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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
FILE - In this June 28, 2014, file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez shoots to score his team's first goal against Uruguay during a World Cup round of 16 soccer match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman tips a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree (15) in the final seconds of the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game in Seattle. Malcolm Smith intercepted the tipped pass, and the Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates as he scores their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout makes a leaping catch on the run of a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Kendrys Morales in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
United States' Sage Kotsenburg takes a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
FILE - In this April 5, 2014, file photo, Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) makes a three-point basket in the final seconds over Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser (21) to win the game 74-73 during their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
LISBON, PORTUGAL - UNDATED: In this handout provided by CR7 on August 3, 2014, an image of Cristiano Ronaldo is projected on to Praca Do Comercio, Lisbon. Cristiano Ronaldo officially unveils his new fashion campaign, Rankin X Ronaldo for CR7 Underwear, through large scale pop-up projections in seven cities around the world. The release celebrates the global launch of the second collection of CR7 Underwear. (Photo by CR7 Underwear via Getty Images)
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Cruz Azul at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31: Cristiano Ronaldo poses in front of a 19m high billboard during the global launch of the CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear line at the Palacio de Cibeles on October 31, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo is available worldwide from 1st November 2013 from www.cr7underwear.com (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for CR7)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Almeria at the Juegos Mediterrneos stadium in Almeria, southeast Spain, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reaches for extra yardage in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., right, runs with the ball as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants attempts to score a 30 yard touchdown that was nullified due to a penalty in the fourth quarter during their game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on December 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2014 file photo, Real's James Rodriguez attends a press conference ahead of a Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Basel, in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
Atletico's Koke, centre, in action with Real's James Rodriguez, left, during a Spanish Supercup second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Colombia's James Rodriguez leaves the field at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. Brazil won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 26: Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks during the game at Bank of America Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 26: Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks during the game at Bank of America Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman intercepts a pass from St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 20-13. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Cleveland Browns tight end Evan Moore (89) is upended by Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman after a catch in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
California wide receiver Verran Tucker, in white, misses on a pass in the end zone as Stanford's Richard Sherman, in background, defends during the second quarter of a NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Kentucky's Aaron Harrison plays during an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Kentucky won 84-70. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
Kentucky's Aaron Harrison plays during an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Kentucky won 84-70. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
Kentucky's Aaron Harrison dunks during first half of an NCAA college basketball exhibition against Pikeville, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison dunks the ball during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 07: Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets looks on against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 7, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Football player Eric Decker attends NY Jets Wide Receiver David Nelson Kicks Off The NYC Launch of i'mME on July 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for i'mME)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 28: Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 28, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs during a news conference prior to an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his second touchdown pass to Timothy Wright in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, talks with Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri and former Patriot following an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks to the media after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the 49ers 17-7 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 14: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during warm ups prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 14, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22: Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22: Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 9: Wide receiver Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys stretches before a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on August 9, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won 19-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a defensive stop against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - JANUARY 28: All-Pro NFL running back Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs goes head-to-head against linebacker Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers for the Call of Duty: Ghosts Celebrity Grudge Match on Xbox One to celebrate the launch of Onslaught DLC on January 28, 2014 in Venice, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Activision)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 26-26 after overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 06: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers before the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 6, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 29: Brady Quinn #9 and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets on the sidelines during a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 29, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Jets 38-13. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 08: Brady Quinn #10 of the Seattle Seahawks sets to pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the New York Jets throws the ball before taking on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
ROYAL OAK, MI - AUGUST 26: Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush attends the Touchdown For Teens Campaign at Taco Bell on August 26, 2014 in Royal Oak, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 21: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions runs 21 yard for a fourth quarter touchdown during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on September 21, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 07: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions stretches prior to playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on December 07, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions reaches past Brock Vereen #45 of the Chicago Bears for a touchdown during the first quarter at Soldier Field on December 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 21: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers begins celebrating victory against the Cleveland Browns with time still on the clock, gesturing for the crowd to 'turn up' at Bank of America Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 14: The injured Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers takes the field before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 21: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with the fans after defeating the Cleveland Browns 17-13 at Bank of America Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 14: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions reacted to a missed 68 yard field goal attempt by the Minnesota Vikings as time ran out at Ford Field on December 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Lions win 16-14 over the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions reacts during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a diving catch for a first down as Brandon Browner #39 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright throws to first base after fielding a ground ball by Miami Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Hechavarria was out at first base. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) looks out from the dugout during the baseball game against the Washington Nationals during a baseball game at Citi Field on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in New York. Wright was out for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
