Top sports moments and storylines of 2015

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18. JOSE BAUTISTA’S BAT FLIP

In a decisive Game 5 of the ALDS, the Toronto Blue Jays and and Texas Rangers were knotted 2-2 in the seventh inning. However, a routine play went awry and a bizarre call cost the Blue Jays the lead, causing the crowd to throw beer and garbage on the field. Once the mess was cleaned and order was somewhat restored, slugger Jose Bautista launched a home run that sent the baseball world -- and Twitter, more specifically -- ablaze with the infamous 'Bat Flip Heard 'Round the World.

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

17. LEAH STILL’S INSPIRING STORY

In fall of last year, former NFL player Devon Still became a role model when his devotion to his adorable daughter was highly magnified, while she was battling cancer. This past March, it was announced that little Leah Still was free of cancer. You could practically hear all of social media cheer when the Instagram post went live. 

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

13. NOVAK DJOKOVIC CAPS EPIC YEAR

Djokovic ended 2015 with 11 titles, 82 wins and just six defeats in a haul which included three of the four majors -- the Australian and US Opens and Wimbledon. His on-court earnings of $21 million swelled his career total to a mind-boggling $94 million while the 28-year-old Serb now has 10 Grand Slam titles amongst his 59 career trophies.

(Photo by Marc Atkins/Mark Leech/Getty Images)

12. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS WIN THE STANLEY CUP … AGAIN

Chicago defeated the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two to win the franchise’s sixth championship in franchise history and third in six seasons. Tyler Johnson and Patrick Kane led the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs in points scored with 23 points each, but defenseman Duncan Keith walked away with the Conn Smythe Trophy. 

(Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

10. OHIO STATE WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

After much scrutiny and debate, the College Football Playoff took shape and four teams squared off for the right to compete in the National Championship. Ohio State ended up defeating Oregon, both of which wouldn’t have made the title game had the old format still been standing. 

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

9. KYLE BUSCH CAPS OFF INCREDIBLE YEAR

On November 22, 2015, Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 to win his first ever Cup Series championship. Busch ended the season with five wins, twelve top fives, and sixteen top tens in only 25 starts.

(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

6. RONDA ROUSEY FALLS TO HOLLY HOLM

We haven’t seen an athlete dominate his or her sport quite like Ronda Rousey. She became a larger-than-life icon who transformed into a fighter we thought was invincible. Only, Holly Holm took down Rousey in November with a swift kick to the face and the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title was swapped. Some fans on Twitter figured the shock and awe from the bout was akin to when Muhammad Ali lost. 

(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

1. AMERICAN PHAROAH WINS THE TRIPLE CROWN

Before this year, so many fans figured they’d never see a Triple Crown in their lifetime. That all changed when American Pharoah capped off one of the most thrilling runs in sports history. He won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont en route to accomplishing the rare feat for the first time since 1978.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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We watch for the moments -- the ones that make us cheer, laugh, cry or scream. Sports trigger emotions in a way few things in life can. If you think about it, this past year has been filled with incredible storylines that encompassed a wide array of feelings.

As part of an on-going series that highlights the best of 2015 in sports, we take at look at the biggest and most influential people, teams and moments that stuck with us through the year and remain as memories we'll never forget.

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