Review of the year – Sportsmail looks back at an action-packed 2011: April
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.
April saw Wayne Rooney land in trouble for swearing, Ballabriggs win the Grand National and Rory McIlroy”s sickening Sunday at the Masters.
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1st Leeds and reigning champions Wigan played out a 22-22 Engage Super League draw, with Wigan kicking an injury-time penalty.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho ruled Cristiano Ronaldo out of his side”s Champions League quarter-final with Tottenham.
Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the Sri Lanka side for the World Cup final with India owing to a thigh injury.
2nd India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to win their second Cricket World Cup title.
Jose Mourinho”s nine-year unbeaten home record in league football was ended as his Real Madrid side were beaten 1-0 by Sporting Gijon.
Wayne Rooney scored a second-half hat-trick as Manchester United came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2 at Upton Park, although he was later charged and suspended for swearing into a television camera after scoring his third goal.
3rd Manchester City moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Sunderland at Eastlands, while in the day”s other top-flight game, Fulham were runaway 3-0 winners against Blackpool.
Tottenham”s defensive injury crisis deepened with the news that Alan Hutton required knee surgery and would likely miss the rest of the season.
Notts County confirmed that manager Paul Ince had left the club by mutual consent.
Red Devil turns air blue: Wayne Rooney swears into the camera at Upton Park
Three and easy: Rooney had just completed his hat-trick when he swore
4th Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was charged with the use of “offensive, insulting and/or abusive language” after swearing into a television camera having completed his hat-trick in the 4-2 Premier League win at West Ham.
The International Cricket Council confirmed the next two World Cups would be contested by 10 teams. The absence of a qualifying tournament for the 2015 event ruled out the possibility of associate nations, including Ireland, competing.
West Ham manager Avram Grant was given a two-match touchline ban and fined 6,000 after being found guilty of improper conduct in relation to comments made about referee Mike Jones after the game against Stoke on March 13.
5th Tottenham were defeated 4-0 by hosts Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg after losing Peter Crouch to an early red card.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admitted a Football Association charge of using offensive, insulting and/or abusive language after he swore into a camera against West Ham but appealed against the automatic two-match suspension.
The FA confirmed an independent regulatory commission would hear charges brought against QPR in relation to seven alleged breaches of player registration rules regarding Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, starting on May 3.
6th Wayne Rooney scored the only goal as Manchester United beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.
The British Olympic Association suspended their legal action against the London 2012 organising committee over what cut of the profits they would receive from the Olympics.
Newcastle striker Leon Best was ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle problem.
7th Rory McIlroy carded a seven-under-par 65 to hold the lead after the first day of the Masters at Augusta.
Wayne Rooney”s two-match ban for swearing into a television camera was upheld by the Football Association.
UEFA confirmed Rangers faced disciplinary action following allegations of discriminatory chanting by their supporters during the Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven in March.
8th Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury.
The Football Association charged West Ham striker Carlton Cole with improper conduct relating to comments he made on Twitter during England”s friendly against Ghana at Wembley in March.
Sky Sports confirmed former Manchester United defender Gary Neville would be joining their punditry team from the start of the 2011-12 season.
9th Ballabriggs won the 164th Grand National for jockey Jason Maguire at Aintree.
Hull KR got their season back on track with a fine 38-28 Super League win over Leeds at Craven Park.
Manchester United took another step towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford.
Jump to it: Ballabriggs, ridden by Jason Maguire, won the Grand National
10th South Africa”s Charl Schwartzel won the Masters, finishing two shots ahead of Australian duo Adam Scott and Jason Day. Third-round leader Rory McIlroy surrendered his four-stroke advantage and finished tied 15th after a final-round 80.
Arsenal kept their slender Barclays Premier League title hopes alive with a 3-1 win at Blackpool while Aston Villa eased their relegation worries with a 1-0 home triumph over Newcastle.
