What a shot! 75 amazing sports moments from 2015

Updated 1020 GMT (1820 HKT) December 31, 2015
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. Brady threw four touchdown passes in the game and was named the game's Most Valuable Player as the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Glendale, Arizona. With the victory, Brady joined Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only NFL quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls. Patrick Semansky/AP
Czech motorcycle racer Karel Abraham crashes while practicing for the MotoGP event in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, June 13. His injuries kept him out of several races this season, but he eventually returned to competition. Mikel Trigueros/Urbanandsport/Corbis
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is tripped during a Champions League game against Manchester City on Wednesday, March 18. Barcelona won the match 2-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the European tournament, which it ended up winning in June. It was the Spanish club's fifth European title and its first since 2011. Manu Fernandez/AP
A cheerleader for the BC Lions performs during a Canadian Football League game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, September 13. DARRYL DYCK/AP
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews whips his hair during an NFL game in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, October 4. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6. American Pharoah is the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. See all 12 horses who've won the Triple Crown GARY HERSHORN/UPI /Landov
Actor Will Ferrell hits an actress with a basketball while filming a scene for a movie, "Daddy's Home," on Wednesday, January 21. The scene was shot during halftime of a New Orleans Pelicans game. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports
U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach, left, celebrates with her wife, Sarah Huffman, after the Americans defeated Japan 5-2 to win the Women's World Cup on Sunday, July 5. The United States has won more Women's World Cups -- three -- than any other nation. BOB FRID/EPA/LANDOV
Serena Williams leaps after she defeated Maria Sharapova to win her sixth Australian Open title on Saturday, January 31. It was the 19th Grand Slam of Williams' career, and she won two more this year -- the French Open and Wimbledon. Only Steffi Graf (22) has won more majors in the Open era. Hannah Peters/Getty Images
A bird flies near Denver safety David Bruton, left, as he defends Cleveland's Gary Barnidge during an NFL game in Cleveland on Sunday, October 18. Jason Miller/Getty Images
Philip Mulpeter, left, is kicked by Vitor Nobrega during their MMA bout Monday, January 26, in Estoril, Portugal. Nobrega won by decision to retain his International Pro Combat title. Francisco Seco/AP
Pro golfer Jordan Spieth loses the top of his trophy after winning the U.S. Open on Sunday, June 21. It was the second major victory in a row for Spieth, who also won the Masters in April. At the age of 21, he became the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
After winning the 200-meter final at the World Championships in Beijing, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is accidentally knocked over by a cameraman on a Segway. Neither man was hurt, however, and they later shook hands on the medal stand. CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/Reuters/Landov
Colorful darts player Peter Wright competes in a Premier League Darts match Thursday, March 5, in Exeter, England. Dan Mullan/Getty Images
A member of Mexico's synchronized-swimming team competes at the Pan American Games in Toronto on Saturday, July 11. Mexico won silver in the event. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is showered by dollar bills during a news conference in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday, July 20. The money was thrown at Blatter by British comedian Simon Brodkin, who was then ushered away from the stage. Blatter has led soccer's governing body since 1998, but he decided to stand down as FIFA battles corruption scandals. Ennio Leanza/AP
Georgia guard Tiaria Griffin and Vanderbilt guard Rachel Bell compete for a rebound during a college basketball game played Sunday, January 18, in Athens, Georgia. AJ Reynolds/AP
NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski accidentally crashes into two of his crew members during a Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 2, at Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway. Neither crew member was hurt. Chris Trotman/Getty Images
Japanese figure skater Koshiro Shimada performs his short program Friday, August 21, at a Junior Grand Prix event in Bratislava, Slovakia. Joosep Martinson - ISU/Getty Images
Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud pumps his fist after scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 home victory over West Ham on Saturday, March 14. Both Premier League teams play in London. Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Juan Imhoff scores Argentina's fourth try during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, October 18. Argentina defeated Ireland 43-20 in Cardiff, Wales. Matt Lewis/World Rugby/Getty Images
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is introduced before an NFL game in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday, November 2. Chuck Burton/AP
Houston's James Harden celebrates a basket during a home game against Toronto on Saturday, February 21. Scott Halleran/Getty Images
