Review of the year – Sportsmail looks back at an action-packed 2011: August
As the year draws to a close, Sportsmail takes a look back at 2011 to remind you what happened over the last action-packed 12 months.
August saw England whitewash India in the cricket and the London riots wrecked havoc with the fixture list.
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1st England beat India by 319 runs to win the second Test at Trent Bridge and lead the four-match series 2-0.
Jim Jefferies was removed from his role as manager at Hearts.
Newcastle revealed that Joey Barton was available on a free transfer.
2nd Former Sporting Lisbon boss Paulo Sergio was appointed Hearts manager, replacing the sacked Jim Jefferies.
Newcastle outcast Joey Barton claimed to have been fined two weeks” wages by the club as he drew ever closer to making his exit from St James” Park.
West Brom completed the signing of their former midfielder Zoltan Gera after his contract at Fulham expired.
3rd Blackburn completed the signing of Scotland striker David Goodwillie from Dundee United on a four-year contract.
Rangers have lost their Champions League third qualifying round tie against Malmo 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw in their second leg in Sweden.
Warwickshire”s Rikki Clarke equalled a world record with seven catches in Lancashire”s second innings.
All over: Joey Barton”s time at Newcastle came to an end
4th Chelsea filled the void left by the injured Michael Essien by completing the 4.35million signing of Oriol Romeu from Barcelona.
New Bolton signing Tyrone Mears broke his leg in training, less than a week after joining the club.
Manager Alan Pardew has hinted that Joey Barton”s Newcastle career may not be over despite his Twitter controversy.
5th Blackpool won 1-0 at Hull thanks to Gary Taylor-Fletcher”s goal in the opening game of the npower Championship season.
Milan Jovanovic completed his move from Liverpool to Anderlecht.
Manager Ally McCoist confirmed Rangers had agreed a fee of 1.7million with Qatari side Lekhwiya for the sale of Madjid Bougherra.
6th England beat Wales 23-19 at Twickenham, while Scotland edged Ireland 10-6 at Murrayfield in World Cup warm-up matches.
Chelsea reached an agreement with Anderlecht to sign teenage striker Romelu Lukaku.
Substitute Will Buckley scored twice to christen Brighton”s first competitive fixture at their new Amex Stadium with a 2-1 victory over Doncaster in the npower Championship.
7th Nani”s stoppage-time goal gave Manchester United a 3-2 victory in the Community Shield as they roared back from two goals down to beat Manchester City at Wembley.
Take that: Nani takes the ball around Joe Hart for his Wembley winner
Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre suffered a broken leg during the team”s Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory at Aberdeen.
Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield maintained his composure by kicking a penalty in the third minute of extra time to send his side back to Wembley with a 10-8 victory over Castleford in the second Challenge Cup semi-final.
8th West Ham and Charlton”s Carling Cup matches were called off on the request of police after three days of rioting in London.
Arsenal signed 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton for an initial fee of 12million rising to 15million.
Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere and Michael Carrick all withdrew from the England squad to play Holland two days later with a mixture of illness and injury.
9th England”s friendly against Holland and various other matches were called off due to ongoing rioting in London and across England.
Newcastle signed Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan on a five-year contract.
Defender Matthew Upson signed a two-year deal with Stoke after leaving West Ham.
10th England made a strong start in the third Test against India, limiting the tourists to 224 before reaching 84 without loss by stumps.
Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi signed a two-year contract extension to tie him to the club until summer 2014.
Wales lost 2-1 to Australia at Cardiff City Stadium, Scotland beat Denmark 2-1, Northern Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 4-0 and the Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with Croatia.
11th Tottenham`s Premier League clash at home to Everton on the opening day of the new Premier League season was called off after the recent unrest in the area.
Newcastle`s Spanish full-back Jose Enrique travelled to Liverpool for a medical after the two sides agreed a fee.
England continued to dominate the third Test against India, reaching the close of day two on 456 for three with Alistair Cook unbeaten on 182.
