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Jan 1

Istanbul is the European Capital of Sport 2012

Motorcyclist Jorge Martinez Boero from Argentina dies during Dakar Rally

Nicolas Anelka moves to Shanghai Shenhua

PDC semi-final – Lewis bt Wade 6-5, after being 5-1 behind

Jan 2

Gary Ablett, the only player to win the FA Cup with Liverpool and Everton, dies

PDC final – Adrian Lewis bt Andy ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton

Jan 4

Tim Howard scores from inside his own penalty area for Everton against Bolton

Jan 5

Steve McClaren returns to Twente FC

Sebastien Buemi to be Red Bull reserve driver

Michael Clarke 329 for Australia against India

Jan 6

Jordan Rhodes scores five goals for Huddersfield against Wycombe

Jason Kenny promoted to World individual sprint champion after Gregory Bauge is suspended for drug test infringements (race was in March 2011)

Four Hills Tournament – Gregor Schlierenzauer (Austria)

Brian Thompson becomes the first British sailor in almost two decades to take the Jules Verne Trophy after trimaran Banque Populaire V completes the fastest circumnavigation in history

Jan 7

FA Cup third round – Swindon bt Wigan

Hopman Cup final – Czech Republic (Kvitova and Berdych) bt France (Bartoli and Gasquet)

Jan 8

Marcel Hirscher (Austria) wins first three World Cup slalom events of 2012

Africa Open – Oosthuizen

Neil Warnock sacked by QPR

Jan 9

Thierry Henry scores winning goal for Arsenal against Leeds

Ballon d’Or – Messi wins for the third time

Coach of the Year – Pep Guardiola

Women's Player of the Year – Homare Sawa

Puskas Award for best goal – Neymar

Jan 10

Handball Arena renamed the Copper Box because, aside from handball, it will also host modern pentathlon (fencing) during the Olympics and will be the goalball venue for the 2012 Summer Paralympics Jan 12

BDO quarter-final – O’Shea bt Adams

Women’s semi-final – Dobromyslova bt Gulliver

Jan 13

Winter Youth Olympic Games open in Innsbruck

WBA grant Amir Khan a rematch against Lamont Peterson

BDO Women’s final – Dobromyslova bt Deta Hedman (England)

Jan 15

Dhoni becomes the first captain to be suspended for bowling a slow over-rate during India's defeat by Australia

BDO final – Christian Kist (Netherlands) bt O’Shea

Ted Hankey defects to PDC

BBL Cup final (NIA Birmingham) – Newcastle Eagles bt Plymouth Raiders

NFL divisional playoffs – New York Giants bt Green Bay Packers

Dakar Rally (Mar Del Plata to Lima) – Stephane Peterhansel wins in a Mini Countryman, his fourth win in cars category, tenth win overall. Motorbikes – Cyril Despres wins for the fourth time

Jan 16

James Ward, Heather Watson, Laura Robson, Elena Baltacha, and Anne Keothavong all lose on the opening day of the Australian Open

Darlington's administrators terminate the contracts of the club's interim manager Craig Liddle and the remaining playing staff

Jan 17

Bruno Senna signs to drive for Williams

Jan 18

Gareth Bale is the only Premiership player to be named in the Uefa Team of the Year

Jan 19

Chris Ashton to move from Northampton to Saracens next season

First Test (Dubai) – Pakistan bt England. Saeed Ajmal takes 10 wickets in the match

Chris Coleman appointed as manager of Wales

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke dies from injuries sustained in a training accident

Liverpool sign a six-year kit deal with US sports firm Warrior Sports

Jan 20

St Louis Rams will play one of their regular season home games in the UK in each of the next three years

Jan 21

Equatorial Guinea beat Libya in the opening game of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Clint Dempsey hat-trick for Fulham vs Newcastle. Dempsey is the leading US goal scorer in the Premier League

Jan 22

Saracens are the only English team to qualify for quarter-finals of Heineken Cup

Biarritz, Harlequins, and Scarlets drop into the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals, as the best runners-up in the Heineken Cup pools

Holly Bleasdale breaks her own British indoor pole vault record and moves to second on the all-time world list with a clearance of 4.87m

Masters final (Alexandra Palace) – Robertson bt Murphy. Sponsored by BGC Partners

Britain wins silver medal in two-girl bobsleigh (Mica McNeill and Jazmin Sawyers) at Winter Youth Olympics

Germany finish top of medal table at Winter Youth Olympics

Jan 24

Ponting – 13,000 Test runs

Carling Cup semi-final – Cardiff bt Crystal Palace

Ross Ford will captain Scotland in the Six Nations

Jan 25

Men’s indoor bowls – defending champion Paul Foster is knocked out by 18-year-old Ross Owen in the first round

Carling Cup semi-final – Liverpool bt Man City

Eddie Stobart becomes the new sponsor of Super League on a three-year deal

Jan 26

Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines Women's World Indoor Championships final (Potters Leisure Resort, Great Yarmouth) – Karen Murphy (Australia) bt Debbie Stavrou

Ricky Burns is confirmed as full WBO lightweight champion after Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez moved up to the welterweight division

Semi-finals – Azarenka bt Clijsters, Sharapova bt Kvitova

Semi-final – Nadal bt Federer

Jan 27

Women’s doubles final – Kuznetsova and Zvonareva bt Errani and Vinci

Boy’s doubles – Liam Broady and Joshua Ward-Hibbert (GB)

Alex moves from Chelsea to Paris St Germain, managed by Carlo Ancelotti

Southern Kings (South Africa) to join Super Rugby in 2013

Semi-final – Djokovic bt Murray

Jan 28

Men’s doubles final – Paes and Stepanek bt Bryan and Bryan

Final – Azarenka bt Sharapova

Azarenka is new world number one

Second Test (Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi) – Pakistan 257 and 214 (Panesar 6-62) England  327 and 72 (Rehman 6-25). A record number of 29 batsmen were bowled or lbw in the match

Jan 29

Final – Djokovic bt Nadal. Match lasted 5’ 53”, a record for a Grand Slam final

Mixed doubles final – Tecau and Mattek-Sands bt Paes and Vesnina on a champions tie-break

Indoor bowls men’s final – Andy Thomson bt Jason Greenslade

Andy Thomson, aged 56, also won the title in 1994 and 1995

Abu Dhabi Championship – Robert Rock

New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko becomes the youngest winner of a professional golf tour event, at the age of 14, winning the New South Wales Open Snooker Shoot-Out final (Blackpool) – Hawkins bt Dott

Nick Dempsey, Paul Goodison and the women's match racing trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor all win gold at the Miami World Cup regatta

Jan 30

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) is named captain for England's first two Six Nations games

Jan 31

Adrian Sutil given an 18-month suspended sentence for GBH

Spectator handcuffs himself to a goalpost at Everton vs Man City match

Nikica Jelavic moves from Rangers to Everton

Louis Saha moves from Everton to Spurs

Keith Andrews moves from Blackburn to WBA

Bobby Zamora moves from Fulham to QPR


Feb 1

Final standings –

Group A – Zambia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Senegal

Group B – Ivory Coast, Sudan, Angola, Burkina Faso

Group C – Gabon, Tunisia, Morocco, Niger

Group D – Ghana, Mali, Guinea, Botswana

Matches in Equatorial Guinea played in Malabo and Bata

Matches in Gabon played in Libreville and Franceville

Simon Grayson sacked as Leeds manager

Zimbabwe Football Association suspends 80 players including members of the Zimbabwe national football team on suspicion of participation in match-fixing

Feb 2

Angelo Dundee dies

Feb 3

John Terry loses England captaincy

Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in the Six Nations

Sergio Parisse will captain Italy in the Six Nations

Feb 4

Arsenal 7 (Van Persie 3) Blackburn 1

Hodgson scores only try in Calcutta Cup. England debuts for Dowson, Farrell and Barritt

Ben Morgan, who was qualified for Wales, makes England debut as substitute

Feb 5

Qatar Masters – Paul Lawrie

Scottish Cup – Dundee Utd bt Rangers

German Masters final – O’Sullivan bt Maguire

Super Bowl XLVI (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis) – New York Giants bt New England Patriots. Winning touchdown scored by Ahmad Bradshaw. MVP – Eli Manning. Coach – Tom Coughlin

Half-time entertainment – Madonna

Giants fourth win in the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans

PDC World Cup of Darts final (Hamburg) – England (Taylor and Lewis) bt Australia

Feb 6

Third Test (Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium) Pakistan 99 and 365 (Azhar Ali 157, Younis Khan 127) England 141 and 252. Pakistan win series 3-0

Pakistan become the first side since 1907 to win a Test after making fewer than 100 in the first innings

Cook – 6000 Test runs

Court of Arbitration for Sport bans Alberto Contador for two years for doping

Andy Schleck is named as winner of 2010 Tour de France

Michele Scarponi is named as winner of 2011 Giro d’Italia

Laureus Sports Awards (Central Hall, Westminster) –

World Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic

World Sportswoman of the Year: Vivian Cheruiyot

World Team of the Year: Barcelona

World Breakthrough of the Year: Rory McIlroy

World Comeback of the Year: Darren Clarke

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bobby Charlton

Action Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slater (American surfer, fourth win)

Feb 7

Dan Parks retires from international rugby

Feb 8

Wales lock Bradley Davies will miss the rest of the Six Nations after being banned for seven weeks for his tip tackle on Ireland's Donnacha Ryan

World Cup-winning rugby star Sonny Bill Williams wins the New Zealand heavyweight title

Fabio Capello resigns after questioning the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy on Italian TV

Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric found not guilty of tax evasion

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario blames parents for mismanaging $60 million in career winnings

Feb 9

Stuart Pearce to take charge of England for friendly against Netherlands

Josh Gifford dies

Skeleton World Cup – Shelley Rudman

Feb 10

Federer loses to John Isner, his first Davis Cup defeat in nine years

Jeremy Lin scores 38 points for New York Knicks against LA Lakers. An Adidas store in central Taipei sells out of 1000 Linsanity T-shirts in a few hours

Feb 11

Hodgson scores only try against Italy. First match played at Stadio Olympico

France vs Ireland postponed due to frozen pitch. First match postponed since 1985

Suarez refuses to shake hands with Evra

Third-place play-off – Mali bt Ghana

St Helens play first Super League match at Langtree Park

Feb 12

Dubai Desert Classic – Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Davis Cup (Glasgow) – GB bt Slovakia. Dan Evans wins both his singles matches

Odimwingie hat-trick for WBA against Wolves

First-ever World Cup skiing race in Russia, at Rosa Khutor course in Sochi

Hennessey Cognac Irish Gold Cup – Quel Esprit

African Cup of Nations final (Libreville) – Zambia 0 Ivory Coast 0. Zambia win 8-7 on penalties. Ivory Coast did not concede a goal in the tournament. 19 years since air crash in Gabon killed 18 members of the Zambian football team

Feb 13

Mick McCarthy sacked by Wolves

Cook 137 in first ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi

Feb 14

FIFA warns the Argentine Football Association against renaming their top league after the ARA General Belgrano cruiser

Detroit Red Wings set a new record of 21 consecutive home victories in the National Hockey League

Feb 15

Cook 102 in second ODI

Feb 17

Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield jailed for four months after admitting a corruption charge relating to a 40-over game against Durham in 2009

Portsmouth enter administration and are docked 10 points

World Club Challenge – Leeds Rhinos bt Manly Sea Eagles. Man of the match – Ryan Hall

London World Cup (Olympic Velodrome) –

Women’s Team Sprint – GB (Pendleton and Varnish)

Women’s Team Pursuit – GB (King, Trott and Rowsell)

Guus Hiddink appointed as manager of Dagestan team Anzhi Makhachkala on a salary of $13 million a year

Feb 18

Neil Warnock appointed as manager of Leeds

Vitali Klitschko retains his WBC heavyweight world championship in Munich, beating Dereck Chisora. Chisora and Haye involved in brawl at news conference following the fight. Chisora fined for slapping Klitschko at pre-fight weigh-in and spitting water at Wladimir Klitschko

Black Caviar wins 19th successive race in Australia

Pietersen 111 in third ODI

Kierin – Hoy

Women’s Pursuit – Jo Rowsell

Feb 19

Brighton score three own goals in 6-1 defeat to Liverpool in FA Cup

Individual Sprint – Hoy

Women’s Omnium. Bronze – Laura Trott

Omnium is six events spread over two days

Welsh Open final – Ding bt Selby

UK Indoor Athletics Grand Prix held in Birmingham. Sponsored by Aviva

Feb 20

Ricky Ponting dropped from Australia ODI team

Feb 21

Danny Briggs (Hampshire) makes England debut in fourth ODI. Pietersen 130. England win series 4-0

Feb 22

Porto, last year’s winners of the Europa League, are knocked out by Man City

The inaugural edition of India's Premier League Soccer (PLS) has been postponed because of a lack of venues. The six-team competition was due to kick off in West Bengal

Feb 24

Terry Connor to manage Wolves until end of the season

Feb 25

Scott Williams scores only try in Wales vs England match. First time that Wales have won the Triple Crown at Twickenham

Lampard becomes the first player to score at least 10 goals in nine successive seasons in the Premier League

Feb 26

Giggs plays 900th match for Man Utd

Carling Cup final – Liverpool 2 Cardiff 2. Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties. Anthony Gerrard (Steven’s cousin) missed the last penalty. Man of the match – Stewart Downing

WGC Matchplay final (Arizona) – Hunter Mahan bt McIlroy

Third-place play-off – Mark Wilson bt Westwood

Luol Deng becomes the first Briton to play in the NBA's annual All-Star Game

Stuart Hogg becomes youngest try scorer in Six Nations, for Scotland against France

