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A look back at the sporting highlights from the last 12 months

It has been another spectacular sporting year with England regaining the Ashes, Jenson Button winning the F1 Drivers' Championship and David Haye becoming heavyweight champion of the world.

Here we look at the top ten sporting moments from the last 12 months.

Jenson Button's world title

Button took a pay cut to join the new Brawn team for the start of the 2009 Formula One season and his impact was spectacular: he won six of the first seven races which proved enough to sweep him to the world drivers' title.

2. England regain the Ashes

In the aftermath of the Kevin Pietersen captaincy controversy, Andrew Strauss cajoled his England squad into wresting the Ashes back from Australia via a narrow 2-1 series victory.

3. Beth Tweddle strikes gold

Britain's favourite gymnast looked to have blown her chance of a world medal on home soil when she failed to reach the final of the uneven bars. She responded by clinching historic gold with a perfect floor routine.

4. Daley dives to glory

Tom Daley proved the profile afforded him since he appeared at the Beijing Olympics at the age of 14 was justified as he claimed an unexpected gold medal in the 10m platform competition at the World Championships in Rome.

5. Lightning Bolt strikes twice

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt achieved the seemingly impossible at the World Championships in Berlin when he lowered his 100m world record to 9.58 seconds. Days later he also set a new mark of 19.19 for the 200m.

6. David slays Goliath

British puncher David Haye breathed new life into boxing's heavyweight division by cleverly outpointing Russian giant Nikolai Valuev to earn the WBA title in Nuremberg, Germany.

7. Clijsters' comeback

Kim Clijsters returned after an extended absence from tennis to revive a flagging women's game by making her Grand Slam comeback at the US Open in New York - and promptly sailed to the title, defeating both Williams sisters along the way.

8. Final flier

Fears the 2009 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Everton could be too -sided were shattered after just 25 seconds when the Toffees' Louis Saha swept home the fastest ever final goal, although the Londoners fought back to win the match.

9. Another SW19 epic

One year after his epic defeat to Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer got the better of another awesome Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick, winning a marathon match 16-14 in the final set.

10. Ireland's slam

The 2009 Six Nations boiled down to a last-second penalty which Welshman Stephen Jones kicked short, enabling Ireland to celebrate their first Grand Slam in 61 years in dramatic scenes in Cardiff.

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