12th Alastair Cook scored a career-best 294 as England declared on 710 for seven on day three of the third Test against India. It was the second-longest individual England innings in history, behind only Len Hutton during his all-time national record 364 against Australia at The Oval in 1938, and lasted 545 balls over more than 12-and-a-half hours.
Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung signed a new contract until at least the end of the 2012-13 season.
Full-back Jose Enrique signed for Liverpool from Newcastle on a long-term contract.
Hero: Alastair Cook walks off during his mammoth innings at Edgbaston
13th England beat India by an innings and 242 runs in the third Test at Edgbaston to win the series 3-0 with one match remaining and knock their opponents off the top of the world Test rankings.
Wales beat England 19-9 in their World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff.
Gervinho was sent off on his Arsenal debut for slapping Joey Barton in a goalless draw at Newcastle on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season.
14th Chelsea drew 0-0 at Stoke in Andre Villas-Boas` first game in charge, while Manchester United won 2-1 at West Brom at the start of their title defence.
Wales centre Gavin Henson was diagnosed with a broken wrist, ruling him out of the start of the World Cup.
Keegan Bradley won the USPGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club after a play-off against fellow American Jason Dufner.
15th Cesc Fabregas signed a five-year deal with Barcelona after moving from Arsenal in a deal worth up to 35million for the Gunners.
Robbie Keane joined the Los Angeles Galaxy from Tottenham.
Sergio Aguero scored twice on his debut for Manchester City as they beat Swansea 4-0 in their opening match of the Barclays Premier League season.
16th Arsenal striker Gervinho had his three-game ban for violent conduct upheld by the Football Association after his red card in the Barclays Premier League opener at Newcastle. Earlier in the day, the Gunners agreed terms for Emmanuel Eboue”s transfer to Turkish side Galatasaray.
Schalke confirmed they had rejected an official approach from Blackburn for former Spain striker Raul.
Theo Walcott”s early goal at the Emirates Stadium earned Arsenal a 1-0 win over Udinese in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.
What a start: Cesc Fabregas
17th England scrum-half Danny Care was ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after injuring his toe.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp confirmed Spurs were in talks with Manchester City over a move for striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
Rangers signed United States international defender Carlos Bocanegra on a three-year deal.
Lionel Messi scored twice and Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to make his debut as Barcelona won the Spanish Supercopa with 5-4 aggregate win over Real Madrid.
18th Tottenhamdemolished Hearts 5-0 in the first leg of their Europa League play-off at Tynecastle, with Rafael van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe, Jake Livermore,Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon all on target.
Malaysianairline entrepreneur Tony Fernandes completed his takeover of QPR with his company Tune Group acquiring a 66% stake, buying out previous majority shareholders Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone
Great Britain”s dressage team, consisting of Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin and Emile Faurie, were crowned European team champions for the first time in Rotterdam, seeing off competition from Germany and Holland.
19th IanBell and Kevin Pietersen piled up twin hundreds in a record 350-run stand as England showed India no mercy on day two of the fourth npower Test at The Oval.
Defending champion Kim Clijsters withdrew from the US Open with a stomach muscle injury.
UEFAopened disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for not abiding by the conditions of his touchline ban against Udinese in the Champions League play-off first leg on August 16.
20th Arsenal lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool with Emmanuel Frimpong sent off in his first league start.
Wales beat Argentina 28-13 in their World Cup warm-up match at the Millennium Stadium.
Scotland beat Italy 23-12 in their World Cup warm-up match at Murrayfield.
21st Valencia announced they had reached “an agreement in principle” with Chelsea for the sale of Spain midfielder Juan Mata to the London club.
Andy Murray won the Western & Southern Open title in Cincinnati after Novak Djokovic was forced to retire with a shoulder injury when trailing 6-4 3-0.
Scotland wing Nikki Walker was ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering a knee injury in the 23-12 warm-up win over Italy.
22nd England beat India by an innings and eight runs to win the fourth Test at The Oval and complete a 4-0 series victory.
