Spurs' triumph, Mets' pratfall just a few memorable moments from '07

11. After the birth of his daughter, Tiger Woods wins his 13th major and is named Player of the Year for the ninth time in his career.

12. Boise State WR Vinny Perretta throws an overtime touchdown pass in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, setting up a Statue of Liberty play that beats Oklahoma. After the game Ian Johnson proposed to his girlfriend.

13. Roger Federer outlasts Rafael Nadal to capture his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. He also wins three of the four Grand Slams for the third time in his career.

14. Don Imus makes racially insensitive comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team; he defends himself by saying rappers use same offensive language.

15. The underrated Terry Francona leads the Boston Red Sox to the team's second World Series championship in four seasons.

16. The San Antonio Spurs win their fourth NBA title in nine years.

17. Hendrick Motorsports dominates the year in NASCAR, taking half of the checkered flags and the NEXTEL Cup championship.

18. Kevin Durant's dominant freshman season turns heads in the Big 12, and the Seattle Supersonics make him the second pick in the NBA draft.

19. Retired players push the NFL to increase benefits. A new report detailing the damage from concussions fuels their cause.

20. LeBron James scores 48 points, including 25 straight and 29 of last 30 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, leading his Cavs past the Detroit Pistons and eventually into the NBA Finals.

21. Tough year for the Tour de France. The leader and several others are booted from the race. Plus, Floyd Landis, the 2006 winner, is stripped of his title.

22. The Mets blow a seven-game lead with only 17 games remaining, suffering the greatest September collapse in major league history.

23. Adrian Peterson rolls up 253 yards in the second half alone en route to a NFL single-game record 296 yards.

24. The Tennessee Lady Volunteers defeat Rutgers in the NCAA tournament, giving Pat Summitt her seventh national title.

25. It took three overtimes, but Navy finally ends its 43-game losing streak to Notre Dame.

26. When Roger Goodell becomes the new commissioner of the NFL, he is charged with cleaning up the league's tarnished image. So far, so good.

27. In Boston, the Patriots and Red Sox rule. But the off-season acquisitions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen helped make the Celtics relevant again.

28. Greg Oden is the first player picked in the NBA draft, then becomes the first No.1 pick to miss his entire rookie season with an injury.

29. Michael Phelps sets the stage for his medal assault at the 2008 Olympics, winning seven golds and setting four world records at the worlds.

30. At least four refs in a variety of sports are sanctioned for run-ins with players, including Milton Bradley and Tim Duncan.

31. Florida skipper Billy Donovan agrees to coach the Orlando Magic, only to renege a week later and return to the Gators.

32. Parity hits the college football ranks, as the BCS takes a beating in a season of upsets and upstarts. Unranked teams beat a Top 5 team a record 13 times, and the No. 1 and 2 team lost in the same weekend a record three times.

33. It's been quite a year for Kobe Bryant. He wins a gold medal with Team USA, scores 50-plus four games in a row, calls his GM an idiot and asks to be traded.

34. Trinity completes an improbable comeback against Division III Millsaps with a Play-of-the-Year 15-lateral game-winner.

35. The Dallas Mavericks have the NBA's best record and their sights are set on a NBA championship. But Golden State spoils the party by becoming the first No. 8 seed to beat a No.1 in a seven-game series.

36. Police make 1,379 arrests during the NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas.

37. The Colorado Rockies wins 21 of their final 22 games to reach their first ever World Series. But perhaps the most impressive thing they do is donate a full playoff share to the widow of their Double-A coach Mike Coolbaugh, who died July 22 after being struck in the neck with a line drive.

38. Rumors surface that Nikolay Davydenko, ranked No. 4 in the world, and other ATP tennis players are involved in fixing games.

39. Injuries prevented David Beckham from having much impact on the field for the LA Galaxy, but his financial impact was felt throughout the league.

40. Five Bluffton (Ohio) University baseball players die when the team bus drives off an Atlanta freeway. The Beavers finish the season 5-19.

41. An Earnhardt family feud explodes when Junior leaves Dale Earnhardt Inc. (run by stepmom Teresa) for Hendrick Motorsports.

42. Former NBA player John Amaechi comes out of the closet in his book, Man in the Middle. Then Tim Hardaway shows why gay athletes stay in the closet, saying "I hate gay people."

43. Venus and Serena Williams climb into the Top 10 for the first time in almost two years. During the season, Serena wins the Australian and Venus takes Wimbledon.

44. WWE star Chris Benoit kills his wife and 7-year-old son before hanging himself. Police blame 'roid rage, depression, as well as brain damage suffered from concussions.

45. USA basketball regains international respect, and qualifies for the 2008 Olympics, by winning the FIBA Americas Championship .

46. Sports leagues levy hefty fines against teams, including the $100 million whopper against the McLaren Formula One team for stealing secrets from rival Ferrari.

47. Skateboarder Jake Brown terrifies X Game fans when he falls four stories in the big air competition.

48. Marty Schottenheimer leads the Chargers to a 14-2 record and gets canned.

49. Lou Piniella throws a dirt-kicking tantrum on June 2 and earned a four-game suspension. The Cubs went on a 26-12 tear and won the NL Central title.

50. Boston Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz tosses a no hitter in only his second major league start.

51. Tony Romo's Cinderella 2006 season comes to a stunning end when the Dallas QB fumbles the snap on what would have been a game-winning, chip-shot field goal. But Romo rebounds to become one of the league's top passers in 2007.

