Sleds, eggs, super studs and the 12 things we learned this year

Lewis Hamilton, Lizzy Yarnold and Luis Suarez

1. 75,715 - that's how many pies Manchester United need to sell to pay Falcao's weekly wage of £260,000.

Discover more of the best findings from the BBC's Price of Football study.

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2. The Ashes. Australia 5-0 England. "Pathetic". "Humiliating". Oh, and statistically England's worst tour in Ashes history.

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3. Ey up, they love cycling in Yorkshire. Just the 2.5m people on the streets to see the Tour de France Grand Depart.

Tour de France sign
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4. Horse racing's super stud Galileo is worth more than £85m man Gareth Bale, the most expensive player in football history.

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5. Lizzy Yarnold won Great Britain's first gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics on a sled called Mervyn that she named after an insurance underwriter.

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6. Burnley were solely responsible for English players getting more playing time in the Premier League.

Explore our clickable guide to the State of the Game study.

Burnley players celebrate a goal
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7. Germany are pretty good at football.

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8. Rory McIlroy is very good at New Year resolutions. On 2 January he set the target of winning two majors in 2014. Job done.

Read how McIlroy went from "lost boy to golden boy".

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9. They played on the same day at the same ground, but World Twenty20 final prize money was £646,000 less for women than the men.

Sri Lanka celebrating winning the World Twenty20
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10. Lewis Hamilton bust his strict diet to eat three poached eggs for breakfast after winning the Formula 1 world title. Daring.

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11. The Luis Suarez bite. Bad but not football's ultimate sin. That's the leg-breaking tackle, according to pundit Steve Claridge.

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12. World Cup shootout penalties are easier when the next goal wins, rather than when a miss means elimination. It's official. We worked it out.

Explore our complete guide to penalties hosted by Gary Lineker.

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