REVIEW OF THE YEAR - APRIL

REVIEW OF THE YEAR - APRIL

1 - Steve McClaren was sacked as QPR manager. Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring as Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-0 in the Premier League. Everton said they were investigating a video which allegedly showed England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at the centre of a street brawl in Sunderland.

2 - Fulham were relegated from the Premier League after a 4-1 defeat at Watford.

Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani signed a new, extended contract with the Gallagher Premiership club.

Bolton were told to play their next two league matches behind closed doors after the club's safety advisory group decided the Championship strugglers could not guarantee fans at the University of Bolton Stadium would be safe.

3 - Tottenham enjoyed a historic homecoming as they opened their long-awaited new stadium with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League as goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane gave them a 2-0 victory against Cardiff.

Former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick announced he was to stand down as chairman of the Rugby Football League.

4 - Wolves smashed their transfer record to sign striker Raul Jimenez from Benfica for a fee believed to be £32million.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, Celtic captain Scott Brown and both clubs received Scottish Football Association disciplinary charges relating to the Old Firm derby.

Conor McGregor hinted that he was ready to reverse his retirement from mixed martial arts after tweeting: "see you in the Octagon".

5 - Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was cleared of making a racist gesture during a club meal.

Liverpool beat Southampton 3-1 at St Mary's to move to the top of the Premier League.

Castleford defeated Wigan 38-28 in Betfred Super League.

6 - Tiger Roll, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell, won the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.

Manchester City beat Brighton 1-0 at Wembley to reach the FA Cup final.

Bayern Munich hammered Borussia Dortmund 5-0 at the Allianz Arena to move above their rivals in the Bundesliga table.

7 - Cambridge won both the 165th men's Boat Race and the women's Boat Race.

Watford reached the FA Cup final after coming from 2-0 down to beat Wolves 3-2 after extra-time at Wembley.

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki was named Sky Bet Championship player of the season at the EFL awards.

8 - Eden Hazard's brace earned Chelsea a 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham.

Joe Root hit an unbeaten century in the first game of the season to earn Yorkshire a battling draw in their Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

Former England rugby union winger Christian Wade signed a deal with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

9 - Son Heung-Min's strike gave Tottenham a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, while Liverpool beat Porto 2-0.

Beth Mead and Ellen White were on target as England Women beat Spain 2-1 in a World Cup warm-up in Swindon.

Sale prop Jake Pope was banned for six months following his second violation of the Rugby Football Union's illicit drugs programme.

10 - Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 125th Champions League goal of his career as Juventus drew their first leg at Ajax.

England's Matt Wallace won the Masters par-three contest at Augusta.

11 - Rugby Australia announced its intention to terminate Israel Folau's contract over discriminatory social-media posts.

Arsenal beat Napoli 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, while Chelsea claimed a 1-0 advantage in the away leg of their clash with Slavia Prague.

Tottenham announced that England captain Harry Kane had suffered a "significant lateral ligament injury" to his left ankle in the Champions League victory over Manchester City.

12 - Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following controversial comments about Premier League officials.

Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith died at the age of 74.

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger announced he would leave the Premier League club at the end of June.

13 - Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick as Tottenham beat Huddersfield 4-0 in the Premier League, while a pair of Paul Pogba penalties earned Manchester United a 2-1 home win over West Ham.

West Ham vowed to ban for life a group of supporters filmed engaging in anti-Semitic chanting prior to the Premier League match at Manchester United.

Police were investigating an incident in the tunnel after Barnsley's match against Fleetwood at Oakwell.

14 - Tiger Woods won the 83rd Masters at Augusta National.

Lewis Hamilton won the 1,000th Formula One race with victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Premier League leaders Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 to remain two points clear of Manchester City, who beat Crystal Palace 3-1.

15 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal moved into the top four of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Watford.

Liverpool's players paid their respects to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster on the 30th anniversary of the tragedy.

Wales fly-half Gareth Anscombe announced he would leave Cardiff Blues for Ospreys at the end of the season.

16 - Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League after Lionel Messi scored twice in a 3-0 win for Barcelona that gave them a 4-0 quarter-final aggregate win.

Cardiff boosted their hopes of a Premier League great escape with a vital 2-0 victory which increased the relegation fears of fellow strugglers Brighton, who were left just two points above the drop zone.

West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass was handed a one-match ban after an independent regulatory commission found him guilty of misconduct towards UK Anti-Doping officials.

17 - Tottenham advanced to a Champions League semi-final with Ajax after beating Manchester City on away goals despite a 4-3 defeat on the night, while Liverpool comfortably moved on to a date with Barcelona after a 4-1 win at Porto.

