Scottish sport in 2013

Elise Christie
20 January: Scottish short-track speed skater Elise Christie won the 1000m at the European Championships. She also won the 1500m event in Sweden
Andy Murray applauds after losing out to Novak Djokovic
27 January: Andy Murray began the year with defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final - his third time as a runner-up in Melbourne - but he was to gain his revenge later in the year
Stephen Gallacher in Dubai
3 February: Scotland's sole European Tour win of the year came with Stephen Gallacher's success in the Dubai Desert Classic. The Linlithgow golfer shot 22 under par to win by three strokes
Scotland rugby players celebrating
9 February: Scotland's rugby team claimed a four-try Murrayfield win over Italy in the Six Nations. A victory against Ireland followed, while three defeats meant Scott Johnson's side finished third in the tournament
St Mirren players celebrating with the Scottish League Cup
17 March: St Mirren won the Scottish League Cup by beating Hearts in the final at Hampden. The result ended the Paisley club's 26-year wait for a major trophy
Eve Muirhead with her World Women's Curling Championship gold medal
25 March: Skip Eve Muirhead celebrated after Scotland's women won the World Curling Championship in Latvia. Later in the year, Muirhead's rink won silver at the European Championships, where Scotland's men took bronze
Ryan Mania on Auroras Encore
6 April: Ryan Mania rode Auroras Encore to victory in the Grant National at Aintree, making him the first Scots jockey to win the event for 117 years
Glasgow Warriors reached the Pro12 play-offs
11 May: Glasgow Warriors pushed Leinster all the way but lost out 17-15 in the Pro12 semi-final, with Stuart Hogg (centre) missing a tough conversion attempt late in the game
Celtic celebrate their league triumph
11 May: Celtic got their hands on the Scottish Premier League trophy after a 4-0 home win over St Johnstone. The title was wrapped up in April, with Neil Lennon's men eventually finishing the season 16 points ahead of Motherwell
Dundee's Iain Davidson, Rangers' Lee McCulloch and Alloa players
May: The make-up of Scotland's football divisions for season 2013-14 was decided with Dundee (top left) relegated from the top flight, Alloa (bottom) winning promotion to the second tier via the play-offs and Rangers (top right) winning their league to move up to the third tier. Partick Thistle and Queen of the South also won promotion while Airdrie, Dunfermline and Albion Rovers all dropped down a division
Sir Alex Ferguson
19 May: Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United for the last time after announcing his retirement from management. The Scot won 38 major trophies during a managerial career spanning five decades, including 28 honours in his 26 years at Old Trafford. Ferguson was replaced by another Scot, David Moyes
Georgios Samaras and Joe Ledley
26 May: Celtic added the Scottish Cup to their league triumph with victory against Hibernian at Hampden. Joe Ledley (right) scored the third in Celtic's 3-0 win
Hearts manager Gary Locke
21 June: Hearts manager Gary Locke addressed the media a couple of days after the club entered administration with mounting debts. The Tynecastle side would start the 2013-14 season with a 15-point deduction as a result
David Florence and Richard Hounslow
22 June: Scot David Florence and English team-mate Richard Hounslow competed in the Canoe Slalom World Cup at Cardiff Bay. Later in the year, the pair would win gold medals at the Canoe Slalom World Championships
Andy Murray celebrates with the Wimbledon trophy
7 July: Andy Murray won his second Grand Slam and first Wimbledon title by beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the All England Club. He warmed up by winning his third Aegon Championships title at Queen's Club in June
Phil Mickelson
14 July: American Phil Mickelson won golf's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, beating South Africa's Branden Grace in a play-off
Phil Mickelson shows off the Claret Jug
21 July: A week later, Mickelson picked up the famous Claret Jug for winning the Open Championship at a sweltering Muirfield
Chris Hoy with two young cyclists
23 July: Scotland's most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy (centre), who announced his retirement in April, took part in promotional events to mark one year until Glasgow's hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The former cyclist is an ambassador for the event
SPFL chief executive
24 July: After months of protracted negotiations, Scotland's two main football league bodies were merged to become the Scottish Professional Football League with Neil Doncaster appointed as the new organisation's chief executive
James Forrest celebrates after scoring for Celtic against Shakhter Karagandy
28 August: James Forrest celebrated after securing Celtic's aggregate winner against Shakhter Karagandy and a place in the group stages of the Champions League. However, Neil Lennon's side were unable to emulate the previous season's run to the last 16 of the tournament, finishing bottom of Group H
Raymundo Beltran and Ricky Burns
7 September: Scottish boxer Ricky Burns (right) retained his WBO lightweight world title in a controversial draw but suffered a broken jaw against Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow
Shinty
14 September: Newtonmore won shinty's Camanachd Cup by beating Kyles Athletic in the final
Meggan Dawson-Farrell
25 September: Para-athlete Meggan Dawson-Farrell was one of the first 27 athletes named in Team Scotland ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Scotland captain Scott Brown shakes hands with Barry Bannan
15 October: Scotland's World Cup qualifying hopes were dashed back in March but a disappointing campaign ended with a 2-0 home win over Croatia, following June's success in Zagreb, to hint at better things to come for Gordon Strachan's side
Great Britain's winning Team Pursuit team at the European Track Championships
18 October: Scottish cyclist Katie Archibald (far right) helped Great Britain win the Team Pursuit at the European Track Championships in the Netherlands
Eilidh Child
27 October: Eilidh Child was named Scotland's Athlete of the Year. She won bronze in the 4x400m at the World Championships, following her fifth place in the 400m hurdles. Child was also part of the winning 4x400m relay team at the European Athletics Indoor Championships, having finished runner-up in the individual event
Sean Maitland in action against Japan
9 November: Following a summer tour to South Africa that produced mixed results, Scotland opened the autumn Test series with a win over Japan but were overpowered by the Springboks and lost out to Australia. Scotland end 2013 ranked the ninth best side in the world
Dario Franchitti announces his retirement from motor racing
14 November: Dario Franchitti pays heed to doctors' advice and announces his retirement from motor racing. The US-based Scot, four-time IndyCar series champion, suffered multiple fractures after smashing into the track wall in October's Houston Grand Prix in
Scotland's best ever Rugby League World Cup display ended with a heavy defeat to New Zealand
15 November: Scotland's best-ever Rugby League World Cup display ended with a heavy defeat by New Zealand in the quarter-finals
Scotland batsman Richie Berrington in action
21 November: Scotland eased to an 84-run victory over Papua New Guinea in Dubai but the World Twenty20 qualifying campaign ended in disappointment, with the Scots failing to claim one of the six tournament places available. Head coach Peter Steindl was later removed from his post
Scott Brash
24 November: Scottish showjumper Scott Brash won the Global Champions Tour in Doha and would end the year as world number one
Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair
24 November: In badminton, Scottish duo Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair won the mixed doubles event at the Scottish Open Grand Prix in Glasgow
Michael Jamieson
15 December: Michael Jamieson won silver in the 200m at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark and broke his own British record in the process
Andy Murray with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award
15 December: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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