- 1) FROM HERO TO VILLAIN. American cyclist Lance Amrstrong went form being one of the greatest heros in global sports to becoming a pariah after USADA and the UCI confirmed that the cyclist achieved his success through an intricate doping web. According to Sports Illustrated, he is number one on the list. Photo: Getty Images
2) DISQUALIFIED FOR WANTING TO LOSE.
The International Badminton Federation disqualified eight players accused of losing on purpose to get more favorable results in the elimination rounds of the London Olympic Games. The pairs from China, South Korea and Indonesia were accused of acting in a way "detrimental to the sport." Photo: Getty Images
- 3) DIRTY PLAY. The NHL's Phoenix Coyote's player Raphael "Raffi" Torres was suspended 25 games in April for a brutal hit on Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks. In his 12 years in the league, Torres has won the reputation of being one of the dirtiest players in the NHL.'.
- 4) A GOAL WITHOUT 'FAIR PLAY' The Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano of Shakhtar Donetsk was charged by UEFA after taking advantage of a ball his teammate was returning in a moment of fair play to score on Nordsjaelland.
5) A FAll WORTH GOLD.
British cyclist Philip Hindes fell on purpose after a bad start in the 'sprint' in track cycling in an event in which his team won gold with Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny. Though not cheating, but bad form, Hindes admitted what he did: "I just fell. I did it on purpose so I could go again, it was planned." Photo: Getty Images
- 6) LITTLE EFFORT. olympic champion in the 1,500 meters of the London 2012 Games, Argelia's Taoufik Makhloufi, won gold despite being ejected and then reinstated in the games for only running the first 200 meters of his 800-eter preliminaries. Photo: Getty Images
- 7) SORE LOSER Despite leading her team to the bronze medal at the London 2012 Games, Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair accused the official of favoring the United States, actions that threaten to cost her her position as team captain. Photo: Getty Images
- 8) DIFFERENT STROKES. South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh recognized using illegal strokes in winning the 100-meter breaststroke, admitting he used additional kicks in her exit, which gave him an advantage. Photo: Getty Images
- 9) RACE RELATIONS. After a year invetigation and a 64-page report, the Chelsea defender, John Terry, recognized his offense and apologized for racial insults against QPR's Anton Ferdinand. The player was sanctioned with four matches and 277,000 Euros. Photo: Getty Images
- 10) 'NASCAR BAD BOY' ""You don't stop stirring shit. Why do you make stupid questions ever since I'm on provation?" was how Nascar driver Kurt Busch responded to a journalist. Considered one of the most hated athletes in the US, he had altercations on and off the course in 2012. Photo: Getty Images
11) FALLING STAR.
Melky Cabrera, of the San Francisco Giants, was suspended 50 games for 'doping'. The Dominican star tested positive for Testosterone when he was poised to be an MVP candidate at the end of the year. Photo: Getty Images
- 12) NO CRITICS ZONE . Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake was fined $25,000 in November for insulting a fan. Blake got heated during a game against the Clippers and tok it out on someone in the stands who was heckling him about his performance. Photo: Getty Images
- 13) JEFFREY LORIA BECOMES A MASTER HEAL The controversial construction of Marlins Park in Little Havana was supposed to involve bigger spending by the team to justify the investment, instead the Marlins pulled their usual trick at the end of the year and dismantled the team by trading its biggest stars. Photo: Getty Images
- 14) BOUNTYGATE. Payment for injuring rivals, that simple. From the 2009-2010 season, the New Orleans Saints had a bounty system for injuries. That resulted in various suspensions to coaches and players and further villification of Roger Goodell. Photo: Getty Images
1) FROM HERO TO VILLAIN. American cyclist Lance Amrstrong went form being one of the greatest heros in global sports to becoming a pariah after USADA and the UCI confirmed that the cyclist achieved his success through an intricate doping web. According to Sports Illustrated, he is number one on the list.
Photo: Getty Images