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Top 15 Sports Moments of 2014

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2014 was one of the most memorable years in sports in recent memory. It had its ups and its downs, but it wasn't short on moments that will live on in history. Good or bad, here were the 15 best sports moments of the year.

15. Steven Souza Jr. Preserves Jordan Zimmermann's No-Hitter

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15. Steven Souza Jr. Preserves Jordan Zimmermann's No-Hitter

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Date: September 28

It seemed like it just wasn't meant to be. Jordan Zimmermann had made it 8.2 innings without giving up a hit, but it appeared he had yielded a hit with one out to go. However, young outfielder Steven Souza Jr. ran full out, dove and made an unbelievable catch to give Zimmermann the no-hitter on the last day of the season.

14. Mo'ne Davis Dazzles At Little League World Series

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14. Mo'ne Davis Dazzles At Little League World Series

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Date: Various

Without a doubt, the hit at the Little League World Series was female pitcher Mo'ne Davis. She proved that she more than belonged with the boys, pumping in fastballs that were pushing 70 mph. She also carried herself with plenty of poise and grace, which made her story even more fun to follow.

13. Luis Suarez Bites Italian Defender

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13. Luis Suarez Bites Italian Defender

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Date: June 24

Luis Suarez, a star on the Uruguayan national soccer team, has been a controversial character in the past. However, nobody thought he would really bite an opposing player again. That's exactly what he did in the World Cup against Italy, and it netted him a four-month suspension from FIFA.

12. T.J. Oshie Puts On A Show Against Russia

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12. T.J. Oshie Puts On A Show Against Russia

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 8 - United States v Russia
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Date: February 15

T.J. Oshie was the star of the Olympics for Team USA, especially when they were playing the Russian national team with medal round positioning on the line. The two teams went into a shootout and Oshie went to work. He scored four shootout goals and led the United States to the shootout win.

11. Odell Beckham Jr. Makes Ridiculous Catch

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11. Odell Beckham Jr. Makes Ridiculous Catch

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Date: November 23

The best rookie in the NFL this season, Odell Beckham Jr. has put on his fair share of highlight reel plays. However, his best catch came against the Cowboys when he leaped over a defender, fell toward the sideline, grabbed the ball with just three fingers and hauled in the touchdown catch. It was one of the truly amazing catches in NFL history.

10. Tim Howard Makes 15 Saves Against Belgium

Belgium v USA: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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10. Tim Howard Makes 15 Saves Against Belgium

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Date: July 1

Even though the United States lost in the Round of 16 during the World Cup against Belgium, goalie Tim Howard put on a show. He made an incredible 15 saves, which kept his squad in the game until the very end. This also spurred some hilarious memes about Howard saving various things unrelated to soccer.

9. Damian Lillard's Buzzer-Beater Sends Trail Blazers Into Second Round

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9. Damian Lillard's Buzzer-Beater Sends Trail Blazers Into Second Round

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Date: May 2

Damian Lillard has taken the league by storm since coming into the NBA, and he made his star even brighter last postseason. In Game 6, with his Trail Blazers in danger of having to go to Game 7 in Houston against the Rockets, he took over. Lillard received the inbound pass, set up and knocked down a buzzer-beater three-pointer to propel his team into the second round.

8. Peyton Manning Passes Brett Favre On All-Time TD Pass List

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8. Peyton Manning Passes Brett Favre On All-Time TD Pass List

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Date: October 19

Peyton Manning is cementing himself as one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He furthered that effort when he threw his 509th touchdown pass, which pushed him past Brett Favre for first on the all time list. Surely, another Super Bowl title would solidify Manning as the best of all time.

7. Clayton Kershaw Tosses 15-Strikeout No-Hitter

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7. Clayton Kershaw Tosses 15-Strikeout No-Hitter

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Date: June 18

Clayton Kershaw is in the midst of one of the best pitching runs in MLB history. He showed just how dominant he could be when he struck out 15 Rockies en route to a no-hitter. Even though he faced one batter over the minimum, it still may have been the most dominant pitching performance of all time.

6. Spurs Have A Renaissance

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6. Spurs Have A Renaissance

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Date: June 15

The Spurs are the only real dynasty in the NBA since the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. The most impressive thing about them is that their championship runs are separated by 15 years. Their most recent run might have been their best as they knocked off the defending champion Miami Heat in convincing fashion.

5. Richard Sherman Goes Off During Post-NFC Championship Interview

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5. Richard Sherman Goes Off During Post-NFC Championship Interview

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Date: January 19

Everyone will always remember Richard Sherman's postgame interview after his Seattle Seahawks beat the rival San Francisco 49ers. Erin Andrews asked some innocent questions, but he went off on opposing receiver Michael Crabtree and made headlines during the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

4. Salvador Perez's Game-Winning Hit In AL Wild Card Game

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4. Salvador Perez's Game-Winning Hit In AL Wild Card Game

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Date: September 30

When they were down 7-3 in the eighth inning of the American League Wild Card playoff game, the Royals were all but out. However, they somehow mounted a comeback and sent the game into extras. With no end in sight, catcher Salvador Perez knocked a base hit down the left field line to send the Royals into the ALDS where they would eventually sweep the Angels.

3. Ray Rice Situation Spurs NFL Reform

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3. Ray Rice Situation Spurs NFL Reform

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Date: NFL Offseason

One of the most saddening moments of the year in sports was when the video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiance, now-wife Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator was released. The NFL's response was controversial, but the situation itself has brought about several promising changes to the league's personal conduct policy.

2. LeBron Comes Home

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2. LeBron Comes Home

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Date: July 11

LeBron surprised a lot of people when he decided to go home and join the Cleveland Cavaliers. He improved his image with many people as most respected the decision. His letter explaining his decision to come home will surely be part of Cleveland sports history forever.

1. Derek Jeter's Game-Winning Hit In Final Yankee Stadium Game

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1. Derek Jeter's Game-Winning Hit In Final Yankee Stadium Game

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Date: September 25

Derek Jeter always had a flair for the dramatic, and he kept up that reputation until the very end. Even though he didn't have a good 2014 campaign, he captured the magic that made his career so special. In his final game at Yankee Stadium, he knocked an opposite-field hit to win the game for the Yankees over the Orioles, which created one of the most memorable moments in recent baseball history.

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