Lewis Moody was named England”s Rugby World Cup captain by Martin Johnson as the home nations announced their squads.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was handed a two-match ban after being found guilty of breaching the terms of a previous Champions League sanction.
23rd Arsenal agreed terms with Manchester City for the transfer of Samir Nasri.
Premier League new boys Norwich, QPR and Swansea also suffered Carling Cup second-round exits at the hands of MK Dons, Rochdale and Shrewsbury respectively. Sunderland were also ousted by Brighton in extra time.
Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala reached an agreement with Inter Milan to complete a transfer for Samuel Eto”o that would make him one of the highest paid players in the world.
24th Manchester City confirmed the signing of France midfielder Samir Nasri from Arsenal on a four-year deal, while Chelsea completed the signing of Juan Mata from Valencia on a five-year contract.
Arsenal beat Udinese 2-1 with goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott to complete a 3-1 aggregate victory and book their place in the Champions League group stage.
Tottenham won a High Court bid for the right to challenge a decision over the future use of the 486million Olympic Stadium by West Ham.
On the move: Samir Nasri poses outside City”s stadium
25th Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic both crashed out of the Europa League play-offs. Rangers lost 3-2 on aggregate to Slovenian side Maribor, while Celtic were beaten 3-1 by Sion of Switzerland. Fulham, Stoke, Birmingham and Tottenham all advanced to the group stage.
England defeated Ireland by 11 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the RSA Challenge one-day international match at Clontarf.
Sydney FC confirmed the signing of Brett Emerton from Blackburn on a three-year deal. The Australia international returned to his homeland after an 11-year spell in Europe, which took in stints at Feyenoord and Blackburn.
26th QPR completed the signing of Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton on a four-year contract.
Kevin Pietersen was left out of the England one-day international squad for the NatWest series against India as part of the ECB”s policy of “sensibly managing player workloads”.
The start of the Serie A season was delayed after the Italian Players” Union announced their members would strike on the opening weekend of fixtures.
27th Leicestershire won the Friends Life t20 title after beating Somerset by 18 runs in the final at Edgbaston.
Wigan won the Challenge Cup final by beating Leeds 28-18 at Wembley.
Juan Mata scored on his Chelsea debut as the Blues beat Norwich 3-1.
28th Manchester United thumped Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney netting a hat-trick.
Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start in the final of 100metres at the World Championships in Daegu. In his absence countryman Yohan Blake won gold.
Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.
29th Britain”s Andy Turner was promoted to the bronze medal position in the 110 metres hurdles final at the athletics World Championships after Cuba”s Dayron Robles was disqualified.
Laura Robson reached the second round of the US Open after her Japanese opponent Ayumi Morita was forced to withdraw due to injury with Robson leading 7-6 1-0. Heather Watson pushed third seed Maria Sharapova all the way before losing 3-6 7-5 6-3.
Arsenal announced they would offer their fans who attended the 8-2 defeat at Manchester United the cost of a match ticket at a future Premier League away game.
Silver lining: Jessica Ennis was second in Daegu
30th Britain”s Jessica Ennis won silver in the heptathlon at the World Championships in Daegu.
Scott Parker handed in a transfer request at West Ham amid interest from Tottenham. Newcastle signed Italian full-back Davide Santon from Inter Milan.
India batsman Gautam Gambhir was ruled out of his side”s limited-overs games against England due to concussion.
31st Mikel Arteta”s 10million move from Everton to Arsenal highlighted a hectic last day of the transfer window. Arsenal also signed defenders Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos, while other notable deals included Raul Meireles from Liverpool to Chelsea, Owen Hargreaves to Manchester City,
Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City to QPR and Peter Crouch from Tottenham to Stoke.
Andy Murray beat Somdev Devvarman of India 7-6 6-2 6-3 in the US Open, but Laura Robson lost her second-round match against Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2 6-3. Venus Williams withdrew after being diagnosed with Sjogren”s Syndrome.
England beat India by six wickets in their Twenty20 international at Old Trafford on the back of Eoin Morgan”s 49 off 27 balls.