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2013 In Review: Top National Sports Stories

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Jan. 2: Ray Lewis Retires From NFL Before Playoffs
BALTIMORE, MD - FEBRUARY 05: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens dances as he and teammates celebrate during their Super Bowl XLVII victory parade near M&T Bank Stadium on February 5, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title by defeating the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis announced before the playoffs started that he would retire at the end of the season.
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Jan. 6: NHL Lockout Comes To An End
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Following the NHL Board of Governors meeting, Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League addresses the media at the Westin Times Square on December 5, 2012 in New York City. The lockout between the league owners and players union came to an end on Jan. 6, in time for the NHL to have a shortened season.
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Jan. 7 - Alabama Beats Notre Dame For BCS Title
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07: The Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 42-14 to win the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Jan. 14 - Lance Armstrong Admits Doping To Oprah
AUSTIN, TX - JANUARY 14: In this handout photo provided by the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career January 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas. In the exclusive interview, Armstrong admitted to doping during his run of titles in the Tour De France and threatening anyone who got in his way.
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January 16 – Manti Te’o Girlfriend Hoax Story Goes National
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07: The personal life of Manti Te'o became a national story after Notre Dame's loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship. It was revealed the girlfriend he thought he got to know online that died in a tragic car accident never actually existed. The story was a mixture of scrutiny and embarrassment.
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February 3 – Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with the VInce Lombardi Championship trophy after the Ravens won 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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February 18 – Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dies at 80
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: The stage at Nokia Theatre LA Live before the memorial service for Los Angeles Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss on February 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Buss died at the age of 80 on Feb. 18.
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February 24 – Jimmie Johnson Wins Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, hoists the Harley J. Earl trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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April – Rutgers Basketball Coach Mike Rice Fired For Abusing Players
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Head coach Mike Rice of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights coaches from the sideline against the Villanova Wildcats during their first round game of the 2012 BIG EAST Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City. Rice was fired in April of 2013 after it was revealed he was physically and verbally abusing players during practice.
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April 8 – Louisville wins NCAA Basketball title
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 08: Peyton Siva (C) #3 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates with his teammates after they won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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April 14 – Adam Scott Wins Master’s Golf Tournament
Adam Scott of Australia celebrates on the 18th hole to force a playoff during the fourth round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Scott would win the tournament in the playoff.
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April 15 – Boston Marathon Bombing Shocks The World
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: A man is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. There were several deaths and dozens of injuries in an event that shocked the world. The men behind the incident were soon identified with one arrest and the other dying during a shootout with police.
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May 27 - Tony Kanaan Wins Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: 2013 Indianapolis 500 Champion Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet, poses with the Borg Warner Trophy at the yard of bricks during the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Trophy Presentation and Champions Portrait Session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kanaan earned his first Indy 500 victory by winning the 97th running of the race.
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June 12 – NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Dies In Crash
BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14: A decal in tribute to Jason Leffler is displayed on the #60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Travis Pastrana during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Leffler died in a crash on June 12.
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June 16 - Justin Rose Wins U.S. Open Golf Tournament
ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 16: Justin Rose of England kisses the U.S. Open trophy after winning the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 16, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
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June 20 – Miami Heat Win Another NBA Title
LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade (R) of the Miami Heat celebrate winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals over the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Arena June 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Miami Heat, led by NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James (2nd-L), won the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year by defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in game seven of the championship series.
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June 24 - Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 28: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks holds the Stanley Cup Trophy during the Blackhawks Victory Parade and Rally on June 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on June 24.
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June 26 – NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Arrested For Murder
NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez is escorted into the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court for his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was arrested at his home in the case on June 26.
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July 6 – Marion Bartoli Of France Wins Wimbledon Women’s Title
France's Marion Bartoli returns against Germany's Sabine Lisicki in their women's singles final match on day twelve of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2013. Bartoli won 6-1, 6-4.
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July 7 – Andy Murray, Brit, Win’s Wimbledon
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England.
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July 20 – Phil Miickelson Wins British Open
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Phil Mickelson of the United States holds the Claret Jug after winning the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.
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July 22 – MLB Suspends Ryan Braun For PED Use
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 10: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers watches his team play against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 10, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Brewers defeated the Marlins 6-1. Braun was suspended by Major League Baseball in July for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Alex Rodridguez was also suspended this season.
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July 31 – UConn Women Celebrate NCAA Title At White House
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: President Barack Obama (2nd R) hosts the 2013 NCAA champion University of Connecticut Huskies Women's basketball players in the East Room of the White House July 31, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted the team after they defeated the University of Louisville on April 9 to win their eighth national championship.
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August 11 – Jason Dufner Wins PGA Championship
ROCHESTER, NY - AUGUST 11: Jason Dufner of the United States and his wife Amanda kiss the Wanamaker Trophy on the 18th green after his two-stroke victory at the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on August 11, 2013 in Rochester, New York.
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September 9 – Rafael Nadal Wins U.S. Open Title
Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy as he celebrates his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their 2013 US Open men's singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 9, 2013 in New York.
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October 11 – Minnesota Lynx win WNBA Championship
DULUTH, GA -OCTOBER 10: Seimone Augustus #33, Janel McCarville #4 and Maya Moore #23 and the Minnesota Lynx pose with the trophy after winning Game 3 of the 2013 WNBA Finals at Gwinnett Arena on October 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the second WNBA title for the Lynx in three seasons.
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October 30 – Boston Red Sox Win World Series
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 30: The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1.
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November 11 – Richie Incognito Bullying Scandal
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11: A Miami Dolphins fan holds a sign for Richie Incognito during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 11, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. Incognito was released from the team after teammate Jonathan Martin left the team for treatment due to excessive bullying.
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