Liverpool fans Social Distance as Liverpool fans celebrate their first league title in 30 years for an empty Anfield.

Sport is always on the move.

An endless conveyor belt of trophies to chase, a carousel of seasons intertwined. He’s always shaking, always waiting for something.

And then, in 2020, it stopped. The bells and whistles went silent and the lights went out.

The coronavirus pandemic has crippled events around the world. The sport has lost its shape and structure. All the usual attractions are gone.

Spring has come without the London Marathon. Midsummer is over without Wimbledon. Instead of the two-week whirlwind of the Olympic Games there was an ominous rest.

But the sport is still heading towards 2020. Despite the lack of action and the hustle and bustle, it touched people. There was excitement, amazement, unhappiness, fear and, this year more than ever, reflection.

Here are some of the photos that captured it all.

March

Australia won the T20 Women's Tennis World Cup.

The largest crowd in the history of women’s cricket – 86,174 people – gathered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to witness Australia’s victory over India in the final of the T20 Women’s World Cup.

The game was organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day. While Ellyse Perry of Key Australia was absent due to an injury, Katy Perry was present. Pop Supernova, who wore a top and earrings with a female gender symbol, played before and after the match.

James Ritchie got punched in the nose.

I was a little shocked. I must have a face like that.

Scottish flanker James Ritchie in a Six Nations match with France striker Mohamed Howas.

Howas got a red card. Ritchie was elected Scotland’s Man of the Match.

It was the fourth of five rounds for Six Nations. The last series of matches was played almost eight months later.

Tokyo 2020

Since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, only the World Wars have led to their postponement or cancellation.

But when the epidemic turned into a pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 organisers decided to postpone the Summer Olympics for 12 months until the summer of 2021 – at an estimated cost of over £2 billion.

They have warned that the games will be cancelled completely instead of being postponed a second time.

July

Raheem Sterling converts a punishment.

When the Premier League came back after a three-month break, things were very different.

Players were regularly checked, told not to spit or blow on the field and were given extra hydration breaks because of the summer heat.

Fans came out of the bleachers and went to the bed screens.

England and the West Indies kneel before the start of the trial match.

After the death of George Floyd in a police station in Minneapolis in May, players of all sports knelt to show their opposition to violence and racial discrimination.

International cricket resumed in England when the West Indies arrived from the Caribbean, relatively unaffected by the coronavirus at the time, to play a series of three tests in a unique bio-bubble environment.

August

Lucy Bronze.

Lyon continues to dominate the Women’s Champions League and wins the fifth European crown in a row with a victory over Wolfsburg.

English stars Lucy Bronze, Jodie Taylor and Alex Greenwood added an angelic touch to the French side. The Bronze will be voted best player of the Fifa 2020.

September

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka, whose father is Haitian and whose mother is Japanese, wore a mask with the name of another black American killed by the police or a civilian before every US Open match.

Unfortunately, seven masks are not enough for the number of names, she told via an external link to The Washington Post.

For the photo shoot of the champion she wore a kente headdress as a wink to her West African ancestry.

Tadej Pogachar

Forget the spring classics, why not the autumn graduates?

In the second half of the year the compressed cycling calendar offered a triple dose of excitement as the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia were moved to later dates.

The biggest race of all, the Tour, produced the ultimate drama when Slovenian Tadej Pogacar raided the penultimate stage to grab Primoz Roglik’s yellow jersey.

October

Los Angeles Lakers are making the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t won an NBA title in 10 years. They didn’t make the playoffs by six points.

But with star player LeBron James motivated by Michael Jordan’s record and a desire to honor the late Kobe Bryant, the Lakers beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 to end the wait.

November

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona, the villain king of Argentine football, died in November after a life in which his giant skills matched his appetite for off-field excesses.

At the age of 60, he was particularly honoured in the southern Italian city of Naples, where he led Naples to the first Series A title at a time when there was fierce rivalry with the relatively rich north of the country.

After his death, Naples renamed his stadium in his honour.

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