Need a pick-me-up? How about a list of the best sporting moments of the last 12 months? Here are the moments that had fans jumping for joy...
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We think that’s a great reason to jump for joy and say ‘yay’, so throughout the month we’ve been celebrating our #30DayYay by counting down through some of our favourite ‘30s’, including 30 ways to relive your childhood, and 30 of the greatest TV and movie award moments.
Today, we’re visiting the wonderful world of sport, and taking a look at 30 incredible moments from the last twelve months that had us in raptures, or simply shaking our heads in disbelief.
1. Leicester win the Premiership
How could we not start with Leicester City? One of the great underdog triumphs in sporting history, the Foxes beat all the odds to win this year’s Premier League title.
2. Dimitri Payet’s last minute winner
And not just a winner, but an absolute screamer. After a stunning season for West Ham, Payet more than justified his call up to the French Euro squad with this rocket against Romania that had Les Bleus jumping up and down in the stands.
3. Afghanistan beat West Indies in WT20
West Indies would eventually go on to win the tournament (we’ll get to that), but minnows Afghanistan beat them in the group stages, stunning the cricket world.
4. Steph Curry vs. Oklahoma City
Even if you’re not a basketball fan, it’s been hard to ignore the downright superhuman feats of Stephen Curry this season. Here he is casually sinking a 35-foot three pointer to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime…
5. Steph Curry vs. Los Angeles
… And here he is making five professional, highly paid basketball players look like they’ve never played basketball before…
6. Steph Curry vs. Chris Paul
… And here he is making Chris Paul – arguably one of the greatest point guards of this generation – look like he’s playing on an ice rink.
7. Carlos Brathwaite vs. England
The T20 World Cup final had been tense, and evenly contested. England even looked to be in the driving seat, before Carlos Brathwaite went on a tear in the last over, smashing four sixes to win the cup for the Windies.
8. Will Griggs on fire
When Wigan Athletic fan Sean Kennedy uploaded a hilarious rendition of Gala’s ‘Freed from Desire,’ to YouTube, he probably didn’t know it would bag him a free season ticket. He definitely didn’t know that the whole of Northern Ireland would adopt it as their Euro 2016 anthem!
9. Kobe Bryant final game
Kobe Bryant’s farewell was always going to be emotional, but in true Kobe style, he racked up 60 points on the Utah Jazz – one of his greatest ever performances – cementing his legacy as one of the great sporting icons of our time.
10. Villanova beats North Carolina at the buzzer
The NCAA basketball tournament is a highlight in the American sports calendar, and this year’s final was one of the best ever. When North Carolina ties with 4.7 seconds to go, they thought the game would be going to overtime, but Villanova had other ideas, sinking a three pointer of their own in the dying seconds to snatch the title.
11. England Rugby win in Australia
England beat Australia 23-7 down under to claim the Cook Cup, and clinch a historic first ever series win against the Wallabies on their home turf.
12. Saracens win European Champions Cup
A flawless kicking display from Owen Farrell guided Saracens to a historic first European Champions Cup win against Racing Club.
13. Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund
Liverpool looked beaten at 4-2 down on aggregate, but completed a thunderous comeback in front of The Kop when Dejan Lovren powered in a last minute header to take the Reds to the Europa League final.
14. The Phantom Goal
One goal that had fans jumping for joy was Stefan Kiessling’s winner for Leverkusen against Hoffenheim. Only, the goal actually went in through a hole in the side of the netting. The result still stood, though! Bizarre.
15. Sturridge winner vs. Wales at Euro 2016
With England staring down the barrel of a second successive draw at Euro 2016, Daniel Sturridge popped up with a late, late winner to send the English crowd euphoric.
16. Danny Willett wins at Augusta
Jordan Speith’s meltdown in the last round at Augusta allowed Danny Willett an improbable win at The Masters, making him the first Englishman to do so since Nick Faldo 20 years ago.
17. Cam Newton
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been making waves all year with an array of touchdown dances as he led his team to the Superbowl.
18. Majestic Mahrez slays Man City
Mahrez’s majestic goal against City was an iconic moment in this year’s Premier League, as he slalomed through the defence, and smashed the ball past keeper Joe Hart.
19. Marcus Rashford
Man United fans didn’t have much to dance about this season, but the emergence of Marcus Rashford was a bright point, and could still prove to be a boon for England, too.
20. Van Gaal takes a dive
And, whilst the tenure of Louis van Gaal didn’t get many smiles either, at least this touchline protest raised a cheer from the United faithful…
21. Cuco Martina channels Roberto Carlos
Martina endeared himself to the saints’ faithful when he channeled his inner Roberto Carlos, and hit this impossible outside-of-the-boot drive against Arsenal. “I’ve never hit a ball like that before,” he said afterwards.
22. Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer is no longer at the helm of Microsoft, but he still has those famous dance moves, as he proved during half-time during an LA Clippers basketball game – a team that he now owns.
23. Green Bay Packers Hail Mary
It’s called a Hail Mary for a reason. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw up a prayer against the Detroit Lions, and against all the odds, Packers receiver Richard Rodgers comes down with the ball, winning the game for Green Bay on the last play of the game.
24. Jose Bautista’s bat flip
One of the craziest innings of baseball you’ll ever see, Toronto Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista smashes a huge 3-run homer to put his team on top, and flips his bat away as he admires the hit – this is often considered bad sportsmanship, but it sent Toronto fans into delirium.
25. Carli Lloyd’s goal from halfway in the World Cup Final
Carli Lloyd’s incredible year has made her the poster girl for women’s football, and her hat-trick in the World Cup Final is at the pinnacle of that. The third was the pick of the bunch, an incredible lob from the halfway line to send the crowd wild.
26. Anthony Joshua becomes champion
“A punch that will reverberate around the world of heavyweight boxing.” Anthony Joshua outclassed and knocked out Charles Martin to take his IBF World Heavyweight title.
27. Dustin Brown’s ‘tweener’ lob
Dustin Brown has a reputation for the inventive, but even for him, this between-the-legs lob was outrageous.
28. Max Verstappen vs. Felipe Nasr
Verstappen’s heart-stopping overtake on Nasr at the Belgian Grand Prix was everything you think of when you think Formula 1 – a breathless, 200mph, wheel-to-wheel test of courage and skill.
29. History in the NBA finals
Cleveland and Golden State faced up in this year’s NBA finals, and took the series to a deciding game 7. At 89 points each, LeBron James produces a monumental block to deny Golden State a certain bucket, before Kyrie Irving drops a fadeaway three pointer at the other end to end to take the title. Cleveland fans were doing more than dancing – the 2016 NBA title ended a 50 year curse where the city hadn’t won a single title in any sport. Breathtaking.
30. Roberta Vinci shocks Serena
Serena Williams had been in majestic form during the US Open, and when she came up against Vinci, no-one expected the Italian journeyman to cause her any problems. But Vinci did plenty more than that, playing unbelievable tennis that silenced Serena’s hometown crowd, before winning them over with a wonderful post-match interview.
Still watching the Euros? Check out our rundown of the 30 greatest goals ever scored at the European Championships!