1 Paula Radcliffe on her failure to complete the marathon at the Olympic Games in Athens.
2 Greg Rusedski discusses Britain's Davis Cup future after he and Tim Henman were unable to avoid defeat in a World Group play-off against Austria.
3 David Beckham explains why he got himself booked for England against Wales.
4 Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Laboratories Co-operative, accuses the American athlete Marion Jones of taking drugs.
5 Matthew Pinsent, who won four Olympic rowing gold medals, announces his decision to retire and not attempt to equal Steve Redgrave's record of five Olympic golds.
6 Harry Redknapp, who took over as manager of Southampton shortly after leaving Portsmouth.
7 Lennox Lewis, the world heavyweight boxing champion, announces his retirement.
8 Alan Curbishley, the manager of Charlton Athletic, angered by Chelsea's £10m recruitment of his midfielder, Scott Parker.
9 Kelly Holmes on her double golden triumph at the Olympic Games.
10 Gordon Strachan, who stepped down as manager of Southampton.
JUST FANCY THAT
1 After a review of their transfer policy, Manchester United said they would no longer work with Jason Ferguson, son of the club's manager, Sir Alex. Jason, an agent, played a role in the transfers of Jaap Stam, Tim Howard and Kleberson.
2 Red Bull bought Jaguar's Formula One team.
3 Danny Williams, the British boxer, refused to shave off his beard - an expression of his Muslim faith - before his world heavyweight title fight against Vitali Klitschko. There was speculation that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would order him to shave off the beard.
4 The British sprinter Dwain Chambers, banned for taking the drug THG, underwent trials to become a wide receiver in American football.
5 Sepp Blatter, the president of Fifa, football's world governing body.
6 Wimbledon announced plans to build a retractable roof over Centre Court.
7 Michelle Wie, the South Korean golfer, played in the Sony Open on the PGA Tour in Hawaii.
8 As part of the deal that took Wayne Rooney to Manchester United, Everton will receive an extra £1m if he helps United win the European Cup.
9 Bago, trained in France by the Englishman Jonathan Pease, won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
10 Lance Armstrong, who became the first cyclist to win the Tour de France six times.
THE GLOBAL GAME
1 Todd Hamilton, winner of the Open golf championship at Troon, was born in Oquawka.
2 Tim Henman, beaten by Guillermo Coria and Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French and US Opens.
3 Italy's Francesco Totti and Boltons' El Hadji Diouf.
4 Simon Shaw, dismissed during the second rugby union Test against New Zealand.
5 Golf. Jean-François Remesy won the French Open.
6 Rob Howley, who scored the winning try for Wasps against Toulouse in rugby union's Heineken Cup final.
7 Milan Baros, of the Czech Republic, was the leading scorer at Euro 2004 with five goals.
8 The skier Hermann Maier.
9 Gaston Gaudio, who beat his fellow Argentinian tennis player, Guillermo Coria, to win the French Open men's singles final in five sets.
10 Adam Vinatieri kicked a late field goal to give the New England Patriots victory over the Carolina Panthers. He did the same two years ago against the St Louis Rams.
IT'S A TEAM GAME
1 The European Ryder Cup golf team.
2 Arsenal, who beat Nottingham Forest's English record of 42 league games without defeat.
3 The England football team, who refused to talk to the media after a World Cup qualifying victory over Poland because of the treatment of David James.
4 The West Indies cricket team were dismissed for 47 by England in the first Test at Kingston, Jamaica.
5 The Netherlands, who beat Sweden on penalties to reach the semi-finals.
6 England, beaten by Ireland in the Six Nations Championship.
7 Middlesbrough, who beat Bolton Wanderers to win the League Cup final.
8 The Boston Red Sox won baseball's World Series for the first time since 1918. It had been said that they were destined never to win the World Series as punishment for selling Babe Ruth, "the Bambino", to the New York Yankees.
