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15th Sep '16 8:42:29 AM RezaMaulana98
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* For the first time ever, Paris-Roubaix was displayed in full length in 2016. That's something many cycling would consider a [=MoA=] in itself. The riders decide to repay it by giving the viewers nearly six hours of non-stop action: The race opens with action from the first moments, as everyone are trying to get in the early breakaway, and the pack are fighting to neutralize it. The breakaway that gets away is started by Jelle Wallays and Magnus Cort, and ends up containing some strong riders including Sylvain Chavanel, Mathew Hayman, Yaroslav Popovych[[note]]Final race before retirement[[/note]], Imanol Erviti among others[[note]]Remaining riders: Salvatore Puccio, Johan Le Bon, Marko Kump, Tim Declerq, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Frederik Backaert, Maxime Daniel and Borut Bozic[[/note]]. Upfront, the group is working reasonably well together, with Cort taking extra pulls to allow his teammate Hayman to save energy, while Etixx are working hard in front of the pack because they didn't get anyone into the break. After a crash that took out pre-race favourites Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagen, and promted Etixx to set a very high pace through Tony Martin (see above). Martin's pace reduced the front group to five riders, until the [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] team bridged the gap for Vanmarcke and several others, not including Cancellara (plus teammates Stuyven and Popovich, the latter having dropped back) and Sagan (no teammates around), both working hard to get back to the front group. The group containing Tony Martin, Tom Boonen, most of Team Sky, most of [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] and a few other strong riders catch the early break, and riders from the early break and Lotto domestiques are dropped through hard work for their captains, general sacrifice plays or fatigue. Down the road, Cancellara crashes, while [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zftjhsTHjw Sagan dodges]] in a moment worthy of its own [=MoA=], taking the two out of the contest. Up front, Team Sky have taken control until losing two riders in two crashes, and the front group is reduced further to nine riders, and later to five riders: Vanmarcke, Boasson Hagen, Stannard, Boonen, and Hayman from the early breakaway. Hayman is nearly dropped after a Vanmarcke attack, Vanmarcke is brought back, and in the late kilometers, literally everyone attacks, and the finale is a five-man sprint in the Velodrome, which is surprisingly won by the 37-year old Australian veteran Hayman, winning his second professional cycling race ''ever'', in front of the legend Tom Boonen and British Ian Stannard. If anyone has six hours to spend and want to know why people are interested in cycling, this is what they should watch.

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* For the first time ever, Paris-Roubaix was displayed in full length in 2016. That's something many cycling would consider a [=MoA=] in itself. The riders decide to repay it by giving the viewers nearly six hours of non-stop action: The race opens with action from the first moments, as everyone are trying to get in the early breakaway, and the pack are fighting to neutralize it. The breakaway that gets away is started by Jelle Wallays and Magnus Cort, and ends up containing some strong riders including Sylvain Chavanel, Mathew Hayman, Yaroslav Popovych[[note]]Final race before retirement[[/note]], Imanol Erviti among others[[note]]Remaining riders: Salvatore Puccio, Johan Le Bon, Marko Kump, Tim Declerq, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Frederik Backaert, Maxime Daniel and Borut Bozic[[/note]]. Upfront, the group is working reasonably well together, with Cort taking extra pulls to allow his teammate Hayman to save energy, while Etixx are working hard in front of the pack because they didn't get anyone into the break. After a crash that took out pre-race favourites Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagen, and promted Etixx to set a very high pace through Tony Martin (see above). Martin's pace reduced the front group to five riders, until the [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] team bridged the gap for Vanmarcke and several others, not including Cancellara (plus teammates Stuyven and Popovich, the latter having dropped back) and Sagan (no teammates around), both working hard to get back to the front group. The group containing Tony Martin, Tom Boonen, most of Team Sky, most of [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] and a few other strong riders catch the early break, and riders from the early break and Lotto domestiques are dropped through hard work for their captains, general sacrifice plays or fatigue. Down the road, Cancellara crashes, while [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zftjhsTHjw Sagan dodges]] in a moment worthy of its own [=MoA=], taking the two out of the contest. Up front, Team Sky have taken control until losing two riders in two crashes, and the front group is reduced further to nine riders, and later to five riders: Vanmarcke, Boasson Hagen, Stannard, Boonen, and Hayman from the early breakaway. Hayman is nearly dropped after a Vanmarcke attack, Vanmarcke is brought back, and in the late kilometers, literally everyone attacks, and the finale is a five-man sprint in the Velodrome, which is surprisingly won by the 37-year old Australian veteran Hayman, winning his second professional cycling race ''ever'', in front of the legend Tom Boonen and British Ian Stannard. If anyone has six hours to spend and want to know why people are interested in cycling, this is what they should watch.
