GOLF: Rory McIlroy has been named the 2014 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year after a stunning season on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Northern Irishman won the Race to Dubai and topped the PGA Tour money list, as well as winning the Open Championship and US PGA Championship as he reclaimed the world number one spot.
The 25-year-old also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and adds the honour to the Golf Writers Trophy he was awarded last week.
McIlroy (pictured) also played in all five se ssions as Europe won the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, claiming three points as the United States were defeated 16.5-11.5
"To be named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for a second time is a huge honour and one I am extremely proud of," he said.
"If I had won any one of those four titles it would have been a good year, but to win all four, to win The Race to Dubai, and to be part of another fantastic European victory in The Ryder Cup, means it is a great one. This award is a very nice way to round off the year. The European Tour has always been good to me, so it is always special to be recognised in this way. Hopefully I can have more years like this one and win the award again."
The award is decided by a panel comprising members of the Association of Golf Writers and commentators from television and radio and McIlroy has been awarded the honour for the second time after also winning in 2012.
European Tour chief executive George O'Grady said: "The 2014 season will go down as one of the greatest in the European Tour's history, and it will be defined by Rory McIlroy's astounding accomplishments on the global stage.
"Europe's performance to retain The Ryder Cup and Martin Kaymer's dominant victories in the US Open and Players Championship on the US PGA Tour alone would have made it a year to remember for European golf, but Rory's victories in four of the biggest championships on our international schedule will ensure the story of this season is retold for many years to come. Quite rightly, therefore, it is Rory who receives our Golfer of the Year Award for 2014.
"Rory is a fine ambassador for the game of golf and a loyal supporter of the European Tour, as he has shown with his backing of the Irish Open next year, so we are all very proud of his success, not only during this year but across his career to date."
Ferrari making big changes
FORMULA 1: Ferrari have parted company with chief designer Nikolas Tombazis and engineering director Pat Fry, two of the men responsible for designing this year's car as the team endured their first season without a win since 1993.
"Nikolas Tombazis and Pat Fry will be leaving the Scuderia," the Formula One outfit said in a statement yesterday while handing structural control to technical director James Allison.
"James Allison ... will be responsible for all technical aspects of delivering drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, as well as newly appointed test driver and third driver Esteban Gutierrez, with the most competitive Formula One car possible."
It has been a period of upheaval at Ferrari after Marco Mattiacci's brief reign as principal ended at the end of November. The troubled Fiat-owned outfit replaced him with Maurizio Arrivabene, the team's third boss in nine months. The glamour team ended the season in Abu Dhabi without a single race win and the conclusion of the campaign also saw the departure of double world champion Fernando Alonso.
Germany's four-times champion Vettel has been signed from Red Bull as the Spaniard's replacement.
Sri Lanka add pressure on Cook
cricket: Sri Lanka thrashed England by 87 runs in the seventh and final one-day international to win the series 5-2 as Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball, smashing his 18th hundred and snaring three wickets.
Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 302-6 thanks to Dilshan's 101 off 124 deliveries, Dinesh Chandimal's unbeaten 55, and an aggressive 26-ball 54 from Thisara Perera.
England's reply started badly, with Moeen Ali out for a duck in the second over, and fellow opener and captain Alastair Cook dismissed for 32 at 51-3. England was bundled out for 215 in 45.5 overs. The last England wicket James Tredwell (17) was fittingly taken by Mahela Jayawardene, off a stumping by Kumar Sangakkara, in their last ODI at home. Cook has not made a century in his last 44 attempts in one-day international cricket, and has overseen five successive series defeats.