August 2013: Ashes retained

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

We look back at what happened in the world of sport in August, as England retained The Ashes.

KP's Old Trafford ton helped England retain the Ashes
KP's Old Trafford ton helped England retain the Ashes

August 1: Michael Clarke scores unbeaten 125 as Australia close the first day of the third Ashes Test on 303 for three against England at Old Trafford.

Wilfried Bony marked his debut with a brace as Swansea enjoyed a victorious return to European competition with a 4-0 win against Malmo at the Liberty Stadium.

Hearts were issued with a player registration embargo until February 1 2014 as punishment for suffering an insolvency event, the Scottish Football Association announced.

2: England reached 52 for two in reply to Australia's 527 for seven in third Test.

Coventry learned they would start the new season in SkyBet League One with a 10-point deduction after the League transferred their share to the Otium Entertainment Group.

Arsene Wenger confirmed that Arsenal were still keen to sign Luis Suarez but insisted negotiations with Liverpool would remain "amicable".

3: Wigan started the Championship season with a 4-0 mauling of 10-man Barnsley at Oakwell, while there were also opening-day wins for fellow relegated sides QPR and Reading.

Kevin Pietersen made 113 as England fought back against Australia on day three of the third Ashes Test against Australia.

American 16-year-old Katie Ledecky broke Rebecca Adlington's world record to win the 800 metres freestyle at the World Championships in Barcelona.

4: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised Real Madrid for going public with their interest in Gareth Bale.

Fran Halsall won bronze in the 50m freestyle to give Great Britain its only medal of the World Championships in Barcelona.

Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet revealed plans to take legal action over the club's decision to dismiss him for gross misconduct.

5: England retain the Ashes after the third Investec Test against Australia ended in a draw. The hosts lead the five-match series 2-0.

Manchester United reject second bid from Chelsea for striker Wayne Rooney.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the highest paid player in baseball, was handed a 211-game ban for violations of Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program and its basic agreement.

6: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez claimed the club promised he could leave them this summer if they had not qualified for the Champions League.

London 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Beth Tweddle announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics.

Middlesbrough were humbled as they were sent crashing out of the Capital One Cup by Accrington Stanley following a 2-1 defeat at the Riverside.

7: Celtic advanced to the Champions League play-off draw as a goalless draw away at Elfsborg handed them a 1-0 win on aggregate.

Sussex launched an investigation after England cricketer Monty Panesar received a fixed penalty notice from police for being "drunk and disorderly" following an incident at a Brighton nightclub.

Scotland international scrum-half Rory Lawson announced his retirement from rugby due to a chronic wrist injury.

8: Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry insisted the Barclays Premier League club will not be selling striker Luis Suarez this summer.

Lamine Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), said he saw "no problem whatsoever" with Russia's new anti-gay laws ahead of the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert was called up by England for the first time ahead of Wednesday's friendly with Scotland at Wembley.

9: Jason Dufner equalled the lowest round in major championship history with a 63 in round two of the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill, missing a putt at the last for an outright record of 62.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said it would be "impossible" to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the summer.

Arsenal were drawn against Fenerbahce in the Champions League play-off round, while Celtic were handed a clash with Kazakh side Shakhter Karagandy. In the Europa League, Tottenham drew Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia while Swansea were paired with Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti.

10: Mo Farah added the 10,000m world title to his Olympic gold at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

Chris Rogers scored his maiden Test century to reach 101 not out as Australia made 222 for five in response to England's 238 all out on the second day of the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.

Cardiff confirmed the club-record signing of Chile international Gary Medel from Sevilla on a four-year deal, subject to him getting a work permit.

11: American Jason Dufner won the US PGA by two shots from Jim Furyk at Oak Hill. Rory McIlroy was joint eighth with Graeme McDowell in a tie for 12th.

Two goals from Robin van Persie saw Manchester United beat Wigan 2-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley.

Usain Bolt claimed the 100 metres title at the World Championships in 9.77 seconds ahead of Justin Gatlin and Nesta Carter. Britain's James Dasaolu was eighth.

