The year 2013 was another great year in sport. The Super Bowl in the US produced a riveting game, with extra excitement of a power outage in the stadium. One of the greatest ever sporting comebacks was provided by the America's Cup sailing race held in San Francisco. The US Oracle Team came back from being 1-8 down to win 9-8 against Team New Zealand.
In cricket, legendary player Sachin Tendulkar retired, and there was a Ashes doubleheader - with England dominating at home, and the fortunes reversing with Australia dominating in their home series.
In tennis, Andy Murray finally won the big one, becoming the first male British-born tennis player to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
The highest paid sportsman in 2013 according to Forbes Magazine was announced as Tiger Woods with $US78.1 million dollars in earnings.
The 2013 Tour de France was won by an Englishman again (in 2012 it was the first-ever win by a British rider, Bradley Wiggins), this time Chris Froome from Team Sky. He would go on to win in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The 2013 Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards went to sprinter Usain Bolt and British athlete Jessica Ennis.
What was your highlight? Take the poll of the Greatest 2013 Sporting Highlight.
Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 2013.
|Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Andy Murray (UK), making it three in a row. In the women's, Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) made it two in a row, beating Li Na of China.
|Jan 19 - Feb 10
|Africa Cup of Nations
|Nigeria ended a 19-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought with a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso.
|Jan 31 - Feb 17
|ODI World Cup for Women
|Won by Australia, beating the West Indies in the final by 114 runs.
|Feb 2 - Mar 16
|final in Cardiff, Wales
|Wales tore apart England to claim their second consecutive Six Nations title
|The game was played between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The winner was Baltimore 34 - 31.
|World Track Championships
|Great Britain, with nine medals (five gold, two silver and two bronze medals) topped the table.
|World Baseball Classic
|Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and USA.
|The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3–0 . Dominican Republic were undefeated throughout the tournament.
|World Military Winter Games
|Annecy / Chamonix, France
|Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool
|The race was won by 66/1 long shot Auroras Encore
|Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US Masters, beating Angel Cabrera in play-off.
|Apr 20 - May 6
|the Crucible in Sheffield
|English player Ronnie O'Sullivan won his 5th world title with an 18-12 win over Barry Hawkins.
|Louisville, Kentucky, US
|Orb raced to victory in the 139th Kentucky Derby
|FA Cup Final
|Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City 1-0. It was Wigan's first major trophy in their 81-year history.
|May 26 - June 9
|Men's singles won by Spain's Rafael Nadal, becoming the first man to win the same Grand Slam event eight times. The women's singles was won by Serena Williams.
|UEFA Champions League final
|Wembley Stadium, London, England
|In a match up between two German clubs, Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1.
|ICC Champions Trophy
|England and Wales
|India won, beating England by five runs in the final.
|Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs to win their second straight title.
|Stanley Cup finals
|The Chicago Blackhawks defeated Boston Bruins in six games to capture their fifth Stanley Cup.
|won by English player Justin Rose, his first major championship victory
|June 24 - July 7
|The men's singles was won by Andy Murray, the first Wimbledon win by a British player in 77 years. The women's winner was Marion Bartoli on France.
|Rugby World Cup Sevens
|Both the men and women's titles were won by New Zealand.
|June 29-July 21
|Tour de France
|Won by an Englishman again, this time Chris Froome from Team Sky.
|Universiade (university games)
|the medal tally was dominated by the host nation Russia, who won about 6 times more gold medals than second on the list China.
|The Open Championship
|Muirfield, Gullane East Lothian
|won by American Phil Mickelson by 3 strokes. It was his fifth major championship and his first Open championship.
|July 20 - Aug 4
|World Swimming Champs
|The USA won the overall medal count, led by Missy Franklin who won six gold medals
|July 25-Aug 4
|The World Games
|Oak Hill, Rochester NY
|won by US player Jason Dufner for his first major, though he was runner-up in the 2011 PGA Championship.
|Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Russia.
|Russia won the most gold medals to top the table for the first time since 2001. It was also the first time ever the host nation led the medal table, though USA won the most overall medals. Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished with 3 gold medals in the same events.
|Aug 26 -Sep 8
|Spain's Rafael Nadal won his second US open men's singles title, beating Novak Djokovic. In the women's Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of last year.
|Jeux de la Francophonie
|San Francisco, USA
|In one of the greatest ever sporting comebacks, the Oracle Team USA came back from being 1-8 down to win 9-8 against Team New Zealand.
|European Volleyball Championship (Men)
|Denmark and Poland
|Won by Russia with Italy as runner-up and Serbia third place.
|Hawthorn beat Fremantle by 15 points.
|Sept 30- Oct 6
|East Asian Games
|Boston Red Sox beat the St Louis Cardinals 4-2
|Oct 26 - Nov 30
|England & Wales
|Australia beat New Zealand 34-2 in the final. It was their tenth win of the tournament.
|won by Fiorente
|Nov 21-Jan 7
|Australia won the series 5-0
If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.
- Ballon D'or Winners for 2013
- Vote for your Greatest 2013 Sporting Highlight
- See some videos from the world of sport in 2013.
- Timeline (all years) in the world of sport
- Major Events Sport Calendar for 2013
- Highlights of Australian sport in 2013