January 2013: Taylor does it again

  • Last Updated: December 23 2013, 16:40 GMT

We look back at what happened in the world of sport in January, as Phil Taylor won a 16th world title.

Guess what happened in January? Phil Taylor won the darts
Guess what happened in January? Phil Taylor won the darts

January 1: Phil Taylor won his 16th world title by beating Michael van Gerwen 7-4 in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship final.

Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie scored a brace apiece as Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United defeated Wigan 4-0. Elsewhere, Manchester City beat Stoke 3-0, Tottenham won 2-1 against Reading and Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins died of cancer at the age of 67.

2: Liverpool completed the signing of England striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on a long-term deal.

Newcastle accepted an offer from Chelsea for Senegalese striker Demba Ba.

The Barclays Premier League's bottom side QPR beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a goal from former Blue Shaun Wright-Phillips. Elsewhere Liverpool beat Sunderland 3-0 and Everton won 2-1 at Newcastle.

3 Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross committed his future to the Potters by agreeing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the club until 2017.

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng left the field in protest after being the victim of what his club described as racist abuse during a friendly.

4: Chelsea completed the signing of Demba Ba from Newcastle on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

West Ham signed Joe Cole from Liverpool on an 18-month contract and also signed Marouane Chamakh on-loan from Arsenal.

Tottenham confirmed they would sign Schalke's Lewis Holtby in July.

5: Robin van Persie scored an injury-time equaliser as Manchester United stayed alive in the FA Cup with a late 2-2 draw at West Ham. Demba Ba scored twice on debut as holders Chelsea won 5-1 at Southampton, and Manchester City eased past Watford 3-0.

Wolves sacked manager Stale Solbakken.

Andy Murray reached the final of the Brisbane International after Kei Nishikori retired from their semi-final with a left knee injury.

6: Andy Murray won the Brisbane International and dedicated the win to Davis Cup team-mate Ross Hutchins who confirmed he was battling cancer.

Wolves agreed a deal with Doncaster for Dean Saunders to become their new manager.

Luis Suarez scored a controversial 'handball' goal as Liverpool beat Mansfield in the FA Cup.

7: Everton beat Cheltenham 5-1 to move into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Lionel Messi became the first player to be awarded the Ballon d'Or for the fourth time when he beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta.

Scotland's most capped scum-half Mike Blair announced his retirement from international rugby.

8: Bradford produced yet another shock in the Capital One Cup as they upset Aston Villa 3-1 in their semi-final first-leg clash.

The Scottish Football League and Scottish Premier League agreed on a set of principles to restructure the game, including a merger of both bodies.

England's preparations for the one-day series in India went from bad to worse as they slipped to a six-wicket defeat to Delhi, their second successive warm-up loss.

9: Swansea won 2-0 at Chelsea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

The uncapped Calum Clark and Billy Twelvetrees were named in England's Elite squad for the RBS 6 Nations.

Kevin Pietersen signed a full central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

10: Blackpool granted Blackburn permission to speak to Michael Appleton about their managerial vacancy.

West Brom rejected a £5million bid from QPR for defender Jonas Olsson.

Three British men - including two former soldiers - were badly injured in a crash in the Dakar Rally that left two other people dead.

11: Alastair Cook scored 75 and Ian Bell 85 as England beat India by nine runs in their first one-day international in Rajkot.

Blackburn appointed Michael Appleton as their new manager.

Fulham defender Stephen Kelly joined Reading on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

West Ham signed Cruzeiro striker Wellington Paulista on an initial six-month loan deal, with the option for a further three years.

12: Chelsea moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-0 win at Stoke, with the unfortunate Jonathan Walters scoring two own goals and missing a penalty.

Wales and Cardiff Blues second row forward Bradley Davies injured ankle ligaments in training, joining fellow internationals Rhys Priestland (Achilles tendon), lock Luke Charteris (knee) and prop Aaron Jarvis (knee) on the sidelines. Alun-Wyn Jones (shoulder surgery) and Dan Lydiate (ankle) were, like Davies, doubtful for the RBS 6 Nations.

Harlequins sealed qualification for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup with a 47-8 win over Connacht at the Stoop.

13: Manchester United maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League after edging out fierce rivals Liverpool 2-1, with second-placed Manchester City winning at Arsenal 2-0.

Newcastle reached an agreement in principle to sign striker Loic Remy from Marseille.

Scott Waites cruised to his first BDO World Championship title after beating Tony O'Shea 7-1 in a one-sided final.

14: Manchester City appealed against captain Vincent Kompany's red card in their win over Arsenal.

England and Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw was named as the Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year for 2012.

Bristol City appointed Sean O'Driscoll as their new manager, less than three weeks after his controversial departure from Nottingham Forest, to replace Derek McInnes.

15: Irishman Paul McGinley was named as Europe's captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Gordon Strachan was confirmed as the new manager of Scotland.

India defeated England by 127 runs to level their five-match one-day series at 1-1.

16: Bayern Munich confirmed Pep Guardiola would become their new coach from the start of the 2013-14 season, replacing Jupp Heynckes.

Manchester United and Arsenal advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with replay wins over West Ham and Swansea, while in the Barclays Premier League Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Southampton.

