Picture Gallery: Sports Pictures of the Year

From Cup finals at Wembley to the opening of rowing club boathouses, 2014 has been a diverse year in the world of sport.

Sheffield United's John Brayford, leaps into the air to celebrate scoring the second goal against Charlton in the FA Cup quarter-final. (Picture: James Hardisty).

Here is a selection of some of the best pictures taken over the last 12 months of sport by The Yorkshire Post’s team of photographers.

There are action and reaction shots from the world of football, celebration pics from cricket and some crunching tackles from the world of rugby.

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Plus there’s some atmospheric shots on the gallops, at the opening of Leeds Rowing Club and from the world of cyclo-cross.

Sheffield United's John Brayford, leaps into the air to celebrate scoring the second goal against Charlton in the FA Cup quarter-final. (Picture: James Hardisty).

These pictures were taken by Steve Riding, Simon Hulme, Tony Johnson, Gary Longbottom, Jonathan Gawthorpe, Bruce Rollinson, James Hardisty and Scott Merrylees.