Best 10 National Sports Stories for 2017

There were several leading sports stories that got national attention this past year. The stories weren’t relegated to one or two specific sports, however as national headlines were prominent at college basketball, NBA, NFL, field and track as well as others.

1. Colin Kaepernick

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued to get national publicity for his protest on societal problems. His attempts generated a great deal of response during the league and other sport in relation to ensue throughout the national anthem.

Even though Kaepernick played some good football with all the San Francisco 49ers, he was not signed with any team in the NFL this year.

For its December issue, GQ magazine picked him Citizen of the Year. He also won Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

2. LaVar Ball

LaVar Ball, the most outspoken father of 3 sons — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, who all play basketball — had been constantly in the national spotlight for all his brash comments. His oldest son, Lonzo, is a rookie point guard using the Los Angeles Lakers.

3. Floyd Mayweather Goes 50-0

At a much talked about fight, Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor at 10 rounds with a technical knockout. McGregor isn’t a fighter. He is the 155-pound Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder and among the planet’s very best mixed martial artists.

With the victory, Mayweather includes an incredible 50-0 career record and 27 knockouts. The win allowed him to transcend boxing good Rocky Marciano.

4. Pro Championships

After dropping the NBA title in an exciting seventh match to the Cleveland Cavaliers at 2016, the Golden State Warriors bounced back to defeat the Cavaliers to the league championship in 2017. The Warriors were able to conquer the Cavs, Due to its free agent signing of forward Kevin Durant who came to Golden State in the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Earlier in the year, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl 51 in recovery mode. Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady led his team to victory after trailing by 25 points.

Last, the Houston Astros defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series. This was the Astros’ first World Series title. Houston topped Los Angeles, 5-1, at the seventh game at Dodger Stadium.

5. NCAA Basketball Champion

At 2016, North Carolina lost to Villanova on a last second shot by Kris Jenkins. The Tar Heels were on a mission to Return to the NCAA Finals. North Carolina was able to achieve this job by nipping Gonzaga 71-65 to win the national championship.

6. NCAA Football Champion

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson led the Tigers to an angry over the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the national championship. Watson afterwards became a first-round draft choice of the Houston Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft.

7. Dawn Staley

Former Dobbins Tech basketball star and North Philadelphia native Dawn Staley led the University of South Carolina to the women’s NCAA basketball title. Staley, the Gamecocks’ head coach, won the national crown facing several former Temple players and friends from Philly.

8. Usain Bolt

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who had a great track and field career, declared his retirement. Bolt holds records in the 100- and even 200-meter dash. He’s also an eight-time Olympic gold medalist, but he lost the final race of his career in the 100 yards to USA sprinter Justin Gatlin at the 2017 World Championships.

9. NFL Draft

The NFL Draft will take place in Dallas in April 26 to 28 at AT&T Stadium at Arlington, Texas. Last year, Philadelphia hosted the NFL Draft.

10. Olympics Adds 3-on-3 Hoops

In 2020, 3-on-3 basketball is going to be contained during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The sport is going to be inserted for both men and women.