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The 15 Biggest Sports Breakups From 2012

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Introduction

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Ron Chenoy USA TODAY SPORTS

2012 was a great year in sports, but not everything always end up good. We saw some sad things in sports, including the end of some very prominent partnerships. These teams and players had reached the end of their mutual partnerships and went different directions. That is why we are bringing you a list of the 15 biggest sports breakups from 2012.

In this list, you will find some players that left teams they had played their entire career for. Watching them leave for a new team was quite shocking at the time and it hasn't gotten any less surprising at the end of the year. Watching that player play their first game in a new uniform was quite a shock to the senses.

Then there were some players who ended up jumping ship for a team's biggest rival. That means the first game between the two teams was extremely interesting to watch or it will be when the teams end up actually playing. That is one of the things that ends up making sports great. You never know what could start a rivalry and some of these players switching teams is a good way to predict one.

Finally, there were a couple of sports cults that ended up having to switch teams. As soon as those players became big hits, they ended up going elsewhere. One of those guys has fit into his new role quite well while the other one is starting to look like a bit of a diva. I will let you take a guess as to who those might be.

If you feel we left someone off this list, let us know in the comment section. Otherwise, sit back and relax. The 15 biggest sports breakups from 2012 are coming up and I know that you all end up enjoying the potential drama that unfolded in the past year.

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Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns

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Kyle Terada USA TODAY SPORTS

It seemed like Nash would retire as a member of the Suns. However, he wanted to play for a contender after spending a good portion of his career there. When he decided to join a new team, it wasn't shocking but it was still fairly big.

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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

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Kirby Lee USA TODAY SPORTS

72 days. That is how long the marriage between these two lasted. Humphries has become a laughingstock and Kardashian now dates Kayne West. Advantage, Kim.

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Erin Andrews and ESPN

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Matthew Emmons USA TODAY SPORTS

If you were in the know about this, it was not shocking. Andrews had reached her peak with ESPN and they had in-house replacements ready to go. That being said, it is still shocking to see someone else on College Gameday.

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Mike Brown and the Los Angeles Lakers

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea USA TODAY SPORTS

Five games. That normally isn't enough time to evaluate a coach, but we aren't all the Lakers. They parted ways with Brown early in the season, but the results haven't really improved. He gets paid to do nothing, so I think he won this one.

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Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics

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Steve Mitchell USA TODAY SPORTS

Leaving your current team for their biggest rival at the time is going to leave a sour taste in a lot of mouths. It is real strange to see Allen on South Beach, but it added another layer to a budding rivalry. I think we can deal with that.

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Bobby Petrino and Arkansas

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Beth Hall USA TODAY SPORTS

Having an affair is a pretty good way to lose your coaching job. Petrino was caught after a motorcycle accident and ended up without a job in 2012. He will try to regain some former glory at Western Kentucky in 2013.

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Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos

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Debby Wong USA TODAY SPORTS

Once Peyton Manning came to town, there was no more room for Tebow. He ended up in New York but that has not worked out well. You will see him and the New York Jets on this list next year.

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Bret Bielema and Wisconsin

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Beth Hall USA TODAY SPORTS

If you thought Bielema was going to leave Wisconsin, you are smarter than a lot of us. When news broke, I thought the college football part of Twitter was going to crash. Certainly the biggest move of the college football coaching carousel.

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James Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Brett Davis USA TODAY SPORTS

No one thought that Harden would leave the Thunder before this season. When the team decided to move him to the Houston Rockets, a lot of people were shocked. It's worked out well for both parties, though. Harden is becoming a real star and the Thunder are still really good at this basketball thing.

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Ichiro and the Seattle Mariners

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Rick Osentoski USA TODAY SPORTS

Ichiro seemed like a guy who would only play with one team in his MLB career. When he was moved to the New York Yankees, few people expected it. However, he gets to play for a contender and the Mariners can turn the page and start a new chapter. Works for both parties.

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Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks

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Brett Davis USA TODAY SPORTS

Linsanity was all the rage early in 2012, but he had to pack up shop. It looked like the Knicks would match his contract offer, but they decided to pass. Not a lot of people saw that coming.

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Lance Armstrong and Livestrong

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Presse Sports

The final chapter in the Armstrong saga pretty much destroyed his reputation. As a result, he parted ways with Livestrong, the charity that he was instrumental in starting and promoting. Kind of sad, really.

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Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts

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Ron Chenoy USA TODAY SPORTS

This breakup has worked out for both parties. The Colts were ready to turn the team over to Andrew Luck and Manning was able to join a Super Bowl contender in the Denver Broncos. However, it was still very strange to see the two parties actually go their seperate ways.

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Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers

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Gary A. Vasquez USA TODAY SPORTS

Hamilton turned his career around down in Texas. He became a MVP candidate and was one of the best hitters in baseball. Seeing him jump ship to a division rival in the Los Angeles Angels was very odd. We will see how these two stack up against each other this coming season.

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Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic

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Kyle Terada USA TODAY SPORTS

This breakup takes the top spot because of how long this saga took. There were rumors about this for almost an entire calendar year. Howard wanted out and the Magic wanted no part of him anymore. It even cost Stan Van Gundy his job as the team attempted to appease the big center. Howard now plays in LA and the Magic are surprising a lot of people in the NBA.

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