The best sprinter of all time returned to the limelight in a big way, adding a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games to his long list of accomplishments. Bolt, who hadn’t competed for about a year and was coming off a hamstring injury, ran the final leg for Jamaica. They not only dusted the competition with a Commonwealth Games record of 37.58 seconds but Bolt literally walked the rest of the runners. It wasn’t even close.
The crazy thing about Bolt — who plans to retire in 2017 — is he might be even better as an entertainer than as a sprinter. His presence alone gave this race the biggest audience, for BBC1, at the Commonwealth Games at more than eight million viewers.
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This year’s Little League World Series included the Taney Dragons of South Philadelphia after one of their pitchers struck out six on their way to a complete game shutout to send the team to the next level. On the surface, that’s cool, but it never would’ve made this list without this small fact: The pitcher in question is a girl.
Mo’Ne Davis bucked the trend this year, becoming just the 18th girl to ever play in the LLWS. She has a nasty curveball and can somehow throw a fastball at 70 miles per hour. She has serious game, and was probably the best story to come out of the LLWS in 2014.
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March is probably the best month for sports fans. I have to admit that. Even in August, I have to admit it. You have March Madness, and the NBA gearing up for the playoffs. You have baseball tipping off, and you even have the beginning of NFL free agency. But the summer months aren’t far behind.
This summer we saw everything from barriers being broken down in the NFL to new potential superstar blood in the NBA. The summer of 2014 doesn’t technically end until September 22, and it didn’t technically start until late June. But with tomorrow marking the start of September, we’re looking back at the best sporting moments from June, July, and August.
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