It’s been another wonderful year of athletic intrigue, from Liverpool, Lewis Hamilton and Naomi Osaka’s title triumphs to disqualifications, suspensions and expensive cancellations. Here, PA News is looking back on five of 2020’s best and worst sports moments.
Liverpool fans celebrate their championship triumph outside Anfield (Martin Rickett/PA) When the coronavirus pandemic affected life in England and the Premier League had to be postponed for three months, fans of Liverpool had to wait nervously to see how – or whether – the season would end. When play finally resumed in June, after a draw at Everton and a home victory over Crystal Palace, Jürgen Klopp’s side were on the verge of winning the title, and were confirmed as champions for the first time since 1990, when Manchester City’s nearest rivals lost at Chelsea. The championship win for the Reds was the 19th in the history of the club, equaling the English record of Manchester United and sparking euphoric celebrations outside Anfield. Brilliant seven for Lewis Hamilton After winning the Turkish Grand Prix to claim his seventh world championship in Istanbul (PA Wire), Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his dog Roscoe Hamilton won a record seventh world title with three races to go after a brilliant run in the rain at the Istanbul Turkish Grand Prix. With Michael Schumacher’s all-time championship, the 35-year-old drew a level, 16 years after the great German set a record many believed would stand the test of time. He now has more victories, more poles and more podiums than any driver before him. Twitter.com/zxtS7qSa9F- NaomiOsaka (@naomiosaka) September 13, 2020 With a superb comeback win over Victoria Azarenka, Osaka captured her third Grand Slam title at the US Open, but her performance will be remembered as much for her influence off the court as on it. Having mixed Japanese and Haitian descent, the 23-year-old used her platform to draw attention to racial inequality by wearing a different face mask for each match that bore the name of a black survivor of abuse. Tyson Fury hammered Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas (Bradley Collyer/PA)After his controversial draw against Deontay Wilder in December 2018, Tyson Fury had unfinished business. Still furious that, after reaching the canvas twice, he could not get a points win in Los Angeles, Fury delivered a spectacular display to end Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight champion in Las Vegas. Fury, described as having “pillow fists,” by Wilder before the fight, made the American eat his own words by knocking him down twice before stopping him in the seventh round to complete a remarkable boxing journey back to the top. Scottish goalkeeper David Marshall celebrates his penalty shootout victory over Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (Novak Djurovic/PA Wire) David Marshall was the hero with a penalty shootout victory over Serbia in Belgrade as Scotland entered Euro 2020. The goal of Ryan Christie looked set to take the dominant side of Steve Clarke into the final, which will be kept due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2021, but in the 90th minute, Serbia scored first. In the 90th minute, Serbia scored first, but it was short-lived as Marshall saved from Aleksandar Mitrovic in the tenth penalty to secure the first appearance of Scotland in a major tournament since 1998. Worst moments “Covidiots ” I want to express my sincere apologies to @Barbarian FC @EnglandRugby and the rugby family for letting you down this week’s photo. Twitter.com/mBPLuL69hA- Chris Robshaw (@ChrisRobshaw) October 23, 2020 As if the month-long shutdown of the sport was not bad enough due to a global pandemic, there were several cases of players violating the rules for selfish reasons when play resumed, some of which had severe consequences. In particular, players such as Jack Wilshere, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood, Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho destroyed their own reputations, but England’s rugby union match against the Barbarians was also cancelled because Barbarians players, including former England captain Chris Robshaw, breached the coronavirus protocol at a cost of about a million pounds. Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January (Dave Thompson/PA)D Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash.