2018 within the rearview mirror: Reliving 365 days in 200 clips, GIFs, footage and memes

Generally, moments stick out like sore thumbs. In 2018, a yr which had a FIFA World Cup, a Hockey World Cup, Asian Game, Commonwealth Game and the Winter Olympics, these moments got here thick and quick.

2018 was simply that kind of yr.

Historical past was made. Data have been damaged. All-conquering cricketers broke down in tears. Soccer managers relinquished the thrones they occupied for over 20 years. In NBA, a dynasty was established at Oakland.

Steve Smith breaks down at a press convention after the ball-tampering scandal. AFP

In desk tennis, a 15-year-old prodigy from Japan received the year-end title. In golf, a fading famous person confirmed indicators of resurgence.

In soccer, the first-ever Ballon d’Or Feminin was awarded. In gymnastics, girls united, and their collective voice introduced down a predator. Basketball stars discovered their voice towards the president of the nation.

The 2 Koreas marched as one on the Winter Olympics. After which once more on the Asian Game.

In biking, an unheralded domestique received the Tour de France. In long-distance working, a Kenyan marathoner introduced down the world report time by over a minute.

It was a yr wealthy in imagery. As we rely down to a different yr, this is Firstpost‘s choice of the pictures, clips, GIFs that encapsulate the whole lot that 2018 introduced within the sporting panorama:

From the ball-tampering controversy that rocked the muse of Australian cricket to Luka Modric breaking Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s 10-year monopoly over the Ballon d’Or; from LeBron James transferring to the Los Angeles Lakers after struggling one other defeat to the Golden State Warriors to Cristiano Ronaldo becoming a member of Juventus, the yr was by no means in need of breaking information. You can relive those moments here.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James argues with Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (centre) as Klay Thompson (left) moves in during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James argues with Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (centre) as Klay Thompson (left) strikes in throughout {Game} 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. USA In the present day Sports activities by way of Reuters

It was a year that saw some of the greats bid adieu, from India hockey captain Sardar Singh to cricketer AB de Villiers, while others like Fernando Alonso moved on to other things. But it was also a year that saw remarkable comebacks, none more so than Novak Djokovic’s.

File image of Fernando Alonso. AFP

File picture of Fernando Alonso. AFP

It was also a momentous year for women’s sport. And a yr the place India took daring strides throughout the sporting panorama.

From moments which warmed the cockles of your heart to moments of athletic brilliance that took your breath away, 2018 had the whole lot for everybody.

It was also a year with countless moments which made us chuckle.

Jose Mourinho’s reign at Manchester United came to an end after three seasons. At times the drama around the Portuguese manager was more entertaining than the football on the pitch itself. You can relive his 2018 here.

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