The Most Memorable Sports Moments of 2013 — Top 20 GIFs & Videos

Published:12:27 pm EDT, December 17, 2013| Updated:3:59 pm EDT, December 17, 2013|

11. Ray Allen's Timely 3-Pointer

Ray Allen, Miami Heat, NBA Championship

Miami, June 18: The San Antonio Spurs — holding a 3-2 series in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat — were mere seconds away from hoisting the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. Then veteran guard Ray Allen drove a stake through the Spurs' heart, drilling a timely 3-pointer to force overtime. The Heat went on to win Games 6 and 7, stealing the title from the Spurs and securing back-to-back NBA championships.

12. Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

London, July 7: Andy Murray became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon by beating Novak Djokovic, the world's top-ranked player, in straight sets in the tournament final.

13. Adrian Peterson's 78-Yard Touchdown on First Run of Season

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Detroit, September 8: Adrian Peterson's freakish athleticism, tireless work ethic and punishing running style have earned him recognition as one of the greatest tailbacks of all time. He exploded out of the gate like a thoroughbred stallion to begin the 2013 season, taking his very first carry from scrimmage 78 yards to paydirt.

14. Johnny Manziel's Ridiculous Scramble

Johnny Manziel, Johnny Football

College Station, September 14: Johnny Manziel, better known to the sporting world as Johnny Football, burst onto the scene in 2012 by leading Texas A&M to an upset victory over the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Although the Aggies would fall 49-42 in the 2013 rematch, it was no fault of Manziel's. The electrifying quarterback put together a sensational game, including this mind-blowing scramble in the second quarter.

According to NFL Draft Scout, Manziel is the second-ranked quarterback in the 2016 class.

15. Mariano Rivera's Final Appearance at Yankee Stadium

Mariano Rivera, Yankees

New York, September 26: The legendary Mariano Rivera made his emotional final appearance at Yankee Stadium on September 26, marching out to the mound in the 8th inning in a game in which New York trailed 4-0. Rivera threw 13 pitches, retired four batters and, fittingly, didn't allow a single base runner.

Rivera, a 13-time All-Star and 5-time World Series champion, is the MLB's all-time saves leader (652). Here's his 19-year career summed up in one graphic:

Exit Sandman - The life and career of Mariano Rivera

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