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The Top 25 Sports Moments of the Decade

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  1. Ray Allen hits game-winning three in Game 6 to end the Spurs and stay alive.

The Miami Heat were down 3-2 in the NBA Finals entering Game 6 against the Spurs. With under 15 seconds left, Lebron James goes for a three and misses. Chris Bosh grabs the rebound, passes it back to an open Ray Allen for three, and he hits. This shot kept the Heat alive for one more game, where they would win the NBA Championship.

2. Lebron and the Cavs come back from a 3-1 deficit to win in the Finals

An extremely slow start for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals led to them being down 3-1 to the Golden State Warriors. No team in NBA history had ever come back from being down 3-1 until Lebron James and Kyrie Irving worked their magic. won the next three games, and Lebron James would go down in history for his game-saving block in game 7 of the Finals.

3. Chicago Cubs win the World Series and break the curse.

In 1945, The owner of the Billy Goat Tavern placed a curse on the Chicago Cubs, making them unable to win a championship. The curse would be known as the infamous Curse of the Billy Goat, which lasted for 71 years. In 2016, the Chicago Cubs finally won a World Series, defeating the Indians in 7 games.

4. The Philly Special

After starting quarterback and MVP candidate Carson Wentz went down in the regular season, it was up to veteran Nick Foles to lead the wildcard Eagles to the Super Bowl. After a miraculous run, it was time for the Eagles to face the dreaded Patriots in the Super Bowl. In the second quarter, Nick Foles lined up at tight end, the running back would hand it off the too the tight end Trey Burton, and he passed it to Nick Foles for a touchdown. After this, the Eagles would win the first Super Bowl in team history.

5. Sergio Aguero wins World Cup for Manchester City in the final seconds.

On May 13, 2012, Sergio Aguero would hit the most dramatic shot in Premier League History. In Extra Time, tied a 2-2, Aguero would drive right, avoid a defender, and kick the game-winning goal to win Manchester City their first Premier League Championship in 44 years.

6. Auburn defeats Alabama with the “Kick – Six” To win the Iron Bowl.

With only seconds left in the 4th quarter of the Iron Bowl, Alabama lined up for the game-winning field goal. It was a tie game and a chance for a National Championship on the line. The kick was blocked, and Chris Davis picked it up for the game-winning touchdown.

7. Villanova wins National Title at the buzzer.

In the NCAA Basketball National Championship, Kris Jenkins made the shot of his life. Villanova was up against the North Carolina Tar Heels, and they were going back and forth. With only seconds left on the clock and a tie game, Villanova inbounded the ball and Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning three to tin the National Championship.

8. U.S Women’s Soccer wins gold in the Olympics.

In 2012, The U.S Women’s National Soccer Team was able to get to the Finals at Wembley Stadium. A total of 80,203 fans came to watch the game against Japan, which was a record for women’s soccer. They went on to defeat Japan 2-1 to win 5 gold medals in 4 Olympics.

9. Tiger Woods wins the Masters

Tiger Woods entered Augusta National Golf Course with one goal on his mind, win the Masters. Woods Trailed the entire match, losing by 2 hols to Francesco Molinari of Italy. Woods would make the comeback, winning his fifth green jacket by one shot. He now needs one more Masters win to tie for the most Masters wins of all time.

10. The Minneapolis Miracle

With about 10 seconds left in the game, down by 1, Case Keenum took the snap on third and 10 to try and get into field goal range. He threw to the right sideline, where Stefon Diggs made the catch, avoided the tackle, and went to the endzone to defeat the Saints and send to Vikings to the NFC Championship.

11. Michael Phelps dominates for a decade.

After a tremendous career, Michael Phelps finished with 28 total medals, including 23 golds. He won medals this decade in Rio de Janeiro and London. He won four golds in 2012, and 4 more in 2016.

12. Toronto wins their first Championship

After Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning bounce against the 76ers and took down the Greek Freak and the Bucks, it was time for the Raptors to enter their first-ever NBA Finals. They were up against the Warriors, who were without Kevin Durant, and eventually Klay Thompson. After an intense 6 games, the Toronto Raptors dethroned the current champs to cement their legacy as a dynasty.

13. The Warriors go 73-9

In 2016 the Golden State Warriors did the unthinkable. In a game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Warriors were tied for the most wins in NBA history with the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. Stephen Curry dropped 46 points in 30 minutes in a 104-125 victory to give them the most wins in one season in NBA history.