A new four-year England Elite Player Squad agreement was reached between the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Players' Association and Premiership Rugby.

17: Lance Armstrong admitted widespread drug use, including taking EPO and blood doping, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to resolve his ulcerative colitis condition.

Britain's Laura Robson caused a huge upset in the second round of the Australian Open by beating eighth seed and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 2-6 6-3 11-9. Andy Murray also progressed with a straightforward 6-2 6-2 6-4 win over Joao Sousa of Portugal.

18: World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey challenged Lance Armstrong's claims, made in his television interview with Oprah Winfrey, that he stopped doping ahead of his comeback in 2009.

Southampton sacked manager Nigel Adkins and named Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement.

Theo Walcott ended his long contract stand-off with Arsenal by signing a new multi-year deal.

19: Andy Murray beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the third round of the Australian Open.

Ashley Cole agreed to sign a new contract with Chelsea.

England lost their third one-day international against India in Ranchi by seven wickets to trail the five-match series 2-1.

20: Tottenham scored a stoppage-time equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester United, while Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1.

Mark Selby won his third Betfair Masters title with a 10-6 victory over defending champion Neil Robertson at Alexandra Palace in London.

World number one and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic progressed through to quarter-finals of Australian Open with an extraordinary defeat of Stanislas Wawrinka, winning through 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 12-10 in five hours and two minutes.

21: Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge of Southampton ended in a goalless draw at home to Everton.

England confirmed Chris Robshaw would be retained as captain for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations.

Andy Murray beat Gilles Simon of France 6-3 6-1 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

22: Bradford became the first fourth-tier club to reach the League Cup final for 51 years after beating Aston Villa 4-3 on aggregate, despite losing 2-1 in the second leg.

Newcastle announced the signing of defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier.

Novak Djokovic reached the semi-final of the Australian Open after beating Tomas Berdych.

23: Swansea reached the League Cup final after a 0-0 draw against Chelsea saw them through 2-0 on aggregate. Eden Hazard was sent off for the Blues after appearing to kick a ballboy who was smothering the ball.

Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy.

India took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series as they beat England by five wickets.

24: Novak Djokovic claimed his place in the final of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-2 6-1 win over David Ferrer. In the women's event, Li Na crushed Maria Sharapova to set up a final showdown with defending champion Victoria Azarenka, who ended the giantkilling run of American teenager Sloane Stephens.

Veteran Everton defender Sylvain Distin signed a one-year contract extension.

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was named Scotland's assistant national coach as part of Gordon Strachan's new management team.

25: Andy Murray progressed through to the final of the Australian Open after beating Roger Federer 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 in the semi-final.

Footballers Michael Chopra and James Coppinger, plus former Flat jockey Andrew Heffernan, were found guilty of breaches of the Rules of Racing following an investigation into alleged corruption.

The Football Association charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard with violent conduct following an incident with a Swansea ball boy, saying in a statement that a "standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient".

26: Belarus' Victoria Azarenka retained the Australian Open women's singles title with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over China's Li Na in Melbourne.

Luton became the first non-league side to beat top-flight opposition in the FA Cup in 24 years, substitute Scott Rendell's strike 10 minutes from time earning a 1-0 win at Norwich. QPR were also knocked out in the fourth round, going down 4-2 at home to MK Dons.

Liverpool agreed a fee with Inter Milan for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

27: Novak Djokovic retained the Australian Open men's singles title, beating Britain's Andy Murray 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2 in the final in Melbourne.

Oldham of League One produced an FA Cup upset by beating Liverpool 3-2 in their fourth-round tie at Boundary Park.

England won the fifth and final one-day international against India in Dharamsala by seven wickets, Ian Bell making 113 not out. India won the series 3-2.

28: England coach Stuart Lancaster announced Manu Tuilagi was ruled of the RBS 6 Nations match against Scotland with an ankle injury and prop Alex Corbisiero would miss the whole championship with a knee injury.

Dundee United announced that manager Peter Houston had left the club by mutual consent.

Tottenham announced an agreement was reached with Schalke for the immediate transfer of midfielder Lewis Holtby to the Barclays Premier League club.

29: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed a deal to take striker Mario Balotelli to AC Milan was "close" after his side's 0-0 draw with QPR - a result that left them four points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Newcastle moved four points clear of the relegation zone after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa, who dropped into the bottom three as a result.

Uncapped Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees was included in England's 23-man matchday squad to face Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday at Twickenham.

30: Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United beat Southampton to stretch their lead to seven points at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool confirmed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan on a long-term contract.

The Rugby Football League confirmed the appointment of former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick as its new chairman, taking over from former Manchester United director Maurice Watkins.

31: David Beckham joined French Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain on a five-month deal.

Elsewhere on transfer deadline day, Mario Balotelli completed his £19million move to AC Milan from Manchester City, Arsenal signed Spain full-back Nacho Monreal, Danny Graham moved from Swansea to Sunderland in a £5million deal, Christopher Samba joined QPR in a club-record move from Anzhi Makhachkala. Jermaine Jenas also joined QPR from Tottenham, while goalkeeper Jack Butland signed for Stoke and Everton snapped up highly-rated defender John Stones from Barnsley.

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen admitted he took performance-enhancing drugs between 1998 and 2010.


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