Feb 27

Rose Bowl to be known as the Ageas Bowl after Hampshire sign a sponsorship deal with the insurance company

Pietersen carries his bat in third T20 match. England win series 2-1

Feb 28

Eoin Morgan dropped from the England Test squad to face Sri Lanka

Feb 29

Robben scores winning goal for Netherlands against England, captained by Scott Parker

Costa Rica bt Wales in Gary Speed tribute match

Dereck Chisora receives indefinite ban from WBC


Mar 1

Dave Jones replaces Gary Megson as manager of Sheffield Wednesday

Mar 2

Dan Christian hat-trick for Australia against Sri Lanka in ODI

Dave Charnley, lightweight boxer known as ‘The Dartford Destroyer’, dies

Major League Baseball expands its playoffs to ten teams

Mar 3

Japanese rider Hiroshi Hoketsu, the oldest competitor at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has won an individual dressage slot at the London Games and will take part aged 71

Mar 4

Rory McIlroy moves to the top of the world rankings after winning the Honda Classic

Pavel Pogrebnyak hat-trick for Fulham against Wolves

Andre Villas-Boas sacked by Chelsea. Roberto de Matteo appointed as manager until end of the season

France draw with Ireland in Six Nations

World Open final (Haikou, China) – Allen bt Lee

Mar 5

Former West Indies batsman Runako Morton dies

Great Britain's rhythmic gymnasts are set to compete at London Olympics after winning an appeal against their exclusion

Mar 6

Champions League – AC Milan bt Arsenal

Lewis Moody retires

Mar 7

Barcelona 7 (Messi 5) Bayer Leverkusen 1

Apoel Nicosia bt Lyon to become first Cypriot team to reach last eight of Champions League

Mar 8

Ellie Simmonds becomes the first swimmer to break a world record at London’s Aquatic Centre, in 200m individual medley

Mar 9

British team captain Tiffany Porter, born in America, fails to sing national anthem at press conference

Rahul Dravid retires from international cricket. Scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests and holds the world record of 210 outfield Test catches

Port Vale enter administration and are deducted 10 points

World Indoor Athletics Championships start in Istanbul

Pentathlon – Nataliya Dobrynska (Ukraine). Silver – Ennis

Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup – Anders Bardal (Norway)

Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup – Sarah Hendrickson (USA)

European Grand Prix to be discontinued in 2013, with the Spanish Grand Prix alternating between Barcelona and Valencia

Mar 10

Drogba becomes first African player to score 100 Premier League goals        

Women’s triple jump – Yamile Aldama (GB). Aldama has formerly represented Cuba and Sudan

Women’s 60m hurdles – Sally Pearson. Silver – Tiffany Porter

60m – Justin Gatlin. Bronze – Chambers

David Moyes celebrates 10th anniversary as Everton manager

Canadian skier Nick Zoricic dies after crashing in a skicross race in Switzerland

Mar 11

Widnes win first match in Super League, against Wigan

WGC-Cadillac Championship – Justin Rose

Football League Player of the Year – Rickie Lambert (Southampton)

League One award – Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield)

League Two award – Matt Ritchie (Swindon)

Outstanding managerial achievement – Gus Poyet

Women’s 60m – Veronica Campbell-Brown

800m. Bronze – Andrew Osagie (GB)

Women’s pole vault. Bronze – Holly Bleasdale

Women’s long jump. Bronze – Shara Proctor (GB). Proctor competed at the Commonwealth Games for Anguilla

Women’s 4x400m relay – GB (Cox, Sanders, Ohuruogu, Shakes-Drayton)

Men’s 4x400m relay. Silver – GB

USA win 10 gold medals

GB finish second in medal table with nine medals (2-3-4)

A number of the GB medals were won by ‘Plastic Brits’

Charlie Sharples debut for England against France. Tom Croft scores winning try

Wesley Fofana scores tries in his first four internationals for France

Paris-Nice – Bradley Wiggins. Only previous British winner was Tommy Simpson in 1967

Lin Dan wins his fifth All England badminton men's singles title

Mar 12

Arsenal become the first team in the Premier League to come from behind and win four games in a row

Mar 13

Champion Hurdle – Rock on Ruby (Noel Fehily), trained by Paul Nicholls

Arkle Trophy – Sprinter Sacre

Gerrard hat-trick against Everton

Challenge Cup final – Nottingham Panthers bt Belfast Giants

Champions League – Bayern Munich 7 (Mario Gomez 4) Basle 0

Mar 14

Queen Mother Champion Chase – Finian’s Rainbow (Barry Geraghty), trained by Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson has four winners at Cheltenham Festival and breaks record for number of festival winners

Five horses die during the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival

Newcastle Falcons appoint Dean Richards as director of rugby for the start of next season

Dereck Chisora has his boxing licence withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control

Mar 15

World Hurdle – Big Buck’s (Ruby Walsh), trained by Paul Nicholls. Fourth win in the race brings Big Buck’s level with Sir Ken’s run of 16 successive hurdle wins set in the early 1950s

Ryanair Chase – Riverside Theatre, owned by James Nesbitt

Europa League – Athletic Bilbao bt Man Utd, Sporting Lisbon bt Man City

Scottish Football Association charges Rangers and owner Craig Whyte with seven breaches of its rules

Mar 16

Mervyn Davis dies

Sachin Tendulkar scores his 100th international century in a one-day Asia Cup game against Bangladesh in Mirpur

Gold Cup – Synchronised (Tony McCoy), trained by Jonjo O’Neill. 2nd The Giant Bolster, 3rd Long Run

McCoy’s second win in Gold Cup. First was Mr Mulligan in 1997

Leading jockey – Barry Geraghty (5 winners)

Leading trainer – Nicky Henderson (7 winners)

Rugby League Varsity Match (Richmond Athletic Ground) – Oxford bt Cambridge

England Women win Six Nations Grand Slam

Mar 17

Alex Cuthbert scores only try for Wales against France. Wales win Grand Slam

Final table – Wales, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Scotland

England win three away matches, the first time this has been achieved

Leading try scorer – Tommy Bowe (5 tries)

Leading points scorer – Leigh Halfpenny (66 points)

Kevin Sinfield become Leeds’ all-time leading points scorer

Fabrice Muamba suffers cardiac arrest during Bolton vs Spurs FA Cup tie

Mar 18

Formula 1 teams –

McLaren – Button, Hamilton

Red Bull – Vettel, Webber

Ferrari – Alonso, Massa

Mercedes – Schumacher, Rosberg

Lotus – Grosjean, Raikkonen

Williams – Senna, Maldonado

Force India – Hulkenberg, Di Resta

Toro Rosso – Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne (France)

Sauber – Kobayashi, Perez

Marussia – Glock, Charles Pic (France)

Caterham – Petrov, Kovalainen

HRT – De la Rosa, Karthikeyan

Tyre compounds – hard (silver), medium (white), soft (yellow), super-soft (red), intermediate (green), full wet (blue)

Prime (harder) and option (softer) compounds must be used in a dry race, failing which a driver will be disqualified

Australian GP – Button, Vettel, Hamilton

LV= Cup final (Worcester) – Leicester bt Northampton

Scottish Communities League Cup final – Kilmarnock 1 (Van Tornhout) Celtic 0

Luke Donald wins Transitions Championship and returns to the top of the world rankings

Indian Wells final – Federer bt Isner

Skiing World Cup. Men’s overall – Marcel Hirscher (Austria)

Women’s overall – Lindsey Vonn wins for the fourth time

Andalucía Open – Julien Quesne (France)

Mar 19

Channel 4 secures a four-year deal to broadcast the Grand National, the Derby and Royal Ascot from 2013

Royce Simmons sacked as St Helens head coach

Mar 20

Leeds 3 Nottingham Forest 7

Messi breaks Barcelona goal scoring record (232 goals)

Payton Manning signs for Denver Broncos. Tim Tebow is traded to the New York Jets

Mar 21

Six Nations Player of the Championship – Dan Lydiate (Wales)

Carlos Tevez plays against Chelsea as Man City set a new premier league record of 20 straight home wins

Mar 22

Branden Grace loses a ball in a bunker in Hassan Trophy

Championship League Snooker final – Ding bt Trump

Mar 23

BBL Trophy final – Newcastle Eagles bt Plymouth Raiders

Mar 24

Cards held aloft by the Bolton fans spell out ‘MUAMBA 6’ in the stands before the match against Blackburn

Al-Masry Club is banned for two seasons from the Egyptian Premier League following the Port Said Stadium disaster

Mar 25

Malaysian GP – Alonso, Perez, Hamilton. First podium for Sauber

JP Trophy final – Chesterfield bt Swindon

Jocky Wilson dies

Hassan Trophy (Morocco) – Michael Hoey

Arnold Palmer Invitational – Tiger Woods

Ford World Women's Curling Championship final (Canada) – Switzerland bt Sweden

Elite League champions – Belfast Giants

Hong Kong Sevens final – Fiji bt New Zealand

Mar 26

Claudio Ranieri sacked as manager of Inter Milan

Chris Cairns awarded £90,000 in damages after allegations on Twitter that he was involved in match-fixing

Mar 27

Graham Lee switches to Flat racing

Five players sent off following a brawl at the end of the Bradford vs Crawley match

Bradford Bulls announce that they need to raise £1 million to stay in business

Mar 28

Terry Venables joins Wembley FC as a technical adviser

LA Dodgers to be sold to a consortium that includes Magic Johnson

Mar 29

First Test (Galle) – Sri Lanka bt England. Centuries for Jayawardene and Trott. Herath takes 12 wickets in the match

Stuart Lancaster appointed as England manager

Northampton flanker Calum Clark is banned for eight months after he admits injuring Leicester hooker Rob Hawkins in the LV= Cup final

Lancashire bt MCC in Abu Dhabi

Mar 30

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov diagnosed with acute leukaemia

All-weather jockeys’ championship – Joe Fanning

Mar 31

Dubai World Cup – Monterosso

Lincoln Handicap – Brae Hill

Harlequins defeat Saracens in front of a world record club rugby crowd of 83,761 fans at Wembley

Sunderland end Man City’s run of successive home league wins at 20

Tommy Davis wins the first race at the Olympic Park, a five-mile run

Dylan Hartley banned for eight weeks for biting the finger of Ireland’s Stephen Ferris during the Six Nations


Apr 1

China Open final – Ebdon bt Maguire

Ramsdens Challenge Cup final – Falkirk bt Hamilton

World Figure Skating Championships (Nice). Men’s – Patrick Chan (Canada), Women’s – Carolina Kostner (Italy)

Apr 2

Gavin Henson sacked by Cardiff Blues for drunken behaviour on a flight from Glasgow to Cardiff

Apr 3

Sri Lanka's Thilan Samaraweera scores the two millionth run in Test cricket

Nathan Brown will become the new head coach of St Helens when his contract with Huddersfield Giants expires at the end of the season

Apr 4

Sale Sharks will groundshare with rugby league side Salford City Reds from next season

Director of rugby Ian McGeechan will leave Bath at the end of the season

World Track Cycling Championships start at Hisense Arena, Melbourne

Men’s team pursuit – GB

Men’s 15km scratch race – Ben Swift

Rain and lightning wash out the end of the Par 3 tournament at the Masters, leaving Harrington and Jonathan Byrd as the champions

Harrington becomes the first golfer to win the event three times

Apr 5

Masters first round leader – Westwood

Women’s team pursuit – GB (King, Trott, Rowsell)

Apr 6

Women’s sprint – Pendleton

Apr 7

Women’s omnium – Trott

Heineken Cup quarter-final – Edinburgh bt Toulouse

Kilmarnock 0 Celtic 6. Celtic win title for 43rd time

Boat race halted because of a swimmer in River Thames. Cambridge win the re-started race after Oxford break an oar. Alex Woods of Oxford collapses after the race

Second Test (Colombo) – England bt Sri Lanka. Pietersen 151. Swann takes 10 wickets in the match

Masters third round leader – Peter Hanson

Apr 8

Kierin – Hoy

Davis Cup (Glasgow) – Belgium bt GB

Heineken Cup quarter-final – Clermont Auvergne bt Saracens

Trenton Oldfield charged under the Public Order Act for swimming near boats in Boat Race

Pietersen to play for Delhi Daredevils in IPL

Ford World Men’s Curling Championship final (Switzerland) – Canada bt Scotland (skip – Tom Brewster)

Masters – Bubba Watson bt Oosthuizen in a play-off. 3rd equal – Westwood

Oosthuizen albatross on second hole. Holes-in-one for Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott

Elite League play-off final – Nottingham Panthers bt Cardiff Devils

Durham MCCU bowled out for 18 by Durham

Apr 9

Irish Grand National – Lion Na Bearnai (Andrew Thornton)

Apr 10

Richard Lewis, the chairman of the Rugby Football League, is appointed chief executive at Wimbledon

Apr 11

Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Kumar Sangakkara, Alistair Cook, Tim Bresnan, Glen Chapple, and Alan Richardson (Worcestershire)

Susie Wolff is named as a development driver for the Williams Formula One team

Apr 12

World Championship fourth qualifying round – Ben Woolaston bt Steve Davis, Liu Chuang bt Jimmy White

Big Buck's records 17th straight career win by landing the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree for the fourth consecutive year

BetFred Bowl – Follow The Plan (Tom Doyle)

Apr 13

Melling Chase – Finian’s Rainbow (Barry Geraghty)

Always Waining wins a third consecutive Topham Chase

Adam Hollioake embarks on a new career in mixed martial arts

Apr 14

Nico Rosberg takes his first pole position at Chinese Grand Prix

Grand National – 1st Neptune Collonges (Daryl Jacob), trained by Paul Nicholls, 2nd Sunnyhillboy, 3rd Seabass (Katie Walsh)

