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The record-breaking, history-making US sports year in pictures

It was a good year to be from Cleveland. it was a bad year to be from Cleveland.

1. In February, Von Miller effectively wins the Super Bowl for the Denver Broncos

Super Bowl 50 - San Francisco Source: Charlie Riedel/AP/Press Association Images

2.  Which meant Peyton Manning, despite being awful all season, picked up a second Super Bowl

Source: Ben Margot/AP/Press Association Images

3. Before the former Colts quarterback tearfully announced his retirement

Broncos Peyton Manning Retires Football Source: David Zalubowski/AP/Press Association Images

4. In the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins got the better of a hard-fought series with the San Jose Sharks

Source: Jeff Chiu/AP/Press Association Images

5. Which saw Sidney Crosby help the team lift their fourth-ever Stanley Cup

Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP/Press Association Images

6. And the people of Pittsburgh lined the streets in thousands

Source: Keith Srakocic/AP/Press Association Images

7. In basketball, after a record-setting season, the Golden State Warriors took what looked to be an unassailable 3-1 lead over Cleveland in the finals

Source: Ron Schwane/AP/Press Association Images

8. But LeBron James proved what a player he is as he almost single-handedly dragged the Cavs back for an unlikely victory

Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP/Press Association Images

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9. Not surprisingly, after years of being the worst sports city in America, the people of Cleveland went wild

Source: Tony Dejak/AP/Press Association Images

10. There was chance of even more success in the Ohio city as the Indians took a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the World Series

Source: Charlie Riedel/AP/Press Association Images

11. But the Curse of the Billy Goat was ended when the Cubs fought back to win their first title in 108 years

Source: David J. Phillip/AP/Press Association Images

12. It was a pretty good time to be in Chicago as you can imagine

Source: Jae C. Hong/AP/Press Association Images

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Steve O'Rourke

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