* [=MotoGP=]'s streak of 8 races with 8 ''different'' winners in the 2016 season. This includes the first win from Ducati since 2010, Suzuki's first since 2007 (including their 3-year sabbatical between 2012 to 2014), the first victory for a non-factory team since 2006, and ''four'' of them are first-time winners in the premier class. To wit:
** Italian GP: Valentino Rossi suffered a very heartbreaking engine failure midway through the race, leaving [[TheScrappy scrappies]] Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to duke it out for the win. On the last corner, it seemed like Marquez would get the victory... only for Lorenzo to do a split-second overtake ''just'' before the finish line, winning by just ''0.019'' seconds.
** Catalonian GP: Friday was marred by the death of [=Moto2=] rider Luis Salom during free practice session, causing a circuit layout change for the race. With Lorenzo torpedoed by Iannone midway through the race, it left Rossi to get a victory from Marquez. It was at this race that Rossi shook hands with Marquez post-race, signalling the end of their hugely infamous rivalry and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescuing Marquez from the scrappy heap]].
** Dutch TT: This is where things started to go out of control. A wet race caused a lot of shocking stuffs; with notable moments including Aspar rider Yonny Hernandez shockingly taking the lead early in the race (and crashing out later on), a lot of riders (including Rossi) crashing out after the restart, as well seeing Lorenzo going extremely slow in the wet conditions. In the end, it was Jack Miller ''of all people'' who took a very surprising victory from Marquez, Miller's first in [=MotoGP=] class and the first non-factory team win since Toni Elias in 2006.
** German GP: After three consecutive races becoming runner-up, Marquez finally gets himself a race win after risking to change to slicks earlier than the others, which paid off when the track dried midway through the race. Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium despite pitting much, much later than Marquez did.
** Austrian GP: In [=MotoGP=]'s return to Red Bull Ring, Andrea Iannone takes his first premier class victory over Dovizioso in what was Ducati's first win since 2010. The track's long straights really helped Ducati a lot here, with their closest contenders in this race (the Yamaha's) unable to catch them once both Iannone and Dovi overtook them early in the race.
** Czech GP: In ''another'' rain-hit race, it's Cal Crutchlow who became the third first-time winner in 2016 and the sixth-consecutive race winner in the season; despite falling all the way to the back early in the race. With the rain dried midway but not dry enough to accomodate change to slicks, those who chose hard wet tire compounds in the race got a massive advantage late in the race; with Crutchlow (all hard), Rossi (rear hard), and Loris Baz (all hard) able to charge from the back of the field to first, second, and fourth respectively at the end; with only Marquez and Hector Barbera being able to keep up with them after being smart enough to save some grip from their soft compound wet tires for late in the race.
** British GP: It's Maverick Vinales' turn to take a surprising victory, the fourth first-time winner in the season. His Suzuki was overly dominant on the race, getting to first in the first lap and never looked back since. Behind him, a very interesting five-way battle for second place ensues; with home crowd hero Crutchlow getting second, Rossi third, Marquez fourth after going wide due to pushing himself too hard late in the race, Dani Pedrosa fifth, and Iannone crashed out midway through.
** San Marino GP: Just as fans think the streak is going to be over, Dani Pedrosa surprised everyone with a late charge enabling him to overtake Rossi late in the race to become the eight different winner in eight races. Rossi eventually finished second, with Lorenzo finishing third and Marquez fourth.
11th Sep '16 11:12:39 PM crl85
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** Or how he called the raising of the trophy:
---> "Wes Morgan...[and] Claudio Ranieri...''lift the trophy to the skies!'' Leicester City are the champions of the Premier League! 5,000-to-1 chance! They have stunned the football world! It's the greatest tale told in the history of English football!"
