Sports Photos of the Year

From shining victories to heartbreaking defeats, 2019 was a year to remember. Star Tribune photographers were there to cover it all.
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Minnesota Twins outfielders Eddie Rosario, left, and Jake Cave collided in the 15th inning after Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a double at Target Field early Wednesday morning, June 19, 2019 in Minneapolis. The Twins won, 4-3 in 17 innings.
Minnesota Gophers football fans stormed the field after Minnesota's 31-26 victory over Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) celebrateed with teammates Braxton Key (2) and De'Andre Hunter as the buzzer sounded on Virginia's win during the NCAA Tournament championship on April 8, 2019, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Team USA stands for the national anthem before an exhibition soccer match between against Portugal at Allianz Field on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in St. Paul.
Former Minnesota Twins player Joe Mauer lifted his twin daughters following a ceremony to retire his number prior to a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
97 year-old Mark Sertich sat on the bench between shifts during his morning hockey game on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center. Sertich was inducted into the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Denver Broncos' Brandon McManus (8) kicks a field goal against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) caught a first quarter touchdown over Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee (50) during an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Edina celebrated their 2A championship victory against Eden Prairie in the boys' hockey state tournament Class 2A championship game on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Minnesota Gophers pitcher Amber Fiser was mobbed by teammates after earning the win against LSU in an NCAA super regional softball game in Minneapolis.
Hector Gomez, also known as "Espiga de Guerrero." (Spike for the Mexican State of Guerrero) took a turn on the bull "Colmillo Norteño" at the third annual Jaripeo at the Rice County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 in Faribault, Minnesota.
Centennial players and Rosemount players battled at the goal after a corner kick by Centennial in the first half during the class 2A girls soccer state semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday, October 28, 2019 in Minneapolis.
Matthew. Harfmann, from Kasson-Mantorville, wrestled Jake FitzPatrick, from Mahtomedi, during a Class 2A 132lb quarterfinal bout Friday, March 1, 2019 in St. Paul. FitzPatrick won by decision 7-1.
Grace McCallum performed her routine on the balance beam before a crowd of young fans at Twin Cities Twisters Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. McCallum ran through her gymnastics routines as a dry run ahead of her weekend competition in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City.
WNBA 2019 All-Star Game picks Minnesota Lynx guard Odyssey Sims, left, and Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles are recognized before a game against the Seattle Storm on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Target Center.
Under the lights from mobile phones in the student section, Lakeville North High quarterback RaJa Nelson (7) rolled out near the end of the game against Rosemount on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Rosemount, Minnesota. Lakeville North beat Rosemount 20-3.
Minnesota Vikings' Trae Waynes (26) tackled Green Bay Packers' Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis.
Eden Prairie receiver Cade Kramer (80) brought in a long pass reception over Wayzata defender Sam Robertson (7) that lead to Eden Prairie's lone touchdown during the second half on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at Eden Prairie High School. Wayzata High beat Eden Prairie 17-7.
Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor (23) kissed Paul Bunyan's Axe after the team's victory over the Minnesota Gophers during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis.