The Rundown

  • Top 10 biggest deals of the January transfer window

    We take a look at the biggest spenders in the Premier League and beyond.

    January spending was not restricted to the Premier League. January spending was not restricted to the Premier League.

    This particular January transfer window won't go down in history as one of the most memorable. For many people, it was instantly forgettable with little or nothing happening. Even on the final day and hours of the window. Some of the deals were finalised early in January. Others were done with just minutes to spare.

    [JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW: HOW DID YOUR TEAM DO?]

    When figures such as QPR manager Harry Redknapp and West Ham gaffer big Sam Allardyce are struggling to get any deals on football's D Day, you know it is going to be a downer for the transfer-hungry masses glued to Sky Sports News

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  • Tiger Woods loses tooth cheering on Lindsey Vonn - but it's not sport's weirdest injury

    The golf superstar was supporting his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn in a World Cup race on Monday when he had a tooth knocked out.

    Toothless Tiger Woods in the Italian resort of Cortina (Imago)Toothless Tiger Woods in the Italian resort of Cortina (Imago)

    Tiger Woods is no stranger to injury. The 14-times Major championship-winning golfer has lost years of his career to various ailments and operations - not least the knee surgery which saw him miss half the 2008 season, just after he won the US Open.

    But the blow he suffered on Monday most rank as the weirdest of his career. He didn't put his back or knee out hitting a golf ball from the rough, or even get hit by a wayward shot sprayed by a fellow pro. Instead, he had one of his front teeth knocked out by a photographer while he was cheering for girlfriend Lindsey Vonn at a World Cup Super-G

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  • Real Madrid's 22-match record: Where does it stand in the history of sport?

    The European champions have finally lost a match after 22 consecutive victories. Toby Keel takes a look at their achievement in context with sport's other most astonishing win streaks.

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) sits on the turf disbelieving after the defeat against ValenciaCristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) sits on the turf disbelieving after the defeat against Valencia

    Real Madrid's achievement in winning 22 matches in a row is quite staggering. They may have fallen short of the world record of 24 officially held by Coritiba - but considering that the Brazilian side played most of those games in a State Championship, while Real were battling in La Liga and the Champions League, we'll happily award them the moral world record.

    But where does their achievement rank alongside some of sport's other most glorious streaks?

    Well, not quite as highly as you might think. Real's string of wins, impressive as it is, came in a chunk of the season where there was no

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  • Sportsperson of the Year: 1 – Philipp Lahm

    Our look at the great achievers in sport reflects upon Germany’s World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm.

    Germany captain Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy (Reuters)Germany captain Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy (Reuters)

    Is there a better way to sign off from the international stage than captaining your side to World Cup glory? Better yet, leading a European nation to victory on South American soil for the first time in history.

    Philipp Lahm did exactly that following Germany’s triumph in Brazil – most memorable for a 7-1 mauling of the hosts – to fill the only notable void in his medal cabinet on his 113th and final cap.

    The versatile star already boasted winners’ medals from the Champions League, Super Cup, Club World Cup – not to mention six Bundesliga titles – before lifting the trophy in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Tributes left to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes (Reuters)Tributes left to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes (Reuters)

    We said farewell to many sporting stars this year.

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    Errie Ball

    The last survivor from the inaugural Masters tournament of 1934 died aged 103. 

    [MASTERS PIONEER BALL DIES AGED 103] 

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    Elena Baltacha

    The tennis player died at the age of just 30 from liver cancer.

    [BLOG: TRAGIC DEATH OF ELENA BALTACHA REMINDS US THAT TRUE DESPAIR IS NEVER TO BE FOUND IN SPORT] 

    Tennis - Baltacha diagnosed with liver cancerElena Baltacha (PA Photos)

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    Ina Bauer

    The innovative figure

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  • Sportsperson of the Year: 3 - Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo is a figure at the peak of his powers, and is arguably the greatest footballer in history.

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo should celebrate back-to-back Ballons after helping his club claim a tenth European Cup.Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo should celebrate back-to-back Ballons after helping his club claim a tenth European Cup.

    There were a few sniggers when a younger Cristiano Ronaldo was making noises about being the world's greatest player while struggling for consistency at Manchester United. A season or two later at the age of 23, Ronaldo illustrated when he had been airing such opinions. 

    Before lifting his first Ballon d'Or in 2009, Ronaldo demonstrated the level of self-belief that has carried him so far when he was asked who was the best player on the planet. "I am the first, second and third," said Ronaldo.

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  • Sportsperson of the Year: 4 – Marit Bjoergen

    Our look at the great achievers in sport reflects upon Marit Bjoergen’s Winter Olympics heroics.

    Norway's Marit Bjoergen competes in the women's cross-country team sprint classic final during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (Reuters)Norway's Marit Bjoergen competes in the women's cross-country team sprint classic final during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (Reuters)

    Norway’s ‘Iron Lady’ secured her place in Winter Olympics folklore with three gold medals at the Sochi Games.

    Victory in the 15km skiathlon, 30km freestyle and team sprint took Marit Bjoergen’s haul to 10 medals – six of which gold – making her the most decorated woman in Olympic history.

    Her first gold was particularly poignant after she became the oldest woman to win an individual Winter Games gold, just days after the death of team-mate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen’s brother.

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  • Sportsperson of the Year: 5 – Marc Marquez

    Our look at the great achievers in sport reflects upon MotoGP’s incredible youngster Marc Marquez.

    Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain celebrates (Reuters)Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain celebrates (Reuters)

    When Marc Marquez lined up on pole for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix in March, he probably didn’t expect the race to spark a five-month whitewash.

    But flash forward to August and the Honda rider was crossing the line in Indianapolis for a record-equalling 10th consecutive victory to all but seal back-to-back MotoGP titles. Impressive stuff for a 21-year-old.

    Eventually the run crumbled – he won just one of the next five races – but he concluded the season in dominant fashion by triumphing in Sepang and Valencia.

    It was an utterly incredible feat and not one without its challenges given

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  • Sportsperson of the year: 8 – Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad

    Our look at the great achievers in sport reflects upon Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad – the French athlete controversially stripped of his European 3000m steeplechase title.

    Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France (Reuters)Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France (Reuters)

    One of 2014’s greatest sporting moments unfolded at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich during the men’s 3000 metres steeplechase final.

    French athlete Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad glanced behind him and, realising he couldn’t be caught, lifted off his vest and clenched it between his teeth as he tore down the finish straight for the final time. It was an act then injected some much-needed personality into the event – but also one that would later reduce him to tears.

    A protest lodged by Spain – whose athletes, incidentally, finished fourth and fifth – prompted an investigation,

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