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Sporting Highlights for 2012

The year 2012 was another great year in sport. The major event of this year was the London Olympic Games. The USA finished on top of the medal tally, above China and the UK (TeamGB). The superstar was Usain Bolt winning the 100/200m double again.

The biggest story to rock the sporting world was Lance Armstrong being banned from the sport for life, and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. In golf, Europe defeated the USA 14½ to 13½  in a miraculous comeback on the final day.

Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon title, matching the record held by Pete Sampras.

The highest paid sportsman according to Forbes Magazine was announced as boxer Floyd Mayweather with 85 million dollars in earnings. See some videos from the world of sport in 2012.

distance race at the 2012 Olympic Games distance race at the 2012 Olympic Games

Following the final whistle of a league match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly at Port Said Stadium, Port Said, hundreds of Al-Masry fans entered the pitch, attacked the Al-Ahly players, and next the Al-Ahly fans. In the subsequent chase and fights an estimated 79 Al-Ahly fans were killed.

The 2012 Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards went to tennis player Novak Djokovic and long distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot.

What was your highlight? Take the poll of the Greatest 2012 Sporting Highlight.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 2012.

Date(s) Sport Event Location Results
Jan 16-29 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) in a record longest grand slam final of nearly 6 hrs. Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova in a one sided contest
Feb 5 Gridiron/
Super Bowl Indianapolis New England Patriots v New York Giants, Giants winning 21-17. repeat of 2008 Super Bowl.
Apr 2-8 Golf Masters Augusta, USA won by Bubba Watson of the US.
May 4-20 Ice Hockey IIHF 2012 World Men’s Hockey Championship Helsinki and Stockholm The Russian national team beat Slovakia in the final 6-2, and were unbeaten in the competition.
May 19 Soccer UEFA Champions League final Allianz Arena, Munich Chelsea beat Bayern Munich, after 1-1 at full time Chelsea won 4–3 on penalties.
May 27-Jun 10 Tennis French Open Paris, France Men's title won for the 7th time by Spanish player Rafael Nadal. The women's winner was Russian Maria Sharapova.
May 30 - June 11 Ice Hockey Stanley Cup finals   Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils four games to two.
June 8 - July 1 Football (Soccer) Euro 2012 Poland and Ukraine Spain 4 - Italy 0
June 12-21 Basketball NBA Finals USA Miami Heat defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 4–1, to win their second NBA title
June 14–17 Golf US Open Daly City, California won by Webb Simpson (USA)
June 21-24 Multi United World Games (largest Student Olympics in Europe) Klagenfurt, Austria  
Jun 25-July 8 Tennis Wimbledon London, England Roger Federer (Swiss) and Serena Williams (USA)
June 30-July 22 Cycling Tour de France France 2012 first-ever win by a British rider, Bradley Wiggins
July 19–22 Golf The Open Championship Royal Lytham & St Annes Ernie Els of South Africa
July 27-Aug 12 Multi Summer Olympic Games London USA tops medal tally. Usain Bolt won the 100m/200m double.
Aug 9–12 Golf US PGA Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina won by Northern Irish Rory McIlroy.
Aug 27-Sept 9 Tennis US Open New York Andy Murray won the mens, first UK winner of a men's grand slam singles title for 76 years. Serena Williams won the womens for the 4th time.
Aug 29-Sept 9 Multi Paralympic Games London  
Sept 1 American Football The Notre Dame vs. Navy Emerald Classic Dublin's Aviva Stadium Notre Dame beat Navy 50-10
Sep 28-30 Golf Ryder Cup Medinah Country Club, Illinois, United States. Europe defeated USA 14½ to 13½  in a miraculous comeback on the final day
Sept 29 AFL Grand Final Melbourne, Australia Swans beat Hawks
Oct 24-28 Baseball World Series   Won by the National League champion San Francisco Giants beat the American League champion Detroit Tigers 4-0. It was the Giants' seventh World Series title, second in the last three years.

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