Top 10 Sports Stories of 2016

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Top 10 Sports Stories of 2016

It has become a cliché to say that 2016 was a rough year: Deaths of beloved icons and an agonizing election cycle, overall it was not one of the better years of Earth’s existence. And not every sports story in 2016 was great, from the annoyingly silly--Deflatge suspensions--to the terribly serious--sexual assault scandals on college campuses and further incidents of domestic violence.

But on the field, 2016 gave us some of the most dramatic scenes and incredible performances in many years. Long championship droughts came to an end for two fan bases, the unlikeliest champion of all time was crowned in England, and two of the greatest Olympians went out on a high note.

So after careful deliberation, here are our Top 10 Sports Stories of 2016:

(Compiled by Ben Krimmel as selected by RealClearSports Staff)

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