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Estimated Execution Plan SQL Server Sort?

I'm running a query and its taking a age to execute, looking at the execution plan I can see that 51% of the cost is in the SORT? when in the actual query i am not ORDERING BY anything. Anyone got ...
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Storage order vs Result order

This is a spin-off question from Sort order specified in primary key, yet sorting is executed on SELECT. @Catcall says this on the subject of storage order (clustered index) and the output order ...
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Why are NULLs sorted first?

Why is it that when we have a NULL value in a column and we order by the value ascending, the NULLs are sorted first? select 1 as test union all select 2 union all select NULL union all select 3 ...