Review of the year – Sportsmail looks back at an action-packed 2011: September
As the year draws to a close, Sportsmail takes a wistful glance back at 2011 to remind you what happened over the last 12 months.
September saw Usain Bolt to victory in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, Lancashire won their first County Championship title since 1934 and Tevezgate erupted in Munich.
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1st Dai Greene won the gold medal in the men’s 400 metre hurdles at the World Championships in Daegu.
Hannah England won a silver medal in the women’s 1500 metres at the World Championships in Daegu.
Stoke confirmed the signing of England striker Peter Crouch from Tottenham for a club record 10million fee.
2nd Paul Murphy was appointed RFU chairman, the organisation’s ruling council confirmed.
Celtic were reinstated to the Europa League, subject to appeal, after UEFA threw out Swiss side FC Sion, the Scottish club have confirmed on their official website.
The Football Association reported racist abuse allegedly directed towards England’s Ashley Young by Bulgaria fans during the Euro 2012 qualifier in Sofia, the FA confirmed.
3rd Usain Bolt won the 200m gold at the World Championships with a blistering time of 19.40 seconds in Daegu.
Trailblazer: Usain Bolt records the third-fastest time in history in Korea
Scotland pointed the finger at Dutch referee Kevin Blom after two costly penalty decisions late in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic at Hampden Park that all but ended their Euro 2012 qualification hopes.
Rain ended India’s hopes of a first win over England this summer as the one-day match at Durham was abandoned and the tourists’ injury list grew.
4th Britain’s Mo Farah won 5,000m gold at the World Championships in a thrilling sprint finish. Phillips Idowu’s 17.77m triple jump was only good enough for silver behind American Christian Taylor (17.96m), while Jamaica broke the world 4x100m relay record with a time of 37.04secs.
England internationals Darren Bent and Micah Richards were ruled out of the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales through injury.
Sunderland’s John O’Shea withdrew from the Republic of Ireland squad to face Russia while Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam and Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith were ruled out of Scotland’s clash with Lithuania.
5th Manchester City launched an investigation into allegations that chief executive Garry Cook had sent an email in which he mocked the illness of defender Nedum Onuoha’s mother.
Lewis Moody was ruled out of England’s opening World Cup game against Argentina with a knee injury.
Steed Malbranque’s agent issued a statement denying that his client had retired from football to treat his ill son, saying Malbranque “does not have a son and his immediately family are all in good health”.
6th England edged out Wales 1-0 in their Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley, while Scotland beat Lithuania 1-0 at Hampden Park, the Republic of Ireland secured a goalless draw with group rivals Russia in Moscow and Northern Ireland lost 4-1 in Estonia.
England wrapped up a seven-wicket victory over India in a rain-shortened day-night one-day international at the Rose Bowl.
Europe’s leading clubs called for drastic cuts to the number of international qualifying matches and “nonsense” friendlies, suggesting a calender including almost half the current number of international dates outside of major tournaments.
7th Several players and officials of the Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl were killed after a plane they were in crashed on takeover from an airport in Yaroslavl.
Stephen Hendry lost in the first round of the Shaghai Masters meaning he would fall out of the world’s top 16 for the first time in 23 years.
Jade Dernbach and Craig Kieswetter were awarded England increment contracts for 2010-11.
8th Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals of the US Open after prevailing 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 against America’s Donald Young in a match delayed for two days by poor weather.
Not ducking out: Andy Murray saw off the challenge of Donald Young
Yohan Blake set a new personal best of 9.82 seconds at the Diamond League in Zurich as he reproduced the form that saw him claim the 100 metres world title in Daegu.
Brazilian midfielder Sandro committed his future to Tottenham by signing a new five-year contract at White Hart Lane.
9th Andy Murray beat American 28th seed John Isner 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2) to set up a US Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal, who beat Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.
Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook resigned after an internal investigation concluded “there was foundation” in allegations he sent an offensive email to the mother of defender Nedum Onuoha.
England beat India by three wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the third one-day international at The Oval to lead the five-match series 2-0.
10th Andy Murray lost to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of a third successive grand slam as the defending champion clinched a 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory at the US Open.
England opened their Rugby World Cup campaign with a hard-fought 13-9 victory over Argentina in Dunedin. Scotland beat Romania 34-24 in Invercargill.