New Zealand's rugby team performs the traditional Haka dance before playing South Africa in the Rugby World Cup semifinals on Saturday, October 24. New Zealand went on to win the tournament. It was the second straight title for the "All Blacks," who also won the event in 2011. Phil Walter/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Sparks fly from the Formula One car of Daniil Kvyat in this long-exposure photo taken Sunday, April 19, at the Bahrain Grand Prix. James Gasperotti/ZUMA PRESS
The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team copes with rough waters as it passes East Cape, the easternmost point of New Zealand, during the fifth stage of the Volvo Ocean Race on Wednesday, March 18. The Abu Dhabi team ended up winning the ocean marathon, which visited 11 ports in 11 countries over nine months. Ainhoa Sanchez/Getty Images
U.S. hockey player Matt Williams watches the puck hit the glass during an exhibition game against Canada on Saturday, June 6. The exhibition series, the Ice Hockey Classic, took place in Australia. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Television reporter Kelly Crull runs away from the scene as Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is doused by his teammates after his 20th win of the season on Tuesday, September 22. Arrieta finished with 22 wins in the regular season and won the National League's Cy Young Award. Jon Durr/Getty Images
The car of drag racer Larry Dixon goes airborne during the Gatornationals event in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday, March 14. The car broke in half, but Dixon walked away from the incident. Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports
Whippets catch the plastic lure after a race in Fordingbridge, England, on Sunday, June 14. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Enrique Hernandez can't collect a ground ball during a home game against the New York Mets on Sunday, July 5. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports
Panama's Rolanda Bell falls headfirst into the water during a steeplechase race at the World Championships in Beijing on Monday, August 24. She got up quickly and finished the race. Li Ming/Xinhua Press/Corbis
Kentucky's Alex Poythress gets his teeth caught in the net after dunking against Duke in Chicago on Tuesday, November 17. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda has his helmet knocked off by Arizona linebacker Kevin Minter during an NFL game in Glendale, Arizona, on Monday, October 26. Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports
Jack Nowell of the Exeter Chiefs dives for his team's first try during a Premiership match Saturday, January 3, in Exeter, England. Dan Mullan//Getty Images
Margarita Mamun, a rhythmic gymnast from Russia, performs the ball exercise Sunday, August 9, at the World Cup event in Budapest, Hungary. The Russian placed second. TIBOR ILLYES/MTI/EPA /LANDOV
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, left, plays Flavia Pennetta at the China Open in Beijing on Thursday, October 8. WU HONG/EPA/LANDOV
Austin Dillon's car crashes into a fence Sunday, July 5, during a last-lap crash at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dillon walked away from the crash, but several fans were injured. Chris Graythen/Getty Images
New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams tries to carry as many balls as he can during a community event in Darlington, England, on Thursday, October 8. Phil Walter/Getty Images Europe
South African swimmer Chad Le Clos swims the 100-meter butterfly, which he won Sunday, August 16, at the World Cup event in Chartres, France. Panoramic/Zuma Press
Tiger Woods leaps above the gallery to see the eighth green during the first round of the Phoenix Open on Thursday, January 29. Stan Badz/US PGA TOUR
Salvador Perez douses his manager, Ned Yost, after the Kansas City Royals won the World Series on Sunday, November 1. Perez, the Royals' catcher, was named Most Valuable Player as the Royals defeated the New York Mets by four games to one. It is Kansas City's first world title since 1985. Al Bello/Getty Images
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin dives to save a loose ball Friday, March 27, in Philadelphia. Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports
Charly Gotlib, Frits Van Eerd and Peter Vervoort ride in a jumbo truck Tuesday, January 6, during the third stage of the Dakar Rally in Argentina. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
Japanese swimmer Hiromasa Fujimori dives into the water Sunday, February 22, starting an individual medley race at the Konami Open in Tokyo. Naoki Morita/Corbis/AFLO/Nippon News
Russia's Natalia Vorobieva, in blue, celebrates her win over China's Feng Zhou at the World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas on Wednesday, September 9. It was the final in their weight class of 69 kilograms (152 pounds). Joel Marklund/Bildbyran/ZUMA Press
Baltimore's Everth Cabrera races toward home plate while playing the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, April 29. The stadium was closed to the public after riots in Baltimore. LATIF/Reuters/Landov
Roy Jones Jr. punches Eric Watkins during their bout in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Sunday, August 16. Jones, a former world champion in four weight classes, won the fight with a sixth-round knockout. Rich Schultz/Getty Images
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton sits in his car during winter testing in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Wednesday, February 4. Steve Etherington/Getty Images
