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Sporting Highlights for 2013

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.

Chris Froome, winners of the 2013 Tour de France Chris Froome, winners of the 2013 Tour de France

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.

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Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 2013.

Date(s) Sport Event Location Results
Jan 14-27 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne 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 Soccer Africa Cup of Nations South Africa Nigeria ended a 19-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought with a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso.
Jan 31 - Feb 17 Cricket ODI World Cup for Women Mumbai, India Won by Australia, beating the West Indies in the final by 114 runs.
Feb 2 - Mar 16 Rugby Union Six Nations final in Cardiff, Wales Wales tore apart England to claim their second consecutive Six Nations title
Feb 3 Gridiron/Football Super Bowl New Orleans The game was played between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The winner was Baltimore 34 - 31.
Feb 4-17 Skiing World Championships Schladming, Austria
Feb 20-24 Cycling World Track Championships Belarus Great Britain, with nine medals (five gold, two silver and two bronze medals) topped the table.
March 2-19 Baseball World Baseball Classic Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and USA. The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3–0 . Dominican Republic were undefeated throughout the tournament.
Mar 25-29 Multi-sports World Military Winter Games Annecy / Chamonix, France  
Apr 6 Horse Racing Grand National Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool The race was won by 66/1 long shot Auroras Encore
Apr 11-14 Golf Masters Augusta, USA Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US Masters, beating Angel Cabrera in play-off.
Apr 20 - May 6 Snooker World Championship the Crucible in Sheffield English player Ronnie O'Sullivan won his 5th world title with an 18-12 win over Barry Hawkins.
May 4 Horse Racing Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky, US Orb raced to victory in the 139th Kentucky Derby
May 11 Soccer FA Cup Final Wembley Stadium Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City 1-0. It was Wigan's first major trophy in their 81-year history.
May 26 - June 9 Tennis French Open Paris, France 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.
May 25 Soccer UEFA Champions League final Wembley Stadium, London, England In a match up between two German clubs, Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1.
June 6-23 Cricket (ODI) ICC Champions Trophy England and Wales India won, beating England by five runs in the final.
June 6-20 Basketball NBA Finals USA/Canada Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs to win their second straight title.
June 12-26 Ice Hockey Stanley Cup finals USA/Canada The Chicago Blackhawks defeated Boston Bruins in six games to capture their fifth Stanley Cup.
Jun 13–16 Golf US Open Ardmore, Pennsylvania won by English player Justin Rose, his first major championship victory
June 24 - July 7 Tennis Wimbledon London, England 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.
June 28-30 Rugby 7s Rugby World Cup Sevens Moscow, Russia Both the men and women's titles were won by New Zealand.
June 29-July 21 Cycling Tour de France France 2013 Won by an Englishman again, this time Chris Froome from Team Sky.
July 6-17 Multi Universiade (university games) Kazan, Russia the medal tally was dominated by the host nation Russia, who won about 6 times more gold medals than second on the list China.
July 18–21 Golf 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 Swimming World Swimming Champs Barcelona, Spain The USA won the overall medal count, led by Missy Franklin who won six gold medals
July 25-Aug 4 Multi The World Games Cali, Colombia
Aug 8-11 Golf US PGA Oak Hill, Rochester NY won by US player Jason Dufner for his first major, though he was runner-up in the 2011 PGA Championship.
Aug 10-18 Athletics World Championships 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 Tennis US Open New York 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.
Sept 6-15 Multi Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France
Sept 7-22 Sailing America's Cup 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.
Sept 20-29 Volleyball European Volleyball Championship (Men) Denmark and Poland Won by Russia with Italy as runner-up and Serbia third place.
Sept 28 AFL Grand Final Melbourne, Australia Hawthorn beat Fremantle by 15 points.
Sept 30- Oct 6 Gymnastics world championships Antwerp
Oct 6-15 multi East Asian Games Tianjin, China
Oct 23-30 Baseball World Series Boston Red Sox beat the St Louis Cardinals 4-2
Oct 26 - Nov 30 Rugby League World Cup England & Wales Australia beat New Zealand 34-2 in the final. It was their tenth win of the tournament.
Nov 2-10 Multi Lusophony Games Goa, India
Nov 5 Horse Racing Melbourne Cup Victoria, Australia won by Fiorente
Nov 21-Jan 7 Cricket The Ashes Australia Australia won the series 5-0
Dec 11-21 Multi-sports Winter Universiade Trentino, Italy

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