New York Mets' Jonathon Niese (49) scores on a fly ball hit by David Wright as Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) waits for the throw in the sixth inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Miami. The Mets won 8-6. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury watches his fourth-inning solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury catches a Detroit Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis fly ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury, left, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp smiles as he answers questions during a news conference introducing him as part of the baseball club Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in San Diego. The Padres deal for the former the Los Angeles Dodger was the first of three big deals by new Padres general manager A.J. Preller, who also has added outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, from Tampa Bay and All-Star catcher Derek Norris from Oakland. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp celebrates his home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball's NL Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp, right, celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp walks through the dugout before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter acknowledges applause before the last baseball game of his career, against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Derek Jeter attends the Derek Jeter's Annual Turn 2 Holiday Express Event at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 28: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees leaves the field after his last career game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning while taking on the San Francisco Giants during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 11: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the San Francisco Giants during Game One of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 11, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 12: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the dugout during the second inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 12, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese greets a teammate in the dugout before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Los Angeles Angels' David Freese slides safely into second for a double against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Los Angeles Angels' David Freese, right, celebrates with fans after they clinched the American League West division following their baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Angels' David Freese watches a foul ball fall into the stands during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Major League All-Stars' Robinson Cano of Seattle Mariners arrives with other teammates at Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The U.S. baseball players are on five-game postseason tour to Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
MLB All-Stars Robinson Cano reacts after getting struck out in front of Japan's catcher Hikaru Ito in the sixth inning of Game 2 of their exhibition baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano takes off his hat as he walks off the field after the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano rounds the bases against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward, who wears an extension to his helmet covering part of his face, grimaces after fouling a ball off of his foot during an at bat against Texas Rangers' Derek Holland in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) fields the pop out by Washington Nationals' Wilson Ramos during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Atlanta. Washington won 3-0 to clinch the NL East division. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward claps after hitting a single to score teammate Andrelton Simmons in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Detroit Tigers' Andrew Romine reacts after scoring on a single by teammate Ian Kinsler during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler prepares to bat during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Detroit, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 05: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers swings for a strike in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 5, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 2: Second baseman Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers dives for a ground ball off the bat of Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 19: Grady Sizemore #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies is interviewed after the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Grady Sizemore #38 of the Boston Red Sox catches a fly ball in the 9th inning against the Atlanta Braves during the game at Fenway Park on May 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 03: Huston Street #16 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on October 3, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: National League All-Star Huston Street #16 of the San Diego Padres during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 19: Relief pitcher Huston Street #16 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 19, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 114-86. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick, top, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Dallas Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo (9) prepares to shoot the ball during team warm-ups before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, left, shoot over Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) laughs during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews reacts after scoring a three point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) plays in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol warms up before an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (20) looks to pass against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Dallas Mavericks' Devin Harris in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (20) drives between Minnesota Timberwolves guards Mo Williams (25) and Kevin Martin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade is shown during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Dwayne Wade arrives at the 2013 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party, presented by L'Oreal Paris and bebe at Fig & Olive on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Entertainment Weekly/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR REBUILDING TOGETHER - Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade checks a light switch during the Rebuild Together NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service project, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Houston. Hundreds of volunteers painted, landscaped, and did other repairs to five homes in the neighborhood. (Dave Einsel/AP Images for Rebuilding Together)
FC Barcelona's Gerard Pique reacts after scoring against Cordoba during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Spain's soccer player Gerard Pique attends the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Barcelona's Gerard Pique reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Getafe and Barcelona a at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Aug 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal against Manchester City during their English Community Shield soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, center, scores against Manchester City during their English Community Shield soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Brazil's Neymar attends a training session in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Brazil will play Austria in an international friendly soccer match at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday Nov. 18 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 07: Neymar Santos Jr of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on December 7, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
Germany's midfielder Lukas Podolski reacts after the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying round Group D football match Germany vs Gibraltar in Nuremberg, southern Germany on November 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
NUREMBERG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 14: Lukas Podolski of Germany runs with the ball during the EURO 2016 Group D Qualifier match between Germany and Gibraltar at Grundig Stadion on November 14, 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11: Lukas Podolski of Germany reacts during a press conference ahead of their EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match against Gibraltar on November 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BRUGGE, BELGIUM - JULY 31: Goalkeeper, Mathew Ryan of Brugge in action during the UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round first leg match between Club Brugge KV and Brondby IF at the Jan Breydel Stadium on July 31, 2014 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Australia's goalkeeper Mathew Ryan kicks the ball during a Group B football match between Australia and Spain at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia's goalkeeper Mathew Ryan blocks a shot on goal during their last team training session in Curitiba, Brazil, on June 22, 2014. Australia will face Spain in their final 2014 FIFA World Cup match in Curitiba on June 23. AFP PHOTO / William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Fernando Gago of Argentina warms up during a training session at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Fernando Gago, of a Argentinas's national soccer team, listens to questions from the media during a press conference at Cidade do Galo Center, in Vespasiano, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Argentina, after its third straight win, had Messi put on a World Cup show with two goals, but this time his whole team — aside from a couple of defensive blunders — was part of the performance. (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes)
Juventus Claudio Marchisio celebrates after scoring his side's second goal, during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Udinese at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/ Massimo Pinca)
Italy's Claudio Marchisio leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Italy's Claudio Marchisio, front, and teammate Ignazio Abate stretch during a training session in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Italy plays in group D at the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Some of them won the game, some of them saved the game and others made for some very impressive eye candy.