12: England won the Ashes 3-0 with a 74-run win at Chester-le-Street. Stuart Broad took 11 wickets in the match to add to Ian Bell's third century of the series.

Christine Ohuruogu won a stunning 400m gold medal at the athletics World Championships in Moscow, breaking the British record as she came from off the pace to edge out Amantle Montsho on the line.

Crystal Palace signed striker Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal.

13: West Ham signed England winger Stewart Downing from Liverpool for a reported £5million fee.

England Under-21s hammered their Scottish counterparts 6-0 in a friendly at Bramall Lane. England manager Roy Hodgson took charge of the England youngsters on a one-off basis following the departure of Stuart Pearce in June.

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva claimed her third pole vault world title in a thrilling final at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

14: Rickie Lambert grabs the winner with his first touch less than three minutes after coming on for his debut as England beat Scotland 3-2 in a friendly at Wembley.

Martin Paterson scores the only goal as Northern Ireland beat Russia 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier to secure Michael O'Neill's first win as manager.

Stoke striker Cameron Jerome was fined £50,000 for breaching Football Association betting rules.

15: England bowler Tim Bresnan was ruled out of the remainder of the international season with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28.

Perri Shakes-Drayton finished seventh in 400 metres final at the World Championships after suffering a knee injury during the race.

16: Mo Farah added the 5,000m crown to the 10,000m title he had already claimed at the World Championships in Moscow. Victory ensured he become only the second man ever after Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to win both long-distance titles at the Olympics and the World Championships.

Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva claimed she had been "misunderstood" over comments condemning homosexuality and insisted she is against discrimination.

Fulham signed Darren Bent on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

17: David Moyes' first competitive game in charge of Manchester United ended in a 4-1 win at Swansea, while Arsenal suffered a shock 3-1 defeat on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League at home to Aston Villa.

Usain Bolt blazed to his 13th global gold medal with an emphatic 200 metres victory at the World Championships in Moscow. Britain's Adam Gemili ran his second fastest time ever of 20.08 for fifth place.

David Willey took centre-stage with both bat and ball as Northamptonshire claimed a thumping 102-run win over Surrey in a rain-affected Friends Life t20 final at Edgbaston.

18: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrated his Stamford Bridge return with a 2-0 victory over Barclays Premier League newcomers Hull.

Great Britain's women's 4x100 metres relay squad were promoted to bronze after the French team were disqualified at the World Championships, but their male counterparts were left heartbroken as the latest in a long line of baton blunders saw them stripped of bronze in Moscow.

Scotland's Catriona Matthew made history as she secured the half Europe needed to win the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time.

19: Manuel Pellegrini made the ideal start to his reign as Manchester City manager as the Blues cruised to the Premier League summit by hammering 10-man Newcastle 4-0.

Monty Panesar was released from his Sussex contract for his drunken behaviour outside a Brighton nightclub on August 5. The left-arm spinner then signed for Essex on loan for the rest of the season hours later.

Fulham signed England midfielder Scott Parker from Tottenham on a three-year deal.

20: Hope Powell left her role as England women's senior team head coach, ending her 15-year period in charge.

Celtic were beaten 2-0 by Kazakhstan champions Shakhter Karagandy in the first leg of their Champions League play-off at the Astana Arena.

Liverpool announced the signing of Valencia defender Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan, subject to completion of paperwork.

21: Shane Watson's maiden Ashes century put Australia in control of the fifth Test as his 164 guided the tourists to 307 for four after the first day. James Anderson took two wickets to move to 326 Test scalps - ahead of Bob Willis and behind only Sir Ian Botham on England's all-time list.

Arsenal beat Fenerbahce 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League play-off in Istanbul.

Branislav Ivanovic scored the winner as Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

22: Swansea and Tottenham both put one foot in the Europa League group stages as they claimed convincing wins in the first leg of their play-off ties. Spurs beat Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 while Swansea claimed a 5-1 win over Petrolul Ploiesti.

Gareth Southgate was appointed the new head coach of the England Under-21 team on a three-year contract replacing Stuart Pearce, whose contract was not renewed by the Football Association following a disappointing European Championships campaign.

