Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, July 7, 2019. Viacheslav Kolesnikov of Ukraine dives during the men's high diving competition at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, July 24, 2019. Simone Biles competes on the beam during the senior women's competition at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 9, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, celebrates following the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Nov. 3, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) leaps over Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) during the first half of a NFL football preseason game, Aug. 15, 2019, in Baltimore. The play was called back on a penalty on the Ravens. Liverpool's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, June 2, 2019. Liverpool won 2-0. The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. Rugby fans surround the bus of the South African Springbok rugby team, during their World Cup victory parade in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 7, 2019. Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, second from right, to the finish line during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards. Manny Pacquiao, right, lands a punch against Keith Thurman in the fifth round during a welterweight title fight July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. Ingrit Valencia of Colombia celebrates beating Virginia Fuchs of the United States to win the gold medal in their women's flyweight boxing final bout at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Aug. 2, 2019. Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett (50) looks to throw a punch as he is held back by a number of Pittsburgh Pirates players during a brawl in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, July 30, 2019. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with a helmet during the second half of an NFL football game, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. New England Patriots' Tom Brady embraces Patriots owner Robert Kraft after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Players react after Virginia defeats Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men's final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, June 9, 2019. The Husqvarna motorbike of Jan Brabec of Czech Republic flies in the air as KTM rider Cesar Pardo of Peru falls near him during stage nine of the Dakar Rally in Pisco, Peru, Jan. 16, 2019. Members of the Los Angeles Angels place their jerseys with No. 45 in honor of pitcher Tyler Skaggs on the mound after a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff celebrates after beating Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 5, 2019. Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is dunked during the final minutes of an NCAA college football game against Army, Dec. 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. Navy won 31-7. The pack rides down the Champs Elysees in Paris during the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 128 kilometers (79.53 miles) with start in Rambouillet and finish in Paris, France, July 28, 2019. Players of Brazil's Flamengo parade down the street at their arrival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov. 24, 2019. Flamengo overcame Argentina's River Plate 2-1 in the Copa Libertadores final match in Lima to win its second South American title. New Zealand's Kane Williamson is airborne as he throws the ball at the stumps during play on day three of the second cricket test between England and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, Dec. 1, 2019. Swimmers reach for drink bottles while competing in the men's 10km open water swim at the World Swimming Championships in Yeosu, South Korea, July 16, 2019. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, right, fails to stop Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard's last-second basket during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game in Toronto, May 12, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) Jockey John Velazquez tumbles to the track after falling off Bodexpress as the field breaks from the starting gate in the 144th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course, May 18, 2019, in Baltimore. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post via AP) Defending champion Andy Ruiz Jr., left, takes a right cross to the face during his fight against Britain's Anthony Joshua in their World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 8, 2019. Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy up for the fans during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) England's Jos Buttler runs out New Zealand's Martin Guptill during the Super Over to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, July 14, 2019. Sandi Morris, of the United States, competes in the women's pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 29, 2019. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (6), of Jamaica, finishes ahead of Dina Asher-Smith (7), of Britain, and Marie-Josée Ta Lou (4), of The Ivory Coast, in the women's 100-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 29, 2019. United States' Mikaela Shiffrin powers past a gate during an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, Oct. 26, 2019. South Africa's RG Snyman takes a restart during the Rugby World Cup semifinal at International Yokohama Stadium between Wales and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan, Oct. 27, 2019. Serbia's Novak Djokovic, top, poses for photographers with his trophy after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 27, 2019. St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz, left, and Brayden Schenn, right, mob goaltender Jordan Binnington, to celebrate their win over the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, June 12, 2019, in Boston. Olga Mullina of Russia gets ready for an attempt in the women's pole vault qualifying at the European Athletics Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, March 2, 2019. Sled dogs run at the 29th international sled dog race near in Oberhof, Germany, Feb. 23, 2019. Former Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz waves to the crowd after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston, Sept. 9, 2019. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, rides his scooter following the first practice session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Nov. 1, 2019, in Austin, Texas.
December 18, 2019
Megan Rapinoe, Tom Brady and the Washington Nationals, lasting images of finishing first. And then Maximum Security, from first to last. From the sand of Dakar to the mud of Churchill Downs to green fields across the globe, pure competition and sheer exhilaration.
On the track in Europe, Lewis Hamilton racing to his sixth Formula One championship. Under a March Madness dome, deliberate Virginia outlasting Texas Tech in overtime for its first hoops title. And on the dirt at Angel Stadium, a whole other side to sports. There, teammates of Tyler Skaggs gathered to place their jerseys on the mound to remember a pitcher gone too soon.
Be it the arena or ballpark, the course or court, 2019 served up memorable moments, there to be caught on camera.