Odell Beckham Jr., James Rodriguez, Richard Sherman and Aaron Harrison were among those who put their distinctive stamp on sports in 2014 with shots, catches and plays that nearly broke the Internet and led off all the highlight shows.

A quick review of some of the best plays of the year:

ODELL'S OPUS: This one blew up almost within minutes of it happening. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who regularly practices the one-handed grab, made the catch of the year against the Cowboys. Quarterback Eli Manning threw a high pass down the right sideline and Beckham freed himself after tangling feet and arms with defensive back Brandon Carr. Beckham reached his right hand behind his head, grabbed the ball and cradled it into his stomach while falling to his back in the front corner of the end zone, as the yellow flag flew for the pass-interference call against Carr. Through it all, Beckham's left hand never touched the ball.

TIP AND TALK: Before The Rant, there was The Tip. Richard Sherman's game-saving swataway from Michael Crabtree in the NFC championship game wrapped up Seattle's trip to the Super Bowl and came only moments before his rant in a postgame interview with Erin Andrews that drew more attention that his play on the field. With the Seahawks protecting a six-point lead with 32 seconds left and the Niners on their 18, Sherman got his bearings, left his feet, arched his left hand up and not only swatted Colin Kaepernick's pass away from Crabtree, but directed it to teammate Malcolm Smith, who is officially credited with the interception that sealed the game.

THREES, PLEASE: It only looked like a replay. In back-to-back games, Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison spotted up from the behind the upper-left part of the 3-point arc and drained a shot to win the game. The first one sent Harrison, his twin brother Andrew and the rest of Kentucky's fabulous freshmen to the Final Four. The second one provided the winning points against Wisconsin in the national semifinals. In the Sweet 16 game against Louisville, Harrison also made a key 3 from the left corner - the shot that gave Kentucky the lead for good with 39 seconds left in a 74-69 win. "He's not afraid to miss," said his coach, John Calipari, in explaining why he called the play for Harrison. And when the chips were down, Harrison didn't.

