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*Coronavirus is not considered in this list; the impact it had on sports all over the world is so obvious that it ought to be its own Top 10 list.

Here we go…

10. The Los Angeles Dodgers finally get it done, winning the World Series and ending a 32-year championship drought.

9. LSU wins the college football national championship. The Tigers, behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow go 15-0 and break the vise-like grip Alabama and Clemson have held on the sport.

8. Two different stories involving black race car drivers. Lewis Hamilton — again — dominates Formula One. Hamilton wins his fourth straight championship and seventh overall. This year, he wins 11 of the 17 races the sport contested. In the U.S., a different story, as NASCAR drivers rally to support Bubba Wallace after a noose is found in his team’s garage before a race in Alabama

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7. Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller goes from an anonymous college soccer player to the first woman to play in a major college football game in the span of one week. She later converts an extra point, becoming the first woman to score in a major college football game.

6. The Houston Astros can their general manager and manager after Major League Baseball releases its report about sign stealing.

5. Russia is again sanctioned, this time for two years, amid accusations of state-sponsored doping of its elite athletes.

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4. College athletes move closer to being able to profit off their name, image and likeness.

3. Kim Ng is named the general manager of the Miami Marlins, becoming the first woman to hold that position in the history of Major League Baseball.

2. Athletes from across sports embrace the Black Lives Matter movement, offering public demonstrations in support of equality, racial justice and more.

1. Kobe Bryant, one of his daughters and seven other people die in a helicopter crash. Bryant, who played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, was only 41 years old.