February 2013: Ravens rule

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

We look back at what happened in the world of sport in February, as the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.

Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII in February
Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII in February

February 1: West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace accused Peter Odemwingie of acting "wholly unprofessionally" over his failed bid to join QPR.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson denied a Football Association misconduct charge relating to his comments following his team's match at Tottenham on January 20.

Basketball and wheelchair fencing were awarded Olympic funding following an appeal to UK Sport.

2: Harry Redknapp confirmed that Loic Remy tore a groin muscle during training the day before.

Newcastle came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2 at St James' Park, Arsenal won 1-0 at home to Stoke, while Manchester United won 1-0 at Fulham.

In the Six Nations, England beat Scotland 38-18 at Twickenham, while Ireland beat Wales 30-22 in Cardiff.

3: Manchester City were held to a 1-1 home draw by Liverpool to fall nine points behind city rivals United. Tottenham beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

Mario Balotelli scored a double, including a last-minute winner from the penalty spot, on his AC Milan debut against Udinese after leaving Manchester City in the transfer window.

Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick pulled out of England's friendly against Brazil due to injury.

4: The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII after a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.

British Swimming named Bill Furniss as its new head coach and Chris Spice as its national performance director.

England centre Manu Tuilagi was made available for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland.

5: Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington confirmed her retirement from competitive swimming.

Hungarian club Debrecen confirmed that their Champions League match against Liverpool in 2009 was part of a match-fixing investigation.

Nottingham Forest and manager Alex McLeish agreed to part company.

6: England beat Brazil for only the fourth time in their history, and the first since 1990, as goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard earned a 2-1 success at Wembley.

Gordon Strachan's reign as Scotland boss began with a 1-0 win over Estonia, Charlie Mulgrew with the goal, while Wales beat Austria 2-1 and the Republic of Ireland were 2-0 winners over Poland. Northern Ireland drew 0-0 with Malta.

Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic strongly denied trying to influence the club's Champions League match against Liverpool in 2009.

7: Premier League clubs voted overwhelmingly to adopt spending controls, including financial fair play and a wage increase cap.

Liverpool announced defender Jamie Carragher would retire from football at the end of the season.

Billy Davies was confirmed as manager of Nottingham Forest.

8: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was fined £12,000 after being found guilty of misconduct in relation to comments he made about assistant referee Simon Beck following a defeat to Tottenham in January.

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly signed a new long-term contract.

The Super League match between Hull and Bradford at the KC Stadium was postponed after some of the home players failed to reach the stadium following the closure of the M62.

9: Southampton secured their first win under Mauricio Pochettino in style with a 3-1 win over Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City at St Mary's.

Wales beat France 16-6 in their RBS 6 Nations match in Paris, while Scotland overcame Italy 34-10 at Murrayfield.

England defeated New Zealand by 40 runs in the first Twenty20 international in Auckland.

10: England beat Ireland 12-6 in Dublin to go cleat at the top of the RBS 6 Nations Championship table.

Nigeria won the African Nations Cup after beating Burkina Faso 1-0.

Manchester United beat Everton 2-0 to move 12 points clear of neighbours City at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

11: Ben Foster saved Steven Gerrard's penalty before two late goals gave West Brom a 2-0 win away to Anfield, their first win in eight games and their first double over Liverpool since 1966/67.

Ireland prop Cian Healy was cited for an apparent stamp in the RBS 6 Nations defeat by England.

Arsenal confirmed that defender Andre Santos had joined Brazilian side Gremio on loan for the rest of the season.

12: Juventus defeat Celtic 3-0 in Glasgow to take command of their Champions League tie. In the night's other last-16 first-leg encounter, Paris St Germain defeated Valencia 2-1 at the Mestalla.

New Zealand wrapped up a 55-run win over England to level the three-match Twenty20 international series at 1-1.

The International Olympic Committee announced wrestling would be dropped from the 2020 Olympic Games to make way for a new sport.

13: Manchester United drew 1-1 against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Bernabeu. Danny Welbeck put the visitors ahead, before United old boy Cristiano Ronaldo equalised with a brilliant header.

British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt, chef de mission for Team GB at the London 2012 Games, resigned after four years with the organisation.

Ireland prop Cian Healy was banned until March 10 for stamping on Dan Cole during the 12-6 RBS 6 Nations defeat by England three days earlier at the Aviva Stadium.

14 South African Paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend after she was shot dead at his home.

Stephen Lee had "a case to answer" over allegations of match-fixing at four tournaments, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) announced.

In Europa League last 32 first leg matches, Chelsea beat Sparta Prague 1-0, Tottenham beat Lyon 2-1, Newcastle drew 0-0 with Metalist Kharkiv and Liverpool lost 2-0 to Zenit St Petersburg.

15 South African Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius appeared in court charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius wept as details of the case were read out but strongly denied the charge against him.

Steven Caulker had his two-match ban lifted at a UEFA appeal into October's racism-affected Under-21 qualifier between England and Serbia, but team-mate Tom Ince's suspension was upheld.