8th Aug '16 8:18:12 PM ajbit26
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* Daniel Nava. The epitome of TheDeterminator. After he started high school at only 4'8" and 70 lbs, his parents started giving him HGH to try and help grow. They stopped when his hands started to swell. He would hit a growth spurt that saw him at 5'5" his senior year. He got an opportunity to walk on for the Santa Clara baseball team but failed to make the team. He then had to leave the school entirely when he could no longer afford tuition, and had to go to junior college. He tried out for that school's team and made it, where he did so well he was listed as a JC All-American. Santa Clara then gave him a scholarship and brought him back for his senior year. After going undrafted, he tries out with an independent baseball team, only to be cut. He was brought back a year later after an injury sidelined another player, where he did so well the Boston Red Sox signed him. After three years in the minors, the Sox call him up after they suffered many, many injuries, he swings at the first pitch he sees to hit a grand slam home run, becoming just the second player ever to do such a feat.
** He had another awesome home run a few years later. Just days after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and gravely injured 176 more, in the Red Sox first home game since the bombing, Nava hits a 3 run go ahead home run in the bottom of the 8th to win the game.
---> '''David Ortiz:''' This is our fucking city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom to us!
13th Jul '16 7:51:30 PM mlsmithca
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** It should also be noted that, at the time, only '''two teams''' in American professional sports history had ever come back from three games down in a seven-game playoff series (in 1942 and 1975, both in the NHL). It had never been done in over a century of American baseball (and as of 2012, has been accomplished only once more, in the 2010 NHL Eastern Conference Finals, with the Philadelphia Flyers defeating the Boston Bruins).
*** To further illustrate how monumental this comeback was, only two teams in the history of baseball had even forced a ''Game 6'' after going down 3-0. And the Sox became the only team to even ''make'' it to Game 7.

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** It should also be noted that, at the time, only '''two teams''' in American professional sports history had ever come back from three games down in a seven-game playoff series (in 1942 and 1975, both in the NHL). It had never been done in over a century of American baseball (and as of 2012, has been accomplished only once more, in the 2010 NHL Eastern Conference Finals, with the Philadelphia Flyers defeating the Boston Bruins).
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baseball. To further illustrate how monumental this comeback was, only two teams in the history of baseball had even forced a ''Game 6'' after going down 3-0. And the Sox became the only team to even ''make'' it to Game 7.



** Better still, the Red Sox winning the World Series was sandwiched between two back-to-back Super Bowl victories by the New England Patriots (only two/three years after their first-ever Super Bowl victory), and later followed up by both the Boston Celtics (2008) and Boston Bruins (2011) taking home their respective championship trophies, for the first time in over 20 years and nearly 40 years, respectively. The eleven-year period between 2001-2011 saw ''all four Boston teams'' banish a collective '''192 years''' of drought with seven championship wins.
*** Seven victories in eleven years across all four major leagues. The closest range of the three (non-NFL) Boston teams winning it before that? ''32 years''. (Bruins in 1972, Celtics five times from 1974-1986, [[labelnote:*]]the Patriots in 2001, 2003, and 2004,[[/labelnote]] and the Sox championship of 2004).

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** Better still, the Red Sox winning the World Series was sandwiched between two back-to-back Super Bowl victories by the New England Patriots (only two/three years after their first-ever Super Bowl victory), and later followed up by both the Boston Celtics (2008) and Boston Bruins (2011) taking home their respective championship trophies, for the first time in over 20 years and nearly 40 years, respectively. The eleven-year period between 2001-2011 saw ''all four Boston teams'' banish a collective '''192 years''' of drought with seven championship wins.
*** Seven victories in eleven years across all four major leagues.
wins. The closest range of the three (non-NFL) Boston teams winning it before that? ''32 years''. (Bruins in 1972, Celtics five times from 1974-1986, [[labelnote:*]]the Patriots in 2001, 2003, and 2004,[[/labelnote]] and the Sox championship of 2004).
