Highlights of 2013: Johnny Nelson, Peter Beagrie, Kevin Cadle and more share picks

Last Updated: 18/12/13 11:53am

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It has been another memorable year in the world of sport, but what will stick in your mind after a magical 12 months?

We all have our highlights, so who better to share theirs than the Sky Sports stars. We asked them what they will remember and why?

It might be personal, it might be a professional choice, it might be an amazing individual display or a terrific team success, or it might be one magic moment or something that was part of the bigger picture.

So here are the Sky Sports pundits and their picks and remember, you can go and cast your own vote in our

Review of the Year - click here!

Johnny Nelson - Boxing

It has to be Carl Froch against Mikkel Kessler at the O2. The atmosphere was electric, the expectations were higher than high, it was just a really, really good fight and being there, was something else. I will always be a fight fan and having, down the years, been at Nigel Benn v Gerald McClellan, Nigel Benn v Chris Eubank of course, I always gauge today's fights with nights like that. And when it comes to proper, big fight nights, I would put Froch-Kessler right up there. They were both gentlemen and did exactly what they said they would - give everything they could in that ring. They lived up to the hype and those of us lucky to be there, realised this was a true, classic, big-fight night. It was second to none.

Peter Beagrie - Football League

Bradford's promotion to League One on their second Wembley appearance of the season was my highlight of the year. I never doubted my old club for one second but it wasn't until the third goal went in against Northampton in the play-off final that I believed and relaxed. Bradford have now secured their long-term future - at a time when so many football clubs in Leagues One and Two are staring into the abyss - and with two Bantams fans in joint-charge of the club in Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes, things look very bright indeed at Valley Parade.

Kevin Cadle - NFL

The maturating of the second year quarterbacks has stood out. The first three kicked it off after last year, RG3 (Robert Griffin III), Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson of Seattle, but then Nick Fold, who came to the fore at Philadelphia and has been breaking all sorts of individual records, joined the party. He has probably taken the spotlight but the way they have emerged has shown just how the NFL keeps going from strength to strength. People know their names now but it wouldn't surprise me if they are given a group name... maybe The Four Tops?

Neal Foulds - Snooker

It has to be Ronnie O'Sullivan winning the world title having barely potted a ball for a year. He won it in 2012 then played in one PTC event, where he lost in the first round in a best-of-seven match, and didn't play any other match snooker before managing to win the 2013 world championship. That's unquestionably the achievement of the year. I don't think anyone else could have done that - and I don't think there were many experts in the game that believed he could win it again having hardly played. He started off a bit rusty against Marcus Campbell but he grew into the tournament and it was one of the great sporting achievements of the year.

Rob Lee - Golf

I'd have to say when Adam Scott sunk his putt on the second play-off hole to overcome Angel Cabrera and win the Masters at Augusta. Adam won that tournament on the back of losing the previous year's Open Championship after leading by four shots with four holes to play. He must have felt like he had fallen through a trap door after handing victory to Ernie Els at Royal Lytham but the next time he was in the saddle he took his chance, so great credit to him for that. Winning a Major can have an adverse effect on a player's career but it has had the opposite effect on Adam and I'm certain there are more Major titles on the way.

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