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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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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart (credit: Getty Images)

Stewart Breaks Silence, Says Walking Away Was Never A Thought In His Mind

The three-time NASCAR champion talked with reporters Monday at his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Ward’s death.

09/29/2014

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NASCAR’s Tony Stewart Cleared By Grand Jury In Kevin Ward Jr. Death

Ward was killed Aug. 9 when a car driven by the three-time NASCAR champion struck and killed him during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

09/24/2014

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Grand Jury To Weigh Case Of NASCAR’s Stewart In Death Of Ward Jr.

A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

09/16/2014

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Stewart Says Ward’s Tragic Death Will ‘Affect My Life Forever’

Stewart said he could not answer questions about the incident — it remains under police investigation — and he left the news conference after reading a short statement.

08/29/2014

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Stewart To Return To NASCAR Track 3 Weeks After Ward Tragedy

The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York.

08/28/2014

Alysha Ruggles, of Canandaigua, N.Y., paints her tires orange, the color chosen to commemorate Kevin Ward Jr. at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug.16, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Canandaigua Race Fans Honor Kevin Ward Jr.

Canandaigua Motorsports Park asked fans to wear Kevin Ward Jr.’s team color on Saturday night, one week after the driver was killed during a race.

08/17/2014

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: A fan reacts as Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies is picked #22 overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.

8 People In Sports Who Need To Be Doused With Ice Water

Everyone’s taking up the ice bucket challenge. But some people in the sports world need ice water dumped on them.

08/15/2014

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

NASCAR Adds New Rule On Exiting Cars After Crashes

NASCAR has added a new rule telling drivers to not approach the track or moving vehicles after accidents. The rule comes less than a week after a driver was struck and killed during a dirt-track race at a small New York track.

08/15/2014

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Tony Stewart To Skip 2nd NASCAR Race Since Dirt-Track Death

Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car event in Canandaigua, New York.

08/15/2014

Pallbearers help roll the casket of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. at South Lewis Senior High School on August 14, 2014 in Turin, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

‘Small-Town Boy’ Kevin Ward Jr. Remembered Fondly At Emotional Funeral

Kevin Ward Jr. was remembered as a “small-town boy” who loved his sport during Thursday’s funeral for the 20-year-old dirt-track racer whose car was hit by one driven by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

08/14/2014

Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero speaks to reporters on August 12, 2014 in Canandaigua, New York. The investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr., of Lewis County N.Y., is ongoing. (Photo by Guy Solimano/Getty Images)

Kevin Ward’s Father Says There Was ‘No Reason’ For Fatal Crash

“Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn’t see him,” Kevin Ward Sr. said.

08/13/2014

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Legal Expert: Tony Stewart Could Face Criminal Charge In Ward Death

“The question over whether someone was reckless is a factual one, and one a prosecutor might let a jury decide,” according to criminal law professor Corey Rayburn Yung.

08/13/2014

Flowers lay next to the front entrance of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 10, 2014. Tony Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race the day prior after Ward Jr. had exited his car.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Kevin Ward Jr.’s Aunt Lashes Out At Tony Stewart; Funeral Thursday

Family and friends will say their final goodbyes this week to the race-car driver who was fatally struck by three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

08/12/2014

Flowers lay next to the front entrance of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 10, 2014 in upstate New York. Tony Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt-track race the previous night after Ward had exited his car. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Autopsy: Massive Blunt Trauma Caused Kevin Ward Jr.’s Death

Authorities questioned Tony Stewart on Saturday night again Sunday. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Monday there were no plans “at this time” to talk to him again.

08/12/2014

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