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Tuesday, December 22, 1998 Published at 16:57 GMT

Sport: Trials and triumph

  • World Cup David Beckham saw red and England were put on the spot, leaving Gallic flair to prevail as Ronaldo's performance was shrouded in mystery.

  • Football At home, Le Arsenal did the Double, while the shape of the game began to change with takeover bids from City giants.

  • Rugby France grand-slammed the Five Nations, and English rugby reached its nadir Down Under, but rebounded to push the Aussies to the brink and to shatter Bok dreams.

  • Cricket The West Indies debacle led Michael Atherton to quit as England captain, but triumph over South Africa turned sour in a loss to Sri Lanka before everything turned to Ashes.

  • Winter Olympics Nagano saw the debut of snowboarding and drugs controversy, ice hockey 'dream teams' have nightmares, Alpine events hit by too much snow, and a flurry of broken records.

  • Golf A great year for veteran Mark O'Meara with two majors, while a new star bloomed on the British golf scene in young Justin Rose only to wither in the autumn.

  • Tennis Czechs bounced in Australia and Wimbledon, while Spaniards felt at home in France; Sampras continued winning, and the Henman-Rusedski duel heated up.

  • Formula One It was the year of Mika and McLaren as the flying Finn took top spot over Michael Schumacher, while McLaren outpaced Ferrari for the constructor's title.

  • Athletics A record medal haul at the European Championships for Great Britain was followed by more Commonwealth triumphs in Kuala Lumpur.

  • American Sport Baseball's dream summer saw records fall and legends born, while Denver Broncos won their first Super Bowl and Chicago Bulls won their sixth NBA Championship.

  • Boxing and other sports Tyson won his licence back, High Rise won the Derby and Earth Summit the National, the Light Blues took the Boat Race and the Tour de France became the Tour de Farce.

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