Block, sack, puck ig­nite plays of glory

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Tim Reynolds

They came from many sports, in many coun­tries, with vary­ing forms of pres­sure in­volved. But if there's one par­al­lel be­tween all the en­tries on this list of sports plays of the year for 2016, it's this: They were all un­ex­pected, and all teem­ing with drama. From the NBA Fi­nals to the Rio Olympics, the Su­per Bowl to a smaller-divi­sion college play­off game — and whether they were of­fered up by global icons such as LeBron James or rel­a­tive un­knowns such as Kevin Rader — they were un­for­get­table. Here are the plays of 2016:

2. For the ti­tle.

Mar­cus Paige might have just hit one of the big­gest shots in NCAA men’s bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship game his­tory for North Carolina, a dou­ble-clutched, ac­ro­batic-leg­kick­ing 3-pointer with 4.7 sec­onds left to pull the Tar Heels into a tie with Vil­lanova. And then Kris Jenk­ins did him one bet­ter. Jenk­ins took a pass from Ryan Ar­cidi­a­cono, leapt and let fly from well be­yond the arc. “Bang,” Wild­cats coach Jay Wright said softly to him­self as the ball was in flight — and bang was right. Jenk­ins’ shot went in as time ex­pired, and Vil­lanova had just beaten the Tar Heels 77-74 for the na­tional ti­tle.

Eric Risberg, The As­so­ci­ated Press

An­dre Penner, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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