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Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field goal attempt 100-plus yards to score the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter of a game against Alabama. (Nov. 30, 2013)

Best sporting events of 2013

From the Iron Bowl upset to a walkoff no-hitter (yes, you read that right), here are the best events from every sport in 2013. Contests are listed in chronological order.

SUPER BOWL XLVII After a power outage early
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SUPER BOWL XLVII
After a power outage early in the third quarter delayed the game for about 35 minutes, the Ravens managed to take a five-point lead over the 49ers with 4:23 remaining. But Colin Kaepernick led San Francisco to the Baltimore 7 with 2:39 left. The Ravens defense, led by the retiring Ray Lewis, prevented the 49ers from scoring on four straight tries in the 34-31 win. |

LOUISVILLE VS. NOTRE DAME This one wasn’t for
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LOUISVILLE VS. NOTRE DAME
This one wasn’t for a conference title. It wasn’t even part of March Madness. But there was plenty of craziness in the five-overtime affair that ended with a 104-101 win for No. 25 Notre Dame over No. 11 Louisville. Cardinals forward Chane Behanan was the high-scorer with 30 points and also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Garrick Sherman’s jumper with nine seconds left in the fourth overtime tied the score at 93-93 and forced the final extra period. Eric Atkins layup with 1:20 left gave the Fighting Irish a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. |

THE MASTERS Adam Scott became the first Australian
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THE MASTERS
Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters when he knocked in a 12-foot birdie putt on the second sudden-death playoff hole at Augusta National. Scott bested Angel Cabrera in the thrilling conclusion, ending a half-century of misery for Australians, who numerous times have come close to winning a green jacket, only to be denied. |

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BLACKHAWKS VS. RED WINGS Five of the 15
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BLACKHAWKS VS. RED WINGS
Five of the 15 NHL postseason series in 2013 went to a Game 7, and two were decided in overtime. But what makes the Blackhawks’ 2-1 Game 7 overtime win over the Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals so important is that it helped catapult Chicago to an eventual Stanley Cup win. The Red Wings forced overtime when Henrik Zetterberg scored with 26 seconds remaining in regulation, but Brent Seabrook gave Chicago the win with a goal with 3:35 left in overtime. |

NBA FINALS GAME 6 With the Heat down
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NBA FINALS GAME 6
With the Heat down 3-2 in the Finals, and San Antonio leading by three points with seven seconds left, a Spurs championship seemed inevitable. That is until Chris Bosh rebounded LeBron James’ missed three-pointer and kicked it out to Ray Allen, who hit a tying three to force overtime. The Heat won in overtime, 103-100, then won Game 7 for their second consecutive championship. |

‘JOHNNY FOOTBALL’ VS. ALABAMA Texas A&M’s surprising defeat
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‘JOHNNY FOOTBALL’ VS. ALABAMA
Texas A&M’s surprising defeat of powerhouse Alabama in 2012 made this meeting that much more of a grudge match. It also featured reigning Heisman winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel (28-for-39, 464 yards, five TDs, 98 rushing yards) showed off his signature magic, making multiple highlight-worthy plays and eluding defenders with quick wits and quicker legs. But Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron (20-for-29, 334 yards, four touchdowns) emerged the victor as Alabama held on for a 49-42 win. |

MARIANO RIVERA’S EMOTIONAL SENDOFF It was a game
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MARIANO RIVERA’S EMOTIONAL SENDOFF
It was a game the Yankees lost, 4-0, yet it was one of the most memorable moments of an era. All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera announced he would retire at the end of the 2013 season, and Sept. 26 was the Yankees’ last home game. So even with the team down, Rivera was sent in to pitch. He was brilliant as usual, recording four outs without permitting a hit or walk. After the fourth out, he was removed from the game – by long-time Yankees Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. When his two long-time compatriots got to the mound, Rivera broke down, clutching the also-retiring Pettitte and crying – along with a lot of others at Yankee Stadium. |

WALKOFF NO-HITTER Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez was throwing
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WALKOFF NO-HITTER
Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez was throwing a gem during his final start of 2013. Through nine innings, he hadn’t allowed a hit, which in most circumstances would be cause for a catcher to jump into his arms to celebrate a no-hitter. Just one problem – the Marlins hadn’t scored a run. The Marlins loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, and with Alvarez on deck to hit, Greg Dobbs pinch-hit for catcher Koyie Hill. Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen threw a wild pitch, scoring Mike Stanton with the winning run and giving Alvarez his no-hitter – in delayed, wild pitch walk-off fashion. |

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ALCS GAME 2 With Detroit up 1-0 in
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ALCS GAME 2
With Detroit up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series and holding a four-run lead in the eighth inning, the Red Sox mounted a comeback. David Ortiz tied the score with a grand slam with two outs in the inning. Tigers rightfielder Torii Hunter dived into the bullpen in vain trying to make a play, and a picture of a bullpen cop celebrating became an instant hit. The Red Sox won, 6-5, after Jonny Gomes singled to lead off the ninth, advanced to second on a throwing error, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s single. |

WORLD SERIES GAME 3 With the score tied
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WORLD SERIES GAME 3
With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, runners on second and third and one out, Cardinals centerfielder Jon Jay hit into a fielder’s choice. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia fired home to nab Yadier Molina trying to score and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw down to third base to try to catch Allen Craig advancing. But the throw got past diving third baseman Will Middlebrooks, and as Middlebrooks attempted to get up, he impeded the progress of Craig, who was attempting to score. A relay to the plate actually beat Craig, but he was awarded the run after Middlebrooks was called for obstruction. The Cardinals won, 5-4. |

MANNING VS. BRADY In a game featuring two
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MANNING VS. BRADY
In a game featuring two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and two of the best teams in the NFL in the Broncos and Patriots, the pivotal play was . . . a muffed punt return in overtime. Ex-Patriots receiver Wes Welker went back to receive a punt with less than two minutes left in overtime,but the ball bounced into his Denver teammate Tony Carter and was recovered by the Patriots, setting up a game-winning 31-yard field goal to win, 34-31. |

THE IRON BOWL In a college football game
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THE IRON BOWL
In a college football game for the ages, Auburn’s Chris Davis returned a missed 57-yard field goal attempt from the back of his end zone for a game-winning touchdown against No. 1 Alabama – with one second remaining in regulation. Alabama held a 28-21 lead in the fourth quarter before Auburn rallied to tie the score and then win, 34-28. |

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