Death, Deflategate, and a Cubs World Series: 2016 in Sports

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In men's tennis the era of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continues to give gradual way to the era of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. With Federer fighting age and Nadal seemingly headed toward an injury-curtailed trajectory, Djokovic defeated Murray in the finals to capture the year's first two majors at the Australian and French Opens. Murray rebounded with a strong second half, during which he nabbed his second Wimbledon title as well as the gold medal in Rio. Djokovic is great, Murray is very good, and the future for American men's tennis continues to look very shaky. On the women's side of things, it speaks volumes about the greatness of Serena Williams that a year in which she made it to the finals of three majors and won Wimbledon feels like a minor letdown. It's not clear how many years she'll have at or near her peak, but her greatness is to be treasured. Who will follow Serena? Nobody, that's who. But a strong season from 28-year-old West German Angelique Kerber deserves notice. She defeated Serena in the Australian Open finals, lost to her in a rematch for the Wimbledon crown, and capped the year off with a second major at the U.S. Open. That's a hell of a run.

MVP: Novak Djokovic

Runner Up: Angelique Kerber

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