Synchronised and According to Pete suffer fatal injuries

Norwich 1 Man City 6 (Tevez 3)

FA Cup semi-final – Andy Carroll scores winning goal for Liverpool against Everton

Brad Jones plays in goal for Liverpool after Reina and Doni were sent off in two previous matches

Ex-Italy under-21 footballer Piermario Morosini dies following a suspected heart attack on the pitch in Serie B match

BBL Championship – Newcastle Eagles

Tyson Fury wins Irish heavyweight title

Apr 15

Chinese GP – Rosberg, Button, Hamilton

Maiden win for Rosberg. Mercedes' first victory since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix

Scottish Cup semi-final – Hearts bt Celtic

World Championship fifth qualifying round – Luca Brecel (Belgium) bt Mark King

17-year-old Brecel will become the youngest ever person to play at the Crucible

FA Cup semi-final – Chelsea 5 Spurs 1. Mata’s goal did not cross the line

Gebreselassie beats Radcliffe in head-to-head half-marathon in Vienna, in the ‘Emperor versus the Queen’ race

England Hockey League Championship men’s play-off final – Reading bt East Grinstead

England Hockey League Championship women’s play-off final – Leicester bt Reading

Arsenal beaten by Frankfurt in semi-final of Women’s Champions League

Malaysian Open – Oosthuizen

Apr 19

Force India team members are forced to flee as petrol bombs are hurled over their vehicle on their way back from the Bahrain Grand Prix track

Man Utd top football’s rich list

Rob Howley appointed as caretaker coach of Wales

Apr 20

Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans jailed for five years for rape

Apr 21

Scottish Grand National – Merigo (Timmy Murphy)

World Snooker Championship. Hendry 147 against Bingham

Mark Williams says he ‘hates’ Sheffield's Crucible Theatre

Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitches a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners

Apr 22

Bahrain GP – Vettel, Raikkonen, Grosjean

First podium finish for Grosjean

Man Utd 4 Everton 4

London Marathon. Men’s – Wilson Kipsang, Women’s – Mary Keitany, Men’s wheelchair – David Weir (sixth win), Women’s wheelchair – Shelly Woods

Fed Cup – Sweden bt GB

Rafael Nadal wins his eighth straight Monte Carlo Open

Indonesian Masters – Lee Westwood

Mark Allen accuses Cao Yupeng of dishonesty during his first-round defeat

Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year – Robin van Persie

PFA Young Player of the Year – Kyle Walker

China Open – Branden Grace. Third win of the year

Apr 23

Rangers are given a 12-month transfer embargo by the Scottish Football Association, which also bans owner Craig Whyte for life

Apr 24

Olympic Games football draws –

Men’s – Group A: Great Britain, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay

Women’s – Group E: Great Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon, Brazil

Champions League semi-final – Chelsea bt Barcelona. John Terry sent off

Reanne Evans wins eighth successive women's World Championship snooker title

Ricky Ponting overtakes Rahul Dravid to become Test cricket's second-highest run-scorer

Football Writers' Association Player of the Year – Robin van Persie

Apr 25

Ding Junhui hits out at fans and conditions following his defeat by Ryan Day

Champions League semi-final – Bayern Munich bt Real Madrid

Monterrey (Mexico) retain the CONCACAF Champions League title

Apr 26

Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck as the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft

Terry Spinks dies

Kevin Durant (Oklahoma) wins the NBA scoring title for the third successive year

Apr 27

Chanderpaul becomes the 10th batsman in history to pass 10,000 Test runs

Pep Guardiola will stand down as Barcelona coach at the end of the season and will be replaced by assistant Tito Vilanova

British & Irish rugby union Cup – Munster A

Sophie Hitchon breaks British hammer record

Apr 28

Second round – Hendry bt Higgins

Graham Alexander scores for Preston in his 1023rd and final match before retirement

Heineken Cup semi-final – Ulster bt Edinburgh

Suarez hat-trick for Liverpool against Norwich

Lyon win French Cup final against third division Quevilly, who were seeking to become the first amateurs to lift the trophy

Champion jockey – Tony McCoy (17th successive year). 2nd Richard Johnson

Champion trainer – Paul Nicholls

Apr 29

Chelsea 6 (Torres 3) QPR 1

Heineken Cup semi-final – Leinster bt Clermont Auvergne

Women’s Premier League – Sunderland

Tour de Romandie – Bradley Wiggins

Dwain Chambers cleared to run at Olympics as the BOA loses its battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) over lifetime Olympic bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas)

Rolex Kentucky – William Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk

Apr 30

Badminton Horse Trials cancelled because of heavy rain

Man City 1 (Kompany) Man Utd 0

Lucas Podolski to move from Cologne to Arsenal in the summer


May 1

Roy Hodgson appointed as England manager after agreeing a four-year deal

Amy Williams retires

Stephen Hendry announces his retirement after a 13-2 defeat by Stephen Maguire

Fabian Cowdrey makes debut for Kent. Son of Chris Cowdrey

May 2

Sussex bowled out for 58 by Leeds/Bradford MCCU

May 3

Old Trafford will host the final of the Rugby League World Cup in 2013

May 5

2000 Guineas – Camelot (Joseph O’Brien), trained by Aidan O’Brien

Semi-finals – Carter bt Maguire, O’Sullivan bt Stevens

FA Cup final – Chelsea 2 (Ramires, Drogba) Liverpool 1 (Carroll)

Man-of-the-match – Juan Mata. Voted for by supporters

Drogba becomes first player to score in four finals

Ashley Cole gains seventh winners medal

Aviva Premiership – Harlequins finish top of the league. Newcastle finish bottom

Giro d’Italia starts in Denmark

Nigeria's top international scorer, Rashidi Yekini, dies

Kentucky Derby – I’ll Have Another

Leinster finish top of RaboDirect Pro12 league

Lionel Messi scores 73 goals in all competitions in 2011–2012 season

May 6

1000 Guineas – Homecoming Queen (Ryan Moore), trained by Aidan O’Brien

Gray Pearl was fatally injured in the stalls before the race

Scottish Players’ Player of the Year and PFA Scotland Player of the Year – Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)

Spanish Open – Francesco Molinari

Statue of Bobby Robson unveiled at St James’ Park

May 7

Kiteboarding to replace windsurfing at 2016 Rio Olympics

Final – O’Sullivan bt Carter 18-11

Chicken draped in a Blackburn Rovers flag stops play in match against Wigan

May 8

Premiership Rugby Player of the Year – Chris Robshaw

Discovery of the Season – Owen Farrell

Director of Rugby of the Season – Rob Baxter (Exeter)

Leading points scorer – Tom Homer (London Irish), 278 points

Leading try scorer – Rob Miller (Sale Sharks), 10 tries

May 9

Alison Williamson selected for archery team, and will compete at her sixth successive Olympic Games

Wayne Rooney’s horse Pippy finishes last in its first race at Chester

Europa League final (Bucharest) – Atletico Madrid bt Athletic Bilbao. Falcao, who scored the winning goal for Porto in last year’s final, scores twice. Atletico Madrid managed by Diego Simeone

FA Youth Cup final – Chelsea bt Blackburn

May 10

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic threaten to avoid next year's Madrid Open if the slippery blue clay surface remains

May 11

Barclays Manager of the Season and LMA Manager of the Year – Alan Pardew

Barclays Player of the Season – Vincent Kompany

May 12

Pastor Maldonado gains first-ever pole position at Spanish GP after Lewis Hamilton is excluded because he did not have enough fuel to return to the pits

Women’s Modern Pentathlon World Championship – Mhairi Spence (GB)

FA Trophy final – York City bt Newport County

BBL play-off final – Newcastle Eagles bt Leicester Riders

May 13

Man City 3 QPR 2. Winning goal scored by Aguero. First title since 1968

Final table – 1st Man City, 2nd Man Utd, 3rd Arsenal, 4th Spurs

Relegated – Bolton, Blackburn, Wolves

Leading scorer – Van Persie (30)

Gary Hooper scores five goals for Celtic against Hearts

Final table – 1st Celtic, 2nd Rangers, 3rd Motherwell

Leading scorer – Gary Hooper (24)

Relegated – Dunfermline

Scottish First Division – Ross County

Scottish Second Division – Cowdenbeath

Scottish Third Division – Alloa

Highland League – Forres Mechanics

FA Vase – Dunston UTS

Consortium headed by Charles Green agrees a deal to buy Rangers

Spanish GP – Maldonado, Alonso, Raikkonen

Maiden victory for Maldonado. First victory for Williams since Montoya in 2004

After the race Williams suffers a fire in its pit garage, leaving 31 people injured

Great Britain international speedway rider Lee Richardson dies following a crash in Poland

Euroleague Basketball – Olympiacos Piraeus

London's O2 Arena is to host the 2013 and 2014 Euroleague Final Fours

Players Championship (Sawgrass) – Matt Kuchar

IRB Sevens World Series – New Zealand

May 14

Alex McLeish sacked as Aston Villa manager

Carlos Tevez holds up a mock tombstone banner with the words 'R.I.P. Fergie' at Man City victory parade

ECB Cricketer of the Year – James Anderson

ECB Women’s Cricketer of the Year – Charlotte Edwards

Ruud van Nistelrooy, currently playing for Malaga, retires

May 15

Premier League 20 Seasons Awards. Manager – Ferguson. Player – Giggs

May 16

Kenny Dalglish sacked as Liverpool manager

Uncapped Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy included in England's 23-man squad for Euro 2012, captained by Steven Gerrard

May 17

Women’s Champions League final – Lyon bt Frankfurt

McCoy's Crisps Premier League Darts final – Taylor bt Whitlock

May 18

Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas, and Savannah Marshall qualify for Olympic boxing tournament

Amlin Challenge Cup final (Twickenham Stoop) – Biarritz bt Toulon

Principality Premiership Grand Final – Pontypridd bt Llanelli

Scottish Premiership – Melrose

Ulster Bank All-Ireland League – St Mary’s College

May 19

Scottish Cup final – Hearts 5 Hibernian 1

Championship play-off final – West Ham bt Blackpool. Winning goal scored by Ricardo Vaz Te

Promoted – Reading, Southampton, West Ham

Relegated – Portsmouth, Coventry, Doncaster

Leading scorer – Rickie Lambert (Southampton), 27 goals

Champions League final (Allianz Arena, Munich) – Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1. Chelsea win penalty shoot-out. Goal and winning penalty scored by Drogba

Ryan Bertrand makes his debut for Chelsea

Chelsea are first new winners of Champions League since Borussia Dortmund in 1997

Heineken Cup final (Twickenham) – Leinster bt Ulster. Man of the match – Sean O’Brien

British middleweight Savannah Marshall wins gold medal at the Women's World Boxing Championships in China

Preakness Stakes – I’ll Have Another

Lawrence Okoye breaks British discus record

David Price wins vacant British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles

May 20

Blue Square Premier play-off final – York City bt Luton

Champions – Fleetwood

Jessica Ennis denied a personal best in the 100m hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester because only nine of the necessary 10 barriers were laid out by the organizers

World Match Play final (Finca Cortesin) – Nicolas Colsearts bt McDowell

World champion Nick Matthew beats Ramy Ashour to become the first Englishman to win the British Open squash title three times in the professional era

Women’s – Nicole David

World Ice Hockey Championships final (Helsinki) – Russia bt Slovakia

FIAT Netball Superleague Grand Final – Northern Thunder bt Surrey Storm

May 21

First Test (Lords) West Indies 243 (Broad 7-72) and 345 England 398 (Strauss 122) and 193-5. Debut for Jonny Bairstow

European Player of the Year – Rob Kearney (Leinster)

May 23

London Welsh will not be eligible for promotion to the Premiership as they have not achieved the minimum standards criteria. Newcastle will not be relegated

Joey Barton banned for 12 matches by FA

Professional Rugby Players Association player of the year – Nick Evans (Harlequins)

Young player of the year – Owen Farrell (Saracens)

May 25

Copa del Rey final – Barcelona bt Athletic Bilbao

Jack Butland (Birmingham City) replaces John Ruddy in England squad

May 26

Millennium Magic Weekend held at Etihad Stadium –

Joel Monaghan scores five tries for Warrington against Widnes

Danny Maguire scores five tries for Leeds against Bradford

League One play-off – Huddersfield bt Sheffield Utd

Promoted – Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield

Relegated – Wycombe, Chesterfield, Exeter, Rochdale

Leading scorer – Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield), 38 goals

FA Women’s Cup final – Birmingham City bt Chelsea

European gymnastics (Montpellier) – GB win Men’s Team

Ashley Young scores only goal in Roy Hodgson’s first match as England manager, in Norway

USA 5 (Donovan 3) Scotland 1

Aviva Premiership final – Harlequins bt Leicester. Man of the match – Chris Robshaw

Greyhound Derby – Blonde Snapper

Uber Cup final – China bt South Korea

May 27

RaboDirect Pro12 Final – Ospreys bt Leinster

IPL final – Kolkata Knight Riders bt Chennai Super Kings

Man of the Series – Sunil Narine (Kolkata)

Suresh Raina becomes the only player to score 400 runs in every IPL

Wales lose to Mexico in Chris Coleman’s first game as manager

Indy 500 – Dario Franchitti

Giro d’Italia – Ryder Hesjedal. First Canadian to win a grand tour

Monaco GP – Webber, Rosberg, Alonso

Luke Donald regains world No 1 by winning BMW PGA

League Two play-off – Crewe bt Cheltenham

Promoted – Swindon, Shrewsbury, Crawley, Crewe

Relegated – Hereford, Macclesfield

Leading scorers – Akinfenwa (Northampton), Grabban (Rotherham), McLeod (Barnet), 18 goals

