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Timeline of the 2010 sporting year

Here is the timeline of main sporting events of 2010.

india Updated: Dec 25, 2010 19:35 IST

Feb. 7 - The New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the Super Bowl to claim their first NFL title.

Feb. 28 - The Vancouver Winter Olympics ends with Canada winning a table-topping 14 gold medals, setting an Olympic record for the highest tally in a single Games. Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a training crash on the eve of the Games' opening ceremony.

April 11 - Phil Mickelson wraps up an emotional three-shot victory at the U.S. Masters golf at the sun-splashed Augusta National. The American left-hander, whose wife has been battling breast cancer, birdies four of the last seven holes to win his fourth major title and a third Green Jacket.

April 21 - Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who steered the Olympic movement through two turbulent decades, dies at the age of 89.

May 6 - England beat Australia by seven wickets to win the Twenty20 World Cup in Barbados, their first major one-day cricket title.

June 7 - A day after triumphing at the French Open, Rafa Nadal topples Roger Federer from the top of the ATP world rankings, leaving the Swiss tantalisingly short of equalling Pete Sampras's record time as world number one.

July 6 - South African world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya is cleared to return to athletic competition as a woman nearly a year after controversial gender tests put her career on hold.

July 11 - Spain beat the Netherlands in Johannesburg to win their first soccer World Cup. With the scoreless match edging towards a penalty shootout, and the Netherlands down to 10 men, Andres Iniesta collects a pass from Cesc Fabregas to score from close range four minutes from the final whistle.

July 13 - Controversial New York Yankees baseball team owner George Steinbrenner dies at the age of 80.

July 25 - Alberto Contador wins his third Tour de France crown, beating Luxembourg's Andy Schleck by 39 seconds. However, he is suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) after testing positive for a "very small concentration" of clenbuterol, a banned anabolic agent during the Tour.

-- Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, 39, says during the 2010 Tour de France that he will no longer compete at professional level away from the United States. The Texan finishes 23rd overall in his final Tour.

Aug. 29 - Kenyan runner David Rudisha lowers the 800 metres world record for the second time in a week, taking a mark that had stood for 13 years down to one minute 41.01 seconds.

Aug. 29 - Police confiscate the mobile phones of Pakistan's cricket test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif after allegations in the News of the World newspaper that they had arranged for deliberate no-balls to be bowled in the fourth test against England at Lord's. Their agent, 35-year-old Mazhar Majeed, is arrested and released on bail.

Aug. 30 - Pakistan slump to the heaviest defeat in their test history, losing the series 3-1. Manager Yawar Saeed says the one-day series, involving two Twenty20 matches and five one-day internationals, will go ahead. Three days later, the International Cricket Council (ICC) release a statement saying the three players have been suspended under its anti-corruption code and face possible life bans.

Oct. 4 - Golfer Graeme McDowell wins a close singles with Hunter Mahan to earn the point that clinches the 38th Ryder Cup for Europe.

Oct. 31 - Briton Lee Westwood is confirmed as world number one golfer as the new rankings are published, ending Tiger Woods's unprecedented 281-week reign at the top of the rankings.

Nov. 13 - Filipino Manny Pacquiao wins an unprecedented eighth world boxing title in an eighth weight class when he takes the vacant WBC super welterweight crown in Texas.

Nov. 14 - Germany's Sebastian Vettel becomes Formula One's youngest world champion at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He is only Germany's second F1 world champion, after seven-times champion Michael Schumacher.

Dec. 2 - Russia wins the right to put on the 2018 World Cup and Qatar is named host of the 2022 finals by FIFA.

Dec. 5 - Serbia win their first Davis Cup tennis title, beating France 3-2 in Belgrade. The players honour a vow made before the semi-final and sit on court after the win to have their heads shaved.

Dec. 6 - Spain's World Cup winners Xavi and Andres Iniesta are joined by holder Lionel Messi on an all-Barcelona shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or. The winner is due to be announced on Jan. 10 2011.

Dec. 18 - Inter Milan win soccer's Club World Cup when they brush aside TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo 3-0 in the final in Abu Dhabi.

Dec. 19 - Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first cricketer to score 50 test centuries, though his unbeaten 111 at

Centurion is not enough to save his side from defeat against South Africa.

First Published: Dec 25, 2010 19:27 IST