In cricket, some are born to the captaincy, some achieve it, and others have it thrust upon them.
Novak Djokovic finished the year as he began it, a champion, and, with only the quietest protestation from his nearest rivals, perhaps, he is once more ruler of the tennis jungle.
England start their Test campaign in India this week ahead of a New Year series with New Zealand and back-to-back Ashes contests next year.
Australia and South Africa have just started a Test series which will cover three Test matches. What will England fans be looking at ahead of two back-to-back Ashes contests against the Aussies next year?
England begin their Test tour of India next week with the first Test on Thursday.
England face an extremely tricky Test series away in India which starts next week.
Steven Finn looks set to miss the first Test against India next week and with Stuart Broad a doubt, the time has come for Graham Onions to make a name for himself. Here are some reasons why he’s a good choice for England’s pace attack.
The retirement of Andrew Strauss was always going to open up a can of worms in terms of who would take his place opening the batting with Alastair Cook. Here is the case for current favourite Nick Compton.
Samit Patel has been one of the stand out performers for England in their warm up games for the first Test against India on November 15. Here is the case for his inclusion in the side.
The late cancellation of the New York Marathon has disappointed tens of thousands of would-be race-goers, but determined runners have already signed-up for a replacement race.
Tony McCoy is to receive the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Sports Personality of the Year show on Sunday.
Northern Ireland’s main gay and feminist rights organisations will picket Sports Personality of the Year over the addition of the world boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to the shortlist for the Belfast event.