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The Dominant 20

We rank the best athletes of 2018

Comebacks? Records? Those are nice. But Peter Keating says the 20 most dominant athletes of 2018 made our list by redefining the impossible.

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Simone Biles is creating dominance as she competes

This was the year that the greatest gymnast of all time showed that not a damn thing will ever stand in her way.

Mike Tyson

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Buster Douglas: I wasn't impressed with the success Mike Tyson was having

When Douglas knocked out Tyson, he was fighting for more than just a win.

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To earn respect, Holyfield had to beat Iron Mike

LeBron to Wade: 'It was either here or The Garden'

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LeBron, Wade share hugs, swap jerseys as Lakers best Heat

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade express love for each other in their last meeting as the Lakers beat the Heat.

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LeBron spins for one-handed jam plus the foul

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LeBron, D-Wade exchange praise after game

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade share the microphone and discuss what they mean to each other as competitors and friends.

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LeBron 'real emotional' after facing Wade for final time

LeBron James looks back on his career with Dwyane Wade and what they accomplished in Miami leading up to this final game.

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LeBron tosses deep alley-oop to Lonzo

LeBron James steps over half court and lobs a perfect alley-oop to Lonzo Ball for a two-handed slam.

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Spoelstra: LeBron is 'a Miami Heat player'

Erik Spoelstra is "honored and grateful" to having a role in "this generation of players" and talks about the evolution of LeBron James.

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Wade 'thankful' for LeBron on and off the court

Dwyane Wade talks about his relationship with LeBron and how after the final buzzer sounded it was emotional knowing the two wouldn't face off again.

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Jalen: LeBron and Wade's friendship has shaped current NBA

Jalen Rose explains why LeBron James and Dwyane Wade's friendship has changed the competitive atmosphere of the NBA today.

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LeBron, Wade swap jerseys after final meeting

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade hug it out then swap jerseys after the Lakers beat the Heat in the friends' last matchup.

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LeBron makes save off Olynyk's chest

LeBron James fires the ball off Kelly Olynyk's chest, sending him to the floor, to make a save.

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Winter Meetings

Bryce Harper Watch: Who will land the superstar free agent?

The winter meetings are underway in Bryce Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, where we'll be tracking all of the latest Bryce buzz all week long.

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