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) won the Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Jenson Button (McLaren) and Nick Heidfeld (Renault).
11th Andy Carroll scored his first Liverpool goals as the Reds beat Champions League hopefuls Manchester City 3-0.
Shane Watson hit a world record 15 sixes as Australia thrashed Bangladesh in a one-day international.
England wing Mark Cueto was given a nine-week ban by the Rugby Football Union for making contact with the eye or eye area of Northampton lock Christian Day.
12th Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford to secure a 3-1 aggregate win in their Champions League quarter-final. Javier Hernandez and Park Ji-sung grabbed the goals for the home side.
Rangers players El-Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra were fined for misconduct relating to the Scottish Cup defeat by Celtic in March, while assistant manager Ally McCoist won his appeal against a two-match Scottish Football Association ban he received following a clash with Hoops manager Neil Lennon at the end of the same game.
13th Tottenham lost the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final 1-0 to Real Madrid as Cristiano Ronaldo benefited from goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes” error, meaning the Spanish side won 5-0 on aggregate.
Schalke beat Inter Milan 2-1 in their second leg to secure a thumping 7-3 aggregate triumph.
Former baseball star Barry Bonds was found guilty of obstructing justice, but a mistrial was ruled on three charges of perjury.
14th Rangers were hit with a second UEFA disciplinary charge for alleged sectarian chanting by their fans, raising the possibility of them being forced to play two home European games behind closed doors.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was ruled out for three to four weeks with a hamstring problem, sidelining him for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen was ruled for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
15th Wigan confirmed that coach Michael Maguire would leave the club at the end of the season to take over at South Sydney.
Andy Murray booked his place in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters with a win over Fernando Gil.
Sunderland”s Titus Bramble said he was unlikely to play again for the rest of the season.
16th Yaya Toure scored the only goal as Manchester City beat bitter rivals Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley to reach the FA Cup final.
Amir Khan retained the WBA light-welterweight title with a points win over Paul McCloskey in Manchester after the European champion suffered a sixth-round cut.
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt signed a one-year contract extension tying him to the Anfield club until the summer of 2013, his management company announced.
17th Stoke won the second FA Cup semi-final with a 5-0 demolition of Bolton at Wembley with goals from Jonathan Walters (two), Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth and Kenwyne Jones.
McLaren”s Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix from Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya won the men”s London Marathon in a course record time. Mary Keitany, also of Kenya, won the women”s race.
Up for the cup: Stoke fans enjoyed their 5-0 semi-final win over Bolton at Wembley
18th Gavin Henson was suspended by Toulon for one week for a breach of club discipline.
Steve Sidwell signed an extension to his Fulham contract until the summer of 2014.
Nigeria defender Olubayo Adefemi was killed in a car accident aged 25.
19th Manchester United moved seven points clear of Arsenal – having played a game more – as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Newcastle at St James” Park.
The financial dispute between the London 2012 Olympic organisers and the British Olympic Association ended with the BOA accepting defeat on the majority of contested issues.
The International Cricket Council”s president Sharad Pawar asked the governing body”s executive board to reconsider the composition of the 2015 Cricket World Cup amid growing discontent over the exclusion of the associate members.
20th Tottenham came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Arsenal in a thrilling Premier League encounter at White Hart Lane, while Chelsea beat Birmingham 3-1 to move above the Gunners into second in the table.
David Haye”s world heavyweight title unification bout with Wladimir Klitschko was confirmed for July 2 in Hamburg.
Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell underwent knee surgery and was expected to miss most of the 2011-12 season, according to the club.
21st Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier was in hospital after falling ill. Premier League managers quickly sent “get well” messages to the Frenchman, whose condition was described as comfortable.
Aviva Premiership side Wasps reveal that they have lifted a club suspension on England prop Tim Payne imposed earlier this week following an incident in London on Monday night – but Wales forward Andy Powell remained suspended.
The Rugby Football Union confirmed they had insured against the prospect of paying bonuses to players for World Cup success in New Zealand.
