by one stroke over the extra holes, to become the first European major champion since Scotland's Paul Lawrie on the same course eight years ago.
Harrington clearly relishing his possession of the coveted Claret Jug and was sure they would be partying back in his native Ireland.
"I'm sure the reaction is incredible. I'm sure that there'll be some celebrating going on already and I can't wait to get there and enjoy it."
SUPER CAPTION: Padraig Harrington, 2007 (British) Open champion.
There were also wild celebrations in war-torn Baghdad after Iraq claimed a surprise tournament victory in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.
The 'Lions of Mesopotamia' beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final to lift the Asian Cup for the first time, thanks to a 72nd-minute goal from Captain Younis Mahmoud.
Tens of thousands - in the Shiite south, mixed Sunni-Shiite Baghdad and the Kurdish north - poured into usually treacherous streets to share a rare moment of national unity after the national team's triumph in Asia's most prestigious soccer competition.
Beijing's Tiananmen Square was the centre of celebrations on Wednesday August 8th as the countdown to the 2008 summer Olympics reached the one-year mark.
IOC President Jacques Rogge was amongst thousands in the Chinese city to watch the countdown clock reach the 365-day mark at 8:00 p.m. (1200 G.M.T.), with the opening ceremony exactly 12 months away.
The countdown the signal for the launch of a spectacular fireworks and light show over the square.
American sprint sensation Tyson Gay underlined his billing as one to watch at Beijing 2008 with a starring performance at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan, winning the 100 metres in a time of 9.85 seconds ahead of pre-race favourite Asafa Powell.
"I have proved I can run the big meets. I am confident. This is a stepping stone to Beijing, my mother told me that my steps were already ordered and I just came here to do my best."
SUPER CAPTION: Tyson Gay, gold medal winner, men's 100 metres.
"Well, you know it is not a relief you know, I was supposed to win the gold medal, I wanted that gold medal you know but it was very unfortunate but as I said I will be back next year, it is too late today so I have to think about tomorrow."
SUPER CAPTION: Asafa Powell, 100 metres record holder.
Gay would complete the spint double by taking the 200 metres title and earned a third gold as part of the American 4 x 100 metres relay team.
Swedish track and field star Carolina Kluft also ended the championships on a high after the 24-year-old claiming a third successive heptathlon world title in Osaka.
"This one will be special because I managed to keep it up and handle the pressure from myself and from the outside and break my personal record and the European record at the same time so that will be a very special moment of course, but the Europeans last year were special because I was on the home track and Helsinki was special because I twisted my ankle and Olympics was Olympics so, you can always find special things about competitions and each competition is a good lesson and a good experience for the future and no competition is like the other so they are very special, all of them."
SUPER CAPTION: Carolina Kluft, three-time heptathlon world champion.
Gay and Kluft ended their summer by joining forces to champion a unique cause.
Both athletes offered their support to the 'green project', part of the IAAF's drive to recognise the importance of fighting climate change.
Gold medal winners in Osaka demonstrated their support for the scheme by taking part in a special tree-planting ceremony.
The IAAF hoping their initiative will contribute in some way to a healthier earth, one that supports a future in which everyone can enjoy athletics.
SHOTLIST: Various, May - August 2007.
London, England. May 2nd 2007 and File.
1. 00:00 Wide - Tilt up to Millennium Dome, London.
2. 00:06 Computer Simulation of Red Bull Air Race on River Thames.
3. 00:15 SOUNDBITE: (English) Nigel Lamb, British pilot.
Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland. 15th May 2007.
4. 00:28 Wide - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland.
5. 00:31 Close up - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland.
6. 00:34 Close up - Sevilla/Espanyol team badges on scoreboard.
7. 00:36 Mid shot - Sevilla captain Javi Navarro with UEFA trophy.
Athens, Greece. 22nd May 2007.
8. 00:43 Wide - 'Champions League Village' signage.
9. 00:48 Close up - Various AC Milan fans.
10. 00:52 Close up - Various Liverpool fans.
11. 00:57 SOUNDBITE: (English) Liverpool fan.
Milan, Italy. 23rd May 2007.
12. 01:21 Various - AC Milan fans react to Champions League final.
