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From highs (see Lakers) to lows (see McCourts), this is the year that was

It happened in 2010.…

A Superior Court judge, echoing Dodgers fans, found Frank and Jamie McCourt to be not credible.…

Drew Brees brought New Orleans its first Lombardi Gras.…

Pau Gasol played Batman to Kobe Bryant’s overeager Robin in the Lakers’ most important game of the year.…

Shrink-saluting Ron Artest partied like a rock star.…

Ben Roethlisberger partied like a frat boy.…

Tiger Woods, a partier no more, went 0 for ’10.…

One step ahead of the posse, Pete Carroll bolted for Seattle.…

The NCAA lowered the boom.…

Mike Garrett, defiant to the very end, stuck his foot in his mouth one last time.…

It didn’t take a Rhodes Scholar to summon Pat Haden.…

Reggie Bush marked his Heisman Trophy: Return to Sender.…

Roy Halladay looked perfectly comfortable in transitioning to the National League.…

Dog lovers continued to scorn Michael Vick.…

Eagles lovers embraced him.…

Mannywood disappeared.…

The Kings, finally back in the playoffs, were eliminated as quickly as you could say Jonathan Quick.…

LeBron James, taking his talents to South Beach, seemed not to get it that his popularity cratered not because of the decision but because of “The Decision.” …

Sandra Bullock was blindsided after winning an Oscar in a football-themed movie.…

Thanks to Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State, a Big Ten team finally won a Rose Bowl game.…

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A week later, led by Heisman winner Mark Ingram, Alabama left Pasadena smelling like a champion.…

Zenyatta, charging from the back, galloped to glory.…

Gasol, Rafael Nadal, Alberto Contador and World Cup star Andres Iniesta all contributed to a reign in Spain.…

The world, discovering vuvuzelas, covered its ears.…

Matt Kemp sulked.…

Phil Jackson re-upped for one “last stand.” …

Joe Torre had enough.…

Nobody complained when high-flying Blake Griffin showed up a year late to his own coming-out party.…

Donald Sterling embarrassed himself anew.…

Roger Clemens was indicted.…

Gun-toting Gilbert Arenas went too far.…

Armando Galarraga turned out to be a perfect gentleman after Jim Joyce gave him every reason not to be.…

Mark McGwire surprised no one, admitting he used steroids.…

Lamar Odom surprised many, celebrating the one-year anniversary of his wedding to Khloe Kardashian.…

Tom Brady regained his MVP form….

Scott Niedermayer moved on.…

Lane Kiffin made USC fans wonder: Why were Tennessee fans so outraged when he left? …

Rick Neuheisel, for reasons unknown, remained upbeat.…

Winning the World Series was a Giant accomplishment.…

Cliff Lee showed a preference for red pinstripes over black.…

Butler almost did it.…

Duke did do it.…

The other USC denied UCLA a College World Series championship.…

Rex Ryan rocked “Hard Knocks.” …

Kelly Slater hung 10.…

“127 Hours” was a movie about a hiker, not the length of an epic fifth set at Wimbledon.…

A walk-off celebration left Kendry Morales unable to walk.…

Vlad Guerrero reached the World Series without the Angels.…

Jimmie Johnson added one for the thumb.…

Sexting, Brett Favre discovered, is not always private.…

For Lance Armstrong, doping allegations lived strong.…

Shaun White issued a red alert.…

Lindsey Vonn found gold at the bottom of the downhill.…

Eighty percent of Canada’s population tuned in to see Sidney Crosby crush Team USA’s gold medal hopes.…

The Chicago Blackhawks produced a drought-ending season worthy of hockey’s most eye-catching logo.…

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. danced around each other for another year.…

Sixteen years and counting since their breakup, the NFL and Los Angeles continued to flirt.…

Cam Newton’s father may have undervalued his son.…

An outdoor hockey game in the Big House drew a larger crowd than a football game ever had.…

John Wooden rejoined his beloved Nell.

jerome.crowe@latimes.com


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