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Best Photo Stories of 2017

We collected our favorite photo stories from the past year -- from yearbook photos of NBA players to creating the Final Four floor to the bodies of some of the world's most impressive athletes.

"No Hands, No Problem"

She was born without arms or legs. But Lindsay Hilton is a CrossFit athlete and rugby player who's out to show the world that limitations are just a state of mind. PHOTOGRAPH BY DARREN CALABRESE
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Aftermath

Wins, losses, knockouts and submissions. Bellator 180 gave us everything we wanted and more. Here are the fighters captured in the moments after they step out of the ring. PHOTOGRAPHS BY CLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE
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Everybody Has A Hoop

You don't get to the bright lights by accident; it's what you do and how you shoot when nobody is watching. These are the basketball hoops of America. PHOTOGRAPH BY ROB HAMMER
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Yuwa Is Hope

What began as a girl's football team now empowers young Indian girls to break the cycles that have marred their rural society for generations. PHOTOGRAPH BY SERENA DE SANCTIS
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Kaepernick Inspires Youth Football Team in Texas

After Colin Kaepernick protested by taking a knee during the national anthem, the Bulls youth football team in Beaumont, Texas, did the same. The Bulls' demonstration spread across the country, which led to their coach's release and the forfeiture of their season. PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS
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15 Hours at the World's Most Famous Arena

Get an inside look at how Madison Square Garden operates when it hosts college basketball, hockey and boxing, all on one snowy December day. PHOTOGRAPH BY AL BELLO/GETTY IMAGES FOR ESPN
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Welcome to Section 250

Experience the game from the perspective of this band of true believers. Fans in Section 250 are a family, bound by faith in the Bears and one another. Win or lose, it's a place to be, to belong. PHOTOGRAPH BY JON LOWENSTEIN/NOOR FOR ESPN
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O-HI-O Band Across the Land

When a school gets a seat in the CFP semifinals, it's not just the football players who work on little rest. See how the Best Damn Band in the Land prepares and dots the "i." PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL F. MCELROY
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The Unheralded

Alabama and Clemson players unfamiliar with the spotlight share their thoughts on the CFP National Championship matchup and strike a pose during media day in Tampa. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW HANCOCK
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Tigers Ambush

The sequel was even better than the original. Legends were born as Clemson scored in the final seconds of the 2017 CFP National Championship, stunning Alabama with a thrilling victory. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW HANCOCK
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Small School, Big-time Hockey

Nowhere is hockey bigger than in Minnesota, even at small schools like St. Paul Academy and Summit School, which until last year hadn't made the state tournament in 41 years. See the Spartans make a spirited run at another postseason bid. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID ELLIS
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A Scar Is Born

Hockey etches itself on its players, whose marks are a roadmap to their careers. They reflect on what it means to wear a scar. PHOTOGRAPH BY VICTORIA WILL
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From Tree to Tipoff

From deep in a Michigan forest to University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the floor at this weekend's men's Final Four has completed a cross-country journey, lasting nearly five months. PHOTOGRAPH BY ROSS DETTMAN
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Wrestle Maniacs

Thousands of wrestling fans flock to Orlando, Florida, not only for Wrestlemania, but for dozens of other small-venue events. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTOPHER MORRIS
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Body 2017

Your exclusive look at the stunning photos, revealing videos and unique stories of 23 athletes. PHOTOGRAPH BY RAMONA ROSALES
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Four Emotional Days

The Final Four is the pinnacle of college basketball. Ride the emotional roller coaster at the end of the NCAA tournament with players, coaches and fans. PHOTOGRAPH BY CAITLIN O'HARA
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Two Minutes and Dreaming

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby was a sloppy affair, but at 2:03.59, Always Dreaming came out victorious. With 35 cameras we chronicle Always Dreaming's path to victory. PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL FRAKES
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The Road to Supremacy

In anticipation of their Sept. 16 showdown in Las Vegas, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez take the show on the road, making four stops in four days. PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD MESSINA
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NBA Yearbook: Class of 2018

See the smiling, shining faces of the NBA's superstars and supporting players like you never have before. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAYMON GARDNER
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We Are Unconquered

There is one thing these Romanian men all have in common: They went through hell and came out stronger. They are Invictus. PHOTOGRAPH BY IOANA MOLDOVAN
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Too Young for Division I?

At just 10 years old, Maxwell Young, aka Bunchie, is receiving official scholarship offers from major universities to play football. PHOTOGRAPH BY MELISSA LYTTLE
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The Notorious Money Show

The flash, the cash, the glitz and the glam -- and the surprisingly good fight delivered by Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOE AMON
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The Grand Hoop-la

On draft night in New York City, the Barclays Center becomes a runway for prospects and families in tow who entertain in all the glitz that comes with the NBA spotlight. PHOTOGRAPH BY LANDON NORDEMAN
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Camp Last Chance

Go behind the scenes at the Spring League, where players such as Ahmad Bradshaw, Greg Hardy, David Ash and more hoped a good showing would lead to an NFL invite. PHOTOGRAPH BY ROB TRINGALI
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