14. Derrick Jeter ends his career at Yankees Stadium with a walk-off single.

Tied at 5-5, Drek Jeter would be up to bat for his final game at Yankees Stadium. Jeter his the ball into the left side of the field, and Antoan Richardson would score to win the game. This legendary hit would cap off the career of a legendary player.

15. Usain Bolt proves he is still the fastest man alive.

In 2016, Usain Bolt would win his final gold medal. The race was a 200-meter relay, and it was extremely competitive. As the gunshot sounded, the racers were off. After the first three racers had the baton, it was up to Usain Bolt to take Jamaica to the finish line. He would outrun everybody, and Jamaica would win by a landslide.

16. Simone Biles dominates the 2016 Olympics

Coming in as the heavy favorite, Simeone Biles did not fail to deliver. Many had already called her the greatest gymnast ever at only 19 years of age as well. She won the U.S team event already, but it was the singles performances that dazzled the crowd. She scored high in every event. After scoring 15.933, she burst into tears after her victory was confirmed.

17. Conor McGregor knocks out Jose Aldo in 14 seconds.

Conor McGregor was already a household name, but this fight would make him a bonafide superstar. After a very hyped up fight, McGregor enters the ring with Jose Aldo, a great MMA fighter in his own right. As the fight began, both Aldo and McGregor were not connecting on punches, Aldo went all in, lunging himself into McGregor. McGregor would connect with a punch and knocking him out.

18. Patriots comeback and win Super Bowl when down 28-3.

After a dominating first half by the Atlanta Falcons, they would get another touchdown in the third quarter to make the score 28-3 with 8 minutes left in the third quarter. This would be the last points the Falcons would score for the rest of the game, as Tom Brady would take the game to overtime and win the game to give the Patriots their 5th Super Bowl Trophy.

19. Alex Ovechkin finally wins the Stanley Cup.

After winning 6 Scoring Titles, being names best male athlete in 2018, and winning the best NHL player twice, Alex Ovechkin finally won the Stanley Cup. The Washington Capitals defeated the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and it was the first title for the Capitals in franchise history.

20. Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua in upset of the century.

In a match nobody thought Ruiz would pull off, the boxing world would be turned upside down. Anthony Joshua was known to be one of the best boxers in the world. Many bets would be put in Joshua’s favor, but nobody saw what Ruiz had to offer. After being knocked down already, Ruiz was ready to make a comeback. In the 7th round, Ruiz would knock Joshua down twice, winning the match. This would go down as the biggest upset in American sports history.

21. Tua Tagoviloa defeats Georgia in OT to win National Championship.

After former QB Jalen Hurts went down, Tua Tagoviloa was depended on to win the National Championship. When Alabama got the ball in overtime, Tua threw a deep pass to Jerry Jeudy to win the National Championship.

22. Eli Manning and Mario Manningham end the Patriots in the Super Bowl

After defeating the Patriots a few years previous, the Giants and Patriots were back for a Super Bowl rematch for the ages. After the Patriots maintained a lead into the fourth quarter, Eli Manning was back to work his magic. The Giants were backed up, and Eli threw a deep pass to a double-covered Mario Manningham, who made a tiptoe catch to put the Giants in a better position. They would proceed to drive down the field and win the game.

23. Odell Beckham Jr. makes the catch of the decade.

In a regular-season game against their division rival Dallas Cowboys, Odeel Backham Jr. made the catch that would turn the Internet upside down. Eli Manning threw a deep pass to try and draw a defensive pass interference, but Beckham made an incredible one-handed catch for the touchdown. The Giants would go on to win the game, and OBJ would become a household name.

24. Kobe Bryant drops 60 in his final game.

After a historic, championship filled career, Kobe Bryant was ready to call it quits in 2016. His final game would be played at the sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles against the Utah Jazz. In a very high scoring game, Kobe Bryant would hit the game-sealing shot late in the fourth, that would also be his 60th point in the game. His final stat ever recorded would be an assist to Jordan Clarkson. His finals stat line for the game was 60pts, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, on 22/50 shooting.

25. Loyola Chicago makes Cinderella run to Final 4.

The 11th ranked Loyola Ramblers stood no chance to make it far into the tournament, but they would prove the doubters wrong. After winning three games, Loyola would be put against the 9th ranked Kansas State. They would defeat them 78-62 in the South Regional Final to send them into the Final Four.

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