With the year 2011 nearing its end, it's time to recap the most famous controversies and scandals that capsized sports buffs.
Pakistan trio jailed for spot-fixing
Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed on November 3, 2011 for their roles in a spot-fixing scandal which the judge said had damaged the integrity of a game renowned for its fairness.
Former captain Butt was sentenced to 30 months, while Asif was given one year and fellow pace bowler Amir six months as the sporting world was given a strong message that corruption would be punished by much more than fines and suspensions.
The trio were part of a gambling-inspired plot to bowl no-balls at pre-arranged times during a Test match against England at London's Lord's Cricket Ground in August 2010.
Text: Sify Sports Desk (with inputs from agencies)