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Best sports documentaries available for streaming

Netflix, HBOGo, ShowtimeAnytime and many other online streaming services have changed the way we take in movies. From ESPN 30 for 30 films to 2012 Academy Award Best Feature Documentary winner "Undefeated," here's a look at the best sports documentaries you can watch from the comfort of your living room.

“Dean Smith”

“Dean Smith” Where to watch: ShowtimeAnytime Legendary North
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“Dean Smith”
Where to watch: ShowtimeAnytime
Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith died on Feb. 7, 2015. In the film, directed by George Roy, players from Michael Jordan to Vince Carter recount the life and legacy of the man who led the Tar Heels to 11 Final Fours and two titles.

"30 for 30: The House of Steinbrenner"

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"30 for 30: The House of Steinbrenner"
Where to watch: Netflix
George Steinbrenner headed a group that bought the Yankees in 1973 and changed the face of the franchise as well as baseball. In his last big move before his death in 2010, Steinbrenner moved the Yankees to a new stadium across the street, and got to see his team win a title in their first season there in 2009. The film's title stems from the old Yankee Stadium being known as "The House that Ruth Built."

“30 for 30: I Hate Christian Laettner”

“30 for 30: I Hate Christian Laettner” Where
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“30 for 30: I Hate Christian Laettner”
Where to watch: Netflix, WatchESPN
Christian Laettner is one of the best college basketball players of all time. He's also one of the most hated. The two-time All-American led Duke to two titles and four straight Final Four appearances from 1989-1992. Rory Karpf's film looks into why the player who hit one of the most memorable shots in NCAA history has been so despised.

"Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao"

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"Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao"
Where to watch: ShowtimeAnytime
Episode 1 of the four-part series following Floyd Mayweather ahead of his fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2 debuted on Saturday. Episode 2 premieres this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Episode 3 premieres Wednesday, April 29 at 10 p.m.

“Mayweather-Pacquiao: At Last”

“Mayweather-Pacquiao: At Last” Where to watch: HBOGo The
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“Mayweather-Pacquiao: At Last”
Where to watch: HBOGo
The film follows two of the best fighters, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, on the road to their long-awaited welterweight battle on May 2 in Las Vegas. Mayweather enters the fight undefeated with a 47-0 record and 26 KOs compared to Pacquiao’s 57-5-2 record with 38 KOs.

“30 for 30: The Price of Gold”

“30 for 30: The Price of Gold” Where
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“30 for 30: The Price of Gold”
Where to watch: Netflix
“The Price of Gold” tells the story of the rivalry between American figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding from Harding’s perspective, exploring how much she actually knew about the 1994 attack on Kerrigan.

“Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV”

“Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV” Where to watch: HBOGo
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“Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV”
Where to watch: HBOGo
The UNLV men's basketball program was the hottest thing in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years in the early 1970s through 1992. Controversial coach Jerry Tarkanian, also known as "The Shark," led the Runnin¹ Rebels to four Final Four appearances and a title in 1990 before the program was hit with major rules infractions. The film, produced by George Roy and Steve Stern takes a look at the scandal and controversy that surrounded UNLV and Tarkanian in those years.

“30 for 30: Survive and Advance"

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“30 for 30: Survive and Advance”
Where to watch: Netflix
The late Jim Valvano led the North Carolina State Wolfpack to an unlikely NCAA title win over No. 1 and heavily favored Houston in 1983. The Wolfpack stayed alive in the postseason through nine overtime and one-point games. Jonathan Hock’s film reunites Dereck Whittenberg — who chucked the ball in desperation to Lorenzo Charles, who caught and dunked the ball to give the underdog Wolfpack its championship — with the rest of the Wolfpack following Charles’ untimely death nearly 30 years later.

“Undefeated”

“Undefeated” Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Instant The
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“Undefeated”
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Instant
The 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Feature Documentary follows the Manassas High School football team in Memphis, Tennessee, an inner-city school that hadn’t had a winning season since its founding in 1899. In 2004, volunteer coach Bill Courtney stepped in to help turn things around. Through emotional and physical trials and tribulations, Courtney’s efforts paid off in 2009 when the Tigers, led by star O.C. Brown, were on the brink of breaking their 110-year losing streak. T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay’s film follows the Tigers’ 2009 season.

“30 for 30: Unmatched”

“30 for 30: Unmatched” Where to watch: Netflix
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“30 for 30: Unmatched”
Where to watch: Netflix
Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova began a fierce tennis rivalry when they were just teenagers in 1973. After 80 matches against one another on the court, their friendship remains — “unbreakable.” The film tells the story of both their rivalry and friendship that’s lasted more than 40 years.

"30 for 30: When the Garden was Eden"

“30 for 30: When the Garden was Eden”
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“30 for 30: When the Garden was Eden”
Where to watch: Netflix, WatchESPN
Michael Rapaport’s film looks back at the New York Knicks’ glory days from 1969 to 1973. With Red Holzman at the helm, Walt “Clyde Frazier, Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere and Bill Bradley led the Knicks to three NBA Finals, winning two, in four seasons.

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