Trouble and strife
1 The Pakistan cricket team, who refused to take the field after tea on the fourth day of the fourth Test against England at the Oval in protest at allegations of ball tampering.
2 Sol Campbell, who walked away from Arsenal's match against West Ham United.
3 Justin Gatlin, who was the joint holder of the world 100 metres record, was banned after testing positive for a banned hormone.
4 Gary Neville, who celebrated Rio Ferdinand's late winning goal for Manchester United at Old Trafford.
5 Sven Goran Eriksson, the England coach, who was recorded making indiscreet remarks to an undercover reporter disguised as a wealthy Arab.
6 Linford Christie.
7 David Nalbandian criticised Tim Henman after they clashed during a match in the Madrid Masters.
8 Iain Dowie, who joined Charlton Athletic after leaving Crystal Palace.
9 The athlete Darren Campbell, who was unhappy at the return to the British sprint relay team of Dwain Chambers following a drugs ban.
10 Umpire Darrell Hair offered to resign in the wake of the ball-tampering controversy with Pakistan if he was paid $500,000.
The numbers game
1 Kevin Pietersen, dismissed for his highest Test score for the third time, against Australia in Adelaide.
2 Martina Navratilova, who partnered Bob Bryan to victory in the US Open mixed doubles.
3 Tiger Woods, who missed the cut at the US Open.
4 Chris Paterson, whose six penalties gave Scotland an 18-12 win over England in rugby union's Six Nations Championship at Murrayfield.
5 Matthew Hoggard.
6 Argentina, whose 6-0 victory over Serbia & Montenegro in the World Cup included a flowing move finished by Esteban Cambiasso.
7 Tim Henman.
8 Andy Murray, who beat the world No 1 in Cincinnati.
9 Joe Calzaghe, who retained his WBO and IBF super-middleweight titles when he beat Sakio Bika on points.
10 Ireland, beaten by France in Paris.
The winning touch
1 The British cyclist Nicole Cooke.
2 Roger Federer.
3 Munster beat Biarritz in Cardiff in the final of rugby union's Heineken Cup.
4 Thierry Henry, who scored three times as Arsenal beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 in their last match at Highbury.
5 Phil "The Power" Taylor beat Peter Manley in the final of the PDC World Darts Championship at Purfleet.
6 Jenson Button, who won the Hungarian Grand Prix.
7 Middlesbrough, who beat Basle in the Uefa Cup.
9 The Europe Ryder Cup team.
10 Rowing. The British men's coxless four won gold at the world championships at Dorney Lake.
1 Paul Hunter, who won snooker's Masters tournament three times.
2 Ron Greenwood, former manager of West Ham United and England.
3 Trevor Berbick.
4 Fred Trueman.
5 Peter Osgood, the Chelsea striker.
6 Tony Banks.
7 Jimmy Johnstone.
8 Desert Orchid.
9 Hungary's Ferenc Puskas, who went on to play in Spain.
10 Clyde Walcott.
1 Chelsea, who lost £140m in 2004-05, a season in which they won the Premiership and the Carling Cup.
2 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal beat the record winning runs on grass and clay set by Borg and Vilas respectively.
3 By scoring 206 in the second Test, Paul Collingwood became only the third England batsman to score a double century in Australia. He also beat Hobbs' highest score by an Englishman in Adelaide (187).
4 Ronaldo beat Müller's record of 14 goals in World Cup final tournaments.
5 Asafa Powell, who equalled his world 100 metres record of 9.77sec.
6 Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, who took his 589th Test wicket against Bangladesh to add to his 411 one-day international wickets.
7 Alan Shearer broke Jackie Milburn's goalscoring record for Newcastle United in Glenn Roeder's first match as manager.
8 Pakistan and India drew the second Test in Faisalabad, which was the highest-scoring match in Test history.
10 Ramprakash averaged more than 100 during the English first-class season.
The global game
1 Maria Sharapova, who earns an estimated £13.4m a year according to a list compiled by Sports Illustrated.
2 Robert Earl, founder of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, bought a substantial stake in Everton FC.
