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Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010

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The Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010

New Orleans Saints fans greet the NFL football champions during a parade through the central business district of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. The Saints and fans celebrated the team's 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Photos: Super Bowl XLIVPhotos: Super Bowl CelebrationsFull Coverage: Super Bowl XLIV AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

1: The Saints win their first Super Bowl

New Orleans experienced hell with Hurricane Katrina. The city received a triumphant boost when the Saints won their first Super Bowl in 2010. This magical moment stands as the top sports story of the year. Read More.

US Ryder Cup player Tiger Woods is pictured on the 18th hole after losing in session 3 of the Foursomes to Europe Ryder Cup players Lee Westwood and Luke Donald on the third day of the 2010 Ryder Cup golf competition between US and Europe at Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales on October 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO/PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) Getty Images/Peter Muhly

2: Tiger Woods falls apart

Tiger Woods didn't host a single trophy in 2010, maybe the most shocking truth in a year full of outrageous revelations about golf's No. 1. Woods' sex scandal sent the PGA Tour into a tailspin as well. Read More.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) reacts as teammate LeBron James (6) goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Milwaukee. The Miami Heat won their fifth straight game on Monday beating the Milwaukee Bucks on the road 88-78. AP Photo/Morry Gash

3: The making of a Miami monster

In 75 minutes of the dullest TV ever produced, LeBron James lit the world on fire. 'The Decision' set off his fall as a hometown hero, his rise as the epitome of selfish superstars and a firestorm of a season in Miami. Read More.

In this March 27, 2010, file photo, Butler's Gordon Hayward moves down court during the first half of the NCAA West Regional final college basketball game against Kansas State in Salt Lake City. Hayward now finds himself with the chance to become the first Butler player to make an NBA team. But before that, the 6-foot-9 sophomore has visions of a national title. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File AP Photo/Colin Braley

4: Butler reaches NCAA final

Butler's 2010 season would have gone down in history had Gordon Hayward's last-second shot gone down in the title game vs. Duke. But even in defeat the Bulldogs gave the sport a season that never will die. Read More.

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay delivers to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the ninth inning of Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, in Philadelphia. Halladay threw a no-hitter. The Phillies defeated the Reds 4-0. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) AP Photo/Mel Evans

5: Halladay is unhittable ... twice

He'd waited his whole career. Even helped engineer a trade to Philly to get there. And when Roy Halladay finally took the mound in the playoffs, sports fans were given a lot more than Doc had ordered. Read More.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, center, holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Kobe Bryant, right, holds the MVP trophy as they celebrate after beating the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the NBA finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

6: Lakers go back-to-back

The Lakers winning consecutive titles, finishing off the Celtics in seven games in the Finals, was significant. But the ensuing flurry of big-time free-agency movement as a result may be bigger. Read More.

Landon Donovan carried us all on his back on a couple of occasions. But those events are already in our collective rear view mirrors, says Paul Gass AP Photo

7: Landon Donovan's World Cup winner

Soccer still will probably never catch on in the USA. But for a moment, Landon Donovan's goal against Algeria that sent the U.S. to the World Cup round of 16 was as good as it gets. Read More.

Canada's Sidney Crosby (87) shoots past USA goalie Ryan Miller (39) for the game-winning goal in the overtime period of a men's gold medal ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) AP Photo

8: USA-Canada border skirmish

Canadians worship the game, and Americans love a great underdog story. Hence, huge TV ratings for the Olympics' final. In the end, Sid the Kid gave Canada its gold, but hockey was the real winner. Read More.

Alabama's Mark Ingram (22) carries on a first-quarter touchdown as Florida's Jeremy Brown (8) defends in an NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.
Alabama's Mark Ingram (22) carries on a first-quarter touchdown as Florida's Jeremy Brown (8) defends in an NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) AP Photo/Dave Martin

9: Southern super powers reemerge

The college football world orbits the state of Alabama. There's no arguing that, considering the recent national title runs from Auburn and Alabama on the field ... and the headlines off it. Read More.

Game 5 The San Francisco Giants celebrate defeating the Texas Rangers 3-1 to win the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

10: Baseball by the Bay

The best team doesn't always win. Just ask San Francisco, home to many World Series heartbreaks. Until 2010, that is. Thanks to a merry band of 'castoffs and misfits,' the Bay Area fog has finally lifted. Read More.

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