The sports highlights of 2018 – Orange County Register

Time certainly flies, unless you’re in the middle seat of a plane headed to Minsk.

Just as we began to round up the events of 2017, here came 2018, buzzing past us like a shoplifting cop in Shanghai.

In case you’re fuzzy on the highlights, here’s what happened next year:


Alabama loses to Clemson for the second consecutive year, and Nick Saban is fired before a crowd of 85,000 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Clemson sacks Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield eight times and removes both middle fingers from his Heisman Trophy in a 38-10 College Football Playoff championship victory.

UCLA makes recruiting inroads when Coach Chip Kelly bluntly tells recruits, “We have something in common. You won’t make it in the NFL either.”


An American TV crew spends the entire Winter Olympics detailed in the demilitarized zone, unable to explain to authorities that it works for TMZ.

At the NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center, Lonzo Ball goes 1 for 30 to win the 3-Point Tanking Contest.

Promising “higher viewership,” the Pac-12 Network announces it can now be seen in 90 percent of Humboldt County.


Yu Darvish explains that he knew he was tipping pitches in Game 7 last year, but thought he was doing it in Japanese.

To speed up games, MLB permits the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson to strike out without coming to the plate.

USC athletic director Lynn Swann reclassifies as a sophomore, wins wide receiver job in spring practice.


Dustin Johnson builds an elevator in the house he rents at Augusta, goes on to win the Masters by 12 strokes.

NCAA allows Connecticut’s opponents to use two basketballs, but Geno Auriemma’s team wins its 12th national championship anyway.

Ex-Kings coach Darryl Sutter replaces embattled Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary.


The Dodgers’ Rich Hill becomes the first pitcher to be relieved in the middle of a pitch.

Little Rocket Man, ridden by Kim Jong Un, stuns the field at the Kentucky Derby.,

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