November 2013: McCoy's Mountain high

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

We look back at what happened in the world of sport in November, as Tony McCoy won his 4,000th race aboard Mountain Tunes.

AP McCoy won his 4,000th race in November
AP McCoy won his 4,000th race in November

November 1: Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Elinor Barker beat the women's team pursuit world record as they claimed Track World Cup gold in a time of four minutes 19.604 seconds.

Pat Fenlon left his post as Hibernian manager.

Defending champions New Zealand beat France 48-0 in their World Cup match in Avignon.

2: England defeated Australia 20-13 in their opening QBE International at Twickenham.

England defeated Ireland 42-0 in their rugby league World Cup Group A match at Huddersfield.

Joanna Rowsell claimed gold in the individual pursuit at cycling's Track World Cup.

3: Cardiff beat Swansea 1-0 thanks to a goal by Steven Caulker at Cardiff City Stadium.

Sebastian Vettel claimed his seventh consecutive victory with a crushing win in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg were second and third respectively.

Double Olympic champion Laura Trott won gold in the omnium at cycling's Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester.

4: Leeds Rhinos centre or full-back Zak Hardaker pulled out of England's World Cup squad for personal reasons.

Fulham defender Sascha Riether was been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for his apparent stamp on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj.

5: Martin O'Neill was confirmed as the new Republic of Ireland manager, with Roy Keane as his assistant.

Manchester City reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for first time with 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow.

Fulham right-back Sascha Riether accepted a charge of violent conduct for stamping on Januzaj.

6: Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 in their Champions League fixture while Arsenal won 1-0 against Borussia Dortmund.

Fulham's Sascha Riether was banned for three matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct for stamping on Januzaj.

Zak Hardaker issued a public apology for the unspecified incident that prompted his withdrawal from England's World Cup squad.

7: Tony McCoy rode his 4,000th career winner aboard Mountain Tunes at Towcester.

Tottenham qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 2-1 home win over Sheriff Tiraspol.

The Australian media leaked an 82-page menu from England's hierachy which detailed what foods - including items such as kale, quinoa and agave nectar - that their players must be served during each day of the Ashes series.

8: Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams announced she would make her World Championship debut in the Wales Rally starting on November 14, partnering Formula One analyst Tony Jardine.

Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka claimed their places in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-4 1-6 6-3, while Wawrinka overcame David Ferrer 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 6-1.

Hibernian forward Rowan Vine was hit with a Scottish Football Association charge accusing him of threatening Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

9: Former St Helens, Hull and Wakefield full-back Steve Prescott died from stomach cancer aged just 39 following a seven-year battle with the disease.

BT Sport were awarded exclusive UK live broadcast rights for all Champions League and Europa League matches for three seasons, from 2015/16.

England beat Argentina 31-12 at Twickenham, but Wales suffered a 24-15 defeat at the hands of South Africa at the Millenium Stadium.

10: Robin van Persie scored the only goal against his former club as Manchester United beat Arsenal 1-0.

Marc Marquez became the youngest ever rider to win the MotoGP world title after riding a controlled race to third place at the season finale in Valencia.

Scotland qualified for the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup after Italy were beaten 16-0 by Tonga.

11: Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4 to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena.

Felipe Massa signed a deal to drive for Williams from the 2014 season onwards.

Australia full-back Billy Slater was detained but released without charge by police in Manchester following a nightclub incident in the early hours of Monday morning.

12: World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey said it would take something "close to a miracle" for Lance Armstrong to have his lifetime ban from cycling reduced even if he co-operated with an inquiry into doping.

England centre Manu Tuilagi was ruled out until February with a chest injury.

French club Clermont Auvergne announced the signing of Wales centre Jonathan Davies on a two-year contract from next season.

13: Fulham appointed Rene Meulensteen as head coach to work alongside manager Martin Jol.

England captain Steven Gerrard was ruled out of a friendly against Chile with injury.

Sergio Perez confirmed he was to leave McLaren at the end of the season.

14: Scottish four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti was forced to retire from racing on medical advice following an injury sustained at the Grand Prix of Houston in October.

Kevin Magnussen was confirmed as the replacement for Sergio Perez at McLaren for the 2014 Formula One season.

Sachin Tendulkar took the field for his 200th and final Test match against West Indies in Mumbai and ended the day 38 not out.

15: England were given a big wake-up call at Wembley as Chile totally outclassed Roy Hodgson's men on their way to a 2-0 friendly victory. Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez scored both goals.

Portugal, Greece and Ukraine won their respective first leg World Cup qualification play-off ties against Sweden, Romania and France while Iceland and Croatia shared a goalless draw in Reykjavik.

New Zealand ended Scotland's brave run at the Rugby League World Cup, reaching the semi-finals at their expense with a 40-4 win at Headingley.

16: England reached the semi-finals of the rugby league World Cup with a 34-6 win over France in Wigan. Australia also progressed with a 62-0 thumping of the United States.

England fell short of beating New Zealand for a second successive year at Twickenham as the All Blacks won 30-22.

Nigeria and Ivory Coast became the first African nations to book their places at the World Cup finals.

17: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye revealed he had been advised to retire following shoulder surgery.

