2013 in review: Sports quiz of the year

What do you remember of the triumphs and tragedies, mishaps and misdemeanours and highlights and lowlights of the last 12 months? Test your sporting knowledge with our 100 tricky teasers

 

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME

How did the following briefly make the headlines?

1 Steve Darcis

2 Ryan Mania

3 Narsingh Deonarine

4 Ben Watson

5 Ashton Agar

6 Non Stanford

7 Matt Smith

8 Sergiy Stakhovsky

9 Charley Hull

10 Charlie Morgan

MEN BEHAVING BADLY

1 Which England player had to seek new employers after a late-night incident in which he was alleged to have  urinated over nightclub bouncers?

2 Which world player of the year was accused, along with his father, of cheating tax authorities out of the equivalent of £3.42m?

3 Which tennis player’s father was banned from attending tournaments after head-butting his son’s hitting partner?

4 Which footballer admitted he had lost about £2m on gambling and said he had sometimes taken up to £30,000 on to the team bus in order to play cards?

5 Who was banned for eight years after 22 positive tests for anabolic steroids?

6 Which club’s fans fought among themselves at Wembley in scenes that the Football Association called “deplorable”?

7 In commenting on an upcoming disciplinary case, a spokesman for David Cameron said it would be “very understandable” if the football authorities “took into account the fact that high-profile players are often role models”. Who was subsequently banned for 10 matches?

8 Who was suspended and fined £7,000 after admitting he had punched an opponent in the face in a Birmingham bar in the early hours of the morning?

9 Who missed the Lions rugby union tour through suspension after calling a referee “a fucking cheat”?

10 Which three England players were photographed smoking during a night out in  Manchester?

 

MONEY MATTERS

1 Why was nearly £100m wiped off the value of Manchester United shares in one day early in May?

2 Who was valued at £40,000,001?

3 Which Ulsterman signed a £78m deal with Nike in January and then went 11 months without a victory?

4 Chelsea paid them £13.7m, Manchester City paid them £11.2m, Manchester United paid them £4.3m. Who received those payouts by football clubs in 2013?

5 Which former England captain announced plans to invest some £16m in a new Major League Soccer team?

6 Which former England captain announced that the entire salary he would receive from his new club would be given to a children’s charity?

7 Who earned $12.4m in prize-money, taking her career earnings to $53.9m?

8 Which Championship manager was awarded £39,473 by a High Court judge for each of his 57 days in charge following his dismissal after winning just one of his 10 games?

9 Who agreed a move to New Zealand for a world record £700,000?

10 Which football administrator upset Cristiano Ronaldo by saying he had “more expenses for the hairdresser” than Lionel Messi?

THE NUMBERS GAME

1 What was the significance of the figures 4, 6, 2, 4, 6, 6 in Perth?

2 Who won their fourth successive title in their ninth consecutive final by beating their East Midlands rivals?

3 Which British team  were disqualified for the fifth time in a row at a major championships?

4 Tony Greig did it in his sixth, Ian Botham did it in his fourth and Andrew Flintoff in his second. What did England’s latest all-rounder, Ben Stokes, achieve in his second?

5 Which Briton recorded his first victory for his team with the fourth win of his career in Budapest?

6 Who was made to sit on the bench for only the second time in his 133 international appearances, the previous occasion coming in 1999?

7 In which event did a Briton win for the second year in a row after a contest lasting 23 days and 2,115 miles?

8 Which country did not have a player in the top 10 of the men’s world tennis rankings for the first time in 40 years?

9 Which Briton earned revenge over a Dane at London’s O2 Arena to double his number of world titles?

10 In what competition did Tokyo beat Istanbul 60-36?

RECORD-BREAKERS

1 Which German won nine consecutive races to equal a 60-year-old record set by an Italian?

2 Who wrote Bobby Tambling out of Chelsea’s record books?

3 Who broke the record for medals won at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow by taking his tally to eight golds and two silvers?

4 Who won the World Cup for a record 10th time, beating New Zealand in the final in Manchester?

5 Where did the Irish triumph a record 14 times in 27 races?

6 Which Swede became the first player to win the year-ending titles in both the United States and Europe?

7 Who broke the British record when he took part in his 247th race in Brazil?

8 Who qualified for the World Cup for the first time since becoming an independent nation in 1995?

9 Whose record eight-year winning run in Monte Carlo, stretching over 46 matches, was ended by a Serb?

10 Which international team lost two successive home games for the first time in 36 years?

THE RETIRING SORT

Who announced their  retirements?

