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The Top 10 Biggest Sports #Fails of All Time

For athletes on the world stage, nothing is worse than choking under pressure. Here are the 10 most memorable transgressors

3. The 1986 Boston Red Sox, World Series

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The plot: Boston's fatalistic fans dared to hope as the Sox were leading 5-3 in the bottom of the tenth inning, with the bases empty and one out away from their first World Series title in 68 years.

The choke: Ray Knight singled on a two-strike pitch to score Gary Carter and put the Mets down one run. Bob Stanley's 2-2 pitch to Mookie Wilson was too far inside, escaping the grasp of catcher Rich Gedman to allow Kevin Mitchell to score the tying run. Wilson, facing a full count, fouled off a couple of pitches before hitting a slow roller that went through the legs of first baseman Bill Buckner, allowing a jubilant Knight to score the winning run. The Mets, after trailing 3-0, scored eight times in the late innings to win the seventh game.

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