Special Sub-Topic: You Could Be Mine
|Andy Murray reached the finals of the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open in 2010. Which player denied him the trophy both times?|
Roger Federer. From 2006-2010, every Grand Slam was won by one of the four men named as options, with most of them shared between Federer and Nadal. The only ones taken by neither of them were the Australian Open of 2008, which Djokovic won, and the US Open, won by del Potro in 2009. Federer shed tears after losing to Nadal in the 2009 Australian final, and Murray also cried after losing the following year. He commented at the time, 'I can cry like Roger, it's just a shame I can't play like him'.
|The 1983 cricket World Cup was won by India, who defeated a team aiming for a hat-trick of wins. Which team was it?|
West Indies. Having won the trophy in both 1975 and 1979, and with Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, and Vic Richards on their team, West Indies had high hopes of retaining the cup. Having been asked to bat first, India made only 183 runs and batted only 54.4 of the allotted 60 overs. When West Indies batted, the Indians bowled them out for only 140 runs to complete a well deserved victory. Australia won the competition in 1987, 1999, 2003, and 2007 with Sri Lanka being victorious in 1996. The only other winner was Pakistan in 1992, with the next tournament due in 2011.
|In 2003, the Rugby World Cup was won by England. Which team did they defeat in the final?|
Australia. The tournament was held in Australia and the home team was the defending champion, having won the 1999 tournament, which was held in the UK. South Africa lost to New Zealand at the quarter final stage, with New Zealand then being knocked out by Australia in the semi-final. England beat France in the other semi. England were leading in normal time, until Flatley kicked a penalty in the final minute to level the scores at 14 each. With seconds to spare in extra time, Johnny Wilkinson dropped a goal to secure a 21-17 victory for England, who became the first Northern hemisphere team to win the tournament.
|Super Bowl XXV in 1991 resulted in a one point win for the New York Giants. Who were the unlucky losers?|
Buffalo Bills. The game was played at Tampa Stadium in Florida, and was the only Super Bowl to be decided by such a narrow margin in the 20th century. The Giants starved their opposition of possession, keeping the ball for twice as long as the Bills during the course of the game. The Giants' running back Ottis Anderson was named MVP, having scored a touchdown. A last minute attempt at a field goal by the Bills' Scott Norwood could have won the game for his team, but missed to the right of the posts.
|Lewis Hamilton won the F1 Championship in 2008 when he finished 5th in the Brazilian GP. Which driver won this race and thought he'd done enough to win the championship until the final moments of the race? |
Felipe Massa. Going into the final race of the season, Hamilton had 94 points and Massa 87. To win the championship, Massa had to win the race and Hamilton had to finish no better than sixth. On the final lap, Massa had won and Hamilton had been overtaken by Vettel, which would have given Massa the title. Hamilton then managed to get past Timo Glock just before the last corner to finish in fifth place, and take the title by just one point. Massa's Ferrari team had been celebrating, only to find their race victory had not quite been enough.
|In the 1991 Athletics World Championships, held in Tokyo, Mike Powell won the long jump with a world record leap. Which defending champion had to settle for the silver medal? |
Carl Lewis. Carl Lewis had a phenomenal record at the World Championships. He won gold medals in the 100 metres, 4 x 100 metre relay and long jump in Helsinki in 1983, and repeated the feat in 1987 in Rome. In 1991, he again won gold in both the sprint events, and was hoping for another hat-trick of wins. Powell jumped 8.95 metres to Lewis's 8.91 metres, to set a new world record which was still standing at the end of 2010. The other options are all American long jumpers, with Larry Myricks having taken the bronze medal in both the 1987 and 1991 World Championships.
|Despite being 25 lengths clear at one stage of the race, Crisp was caught and overtaken by Red Rum just before the final post. In which 1973 horse race did this dramatic finish take place?|
Grand National. The Grand National is held at Aintree in Liverpool, and consists of 30 fences over a distance of more than four miles, testing the stamina of horse and rider to the maximum. In 1973, Crisp and Red Rum were joint favourites to win the race, but Crisp had to carry the top weight of 12 stone. This extra weight tired him allowing Red Rum, carrying 23lbs less, to catch him on the run in. Red Rum, this time carrying top weight himself, went on to win again in 1974 as well as finishing second in 1975 and 1976 before a final victory in 1977. This established him as one of the best known horses in British history.
|The 2000 Olympics in Sydney saw Ian Thorpe win three swimming gold medals, but he was beaten in the 200 metre freestyle by Pieter van den Hoogenband. Which country did Hoogenband represent?|
Netherlands. Thorpe won freestyle golds in the 400 metres, 4 x 100 metres, and 4 x 200 metres, all in new world records. Van den Hoogenband had to break the world record himself in the 200 metres to defeat Thorpe, and also won the 100 metres freestyle, although not in world record time in this race. Thorpe went on to win Olympic gold medals in Athens in 2004, this time in both the 200-metre and 400-metre races.
|Going into the final round of the 1996 Masters Tournament, Nick Faldo was trailing by six strokes. Which golfer fell apart under the pressure of leading allowing Faldo to claim the trophy?|
Greg Norman. The final round saw Faldo card 67 and Norman score 78, a swing of 11 shots which enabled Faldo to claim his third Masters title by five strokes. It was also his final major title of a career where he won six in total. Norman finished second for the third time at the Masters, although he was more successful in the UK where he won the Open twice, in 1986 and 1993. The other options were all top 10 finishers in the 1996 Masters, with Mickelson claiming third spot.
|At the end of normal time in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, Manchester United was losing by one goal to none. Which team had the cup snatched from their grasp when United scored twice in injury time?|
Bayern Munich. The cup had already had ribbons attached in Bayern Munich's colours, so certain did their victory seem. The vital goals were scored by Sheringham in the first minute of the three that were added for injury time, and Solskjśr in the final minute of the game. Manchester United completed a memorable 'treble' that season, as they also won the FA Premier League and the FA Cup in their home country. Juventus and Dynamo Kiev were the beaten semi-finalists, and Inter Milan lost to Manchester United in the quarterfinals.
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