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100 GREATEST SPORTING MOMENTS

1936-1972   1973-1984   1985-1995   1996-2001

77. Keegan loses it live on Sky
29th April 1996 - Elland Road
"I will love it if we beat them. LOVE IT."
Clad in 70s-style chunky headphones, Newcastle manager Keegan jabs his finger at an imaginary Alex Ferguson in a way that hardly inspires confidence on the sofas and in the pubs of Tyneside

78. Gazza's goal v Scotland in Euro 96
15th June 1996 - Wembley Stadium
Bleach blond Gazza's amazing volley against the old enemy and resultant "Dentists' chair" celebration

79. England 4 Holland 1 in Euro 96
18th June 1996 - Wembley Stadium
Terry Venables "best team talk ever" inspires Sheringham, Shearer and Gazza to go out and flatten one of the world's best sides

80. Stuart Pearce celebrates his penalty revenge in Euro 96
22nd June 1996 - Wembley Stadium
Chest out, shoulders back and mad wordless screaming directed at no one in particular - Pearce exorcises the demons of his penalty miss against West Germany six years earlier

81. Muhammad Ali lights the Olympic flame
19th July 1996 - Atlanta
The Greatest riddled by Parkinson's Disease, his left leg uncontrollably shaking, defies his physical disintegration to light the Olympic flame in front of a crowd of 80,000

82. Beckham scores from the halfway line
17th August 1996 - Selhurst Park
The first confirmation that the boy Beckham (in his lank blonde locks and hint of acne phase) might be something a bit special

83. Frankie Dettori's seven wins in one day
28th September 1996 - Ascot
..Makes a fortune for punters and drives several bookies out of business

84. Jeremy Guscott's drop kick against South Africa
28th June 1997 - Durban
Against the run of play, the up-to-that-point-anonymous Guscott fires home the opportunistic drop goal that wins the test series for the British Lions with a match to spare

85. Tyson bites off Holyfield's ear
28th June - MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas
(Some hours later a member of the cleaning staff was sweeping the ring and found it!)

86. Prince Naseem beats Kevin Kelley in his first fight in America
19th August 1997 - Madison Square Garden, New York
Naseem Hamed bounces back from an early knockdown to confound his American critics by nailing New Yorker Kelley in the fourth

87. Michael Owen's goal v Argentina in the 1998 World Cup
30th June 1998 - St Etienne
18 year old Wonderboy scores the 'Boy's Own' goal that turns him into a world star

88. Ryan Giggs' winning goal v Arsenal in the FA Cup Semi-Final
14th April 1999 - Villa Park
Giggs beats the whole Arsenal team, turns away waving his shirt round his head and keeps United's hopes of the treble alive

89. Goalie Jimmy Glass's last minute goal keeps Carlisle in the league
8th May 1999 - Brunton Park, Carlisle
Maverick on-loan keeper moves up into attack to score the 95th minute winner that saves Carlisle's bacon

90. Man Utd's last gasp comeback in the Champions League Final
26th May 1999 - Nou Camp Stadium, Barcelona
'They must score...they always score.' - Clive Tyldesley
The one time a German team got their footballing comeuppance

91. Lance Armstrong recovers from cancer to win Tour de France
July 1999 - France
Within a year Armstrong goes from being given only a 50% chance of survival to winning the most gruelling of sporting tests by over seven minutes

92. US Ryder Cup team unsportingly invade the green
26th September 1999 - Brookline,
With the result still uncertain the US team invade the green to celebrate Justin Leonard's spectacular long putt while disbelieving Spaniard Olazabal still has a putt to keep Europe in the match

93. Cathy Freeman's 400m gold in Sydney
25th September 2000 - Stadium Australia, Sydney
Aussie icon takes off her hood and cries with relief that she has achieved the win that the nation expected

94. Steve Redgrave's record-breaking fifth Olympic gold
23rd September 2000 - Sydney
Overcoming diabetes and his aching limbs, Redgrave writes himself into Olympic history and lands himself a knighthood

95. Tanni Grey-Thompson's 4 golds at the Paralympics
October 2000 - Stadium Australia, Sydney
Tanni sweeps the board and to confirm her position as the greatest Paralympian ever

96. England hold on in the dark to win an away series in Pakistan
11th December 2000 - Karachi
Pakistan try every trick in the book to prevent a result before nightfall but with all daylight gone, rejuvenated England hold on to win an away series in Pakistan for the first time for decades

97. Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest woman to sail round the world single-handed
November 2000 - February 2001
Scaling the mast in raging sea and sharing her thoughts and fears with a TV audience, the gutsy yachts-woman from land-locked Derbyshire creates a media frenzy

98. Tiger Woods becomes the first man to hold all the Grand Slam events
8th April 2001 - Augusta, Georgia
The 25 year old Woods completes the "Tiger Slam" to simultaneously hold all four majors putting it beyond doubt that he is the most talented golfer the world has seen

99. Liverpool 5 Alaves 4 - Liverpool win an unique cup treble
16th May 2001 - Dortmund
'I think it will be a low scoring game' - Alaves's Jordi Cruyff the day before the match 'The greatest final ever' - Alan Hansen 24 hours later

100. Ivanisevic wins Wimbledon
9th July 2001 - Centre Court, Wimbledon
After serving two double faults at match point with tears in his eyes, the volatile Croatian pulls himself together to win the title that the world had assumed would never be his