Paris, France. 11th June 2007.
13. 01:45 Various - Rafael Nadal poses with French Open trophy.
14. 01:59 SOUNDBITE: (English) Rafael Nadal, three time French Open Champion.
London, England. 21st June 2007.
15. 02:14 Wide - Lewis Hamilton sits in go-kart.
16. 02:22 SOUNDBITE: (English) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-McClaren F1 driver.
17. 02:45 ISO's of Lewis Hamilton on track in go-kart.
Madrid, Spain. 18th June 2007.
18. 03:03 Various - Real Madrid fans and David Beckham celebrates Spanish title win during victory parade.
Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. June 14-17th 2007.
19. 03:17 Wide - Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
20. 03:20 Wide - U.S and PGA Flag at Oakmont C.C.
21. 03:23 Wide - Various players practice at driving range.
22. 03:28 Wide - Phil Mickelson tee-shot.
23. 03:32 Wide - Tiger Woods tee-shot.
24. 03:36 SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Angel Cabrera, US Open Champion 2007.
Maracaibo, Venezuela. 12th July 2007
25. 03:57 Wide - Brazil team coach arrives at training ground.
26. 04:01 Various - Brazil team training shots.
27. 04:07 Close up - Brazil coach Dunga.
28. 04:10 Various - Argentina team training.
29. 04:15 Close up - Lionel Messi at training session.
30. 04:20 Close up - Argentina coach Alfio Basile at training session.
Rio de Janeiro/Buenos Aires. July 15 2007
31. 04:23 Brazil fans react to Copa America final (Rio de Janeiro).
32. 04:33 Argentina fans react to Copa America final (Buenos Aires).
33. 04:45 Wide - Brazil fans celebrate on streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Various File - London, England
34. 04:54 Wide - Thierry Henry at Arsenal training session.
35. 04:57 Mid shot - Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager.
Manchester, England, U.K. July 9th 2007
36. 05:05 Wide - Cutaway of press photographers.
37. 05:08 Alex Ferguson, Owen Hargreaves and Nani pose for photographers.
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, 4th July 2007
38. 05:11 Wide - Rafael Benítez and Fernando Torres out of player's tunnel.
39. 05:20 Close up - Fernando Torres, Liverpool FC.
Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, U.S.A. July 13th 2007.
40. 05:23 Wide - 'Welcome David' on scoreboard at stadium.
41. 05:26 Wide - Crowd cutaway.
42. 05:29 LA Galaxy shirt officially presented to David Beckham.
43. 05:38 Close up - Cutaway of journalists.
44. 05:41 SOUNDBITE: (English) David Beckham, LA Galaxy.
45. 06:01 Wide - David Beckham poses with LA Galaxy shirt.
Carnoustie, Scotland. July 19 - July 22, 2007.
46. 06:06 Wide - 'Welcome to Carnoustie' signage.
47. 06:09 Wide - Pan of course at Carnoustie.
48. 06:16 Wide - Padraig Harrington poses with British Open trophy.
49. 06:19 SOUNDBITE: (English) Padraig Harrington, 2007 British Open champion.
Baghdad, Iraq. 30th July 2007.
50. 06:28 Various - Celebrations following Iraq's victory in Asian Cup.
Beijing, China. August 8th 2007.
51. 06:42 Close up - Tilt up to Olympic torch on display.
52. 06:46 Wide - Olympics Countdown clock reaches 365 days.
53. 06:54 Wide - Fireworks over Tiananmen Square.
Osaka, Japan. August 26th 2007.
54. 07:00 100m winner Tyson Gay hugs his mother.
55. 07:04 SOUNDBITE: (English) Tyson Gay, Gold Medal Winner - Men's 100 Metres.
56. 07:41 SOUNDBITE: (English) Asafa Powell, 100m Record Holder.
Osaka, Japan. August 27th 2007.
57. 07:30 Wide - Carolina Kluft into news conference.
58. 07:33 Various cutaways.
59. 07:40 SOUNDBITE: (English) Carolina Kluft, Three-time Heptathlon world champion.
Osaka, Japan. August 27th 2007.
60. 07:53 Various - Tyson Gay and Carolina Kluft at tree-planting ceremony.