Sunderland confirmed striker Asamoah Gyan would join United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain on a season-long loan deal, ending months of speculation about his future.
11th Wales fell agonisingly short of beating reigning champions South Africa in their Rugby Union World Cup opener, losing 16-17. Ireland defeated USA 22-10.
So close you could touch it: Wales fell to an agonising defeat
England ensured a series win in the one-day series against England after a Duckworth/Lewis tie at Lord’s. Ravi Bopara top-scored but fell four short of a maiden ODI century.
Australia’s Samantha Stosur won the US Open women’s singles title with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over American Serena Williams, who was later find for an outburst directed at umpire Eva Asderaki.
12th England lock Courtney Lawes was cited for allegedly striking Argentina hooker Mario Ledesma with his knee in Saturday’s World Cup match.
Jonathan Trott was named the International Cricket Council’s Cricketer of the Year for 2011, while Alastair Cook was named the Test Cricketer of the Year.
Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1 to claim his first US Open title.
13th David Luiz and Juan Mata scored in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. Robin van Persie was on target for Arsenal but the Gunners conceded a late equaliser against Borussia Dortmund.
UEFA threw out Sion’s appeal against expulsion from the Europa League confirming Celtic as their replacements.
England prop Andrew Sheridan was ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a shoulder problem. Lock Courtney Lawes was suspended for two matches for striking Ledesma.
14th Scotland beat Georgia 15-6 in their Pool B Rugby World Cup match in Invercargill.
Manchester United drew 1-1 at Benfica in their opening Champions League Group C match in Lisbon, while Manchester City drew 1-1 at home to Napoli in their Group A match at the Etihad Stadium.
Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery was ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup by a calf injury.
15th Lancashire won the LV= County Championship Division One title after they beat Somerset by eight wickets while Warwickshire drew with Hampshire.
The long wait: Lancashire skipper Glenn Chapple leads the celebrations after ending their 77-year title drought
Mohamed bin Hammam’s appeal against his lifetime ban from football activities was rejected. He immediately announced, via his lawyer, that he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Tottenham started their Europa League group campaign with a 0-0 draw at PAOK Salonika, while Shamrock Rovers lost 3-0 at home to Rubin Kazan, Stoke drew 1-1 at Dynamo Kiev, Fulham drew 1-1 at home to FC Twente, Celtic lost 2-0 at Atletico Madrid and Birmingham went down 3-1 at home to Braga.
16th England beat India by six wickets in the fifth NatWest one-day international in Cardiff to win the series 3-0.
England wing Chris Ashton defended the decision made by some players to go drinking in a bar that was holding dwarf racing.
Warrington beat Huddersfield 47-0 in their Super League play-off clash.
17 Ireland beat Australia 15-6 in their Pool C Rugby World Cup match in Auckland.
Surrey won the Clydesdale Bank 40 final with a five-wicket victory over Somerset at Lord’s.
Swansea earned their first ever Barclays Premier League win with a convincing 3-0 victory over West Brom as all three top flight newcomers enjoyed victorious afternoons. Arsenal self-destructed in a terrible second-half display against Blackburn to leave manager Arsene Wenger once more in the firing line.
18th England beat Georgia 41-10 in their Pool B Rugby World Cup match in Dunedin. Wales beat Samoa 17-10 in their World Cup Pool D clash at Waikato Stadium.
Manchester United claimed a record-equalling 18th successive home win to march two points clear at the Premier League summit with victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford. Steven Naismith scored twice as Rangers drew first blood in this season’s Old Firm exchanges by seeing off 10-man Celtic in a thriller at Ibrox.
Great team: Red Rum and Ginger McCain
19th Aintree legend Ginger McCain, trainer of the great Red Rum, died aged 80.
Andy Murray warned the biggest names in tennis could go on strike to push through changes to the sport’s busy calendar.
Englandcalled Thomas Waldrom up to their World Cup squad in New Zealand after revelaing Nick Easter was struggling with a back injury.
20 Manchester United beat Leeds 3-0 at Elland Road to progress to the fourth round of the Carling Cup, while Arsenal came from behind to oust Shrewsbury 3-1.
