The past 12 months have produced stories ranging from inspirational to upsetting to downright devastating. While Jeremy Lin was setting the NBA ablaze with one amazing performance after another, NFL fans were wondering what to make of the Saints bounty scandal, and Happy Valley was being torn apart by revelations of sex abuse and a cover-up at Penn State. Meanwhile, college football fans were rejoicing at news of a playoff and watching Notre Dame climb from unranked to undefeated and contending for a national title. How do you rank the stories of 2012? Click the images to submit your ballot.

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Biggest sports stories of 2012?

Penn State Scandal

Penn State Scandal

Penn State suffered severe sanctions as the school and members of its football coaching staff were found to have covered up child sex abuse allegations made against Jerry Sandusky.

Manning To Denver

Manning To Denver

Peyton Manning missed all of the 2011 NFL season due to a neck injury and during the offseason was released by the Colts. Manning later signed with the Broncos and is having a 2012 campaign worthy of Comeback Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player consideration.

Tebow Jets To NYC

Tebow Jets To NYC

Tim Tebow was traded from the Broncos to the Jets after Peyton Manning chose to play for Denver. The Jets coaching staff chose to use Tebow sparingly and reports indicate he will be released after the season.

Stripped Of Titles

Stripped Of Titles

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and handed a lifetime ban from cycling after evidence was revealed that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Cabrera's Triple Crown

Cabrera's Triple Crown

Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became the first Triple Crown winner since 1967 with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in.

Linsanity

Linsanity

Jeremy Lin was the talk of the basketball community as he became the first NBA player to score at least 20 points and have seven assists in each of his first five starts. His spark to the Knicks was coined "Linsanity."

LeBron Wins Title

LeBron Wins Title

LeBron James averaged 28.6 points and 10.2 rebounds as the Heat defeated the Thunder 4-1 in the NBA Finals. It was James' first title in his nine seasons in the league.

Saints Bounty Scandal

Saints Bounty Scandal

The Saints were found to have operated a fund that paid out bonuses for knocking players out of a game. As a result, players and coaches were suspended for various lengths of time. After appeals, Paul Tagliabue threw out all of the players' suspensions because the investigation had been tainted.

Conference Chaos

Conference Chaos

Due in part to the big business of college football, a number of schools have jumped ship from one conference to another, and the movement doesn't appear to be over.

College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff

After years of debate and pleading from fans, the powers that be settled on a four-team playoff system that will kick off in 2014.

Rookie Sensations

Rookie Sensations

Rookie quarterbacks across the NFL, highlighted by top draft picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, are playing like veterans and rewriting the expectations of future first-year signal-callers.

Irish Eyes Smiling

Irish Eyes Smiling

Notre Dame completed a 12-0 regular season for the first time since 1988 and earned a spot in the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama after starting the season unranked.

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