May 2013: Sir Alex quits

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

We look back at what happened in the world of sport in May, as Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Ferguson won another title, and then retired
Ferguson won another title, and then retired

May 1: Bayern Munich completed a stunning Champions League semi-final mauling of Barcelona, winning 3-0 at the Nou Camp to seal a 7-0 aggregate triumph and set up the competition's first all-German final - a Wembley showpiece against Borussia Dortmund.

Ronnie O'Sullivan vowed to retire from snooker before the 2014 Betfair World Championship, saying "this is my last farewell" and claiming the sport was bad for his health.

Former Olympic champion Audley Harrison announced his retirement from professional boxing, conceding he will not realise his dream of winning a legitimate world title.

2: Chelsea reached the Europa League final, winning 5-3 on aggregate against Basle.

Gareth Bale was named the Football Writers' Association's player of the year.

The Olympic Stadium was named as one of 13 venues to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

3: The Scottish Rugby Union announced Scott Johnson would vacate his position as interim head coach to become director of rugby at the SRU.

Essex batsman Ravi Bopara was handed a surprise recall as England named their 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy.

Callum McFadzean scored the only goal as Sheffield United gained a slender lead in the first leg of their npower League One play-off semi-final against Yeovil.

4 Hull City secured automatic promotion to the Premier League with a 2-2 draw against Cardiff.

Wigan boosted their hopes of staying in the Premier League with a 3-2 win at West Brom, while Aston Villa beat fellow relegation battlers Norwich 2-1.

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Judd Trump 17-11 to reach the final of the World Championship, where he will play Barry Hawkins who beat Ricky Walden 17-14.

5 Sky Lantern won the 200th running of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket to give champion jockey Richard Hughes his first British Classic winner.

Juventus and Ajax won the Serie A and Eredivisie titles after victories.

A late Juan Mata goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Manchester United, while in the Merseyside derby Liverpool drew 0-0 with Everton.

6: Ronnie O'Sullivan successfully defended his Betfair World Championship title, beating Barry Hawkins 18-12 in the final to land his fifth trophy at the Crucible event.

Brentford beat Swindon in a penalty shoot-out to set up an npower League One play-off final against Yeovil, who were 2-1 aggregate winners over Sheffield United.

New Zealand's Jonathan Paget won the Badminton Horse Trials on his debut, jumping clear in the final showjumping phase on Clifton Promise.

7: Wigan's relegation fears deepened with a 3-2 defeat at home to Swansea. Manchester City confirmed Champions League football with a 1-0 win over West Brom.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was ruled out for the rest of the season after deciding to undergo shoulder surgery.

Wolves sacked manager Dean Saunders following their relegation to npower League One while Kenny Jackett stepped down as Millwall boss.

8: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would retire at the end of the season.

Tottenham kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive by twice coming from behind to draw against Chelsea in their Barclays Premier League clash.

Laura Robson could not build on her triumph over world number four Agnieszka Radwanska in the Madrid Open after the British number one succumbed to a battling 5-7 6-2 7-6 (7/5) defeat against Ana Ivanovic in the last 16.

9: 2008 Olympic sailing champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died after his catamaran capsized in training with his team Artemis Racing in San Francisco Bay ahead of the America's Cup.

Everton boss David Moyes was confirmed as the new Manchester United manager on a six-year contract.

Aston Villa club captain Stiliyan Petrov announced his retirement from football as he continued his battle against acute leukaemia.

10: America's Cup regatta director Iain Murray revealed former Olympic champion Andrew Simpson died after being trapped under his AC72 catamaran when it nosedived, capsized and broke into pieces in San Francisco Bay.

Crystal Palace and Brighton drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Championship play-offs at Selhurst Park.

Andy Murray lost 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to Tomas Berdych in the quarter final of the Madrid Open.

11: An injury-time goal by Ben Watson saw Wigan stun Manchester City with a 1-0 victory in the FA Cup final.

Frank Lampard became Chelsea's record goalscorer after his double in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa saw him move beyond Bobby Tambling with 203 career goals.

Manchester United's former England midfielder Paul Scholes announced his retirement from football for the second time.

12: Sir Alex Ferguson was given a guard of honour by both Swansea and Manchester United players in what was his last game in charge at Old Trafford.

Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland all won meaning that Wigan would have to win their match with Arsenal to keep alive their hopes of playing in the Barclays Premier League next season.

Rafael Nadal beat Stanislas Wawrinka to win the Madrid Open.

13: Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City after failing to achieve any of the club's "stated targets" for the season.

Wilfried Zaha scored twice as Crystal Palace beat Brighton in their npower Championship play-off semi-final second leg to set up a clash with Watford in the final at Wembley.

Paris St Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi claimed the club rejected an approach from Real Madrid for the services of their title-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti.

14: Wigan were relegated just three days after winning the FA Cup with a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal which put the Gunners ahead of Tottenham in the race for Champions League football.

Manchester City secured second place in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 win at Reading, having seen Mancini sacked the day before in the wake of the FA Cup final defeat to Wigan.

David Haye was forced to pull out of his heavyweight bout with Manuel Charr next month after suffering a hand injury in training.

15: An injury-time header by Branislav Ivanovic saw Chelsea win the Europa League with a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Amsterdam. Fernando Torres gave the Blues the lead with Oscar Cardozo equalising before Ivanovic's intervention.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand announced his retirement from international football.

British Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson announced he was to step down from his position at the end of June and return to Canada to be with his family.

16: Former England captain David Beckham announced he would retire from football at the end of the season, at the age of 38.

Frank Lampard agreed a one-year contract to stay at Chelsea.

Brighton suspended manager Gus Poyet, assistant boss Mauricio Taricco and first-team coach Charlie Oatway.

17 James Anderson claimed his 300th Test wicket for England although the hosts were labouring on the second day against New Zealand at Lord's. Anderson finished the day with three wickets, moving him to 301.

Sir Bradley Wiggins withdrew from the Giro d'Italia - his major priority this season - ahead of the 13th stage as he battled a chest infection.

Stoke launched an investigation into a training ground incident in which a pig's head was left in the locker of rastafarian striker Kenwyne Jones.

18 Jonny Wilkinson landed three penalties and the decisive conversion as Toulon won the Heineken Cup with a 16-15 victory over Clermont Auvergne.

Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones apologised to team-mate Glenn Whelan after smashing his car windscreen in a mistaken act of retribution for a training-ground prank which went wrong.

England lost four wickets for just 12 runs as they limped to 180 for six and a lead of 205 against New Zealand.

19 Arsenal beat Newcastle 1-0 thanks to Laurent Koscielny's goal to pip Tottenham to the Barclays Premier League's fourth Champions League place.

Spurs beat Sunderland by the same scoreline while in Sir Alex Ferguson's 1500th and final match champions Manchester United were held 5-5 by West Brom, the first such scoreline in the Premier League era.

Stuart Broad took seven for 44 as England bowled out New Zealand for 68 to win a thrilling first Test at Lord's by 170 runs.

20 Real Madrid announced Jose Mourinho would depart as manager at the end of the season with the Portuguese apparently set to move to Chelsea.

Sir Alex Ferguson was named League Managers' Association Premier League Manager of the Year for the final time.

Manchester City's Jack Rodwell was called into the England squad for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

21 Stoke parted company with manager Tony Pulis by mutual consent after seven years at the club.

Andy Murray pulled out of the upcoming French Open after failing to recover from a back injury.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll pulled out of the England squad for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

22 Jockey Eddie Ahern was banned for a total of 10 years after being found guilty by the British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice.

Wasps wing Christian Wade was named both the Computacenter Players' Player of the Year and the LV= Young Player of the Year in a unique double at the Rugby Players' Association awards.

Malaga confirmed that Manuel Pellegrini will not be in charge of the club next season, increasing speculation he will fill the vacant managerial position at Manchester City.

23 European Tour chief executive George O'Grady issues apology for using the word "coloured" when defending the decision not to sanction Sergio Garcia for a controversial remark about Tiger Woods.

Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was withdrawn from next month's Champions Trophy by the International Cricket Council following media reports that he was under investigation by Mumbai Police.

Rio Ferdinand signs one-year contract extension with Manchester United.

24 Manchester United announced they were to part company with assistant coach Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.

The first day of the second Investec Test between England and New Zealand was washed out after persistent rain at Headingley.

Tottenham player Andros Townsend was charged with allegedly breaching betting regulations by the Football Association and withdrew himself from England's squad for the European Under-21 Championship.

25 An 89th-minute goal by Arjen Robben guided Bayern Munich to a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley.

Leicester beat Northampton 37-17 in the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham.

Carl Froch retained his IBF super-middleweight crown with a thrilling win on points against Mikkel Kessler at London's O2 Arena.

26 Mercedes' Nico Rosberg emerged unscathed from a crash-strewn Monaco Grand Prix to take his first win of 2013.

Gary Hooper scored twice as Celtic defeated Hibernian 3-0 in the Scottish Cup final to complete a domestic double.

Hooker Dylan Hartley was ruled out of the British and Irish Lions tour after being suspended for 11 weeks for his red card in Northampton's Premiership final defeat by Leicester.

27 Crystal Palace beat Watford 1-0 after extra-time in the npower Championship play-off final to reach the Barclays Premier League.

Great Britain's Laura Robson was knocked out of the French Open in the first round, losing 6-3 6-2 to Caroline Wozniacki.

Rafael Benitez was confirmed as Napoli's new head coach, following his spell as interim manager of Chelsea.

28 England defied the Headingley drizzle on day five to add the finishing touches to a 2-0 series whitewash over New Zealand with a 247-run victory.

England boss Roy Hodgson announced Ashley Cole would captain the side in their international friendly against the Republic of Ireland in celebration of his 100th cap.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan paved the way for manager Roberto Martinez to become the next Everton boss after reluctantly accepting the Spaniard's request to leave the club.

29 England and the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 in a friendly at Wembley in the first meeting of the two nations since the 1995 riot at Lansdowne Road in Dublin.

Squash, baseball/softball and wrestling were shortlisted by the IOC for potential inclusion at the 2020 Olympics.

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed having a verbal agreement with Manchester City ahead of his expected move from Malaga.

30 England's game against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on June 2 was under threat after fears were raised over safety in the Maracana stadium.

Mark Hughes was appointed as the new Stoke manager on a three-year deal.

Frankie Dettori was cleared to return to racing following a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine.

31 Defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins withdrew from the Tour de France after a chest infection and a knee injury left him unable to train.

Ligue 2 champions Monaco agreed a deal to sign Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid.

England were beaten by five wickets as New Zealand won the first NatWest Series match at Lord's.

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