MichaelClarke won his first Test series as Australia captain 1-0 in Sri Lanka,immediately after which coach Tim Nielsen announced his resignation.
Somersetwon their opening Champions League Twenty20 qualifier from the last-ball against Auckland Aces, while Leicestershire suffered a 51-run loss to Trinidad & Tobago.
21stCraig Bellamy scored in his first appearance since returning to Liverpool as they beat Brighton 2-1 in the Carling Cup, while a debut goal from Owen Hargreaves helped Manchester City beat Birmingham 2-0.
Rory Lawson was confirmed as Scotlandcaptain for their Rugby World Cup clash with Argentina as Alastair Kellock was not included in the matchday 22.
Inter Milan sacked coach Gian Piero Gasperini after less than three months in charge following a winless start to the season.
22nd Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri was confirmed as the new Inter Milan boss.
Former England cricketer Dominic Cork announced his retirement from the game aged 40.
It was announced the 2013 Ashes Tests will take place at Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford, Chester-le-Street and The Oval. The 2015 Ashes Tests will take place at Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Cardiff, Edgbaston and The Oval.
23rd Ravi Bopara set new record figures as he took four for 10 as England beat West Indies by 10 wickets in the Twenty20 international at the Oval. Alex Hales (62no) and Craig Kieswetter (58no) then shared the side’s highest partnership in the format.
Manchester United denied Owen Hargreaves’ claims that his medical treatment at Old Trafford made him feel like a “guinea pig”.
A sad end: Owen Hargreaves”s Manchester United career was curtailed by injury
Everton signed goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann on loan until January.
24th Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton both scored hat-tricks as England beat Romania 67-3 in their World Cup Pool B match in Dunedin.
Manchester United dropped their first points of the season in a 1-1 draw at Stoke. City beat Everton 2-0, leaving the two Manchester clubs level on points at the top of the table.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix after topping qualifying ahead of team-mate Mark Webber and McLaren’s Jenson Button.
25th Bill Haas won golf’s FedEx Cup and Tour Championship for a 11.5million US Dollars payday, beating Hunter Mahan in a play-off. His success, incredibly, came after he hit his third shot at the second extra hole from out of a water hazard to within three feet.
Sebastian Vettel moved to the brink of securing the Formula One drivers’ championship with victory at the Sigapore Grand Prix.
Europe’s women won the Solheim Cup, beating their American counterparts 15-13 at Castle Killeen in Ireland.
26th Jack Wilshere was ruled out of action by Arsenal for four to five months following surgery on his right ankle.
Norwich beat Sunderland 2-1 to move into the top half of the Barclays Premier League.
Wales beat Namibia 81-7 in their World Cup Pool D match in New Plymouth with centre Scott Williams scoring three of his team’s 12 tries.
27th Ashley Young scored an injury-time equaliser as Manchester drew 3-3 with Basle in the Champions League. United had been 2-0 up thanks to a Danny Welbeck double.
Manchester City went down 2-0 at Bayern Munich in a match overshadowed by a row between manager Roberto Mancini and striker Carlos Tevez, over the striker`s alleged refusal to go on as a substitute.
Flashpoint: Carlos Tevez (third left) on City”s bench at the Allianz Arena
Uncapped Surrey paceman Stuart Meaker was called up for England’s one-day tour of India in place of the rested James Anderson.
28th Carlos Tevez claimed he did not refuse to play for Manchester City against Bayern Munich and cited a “misunderstanding”. City later suspended the striker for a fortnight.
Chelsea drew 1-1 with Valencia in the Champions League, while Arsenal beat Olympiacos 2-1.
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
29th England assistant coach Dave Alred and national fitness coach Paul Stridgeon were suspended from the upcoming World Cup game against Scotland.
Dundee United midfielder Danny Swanson received his first call-up to the Scotland squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Spain.
John Jensen left his position as assistant manager at Blackburn.
30th Kevin Sinfield kicked a dramatic late penalty to send the Leeds Rhinos to Super League`s Grand Final at the expense of Warrington Wolves.
Sir Alex Ferguson backed Roberto Mancini over his city-rival`s stance over striker Carlos Tevez.
South Africa beat Samoa 13-5 at the Rugby World Cup.