2012 yearender: Key moments from the world of sports


Here are the key moments from the world of sports in 2012.

January 28 Victoria Azarenka becomes the first Belarusian to win a grand slam singles title in tennis by claiming the Australian Open.

January 29 Novak Djokovic won his third Australian Open, beating Rafa Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5 in a five hour 53 minute slugfest, the longest tennis grand slam final played.

February 5 The New York Giants win the greatest prize in North American sports for the second time in four years with a nail-biting 21-17 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in Indianapolis.

March 17 Wales beat France 16-9 in Cardiff to complete the Grand Slam and win rugby's Six Nations title for the third time in eight seasons.

April 8 American golfer Bubba Watson beats South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen on the second extra hole to win the Masters at Augusta National.

May 5 I'll Have Another, ridden by Mexican jockey Mario Gutierrez, wins the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs before a record crowd of more than 165,000.

May 19 London soccer club Chelsea beat German team Bayern Munich on penalties to win the European Champions League for the first time.

May 27 Scotland's Dario Franchitti wins the 96th Indianapolis 500 and joins an elite band of drivers to win America's most famous race at least three times.

June 9 Russia's Maria Sharapova wins the French Open tennis championship to become just the 10th woman to complete her collection of grand slam trophies.

June 11 Rafa Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win the French Open tennis championship for a record seventh time.

June 11 The Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup for the first time in the team's 45-year history by defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-2 in the best-of-seven National Hockey League championship.

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