County Championship (Bill Beaumont Cup) – Hertfordshire

Thomas Cup final – China bt South Korea

Euro Hockey League – UHC Hamburg

May 28

Second Test (Trent Bridge) West Indies 370 (Samuels 117, Sammy 106) and 165 England 428 (Strauss 141) and 111-1

May 29

French Open first round – Virginie Razzano bt Serena Williams

May 30

Brendan Rodgers appointed as manager of Liverpool

Federer passes Jimmy Connors' record of 233 Grand Slam match wins

Championship play-off final – London Welsh bt Cornish Pirates. Played at Kassam Stadium, which London Welsh plan to share with Oxford Utd next season

May 31

Nick Compton (Somerset) scores 950 runs by end of May. Last batsman to score 1000 runs by end of May was Graeme Hick in 1988

Kevin Pietersen announces his retirement from international limited-overs cricket

Frank Lampard is out of England's Euro 2012 campaign with a thigh injury and is replaced by Jordan Henderson

Serie A – Juventus

La Liga – Real Madrid

Bundesliga – Borussia Dortmund

Liga Sagres – Porto

Ligue 1 (Le Championnat) – Montpellier (first title)

Eredivisie – Ajax


Jun 1

GB Taekwondo selectors choose Lutalo Muhammad over European champion Aaron Cook for London 2012

Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup – St Nicholas Abbey

Oaks – Was (Seamie Heffernan), trained by Aidan O’Brien

Johan Santana pitches the first no-hitter in New York Mets history

Jun 2

Danny Welbeck scores his first goal for England, against Belgium

Gary Cahill breaks jaw after colliding with Joe Hart

Derby – Camelot (Joseph O’Brien), trained by Aidan O’Brien. 2nd Main Sequence 3rd Astrology. Hayley Turner rode Cavaliero

Paul Lambert appointed as manager of Aston Villa

Central African Republic win their first ever World Cup qualifying match, 48 years after joining Fifa

Martyn Williams wins 100th cap for Wales

Netherlands 6 Northern Ireland 0

Jun 3

Dirk Kuyt moves from Liverpool to Fenerbache

Wales Open – Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand). Ross Fisher penalized for slow play

Martin Kelly replaces Gary Cahill in England squad. Rio Ferdinand is overlooked

BMX World Championships (Birmingham). Men’s – Sam Willoughby (Australia). Women’s – Magalie Pottier (France)

18-year-old Adam Gemili runs 100m in 10.08 seconds

Jun 4

Belgium international Eden Hazard moves from Lille to Chelsea

Jun 5

Greg Laidlaw kicks winning penalty for Scotland to gain their first win in Australia since 1982

Tony Palladino hat-trick for Derby vs Leics

Jun 6

French Open quarter-final – Ferrer bt Murray

Cardiff City confirm they will now play in red rather than their traditional blue kit

Jun 7

Chris Hughton appointed as manager of Norwich City

Semi-finals – Sara Errani (Italy) bt Stosur, Sharapova bt Kvitova

Mixed doubles final – Bhupathi and Mirza bt Gonzalez and Jans-Ignacik

Manuel Preciado Rebolledo, due to be unveiled as the new Villarreal manager, is found dead from a heart attack

Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) announce that the new Italian team that will replace Aironi Rugby in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup next season will be Zebre

Jun 8

Semi-finals – Nadal bt Ferrer, Djokovic bt Federer

Women’s doubles final – Errani and Vinci bt Kirilenko and Petrova

Poland goalkeeper Szczesny sent off in opening game of Euro 2012 against Greece

Steve Clarke appointed as manager of WBA

Jun 9

Manny Pacquiao loses his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley

Final – Sharapova bt Errani. Sharapova has now won all four Grand Slam titles

Men’s doubles final – Mirnyi and Nestor bt Bryan and Bryan

Belmont Stakes – Union Rags

Top 14 – Toulouse

Jetro Willems (Netherlands) becomes the youngest ever player to play at the Euros, at 18 years and 71 days of age

Jun 10

Tino Best hits highest score in Test cricket by a number 11 (95)

Tino Best becomes first number 11 to score 50 against England since 1906

Canadian GP – Hamilton, Grosjean, Perez

Criterium du Dauphine – Bradley Wiggins

Gordon West dies

Scandinavian Masters – Westwood

Oceania Nations Cup – Tahiti bt New Caledonia in the final, winning their first title

Jun 11

Final – Nadal bt Djokovic to win seventh French Open. First Grand Slam defeat for Djokovic since semi-final in French Open last year against Federer

Third Test (Edgbaston) West Indies 426 (Ramdin 107) England 221-5

Play only possible on two days due to rain. England win series 2-0. Man of the series – Marlon Samuels

Stanley Cup – Los Angeles Kings bt New Jersey Devils 4-2

Finals MVP – Jonathan Quick (LA Kings goaltender)

Regular season MVP – Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)

England 1 (Lescott) France 1 (Nasri). Match played at Donbass Arena, Donetsk

Teofilio Stevenson dies

Feng Shanshan becomes the first player from China to win a major event after winning the LPGA Championship

Jun 12

Andy Zhang, aged 14, replaces Paul Casey to become youngest-ever player in US Open

Jun 13

Andy Schleck pulls out of Tour de France with fractured pelvis

Roberto di Matteo appointed as manager of Chelsea

Aegon Championship second round – Nicolas Mahut bt Murray

BT to show Premier League matches from 2013–2014 season

Jussi Jaaskelainen moves from Bolton to West Ham

Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants throws the first perfect game in the club's history

US Golf Association announces that it has renamed the US Open championship medal after Jack Nicklaus

Jun 14

Harry Redknapp sacked as manager of Spurs

Charles Green completes his purchase of Rangers’ assets

Jun 15

England 3 (Carroll, Walcott, Welbeck) Sweden 2 (Johnson o.g., Mellberg). Match played at Olympic Stadium, Kiev

Ukraine vs France match suspended due to thunderstorm

Michael Lardrup appointed as manager of Swansea City

Jun 16

Queen’s Birthday Honours –

CBE – Paul Elliott

OBE – Nick Skelton, Eddie Kidd

MBE – Luke Donald, Shane Williams, David James

Bell 126 in first ODI at Aegas Bowl

Origin Series – England bt Exiles

Jun 17

US Open (Olympic Club, San Francisco) – Webb Simpson. 2nd Graeme McDowell, Michael Thompson

Rangers replaced with 'Club 12' in SPL fixture list

David Nalbandian disqualified from Aegon Championship final after injuring line judge Andrew McDougall by kicking an advertising board into his shin. Match awarded to Marin Cilic

Doubles final – Mirnyi and Nestor bt Bryan and Bryan

British MotoGP – Jorge Lorenzo

Anthony Davidson breaks two vertebrae in accident at Le Mans. Won by Audi R18

Aegon Classic (Edgbaston) – Melanie Oudin

Jun 18

Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard dies

Jun 19

Cook 112 in second ODI

Royal Ascot. Queen Anne Stakes – Frankel

St James’s Palace Stakes – Most Improved. Kieren Fallon’s first British Group One win since 2006

England 1 (Rooney) Ukraine 0. Played in Donetsk

Marko Devic's shot was hooked clear from behind the England goal-line by John Terry

Ashley Cole sets new record of 21 appearances in tournaments for England

Final group tables –

Group A – Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Poland

Group B – Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands

Group C – Spain, Italy, Croatia, Ireland

Group D – England, France, Ukraine, Sweden

Germany were the only team to win all three matches

Netherlands and Ireland lose all three matches

Floyd Mayweather overtakes Tiger Woods at the top of Forbes magazine's list of the 100 highest-paid sports personalities over the past year. Woods drops to third with boxer Manny Pacquiao rising to second

Jun 20

Andy Murray playing at The Boodles tournament at Stoke Park

Didier Drogba moves to Shanghai Shenhua

Prince of Wales’s Stakes – So You Think

Royal Troon to host Open in 2016

Jun 21

Gold Cup – Colour Vision (Frankie Dettori), trained by Saeed bin Suroor

NBA finals – Miami Heat bt Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1. Finals and regular season MVP – LeBron James

Rob Green moves from West Ham to QPR

Andrew Flintoff launches an expletive-ridden attack on Mike Atherton

Jun 22

Coronation Stakes – Fallen For You

Final ODI at Headingley rained off. England win series 2–0

Danish Kaneria banned for life for encouraging Mervyn Westfield to spot-fix

Shinji Kagawa moves from Borussia Dortmund to Man Utd

IRB Junior World Championship – South Africa

Jun 23

Eastbourne tournament. Men’s – Andy Roddick, Women’s – Tamira Paszek (Austria)

Diamond Jubilee Stakes – Black Caviar wins 22nd consecutive race

South Africa 14 England 14. Only the second draw between the countries with the first 106 years ago at Crystal Palace. South Africa win series 2-0

Former Northern Ireland captain Alan McDonald dies

Leading jockey at Ascot – Ryan Moore

Leading trainer at Ascot – John Gosden

Jun 24

T20 (Trent Bridge) – England (Hales 99) bt West Indies

Ashton Eaton breaks Roman Sebrle's world record in the decathlon

Saudi Arabia is to allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time

Olympic Trials at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

Quarter-final (Kiev) Italy 0 England 0. Italy win 4-2 on penalties. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole missed in the penalty shoot-out

European GP (Valencia) – Alonso, Raikkonen, Schumacher

Alonso is the first driver to win two races this year

Olivier Giroud moves from Montpellier to Arsenal

Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets) is first pick in NBA Draft

British Jumping Derby (Hickstead) – Paul Beecher (Ireland)

British National Road Race Championships. Men – Ian Stannard, Women – Sharon Laws

Jun 25

Wimbledon first round – Elena Vesnina bt Venus Williams

Heather Watson becomes the first British woman to win a game on Centre Court since Jo Durie in 1985

Jun 27

Heather Watson becomes first British woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon since 2002

European Athletics Championships (Helsinki) –

5000m – Mo Farah

Semi-final – Spain bt Portugal

Bert van Marwijk resigns as Netherlands coach

Jun 28

Semi-final – Balotelli scores twice for Italy against Germany

Second round – Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) bt Nadal

Jun 29

London Welsh will play in the Premiership next season after winning their appeal

Ben Foster moves from Birmingham to WBA

100m – Lemaitre

400m hurdles – Rhys Williams

High jump – Robbie Grabarz

Jun 30

Marin Cilic beats Sam Querrey in 5 hours 31 minutes, the second longest match in Wimbledon history

Yaroslava Shvedova becomes the first player to win a golden set at Wimbledon, against Sara Errani. Only other player to win a golden set is Bill Scanlon

Third round – Kohlsreiber bt Rosol

Tour de France prologue (Liege) – Cancellara

Laurent Blanc’s contract as manager of France expires

Irish Derby – Camelot


Jul 1

Wuxi Classic final – Walden bt Bingham, who has a 147 break in the final

Tiger Woods wins the AT&T National to break Jack Nicklaus's total of 73 PGA Tour titles. Woods has won more PGA events than any golfer bar Sam Snead, who recorded 82 victories on the Tour

Usain Bolt beaten by Yohan Blake in 100m and 200m at the Jamaican Olympic trials

Irish Open – Jamie Donaldson

Final (Kiev) – Spain 4 Italy 0

Man-of-the-match – Iniesta

Golden boot – Torres

Jul 2

Di Nitale (Italy) was only player to score against Spain at Euro 2012

Andres Iniesta is named player of Euro 2012 by Uefa

For France 2016, the number of teams competing will rise from 16 to 24

Bradford Bulls make their entire coaching staff redundant as they look to find a way out of administration

Fourth round – Lisicki bt Sharapova

Jul 3

Marussia F1 team test driver Maria de Villota crashes into the back of a support truck at Duxford Airfield

Andre Villas-Boas appointed as manager of Spurs

Jenny Meadows has her 800m silver medal at the 2011 European Indoor Championships upgraded to gold after Yevgenia Zinurova is banned for doping

Jul 4

Jonathan Marray becomes the first Briton to reach the Wimbledon men's doubles semi-finals for 35 years

Corinthians win Copa Libertadores for the first time

Rangers newco refused SPL entry

State of Origin – Queensland bt New South Wales

Jul 5

Serena Williams sets a new Wimbledon women's record of 24 aces

Semi finals – Serena Williams bt Azarenka, Radwanska bt Kerber

Goal-line technology approved by the International Football Association Board. Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems pass Fifa’s criteria for use

Mark Ramprakash retires

Pavel Pogrebnyak moves from Fulham to Reading

Jul 6

Semi-finals – Federer bt Djokovic, Murray bt Tsonga

Louis van Gaal appointed as manager of Netherlands

British Greco-Roman wrestler Myroslav Dykun given a two-year ban after a failed drugs test

Jul 7

Final – Serena Williams bt Radwanska. Fifth Wimbledon title

Men’s doubles final – Marray and Nielsen (Denmark) bt Lindstedt and Tecau. First British doubles winner since 1936

Women’s doubles final – Williams and Williams bt Hlavackova and Hradecka. Fifth Wimbledon title

Coral-Eclipse – Nathaniel

Madrid Masters golf tournament cancelled due to the financial crisis

Jul 8

Final – Federer bt Murray to win seventh Wimbledon and 17th grand slam title. Federer regains world number one title

Murray is first British finalist since Bunny Austin in 1938

Mixed doubles final – Mike Bryan and Raymond bt Paes and Vesnina

British GP – Webber, Alonso, Vettel

Ryan Giggs named as GB captain for the Olympics

French Open – Marcel Siem (Germany)

Jul 9

Park Ji-sung moves from Man Utd to QPR

Gavin Henson signs for London Welsh

Jul 10

England beat Australia 4-0 in ODI series

Gianfranco Zola replaces Sean Dyche as manager of Watford

Mark Boucher retires from international cricket

Jul 11

World Junior Athletics Championships (Barcelona) 100m – Adam Gemili

Jul 12

John Terry found not guilty of racial abuse

SFL vote Rangers newco into Division Three

Brett Lee retires from international cricket

Pietersen 234 for Surrey against Lancs

Jul 13

World Junior Athletics Championships. Women’s long jump – Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GB)

Jul 14

David Haye defeats Dereck Chisora in a fight sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation at Upton Park

Danny Garcia bt Amir Khan

Wiggins becomes the first British rider to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France for seven days

Jul 15

Australian Goldfields Open final – Hawkins bt Ebdon to claim his maiden ranking event title

Speedway World Cup (Sweden) – Denmark

Scottish Open – Jeev Milkha Singh

Bradley Wiggins is christened ‘Le Gentleman’ by the French media after the race came under attack from saboteurs throwing tacks on the road and Wiggins slowed the peloton in order to help Cadel Evans

Jul 16

Dundee invited to replace Rangers in the SPL

Federer beats Sampras’s record of 286 weeks as world number one

Jul 21

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Danedream

The Open – hole-in-one for Anirban Lahari

Jul 22

The Open (Royal Lytham & St Annes) – Ernie Els. 2nd Adam Scott, who bogeyed the last four holes

Silver medal not awarded as no amateurs make the cut

2013 tournament will be held at Muirfield

German GP – Alonso, Button, Raikkonen

Tour de France – Wiggins (Team Sky). 2nd Froome. 3rd Vincenzo Nibali

First British rider to win

Cavendish wins final stage for fourth consecutive year

Points – Peter Sagan

King of the Mountains – Thomas Voeckler

Young Rider – Tejey van Garderen

Team – RadioShack-Nissan

Grand Depart for 2013 Tour will be in Corsica

Jul 23

First Test (The Oval) England 385 (Cook 115) and 240 South Africa 637-2 (Smith 131, Amla 311 n.o., Kallis 182 n.o.)

