1 Chris Hoy, who won the individual sprint title at the track cycling world championships in Manchester.
2 Nicolas Anelka, whose £15m move from Bolton to Chelsea took his transfer fees to £84.8m.
3 Ramprakash became the first cricketer since Graeme Hick to score 100 first-class centuries.
4 The French sailor Francis Joyon took more than 14 days off Ellen MacArthur's single-handed round-the-world record.
5 Walcott became the first player since Owen in 2001 to score a competitive hat-trick for England.
6 St Helens, winners of rugby league's Challenge Cup.
7 Vettel, aged 21 and 74 days, replaced Alonso as the youngest-ever winner of a grand prix when he won at Monza in Italy.
8 Tottenham Hotspur, who took only two points from their first eight Premier League matches.
9 Sidebottom became only the fourth England bowler in the last 50 years to take a hat-trick when he did so in the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.
10 Sidebottom equalled the England record of Botham and Underwood by taking 24 wickets in a three-Test series (away to New Zealand).
A WOMAN'S WORLD
1 Laura Robson, Britain's junior Wimbledon champion.
2 Rebecca Romero, who added a cycling gold to the rowing silver she won in Athens to become only the second Briton to win Olympic medals in two different sports,
3 Anne Keothavong, the British tennis No 1.
4 The golfer Annika Sorenstam.
5 Bryony Shaw won a windsurfing bronze at the Olympics but Nick Dempsey missed out in the men's event.
6 Paula Radcliffe, who missed the London Marathon.
7 The athlete Marion Jones, who was jailed for lying to federal investigators looking into Balco, the San Francisco-based nutrition company at the centre of a drugs scandal.
8 Nicole Cooke, who won the Olympic and world road race titles.
9 Justine Henin, the women's tennis world No 1, who quit just before the French Open.
10 Zara Phillips, daughter of the Princess Royal, was forced to withdraw from the Olympic Games after her horse, Toytown, suffered an injury.
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
1 Chelsea, the latest club to sign Nicolas Anelka.
2 The pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which staged the Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea.
3 Havant & Waterlooville, who were eventually beaten 5-2 by Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
4 Celtic and Rangers postponed their meeting as a mark of respect for Phil O'Donnell, the Motherwell captain and former Celtic midfielder, who died after collapsing on the pitch on the previous Saturday.
5 They all missed penalties in the Champions League final.
6 Joe Kinnear, the caretaker manager of Newcastle United.
7 Steve Clarke, who joined West Ham United from Chelsea.
8 Dennis Wise, who resigned as manager of Leeds United to become executive director (football) at Newcastle United.
9 Turkey, who overcame Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Croatia in the European Championship.
10 Chelsea. The run, dating back to February 2004, was ended when Liverpool won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in October.
THE RETIRING SORT
1 Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored the winner against Bayern Munich in the European Cup final.
2 The stud horse Sadler's Wells, champion sire on 14 occasions.
3 The Formula One driver David Coulthard.
4 Dean Macey, who was fit enough to compete in only four decathlons between 2001 and 2008.
5 John Motson, whose commentary on the European Championship final was his last live match for BBC Television.
6 Lawrence Dallaglio.
7 Michael Vaughan, who stood down as England cricket captain.
8 Gustavo Kuerten, three times a winner of the French Open tennis title.
9 The cricketer Graeme Hick.
10 Raphaël Ibañez, the French rugby union hooker.
WHO SAID IT?
1 Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United.
2 Severiano Ballesteros on his battle against a brain tumour.
3 The footballer Joey Barton.
4 The British swimmer Rebecca Adlington after winning the 800m freestyle in Beijing, her second gold of the Games.
5 Jamie Murray on his brother Andy's withdrawal from Britain's Davis Cup tie against Argentina in Buenos Aires.
6 Avram Grant, the Chelsea manager, on John Terry after his penalty miss helped give Manchester United victory in the Champions League final.
7 Joe Calzaghe after beating Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas.
8 The England batsman Marcus Trescothick on why he retired from international cricket.
9 Max Mosley on reaction to lurid tabloid stories about his private life.
10 Arsène Wenger on the tackle by Birmingham's Martin Taylor that broke Eduardo's leg. The Arsenal manager later admitted that his post-match comments were "excessive".
