Five sporting moments that caught the eye in 2013
There were no shortage of brilliant sporting moments over the past 12 and here are just five that caught our eye.
Ryan Giggs turned 40
Made his debut at 17 in the 1990-1991 season and is still going strong for Manchester United at age 40. You could argue whether United's problems are typified by playing a 40-year-old and a centre half in the centre of midfield, but nobody can argue against the sustained brilliance and freakish fitness of the man with 668 league games for Man United.
Love him or hate him, it is an incredible achievement at such a successful club.
New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez suspended for 211 games for drug use
One of the most widely disliked players in MLB history, A-Rod was just one of 13 players suspended for their part in the Biogenesis human growth hormone scandal, but the fact that he has been a) such a big name and b) such an unpopular bloke, made it all about him. He has been given a 211-game ban, but is appealing. Amusingly said after first hearing: "We crushed it." This turned out to be somewhat wide of the mark.
Ronnie O'Sullivan won World Title having been semi retired
Snooker wouldn't be snooker without Ronnie having tantrums, deciding that he's done with the sport and generally threatening to take his ball away. This year was no different, with the genius picking and choosing his events in a way that incurred the wrath of the sport's governing body. Did decide to play at The Crucible, where he won his fifth World Title, and setting a record for century breaks in a final. Will he play next year? Who knows? Certainly not Ronnie.
Henrik Stenson charged up the golf rankings
In golf, 2013 was the year of the Iceman. Has enjoyed 13 top 10 finishes and has moved from 61st in the world into 3rd, the highest-ever rank for a Swedish golfer. Finished runner-up at The Open and looks good value to go one better than that at a Major soon.
Alan Knill and the squirrel
In the greater scheme of things it was hardly one of the biggest sporting stories of 2013, but it was certainly one of the most bizarre.
The former Scunthorpe manager was involved in a cycling accident with a squirrel. The creature got stuck in the spokes of Knill's bike, propelling the unfortunate gaffer over the handlebars. He then left Scunthorpe to manage Torquay, who made the long trip North to face Scunthorpe in November. The plea for home fans not to dress as squirrels did not work: Scunthorpe fancy dress shops sold out of such outfits.