Dean Court in Bournemouth to be known as the Goldsands Stadium

Jul 24

Scott Styris 100 off 37 balls for Sussex again Gloucestershire in T20 quarter-final. Gloucestershire's James Fuller concedes 38 runs from one over

Jul 25

Bradford Bulls handed a six-point deduction by the Rugby Football League for entering administration

British horse racing trials metric measures at Sandown

GB 1 (Stephanie Houghton) New Zealand 0. Opening women’s football match of Olympics played at Millennium Stadium

North Korea women’s football team walk off the pitch at Hampden Park after their images were shown on a screen beside a South Korean flag

Jul 26

GB 1 (Bellamy) Senegal 1. Match played at Old Trafford

Tim Cahill moves to New York Red Bulls

Snooker player Joe Jogia banned following a probe into suspicious betting patterns

Fabio Capello appointed as manager of Russia

Irish FA announce Danske Bank as the new title sponsor of the league, which will now be named the Danske Bank Premiership

Jul 27

Kelly Holmes heads BT’s team of London 2012 Ambassadors

Olympic Opening Ceremony. GB athletes at training camp in Portugal. Ceremony started by Bradley Wiggins ringing a bell. Independent Olympic athletes – 3 from Netherlands Antilles, 1 from South Sudan. 204 nations. Cast member marches with Indian team. Flag bearers – Hoy, Sharapova, Bolt, Djokovic, Semenya, Katie Taylor (Ireland), Wawrinka, Mirnyi, Hellebut, Simon Whitfield, Baghdatis, Radwanska, Luciana Aymar (Argentina). Kirani James, Kim Collins, Kirsty Coventry. USA uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren and made in China. First women athletes from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei. Sarah Stevenson takes Athletes Oath. Last torch bearer – Redgrave. Cauldron of 204 copper petals designed by Thomas Heatherwick and lit by seven young athletes

26 sports encompassing 39 disciplines. 302 events. 10,490 athletes

Youngest competitor – Adzo Kpossi, a swimmer from Togo

Legally blind archer Im Dong-hyan from South Korea breaks first world record at Olympics

Jack Taylor dies

Jul 28

Yi Siling of China wins the first gold medal of the Olympics with victory in the women's 10m air rifle at the Royal Artillery Barracks

Men’s road race – Vinikourov

400m individual medley – Lochte. 4th Phelps

Women’s 400m individual medley – Ye Shiwen, who swam the last 50m faster than Ryan Lochte

Ledley King retires

Jul 29

Women’s road race – Vos. Silver – Armitstead. First GB medal

Women’s 400m freestyle – Muffat (France). Bronze – Adlington

North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Choi lifts three times his own bodyweight

Hungarian GP – Hamilton, Raikkonen, Grosjean

Betfair World Matchplay (Blackpool) – Taylor bt Wade to win his 13th title

Senior British Open – Fred Couples

Jul 30

Men’s team gymnastics. Bronze – GB (Smith, Whitlock, Thomas, Oldham, Purvis). Japan win silver medal after appeal

Synchronized diving. 4th Daley / Waterfield

200m freestyle – Yannick Agnel (France)

Women’s 100m breaststroke – Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania), who attends the same Plymouth college as Tom Daley and is coached by John Rudd

Women’s 100m backstroke – Missy Franklin (USA)

Spain protest after last minute ‘goal’ disallowed in water polo match against Croatia, when it was ruled that the ball had not crossed the line

South Korea fencer Shin A-lam remains on the piste for 75 minutes following a controversial defeat

British Speedway Championship – Scott Nicholls

Jul 31

Three day eventing team. Silver – GB (Phillips, King, Cook, Wilson, Fox-Pitt). Medals presented by Princess Royal.  Individual gold – Michael Jung (Germany)

Zara Phillips rode High Kingdom

Second round – Tsonga bt Raonic 25-23 in final set of longest-ever Olympic match

200m butterfly – Chad Le Clos (South Africa). Silver – Phelps. Le Clos’s father Bert interviewed by Clare Balding

Phelps wins 19th Olympic medal, gold in 4x200m relay

GB 1 (Stephanie Houghton) Brazil 0

Nasser Al-Attiyah, who won the Dakar Rally in 2011, wins a bronze medal for Qatar in skeet shooting


Aug 1

Eight Olympic badminton players disqualified with ‘not using one's best efforts to win a match’. Two pairs from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning win GB’s first gold medal, in women’s pair. First British women to win gold in rowing since 1976

Men’s eights – Germany. Bronze – GB, including Greg Searle and Alex Partridge

Time trial (Hampton Court) – Wiggins. Silver – Tony Martin. Bronze – Chris Froome

Wiggins becomes Britain’s most decorated Olympian with seven medals

100m freestyle – Nathan Adrian (USA)

200m breaststroke – Daniel Gyurta (Hungary). Silver – Michael Jamieson

Women’s time trial – Kristin Armstrong (USA)

Steven Pienaar leaves Spurs to rejoin Everton

Sussex Stakes – Frankel

Aug 2

Men’s lightweight four. Silver – GB. Richard and Peter Chambers become first British brothers to win an Olympic medal since Searle brothers in 1996

Double Trap – Peter Wilson. Coached by Sheikh Al Maktoum of Dubai

Canoe Slalom – Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott. Silver – David Florence and Richard Hounslow. Bronze – Hochshorner brothers

Judo 78kg – Kayla Harrison (USA). Silver – Gemma Gibbons, coached by Kate Howey

Pendleton and Varnish relegated in women’s sprint against Ukraine. Germany win gold medal after China relegated in final

Men’s team sprint – GB (Hindes, Kenny, Hoy)

Hindes deliberately crashed after a slow start in a qualifying race to get a restart

200m individual medley – Phelps becomes first man to win same swimming event at three consecutive Olympics

Women's individual all-around – Gabby Douglas (USA)

Azerbaijan bantamweight Magomed Abdulhamidov knocked down six times by Japan's Satoshi Shimizu, only for the Turkmenistan referee to ignore each one

Goodwood Cup – Saddler’s Rock

Aug 3

Women’s double sculls – Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger

Men’s pair. Bronze – George Nash and Will Satch

Single sculls. Bronze – Alan Campbell

Judo heavyweight (+78kg). Bronze – Karina Bryant

Semi-final – Federer bt Del Potro 19-17 in final set. Match lasted 4 hours 26 minutes

Men’s team pursuit – GB

Keirin – Pendleton

Women’s 200m backstroke – Missy Franklin. 4th Lizzie Simmonds

Missy Franklin wins four gold medals

Women’s 800m freestyle – Katie Ledecky (USA).  Bronze – Adlington

Women’s football quarter-final – Canada bt GB

Men’s trampoline – Dong Dong (China)

First track final – women’s 10,000m, won by Tirunesh Dibaba

Niger rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka completes the 2000m course in just under 9 minutes

Guam judoka Ricardo Blas Jr, who weighs 218 kg (480 lb), is beaten in the last 16

Aug 4

Women’s singles final – Serena Williams bt Sharapova

Men’s doubles final – Bryan and Bryan bt Tsonga and Llodra

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce retains women’s 100m title. Silver – Jeter. Bronze – Campbell-Brown

Canadian showjumper Ian Millar sets a new record for Olympic appearances by taking part in his 10th Games

Coxless four – GB (Gregory, James, Reed, Triggs-Hodge)

Women’s lightweight double sculls – Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking

Lightweight double sculls – Denmark. Silver – Purchase and Hunter. The race was stopped when Purchase's seat broke but the pair were allowed to restart as it happened within 100m of the start

Women’s team pursuit final – GB (King, Roswell, Trott) bt USA

Women’s triathlon – Nicola Spirig (Switzerland). Silver – Lisa Norden (Sweden), who was given the same time

Heptathlon – Jessica Ennis (6955 points)

Long jump – Greg Rutherford (8.31m). 6th Chris Tomlinson

10000m – Mo Farah. Silver – Galen Rupp (USA)

Erick Barrando wins Guatemala’s first-ever Olympic medal, silver in 20km walk

Phelps wins 18th gold medal, in 4x100m medley relay, his last Olympic race

Men’s football quarter-final – South Korea bt GB. Aaron Ramsey scored and missed penalties in normal time. Sturridge missed penalty in shoot-out

GB win six gold medals on ‘super Saturday’

Super Rugby final – Chiefs bt Sharks

Man Utd sign shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet

Aug 5

Women’s doubles final – Williams and Williams bt Hlavackova and Hradecka

Men’s singles final – Murray bt Federer

Mixed doubles final – Mirnyi and Azarenka bt Murray and Robson

Star. Silver – Percy and Simpson

Finn – Ainslie. Silver – Jonas Hogh-Christensen (Denmark)

Pommel horse – Krisztian Berki (Hungary). Silver – Louis Smith. Bronze – Max Whitlock

Omnium – Lasse Hansen (Denmark). Bronze – Ed Clancy

Events in omnium – Flying lap, Points race, Elimination race, Individual pursuit, Scratch race, Time trial

Russia's Elena Savelyeva becomes the first woman to win an Olympic boxing match

Natasha Jonas becomes the first British woman to win an Olympic boxing match

Women’s marathon – Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia)

Women’s 400m – Sanya Richards-Ross. Silver – Ohuruogu

100m – Bolt (9.63 seconds). Silver – Blake. Bronze – Gatlin. Seven men went under 10 seconds, with only the injured Asafa Powell failing to break that mark

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – Keegan Bradley

General Motors strikes a $559 million marketing deal with Manchester United

Aug 6

Uneven bars. Bronze – Tweddle

Pavlos Kontides wins the first Olympic medal in Cyprus’s history, silver in Laser class

Team show jumping – GB (Charles, Skelton, Maher, Brash) bt Netherlands in jump-off. First gold since 1952

Nick Skelton (aged 54) competing at his sixth Olympic Games, riding Big Star

Peter Charles rode for Ireland between 1992 and 2007

Sprint – Jason Kenny

Lightweight quarter-final – Katie Taylor bt Natasha Jonas

Kirani James wins the first Olympic medal in Grenada’s history, gold in 400m

400m hurdles – Felix Sanchez

Stephan Feck (Germany) lands on his back in the 3m springboard competition

Strauss – 7000 Test runs

Second Test (Headingley) South Africa 419 (Petersen 182) and 258 England 425 (Pietersen 139) and 130-4. Debut for James Taylor

Aug 7

Triathlon – Alistair Brownlee. Silver – Gomez (Spain). Bronze – Jonathan Brownlee

RS:X windsurfing. Silver – Nick Dempsey

Team dressage – GB (Hester, Bechtolsheimer, Dujardin)

Damon Hill ridden by Helen Langehanenberg (Germany) in dressage wins silver medal

Omnium – Laura Trott. Silver – Sarah Hammer (USA)

Sprint – Anna Meares. Silver – Pendleton

Kierin – Hoy

High jump. Bronze – Robbie Grabarz

1500m – Makhloufi (Algeria), who was reinstated after being disqualified for not trying in a heat of the 800m

Women’s 100m hurdles – Sally Pearson. Silver – Dawn Harper

Discus – Robert Harting (Germany), who celebrated by ripping the shirt off his chest, and jumping over a number of hurdles

Horizontal bar – Epke Zonderland (Netherlands)

Seven Cameroon athletes desert their Olympic squad

Santi Cazorla moves from Malaga to Arsenal

Aug 8

Show jumping individual – Steve Guerdat (Switzerland)

Women’s 200m – Allyson Felix

Cuban pole vaulter Lazaro Borges’s pole breaks in three during qualifying

Women’s hockey semi-final – Argentina bt GB

May-Treanor and Walsh win women’s beach volleyball for third consecutive Olympics