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A look at the sporting news stories of January to June 2003.
The new year began with a story of monstrous proportions as Godzilla arrived in New York.
Hideki Matsui earned the nickname in his native Japan for his destructive slugging.
The 28-year-old signed a three-year deal with the New York Yankees, worth US$21 million:
"Today has been one of the happiest days of my life. To be able to come to this beautiful city, New York, and be able to play for the Yankees, the most beloved team in the city, I'm really honoured and happy to be here."
SUPER CAPTION: Hidkei Matsui, New York Yankees outfielder.
Matsui soon proved to be a hit with the Yankees, helping them reach the World Series final.
Carlos Alberto Parreira stepped up for his third term as Brazil national coach in January.
The 59-year-old took over from Luiz Felipe Scolari, who guided the South Americans to their fifth world title.
71-year-old Mario Zagello also came on board as technical director, as the Brazilians look for a "Hexacampeonato" - a sixth world title.
But it was the end of the road for Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman was sacked from his second spell at the Catalan club after a string of poor results.
Van Gaal left blaming the media for his predicament:
"We are all in the same boat, we are all in the same boat - I asked for support and my view, although you may hold another one, is that I didn't receive this support."
SUPER CAPTION: Louis van Gaal.
An estimated 100-thousand (100,000) people took to the streets of Tampa on 28th January to celebrate the city's first-ever major sports championship.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII, an incredible achievement for a side that were once one of the worst franchises in the NFL.
February saw England rugby union veteran Jason Leonard reach a magnificent milestone.
The 34-year-old prop forward collected his 100th cap against France in the six nations - becoming only the third player to reach three figures.
Leonard made his test debut in the amateur era, playing against Argentina in 1990 and would go on to taste World Cup glory later in the year.
The England cricket team endured a difficult month, finally deciding not to play a World Cup match in Zimbabwe after months of political wrangling.
The players eventually pulled out after a group called 'The Sons and Daughters of Zimbabwe' sent them a threatening letter.
Australia also had their fair share of difficulties, as spinner Shane Warne was sent home from South Africa after testing positive for a banned substance.
The 34-year-old was given a one-year ban for taking an illegal diuretic - a charge he denied:
"I am shocked because I do not take performance-enhancing drugs and never have and do not condone them in any way, shape or form."
SUPERCAPTION: Shane Warne
On the field, it was business as usual for Ricky Ponting's side, as they swept to victory in the one-day tournament.
Australia did not lose a game in the competition, retaining the trophy after thrashing India in the final.
The bout between Roy Jones Junior and John Ruiz in March was a clash between an over-inflated boxing purist and a true heavyweight - class told and the man many pundits believe is the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world overcame a weight, height and reach deficiency to win the W.B.A. heavweight title of the world.
However, he would struggle later in the year at his new weight.
Every four years, the sailing world focuses on the America's Cup and in 2003 it was won by the Swiss yacht Alinghi, which defeated defending champion Team New Zealand in Auckland.
Although the celebrations were held in Geneva, Switzerland does not have suitable water as it is landlocked and the right to host the next event has been claimed by the Spanish city of Valencia.
2003 will not be remembered fondly at Elland Road.
Terry Venables did not last long as manager, nor did Peter Reid while chief executive Peter Ridsdale departed with the club 78 million pounds (137,500,000) in debt.
Eddie Gray is in charge now and Premier League survival will be crucial regarding their future.
Despite war and tyranny, this football match proves that sport can transcend world politics and overcome all barriers.
The fixture at the Chaab stadium in Baghdad featured two local teams playing a vital fixture while war raged and the smoke billowed in the background.
Proof that sporting endeavour won't de denied.
Although Jonny Wilkinson's heroics later in the year meant Paula Radcliffe was not voted 'Sports Personality of the Year', 2003 was a golden year as she retained her World Cross-Country title then won her debut marathon in London, before setting a world record in the event in Chicago six months later.
On the track she won gold in the 5,000 metres at the Commonwealth Games and 10,000 metres at the European Championships - 2004 could also bring world and Olympic gold.
On the eve of golf's U.S. Masters, the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club defended the club's men-only policy, saying it was united in the belief that it has the right to choose its members.
