From gravity-defying dunks to improbable upsets, the sporting world has made us cheer, cry, cringe and gaze on in amazement this year.
Here are the 20 most memorable moments — in chronological order — from the field, court, pitch and rink in 2013:
1. Jadaveon Clowney Hit in Outback Bowl
Tampa, January 1: The year started off with a bang — literally. South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney earned instant fame for a bone-crushing hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s day.
Clowney not only hit Smith with enough force to knock his helmet off, but also recovered the fumble for the Gamecocks, who went on to win 33-28.
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