110m hurdles – Aries Merritt

Women’s long jump – Brittney Reese

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Sporting Kansas City bt Seattle Sounders

Aug 9

Nicola Adams becomes the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal, in the flyweight competition

Individual dressage – Charlotte Dujardin, riding Valergo. Bronze – Laura Bechtolsheimer

800m – David Rudisha, in world record time. Silver – Nigel Amos, winning Botswana’s first-ever Olympic medal

200m – Bolt. Silver – Blake. Bronze – Weir. Jamaican clean sweep

Men’s hockey semi-final – Netherlands 9 GB 2

Women’s football final – USA bt Japan. Winning goal scored by Carli Lloyd, who also scored the winning goal in the 2008 final

Lightweight boxing – Katie Taylor (Ireland)

Taekwondo -68kg. Nikpai (Afghanistan) bt Martin Stamper in bronze medal match

Women’s taekwondo -57 kg – Jade Jones. Youngest GB gold medal winner

American runner Manteo Mitchell runs the last 200m of the men's 4x400m relay heats with a broken left leg

Sarah Attar, the first female Saudi Arabian track and field athlete at the Olympic Games, runs in the 800m

Japanese female freestyle wrestlers Kaori Icho and Saori Yoshida both win their third successive gold medals

Aug 10

Men’s 470 – Australia. Silver – Like Patience and Stuart Bithell

Women’s 470 – New Zealand. Silver – Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark

Men’s 10km marathon swim – Ous Mellouli (Tunisia), the first swimmer to win Olympic medals in the pool and open water

Women’s hockey. Bronze – GB. Captain – Kate Walsh

All hockey games played at the Riverbank Arena

Taekwondo -80 kg. Bronze – Lutalo Muhammad

Middleweight. Bronze – Anthony Ogogo

Women’s 1500m – Asli Alptekin. Turkey's first ever track and field Olympic gold medal

Bahraini runner Mariam Jamal becomes the first Gulf female athlete to receive a medal, winning the bronze medal in the 1500m

Men’s 4x400m relay – Bahamas

GB disqualified from men’s 4x100m relay

Women’s 4x100m – USA, breaking the world record had been set 27 years previously by East German. Anchor leg run by Jeter

Pole vault – Renaud Lavillenie (France)

Juventus coach Antonio Conte is banned for 10 months due to his alleged role in match-fixing

Aug 11

Men’s K1 200m – Ed McKeever

Men’s K1 200m double – Russia. Bronze – Liam Heath and John Schofield

Men’s hockey bronze medal match – Australia bt GB. Captain – Barry Middleton

Men’s football final – Mexico 2 (Peralta 2) Brazil 1 (Hulk). Referee – Mark Clattenburg

5000m – Mo Farah

Men’s javelin – Keshorn Walcott (Trinidad and Tobago)

Allyson Felix wins third gold medal, in 4x400m relay

Bantamweight – Luke Campbell. Silver – Joe Nevin (Ireland)

10m platform – David Boudin (USA). Bronze – Tom Daley

Daley allowed a re-dive due to flash photography

Rangers draw at Peterhead in first match in Scottish League Division Three

Aug 12

Marathon – Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda)

Welterweight. Silver – Fred Evans

Superheavyweight final – Anthony Joshua beat reigning Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy

Men’s basketball final – USA bt Spain

Women’s modern pentathlon. Silver – Samantha Murray. Final event of the Olympics

Modern pentathlon – fencing, swimming (200m), horse riding, combined running (3km) / shooting

Final medal table – 1st USA (46-29-29) 104 2nd China (38-27-23) 88 3rd GB (29-17-19) 65 4th Russia (24-26-32) 82

54 countries won gold medals. 85 countries won medals

44 world records broken

Seb Coe appointed as Legacy Ambassador

Pietersen dropped for third Test for sending derogatory test messages about England colleagues to South African players. Replaced by Jonny Bairstow

Community Shield (Villa Park) Man City 3 Chelsea 2

Sid Waddell dies

US PGA (Kiawah Island) – McIlroy -13. 2nd David Lynn -5

Jack Rodwell moves from Everton to Man City

Aug 13

Belarusian women's shot put gold medallist Nadzeya Ostapchuk is stripped of her title after failing a doping test. New Zealand's Valerie Adams, who was second, is awarded gold

Colin Moynihan steps down as chairman of BOA

Shay Given retires from international football after 125 appearances

Michael Dokes dies

Aug 14

Keshorn Walcott has a lighthouse named after him

Capital One Cup first round – Portsmouth play 10 teenagers against Plymouth

Derby 5 Scunthorpe 5

Aug 15

England 2 Italy 1. Match played in Berne

Felix Hernandez pitches the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history for the Seattle Mariners

Aug 16

Strauss – 100 Test matches

Onions 9-67 for Durham vs Notts. Onions ran out the tenth batsman

Van Persie moves from Arsenal to Man Utd for £24 million

Bjorn, Clarke and McGinley named as vice-captains for Ryder Cup

Premier League referees body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMO) signs sponsor deal with Expedia

Aug 17

Rio Ferdinand found guilty of improper conduct for describing Ashley Cole as a ‘choc ice’

Aug 18

Tri-Nations expanded to include Argentina and now known as the Rugby Championship

First goal in Premier League – Michu (Swansea)

Premier League shirt sponsors. Stoke – Bet365, Southampton – aap3, Sunderland – Invest in Africa, WBA – Zoopla

Rotherham Utd play first match at the New York Stadium

Arlington Million – Little Mike

Aug 19

Strauss breaks the record of most catches for England (120) held by Ian Botham and Colin Cowdrey

Women’s Baseball World Cup (Edmonton) – Japan

Aug 20

Third Test (Lords) South Africa 309 and 351 (Amla 121) England 315 and 294 (Philander 5-30)

South Africa win series 2-0 and replace England at top of world rankings

Men of the series – Prior and Amla

Song moves from Arsenal to Barcelona

Augusta National Golf Club allows first female members – Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore

2013 Rowing World Cup regatta to be held at Eton Dorney

Aug 21

Adebayor moves from Man City to Spurs

Aug 22

Juddmonte International – Frankel

Ravi Bopara guests for Gloucestershire against South Africa

Aug 24

Lance Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

Victor Moses moves from Wigan to Chelsea

Steven Fletcher moves from Wolves to Sunderland

Adam Johnson moves from Man City to Sunderland

Kevin Pietersen to work as a pundit for ESPN Star during World Twenty20

Aug 25

British Speedway GP (Millennium Stadium) – Chris Holder

Challenge Cup final – Warrington bt Leeds. Lance Todd Trophy – Brett Hodgson

Van Persie scores first goal for Man Utd, against Fulham

Friends Life t20 finals (Cardiff). Semi-finals – Yorkshire bt Sussex, Hampshire bt Somerset. Final – Hampshire bt Yorkshire

Jiminez named as fourth vice-captain for Ryder Cup

Aug 26

U19 Cricket World Cup final – India bt Australia

Johnnie Walker Championship (Gleneagles) – Paul Lawrie

Cal Crutchlow finishes third in Czech Republic MotoGP to become the first British rider to gain a podium finish in a premier-class event since Jeremy McWilliams in 2000

15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins the Canadian Women's Open, becoming the youngest ever winner on the LPGA Tour

Aug 27

Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts receive the two wildcard picks for the Ryder Cup

Luka Modric moves from Spurs to Real Madrid

Aug 28

Amla 150 in second ODI. South Africa go top of ICC one-day rankings

Johanna Konta (GB) reaches US Open second round. Born in Sydney to Hungarian parents

Aug 29

Paralympic Games open. 4280 athletes from 164 countries competing in 20 different sports and 503 events

Three Paralympic athletes from Jordan sent home

Second round – Robson bt Clijsters

Strauss resigns as England captain and is replaced by Cook

Aug 30

China win first gold medal

Track cyclist Mark Colbourne wins GB’s first medal (silver)

Sarah Storey wins GB’s first gold medal

Jonathan Fox wins GB’s first swimming gold medal

Kylie Grimes (GB) is one of two women, the other being Bieke Ketelbuters of the Belgian team, competing on Wheelchair rugby teams at the Paralympics

Martine Wright represents GB in sitting volleyball. Wright lost both of her legs in the Aldgate underground explosion in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005

Montpellier, Malaga, and FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark) appear in the group stages of the Champions League for the first time

Aug 31

Jody Cundy tells officials they are “ruining my life” after being disqualified from C4-C5 1km time trial

400m S8. Silver – Oliver Hynd. Bronze – Sam Hynd, his younger brother

Sheffield United announce that the Bramall Lane stand will be renamed The Jessica Ennis Stand

Scott Sinclair moves from Swansea to Man City

Berbatov moves from Man Utd to Fulham

Charlie Adam moves from Liverpool to Stoke

Nigel de Jong moves from Man City to AC Milan

Rafael van der Vaart moves from Spurs to Hamburg

Nicklas Bendtner loaned to Juventus

Third round – Robson bt Li Na to become the first British woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for 14 years

European Super Cup (Monaco) – Atletico Madrid bt Chelsea


Sep 1

T42 200m – Richard Whitehead. Whitehead was unable to compete in the marathon as there was no category for leg amputees and was refused permission to compete against upper body amputees and so had to turn to sprinting to compete at the 2012 Paralympics

T37 800m – Michael McKillop (Ireland)

1km time trial B – Neil Fachie, with sighted pilot Barney Storey (Sarah Storey’s husband)

Harlequins 42 Wasps 40. Match played at Twickenham

Alex Ferguson celebrates his 1000th league game in charge of Man Utd

Sep 2

Oscar Pistorius apologises for his comments following his loss in the Paralympic T44 200m final. He claimed Brazilian gold medallist Alan Oliveira's longer blade length enabled him to increase his stride and gain an unfair advantage

Jessica-Jane Applegate, aged 16, wins first GB gold in intellectually disabled class, in swimming

Table tennis class 7. Silver – Will Bayley

Mixed coxed four win gold, GB’s only rowing medal in Paralympics

Aled Davies wins gold in F42 discus and bronze in F42 shot put

Belgian GP – Button, Vettel, Raikkonen

Grosjean receives one-race ban for causing an accident

Van Persie hat-trick against Southampton

Wigan pull off the greatest comeback in Super League history to beat Hull KR and win the League Leaders' Shield

London Welsh lose to Leicester in their first match in the Premiership

European Masters – Richie Ramsay

Burghley horse trials – Andrew Nicholson, riding Avebury

Fourth round – Stosur bt Robson

Man City footballer Courtney Meppen-Walter arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

Sep 3

T53 100m – Mickie Bushell

T37 1500m – Michael McKillop. The medal was presented to him by his mother, Catherine McKillop, an ambassador of Procter & Gamble

Sep 4

Dressage rider Sophie Christiansen becomes the first person to win three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics

Natasha Baker wins two gold medals in dressage

Women’s individual compound archery – Danielle Brown, who won a gold medal in the women's team compound event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

S8 100m backstroke – Heather Frederiksen

Jerome D'Ambrosio will replace the suspended Romain Grosjean for Lotus at the Italian Grand Prix

Qing Hua will become the first Chinese driver to compete in an official F1 competition when he takes over from India's Narain Karthikeyan for the qualifying session

Warren Gatland named as head coach for Lions tour of Australia

US wildcard picks for Ryder Cup – Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, and Brandt Snedeker

Worcs bowled out for 60 by Warwicks in County Championship

Sep 5

Alex Zanardi wins gold medals in H4 road race and time trial at Brands Hatch

Quad doubles. Silver – Peter Norfolk and Andrew Lapthorne. Held at Eton Manor in Leyton

Women’s T11 100m – Terezinha Guilhermina (Brazil). Brazil win all three medals

Quarter-final – Berdych bt Federer

ODI series tied 2-2. England regain top spot in world rankings

Lord John Oaksey dies

Andy Roddick retires

Sep 6

Sarah Storey wins fourth Paralympic gold medal in London, in the road race

Jacqueline Freney (Australia) wins eight gold medals in London in swimming

Jessica Long (USA) wins five gold medals in London in swimming

S7 400m freestyle – Josef Craig, aged15

Hannah Cockroft wins T34 100m and 200m

100m T44 – Jonnie Peacock

Mixed doubles final – Soares and Makarova bt Matkowski and Peschke

Sep 7

T13 100m and 200m – Jason Smyth (Ireland)

Natalie Du Toit retires after winning three gold medals, 13 in total

Men’s doubles final – Bryan and Bryan bt Paes and Stepanek. 12th Grand Slam title

Semi-finals – Azarenka bt Sharapova, Serena Williams bt Errani

Moldova 0 England 5 in opening game of 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign

Samsung Diamond League ends in Brussels. Aries Merritt sets a new world record of 12.80 seconds in the 110m hurdles

Overall winners –

Men’s 100m – Usain Bolt

Men’s 200m – Nickel Ashmeade (Jamaica)

Men’s 400m – Kevin Borlee

Women’s 100m – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Women’s 200m – Charonda Williams

Women’s 400m – Amantle Montsho

British winner – Robbie Grabarz

Sep 8

Ellie Simmonds wins 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze in S6 class

Stephanie Millward wins 4 silvers and 1 bronze in S9 class

Football 5-a-side (athletes with visual impairment) – Brazil

Men’s wheelchair basketball – Canada

Women’s wheelchair basketball – Germany

400m T44 – Oscar Pistorius

Mixed road race T1-2 – David Stone, riding a tricycle

Semi-final – Murray bt Berdych

Sep 9

Wheelchair rugby – Australia. Ryley Batt scores 37 goals in the final against Canada

David Weir wins gold medals in T54 800m, 1500m, 5000m, and marathon

T54 women’s marathon. Silver – Shelly Woods

Final gold medal won by Russia in football 7-a-side (athletes with cerebral palsy)