9th Jul '16 11:24:52 PM KYCubbie
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** On 4 January 1975, Southern League club Wimbledon became the first non-league side since 1920 to defeat First Division opponents away from home with a 1-0 win at Burnley in the Third Round. They went on to hold Leeds United to a goalless draw in the Fourth Round before losing the replay 1-0. [[note]]Wimbledon were elected to the Football League in 1977 and quickly rose to the First Division, where they provided one of the FA Cup Final's greatest shocks by defeating runaway League champions Liverpool 1-0 in 1988. However, they quickly outgrew their stadium and, after years of ground-sharing and a decline in their fortunes, controversially moved to Milton Keynes and re-christened themselves the Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. A SpiritualSuccessor club, AFC Wimbledon, was founded in 2002, shortly after the original Wimbledon received permission to move; after a quick series of non-League promotions, AFCW made it to League Two in 2011, where they have played since.[[/note]]

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** On 4 January 1975, Southern League club Wimbledon became the first non-league side since 1920 to defeat First Division opponents away from home with a 1-0 win at Burnley in the Third Round. They went on to hold Leeds United to a goalless draw in the Fourth Round before losing the replay 1-0. [[note]]Wimbledon were elected to the Football League in 1977 and quickly rose to the First Division, where they provided one of the FA Cup Final's greatest shocks by defeating runaway League champions Liverpool 1-0 in 1988. However, they quickly outgrew their stadium and, after years of ground-sharing and a decline in their fortunes, controversially moved to Milton Keynes and re-christened themselves the Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. A SpiritualSuccessor club, AFC Wimbledon, was founded in 2002, shortly after the original Wimbledon received permission to move; after a quick series of non-League promotions, AFCW made it to League Two in 2011, where they have played since.playing there for five seasons until getting promoted to League One in 2016... the same year that MK Dons got relegated from the Championship. Yes, both sides of the Wimbledon FC controversy are now in the same league.[[/note]]
29th Jun '16 9:59:44 AM TheWanderer
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** The crowning moment was the Giants' game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLII in which they came in trailing by four points. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs converted a 4th and 1 on the Giants' 37. Three plays later, Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel dropped an interception that could have sealed New England's perfect season and the Giants faced 3rd and 5 on their own 44 with 1:15 left in the game. On the very next play, Eli Manning scrambled around Patriots defenders (one of whom had him by the jersey) and threw downfield to David Tyree who [[http://projectshanks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/david-tyree-catch.jpg pinned the ball against his helmet.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10h0YTmxjQ Plaxico Burress then caught the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left in the game.]]

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** The crowning moment was the Giants' game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLII in which they came in trailing by four points. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs converted a 4th and 1 on the Giants' 37. Three plays later, Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel dropped an interception that could have sealed New England's perfect season and the Giants faced 3rd and 5 on their own 44 with 1:15 left in the game. On the very next play, Eli Manning scrambled around Patriots defenders (one of whom had him by the jersey) and threw downfield to David Tyree who [[http://projectshanks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/david-tyree-catch.jpg pinned the ball against his helmet.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10h0YTmxjQ Plaxico Burress then caught the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left in the game.]]]] Eli's scramble and Tyree's catch are now almost universally considered [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCAQsEwyCcg the single greatest play in Super Bowl history]].
28th Jun '16 4:32:42 PM KrisDK
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* Though the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by former prodigal son [=LeBron=] James,[[note]]He who left Cleveland from 2010-2014 going 2-4 in NBA Finals while at Miami,[[/note]] went 12-2 throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they faced the ultimate foe in the NBA Finals: The Golden State Warriors who not only vanquished them in the prior year's Finals, but [[TheJuggernaut went 73-9 in 2015-16, only losing twice at home in the regular season and once in the Western Conference Finals]].[[note]]They lost a total of 5 times throughout the playoffs.[[/note]] With Cleveland losing Game 4 at home, it seemed like yet another year of [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} coming-up-short for the mistake by the lake]]. But in part due to suspensions and injuries to the Warriors, and in part through sheer grit and determination by James, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the squad, the Cavs overcame the 1-3 deficit[[note]]and the '''first''' who're able to do so in the Grand Final; 32 similar attempts failed before them[[/note]] including a blowout in Game 5 and a hard-fought-to-the-end Game 7, both on the road, breaking the 52-year Championship drought ''for the city''!

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* Though the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by former prodigal son [=LeBron=] James,[[note]]He who left Cleveland from 2010-2014 going 2-4 in NBA Finals while at Miami,[[/note]] went 12-2 throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they faced the ultimate foe in the NBA Finals: The Golden State Warriors who not only vanquished them in the prior year's Finals, but [[TheJuggernaut went 73-9 in 2015-16, only losing twice at home in the regular season and once in the Western Conference Finals]].[[note]]They lost a total of 5 times throughout the playoffs.[[/note]] With Cleveland losing Game 4 at home, it seemed like yet another year of [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} coming-up-short for the mistake by the lake]]. But in part due to suspensions and injuries to the Warriors, and in part through sheer grit and determination by James, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the squad, the Cavs overcame the 1-3 deficit[[note]]and the '''first''' who're able to do so in the Grand Final; 32 similar attempts failed before them[[/note]] including a blowout in Game 5 and a hard-fought-to-the-end Game 7, both on the road, breaking the 52-year Championship drought ''for the city''!city''!