Norwich City striker Dieumerci Mbokani is tackled by West Ham's Winston Reid during a Premier League match in London on Sunday, September 26. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images
Kansas State's Justin Edwards catches an opponent's hand to the face while playing in a Big 12 tournament game Wednesday, March 11, in Kansas City, Missouri. Charlie Riedel/AP
The eagle mascot of Swiss hockey team Geneve-Servette flies over the players of Sparta Prague before a Champions League hockey game Saturday, August 22, in Geneva, Switzerland. Geneve-Servette/Champions Hockey League
Alabama's Ronnie Harrison blocks a punt from Middle Tennessee's Trevor Owens during a college football game Saturday, September 12, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Chinese long jumper Jinzhe Li lands in the sand while qualifying at the World Championships in Beijing on Monday, August 24. Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE/Corbis
Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser dives into press row to keep a loose ball inbounds during the Big Ten championship game Sunday, March 15, in Chicago. The Badgers defeated Michigan State 80-69 and were later named a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. David Banks/USA TODAY Sports
In this still image taken from video, a shark attacks professional surfer Mick Fanning during a competition in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, on Sunday, July 19. Fanning fought off the shark and avoided injury as the confrontation took place on live television. World Surf League
Florida's Jimmy Hayes, left, and Los Angeles' Justin Williams collide as they battle for the puck during an NHL game in Sunrise, Florida, on Thursday, February 5. J Pat Carter/AP
Michigan State players crash into the end zone after Jalen Watts-Jackson scored an improbable touchdown to defeat Michigan on Saturday, October 17. Michigan looked to have the game in hand until fumbling on a punt play with 10 seconds left. Watts-Jackson returned the ball for a 27-23 victory. Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports/Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Washington's Yunel Escobar falls to the ground after being hit by a pitch during a home game against San Diego on Thursday, August 27. He had to leave the game with a hand injury. Greg Fiume/Getty Images
Italian cyclist Jacopo Guarnieri steers through a puddle Sunday, February 22, during the sixth stage of the Tour of Oman. Tim de Waele/Corbis/
Brazilian Camilla Lopes, left, and American Charlotte Drury warm up before competing in the trampoline event at the Pan American Games in Toronto on Sunday, July 19. Gregory Bull/AP
Players from Team Japan celebrate a home run with a fake selfie during the Little League World Series on Friday, August 21. They would go on to win the tournament. Matt Slocum/AP
A member of Ohio State's marching band performs before the Sugar Bowl starts in New Orleans on Thursday, January 1. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Mongolian sumo wrestler Harumafuji lands on Ikioi during a tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, on Monday, November 16. The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney falls backward as he celebrates a goal Sunday, March 15, in Manchester, England. Rooney was making light of a viral video that showed him getting knocked down while playfully boxing in his home. BPI/REX Shutterstock
A 7-month-old boy cries as his father walks him near the Mercedes garage at the Suzuka track in Japan on Thursday, September 24. The track was hosting a Formula One race. DIEGO AZUBEL/EPA/LANDOV
Atlanta center fielder Eric Young Jr. dives for a ball during a home game against Washington on Monday, April 27. John Bazemore/AP
Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka is run out by Michael Clarke of Australia during a Cricket World Cup match Sunday, March 8, in Sydney. Australia won the match by 64 runs and went on to win the tournament. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Winnipeg's Thaddeus Gibson, right, tackles Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros during a Canadian Football League game Friday, June 19, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gibson received a penalty for ripping off Collaros' helmet. John Woods/AP
Duke basketball fans -- the "Cameron Crazies" -- taunt North Carolina's Justin Jackson before an inbounds pass Wednesday, February 18, in Durham, North Carolina. Grant Halverson/Getty Images
Mikhail Nastenko falls off his horse Reistag during an equestrian event in Blair Atholl, Scotland, on Saturday, September 12. RUSSELL CHEYNE/Reuter/Landov
Holly Holm delivers a knockout kick to Ronda Rousey during their UFC title fight Sunday, November 15, in Melbourne. Holm finished the heavily favored Rousey in the second round. It was the first defeat of Rousey's career. PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images
Dayton's Kyle Davis leaps over Boise State's Chandler Hutchison during an NCAA Tournament game played Wednesday, March 18, in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton won 56-55 in what was a "First Four" matchup. Joe Robbins/Getty Images
England's Alex Danson falls to the ground Wednesday, August 26, during a game against Germany at the EuroHockey Nations Championship. Danson had three goals in the 4-1 victory, and England -- the tournament hosts -- eventually won the tournament. Danson was named Player of the Tournament. Reuters /Landov
A surfer rides a wave in the Sydney suburb of Bronte on Thursday, August 6. Newspix/REX Shutterstock