1 This 37-year-old Australian quit after 215 races, which brought nine victories.

2 This double Olympic gold champion from Britain said that at 27 she would be too old to compete at the Rio Olympics.

3 This 28-year-old Frenchwoman announced her retirement just 40 days after the greatest moment of her career.

4 Britain’s most decorated Olympian won medals at four successive Games and carried the Great Britain flag at London’s opening ceremony.

5 This 38-year-old former Australia captain bowed out in front of a small crowd in London as his former international colleagues headed for defeat in Nottingham.

6 An expert on bars, she was the first Briton to be a world champion in her sport and won a bronze medal at the London Olympics.

7 A personal favourite of the Queen, he stepped down after training 3,641 winners, including three British Classics.

8 He scored 150 goals in the Premier League and 40 for England.

9 This former England captain, who played for Preston Grasshoppers, Bath and Saracens, announced he would be retiring at the end of this season.

10 Her father played football for Dynamo Kiev, but she was British No 1 in another sport.

SO FAREWELL

They died in 2013

1 England’s only Scottish-born captain played for his country 28 times between 1969 and 1975 and famously dropped himself after a run of poor form.

2 He won 29 Welsh rugby union caps but went on to enjoy equal success in a career in which his lilting voice was a major attribute.

3 He fought Muhammad Ali three times, winning once, and took him to the final round on each occasion. He also had a brief career as a Hollywood actor.

4 Another former world heavyweight boxing champion who enjoyed success on the screen, he had a major role in one of the Rocky movies.

5 He made his mark on the pitch with West Ham United, Aston Villa and Wales and went on to become a leading administrator in the United States.

6 One of Britain’s most successful sailors, he died in a training accident in the build-up to one of the sport’s major events.

7 The man the British public loved to hate was renowned for pushing the laws of wrestling to the limits in an age when the sport drew huge television audiences.

8 A versatile commentator for the BBC across a variety of sports, he also worked on ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

9 The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was the only major European horse race he failed to win during a training career in which he saddled 25 winners of British Classics.

10 This former Burnley inside-forward was coach at Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough from 1977 to 1987 and was assistant manager until Clough’s retirement in 1993.

STRANGE BUT TRUE

1 Which former England goalkeeper played his 1,000th game at the age of 43 for the Icelandic club IBV?

2 Who was ordered to stay away from his team’s next home match after giving an interview outside another club’s ground two days earlier claiming – wrongly – that he was about to complete a transfer to them?

3 How did UK Sport threaten to punish sportsmen and women who attended lap-dancing or strip clubs?

4 Who was replaced as a Premier League club’s director of football by a 23-year-old from Kazakhstan?

5 Which team were accused of urinating on the pitch where they had sealed their triumph?

6 Why did the Durham Miners’ Association ask for a banner on permanent display at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light to be removed?

7 Which footballer denied speculation that his omission from the first team was due to his relationship with the manager’s daughter?

8 Who apologised to David Cameron after putting up “bunny ears” behind the Prime Minister’s head during a photo shoot in Downing Street?

9 Why did Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, make a throat-cutting gesture while sitting next to the England manager, Roy Hodgson?

10 Which pair of brothers played for England against Australia in different sports on successive weekends in Cardiff and London?

THIS AND THAT

1 Who was described in a front-page headline as a “smug Pommy cheat”?

2 In which competition were there no English quarter-finalists for the first time since 1996?

3 What did James Dasaolu do to put himself on a par with only three other Britons, Linford Christie, Jason Gardener and Dwain Chambers?

4 In which competition did wrestling beat squash and baseball-softball?

5 Who moved into a 200 club alongside Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley?

6 Why was 14-year-old Guan Tianlang given a one-stroke penalty at the Masters?

7 Who became grizzly when told they were being renamed the Birmingham Bears?

8 How did Sue Smith join Venetia Williams and Jenny Pitman in racing’s hall of fame?

9 Which Paralympian retired unbeaten in her last 470 matches, having suffered her most recent defeat in 2003?

10 Who said of his dream debut: “Obviously, I fancied myself before the corner was taken. I caught it sweet, probably the best header of my career. To see it in the back of the net was unbelievable. I didn’t know it was my first touch until after. I was trying to play it cool as if it wasn’t bothering me but deep down I wanted to just scream.”

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