July 2013: Murray mania

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

We look back at what happened in the world of sport in July, as Andy Murray became the first British male to win Wimbledon since 1936.

Andy Murray: Crowned Wimbledon champion in July
Andy Murray: Crowned Wimbledon champion in July

July 1: Andy Murray won 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 against Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round at Wimbledon but Laura Robson lost 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 to world number 46 Kaia Kanepi.

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton was ruled out of the third Test against Australia in Sydney due to a hamstring injury.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill was suspended for nine matches for using "words that were obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional and behaviour that was inappropriate and unprofessional" during the Aviva Premiership final against Northampton.

2: Premier League side Hull signed Scotland international goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Besiktas on a three-year deal.

Former England manager Steve McClaren joined Harry Redknapp's backroom team at Championship side QPR.

Stoke signed Spain Under-21 defender Marc Muniesa from Barcelona on a free transfer.

3: Andy Murray booked a Wimbledon semi-final against Jerzy Janowicz after recovering from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5. World number one Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro also reached the final four.

Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll was dropped from the third and decisive Test match between the British and Irish Lions and Australia in Sydney.

Mark Cavendish claimed his 24th Tour de France stage victory after winning a bunch sprint finish on the Marseille seafront.

4: The Grand Prix Drivers' Association threatened a boycott of the German Grand Prix by their members if the tyre problems which blighted the British Grand Prix persisted.

Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli reached the Wimbledon women's final. Lisicki battled past fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 2-6 9-7 while Bartoli hammered Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-1 6-2.

West Brom signed former France striker Nicolas Anelka on a free transfer.

5: Andy Murray booked his place in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic with a 6-7 (7/2) 6-4 6-4 6-3 win over Jerzy Janowicz.

New Manchester United boss David Moyes conducted his first press conference in which he stated Wayne Rooney was "not for sale".

Chelsea signed Holland international Marco van Ginkel.

6: The British and Irish Lions claimed their first series win in 16 years when they beat Australia 41-16 in Sydney for a 2-1 triumph overall.

2012 runner-up Chris Froome of Team Sky won stage eight of the Tour de France to take the overall leader's jersey.

Marion Bartoli claimed her first Grand Slam title as she beat Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 in the Wimbledon final.

7: Andy Murray ended 77 years of hurt for British tennis by beating Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 on Centre Court to clinch the Wimbledon men's singles title.

Three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in the German Grand Prix by staving off a grandstand finish from Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen at the Nurburgring. Raikkonen's team-mate Romain Grosjean finished third.

Ireland's Dan Martin won his first Tour de France stage on stage nine in the Pyrenees but Team Sky's Chris Froome's retained the yellow jersey.

8: Andy Murray was unsure whether winning Wimbledon makes him worthy of a knighthood, saying: "It's a nice thing to have or be offered. I think just because everyone's waited for such a long time for this, that's probably why it will be suggested but I don't know if it merits that."

Aston Villa confirmed star striker Christian Benteke had handed in a transfer request.

Liverpool rejected a bid from Arsenal for Luis Suarez and insisted the striker was not for sale.

9: Australia captain Michael Clarke warned England they may have erred by axing Nick Compton for the Ashes. On the eve of the first Test, Clarke said: "We haven't bowled to Joe (Root) yet, but we didn't manage to get Nick out that easily, so I'm happy he's not playing, to be honest."

Chelsea signed former Fulham and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer.

Everton bolstered their ranks with the additions of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel Robles and Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz.

10: Fourteen wickets fell on the opening day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. England were all out for 215 with Australia finishing on 75 for four.

Everton signed Barcelona B forward Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan.

Sunderland signed France Under-20 international midfielder El Hadji Ba on a three-year deal.

11: Australia teenage debutant Ashton Agar hit 98 - the highest Test score by a number 11 - in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

Swansea completed a club-record £12million move for Vitesse Arnham striker Wilfried Bony.

Victor Wanyama's move to Southampton from Celtic was completed for a Scottish record fee reported to be £12.5million.

12: Ian Bell was unbeaten on 95 alongside Stuart Broad (47no) as England finished the third day of the first Ashes Test on 326 for six. There was controversy as Broad did not walk after his thick edge went off wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's gloves to be caught by Michael Clarke at slip.

Fulham confirmed owner Mohamed Al Fayed was to sell the club to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan.

Mark Cavendish won the 13th stage of the Tour de France - his 25th stage win in total.

13: Ian Bell made 109 as England were all out for 375 on the fourth day of the first Test. Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann took two wickets apiece as Australia finished the day on 174 for six, needing another 137 runs for victory.

James Dasaolu became the second fastest Briton over 100m in history. His time of 9.91secs at the British Championships put him behind only Linford Christie.

Norwich signed Holland international Leroy Fer on a four-year deal from FC Twente for an undisclosed fee.

14: England win first Ashes Test against Australia by 14 runs at Trent Bridge.

It was announced Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson had tested positive for the same banned stimulant, while Tyson Gay was waiting for the results of his B sample from the US Anti-Doping Agency amid reports he too had failed a drug test.

Chris Froome wins stage 15 of the Tour de France on Mont Ventoux to extend his overall lead in the race.

15: Manchester United submitted a £26million bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Tyson Gay's contract with adidas was suspended following the American sprinter's reported failed drugs test.

Substitute Toni Duggan's injury-time leveller gave England a lifeline in the UEFA Women's European Championship following a 1-1 draw against Russia in Linkoping, Sweden.

16: Sunderland signed Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini from Juventus for £6.5million.

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is named in Great Britain's 60-strong squad for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow despite not competing all season because of an ankle injury.

Rui Costa won stage 16 of the Tour de France as Briton Chris Froome retained his place as overall leader.

