2009: Top sports stories

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The world of sports in the year 2009 was marred with controversies on and off the field. Right form Tiger Woods shocking extra-marital affairs to Thierry Henry's controversial handball, fans had their hands full with updates of the field of tennis, football and of course golf.

While some like sprinter Usain Bolt retained and even surpass his past records, Tiger Woods saw his fame crumpling down under the weight of his long list of mistresses affairs.

Meanwhile, tennis legend Andre Agassi and American Swimmer Michael Phelps, got embroiled in drug addiction controversy.

Here are the top stories in the world of sports 2009:

1. Tiger Woods Sex Scandal
For the very first the golf champion grabbed news for the wrong reason. Tiger woods came under

the public scanner for his sexual encounters with 11 women.

Woods long list of mistresses tumbled out after his minor accident in which he crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his mansion.

Two affairs surface, Woods admits 'transgressions'

As the number of his mistress increased his wife Elin moved out of his house.

In an attempt to save his marriage the golf champion decided to take an indefinite break from golf.

However, just a day after Woods announcement Elin Nordegren was seen without the marriage ring on her finger.


2.Pankaj Advani Becomes World billiards Champion
Bangalore-boy Pankaj Advani wins the world professional billiards championship defeating nine times champion Mike Russell at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Pankaj Advani wins World Billiards Championship

Advani beat Russel 2030-1253 after gaining 800-plus lead at the break.

He is the second Indian to win the the title after Geet Sethi after a gap of 139 years.

3.Semenya Gender-Verfication Test
Caster Semenya, athlete was instructed by the IAAF to undergo a gender verification test owing to concerns over her record breaking win in the 800m in the World Championship in Berlin and her boyish look.

The Australian Sydney Herald broke the news that Semenya was a hermaphrodite, born with both male and female sexual organs.

World champ Semenya a hermaphrodite, claims report

However, it came to light that a gender verifcation test was conducted on Semenya by Athletics South Africa (ASA) even before the IAAF called for the test.

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) expelled the president including the board of Athletics South Africa (ASA) for lying about the conducting the test.

4. FIFA World cup draw
The FIFA world cup draw to announce the positioning of the teams was held in Cape Town on Dec 4.

Draw unveils groups for 2010 FIFA World Cup

32 teams were split into four groups for the world cup to be held in South Africa beginning June 11, 2010.

The opening match will be played between host South Africa and Mexico.

Group D constituting of Germany, Australia, Serbia, and Ghana are considered as strong group.

5. Roger Federer Wins French Open
Roger Federer beat Robin Soderling to clinch the French Open.

With this grand slam win Federer has inked his name in history by becoming equaling Pete Sampras' record of winning all the grand slam titles .

Roger Federer wins French Open, equals Pete Sampras

Federer won his 14th grand slam title at the age of 27, while Sampras won it when he was 31.

6.Serena Williams Fined
Serena Williams was slapped with two years suspension and fine of 175,000 dollars for her foulmouthed outburst against a linewoman in the semifinals of US Open.

Serena Williams fined for her US Open tirade at line judge

International Tennis Federation (ITF) warned Williams of an extended suspension if she fails to keep a check on her behavior in the grand slam events in the next two years.

However, the grand slam committee comprising of representatives from Wimbledon and the US, French and Australian Opens opined that the fine could be reduced to 82,500 dollars if Serena  does not commit any offence.

7. Maradona Fined for TV Tirade
Diego Maradona has been handed two month suspension and a fine of almost $25,000 for his foul mouthed rantings infront of in live-media coverage after Argentina lost to Uruguay in the World Cup qualifier 2009.

Maradona fined and banned for foul-mouthed tirade

" Suck it and keep on sucking it' Maradona yelled infront of the camera.

A sober Maradona, who face a posible ban from attending some of his team's matches apologized for his behavior.

8. Thierry Henry 'Hand of God'

The celebratory note of France entry into World Cup for the fourth time was dampen by Thierry Henry handball which drew comparison to Maradonna handball in the 1986 World Cup quaterfinals between England and Argentina.

I would have hit striker Thierry Henry for 'handball goal': Cantona

As the officials missed the obvious handball, France zoomed into World Cup with 1-1 tie against Ireland.

In his defence Henry said that it was an instinctive reaction and he would support for a rematch.

However, FIFA rejected a rematch between Ireland and France.

9. Usain Bolt World Record
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt hit the headlines by breaking his won record in the world track and field championships in Berlin in men's 100m in a record time of of 9.58 seconds.

Usain Bolt clone emerges in Jamaica

Bolt, known as the fastest man on earth, was named the IAAF world athlete male for his startling performance.

10. Andre Agassi and Michael Phelps Drug Addiction
Tennis legend Andre Agassi confessed to using crystal meth in the late 90s in his autobiography 'Open', in which the Agassi confessed about lying during his drug test to tennis authorities.

The revelation by the former world no.1 sent shock waves in the tennis circle.

Agassi says peers should not be so critical of his drug phase

Meanwhile, American swimmer, Michael Phelps came under public scanner when a UK tabloid ' News of the World' published a picture of Phelp smoking marijuana.

Immediately, the Olympic champion issued an apology for his behavior, promising his fans that he would never be reckless in the future.

Michael Phelps apologises for drug pics

Phelps had bagged 8 gold medals in the China Olympics

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