* For the first time ever, Paris-Roubaix was displayed in full length in 2016. That's something many cycling would consider a [=MoA=] in itself. The riders decide to repay it by giving the viewers nearly six hours of non-stop action: The race opens with action from the first moments, as everyone are trying to get in the early breakaway, and the pack are fighting to neutralize it. The breakaway that gets away is started by Jelle Wallays and Magnus Cort, and ends up containing some strong riders including Sylvain Chavanel, Mathew Hayman, Yaroslav Popovych[[note]]Final race before retirement[[/note]], Imanol Erviti among others[[note]]Remaining riders: Salvatore Puccio, Johan Le Bon, Marko Kump, Tim Declerq, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Frederik Backaert, Maxime Daniel and Borut Bozic[[/note]]. Upfront, the group is working reasonably well together, with Cort taking extra pulls to allow his teammate Hayman to save energy, while Etixx are working hard in front of the pack because they didn't get anyone into the break. After a crash that took out pre-race favourites Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagen, and promted Etixx to set a very high pace through Tony Martin (see above). Martin's pace reduced the front group to five riders, until the [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] team bridged the gap for Vanmarcke and several others, not including Cancellara (plus teammates Stuyven and Popovich, the latter having dropped back) and Sagan (no teammates around), both working hard to get back to the front group. The group containing Tony Martin, Tom Boonen, most of Team Sky, most of [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] and a few other strong riders catch the early break, and riders from the early break and Lotto domestiques are dropped through hard work for their captains, general sacrifice plays or fatigue. Down the road, Cancellara crashes, while [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zftjhsTHjw Sagan dodges]] in a moment worthy of its own [=MoA=], taking the two out of the contest. Up front, Team Sky have taken control until losing two riders in two crashes, and the front group is reduced further to nine riders, and later to five riders: Vanmarcke, Boasson Hagen, Stannard, Boonen, and Hayman from the early breakaway. Hayman is nearly dropped after a Vanmarcke attack, Vanmarcke is brought back, and in the late kilometers, literally everyone attacks, and the finale is a five-man sprint in the Velodrome, which is surprisingly won by the 37-year old Australian veteran Hayman, winning his second professional cycling race ''ever'', in front of the legend Tom Boonen and British Ian Stannard. If anyone has six hours to spend and want to know why people are interested in cycling, this is what they should watch.
26th Jun '16 1:30:28 AM gewunomox
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* On August 25th, 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals were 10 and a half games back in the NL Wild Card race. In just a month's time, they managed to go 22-8 and, thanks to a 9-17 September collapse by the Atlanta Braves (and a good luck necklace given to manager Tony [=LaRussa=] by CarlosSantana), they drew even with the Braves with [[DownToTheLastPlay one game to play]].\\

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* On August 25th, 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals were 10 and a half games back in the NL Wild Card race. In just a month's time, they managed to go 22-8 and, thanks to a 9-17 September collapse by the Atlanta Braves (and a good luck necklace given to manager Tony [=LaRussa=] by CarlosSantana), Music/CarlosSantana), they drew even with the Braves with [[DownToTheLastPlay one game to play]].\\
22nd Jun '16 9:33:35 PM mlsmithca
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* The 2010 UK Championship in snooker. Earlier that year, John Higgins was suspended from the sport, over match-fixing allegations of which he was ultimately cleared. Everyone assumed he would have difficulty getting back into the game due to being out of practice, but he made it to the final and then faced Mark Williams, one of the all-time greats. Williams at one point led the first-to-10 match 9-5, but Higgins fought back to 9-9, including one frame in which he came back from the "snookers required" stage. In the deciding frame, Higgins made a strong break that meant he would win if he potted ''one more ball'', but he missed a red and then Williams made a strong comeback but could not pot the brown. The skirmish over the brown ended when Higgins ''doubled it into the far corner pocket'', a shot that the commentators had not seen was possible until he played it. Now ''that'' is how to return to a sport in style.