Great Britain's showjumpers added the European team title to their London 2012 Olympic gold medal after clinching a dramatic victory at the MCH Arena.

23: Scotland striker Kenny Miller retired from international football, having won 69 caps and scored 18 goals.

Joe Root made 68 and Kevin Pietersen 50 as England reached 247 for four on day three of the fifth Ashes Test.

England's women beat their Australia counterparts by 51 runs to level their multi-format Ashes series at four points all.

24: Liverpool won 1-0 at Aston Villa while Arsenal beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage on the second weekend of the Premier League season.

There was no play at The Oval as rain washed out play on day four of the fifth Ashes Test.

Wigan won the Challenge Cup by beating Hull 16-0 at Wembley.

25: England were denied the chance to make Ashes history when the umpires took the sides off for bad light with the game minutes away from a thrilling climax. The home side, looking to turn their 3-0 series win into a 4-0 success over the Australians, required 21 in 24 balls when Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena produced the dreaded light meters and signalled the end of proceedings.

Fraizer Campbell scored two late goals as Cardiff marked their first Premier League home game with a famous 3-2 victory over Manchester City.

Sebastian Vettel cruised to the 31st win of his Formula One career at the Belgian Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso finishing second and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton third.

26: Manchester United and Chelsea shared a goalless draw in what was David Moyes' first competitive game at Old Trafford as United manager.

Laura Robson reached the second round of the US Open with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino at Flushing Meadow. Britain's Dan Evans eliminated 11th seed Kei Nishikori.

Stuart Broad accepted Darren Lehmann's apology for remarks the Australia coach made in a radio interview suggesting the England bowler was "a cheat" for not walking during the Trent Bridge Ashes Test.

27: Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend were selected for the England squad for the first time for the World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine.

Aaron Ramsey scored twice as Arsenal beat Fenerbahce 2-0 to complete a 5-0 aggregate win in the Champions League play-offs to reach the group stage.

Roger Federer was relatively untroubled as he eased through to the second round of the US Open with a 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory over Grega Zemlja.

28: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas confirmed Gareth Bale could join Real Madrid "very, very soon" - and also revealed the Wales star could be fined after he was twice absent from training. Spurs agreed a deal to sign Roma's Erik Lamela as his replacement.

Celtic reached the Champions League group stage after James Forrest's injury-time goal earned them a 3-2 comeback win over Kazakhstan's Shakhter Karagandy.

Everton needed extra time-to get past Stevenage in the Capital One Cup second round, while late goals from brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi saw Newcastle past Morecambe. Stoke, Aston Villa and Cardiff also progressed while the third-round draw pitted Manchester United against Liverpool on Luis Suarez's scheduled return from suspension for the latter.

29: Australia's Aaron Finch hits a world-record Twenty20 international 156 from 63 balls to help his side beat England by 39 runs in the first NatWest Twenty20 international at the Ageas Bowl.

Tottenham defeat Dinamo Tbilisi 3-0 (8-0 on aggregate) to book their place in the Europa League group stage.

The Professional Footballers' Association gave its full backing to chief executive Gordon Taylor following claims he had amassed more than £100,000 in gambling debts.

30: Romelu Lukaku missed the vital spot-kick as Chelsea were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup. Eden Hazard put Chelsea 2-1 up in extra-time only for Javi Martinez to slot home in injury-time and force a penalty shoot-out.

Tottenham made three new signings with Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen arriving for an undisclosed fee, Vlad Chiriches moving from Steaua Bucharest for £8.5million and Erik Lamela signing from Roma for a fee around £25.8million.

Laura Robson was knocked out of the US Open third round by fifth seed Li Na 6-2 7-5.

31: Alex Hales narrowly missed out on a century as England beat Australia by 27 runs in the second NatWest Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street to tie the two-match series 1-1.

Dan Evans lost in four sets against Tommy Robredo in the third round of the US Open.

Olympic champion Helen Glover and new partner Polly Swann secured the gold medal in the women's pair event at the World Rowing Championships in Chengdu. Brothers Peter and Richard Chambers were bronze medallists in the lightweight men's double sculls.

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