Block, sack, puck ignite plays of glory
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.