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* The 2010 UK Snooker is low-key enough that it doesn't seem to be a natural source of awesome moments, but it has still provided its fair share of them over the years.
** Perhaps the most fondly remembered final of the World Snooker
Championship came in snooker.1985. England's Steve Davis, the game's most dominant player in the 1980s, had won three of the previous four championships, and had made short work of previous champions Cliff Thorburn and Ray Reardon on his way to the final to face Northern Ireland's Dennis Taylor, who had only reached the final once before (losing to Terry Griffiths in 1979). Davis dominated the first session of the best-of-35 frames final, racing to an 8-0 lead, but Taylor fought back to 9-7, then a seesaw battle saw them level at 17-17 just after 11pm on 27 April. Both played defensively in the deciding frame, but after nearly an hour, Davis opened up a 57-44 lead after the final red had been cleared, and went on to pot the yellow and the green to extend his lead to 62-44. However, Taylor then potted the brown, blue, and pink to cut Davis' lead to 62-59, meaning whoever potted the black ball, the last ball on the table, would be the winner, earning the final the nickname "The Black Ball Final". Taylor missed his first two attempts, but each time left Davis with such awkward shots that Davis chose instead to leave Taylor difficult shots instead of potting the black himself. Taylor then missed his third attempt, leaving Davis with what looked like a routine pot into the lower left pocket, but Davis over-cut the shot, and Taylor finally potted the black at the fourth attempt to win his first and only World Championship.[[note]] Davis has joked that he is better remembered for losing in 1985 than for winning in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, and 1989.[[/note]] The final was watched by 18.5 million people, a [=BBC2=] record and the UK's largest audience for a post-midnight broadcast.
** The 2010 UK Championship.
Earlier that year, John Higgins was suspended from the sport, over match-fixing allegations of which he was ultimately cleared. Everyone assumed he would have difficulty getting back into the game due to being out of practice, but he made it to the final and then faced Mark Williams, one of the all-time greats. Williams at one point led the first-to-10 match 9-5, but Higgins fought back to 9-9, including one frame in which he came back from the "snookers required" stage. In the deciding frame, Higgins made a strong break that meant he would win if he potted ''one more ball'', but he missed a red and then Williams made a strong comeback but could not pot the brown. The skirmish over the brown ended when Higgins ''doubled it into the far corner pocket'', a shot that the commentators had not seen was possible until he played it. Now ''that'' is how to return to a sport in style.
20th Jun '16 3:38:02 AM HunterSeeker
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* Though the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by former prodigal son [=LeBron=] James,[[note]]He who left Cleveland from 2010-2014 going 2-4 in NBA Finals while at Miami,[[/note]] went 12-2 throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they faced the ultimate foe in the NBA Finals: The Golden State Warriors who not only vanquished them in the prior year's Finals, but [[TheJuggernaut went 73-9 in 2015-16, only losing twice at home in the regular season and once in the Western Conference Finals]].[[note]]They lost a total of 5 times throughout the playoffs.[[/note]] With Cleveland losing Game 4 at home, it seemed like yet another year of [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} coming-up-short for the mistake by the lake]]. But in part due to suspensions and injuries to the Warriors, and in part through sheer grit and determination by James, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the squad, the Cavs overcame the 1-3 deficit including a blowout in Game 5 and a hard-fought-to-the-end Game 7, both on the road, breaking the 52-year Championship drought ''for the city''!

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* Though the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by former prodigal son [=LeBron=] James,[[note]]He who left Cleveland from 2010-2014 going 2-4 in NBA Finals while at Miami,[[/note]] went 12-2 throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they faced the ultimate foe in the NBA Finals: The Golden State Warriors who not only vanquished them in the prior year's Finals, but [[TheJuggernaut went 73-9 in 2015-16, only losing twice at home in the regular season and once in the Western Conference Finals]].[[note]]They lost a total of 5 times throughout the playoffs.[[/note]] With Cleveland losing Game 4 at home, it seemed like yet another year of [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} coming-up-short for the mistake by the lake]]. But in part due to suspensions and injuries to the Warriors, and in part through sheer grit and determination by James, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the squad, the Cavs overcame the 1-3 deficit deficit[[note]]and the '''first''' who're able to do so in the Grand Final; 32 similar attempts failed before them[[/note]] including a blowout in Game 5 and a hard-fought-to-the-end Game 7, both on the road, breaking the 52-year Championship drought ''for the city''!
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