Competitive Cheer: Relive the Top 10 Sports Moments of 2010

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If neither Kobe Bryant nor LeBron James brought a smile to your Christmas Day, dive in to some of the other memorable plays from the past 365 days.

Every February, the lineup of sports championships kicks off on the biggest of Sundays. This year’s Super Bowl was no exception, as one American city’s Renaissance was captured through the lens of its football franchise’s first Lombardi trophy.

(See photos of Super Bowl Stadiums: From I to XLIV.)

Once football fans catch their collective breath, college basketball junkies gain their month to shine. March Madness had its staple cinderella this year, with one small Midwest school falling inches from capturing an NCAA title in its home city.

(See the top 10 NCAA Tournament first-round upsets.)

Minus major league baseball, summer represents the lull in an otherwise crowded calendar. But every four years, an exception rolls along. Thanks to the 2010 World Cup, June and July contained above-average jitters, capped by one African nation’s heartbreaking loss in the quarterfinals.

(See a photo brief history of the World Cup.)