THE BEAUTIFUL SHOT: The prettiest goal at the World Cup? No question, it was scored by Colombia's James Rodriguez. About midway through the first half of the round-of-16 game against Uruguay, Rodriguez stood with his back to the goal a few steps outside the penalty area. He received the ball, chested it to himself, then, took three baby steps to turn 90 degrees before kicking the ball out of midair, left-footed, for a goal that grazed the underside of the crossbar. And then, as Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph put it, "An initial moment of stunned silence soon gave way to audible gasps from both sets of supporters inside the Maracana."

NOW, THAT'S A BACKHAND: Pro tennis players are so athletic, the between-the-legs shots barely register anymore. But how about a backhand while sitting down? Eugenie Bouchard pulled it off at a clay court tournament in Estoril, losing her footing and falling flat on her back, but still getting the next shot back after her opponent hit it right back to her. She scrambled to her feet and ended up winning the point. Video link: http://youtu.be/2VNYwgrJxGQ

BEST CATCH (MIKE TROUT EDITION): The AL MVP overran a screaming line drive to center field by Kendrys Morales. No problem. He stopped. Jumped as high as he could, then reached behind his head for a one-handed, no-look grab.

"BACK 1620 JAPAN AIR:" American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg got points for degree of difficulty and originality, winning the first Olympic gold medal in slopestyle with a trick he had never tried before. On a sparkling day in the Russian Caucasus, he closed his run by helicoptering off the final jump of the course, grabbing his board and flexing it behind his back while spinning for 4½ revolutions. Stuck the landing. Then, in true snowboarder fashion, admitted he had never really, well, practiced the trick before. "Never ever tried it in my life," he said.

A LATE ENTRY: This, from Dec. 21: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch started left, took a straight, diagonal line to his right, busted through two tacklers on the sideline, then outran the rest of the Cardinals defense to the end zone for a 79-yard touchdown. "One of the greatest plays I've ever seen, right there," said NBC's Cris Collinsworth. Lynch, no fan of the media, was asked a couple of times about the run. His stock answer: "Thank you for asking." Yes, sometimes the pictures speak louder than words: http://bit.ly/1zO2DWZ

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Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

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Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

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Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

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Lena Gercke - Sami Khedira (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Lena Gercke - Sami Khedira (Midfielder, Germany)

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Lena Gercke - Sami Khedira (Midfielder, Germany)

(AP Photo/Christof Stache)

Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

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Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

(Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

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Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

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Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

(Photo by GABRIEL REIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)

Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)

Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(From Twitter)

Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(Photo from Twitter)

Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(From Twitter)

Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

(Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

(Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images for Puro)

Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Calzedonia)

Pilar Rubio - Sergio Ramos (Defender, Spain)

​(AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Pilar Rubio - Sergio Ramos (Defender, Spain)

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Pilar Rubio - Sergio Ramos (Defender, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(From Instagram)

Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(From Instagram)

Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by Buda Mendes/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

(Photo by Press Association)

Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

(Photo by Press Association)

Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

(Photo by Press Association)

Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

(Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

(Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for IMG)

Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

(Photo by Ferdy Damman/AFP/Getty Images)

Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for IMG)

Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

(Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

(Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

(Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

(Photo by Press Association) 

Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

(From Twitter)

Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

(From Twitter)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

(Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

(Photo by Press Association)

Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

(Photo by Press Association) 

Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images for Farewell Oliver Kahn)
Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by OLIVER LANG/AFP/Getty Images)

Alex Gerrard - Steven Gerrard (Midfielder, England)

(AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Alex Gerrard - Steven Gerrard (Midfielder, England)

(AP Photo/Myriam Vogel)

Alex Gerrard - Steven Gerrard (Midfielder, England)

(Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)

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