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  • Being a sports fan isnt just about just about tuning into games. Fan isnt a label, its a way of life, and thanks to the digital revolution, we receive nearly instantaneous updates on athletes, games, and cant miss moments enabling us to weave our loyalty to our teams into the fabric of our daily lives.

    This year, as every year, we celebrated many a victory. We saw Derek Jeter crack the bat for the 3,000th time, and watched as Kemba Walker led UCONN to the championships. We admired the strength and perseverance of the Japanese womens soccer team, who put aside the destruction of natural disaster to take home the World Cup Title. On a more solemn note, we mourned the loss of Joe Frazier, as well as that of Dan Wheldon. Both left strong legacies and legions of fans behind, and are sure to be remembered in the years to come.

    Through the ups and the downs, one thing rings true: sports arent just about action. Theyre about loyalty, emotion, and the passion of true fans. And we couldnt be happier to be along for the ride.

  • Sections:College BasketballCollege Football GolfHorseracingMajor League BaseballMajor League Soccer

    MLB Player PortraitsNascarNational Basketball AssociationNational Football LeagueNational Hockey LeagueTennis

  • Right: Donte Smith of the USC Trojans looks

    to pass the ball against Markhuri Sanders-Frison of the California Golden

    Bears in the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life

    Pac-10 Mens Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011

    in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Stephen Dunn

  • College Basketball

  • Left:

    Kemba Walker of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the basket against Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack of the Butler

    Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament

    at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

    Photo by Streeter Lecka

    Right:

    Kemba Walker of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the basket against

    Jamelle Horne of the Arizona Wildcats during the West Regional Final of the

    2011 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center on

    March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Harry How

  • Left:

    Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals and the mascot react after a play against the Morehead State Eagles during the second round of the 2011 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament at Pepsi Center on

    March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Doug Pensinger

    Right:

    Harrison Barnes of the North Carolina Tar Heels goes up for a shot against

    Aziz NDiaye of the Washington Huskies in the first half during the third round of the

    2011 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20,

    2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka

  • Left:

    Festus Ezeli of the Vanderbilt Commodores lays on the court after being knocked down

    by Storm Warren of the LSU Tigers during the first round of the SEC Mens Basketball

    Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Photo by Kevin C. Cox

    Right:

    Lamont Jones and Derrick Williams of the Arizona Wildcats react after a play against

    the Duke Blue Devils during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Mens Basketball

    Tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian

  • Left: The Connecticut Huskies react after defeating the Butler Bulldogs 53 - 41 to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Andy Lyons

    Right: Hayes Pullard of the University of Southern California Trojans upends Theo Riddick of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 22, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. Photo by Jonathan Daniel

  • College Football

  • Left:

    Dres Anderson of the Utah Utes takes a hit from Nickell Robey of the USC Trojans during the fourth quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How

    Right:

    Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes screams as Gatorade is dumped on him after the Buckeyes 31-26 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox

  • Left: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates as he is lifted up by his players after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Streeter Lecka

    Right: Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after the Cardinal scored a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Stanford Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Stanford, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw

  • Left: Quarterback Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal gets ready to run onto the field with his teammates to play against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Streeter Lecka

    Right: Wide receiver Michael Calvin of the California Golden Bears makes a first down reception as defensive back Parker Orms of the Colorado Buffaloes defends at Folsom Field on September 10, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. Photo by Doug Pensinger

  • Left: Members of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrate on the field after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 21-19 in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian

    Right: Scott Verplank plays his third shot at the 15th hole during the first round of the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at the Bay Hill Lodge and Country Club on March 24, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by David Cannon

  • Golf

  • Left: Luke Donald hits his second shot on the 11th hole during the semifinal round of the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on February 26, 2011 in Marana, Arizona. Photo by Stuart Franklin

    Right: Hee Kyung Seo putts on the 17th hole during the final round of the U.S. Womens Open at the Broadmoor on July 10, 2011 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo by Mike Ehrmann

  • Left:

    Matt Kuchar walks off the 15th tee with his caddie Lance Bennett during the

    final round of the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster

    at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa on March 13, 2011 in Doral, Florida.

    Photo by Mike Ehrmann

    Right:

    Rory McIlroy grimaces in pain after hitting a tee shot on the fourth hole

    during the first round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta

    Athletic Club on August 11, 2011 in Johns Creek, Georgia.

    Photo by Kevin C. Cox

  • Left: Brittany Lincicome gets sprayed with champagne by her caddie A. J. Eathorne after winning the CN Canadian Womens Open at the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club on August 28, 2011 in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Robert Laberge

    Right: Rory McIlroy walks to the 16th green during the third round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. Photo by Andrew Redington

  • Left: Martin Kaymer plays his bunker shot on the 15th hole during the quarterfinal round of the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on February 26, 2011 in Marana, Arizona. Photo by Stuart Franklin

    Right: The field heads into turn one in the Breeders Cup Mile during the 2011 Breeders Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Matthew Stockman

  • Horseracing

  • Left: Horses run down the front stretch during the third race of the day of the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Al Bello

    Right: A horse and exercise rider work on the track during a morning training session in preparation for The Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2011 in Elmont, New York. Photo by Al Bello

  • Left:

    Jockey Jesus Castanon riding Shackleford celebrates as he crosses the

    finish line in first place in the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course

    on May 21, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith

    Right:

    The field rounds turn one during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on

    May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Al Bello

  • Left: A horse is walked off the track during morning workouts for the upcoming Breeders Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 2, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Rob Carr

    Right: Archarcharch runs during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Matthew Stockman

  • Left: Hansen, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, wins the Breeders Cup Juvenile during the 2011 Breeders Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Matthew Stockman

    Right: Yuniesky Betancourt of the Milwaukee Brewers runs the bases after hitting a triple against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game One of the National League Division Series at Miller Park on October 1, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Jonathan Daniel

  • Major League Baseball

  • Left: Gerald Laird of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after David Freese hits a walk off solo home run in the 11th inning to win Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas R