2017 sporting year in pictures
A new year in men’s tennis, but the same faces winning the grand slams. Roger Federer started the year with victory in the Australian Open final against rival Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. The Fed-Express also won at Wimbledon while Nadal triumphed in France and the US.
The 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations was held in Gabon from January to February. Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 in the final for their fifth title.
During the third quarter of the 2017 Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons and Devonta Freeman were flying high with a 28-3 advantage over the New England Patriots. The Falcons looked to be heading for victory but Tom Brady inspired a memorable Patriots comeback to win 34-28 in overtime.
Ben Te’o was on the scoresheet as England started their Six Nations campaign with a 19-16 win over France on 4 February. England went on to win the championship with four wins from their five matches.
On 4 March Tony Bellew won the British boxing battle against David Haye with a TKO victory at The O2 in London. The pair were meant to have a rematch on 17 December but the fight was postponed due to Haye tearing a bicep in training.
On 26 March Sebastian Vettel roared to victory in the first Formula 1 grand prix of the season in Australia. But Vettel would finish the season empty-handed as Lewis Hamilton came back to win the F1 drivers’ championship.
After 18 years as a professional Sergio Garcia finally got his hands on a golfing major with victory in The Masters at Augusta. The Spaniard defeated Justin Rose in a play-off in April to win the famous green jacket.
British boxer Anthony Joshua secured the biggest victory of his career after beating Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in London on 29 April. Joshua won in the 11th round by technical knockout.
Paul Pogba and Manchester United celebrated victory in the Europa League final with a 2-0 win against AFC Ajax. Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the goals in the Stockholm final on 24 March.
Billed as the “world’s richest game” the Championship play-off final saw Huddersfield Town gain promotion to the Premier League after a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Reading at Wembley. Christopher Schindler scored the winning penalty after the match finished 0-0.
Gareth Bale headed home to Wales with Real Madrid for the final of the Champions League against Juventus in Cardiff. Real won 4-1 with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a double against the Italians.
Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrate after their 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in game six of NHL’s Stanley Cup. The Penguins, who were the defending champions, won the 2016-17 series 4-2.
The British & Irish Lions and New Zealand drew their series 1-1 after the third rugby union Test match finished 15-15 in Auckland on 8 July. The All Blacks’ captain Kieran Read and Lions skipper Sam Warburton jointly held aloft the trophy.
British cyclist Chris Froome won his fourth Tour de France title in five years. He celebrated the win with his family and Team Sky after stage 21 ended in Paris.
Jamaica’s star sprinter Usain Bolt bowed out from international athletics at the 2017 IAAF World Championships held in London during August.
American women’s tennis celebrated having four players in the semi-finals of the US Open in New York in September. Sloane Stephens defeated compatriot Venus Williams in the semi-finals before beating Madison Keys in the final at Flushing Meadows.
England’s Ashes preparations took a huge blow after all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested in Bristol on 26 September. Stokes, 26, was arrested by Avon and Somerset police on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and suspended while an investigation took place.
A new golden generation of English footballers emerged after the Young Lions won the Fifa U-17 World Cup final 5-2 against Spain on 28 October. Manchester City’s Phil Foden, pictured, was the player of the tournament in India.
Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his fourth Formula 1 world title at the Mexican Grand Prix on 29 October.
The Houston Astros celebrated a first-ever victory in baseball’s World Series after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven at Dodger Stadium. Carlos Correa, pictured, proposed to his girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez live on TV after the victory... she said yes.
On 5 November Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York Marathon for more than 40 years. Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won the men’s race.
Australia were in unstoppable form as they won the 2017 Rugby League World Cup on home soil. In the 2 December final in Brisbane they beat England 6-0.
Tiger Woods hit the headlines for the right reasons after making a long-awaited return to golf at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The American star impressed after finishing joint-ninth in the December event won by Rickie Fowler.