England registered an emphatic 10-wicket victory over New Zealand in Wellington to secure a 2-1 victory in the Twenty20 series.

16 Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was "numb with shock, as well as grief" after the shooting death of his model girlfriend at his home in South Africa, the runner's uncle said, as his family "strongly refutes" that he planned to kill her.

Blackburn caused an FA Cup shock with a 1-0 fifth-round victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, while non-league Luton were knocked out by Millwall.

Team Sky's Chris Froome wrapped up victory at the Tour of Oman ahead of Alberto Contador.

17 Oscar Pistorius' management company issued a statement announcing they had "no option" but to cancel all future races he had been contracted to compete in.

England lost the first one-day international against New Zealand in Hamilton by three wickets.

Liverpool beat Swansea 5-0 in Barclays Premier League but forward Fabio Borini suffered a dislocated shoulder which is set to see him miss the rest of the season. In FA Cup fifth-round matches, Man City defeated Leeds 4-0 and Wigan beat Huddersfield 4-1, while in their fourth-round replay Chelsea beat Brentford 4-0.

18 Paul Ince was confirmed as the manager of Blackpool on a one-year rolling deal.

Paolo Di Canio walked out on Swindon citing problems with the club's hierarchy.

Simon Grayson was named as Preston's manager.

19 The first day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing saw the athlete claim he shot Reeva Steenkamp believing she was a robber. The prosecution maintained he shot her in cold blood.

Arsenal lost their Champions League last-16 first-leg match 3-1 against Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster named an unchanged 23-man England squad for the RBS 6 Nations match against France.

20 AC Milan beat Barcelona 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg at the San Siro, while Galatasaray and Schalke drew 1-1.

Lance Armstrong's attorney Tim Herman announced Armstrong would be interviewed under oath by the United States Anti-Doping Agency's officials, saying he "will not participate in USADA's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonise selected individuals".

England won the second one-day international against New Zealand by eight wickets to level the series.

21 The lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius case, Hilton Botha, was dropped from the case by the South African police after it emerged he had been charged with seven counts of attempted murder.

A stoppage-time goal from Eden Hazard saw Chelsea through to the last 16 of the Europa League with a 2-1 aggregate win over Sparta Prague. Tottenham also scored late to go through at the expense of Lyon, 3-2 on aggregate, while Newcastle won 1-0 to see off Metalist Kharkiv. However, Liverpool went out on away goals after a 3-1 win over Zenit St Petersburg at Anfield.

The women's team pursuit team, including Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King as well as A-Level student Elinor Barker, gave Britain their first gold at the 2013 World Track Cycling Championships by beating Australia in Belarus.

22 Oscar Pistorius was released on bail on a charge of murdering his girlfriend, with the trial to take place in June.

Arsene Wenger said he never considered quitting as Arsenal manager following Arsenal's recent elimination from the League Cup and FA Cup by lower league sides and their Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Fulham midfielder Damien Duff signed a one-year contract extension.

23 England beat 23-13 against France at Twickenham for their third straight win in the RBS 6 Nations. Wales beat Italy 26-9 in Rome.

Manchester United moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win at QPR thanks to goals by Rafael and Ryan Giggs. Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-1 and Wigan won 3-0 at Reading in a game between two relegation contenders.

England beat New Zealand by five wickets in the third and final one-day international in Auckland to win the series 2-1.

24 Swansea beat Bradford 5-0 to win the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, Nathan Dyer (two), Jonathan de Guzman (two) and Michu helping the Welsh club win their first major trophy.

David Beckham made his Paris St Germain debut as a late substitute in the 2-0 home win over Marseille in Ligue 1.

Scotland beat Ireland 12-8 in their RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield.

25 Gareth Bale scores twice, including a stunning 90th-minute winner, as Spurs beat West Ham 3-2 at Upton Park to move up to third in the standings.

Arsenal announced a profit of £17.8million in the club's latest half-yearly results.

Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin signs a four-year contract extension at Southampton.

26 An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of Surrey batsman Tom Maynard.

Ronnie O'Sullivan ended his sabbatical from snooker and announced he would defend his world title.

Everton saw off League One Oldham 3-1 in a replay to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

27 Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez confirmed he would leave the club at the end of the season. The Spaniard also hit out at the club's fans in a press conference following a 2-0 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough.

Edinburgh and Scotland centre Nick De Luca was suspended for 13 weeks following his red card for a tip tackle on Tom Grabham in Friday's RaboDirect PRO12 match against Ospreys.

Lazio were ordered to play two home European matches behind closed doors following an investigation by UEFA into crowd trouble during their Europa League last-32 match against Borussia Monchengladbach.

28: Adrian Sutil was confirmed as one of Force India's drivers for the 2013 Formula One season.

Oldco Rangers were handed a fine of £250,000 following an investigation into undisclosed payments to players between 2000-2011.

Manager John McGlynn left Hearts by mutual consent.


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