Despite protests from the feminist movement and members of the public, Hootie Johnson's responded to efforts by women's rights activist Martha Burk to spearhead protests against the golf tournament by defending Augusta's policy:
"Single gender is an important fabric in the American scene. It's.......there are thousands and thousands all across America. Both genders. Health clubs, sewing circles, Junior League, trainers. We should not and we are not discriminating."
SUPER CAPTION: Hootie Johnson, chairman of trhe Augusta National Golf Club.
"I'm going to play by the rules here. We're just trying to get our message out that Corporate America is on the inside and the woman are on the outside - I think that says it all. I don't need to go down there and get arrested to let you know that the boys in there are doing their sewing."
SUPER CAPTION: Martha Burk, women's rights campaigner.
Meanwhile, getting back on course, Tiger Woods, winner of the Masters in 2001 and 2002, was happy to present Cnaadian Mike Weir with his first green jacket.
The talented left-hander a deserved winner of a first major title.
Basketball's next superstar arrived in the form of LeBron James.
The 18-year-old St. Vincent and St. Mary senior high school student from New Jersey went back to school one day in May with plenty to tell his friends.
The number one N.B.A. draft pick had signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike worth over $90 million (U.S. dollars), and was then signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers on another huge contract.
Meanwhile, Annika Sorenstam was representing the L.P.G.A. in the men's world as she made a well-publicised appearance at the P.G.A.'s Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
She became the first woman in 58 years to play on the men's tour and although she missed the cut by four strokes, the Swede was grateful for the opportunity and proved she could more than hold her own:
"I have tested myself in so many ways and I have learnt so much and I am thankful for that."
SUPER CAPTION: Annika Sorenstam, Swedish golfer.
Whether it proves a one-off or not is not certain but Sorenstam deserves another crack at the elite of the men's game.
Meanwhile, Porto captain Jorge Costa was celebrating his side's triumphant campaign in the UEFA Cup.
They beat Glasgow Celtic three-two in extra time and Costa was understandably delighted:
"I think it is one of the proudest moments. I will have more with this team, I hope."
SUPER CAPTION: Jorge Costa, Porto captain.
Meanwhile although Celtic coach Martin O'Neill was heartbroken, he was proud of his team and the 50,000 supporters who deservedly won the 2003 UEFA's Fair Play award in December thanks to their loyalty and exemplary behaviour that week in Seville.
Meanwhile, A.C. Milan took the UEFA Champions League with victory over Juventus at Old Trafford, Manchester in May.
After a tense, goalless draw after extra time, Milan won three-two on penalties to repeat the successes of 1963, '69, '89, '90 and '94 to the delight of their fans.
From the champions of Europe to the champions on ice in America.
The New Jersey Devils won their third Stanley Cup in the last nine years in the N.H.L. in June with a three-nil victory in a dramatic finals series which went to the decisive seventh game.
Meanwhile, back on the boards, the San Antonio Spurs were also celebrating their second N.B.A. Finals win with a four-two victory over the New Jersey Nets on home turf in Texas.
Veteran David Robinson retired with the ultimate prize as the Spurs completed a fifth successive N.B.A. title for a Western Conference team.
In golf, American Jim Furyk won the first major of his career as he lifted the 103rd U.S. Open trophy as he won by three strokes from Australia's Steven Leaney.
In the process, he had equalled the lowest-ever score in the tournament.
Meanwhile, in the ring, Briton Lennox Lewis' dominance in the heavyweight arena continued as he defeated Vitali Klitschko at The Staples Center in Los Angeles in June.
Ring doctor Paul Wallace stopped the fight after the sixth round due to a large gash over Klitschko's left eye - obviously the winner was a lot happier than the loser:
"It was my strategy to fight him in the last round."
SUPER CAPTION: Vitali Klitschko, world heavyweight title contender.
"If he wants a rematch, there is no problem with that. Yeah, I am happy with that because I will bust up the other side of his face too!"
SUPER CAPTION: Lennox Lewis, world heavyweight champion.
The prize for winning the Spanish Primera for Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque was the sack but it did give Manchester United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz the chance of a lifetime.
He was delighted with the opportunity:
"For a professional that has been training every day more than 20 years, coming to Real Madrid means a great moment in my professional life and I feel a great happiness."