52. Kevin Harvick beats Mark Martin by .02 seconds, the closest Daytona 500 finish since the advent of electronic timing.

53. Justine Henin overcomes personal problems and regained her dominant form, reaching the finals of every Grand Slam tournament and winning the French Open and U.S. Open.

54. After 12 years as Yankees skipper, Joe Torre is dumped by the Steinbrenners and moves to Los Angeles to manage the Dodgers.

55. Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer is found dead in his hotel room after a World Cup loss, sparking a flurry of fantastic rumors over the cause of his death.

56. Oklahoma football is forced to forfeit eight wins from 2005 plus two scholarships after two players were found to have earned money for no-show jobs.

57. Lorena Ochoa skyrockets to the top of the LPGA standings with eight tour wins and 21 top-10 finishes. She's rewarded as the Player of the Year.

58. Rags to Riches wins the 2007 Belmont Stakes, becoming the first filly winner since 1905.

59. Mario Lemieux retools the Pittsburgh Penguins with Sidney Crosby, a pair of highly touted rookies and a new rink. His reward: The Pens' first playoff appearance since 2001.

60. London Fletcher and Santana Moss of the Washington Redskins remember their teammate, Sean Taylor, who died on Nov. 27.

61. Three high-pressure passes -- two against SEC rivals and the third against Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl -- catapult LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell to the No. 1 spot in the 2007 draft.

62. Tyson Gay wins the world championship in the 100m, but Asafa Powell breaks his world record. They will next meet at the Beijing Olympics.

63. The Anaheim Ducks bring the Stanley Cup to California.

64. Ryan Boatright, 14, commits to USC before entering high school.

65. Brett Favre contemplates retirement, then decides to come back and has a record-setting season for the Packers.

66. With coach Isiah Thomas losing a sexual harassment suit and Stephon Marbury going AWOL, the New York Knicks suffer through a disastrous season.

67. Three different golfers win their first Major in 2007.

68. Snowboarding gold at the 2006 Olympics and X Games is just a starting point for Shaun White. In 2007, he wins Dew Tour and X Games skateboard events.

69. A record seven pitchers age 40 or older are scheduled to start MLB games on June 27.

70. Dario Franchitti jumps from open-wheel racing to NASCAR after winning the 2007 Indy.

71. Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie wins the Berlin Marathon in a world-record 2:04:26.

72. On Aug. 22, Ranger bats went wild in a 30-3 rout of the Orioles.

73. Floyd Mayweather earns more than $40 million for wins over Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton.

74. For mascot Chief Illiniwek, Illinois is allowed to keep its Fighting Illini nickname and to host postseason events.

75. Duke's Gerald Henderson elbows UNC's Tyler Hansbrough in the face with his team trailing late in the game.

76. The D-Backs are outscored in 2007 but make the playoffs anyway.

77. Georgia gives the U.S. its third Little League World Series title in a row.

78. Novak Djokovic wins over tennis fans with wicked returns and dead-on impressions of fellow tour members.

79. O.J. Simpson faces charges of kidnapping and armed robbery for taking items he claims were stolen from him.

80. Nineteen-year-old Amobi Okoye becomes the youngest-ever NFL draftee when he is taken by the Texans.

81. The NHL may not draw the ratings of the other Big 4 sports, but deals with both YouTube and Google make the league No. 1 on the web.

82. NC State coach Kay Yow beats breast cancer, then returns to lead her team to a 12-3 finish, including an upset of then No. 1 Duke in the ACC tourney.

83. Travis Pastrana redefines "death-defying" by jumping tandem into the Grand Canyon and parachuting out of a plane without a parachute.

84. Kenyan-born Bernard Lagat competes in his first track and field world championships as an American citizen and wins the 1,500m and 5,000m.

85. American soccer players crash Europe, as 58 Yanks sign contracts to play across the pond.

86. UFC light heavyweight Chuck Liddell, billed as the face of UFC, suffers surprising defeats in an up-and-down year.

87. Shawn Johnson wins the individual all-around title at the gymnastic worlds and helps the U.S. win the team title.

88. Rookie Lewis Hamilton loses the Formula One championship by one point.

89. Fans take on Arkansas coach Houston Nutt in an internet campaign, and he bolts for Ole Miss.

90. At age 59, Mike Flynt becomes the oldest D-1 player in the country when he makes the roster at Sul Ross State

91. Florida QB Tim Tebow becomes the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.

92. The Cardinals, World Series winners in 2006, collapse and suffer a losing season in 2007.

93. The U.S. women's soccer coach Greg Ryan pulls goalie Hope Solo for Briana Scurry in the World Cup semifinal. The U.S. loses to Brazil, 4-0, and Ryan loses his job.

94. With a victory over Bard on Jan. 7, Caltech breaks its 11-year, 207-game winless streak.

95. Braves skipper Bobby Cox breaks the record for ejections when he was tossed for the 132nd time in his career on Aug. 14.

96. Sabremania hits Buffalo, as the Sabres get off to a 10-0 start. Six of the seven best-selling jerseys on NHL.com belong to Buffalo icers.

97. Daisuke Yamai pitches eight perfect innings for the Chunichi Dragons in the Japan Series, then is pulled for closer Hitoki Iwase, who retires the final three batters.

98. Joey Chestnut eats a record 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes to win Nathan's July 4 hot dog eating contest.

99. Champion skateboarder Ryan Sheckler becomes a reality-show star.

100. First it was Emmitt Smith (Nov. 2006), then Apolo Ohno (May), and in November Helio Castroneves won Dancing with the Stars.