22nd It was revealed Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier would not require surgery after being taken to hospital suffering from chest pains.
Chesterfield were promoted to npower League One. Wales wing Shane Williams signed a new two-year contract with the Ospreys.
23rd Fernando Torres finally broke his Chelsea goal duck with his side”s second goal in a 3-0 win over West Ham. Manchester United remained six points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a 1-0 win over Everton.
Australia wing Drew Mitchell suffered a fractured leg and dislocated ankle while playing for the Waratahs against the Reds, all but ruling him out of the World Cup.
24th Arsenal lost 2-1 to Bolton, Tamir Cohen”s late header realistically ending the Gunners” Barclays Premier League title challenge.
Lee Westwood was handed golf”s world No 1 spot after he won the Indonesian Masters and Luke Donald missed out to Brandt Snedeker in a play-off at The Heritage.
Rangers keeper Allan McGregor saved a late penalty from Georgios Samaras as the Old Firm derby finished goalless in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Ibrox.
Don”t look now: Rory McIlroy shot 80 on Sunday at Augusta
25th Preston were relegated from the npower Championship after a 1-0 defeat to Cardiff.
Scunthorpe and Sheffield United were left teetering on the brink of following them while QPR were forced to wait for confirmation of their promotion after on-loan David Amoo earned Hull a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.
Swindon were relegated from League One after losing 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday, while Bury”s 3-2 win over Chesterfield ensured they would move in the opposite direction and prevented the Spireites sealing the League Two title.
Edin Dzeko”s first Barclays Premier League goal earned Manchester City a 1-0 win over Blackburn.
26th Manchester United defeated Schalke 2-0 in their Champions League semi-final first leg in Gelsenkirchen. Ryan Giggs got the opener to become the oldest scorer in the competition”s history, with Wayne Rooney adding a second.
Aston Villa confirmed manager Gerard Houllier would be released from hospital within the next three to four days following his admission for chest pains.
Reports from France suggested Toulon had decided to release the suspended Gavin Henson following a brawl with team-mates after only two games with the club.
27th Ronnie O”Sullivan”s snooker world championship hopes were ended as he was knocked out at the quarter-final stage by John Higgins.
Exeter were docked two Aviva Premiership points for fielding an ineligible player.
Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Real Madrid – who had Pepe controversially sent off – 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
28th UEFA charged Real Madrid with five offences relating to the throwing of missiles, a pitch invasion, the dismissals of defender Pepe and coach Jose Mourinho and the “inappropriate statement” given by the Portuguese manager at the post-match press conference after their stormy Champions League defeat to Barcelona.
Barca were charged over the red card shown to unused substitute goalkeeper Jose Pinto during a half-time melee.
Rangers were fined 40,000 euros (35,558) and their fans banned from attending two European away games, one of which was suspended, after sectarian chanting by their fans during both legs of their Europa League tie against PSV Eindhoven.
Porto beat Villarreal 5-1 in the home leg of their Europa League semi-final thanks to four second-half goals from striker Falcao.
Benfica beat Braga 2-1 in the night”s other first leg, Jardel and Oscar Cardozo with the goals.
29th On the day Prince William married Kate Middleton, a horse called Royal Wedding, priced at 4-1, won at Fontwell. England captain Jamie Peacock returned from an eight-month injury lay-off to help Leeds to a 48-6 win at Castleford.
Jose Mourinho omitted Cristiano Ronaldo from his Real Madrid squad to face Real Zaragoza, two days after the forward expressed disappointment with the coach”s tactics.
30th Chelsea scored two controversial goals to come from behind and beat Tottenham 2-1 to keep their title hopes alive.
Judd Trump booked his place in the World Snooker Championship final with a win over Ding Junhui, while John Higgins beat Mark Williams in the other semi-final.
Munster sealed their place in the Heineken Cup final with a victory over Toulouse.