SUPER CAPTION: Carlos Queiroz.
Meanwhile, former Dutch great Frank Rijkaard was unveiled as the new coach of their arch-rivals Barcelona.
He will have a job on his hands to retore the Catalan side's reputation as a European great.
At present, he is finding life in the Nou Camp tough.
Lastly, but not leastly, sometimes football is not about winning and losing.
The tide of grief that greeted Marc Vivien Foe's death on the pitch at the Confederations Cup showed the esteem with which he was held within the game both at home and abroad.
He will be sorely missed.
SHOTLIST: January to June, 2003.
1. 00:00 - Hideki Matsui is presented with New York Yankees' uniform.
2. 00:13 - SOUNDBITE: (Japanese), Hideki Matsui.
3. 00:20 - File footage of Matsui hitting ball.
4. 00:26 - Pan of Carlos Alberto Parreira's news conference.
5. 00:33 - Close up of Carlos Alberto Parreira.
6. 00:42 - Mid shot of Louis van Gaal.
7. 00:50 - SOUNDBITE: (Spanish), Louis van Gaal.
8. 01:15 - Various of Tampa Bay Buccaneers parading trophy.
9. 01:32 - Close up of England rugby player Jason Leonard.
10. 01:43 - England rugby team in training session.
11. 01:50 - Various of England cricket team in South Africa.
12. 02:10 - Shane Warne at Johannesburg Airport.
13. 02:25 - SOUNDBITE: (English), Shane Warne.
14. 02:34 - Various of Australia cricket team in nets.
15. 02:44 - Fight breaks out at news conference for Roy Jones/ John Ruiz fight.
16. 02:54 - Roy Jones Junior stands on scales.
17. 03:04 - Various of America's Cup celebrations in Geneva.
18. 03:18 - Alinghi team hold trophy on stage.
19. 03:26 - Close up of Leeds United crest.
20. 03:30 - Terry Venables and Peter Ridsdale get out of car.
21. 03:41 - Wide of Baghdad skyline with smoke in distance.
22. 03:46 - Various of football match being played in Chaab stadium.
23. 04:06 - Paula Radcliffe jogs past camera.
24. 04:22 - Pull out from close up of Masters badge to wide of Ku Klux Klan figure being held.
25. 04:30 - Pull out from close up of man wearing 'I support Hootie' badge.
26. 04:39 - SOUNDBITE: (English), Hootie Johnson.
27. 05:15 - SOUNDBITE: (English), Martha Burke.
28. 05:28 - Tiger Woods presents Mike Weir with Masters jacket.
29. 05:39 - Wide of billboard saying 'Do you want to be the next superstar?'.
30. 05:44 - Mid shot of Lebron James.
31. 05:47 - Lebron James with Michael Jordan.
32. 05:58 - Annika Sorenstam hits drive.
33. 06:05 - SOUNDBITE: (English), Annika Sorenstam.
34. 06:15 - Annika Sorenstam practising putting.
35. 06:21 - Various of Manchester United training.
36. 06:35 - Porto captain Jorge Costa holds UEFA Cup trophy.
37. 06:40 - SOUNDBITE: (English), Jorge Costa.
38. 06:47 - Celtic coach Martin O'Neill past camera.
39. 06:55 - Various of AC Milan supporters celebrating.
40. 07:11 - New Jersey Devils celebrate winning the Stanley Cup.
41. 07:33 - San Antonio Spurs celebrate NBA Finals win.
42. 07:42 - Jim Furyk lifts US Open trophy.
43. 07:53 - Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis pose ahead of their fight.
44. 08:00 - SOUNDBITE: (English), Vitali Klitschko.
45. 08:05 - SOUNDBITE: (English), Lennox Lewis.
46. 08:14 - Real Madrid celebrate league win.
47. 08:24 - Carlos Queiroz unveiled as new Real Madrid coach.
48. 08:31 - SOUNDBITE: (Spanish), Carlos Queiroz.
49. 08:49 - Frank Rijkaard is unveiled as new Barcelona coach.
50. 09:03 - Marc Vivien Foe poses for photographs alongside Paolo di Canio.
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