Top 10 national sports stories of the year

Published: Sunday, Dec. 25 2011 11:03 p.m. MST

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Associated Press
Their country devastated by a tsunami and earthquake, Japan's soccer players vowed they would inspire their homeland. They did it with an improbable victory in the final, rallying from a goal down late in regulation and again in overtime against the favored Americans to force penalty kicks, which they won 3-1. The Japanese also upset host Germany in the quarterfinals.
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