Top Ten Upsets in Sports History

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Sports history is filled with incredible upsets that have shocked the world. Here are ten of the most memorable upsets in sports history:

1. Miracle on Ice (1980): The US men’s ice hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet team in the semifinals of the Winter Olympics.

2. Buster Douglas defeats Mike Tyson (1990): Douglas, a 42-to-1 underdog, knocked out Tyson in the tenth round to become the new heavyweight champion.

3. Leicester City wins Premier League (2016): Leicester City, a team with 5,000-to-1 odds, won the English Premier League title.

4. Rulon Gardner defeats Aleksandr Karelin (2000): Gardner, an American wrestler, defeated Karelin, a Russian who had not lost a match in 13 years, to win the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.

5. Appalachian State defeats Michigan (2007): Appalachian State, a small Division I-AA football team, defeated Michigan, a traditional powerhouse in college football.

6. Greece wins Euro 2004 (2004): Greece, a team with 150-to-1 odds, won the European soccer championship.

7. Joe Namath guarantees Super Bowl victory (1969): Namath, the quarterback of the New York Jets, guaranteed victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III and delivered on his promise.

8. Villanova defeats Georgetown (1985): Villanova, a team that barely made it into the NCAA tournament, upset the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas in the national championship game.

9. Holly Holm defeats Ronda Rousey (2015): Holm, a former boxer, knocked out Rousey, the undefeated women’s bantamweight champion, in a UFC fight.

10. New York Giants defeat New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII (2008): The Giants, who barely made it into the playoffs, upset the undefeated Patriots to win the Super Bowl.

These upsets remind us that anything can happen in sports, and that underdogs can sometimes come out on top. They also serve as inspiration to all those who dare to dream big and pursue their goals against all odds.

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