Top Sports Moments of 2015

Stuart Scott
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University of Missouri.jpg- Members of the University of Missouri stand together, as they announce that they will not play until the university president steps down. (via Twitter) University of Missouri 2.jpg- photo released by head coach Gary Pinkel of the Missouri Football team (via Twitter)

* The fight for racial inequality at the University of Missouri reached a pivotal moment when 30 members of the Mizzou Football team refused to participate in practices and other team activities until Tim Wolfe the president of the University resigned. Black students had expressed their campus experiences to Wolfe, but Wolfe remained indifferent to their complaints. The protest of the players caused Wolfe and chancellor R. Bowen Loftin to resign.

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*  The Carolina Panthers were the last team to go undefeated in the NFL during the 2015-16 season. Quarterback Cam Newton made 33 touchdown passes and ran in 8 touchdowns. The team rushed a total of 1,845 yards made 48 touchdowns. All of this led the team to a 14-0 start, unfortunately the team lost to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Cam Newton is popularly known for ‘Dabbing’ in the end zone after scoring touchdowns.

goldenStateWarrior

* After 40 years, the Golden State Warriors earn their fourth Championship title in their Franchise history. Guard Steph Curry highlighted his perimeter shooting accuracy with a 44.3 percent shooting average during the 2014-2015 season. Curry also won the 2015 NBA All-Star 3-point Contest. Small Forward Andre Iguodala won Finals MVP after the six-game fight. Their success continued in to the 2015-16 season with a 24-game winning streak at the beginning of the season.

Joey Davis is a 174lb. wrestler for Notre Dame College (Courtesy of USA Wrestling)

*  Notre Dame College Division II wrestler Joey Davis earned his third NCAA Championship. Davis has yet to lose a college game with a 110-0 career record as of the end of last season. If he wins one more title, Davis will become the fifth wrestler in NCAA history to win four championships.

NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant may play as a power forward for the Lakers (Alex Gallardo/AP)

* In November 2015, NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant announced his retirement at the end of the 2015-16 season. Early in his career, Kobe assisted the Los Angeles Lakers in clinching three NBA Championships from 2000-02. He also earned back-to-back Championship titles in 2009 and 2010. In recent years, Bryant adopted the nicknames “The Black Mamba” and “Vino.”

Serena Williams

*  Tennis phenom Serena Williams brought a lot of buzz as she came close to being the first singles player to earn a calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1987. Williams earned both her sixth Wimbledon and Australian Open titles. Williams also won her third French Open title. She also completed her 700th career win in April. In December, Sports Illustrated named Williams the Sportsperson of the Year and AP Female Athlete of the Year.

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* Veteran Sports Center Broadcaster Stuart Scott passed way after fighting appendicular Scott had a 22-year career with ESPN and was known for his coined phrases like ‘as cool as the other side of the pillow,’ and ‘Boo-Yah!’ Scott covered major sporting events, including the Final Four, MLB playoffs and the NBA Finals. He battled cancer since 2007, according to ESPN.

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