10 years of amNY: Biggest sports stories
It's been an eventful 10 years of sports. New Yorkers have seen three champions crowned and at least a few moments of true sports heartache. Star athletes have brought both fame and shame to their names as well as to their teams. A city with as much activity as this one can't be limited to listing only the 10 biggest sports stories, but doubling that number makes sense. Here's amNewYork's list:
Oct. 25, 2003
The Yankees lose their second World Series in three years, this time falling to the Florida Marlins in six games.
April 24, 2004
The Giants swap quarterback draft picks with the Chargers to land the year's top pick, Eli Manning.
Oct. 20, 2004
Eight months after trading for reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees collapse after a 3-0 series lead as the rival Red Sox win the ALCS and go on to win the World Series.
Oct. 19, 2006
Carlos Beltran strikes out looking in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Cardinals to end the Mets' hopes for their first World Series title in 20 years.
Feb. 3, 2007
Thanks in part to David Tyree's "helmet catch," the Giants thwart the Patriots' bid to go unbeaten for the season, winning Super Bowl XLII in the process.
Sept. 8, 2008
Roger Federer wins fifth consecutive U.S. Open tennis title at Flushing Meadows.
Sept. 21, 2008
The Yankees play their final game at old Yankee Stadium. The Mets play their last game at Shea Stadium one week later.
Nov. 28, 2008
The Giants' Plaxico Burress suffers a self-inflicted gunshot wound at LQ in Midtown East. The team parted ways with the wideout in April and he later was sentenced to prison. He was released in June 2011.
Feb 9, 2009
Rodriguez admits past use of performance-enhancing drugs after Sports Illustrated reports his use from 2001-03, before coming to the Yankees.
Nov. 4, 2009
The Yankees end a nine-year title drought, claiming their 27th World Series title by dispatching the Phillies in six games. It is the last title for larger-than-life Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who dies at age 80 eight months later.
Jan. 16, 2011
The Jets upend the rival Patriots to advance to their second straight AFC Championship Game under boisterous coach Rex Ryan.
Feb. 22, 2011
The Knicks finally land the star that takes them back to relevance, acquiring the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony in three-team mega-trade also involving the Timberwolves.
July 9, 2011
Derek Jeter collects his 3,000th hit -- a home run -- at Yankee Stadium, becoming first to reach the plateau in pinstripes.
Feb. 5, 2012
In a rematch five years in the making, the Giants produce the same result against the Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI.
Feb. 10, 2012
"Linsanity" peaks when unheralded Jeremy Lin outscores Kobe Bryant in a nationally televised win over the Lakers just 17 days after being recalled from the D-League.
May 12, 2012
Guided by a defense-first mentality under coach John Tortorella, the Rangers oust the Capitals at the Garden to reach first conference final since 1997.
June 1, 2012
Johan Santana pitches Mets' first no-hitter against the visiting Cardinals in the Amazin's 51st season.
Nov. 2, 2012
After initially planning to go forward with the race, Mayor Michael Bloomberg cancels the New York City Marathon in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Nov. 3, 2012
The Brooklyn Nets, the borough's first franchise since the Dodgers moved in 1957, win their debut against the Toronto Raptors at the new Barclays Center.
Aug. 5, 2013
Rodriguez is suspended 211 games for his link to Biogenesis scandal; the ban is currently under appeal.