Most Iconic Sports Moments of the Decade

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20. Beckham’s one-handed catch
> Team/athlete: New York Giants
> Sport: NFL
> Year: 2014

On a Sunday night in November of 2014, Odell Beckham Jr. made a catch that must have seemed like an optical illusion. Giants quarterback Eli Manning rolled out to his right and threw to rookie wideout Beckham near the end zone. Beckham pulled free from cornerback Brandon Carr, extended his right arm, and snagged the ball. It was a catch many observers have called the greatest ever.

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19. Kendrick’s opposite field homer
> Team/athlete: Washington Nationals
> Sport: MLB
> Year: 2019

The Washington Nationals have known only heartbreak in the postseason, but that all changed in 2019. Utility player Howie Kendrick was already a postseason hero for hitting the 10th-inning grand slam that sent the Nats to the NLCS. Kendrick came up huge again in game seven of the World Series, when he hit an opposite-field two-run shot off reliever Will Harris in the 7th inning that clanged into the foul pole. The homer turned Washington’s 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead — a lead they would not relinquish on their way to the franchise’s first title.

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18. Late winner from Mario Goetze
> Team/athlete: Germany
> Sport: Soccer
> Year: 2014

Mario Goetze scored what was called the “goal of the century” in extra time of the 2014 World Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro, as his score defeated Argentina, 1-0, to give Germany its fourth World Cup title. Goetze, a 22-year-old midfielder, took a crossing pass from André Schürrle off his chest, transferred the ball to his left foot, and volleyed it into the net past Argentinian goaltender Sergio Romero.

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17. Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat
> Team/athlete: Dallas Mavericks
> Sport: NBA
> Year: 2011

The Dallas Mavericks won their lone NBA championship in 2011 by defeating the Miami Heat in six games. The Mavericks, led by power forward Dirk Nowitzki, the MVP of the Finals, overcame the hype surrounding a Heat team featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, and in the process avenged a loss to the Heat in the NBA Finals five years earlier. The Mavericks joined the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets as Texas teams that have won NBA championships.

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16. Osaka beats Williams in generational showdown
> Team/athlete: Naomi Osaka
> Sport: Tennis
> Year: 2018

Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in straight sets to win the U.S. Open in September of 2018, becoming the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament. The match was noteworthy in that it marked a generational shift in the tennis world, as the 20-year-old Osaka denied Williams, 36, her 24th Grand Slam championship. The final was also known for Williams’ explosive reaction for being penalized by a referee for receiving coaching.