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Bale's £85m deal
Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in history as Real Madrid's unrelenting pursuit of Tottenham's talisman finally came to fruition. The £85m fee eclipsed that of Bale's new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. The Welshman scored 26 goals for Tottenham during the 2012-13 season.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 61-80

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

Andy Murray wins: The BBC Sports Personality Award is really nothing to do with likeability - and that's the way it should be

The most extraordinary moments in any sporting career are simply beyond words

Spitting tacks, defending world match racing champion Ian Williams picked his own quarter final executioner when being knocked out of the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda by his closest rival in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands

Gamble by Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar backfires in Bermuda

An aggressive gamble to deal his closest rival a major blow backfired for Britain’s defending world match racing champion Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar in Bermuda.

Adam Minoprio (NZL) went one way and Taylor Canfield (USVI) went the other on Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, but both won a place in the quarter finals of the Argo Group-sponsored King Edward VII Gold Cup, the penultimate regatta in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

World Match Racing Tour: Ian Williams chooses Taylor Canfield as his quarter final opponent at Gold Cup regatta

A bid to knock out his nearest rival for a successful defence of his world match racing title was behind Ian Williams' choice of Taylor Canfield as his quarter final opponent at the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta in Bermuda.

Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar lead Ben Ainslie’s BART crew in their top of the table clash as part of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta in Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Ian Williams beats Ben Ainslie in round robin racing in the Argo Group Gold Cup grand prix

The action is taking place in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie: After helping US triumph, he wants a UK America's Cup victory

America’s Cup: Sir Ben Ainslie bid will need sponsors on board

Sir Ben Ainslie may be confident of there being a British challenge for the America’s Cup, but Olympic sailing chief Stephen Park has warned that without private funding the well of talent could dry up.

Ben Ainslie in San Francisco at the America's Cup

America's Cup comeback: Ben Ainslie helps Oracle Team USA draw level with New Zealand challenger in San Francisco

As comebacks go, this is worthy of the best scriptwriters down the coast in tinsel town

Oracle Team USA took another two race wins to pull back to within three points of Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA keep the champagne on ice as two more race wins to pull within three points of Emirates Team New Zealand

The Kiwis were 7-1 up at one point but the latest victories for the US has seen them claw back to 8-5

Crew members from Team USA wave to the crowd after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 15 in the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA claims two more wins

The comeback continues for America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA as Emirates Team New Zealand just cannot convert match point to victory with the one extra win it needs. Instead the Americans grabbed two more wins and with them the strutting rights.

Passing Alcatraz Island in light wind, Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA sail America's Cup race 13

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand denied victory as Oracle Racing USA take advantage of cruel blow for Kiwis

Thirteen was far from lucky for Emirates Team New Zealand as they went back to their base rueing the cruel fate of being beaten by the clock when within just a few minutes of taking the America’s Cup away from Oracle Racing USA and then suffering a penalty on the re-run and losing by over 80 seconds.

Oracle Team USA takes practice before the start of race ten of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Bay thriller swings to Emirates New Zealand

Seven down, two to go and still no-one knows when New Zealand will be able to take the America’s Cup away from the Americans after a thriller on the bay went first to the defending Oracle team and then swung back to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. 

The New Zealanders were lucky to stay upright during an attempt to block an Oracle boat

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand in capsize scare as Oracle Team USA claim victory

The cat was among the kiwis in the eighth race of the America’s Cup as a rejuvenated defender, Oracle Team USA, not only beat Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) but forced the win during what had previously been their bogey upwind leg.

Oracle Team USA races against Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand take commanding lead

Kiwis now have six of the nine wins they need to claim the 1851 trophy for the first time in 10 years

Emirates Team New Zealand sails en route to winning the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup final against Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge on San Francisco Bay, California

America's Cup: Emirates knock out Luna Rossa to set up Oracle race

Emirates Team New Zealand will go head to head with Oracle Team USA for the America’s Cup next month.

Heave ho me hearties! Chris Grube (left) and Tudur Owen put their backs into racing Team Wales as the local team, supported at each regatta in the Extreme Sailing Series by sponsor Land Rover, joins the fray in Cardiff Bay

Cardiff hosts Extreme Sailing Series regatta - and receives boost from China

With a re-shuffled cast of players, Cardiff has also become the launch city for a new Chinese yacht racing team as it hosts this weekend’s Extreme Sailing Series regatta for the second year in succession.

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