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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

9. The 2004 New York Yankees, American League Championship series

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The plot: The Yankees led their perennial-loser archrivals, the Red Sox, three games to none, winning 10-7, 3-1 and 19-8. All was in order for the greatest team in sports history to advance to yet another World Series. No squad in baseball history had come back to win four in a row.

The choke: Dave Roberts, a pinch runner, stole second base with the Red Sox trailing in the ninth inning of the fourth game and the not-quite invincible Mariano Rivera blew the save as the Sox tied the game and then won it in on a home run by David Ortiz in the 12th inning. They went on to win their first World Series since 1918, ending the curst of the Bambino.

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