Final medal table – 1st China (95-71-65) 231 2nd Russia (36-38-28) 102 3rd GB (34-43-43) 120

Women’s doubles final – Errani and Vinci bt Hlavackova and Hradecka

Semi-final – Djokovic bt Ferrer

KLM Open – Peter Hanson

Tour of Spain – Contador. 4th Froome

Italian GP – Hamilton, Perez, Alonso

Minor Counties final – Cornwall bt Bucks

Belgian Eddy Merckx becomes three-cushion billiards UMB world champion

FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship – Antonio Cairoli (Italy)

Sep 10

Final – Murray bt Djokovic in five sets

Sep 11

Serbia 6 Wales 1

Charles van Commenee to step down as UK Athletics head coach

Rehman 9-65 for Somerset vs Worcs

Sep 12

England bt South Africa to tie Twenty20 series 1-1. Kiewsetter 50 off 32 balls, Buttler 32 off 10 balls. Wayne Parnell concedes 32 runs in an over

Andalucía Masters cancelled due to the financial crisis

Sep 13

Sid Watkins dies

Ricky Hatton to make a comeback

Sep 14

LV= County Championship – Warwickshire. Captain – Jim Troughton

Relegated – Lancashire, Worcestershire

Most runs – Nick Compton

Most wickets – Graham Onions

Promoted – Derbyshire, Yorkshire

Women’s British Open scores scrapped due to high winds

Sep 15

Amir Khan splits from trainer Freddie Roach

CB40 final – Hampshire 244-5 bt Warwicks 244-7. Hampshire captain – Jimmy Adams

Scholes makes 700th appearance for Man Utd

St Leger – Encke (Mickael Barzalona), trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni. 2nd Camelot

Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

ICC Awards. Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year – Sangakkara, ODI Player of the Year – Virat Kohli

Women’s county championship – Kent

Indy Car series title – Ryan Hunter-Reay

Sep 16

Women’s British Open (Hoylake) – Shin Jiyai

Ulster rugby player Nevin Spence killed in a slurry tank accident

Great North Run. Men’s – Wilson Kipsang. Women’s – Tirunesh Dibaba

Tour of Britain – Jonathan Tiernan-Locke. First British winner since Robert Millar in 1989. Race leader wears Gold Jersey

Team time trial held for first time at World Cycling Championships, held in Netherlands

London Welsh gain first-ever victory in the Premiership, against Exeter

Italian Open – Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

Cricket Writers' Club young cricketer of the year – Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Sep 18

Ajantha Mendis 6-8 for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe in opening match of T20 World Cup

Joe Root and Nick Compton included in England squad to tour India. Pietersen omitted

Women’s time trial – Judith Arndt

Ibrahimovic scores for PSG against Dynamo Kiev to become the first man to score for six clubs in the Champions League

Sep 19

Men’s time trial – Tony Martin

Oscar scores twice on Chelsea debut against Juventus

Sep 20

PCA player of the year – Nick Compton

PCA young player of the year – Joe Root

Clyde the thistle is the 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot. Designed by 12-year-old Beth Gilmour

Sep 21

Brendon McCullum hits the highest score in Twenty20 international history (123) for New Zealand against Bangladesh

Luke Wright 99 for England against Afghanistan

Laura Robson becomes the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1990 to reach a WTA singles final

Sep 22

Guangzhou Open final – Su-Wei Hsieh (Taiwan) bt Robson. Sara Gomer was the last Briton to win a WTA singles title in 1988

Women’s road race – Marianne Vos

Harry Pilling dies

Sep 23

Men’s road race – Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)

Shanghai Masters final – Higgins bt Trump

Former heavyweight world boxing champion Corrie Sanders dies after being shot during an armed robbery in South Africa

England bowled out for 80 by India. Harbhajan Singh 4-12

John Terry retires from international football

Singapore GP – Vettel, Button, Alonso

PGA Tour Championship – Brandt Snedeker

The player with the most points after the Tour Championship wins the FedEx Cup itself and $10 million. Won by Brandt Snedeker

All-Ireland Gaelic Football Final – Donegal bt Mayo

Sep 24

Cricket World Cup matches played in Colombo and Pallekele

Will Porterfield (Ireland) out first ball in last three consecutive outings against Test nations

Sep 25

The organizing committee for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi adopts the slogan ‘Hot. Cool. Yours.’. Mascots – polar bear, hare, and leopard

Sep 26

Jerome Sinclair becomes youngest-ever Liverpool player, aged 16 years 6 days

John Bond dies

Sep 27

Sri Lanka bt New Zealand in super over

John Terry banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the FA for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Sep 28

Lewis Hamilton signs a three-year deal with Mercedes to replace Michael Schumacher from next season, and will be replaced by Sergio Perez at McLaren

Super League semi-final – Leeds bt Wigan

Steve Kean resigns as manager of Blackburn

Sep 29

Olly Barkley moves from Bath to Racing Metro 92

Suarez hat-trick for Liverpool against Norwich

Super League semi-final – Warrington bt St Helens

Cambridgeshire – Bronze Angel

AFL Grand Final – Sydney Swans bt Hawthorn

Sep 30

Championship Grand Final – Sheffield Eagles bt Featherstone Rovers

Ryder Cup (Medinah Country Club, Illinois) – Europe 14 ½ USA 13 ½

Winning putt holed by Kaymer against Stricker. Europe 10-6 down after two days

Final match between Woods and Molinari only match to be halved

McIlroy almost missed his tee time after confusion over time zones

Bubba Watson encouraged the crowd to cheer all the way through his tee shot

Top points scorer – Ian Poulter (4)

Zero points – Steve Stricker, Peter Hanson

FA WSL (Women’s Super League) – Arsenal

Rugby Championship – New Zealand

All-Ireland Hurling Final replay – Kilkenny bt Galway

NRL Grand Final – Melbourne Storm bt Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs


Oct 1

West Indies bt New Zealand in super over

England knocked out by Sri Lanka (Malinga 5-31)

Man of Steel – Sam Tomkins (Wigan)

Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania) wins his third World’s Strongest Man title. 7th – Terry Hollands (UK)

Oct 2

Samaras scores winning goal as Celtic win first ever away match in Champions League, against Spartak Moscow

Super Eights final tables –

Group 1 – Sri Lanka, West Indies, England, New Zealand

Group 2 – Australia, Pakistan, India, South Africa

Superbike World Championship – Max Biaggi. 2nd Tom Sykes (GB)

Oct 3

Pietersen signs a four-month England contract

Peter Ridsdale disqualified from acting as a company director

Oct 4

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera becomes the first player in 45 years to win Major League Baseball's Triple Crown. Cabrera tops the three tables for batting average, home runs, and producing runs

Semi-final – Sri Lanka bt Pakistan

Oct 5

Semi-final – West Indies bt Australia

Ashley Cole apologizes for criticizing the Football Association after his evidence in the John Terry racism case was questioned

Oct 6

Super League Grand Final – Leeds bt Warrington. Harry Sunderland Trophy – Kevin Sinfield. Warrington prop Paul Wood ruptures a testicle and continues playing for another 25 minutes

Oct 7

Final – West Indies (Marlon Samuels 78) bt Sri Lanka

Man of the tournament – Shane Watson

Women’s final – Australia bt England

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – Solemia (Olivier Peslier)

Japanese GP – Vettel, Messa, Kobayashi

Speedway Grand Prix – Chris Holder (Poole Pirates and Australia)

Alfred Dunhill Links – Branden Grace

Sebastien Loeb wins the World Rally Championship drivers' title for a record ninth consecutive year

Oct 9

Owen Coyle sacked by Bolton

Newcastle's stadium name will revert to St James' Park after the club agrees a four-year sponsorship deal with Wonga

English football centre of excellence opens at St George's Park complex in Staffordshire

Britain's Tom Daley and Jack Laugher win synchronized 3m springboard gold at the World Junior Diving Championships in Australia

Oct 10

Hampshire fail to make the main draw of the Champions League T20

Oct 11

Start of NHL season delayed by lockout

Rugby League Writers’ Association Player of the Year – Sam Tomkins

Oct 12

Turkish Airlines World Golf Final – Rose bt Westwood

Edgar Davids joins Barnet as joint-head coach

Bale scores winning goal for Wales against Scotland

Oct 13

David Price defends the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles by knocking out Audley Harrison in 82 seconds

Ironman World Championship (Hawaii) – Leanda Cave

Africa Cup of Nations football match between Senegal and Ivory Coast abandoned following a riot. Senegal are disqualified from Africa Cup of Nations as a result

Cesarewitch – Aaim To Prosper (Kieren Fallon). First horse to win the race twice

Sligo Rovers claim their first league title in nearly forty years

Roy Hodgson apologizes to Rio Ferdinand after telling passengers on the tube that he would not be in the England squad

Oct 14

Korean GP – Vettel, Webber, Alonso

Heather Watson becomes the first British woman to win a WTA singles title since 1988 by beating Chang Kai-chen (Taiwan) in the Japan Open final

Portugal Masters – Shane Lowry

Winmau World Masters – Stephen Bunting

Cape Verde beat Cameroon to qualify for the African Cup of Nations (to be held in South Africa) for the first time

Oct 15

Richard Hughes rides seven winners from eight races at Windsor

World Grand Prix final (Dublin) – Michael van Gerwen bt Mervyn King

Oct 16

Poland vs England postponed due to waterlogged pitch

Ronaldo wins 100th cap for Portugal in draw with Northern Ireland

England U21 players racially abused and attacked by missile-throwing Serbian fans after qualifying for Euro 2013. Danny Rose sent off


Nike cancel Lance Armstrong’s contract

Lance Armstrong resigns as chairman of his anti-cancer charity, LIVESTRONG

Oct 18

Mark Cavendish to leave Team Sky and join Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Salford City Reds given winding-up petition

50-over cricket to return to the county game from 2014, replacing the current 40-over competition

Richie McCaw becomes the first player to achieve 100 Test victories

Oct 19

The inaugural Grand Prix of America due to be held in New Jersey is postponed to 2014 due to a financing problem

Rabobank is ending its sponsorship of its professional cycling team following the Lance Armstrong doping revelations

Trenton Oldfield jailed for six months

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland attacked by Leeds fan Aaron Cawley

Oct 20

Triathlon world championships. Women’s – Lisa Norden (Sweden)

Yorkshire eliminated from Champions League T20

Australia end New Zealand’s winning run in rugby union internationals at 16

Champion Stakes – Frankel, who is retired to stud after winning all 14 races

Oct 21

Triathlon world championships. Men’s – Jonny Brownlee

Frankie Dettori to leave Godolphin

WNBA finals – Indiana Fever bt Minnesota Lynx

Oct 22

Lance Armstrong is stripped by the International Cycling Union of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from participating in UCI-sanctioned events

Brit Insurance ends sponsorship of England cricket team

Elite League speedway final – Swindon bt Poole. First win since 1967. Manager – Alun Rossiter. Captain – Hans Andersen

Oct 23

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman moves to Bolton

Oct 24

PGA Grand Slam of Golf – Harrington (replacement for Els)

Margaret Osborne DuPont, winner of 37 Grand slam titles, dies

Oct 25

John Connelly dies

Boxing trainer Emanuel Steward dies

Sunrisers Hyderabad replace Deccan Chargers in IPL

Oct 26

John McCririck dropped from Channel 4 racing

Oct 27

Rugby league international – Wales 12 England 80

Oct 28

Sale Sharks chief executive Steve Diamond takes charge of first-team affairs for the rest of the season after Bryan Redpath was removed from his position as director of rugby

Chris Robshaw appointed England captain for autumn internationals

BMW Masters (Shanghai) – Peter Hanson

Indian GP – Vettel, Alonso, Webber

WTA final (Istanbul) – Serena Williams bt Sharopova

Patriots 45 Rams 7. Match played at Wembley

Champions League T20 final (Johannesburg) – Sydney Sixers (Lumb 82) bt Highveld Lions

World Series – San Francisco Giants 4 Detroit Tigers 0. MVP – Pablo Sandoval, nickname ‘Kung Fu Panda’

World Seniors Championship – Nigel Bond

Oct 29

World Billiards Championship – Pankaj Advani bt Mike Russell to win his seventh title

Oct 30

Capitol One Cup – Reading 5 Arsenal 7 (Walcott 3)

Oct 31

Capital One Cup – Chelsea 5 Man Utd 4

Swansea beat Liverpool, the current holders of the League Cup

Kauto Star retires


Nov 1

Mick McCarthy appointed as manager of Ipswich

Henning Berg appointed as manager of Blackburn

Surrey sign Graeme Smith on a three-year deal as club captain

Nov 2

New York City marathon cancelled in the aftermath of super storm Sandy

Breeders' Cup takes place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California

Nov 3

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway moves to Crystal Palace

Vettel demoted to back of grid for not having enough fuel left to take a sample after qualifying for Abu Dhabi GP

Dave Brailsford asks all employees of Team Sky to sign a statement conforming they had never been involved in doping

Sean Yates, Team Sky’s senior sporting director, retires

Lindsey Vonn's request to compete in a men's World Cup downhill ski race is rejected by the International Ski Federation

Nov 4

International Championship final (Chengdu, China) – Trump bt Robertson

WGC Champions (China) – Ian Poulter

Fed Cup final – Czech Republic bt Serbia

Abu Dhabi GP – Raikkonen, Alonso, Vettel

Gerrard plays 600th game for Liverpool

Champion jockey – Richard Hughes

Champion trainer – John Gosden

Nov 5

Craig Levein sacked as Scotland coach

Nov 6

Melbourne Cup – Green Moon

Uzbek wresler Soslan Tigiev is stripped of his Olympic bronze medal in the men's freestyle 74 kg division after he tested positive for a banned stimulant

