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Sports Review of the Year 2001
INTRO | REVIEW BY SPORT | GALLERY | VOTE | LEGENDS REMEMBERED | 2002 CALENDAR
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Eriksson Sir Peter Blake Beckham and Ferguson
 
Sven-Goran Eriksson stays cool despite learning of Englandís tough draw in the 2002 World Cup. Englandís group also contains old rivals Argentina, Nigeria and Erikssonís native Sweden. The Republic of Ireland are drawn with Germany, Cameroon and Saudi Arabia.
 
 
The sailing world loses one of its most respected figures. Sir Peter Blake, who twice led New Zealand to victory in the Americaís Cup and went on to become a United Nations goodwill ambassador, is shot dead by pirates while sailing down the Amazon.
 
 
David Beckham is voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. His manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, collects a Lifetime Achievement honour. But several defeats for United fuel suggestions that the clubís fortunes are in decline.
 
Alex McLeish Sports Personality of the Year Guy Forget
 
Alex McLeish leaves his job as manager of Hibs to take up the reins at Rangers after Dick Advocaat accepts a role as director of football at the Ibrox club. Glasgow-born McLeish, Scotlandís third most capped player, says being given the job is "a stunning feeling".
 
 
The first Test on England's tour of India is in doubt until India drop their threat to play the banned batsman Virender Sehwag. But England might have wished the match had been cancelled as they slumped to a disappointing 10-wicket defeat.
 
 
Guy Forget leads France to a shock victory over Australia in the Davis Cup final in Melbourne. The match Ė on the Aussiesí favourite grass surface - should have been a glorious swansong for Pat Rafter but he has to withdraw from the deciding rubber with a sore arm.
 
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