The year in sport 2018: PDC Darts

Been cracking. Darts has, this year.  Okay the PDC World Championship final wasn’t the best we’ve seen, but the two and a bit weeks before were filled with plenty of tasty tungsten. The Ally Pally saw upsets aplenty, with the expansion of the tournament from 72 to 96 players — including Lisa

The year in sport 2018: Swimming

2018 has seen it all - from world records to happy ever afters to awards and to major retirements. Numerous world records were broken this year both in 25m and 50m championships - turning 2018 into a year where swimmers were able to excel and display their skills worldwide. From Kliment

The year in sport 2018: British Boxing

We have celebrated and endured a remarkable catalogue of truly extraordinary events. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we all just want a break. So, why not take a drastic leap away from the serious and relive some of the more enjoyable moments, by metaphorically flicking through the highlights of what

The year in sport 2018: Athletics

The absence of a global championship can sometimes starve the athletics season of its usual excitement and rich story lines. However, there was still much to savour in 2018 with the European Championships being the showpiece event in an absorbing calendar year. The summer’s Championships cemented Dina Asher-Smith’s status as the leading light

The year in sport 2018: Football

Another year of football passes and we certainly weren't deprived of noteworthy events in 12 months that showcased both the beautiful and ugly sides of the game. This is the year in football, 2018. #MerciArsene Claude finally got his message across. "It's time to go." After 22 years, Arsene Wenger announced his decision to

The year in sport 2018: Cricket

‘Sandpaper Gate’ was undoubtedly the biggest story in world cricket in 2018. With a fractious test series in South Africa tied at 1-1, Australian captain Steve Smith resorted to desperate measures by hatching a plan to tamper with the ball in an attempt to quickly gain reverse swing for his quick

The year in sport 2018: Tennis

Comebacks, breakthroughs and controversies, tennis has had it all in 2018. The Sports Gazette looks back on the year by ranking the six biggest talking points. 1. Serena Williams angered by umpire during US open final Undoubtedly the main talking point of 2018, the US Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

2018: The year identity politics collided with sport

The day before France lifted the FIFA World Cup in Moscow, after beating Croatia 4-2 in the rain, head coach Didier Deschamps stated that his team were proud to represent the continent of Africa. “It has always been the case that the French team has always had players from Africa and

The year in sport 2018: MMA

2018 was a year of anniversaries for mixed-martial arts. The UFC celebrated its 25th year with a commemorative event in Denver in November and finished their contract with FoxSports, signalling the start of a new chapter with ESPN in 2019. Bellator MMA also celebrated their tenth year with a heavyweight grand

The year in sport 2018: Snooker

2018 was the year of 'The Rocket' Ronnie O’Sullivan, as he officially became the greatest snooker player of all-time, moving onto 19 majors, overtaking Stephen Hendry’s 18. He also becoming the record UK Championship title holder with seven. This victory statistically proves something snooker fans have known for a long time.