While the coronavirus pandemic caused postponements, cancellations and disruptions, many sports leagues and events were able to crown champions in 2020.
Here’s the best sports photography of the year from national and international events.
Recording artist Jennifer Lopez performs during the halftime show in Super Bowl LIV Feb. 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports
Vanessa Bryant looks to the audience before reading her speech during the memorial Feb. 24, 2020 to celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant at Staples Center. Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY Sports
Olympic rings monument at Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba, Tokyo, on March 24, 2020. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Games were be postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Yukihito Taguchi / USA TODAY Sports
Clemson Tigers running back Darien Rencher (center left) and wide receiver Cornell Powell (center right) lead protestors down the main street of the town of Clemson June 13, 2020 during a Black Lives Matter protest organized by several members of the Clemson football team in Clemson, S.C. Joshua S. Kelly / USA TODAY Sports
NASCAR drivers push the car of NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (43) to the front of the grid on pit road before the Geico 500 on June 22, 2020 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. A The noose had been discovered earlier in Wallace’s garage at the speedway. John David Mercer / USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Red Stars Julie Ertz (8) consoles teammate Casey Short (6) after taking a knee together during the national anthem prior to their June 27, 2020 game at Zions Bank Stadium in Salt Lake City. Jeffrey Swinger / USA TODAY Sports
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars Sept. 28 in Game 6 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Perry Nelson / USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their win over the Miami Heat after Game 6 of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena Oct. 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports
Dustin Johnson celebrates with his green jacket after winning The Masters on Nov. 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar