AP’s Top 10 Sports Photos of 2012 [10 HQ Photos]

AP released their list of top sports photos of the year. Most would agree that our list of 100 Most Powerful Sports Photos of 2012 is better than AP’s list, top to bottom, in every way – more sports moments, better quality. Be that as it may, AP is a very reputable source and their list, although missing plenty of incredible moments, is worth a look.

Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera walks away after striking out to end Game 4 of baseball’s World Series against the San Francisco Giants in Detroit. Cabrera will be remembered for two things during the baseball season of 2012: Becoming baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and striking out on an 89 mph, belt-high fastball to end the Giants’ 4-3, title-clinching win. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn intercepted Brady’s pass intended for tight end Rob Gronkowski during the fourth quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis. Brady nearly made a play that might have slammed the door on the Giants, but Blackburn’s pick gave the team new life and eventually a 21-17 win. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, and guard Dwyane Wade embrace in the final moments of the second half of their 121-106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami. As the NBA Most Valuable Player, Olympic champion, and, at long last, NBA champion, James, who was ripped by so many for leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent and signing with Miami, cemented his position that he would never again be criticized for not winning the big prize. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, reacts after defeating Sara Errani, of Italy, 6-3, 6-2 in their women’s final match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Sharapova dropped to the clay in both celebration and disbelief after becoming the 10th woman to complete the tennis version of a career Grand Slam. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)

Baylor center Brittney Griner (42) reacts to her shot against Notre Dame during the second half of the NCAA women’s Final Four college basketball championship game in Denver. Baylor played 40 games last season and won them all, becoming the seventh team in the NCAA era to finish something-and-oh, and topping the previous record of 39-0 first achieved by Tennessee in 1998 and then matched three times since by Connecticut. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal breaks down as he speaks during the closing ceremony at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Seve Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011, was in Olazabal’s mind and in his heart throughout the week at Medinah, when Europe trailed 10-6 entering the final day and pulled off a series of epic singles victories to win the gold trophy. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, kisses the trophy after defeating Andy Murray, of Britain, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the men’s singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England. For the seventh time, Federer reigned supreme at the All England Club, winning the grass-court title and his 17th Grand Slam crown overall. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

silver medallist McKayla Maroney, of the United States, stands during the podium ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women’s vault finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Maroney’s unimpressed reaction following her performance let the world know, in a moment that became one of the sports photos of the year and the sports-meme-generator of the year, that she wasn’t exactly thrilled over not doing enough to take the gold. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Michael Phelps, of the United States, hoists a trophy after being honored as the most decorated Olympian, at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In all, 22 medals, 18 of them gold, the last four golds coming at the London Olympics. And in his final race, the third leg of the 400-meter medley relay, Phelps got to hear “The Star-Spangled Banner” play in his honor one last time. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Usain Bolt, right, of Jamaica, crosses the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey, of the United States, to win the men’s 4×100-meter relay final and set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds during the athletics in the Olympic Park at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Bolt’s performance in the 4×100-meter relay final capped a dominant showing in which he easily won the 100-meter dash in an Olympic-record time, then captured the 200-meter dash four days later. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

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