The Best & Worst of Sport: 2018

2018, was a wild one. Almost everything that could have happened, did happen last year in the sporting world.

From witnessing what we can only describe as the best horse ever, Winx, continue winning, to seeing South and North Korea walking together at the Olympics, let’s take a look at the most iconic moments of 2018.

The fight after the fight made waves internationally

What was meant to be a brilliant fight between two of the best MMA athletes in the world turned ugly when Khabib Nurmagomedov started to brawl with Conor McGregor’s team, while Khabib’s team got involved with attacking McGregor. It was sparked by┬ádistasteful sledging prior to the fight by McGregor, with Khabib taking matters into his own hands twice, winning the actual fight and going for more in the aftermath. After Khabib defeated McGregor in the 4th round by submission, as you can see in the video below, things get ugly as Khabib’s team members attack McGregor from behind.

The Great Mare, Winx, does it again, and again, and again…..

How can you not love Winx? The world famous Mare continued her winning ways and took her fourth Cox Plate home. Jockey Hugh Bowman could be said to have the easiest job in the world riding her to victory. Winx has now won 29 straight, and a world record 22 Group 1 races in a row. It was a spectacle to see such dominance from her, and hopefully we can see more of her this year.

Relive her fourth Cox Plate win below.

France take home the World Cup, and Germany were knocked out in the group stages

The young France squad entered the World Cup competition as favourites and rightly so, as they beat Croatia to the title. Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Atoine Griezmann were some of France’s best as they took home the highest prize in international football. While some teams succeeded, others faltered, with the previous World Cup champions, Germany, being knocked out in the group stages. This was a huge shock, as many thought they would come extremely close again, but a loss to South Korea in their last group stage match sealed their fate.

Australia’s Test Captain and Vice-Captain are a part of the worst Australian cheating scandal in recent history

We have all seen the headlines and the interviews. Steve Smith, David Warner and rookie Cameron Bancroft were charged with ball tampering and sentenced to 12 (Bancroft only being sentenced 8) months suspension from all international and state cricket. The Sydney based pair, Smith and Warner, have been playing for Sutherland and Randwick Petersham in the NSW Premier Cricket competition. Bancroft has also been playing in his local premier competition. Hopefully we can see this triplet return to their former glory and help the test team return to the top ranking.

South and North Korea unite at the Olympics

The 23rd edition of the Winter Olympic Games were hosted by South Korea in Pyeongchang. In the games opening ceremony, the divided nations of South and North Korea walked together under the one flag in a scarce show of unity from the two nations. This gave a lot of hope for some kind of peace between the nations as they marched a mere 50 miles away from the fortified border into North Korea.

England get way too excited after winning a few games at the World Cup

England really need to calm down. ‘It’s coming home’ was a slogan we all had shoved down our throats during this years World Cup. As the Three Lions progressed in the FIFA World Cup and managed to win a few games, eventually making it to the semi-final, football fans around the world got on the bandwagon. They were knocked out by Croatia in the semi, and it put an end to this slogan, thankfully, but it was fun while it lasted, kind of.

The Philadelphia Eagles won the SuperBowl

In the 52nd Super Bowl the Philadelphia Eagles came out on top over Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in an incredibly entertaining and unforgettable Super Bowl. Overall it was good to see what seemed an underdog win again, with the Eagles Quarterback, Foles, performing brilliantly to steer his side to a victory that meant the world to the city of Philadelphia and Eagles fans. The city had greased all of their light poles in preparation for a Eagles loss in the Super Bowl, with Philly’s reputation for emotional showings was accounted for, and obviously in the end it wasn’t needed.

32 year old Luka Modric wins the Ballon D’or

What a year for the Croatian midfielder. Modric won the UEFA Champions League for the third time in a row, the finest club football competition in the world. He also was runner up as Captain of the Croatian national side in the World Cup, winning the Golden Ball in the process – the award for the best player at the World Cup. It really doesn’t get much better, although we’re sure Modric would trade the two awards and Champions League title to win the World Cup.

The Women’s final in the 2018 US Open will be forever remembered

Naomi Osaka edged out Serena Williams is a brilliant display by the Japanese athlete to win her maiden Grand Slam, but that is not why this game will be remembered. Serena Williams had an altercation with match official Carlos Ramos, which resulted in her receiving three penalties, each for different reasons and a fine of US$17,000.. She claimed ‘I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose’, and demanded the match official to apologise, questioning ‘Because I am a woman you are going to take this away from me?’ The events were broadcast around the world, and in the end Williams coach admitted to coaching. It did bring to light some important issues pertaining to the treatment of women in sport, and has started countless discussions and sparked questions around gender equality.