17: Chelsea confirmed they had made a bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney although they denied they had offered either Juan Mata or David Luiz in part exchange. United chief executive Ed Woodward left the club's tour of the Far East to carry out some urgent transfer business.

Chris Froome won the Tour de France time trial by nine seconds from Alberto Contador to tighten his grip on the yellow jersey.

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was indicted by German prosecutors on a bribery charge. It relates to a £29million payment to German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky of Bayern Landesbank, linked to the sale of a stake in F1.

18: Ian Bell scored a century to help England to 289 for seven at stumps but three wickets from Steven Smith gave Australia the momentum on day one of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Chris Froome was penalised 20 seconds for taking an illegal feed inside the final five kilometres on the double ascent of the Alpe d'Huez, but still increased his overall lead in the 100th Tour de France.

Fiorentina reached an agreement to sell Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City.

19: Graeme Swann took five for 44 as England bowled out Australia for just 128 in their first innings to establish a handy lead in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Manchester City strengthened their strikeforce as they signed a pair of forwards in Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla and Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova stood down from his position at the Catalan giants to focus on his cancer treatment as he battled the illness.

20: Joe Root hit 178 not out - his second Test ton and first since being promoted to opener - as England moved a mammoth 566 in front of Australia on five on 333 for five at stumps on day three of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Lee Westwood carded a third-round 70 to secure a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield. Westwood was three under par after 54 holes, with Americans Tiger Woods (72) and Hunter Mahan (68) the only other players in red figures on one under.

Britain's Chris Froome moved to the brink of victory in the 100th Tour de France by finishing third on stage 20 to Annecy-Semnoz, earning the Team Sky rider a lead of more than five minutes heading into Sunday's processional final stage into Paris.

21: Britain's Chris Froome completed the final stage of the 100th Tour de France to be confirmed as the winner.

England beat Australia by 347 runs in the second Ashes Test at Lord's to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Phil Mickelson won the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield.

22: Former Paraguay manager Gerardo Martino was named Tito Vilanova's successor at Barcelona on a two-year contract. Vilanova was forced to step down due to ill health.

Mick Harford failed to reach an agreement to join Newcastle as an assistant to director of football Joe Kinnear, instead joining Championship side Millwall as assistant to manager Steve Lomas.

Celtic captain Scott Brown was recalled to Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad for next month's friendly international against England at Wembley.

23: Australia bowler James Pattinson was ruled out for the remainder of the Ashes series with a stress fracture of his lower back.

Manchester United manager David Moyes announced they had made a second bid for Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Denmark upset France on penalties and Norway beat Spain 3-1 to set up an all-Scandinavian semi-final at the Women's European Championship, joining Sweden and Germany in the last four.

24: Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina and Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain passed medicals with Serie A club Napoli.

Former British number one Anne Keothavong announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 29.

Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua turned professional and signed with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom organisation.

25: St Johnstone recorded a famous victory over Rosenborg in the Europa League third qualifying round after a 1-1 draw at home sealed a 2-1 aggregate success. However, it was an evening to forget for Hibernian, who were hammered 7-0 by Malmo to suffer a 9-0 loss on aggregate.

Viktor Troicki was banned for 18 months for a violation of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme. The 27-year-old Serbian had failed to provide a blood sample when requested during in-competition testing at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 15.

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse agreed to wear the logo of sponsor Wonga on his shirt having previously refused because of his religious beliefs.

26: Norwich signed Gary Hooper from Celtic for an undisclosed fee. The striker signed a three-year contract at Carrow Road.

New Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino warned Manchester United that the club were not prepared to sell Cesc Fabregas to the Premier League champions.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt returned to the Olympic Stadium for the Anniversary Games one year after winning gold in the 100 metres at the London Games. He won again, this time in 9.85 seconds.

27: Mo Farah won the 3,000m at the Anniversary Games as he again tasted victory in the Olympic Stadium.

Josh Charnley scored his 100th try for Wigan as they smashed their own semi-final records to reach their 30th Challenge Cup final with a 70-0 humiliation of London Broncos.

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain completed his move from Real Madrid to Napoli.

28: Lewis Hamilton finally grabbed his first victory with Mercedes by taking a record-equalling fourth Hungarian Grand Prix win.

James Taylor was called into the England squad for the third Ashes Test as cover for the injured Kevin Pietersen. Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar replaced back-up bowlers Steven Finn and Graham Onions.

World records tumbled in the Anniversary Games Paralympic 100m event at London's Olympic Stadium as Brazil's Alan Oliveira smashed his own T43 record with 10.57 seconds and Richard Browne set a new T44 mark of 10.75sec to beat Jonnie Peacock to second. Peacock's 10.84s was a British T44 record.

29: Ecuadorian striker Christian Benitez died after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest at his home at the age of 27. The former El Nacional, Santos Laguna and Birmingham forward had been playing in Qatar with Al Jaish after leaving Club America.

Huddersfield's inspirational captain Danny Brough signed a new five-year contract.

Plymouth-based Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte broke the 100 metres breaststroke world record at the World Championships in Barcelona. The 16-year-old Lithuanian clocked one minute 04.30 seconds at the Palau Sant Jordi.

30: Katie Ledecky destroyed fellow American Kate Ziegler's world 1,500 metres freestyle record as she claimed her second title of the World Championships in Barcelona.

Dunfermline were saved from liquidation after creditors waived their right to £10million of money owed to them by the Fife club.

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford was added to the British athletics team for the World Championships in Moscow after proving his fitness.

31: Cardiff City completed the club-record signing of defender Steven Caulker from Tottenham for a fee believed to be around £8million.

Jessica Ennis-Hill confirmed she would not compete in the world championships due to injury.

Celtic took a 1-0 lead in their Champions League qualification tie against Elfsborg with Kris Commons scoring the winner in the first leg at Parkhead.


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