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Sports Review of the Year 2001
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Beckham and Eriksson England v Ireland Picketts Lock
 
David Beckham books England’s passage to the 2002 World Cup when he scores from a 25-yard free-kick in the 93rd minute, earning Sven-Goran Eriksson's side a dramatic 2-2 draw against Greece at Old Trafford.
 
 
England miss out on the Grand Slam for the third successive year after a 20-14 defeat against Ireland at Lansdowne Road. The match had to be re-scheduled after the foot-and-mouth crisis which affected England and Ireland.
 
 
From drawing board to scrapheap – Picketts Lock, proposed London site of the 2005 World Athletics Championships, is scrapped after the Government declares the project is too costly. The IAAF re-opens bidding for the Games.
 
Houllier and Thompson Caddick and Croft US Sport
 
Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier undergoes emergency heart surgery after being taken to hospital during his side’s 1-1 draw with Leeds at Anfield. The Frenchman is ordered to rest, leaving assistant manager Phil Thompson to take temporary charge.
 
 
Reluctant tourists – England pair Andy Caddick and Robert Croft decide against touring India, citing family reasons for their decisions. England are already without Darren Gough, who opted out of the tour to the sub-continent before the 11 September attacks.
 
 
A legend returns - Michael Jordan makes his NBA comeback at the age of 38, this time with the Washington Wizards. However, the former Chicago Bulls star cannot prevent his side going down to a 93-91 defeat to east coast rivals, New York Knicks.
 
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