TROUBLE AND STRIFE
1 Lewis Hamilton, who was criticised by Kimi Raikkonen after driving into the back of the Ferrari driver's car at the end of the pit lane during the Canadian Grand Prix.
2 Astana's Alberto Contador, the 2007 Tour de France champion.
3 Sandy Lyle, who quit the Open at Royal Birkdale after the 10th hole on the first day. He was 11 over par at the time in dreadful conditions but later blamed a hand problem for his retirement.
4 Danny Cipriani, who had been picked to play for the England rugby union team against Scotland.
5 The American film director withdrew from his role as an artistic adviser to the Olympic Games over the Chinese government's policy towards Sudan and the conflict in Darfur.
6 Lewis Hamilton at a Formula One test session.
7 Dwain Chambers, whose Olympic ban for drug-taking was upheld
8 Norris celebrated in honour of his close friend Luke McCormick, the former Plymouth goalkeeper, who was jailed for killing two brothers while driving home drunk from Norris's wedding.
9 Attwell, the referee, and Bannister, his assistant, mistakenly awarded a goal to Reading in a Championship match at Vicarage Road. The ball went over the line to the side of the goal, not between the posts.
10 Justin Gatlin, winner of the 100m gold in Athens.
THE GLOBAL GAME
1 Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis played in the latest-finishing tennis match in Grand Slam history.
2 Golf's Ryder Cup team to face the United States.
3 The Ireland rugby union team appointed Declan Kidney as their new coach.
4 The New England Patriots gridiron team, who lost 17-14 to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
5 Rafael Nadal, who beat Roger Federer in the finals of the French Open and Wimbledon.
6 Peter de Villiers succeeded Jake White as South Africa's rugby union coach.
7 France's Raymond Domenech.
8 Padraig Harrington became the first European golfer to win the USPGA Championship since Tommy Armour in 1930 when he won at Oakland Hills.
9 The Indian cricket team, who won the third Test in Perth by 72 runs.
10 Rugby league. Australia lost the final to New Zealand.
THE GOLDEN TOUCH
1 Jamie Staff won in the track cycling team sprint.
2 Tim Brabants won the K1 1,000m canoeing gold.
3 Tom James won a rowing gold in the men's four.
4 Pippa Wilson won a sailing gold in the Yngling class.
5 Mark Hunter won a rowing gold in the lightweight double sculls.
6 Ed Clancy won a track cycling gold in the team pursuit.
7 Paul Goodison won a sailing gold in the Laser class.
8 James DeGale won a boxing gold medal in the middleweight division.
9 Iain Percy won a sailing gold in the Star class.
10 Jason Kenny won a track cycling gold in the team sprint.
ON THE PODIUM
1 David Florence won a canoeing silver (Canadian singles).
2 Jo Jackson won a swimming bronze (400m freestyle).
3 Emma Pooley won a road cycling silver (time trial).
4 Louis Smith won a gymnastics bronze (pommel).
5 Joe Glanfield won a sailing silver (470s).
6 Keri-Anne Payne won a swimming silver (open water 10km).
7 David Price won a boxing bronze (super-heavyweight).
8 Heather Fell won a modern pentathlon silver.
9 Sharon Hunt won an equestrian silver (team eventing).
10 Ross Edgar won a track cycling silver (men's keirin).
FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME
1 Darren Pattinson, who had played only 11 first-class matches, was called into the England cricket team for the second Test against South Africa at Headingley.
2 Brian Howard and Kayode Odejayo scored Barnsley's winning goals away to Liverpool and at home to Chelsea in the FA Cup.
3 Kirk Shepherd, a 500-1 outsider, reached the final of the PDC World Darts Championship.
4 Chris Eaton, a 20-year-old Briton ranked No 661 in the world, beat Boris Pashanski, the No 114, in the first round at Wimbledon.
5 Justin Hicks and Kevin Streelman, both ranked outside the world's top 600, led after the first round of golf's US Open.Reuse content