Here are 2022’s top sports highlights:
Beijing Winter Olympics: Snowboarding’s best-known rider, Shaun White, called it a career after finishing fourth in the halfpipe in his fifth Olympics. The three-time gold medalist — almost singlehandedly — made it cool to ride for big bucks, big trophies and Olympic medals in a sport that took decades to come to terms with that worldview.
FIFA World Cup: After regulation time, two periods of extra time, and penalty kicks, Argentina beat defending champion France in the World Cup final at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.
MLB World Series: The Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in Houston, securing their second championship in franchise history.
NBA Finals: The Golden State Warriors won its fourth NBA championship since 2015 by beating the Boston Celtics in the sixth game of their series.
NFL Super Bowl LVI: In a venue built for champions, the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to give the Rams their first NFL title since the 1999 season. Rams coach Sean McVay made history as the youngest Super Bowl-winning head coach at 36.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history and first in more than two decades by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6.
WNBA Finals: The Las Vegas Aces won their first WNBA title in a 78-71 road win over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.