9 Leeds Rhinos beat Bradford Bulls to win rugby league's Grand Final.
10 Manchester City, who won 4-3 at Tottenham Hotspur after trailing 3-0 at half-time and having Joey Barton sent off.
1 Martina Navratilova, who beat Catalina Castano 6-0, 6-1.
2 Kieren Fallon, who followed his Derby wins on Oath (1999) and Kris Kin (2003) by winning at Epsom on North Light.
3 Olly Barkley, against Wales.
4 Graeme Hick.
5 Andre Agassi.
6 Wayne Rooney, who scored three times in Manchester United's 6-2 Champions' League victory over Fenerbahce.
7 Paul Hunter, who beat Ronnie O'Sullivan to win snooker's Masters tournament.
8 Alex Wharf was named man of the match as England beat India in a one-day international at Trent Bridge.
9 Ricky Hatton, Britain's world light-welterweight boxing champion.
10 The racehorse trainer Ginger McCain, whose Amberleigh House emulated Red Rum by winning the Grand National.
1 The Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar equalled Sunil Gavaskar's record number of Test centuries.
2 Francis Joyon, round-the-world solo sailor.
3 Andy Roddick set the record for the world's fastest tennis serve. Roddick and Greg Rusedski shared the previous record (149mph).
4 Best Mate, who became only the fourth horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times or more.
5 The West Indies batsman Brian Lara, who reclaimed from Matthew Hayden the record for the highest individual Test innings when he hit 400 not out against England in Antigua.
6 Vijay Singh.
7 Middlesex's Twenty20 Cup match against Surrey at Lord's.
8 Todd Woodbridge became the first player to win the men's doubles title at Wimbledon nine times.
9 Vonlanthen became the youngest player to score at a European Championship final tournament, four days after Rooney had set the record.
10 Roger Federer, who beat the record of successive wins in tennis finals held by John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg when he won the Masters Cup in Houston.
1 Steve Waugh, captain of the Australia cricket team, retired after the Test series at home to India.
2 David Seaman.
3 Fanny Blankers-Koen, winner of four gold medals at the London Olympics of 1948.
4 The International Cricket Council.
5 Gérard Houllier, manager of Liverpool.
6 David Hookes, the former Australia cricketer.
7 Martin Johnson, captain of the England rugby union team.
8 Brian Clough.
9 Dean Richards, who parted company with Leicester Tigers.
10 Sir Clive Woodward, who stepped down as head coach of the England rugby union team and announced that he wanted to work in football.
1 Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish, Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis-Francis won the 4 x 100m relay gold. None ran in the individual 100m final.
2 The swimmer Michael Phelps.
3 The cyclist Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton since Mary Rand to win three medals at the same Olympics.
4 The final medals table. The United States topped the table with 35 golds.
5 Ben Ainslie, winner of sailing gold in the Finn class.
6 Chris Hoy, winner of the men's 1km time trial in the Olympic track cycling.
7 Kindelan beat Britain's Amir Khan in the final to win the Olympic gold medal in the lightweight boxing division.
8 Kelly Sotherton, who won heptathlon bronze, was criticised by Charles van Commenee after her performance in the 800m, the last of the seven events.
9 Beach volleyball.
10 Ed Coode, a latecomer to the gold medal-winning coxless four rowing crew.
FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME
1 Angelos Charisteas scored the winning goal for Greece in the final of Euro 2004.
2 Karolina Sprem, of Croatia, beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon.
3 Faria Alam, a Football Association secretary, had affairs with both Mark Palios, the chief executive, and Sven Goran Eriksson, England's head coach. Palios resigned in the ensuing controversy.
4 Malachi Davis, an American 400m runner ranked 26th in his homeland, won a place in the British team for the Olympic Games. His mother was born in Croydon, Surrey.
5 Ian Bradshaw and Courtney Browne added 71 runs for the ninth wicket to guide West Indies to victory over England in the final of the Champions' Trophy at the Oval.
6 Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor won Britain's first medal of the Athens Olympics, silver in the 10m platform synchronised diving.
7 Thomas Voeckler led the Tour de France for 10 days.
8 Skip Kendall, of the United States, led the Open at Troon after the first two rounds.
9 Bettina Hoy, a German rider, initially won the individual three-day event gold medal at the Olympic Games but was later disqualified for a technical error, giving the gold to Britain's Leslie Law.
10 Urs Meier, a referee at Euro 2004, was put under police protection after disallowing Sol Campbell's "goal" for England against Portugal.Reuse content