Nov 7

Seb Coe succeeds Colin Moynihan as chairman of the BOA

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1. Winning goal scored by Tony Watt. Celtic had 16% possession

Nov 8

Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year – Jessica Ennis

Nov 9

James Beattie joins Accrington Stanley as player-coach

Nov 10

Ronan O’Gara wins 125th cap for Ireland

AFC Champions League – Ulsan Hyundai

Nov 11

San Francisco 49ers tie with St Louis Rams – first tie in NFL since 2008

Singapore Open – Matteo Manassero

McIlroy tops money list in USA and Europe and wins Vardon Trophy

MotoGP final standings – 1st Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), 2nd Dani Pedrosa (Honda), 3rd Casey Stoner (Honda)

Constructors’ champion – Honda

Moto2 – Marc Marquez

Moto3 – Sandro Cortese

ATP World Tour Finals (O2 Arena). Semi-finals – Djokovic bt Del Potro, Federer bt Murray

Brooklyn Nets (formerly New Jersey Nets) play first match

Nov 12

Final – Djokovic bt Federer

Doubles final – Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez bt Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna

Elise Christie becomes world number one short-track speed skater

Nov 13

Chris Gayle becomes the first person to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match, against Bangladesh

No action will be taken over alleged comments made by Mark Clattenburg to Chelsea players

Nov 14

First match at Friends Arena, Stockholm – Sweden 4 (Ibrahimovic 4) England 2 (Welbeck, Caulker). Debuts for Caulker, Osman and Sterling. Steven Gerrard wins 100th cap. First hat-trick against England since van Basten in 1988

Nov 16

Track World Cup starts at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow

Great Britain Lionhearts make their debut appearance at the World Series of Boxing in California

Cartier racehorse of the year – Frankel

Nov 17

Paddy Power Gold Cup – Al Ferof

Qatar Airways to sponsor Barcelona for 2013-14 season

Nov 18

Miguel Angel Jimenez becomes the oldest winner on the European Tour by winning the Hong Kong Open at the age of 48 years

South African Open – Henrik Stenson

Davis Cup final (Prague) – Czech Republic 3 Spain 2. Stepenek bt Almargo in deciding match. Ferrer wins both his singles matches. 100th final

Grand Slam of Darts final (Wolverhampton) – van Barneveld bt van Gerwen

US Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin) – Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso

Futsal World Cup – Brazil

Nov 19

First Test (Ahmedabad) India 521-8 (Pujara 206, Sehwag 117) and 80-1 England 191 and 406 (Cook 176)

Debut for Nick Compton. Ojha takes nine wickets in the match

Scotland prop Allan ‘Chunk’ Jacobsen retires from international rugby

Nov 21

Rafa Benitez appointed as interim manager of Chelsea, replacing Roberto di Matteo

Nov 22

Michael Clarke becomes the first man to score four Test double-hundreds in a calendar year

National League MVP – Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants). American League MVP – Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)

Nov 23

Marussia driver Charles Pic will switch to Caterham in 2013

A bronze statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is unveiled outside Old Trafford

Nov 24

Harry Redknapp replaces Mark Hughes as manager of QPR

IAAF athlete of the year awards – Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix

Hector Camacho dies

Tonga defeat Scotland for the first time. Match played in Aberdeen

Jordi Gomez hat-trick for Wigan against Reading

Joe Launchbury debut for England against South Africa

Ricky Hatton beaten in comeback fight by Vyacheslav Senchenko (Ukraine)

Nov 25

Brazilian GP – Button, Alonso, Massa. 6th Vettel

Final standings – 1st Vettel 281 points, 2nd Alonso 278, 3rd Raikkonen 207

Constructors – 1st Red Bull, 2nd Ferrari, 3rd McLaren

European Short Course Championships (Chartres) – Hannah Miley wins GB’s only gold medal, in 400m individual medley

Second Test (Mumbai) – India 327 (Pujara 135) and 142 England 413 (Cook 122, Pietersen 186) and 58-0. Panesar takes 11 wickets in the match

Swann – 200 Test wickets

Andy Robinson resigns as Scotland coach

Dave Sexton dies

DP World Tour Championship (Dubai) – McIlroy

100th Grey Cup – Toronto Argonauts bt Calgary Stampeders

Japan Cup – Gentildonna

Premier League Snooker final – Bingham bt Trump

British Figure Skating Championships. Men – Matthew Parr. Women – Jenna McCorkell

Nov 26

Debutant Faf Du Plessis scores 110 n.o. off 376 balls to earn South Africa a draw against Australia

William Hill Sports Book of the Year – ‘The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs’, Tyler Hamilton

Brazilians select the name ‘Fuleco’ for the three-banded armadillo mascot for the 2014 World Cup

Nov 27

Joey Barton conducts a press conference in Marseille in a French accent

UEFA President Michel Platini announces that the administrative body is considering scrapping the Europa League in favour of an extended Champions League of 64 clubs

Nov 28

Valtteri Bottas (Finland) will replace Bruno Senna at Williams next year

Southwell racecourse will be closed until next year because of flooding

Ashley Giles appointed as head coach of England ODI and Twenty20 teams

European Tour rookie of the year – Ricardo Santos (Portugal)

Luiz Felipe Scolari replaces Mano Menezes as manager of Brazil

Nov 29

WTA Tour Player of the Year – Serena Williams

Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd) is the first recipient of the Asian International Footballer of the Year award

Nov 30

Andrew Flintoff wins a points decision over American Richard Dawson on his heavyweight boxing debut


Dec 1

Hennessy Gold Cup – Bobs Worth

England bt New Zealand 38-21 to end New Zealand’s 20-match unbeaten run

Youngs brothers (Ben and Tom) from Leicester Tigers play for England

England women’s rugby union team wins all three matches against New Zealand

MLS Cup final – LA Galaxy bt Houston Dynamo in Beckham’s final game

Phil Taylor, Liverpool player and manager (1956–59) dies

Dec 2

UK Championship first round – Mark Joyce bt Judd Trump

World Challenge – Graeme McDowell

Kansas City Chiefs American football player Jovan Belcher kills his girlfriend before taking his own life outside the team's stadium

Nedbank Golf Challenge (Sun City) – Kaymer

Players Championship final – Phil Taylor bt Kim Huybrechts. Sponsored by Cash Converters

HRT F1 leave Formula One after they were unable to find a buyer

Dec 3

Ricky Ponting retires from international cricket. 168 Test caps and 13,378 runs

2015 rugby Union World Cup draw –

Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, play-off winner

Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Asia 1, Americas 2

Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1

Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2

IRB Awards –

Player of the year – Dan Carter

Team of the year – New Zealand

Coach of the year – Steve Hansen

Scottish Premier League announces plan to expand to 24 teams, split into two divisions of 12

Dec 4

PGA Tour Player of the Year – McIlroy. Rookie of the year – John Huh (USA)

Frankie Dettori banned for six months after testing positive for a banned substance in France

UK Championship second round – Higgins 147 against Mark Davis

PDC commission a new trophy for their upcoming world championship, named The Sid Waddell Trophy

International Olympic Committee suspends India's national Olympic committee because of government interference in its election process

Dec 5

Chelsea become first defending champions to be eliminated in group stages of Champions League

Celtic win final match against Spartak Moscow to qualify

The sparrow is chosen as the mascot of the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, which will be held in Moscow in 2013

Dec 6

Varsity match – Oxford bt Cambridge

Cook hits record 23rd Test century for England, becomes the youngest batsman ever to reach 7000 runs, and the first player to score hundreds in each of his first five Tests as captain

Euro 2020 to be held Europe-wide

Kobe Bryant becomes the fifth player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points

Dec 7

Cook run out for first time in first-class cricket

Bradford City expelled from the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player, Curtis Good, against Brentford

Dec 8

Juan Manuel Marquez beats Manny Pacquiao for a first win in their four-match rivalry

Tingle Creek – Sprinter Sacre

Dec 9

Third Test (Kolkata) – India 316 and 247 England 523 (Cook 190) and 41-3

Man City 2 Man Utd 3. Winning goal scored by van Persie. Man City’s first defeat of the season, in 16th match

Lionel Messi sets the record for most goals in a calendar year by scoring his 86th goal of 2012, beating Gerd Mueller’s record

UK Championship final (Barbican Centre, York) – Selby bt Murphy

Australian Open – Peter Senior, aged 53

Statoil Masters (Albert Hall) –

Legends final – McEnroe bt Wilander

Champions Tour final – Santoro bt Henman

Dec 11

Mosconi Cup – Europe bt USA

League Cup – Bradford bt Arsenal. Bradford win ninth successive penalty shootout

Kauto Star joins Laura Collett to embark on a dressage career

Dec 12

Bradford City's appeal against their expulsion from the FA Cup is successful

Club World Cup semi-final – Corinthians bt Al Ahly (Egypt)

World short course championships (Istanbul) – Hannah Miley wins GB’s only gold medal, in 400m individual medley. Ryan Lochte wins six gold medals

Udinese fan Arrigo Brovedani is the club's sole supporter in Genoa for a Serie A match against local team Sampdoria

Dec 13

Club World Cup semi-final – Chelsea bt Monterrey

International Tennis Federation World Champions – Djokovic and Serena Williams

Tom Watson to captain USA in 2014 Ryder Cup

Dec 14

2014 Tour de France. Stage 1 – Leeds to Harrogate, stage 2 – York to Sheffield, stage 3 Cambridge to London

The Football Association of Zambia says it will approach Fifa about getting recognition for striker Godfrey Chitalu's feat of scoring 107 goals in 1972

Next year's US Open has been extended by a day to allow the men's final to be played on a Monday, with the women's final pushed from Saturday to Sunday

Men’s World Open squash (Qatar) – Remy Ashour (Egypt). 2013 tournament will be held in Manchester

Dec 15

QPR win for the first time in Premier League in 17th game, against Fulham

European Curling Championships (Karlstad, Sweden) –

Men's team – Sweden

Women's team – Russia

Dec 16

Club World Cup final (Yokohama) – Corinthians bt Chelsea

Hereford Racecourse holds its last meeting. Horse racing has been taking place in Hereford since 1771

Royal Trophy (Brunei) – Asia bt Europe

BBC Sports Personality of the Year (ExCeL) 1st Wiggins, 2nd Ennis, 3rd Murray

Other nominees – Farah, Weir, Simmonds, Hoy, Adams, Ainslie, McIlroy, Grainger, Storey

Overseas Personality – Usain Bolt

Coach – Dave Brailsford

Team – Team GB and Paralympics GB

Young Personality – Josef Craig

Lifetime achievement award – Seb Coe

Helen Rollason award – Martine Wright

Unsung heroes – Sue and Jim Houghton

Dec 17

Fourth Test (Nagpur) – England 330 and 352-4 (Trott 143, Bell 116) India 326-9 (Kohli 103). Debut for Joe Root

Man of the series – Cook

England win a series in India for the first time since 1984–85

Santi Cazorla hat-trick for Arsenal against Reading

Dec 18

Zenit St Petersburg fans want black and gay players excluded

Max Chilton signs to drive for Marussia next season

Folkstone Racecourse holds its last meeting

Dec 19

London to host 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships

European Tour Golfer of the Year – McIlroy

Brazil drop to 18th in Fifa world rankings

Dec 20

Scott Johnson appointed as Scotland head coach

African Player of the Year – Yaya Toure

Dec 21

Suzi Perry will replace Jake Humphrey as the presenter of BBC's Formula 1 coverage for the 2013 season

GFH Capital completes its takeover of Leeds United

Women’s World Open squash final (Cayman Islands) – Nicol David bt Laura Massaro (England)

Dec 22

England captain Eoin Morgan hits the last ball for six to draw the Twenty20 series with India 1-1

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, nicknamed Megatron, sets the record for the most receiving yards in an NFL season, breaking Jerry Rice's all-time mark set in 1995

Dec 23

Tendulkar retires from one-day international cricket

Dean Winstanley throws nine-darter in PDC World Championship

Chelsea 8 Aston Villa 0

Ben Maher is crowned the leading riding at the London International Horse Show at Olympia

Australian Sportswoman of the Year – Black Caviar

Dec 26

Sangakkara – 10,000 Test runs

Bale hat-trick for Spurs against Aston Villa

King George VI Chase – Long Run

Dec 27

Alex McLeish replaces Sean O’Driscoll as manager of Nottingham Forest

Michael Clarke breaks Ricky Ponting’s Australian record for runs in a calendar year

Henning Berg sacked as Blackburn manager

Dec 29

John Mitchell quits as Sale Sharks coach

Tony Greig dies

Arsenal 7 (Walcott 3) Newcastle 3

Defending champion Adrian Lewis is knocked out of the PDC World Championship by Michael van Gerwen

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – Wild Oats XI

New Years Honours –

Knighthood – Ben Ainslie, Bradley Wiggins, Dave Brailsford, Dave Tanner (Rowing Performance Director)

Dame – Sarah Storey

CBE – Katherine Grainger, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Victoria Pendleton, David Weir

OBE – Charlotte Dujardin, Jason Kenny, Andy Murray, Laura Trott, Sophie Christiansen, Ellie Simmonds

MBE – Mark Ramprakash, Robert Croft, Pat Rice, Paul Sculthorpe, JJ Williams, and most 2012 gold medallists

Dec 30

Michael van Gerwen throws nine-darter in semi-final against James Wade

Semi-final – Taylor bt van Barneveld

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson falls eight short of Eric Dickerson's NFL record for most rushing yards in a season (2105 for the then Los Angeles Rams in 1984)

Miguel Angel Jimenez faces up to five months out of action after breaking his leg skiing in Spain

Dec 31

Messi scores 91 goals in calendar year