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Fans hold a sign in support of Derek Jeter prior to the last game of the season against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Top 14 Sports Stories Of 2014

Our sports teams here in New York weren’t all that good this past year — except for the Rangers (and, OK, now the Islanders). Still, we found reasons — both good and bad — to keep tuning in.

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Lichtenstein: Retired Collins Can Be Nets’ Role Model On Court, Not Just Off

Jason Collins was a master at the little things. He set solid screens, gave hard fouls and boxed out on rebounds. In other words, all the things the Nets are lacking today.

11/24/2014

Jason Collins (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins, Who Made History By Coming Out, Announces Retirement From NBA

“It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.”

11/19/2014

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Silver, Mutombo, 22 Others To Run NBA Relay At NYC Marathon

Each celebrity will be joined on his or her one-mile leg with a local student who takes part in marathon organizer New York Road Runners’ youth programs.

10/28/2014

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Civil Rights 50 Years Later: Jason Collins Breaks Down Wall For Gay Athletes

Over two weeks, WCBS 880′s Wayne Cabot is taking a look at the law and its impact on the decades that follow.

07/24/2014

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Top 5 Feel-Good Sports Stories Of The Last Year

Despite the greed and ego that is often associated with sports, we know there are plenty of moments that demonstrate great courage and pride.

07/16/2014

Nets center Jason Collins speaks to reporters at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins Among TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’

Collins is a pioneer in every sense of the word, coming out last year as the first openly gay player in any of the four major American professional leagues.

04/24/2014

Jason Collins (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins Says One NBA ‘Knucklehead’ Hurled Gay Taunts

Jason Collins says his historic journey as the NBA’s first openly gay player has been smooth, with the exception of “one knucklehead on another team” who taunted him about his sexuality.

03/21/2014

Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets on the court during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at STAPLES Center on February 23, 2014. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins Signs With Nets For Remainder Of Season

The NBA’s first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him.

03/15/2014

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Report: Nets To Sign Jason Collins For Remainder Of Season

Jason Collins is staying in Brooklyn for the remainder of the season. According to a report, the Nets will sign the center on Saturday after his 10-day contract expires.

03/12/2014

Shaun Livingston #14 and Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets talk to head coach Jason Kidd. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Looking To Prove They Can Hang With Big Boys In East

The “process,” as coach Jason Kidd likes to call it, has brought the Nets to this crucial juncture. A strong performance this week would send a message that Brooklyn belongs with more elite company.

03/10/2014

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OFFICIAL: Nets Sign Jason Collins To Another 10-Day Contract

The Nets signed Collins to a second 10-day contract Wednesday, and he will be in uniform when they host the Memphis Grizzlies.

03/05/2014

Nets center Jason Collins speaks to reporters at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins On WFAN: ‘My Life Is Just So Much Better’

“I hope (my coming out) encourages other people to live an authentic life — an honest, authentic life — and not be afraid or ashamed to be who they really are in the public eye,” Collins told WFAN’s Marc Malusis.

03/04/2014

Deron Williams (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: How Sweet It Is — Nets Finally Find Way To Beat Bulls

OK, so it wasn’t their Mount Everest — that would equate to the NBA title this nearly $200 million roster was expected to compete for before a 10-21 start put a damper on things — but I’ll take baby steps.

03/04/2014

D.J Augustin #14 of the Chicago Bulls shoots against Shaun Livingston #14 of the Brooklyn Nets during a game at the Barclays Center on March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

20 Points For Deron Williams As Nets Rout Bulls 96-80

Jason Collins played the final minutes of a winning home debut with the Brooklyn Nets, who cooled off the Chicago Bulls with a 96-80 victory Monday night.

03/04/2014

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