Most Iconic Sports Moments of the Decade

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10. Kick six
> Team/athlete: Auburn Tigers
> Sport: NCAA FB
> Year: 2013

There are few college football rivalries fiercer than Auburn and Alabama, where gridiron allegiances divide the state of Alabama along county, town, and even family lines. The two schools have played many memorable Iron Bowl games, which pair Auburn and Alabama toward the end of the college season, but no game was more memorable than the 2013 contest. The Tigers knocked off top-ranked Alabama, 34-28, when Chris Davis returned Adam Griffith’s failed 57-yard field-goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown as time expired.

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9. Michael Phelps caps Olympic career
> Team/athlete: Michael Phelps
> Sport: Olympics
> Year: 2016

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps capped the greatest career in Olympic history by winning his 23rd and final gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Phelps won 28 total Olympics medals. In his final Olympic race, Phelps swam the butterfly leg of the men’s 4x100m medley relay, which the United States won. He won five gold medals and one silver in his final Olympics at age 31. Phelps competed in four Olympiads, starting with the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

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8. Caps and Ovechkin lift first Cup
> Team/athlete: Washington Capitals
> Sport: NHL
> Year: 2018

The Washington Capitals overcame 43 years of frustration by winning their first Stanley Cup in 2018, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in five games. It was also an uplifting moment for left wing and perennial all-star Alex Ovechkin, who joined the Caps in 2005 and was able to shed the albatross as the best hockey player to never win a championship. Until the Caps hoisted the Cup, Washington’s playoff history had been marred by disappointment. Despite winning their division eight times in 11 seasons, Washington had never advanced past the conference finals in the Ovechkin era.

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7. Alabama’s walk-off TD pass
> Team/athlete: Alabama Crimson Tide
> Sport: NCAA FB
> Year: 2018

Southeastern Conference titans Alabama and Georgia met to determine the championship of college football in 2018, and the Crimson Tide won its fifth national title under coach Nick Saban in dramatic fashion. Alabama trailed the Georgia Bulldogs 23-20 with 10 seconds left in overtime, when freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa connected with receiver Devonta Smith for a 41-yard touchdown strike in overtime to win the game for the Crimson Tide. Tagovailoa had entered the game at halftime in place of starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, who was struggling, and threw three touchdown passes.

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6. Wildcats buzzer beater
> Team/athlete: Villanova Men’s Basketball
> Sport: NCAA MBB
> Year: 2016

The Villanova Wildcats won one of the most dramatic national championship basketball games ever in 2016 when junior forward Kris Jenkins hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to defeat North Carolina. The Tar Heels had tied the game at 74-74 with 4.7 seconds left when guard Marcus Paige hit a jumper, leaving enough time for Jenkins’ heroics.