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The Best (and Worst) Sports Moments of 2012
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U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Aug. 2, 2012. Douglas captured the gold medal, becoming the first black woman of any nationality to do so.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh yells at a replacement referee during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks. Fans were outraged after the temporary refs made several controversial calls while the referee union was in negotiations.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides "I'll Have Another" to victory in the 138th Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2012, in Louisville. The horse went on to win the Preakness Stakes in June before being scratched and retiring before the Belmont Stakes due to tendonitis.
Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Penn State Nittany Lions football team takes the field for the first time since the death of former coach Joe Paterno before playing the Ohio Bobcats on Sept. 1, 2012 in State College, Pa.
Pittsburgh Penguins team captain Sidney Crosby talks with reporters after an informal workout at the Iceoplex in Canonsburg, Pa., on Oct. 11. NHL negotiations canceled the 2012-13 professional hockey season indefinitely.
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, guard Tyshawn Taylor, and forward Kevin Young after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game on April 2, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky won 67-59.
Wide receiver Wes Welker of the New England Patriots drops a pass late in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012. The Giants defeated the Patriots 21–17.
Swimmer Diana Nyad prepares to jump into the water and start a fourth record-attempt swimming to Florida from Havana, Cuba, without a protective shark cage on Aug. 18, 2012. Nyad was pulled out of the water after due to jellyfish stings.
Dwight Howard speaks after being introduced to the media as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif. The Lakers acquired Howard from Orlando Magic in a four-team trade.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic performs South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style" dance with volunteers on a court after a prize presentation for the men's singles final match of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Oct. 7, 2012. Djokovic won the China Open tennis tournament, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 6-2.
Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll hoists the Stanley Cup during a rally at Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on June 24, 2012. The city of Hermosa Beach held a rally and parade to congratulate the team on its first Stanley Cup championship of its 45-season history.