The best and worst moments of 2020

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It has been another astonishing year of sporting drama, from title triumphs for Liverpool, Lewis Hamilton and Naomi Osaka to disqualifications, suspensions and costly cancellations.

Here, the PA news agency looks back on five of the best and worst sporting moments of 2020.

Best moments

Liverpool end 30-year title drought

Liverpool fans celebrate their title success outside Anfield (Martin Rickett/PA)

Magnificent seven for Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his dog Roscoe after winning the Turkish Grand Prix to secure his seventh world championship in Istanbul (PA Wire)

Naomi Osaka combines activism with success

Osaka won her third grand-slam title in the US Open with a brilliant comeback victory over Victoria Azarenka, but her success will be remembered as much for her impact off the court as on it. The 23-year-old, who is of mixed Japanese and Haitian heritage, used her platform to draw attention to racial injustice, wearing a different facemask for each match bearing the name of a black victim of violence.

Tyson unleashes the Fury on Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury hammered Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas
Tyson Fury hammered Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Scotland qualify for Euro 2020

David Marshall
Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall celebrates saving from Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic to win the penalty shoot-out (Novak Djurovic/PA Wire)

Worst moments

The “Covidiots”

As if losing months of sport to a global pandemic was not bad enough, when action was able to resume there were numerous examples of players breaking the rules for selfish reasons, some of which had major consequences. The likes of Jack Wilshere, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood, Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho mainly damaged their own reputations, but England’s rugby union game against the Barbarians was cancelled – at a cost of around £1million – due to coronavirus protocol breaches by Barbarians players, including former England captain Chris Robshaw.

Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January (Dave Thompson/PA)

Novak Djokovic disqualified from the US Open

Djokovic had already come in for heavy criticism after the exhibition Adria Tour he organised in the Balkans resulted in several players and coaches, including himself, testing positive for Covid-19, but worse was to come at Flushing Meadows when the top seed was disqualified after accidentally hitting a female line judge with a ball struck in annoyance during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta.

Tiger Woods’ 10 at Augusta

GOLF Masters Woods
(PA Graphics)

Christian Coleman banned

Christian Coleman
Christian Coleman with the gold medal for the men’s 4×100 metres relay final during the 2019 World Championships (PA Archive/PA Images)

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