Top sports moments of 2015

Christian Heutel and Mara Hockerman

With 2016 sports kicking off, TKC takes a look at what the sports world brought us in 2015. From the Triple Crown to the U.S. women’s soccer team winning the World Cup, 2015 held a whirlwind of exciting events. Here is a look at 2015 sports in review:

1. Racehorse American Pharaoh and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Triple Crown (winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes) June 6 for the first time since 1978.

American Pharoah, with Victor Espinoza

2. Champion boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather dueled in what was deemed “Fight of the Century” May 4. After 12 rounds and 36 minutes, Floyd Mayweather won the title.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v. Manny Pacquiao

3. The Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Mets to win the World Series Nov. 2 after a 30-year championship drought.

Royals clench World Series

4. Team USA wins the Women’s FIFA World Cup and defeats Japan 5-2 in Vancouver, Canada July 5. With 25 million television viewers, it became the most-watched soccer match in U.S. television history.

2015 Women's World Cup Final

5. After 40 years, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors bring the NBA championship title back to the Bay area June 16, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97.

2015's best celebrity role models for kids

6. The 2014 AFC championship game football tampering scandal, known as Deflategate, was a controversy in the NFL involving an allegation of tampering with footballs by the New England Patriots. The accusations that the balls were tampered in the game against the Indianapolis Colts Jan. 18 led to an ongoing investigation.

Kansas City at New England

7. The Seattle Seahawks teed off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX Feb. 1. In a close game, Tom Brady and the Patriots edged out the Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium 28-24.


8. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty for first-degree murder April 15 and sentenced to life in prison, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder

9. The University of Missouri was recently under fire for mishandling racial incidents on campus, which led to the eventual resignation of the university’s president and chancellor after the football team went on strike.

Brigham Young at Missouri

10. 21-year-old Jordan Spieth won the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA, April 8, becoming the second youngest player to win the highly sought after competition.

HeritaRBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, third round

11. The matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes was fitting for the first College Football Playoff championship game Jan. 12 in Arlington, TX, as the Buckeyes defeat the Ducks 42-20 with their third-string quarterback, Cardale Jones.

CFP National Championship