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Review of the year 2017: Sport

Review of the year 2017: Sport
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From doping scandals and record breaking transfer fees to comebacks and retirements, 2017 has been packed with action in the world of sport


- Real Madrid won the Champions League for the second time in a row, beating Juventus 4-1. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the Cardiff, Wales stadium, adding to his glittering career.

- In Tennis it was a story of “the great comebacks”, with Roger Federer winning the Australian Open against Rafa Nadal.

- Serena Williams won the Australian Open before stepping back from competition because of her pregnancy.

- Rafa Nadal won his 10th Roland Garros final.

- Usain Bolt retired. The Jamaican finished 3rd in the 100m race of the World Championships in London. Then Bolt was unable to finish his relay race due to an injury.

- In Formula 1: Ferrari got their act together again, making for an exciting season and welcome challenge to Mercedes. But Lewis Hamilton managed to hold off their pressure to be crowned winner for the 4th time in his career.

- Lead by Lebron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title against the Golden State Warriors.

- AFC champions, the New England Patriots, defeated the NFC champions, Atlanta Falcons, 34–28 in overtime. The Patriots’ 25-point comeback is the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, and Super Bowl LI was the first to be decided in overtime.

- Taking a knee in the NFL: Kaepernick became a national figure after he began protesting what he viewed as racial injustice in the United States by not standing while the national anthem was being played before the start of games. It prompted widespread support from other sports stars and twitter outbursts from Donald Trump against him.

- In the golf, Sergio Garcia won the Augusta Masters.

- Tiger Woods found himself in hot water with the police.

- Chris Froome made history by winning both the Tour de France and La Vuelta a España in the same year. But it was all thrown up in the air as it was announced that he tested positive for banned substances.

- Russia was banned from the Winter Olympic Games in 2018 amid a widespread doping scandal which went to the heart of government.

- In the football, PSG broke the world transfer-record when they signed Neymar for 222 million euros and made another deal of 180 million for Mbappé.

- Italian legend Totti retired.

- Italy was heartbroken by not qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

- In the JUDO, French Judoka Teddy Riner won his 10th World Championship title.

- The Venice Marathon made headlines when the lead runners went the wrong way, leaving the field open for a local runner to take the win.

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