Chelsea end Villas-Boas project
Ever since Jose Mourinho suddenly left Chelsea by 'mutual consent' in 2007, owner Roman Abramovich has struggled to fill the void left by the self-titled 'special one'. However, with the appointment of then 33-year-old Andre Villas-Boas Chelsea looked to have found the perfect replacement. Young, ambitious, and tutored by Mourinho himself, the Portuguese was reportedly-hand picked over more experienced alternatives such as Guus Hiddink.
Yet, despite the promises of a three-year project and the full backing of the Chelsea board, Villas-Boas' youthful swagger was quickly replaced by desperation as the Blues slipped further away from the Manchester clubs. With confidence at rock-bottom and reports of a dressing room munity refusing to go away, a shock 1-0 loss to West Brom proved too much for Abramovich's notoriously short patience.
Yet another victim of player power or simply a case of too much too soon, the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas puts an end to a tumultuous nine months, and leaves Chelsea once again in the shadow of the special one.
McIlroy becomes youngest ever world number one
Plagued with comparisons to Tiger Woods since his arrival on the professional scene, it was perhaps fate that Rory McIlroy would complete his rise to the top of the world rankings at the expense of the 14-time major winner, the only man to have reached that milestone at a younger age.
Perhaps motivated by the perceived changing of the guard, Woods carded an 8-under final round to finish just two shots shy of the freckled-faced Irishman at the Honda Classic. And yet McIlroy refused to be drawn into the media frenzy, calming noting "I don't see myself as anyone's rival out there. I just see myself as Rory McIlroy."
Such quiet confidence is in keeping with a player who seems determined to build a legacy of his own. How far that legacy can go and whether or not he can match the achievements of greats like Woods remains to be seen, but for the time being at least, there is a new name and a new face at the top of world golf.
Injuries force Moody to retire from rugby
Few eyebrows were raised when the injury-prone Lewis Moody announced his retirement from professional Rugby, in fact it is remarkable that the flanker managed to prolong his illustrious career for 16 brutal years.
Never blessed with the technical skills of the sport's other famous names, Moody will instead be remembered as one of the most committed, with a blatant disregard for his own physical wellbeing as his trademark.
Such dedication often brought out the best in others around him and although marred by a disappointing time as England captain at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, his contribution to the victorious 2003 campaign should see him ranked amongst Rugby's greatest names.
5-star Messi breaks Champions League record
Having either won or finished runner-up in FIFA's annual Player of the Year award since 2007, perhaps the most incredible thing about Lionel Messi is that he still manages to surprise.
With a total of 43 goals this season coming into the second leg of Barcelona's last 16 tie against Bayern Leverkusen, Messi added five more. The feat saw him becomethe first player in Champions League history to score five in a single game and moved him to within seven goals of Barca's all-time scoring record.
No longer challenged in his position as the best player today, Messi's single-handed demolition of Leverkusen suggests he is well on his way to being the best of all-time.
Dravid calls time on test career
Announcing his retirement at his home ground, the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Rahul Dravid has called time on a test career matched only by his compatriot Sachin Tendulkar.
'The Wall's total of 13,288 runs in 164 test combined with world-record 210 catches speak volumes for a player who has formed the spine of the Indian test side for over 15-years.
Having already retired from the One Day format, Dravid leaves the test game after a tough Australia tour but still with a great deal of admiration and respect. Fitting for a player known as a true gentleman, who displayed those qualities so well throughout his career.
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