3 They were all world heavyweight boxing champions (Valuev World Boxing Association, Klitschko International Boxing Federation, Liakhovich World Boxing Organisation and Maskaev World Boxing Council).
4 Amélie Mauresmo, who ended her Grand Slam duck by winning the Australian Open.
5 The golfer John Daly.
6 Zara Phillips, winner of the world three-day event title.
7 Tim Henman.
8 André Fabre trained Rail Link, his seventh winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
9 David Healy, whose hat-trick gave Northern Ireland a 3-2 victory over Spain in a European Championship qualifier. It was the first hat-trick at Windsor Park by a Northern Ireland player for 35 years.
10 Damir Dokic, who said that Australia, "with the help of Croatia and the Vatican", had "brainwashed" his tennis-playing daughter Jelena into representing the country.
1 Mike Newell, the manager of Luton Town, complains about the performance of Amy Raynor, an assistant referee, in a match against Queen's Park Rangers.
2 Tiger Woods after his victory in the Open at Hoylake, his first major win after the death of his father.
3 Paul Robinson, the England goalkeeper, explains how Gary Neville's back-pass went over his foot for Croatia's second goal in a 2-0 defeat in Zagreb.
4 The chief executive of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, after his horse, War Of Attrition, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
5 Sven Goran Eriksson, the England coach.
6 Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager.
7 France's Zinedine Zidane apologises for head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi in the chest during the World Cup final.
8 Brian Barwick, the Football Association's chief executive, denies that Portugal's Luiz Felipe Scolari was the first choice to succeed Sven Goran Eriksson as England coach. The job was given to Steve McClaren.
9 Thomas Bjorn expresses his anger over his omission from Ian Woosnam's European Ryder Cup team.
10 Mike Newell, manager of Luton Town.
Into the sunset
1 Swimmer Ian Thorpe.
2 Dennis Bergkamp.
3 Martin Pipe, the racehorse trainer.
4 Alan Shearer.
5 Hicham El Guerrouj, who won the 1500m-5,000m double at the 2004 Olympic Games.
6 Michael Schumacher.
7 The oarsman James Cracknell.
8 Will Greenwood, the England rugby union international.
9 Duncan Ferguson.
10 Andre Agassi.
Fifteen minutes of fame
1 Shelley Rudman won Britain's only medal at the Winter Olympics, taking silver in the skeleton bob.
2 Juliano Belletti scored the winning goal for Barcelona against Arsenal in the Champions' League final.
3 Graeme McDowell led after the first round of the Open at Hoylake.
4 Paraguay's Carlos Gamarra headed a David Beckham free-kick into his own net to give England victory in their opening match of the World Cup.
5 Deena Kastor, a 33-year-old Californian, won the London Marathon.
6 Fabio Grosso scored the winning penalty for Italy in the World Cup final shoot-out against France.
7 The Australian Scott Johnson took temporary charge of the Wales rugby union team after the resignation of Mike Ruddock.
8 Henrik Stenson hit the winning putt in Europe's Ryder Cup victory over the United States.
9 Benjamin Becker beat Andre Agassi in the US Open in the last match of the American's final tournament.
10 Geoff Ogilvy, a 29-year-old Australian, won his first golf major, the US Open, at Winged Foot.
Just fancy that
1 Croatia's Josip Simunic was shown three yellow cards and one red in a World Cup match by Graham Poll, who mistakenly failed to send him off after the second yellow.
2 Tottenham Hotspur, who had 10 players go down with food poisoning on the day of their final match of the season, away to West Ham United. Tottenham lost, denying them the chance to take the final qualifying place for the Champions' League.
3 Dee Caffari, who became the first woman to sail single-handed around the world westwards, against the prevailing winds and currents.
4 Tottenham's Jermain Defoe bit West Ham United's Javier Mascherano on the arm after they clashed at White Hart Lane.
5 Arsenal's Theo Walcott, who was named by Sven Goran Eriksson, the England coach, in his World Cup squad.Reuse content