Bolton announced that the sale of the Sky Bet Championship club had been agreed with Laurence Bassini.

Jarrell Miller was denied a licence to fight Anthony Joshua in New York on 1 June after an "adverse finding" in a drug-testing sample.

18 - Alex McLeish was sacked as Scotland head coach.

Arsenal and Chelsea reached the Europa League semi-finals, beating Napoli and Slavia Prague respectively.

Leading Premier League stars backed a 24-hour social-media boycott in protest at an escalation of incidents of racial abuse online.

19 - The race to win promotion from the Sky Bet Championship intensified as leaders Norwich drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road, with Leeds' earlier defeat by Wigan allowing Sheffield United to move into second place with a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. Bolton were relegated to League One thanks to a 2-0 home loss against Aston Villa.

A second adverse finding from a drugs test for Jarrell Miller, revealed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, meant Anthony Joshua was left looking for a new opponent in his scheduled heavyweight bout in New York on June 1.

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) asked its members to conduct a 24-hour social media boycott - calling the campaign #Enough - in protest at online racial abuse.

20 - Billy Vunipola was on the scoresheet as Saracens reached their third European final in four seasons after beating Heineken Champions Cup opponents Munster 32-16.

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Premier League title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City dominated the six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award, with Virgil Van Dijk and Raheem Sterling the front-runners.

21 - Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner helped Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory at Cardiff while Manchester United were humbled 4-0 at Everton. Elsewhere, Arsenal lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.

Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta helped Great Britain win promotion to World Group II of the Fed Cup for the first time in 26 years with their comeback wins against Kazakhstan.

Leinster reached the Heineken Champions Cup final with a 30-12 victory against Toulouse in Dublin.

22 - Chelsea moved up to fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley.

Lincoln were crowed champions of Sky Bet League Two after their 0-0 draw at home to Tranmere.

Kevin Naiqama scored four tries as St Helens beat Hull 62-16 in Betfred Super League.

23 - Celtic announced the death of former captain and manager Billy McNeill at the age of 79.

Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history after just 7.69 seconds in the 1-1 draw at Watford, while Christian Eriksen's strike gave Tottenham a 1-0 win over Brighton.

Amateur James Cahill beat five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-8 in the first round of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

24 - Manchester City took a potentially decisive step towards retaining their Premier League title with a vital and hard-fought 2-0 derby win over Manchester United.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri was charged with misconduct over his behaviour during the Easter Monday match against Burnley.

The ATP announced that the season-ending ATP Finals will be moved from London to Turin in 2021.

25 - Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri was fined £8,000 by the Football Association after accepting a misconduct charge relating to the clash with Burnley.

Sam Billings suffered a dislocated shoulder which threatened to rule the wicketkeeper-batsman out of England action.

Former Manchester City academy player Bobby Duncan returned to haunt his old club as Liverpool won their first FA Youth Cup in 12 years following a penalty shoot-out.

26 - Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both scored twice as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a 5-0 win over Huddersfield.

UEFA ordered Montenegro to play their European Championship qualifier against Kosovo on June 7 behind closed doors as a result of the racist behaviour of fans in the match against England in March.

Bolton's Championship match at home to Brentford was called off, with Wanderers' players refusing to play in protest at unpaid wages.

27 - Norwich won promotion to the Premier League by beating Blackburn 2-1 while Leyton Orient secured a return to the English Football League after a goalless draw with Braintree.

Fulham beat Cardiff 1-0 in the Premier League, allowing Southampton and Burnley to clinch their top-flight survival.

Barcelona won LaLiga as Lionel Messi scored in a 1-0 win over Levante, while Kylian Mbappe was sent off as Paris St Germain lost the Coupe de France final on penalties to Rennes.

28 - Sheffield United were promoted to the Premier League after third-placed Leeds drew 1-1 with Aston Villa at Elland Road.

Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk was named the Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year.

Valtteri Bottas held off Lewis Hamilton to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and take the lead in the Formula One world championship.

29 - Alex Hales was withdrawn from all England squads and ruled out of the World Cup over an off-field incident not related to cricket.

Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling was voted the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year.

Stevie Chalmers, who scored the winning goal as Celtic won the European Cup in 1967, died aged 83.

30 - Donny Van De Beek scored the only goal as Ajax beat Tottenham 1-0 in their Champions League semi-final first leg.

Reading's former Manchester United defender John O'Shea announced he would retire from football at the end of the season.

Luton and Barnsley were promoted to the Championship after Portsmouth and Sunderland both lost, while Bury drew 1-1 at Tranmere to secure promotion to League One.

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