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Check out Playbook's Photos of the Year!

12/29/2012
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No controversy here: It's been quite a year in sports, from Giant triumphs (both New York and San Francisco) to the lifting of LeBron's burden to the riding out of replacement refs ... and that's just the start. In truth, competitions near and far made for amazing stories and eye-catching images in the past 12 months.

Check them out:

ESPN Playbook's Photos of the YearPhoto Gallery