Linsanity, Tebowmania, Bountygate, Penn State Scandal Among Top Sports Stories From 2012 (Photos)

Tim TebowRemember that one time Dwight Howard said he wanted a trade? (Oh, wait — he asked for that more than once?)

Remember when you first heard of Jeremy Lin, or first saw Tim Tebow pull off a come-from-behind win?

What was the sports world like before the never-ending drag of Bountygate? Were you there when Penn State was a model institution? What about when Lance Armstrong was the undisputed king of cycling?

Oh, how much can change in a year.

While every new year brings a chance for new heroes and record-breakers all across sports, each year also has its share of captivating storylines that become a game in themselves. Where would 2012 be without the likes of Bobby Valentine, Jungle Bird and a Fidel Castro-complimenting Ozzie Guillen?

We’ve picked some of the best from a jam-packed 2012. Some stories may surprise you, while others will make you wonder whether all that could have happened in just one year. This much is for sure: We could be primed for an even more intriguing 2013.

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