Fiji booked a World Cup semi-final with reigning champions New Zealand with a 22-4 victory over Samoa.

Sebastian Vettel became the first man to win eight successive races in a single season when he won the United States Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber were second and third respectively in Austin.

18: The International Olympic Committee said it would await the outcome of an investigation by cycling's new leaders before taking any action on allegations by disgraced rider Lance Armstrong that the sport's world governing body the UCI was involved in covering up his doping.

Former British number one Elena Baltacha announced her retirement from tennis.

NBA superstar LeBron James confirmed he had entered talks with David Beckham about partnering in a potential MLS franchise in Miami.

19: Per Mertesacker headed the only goal as England were beaten 1-0 by Germany in a friendly at Wembley.

France reversed a 2-0 deficit to reach the World Cup finals with a 3-0 win over 10-man Ukraine. European sides Greece, Croatia and Portugal also secured their places in Brazil while in Africa, Ghana and Algeria qualified.

Scotland beat Norway 1-0 in a friendly in Tromso while the Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with Poland in Poznan.

20: Mexico and Uruguay completed the line-up for the World Cup finals in Brazil after completing respective play-off victories over New Zealand and Jordan.

Super League club London Broncos confirmed their intention to appoint administrators.

Scunthorpe sacked manager Brian Laws in the wake of their FA Cup exit to neighbours Grimsby.

21: Stuart Broad finished with five for 65 as England reduced Australia to 273 for eight on the first day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique was ruled out with a long-term knee injury. The Reds revealed academy director Frank McParland and head of coaching Rodolfo Borrell were both removed from their posts.

The 2011 Man of Steel Rangi Chase was dropped by England for the rugby league World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

22: England failed to cope with the pace of Mitchell Johnson as they lost six wickets for nine runs in a hapless collapse which turned the first Ashes Test on its head at the Gabba.

Leicester lock Geoff Parling was left a doubt for the start of England's RBS 6 Nations campaign in February after undergoing shoulder surgery.

A second-string Wales side laboured to an unconvcing 17-7 victory over Tonga at the Millennium Stadium.

23: David Warner (124) and Michael Clarke (113) both batted supremely as Australia piled up 401 for seven declared on day three of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, therefore setting England a world-record target of 561.

Crystal Palace confirmed the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to snatch a 3-3 draw for Liverpool in a pulsating Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

New Zealand defeated England 20-18 in their rugby league World Cup semi-final at Wembley, with Australia thrashing Fiji 64-0 in the second last-four encounter.

Carl Froch beat George Groves with a ninth-round stoppage to successfully defend his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles in Manchester.

24: England lost by 381 runs to Australia in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Sebastian Vettel claimed a record-equalling ninth successive Formula One race win with victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

New Zealand become the first side in the professional era to have a 100 per cent record in a calendar year after beating Ireland 24-22 in Dublin.

25: England batsman Jonathan Trott left the Ashes tour of Australia with a stress-related illness.

Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee following his on-field spat with James Anderson during the first Test against England.

Aston Villa battled back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw in their derby clash with midlands rivals West Brom at The Hawthorns.

26: Chelsea qualified for the Champions League knockout stages despite losing to Basle 1-0 in Group E. Arsenal beat Marseille 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to all but secure their place in the last 16 but Celtic were denied progression to the next stages - or a Europa League place - after AC Milan won 3-0 in Glasgow.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, US Open winner Justin Rose, Tour de France title-holder Chris Froome and record-breaking jockey Tony McCoy were nominated for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Sailor Ben Ainslie, England cricketer Ian Bell, athletes Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu, wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockcroft and rugby union's Leigh Halfpenny completed the shortlist.

27: Two people died in a construction accident at the Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo, the venue of the opening match at the 2014 World Cup.

Manchester United reached the Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare after thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 5-0. Manchester City, already through to the last 16, were 4-2 winners over Viktoria Plzen.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed he had the full support of his board and players just days after seeing his side hammered 6-0 by Manchester City.

28: Two men alleged to be members of an international illegal betting syndicate based in Singapore were charged with conspiracy to defraud as part of an investigation into alleged football match-fixing in England. Former Bolton striker Delroy Facey was earlier reported to be among six people, including three current players, arrested.

Tottenham clinched top spot in Europa League Group K with a 2-0 win away to Tromso, but Swansea's controversial 1-0 defeat to Valencia left them needing a point from their final game to qualify from Group A. Wigan lost 2-1 to Zulte-Waregem to dent their Group D hopes.

Ross Brawn confirmed he would step down from his position as Mercedes team principal at the end of the year.

29: Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan were remanded in custody until December 13 after appearing before Cannock Magistrates' Court on Friday charged as part of an investigation into alleged football match-fixing.

Lotus confirmed Pastor Maldonado would join the team from the start of the 2014 Formula One season as team-mate to Romain Grosjean.

30: Australia won the Rugby League World Cup, beating New Zealand 34-2 at Old Trafford.

Wales lost 30-26 to Australia in a thrilling match at the Millennium Stadium, a ninth successive defeat to the Wallabies.

Aaron Ramsey scored twice against former club Cardiff as Arsenal won 3-0 in their Premier League match in the Welsh capital.


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