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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) reacts as the Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs 101-99 in a basketball game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Jim McKay, the late broadcasting legend for ABC’s "Wide World of Sports," opened each show touting, “The thrill of victory ... and the agony of defeat ... the human drama of athletic competition.”

Those famous words encapsulate the elements needed for great sports photography.

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Here’s a sampling of some of the best sports images that Deseret News photojournalists captured during 2018.

Filled with highs and lows, and a few quirky moments as well, the year in sports was both entertaining and surprising.

From upstart rookie Donovan Mitchell leading the Utah Jazz into the NBA playoffs, to the celebration of an amazing BYU upset over Big Ten football powerhouse Wisconsin, to the more subtle, yet dramatic, lightning-caused delay of a high school football game, the top sports photographs from the Deseret News offer something for everyone.