The 10 greatest sporting moments in 2015

 Conor McGregor celebrates his championship victory against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. © Gary A. Vasquez
It was a standout year for sport in 2015, with some incredible individual and team performances capturing the imagination over a dramatic 12 months.

Australia win Cricket World Cup

Australia claimed Cricket World Cup glory on home soil in March, beating closest rivals New Zealand in a one-sided final in front of a record 93,000 crowd at the MCG.

Mayweather beats Pacquiao in underwhelming bout

Floyd Mayweather Jr defeated Manny Pacquiao in the bout dubbed ‘the Fight of the Century,’ winning the contest on points at the MGM Grand in May.

19 years in the fight game and I've had one excuse: "Don't have an excuse". Winners win and losers have excuses.

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It was the highest grossing fight in boxing history.

Barcelona win the treble

Catalan giants Barcelona ended the 2014-15 season by winning a momentous treble, with victory over Juventus in the Champions League final in June the ideal conclusion.

Llego la 4ta !!!!!!

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Luis Enrique’s men won five trophies in 2015, regaining their place as the world’s best team.

Curry inspires Warriors to NBA glory

Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA title in 40 years, defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in the June series.

Spieth enters golf’s history books

American Jordan Spieth became the youngest golfer to win both the US Masters and US Open in the same year, claiming the latter title in June.

The 22-year-old ended the year as the world’s number one ranked golfer.

Serena Williams claims 6th Wimbledon crown

Serena Williams won her fourth straight major tennis tournament by claiming the Wimbledon crown for the sixth time in July.

I am still pinching myself... I kinda can't believe I did this twice.... 😳😳 #SerenaSlam2.0

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The American was robbed of a Grand Slam as she fell to Italian underdog Roberta Vinci in the US Open semi-finals in September.

Bolt defeats Gatlin in Beijing

Usain Bolt claimed gold in the 100m final of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, beating American Justin Gatlin by 0.01 seconds in August.

The Jamaican flyer backed this up by winning the 200m four days later.

Hamilton retains F1 crown

Lewis Hamilton became Formula One world champion by winning a stunning US Grand Prix in October.

He became the first British driver to win successive titles.

New Zealand retain the Rugby World Cup

The All Blacks became the first nation to retain the Rugby World Cup after defeating Trans-Tasman rivals Australia in a scintillating final at Twickenham in October.

The competition in England helped to propel the sport to a global audience.

McGregor defeats Aldo in 13 seconds

Irishman Conor McGregor took just 13 seconds to inflict Jose Aldo’s first defeat in a decade and win the UFC featherweight title earlier this month.

It was the quickest finish in UFC history.

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