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Los Angeles has been blessed with many sports gifts that kept on giving in 2014. Here are 10 of our favorite gifts from the Clippers, Angels, Ducks and Kings in 2014. Happy Holidays!
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Kings win Stanley Cup ... again!
Winning the first Cup in 2012 was awesome, but earning another Cup this year was extra special, considering how the Kings achieved it. L.A. won three Game 7s on the road -- for the first time in NHL postseason history -- before clinching the championship at home. Then, we were treated to another parade and more rings and a second banner flying high in Staples Center.
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Mike Trout is MVP of the American League
The 23-year-old Trout finally got his due when he was named the Most Valuable Player in the AL. He finished runner-up in the award the previous two years, but this year there was little doubt that Trout and his 36 home runs and 111 RBI would be enough for the award. Trout was uncharacteristically emotional after winning the award, which showed how significant it was.
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Steve Ballmer buys the Clippers
He's the $2 billion gift that keeps giving! Ballmer rescued the Clippers with his blockbuster purchase of the team. He does everything with intense passion, especially cheering from his courtside seat. He popularized the phrase "Hardcore!" in Los Angeles. You know he'll do everything he can to help the Clippers try to win the franchise's first championship.
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Bailey, the best mascot in sports!
Could Bailey be any more fun? We think not. He does more than just pose for photos and sign autographs and bring cheer. He has fun on and off the ice and makes oodles of appearances at charity events. He has an edgy, hip Twitter account and between his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, he has the largest reach of any mascot in sports. What's not to like?!
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Albert Pujols hits his 500th home run
Pujols hit his 500th home run this season, and it was cool to watch him do that in an Angels uniform. Mike Trout was the first one to congratulate him at home plate. Even more special was that the fan who caught it, gave it back to Pujols and wanted nothing in exchange.
Ducks have exciting playoff run
It wasn't the end result the Ducks wanted, but they took the Kings to an exciting Game 7 in the postseason at home. The Ducks lost 6-2, but they gave Teemu Selanne a wonderful postgame retirement sendoff. There was no shame in being one of three teams who lost a home Game 7 to the Kings in the postseason.
DeAndre Jordan for his dunks, defense & disposition
The Clippers' center continues to wow us with his assortment of alleyoop dunks. He'll often have several a game, throwing down those lob passes from Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. His defense is undeniably impressive. His overall progression is proving his place among the Big Three should give the Clippers plenty of punch to contend for a title.
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Darryl Sutter, the coach with best combination of success & intrigue
Sutter and Bruce Arena -- the coach of the Galaxy -- are the most successful coaches in L.A., that is if you like championships. Not only has Sutter won two of three Cups in the three seasons he's been in L.A., he's provided us with tons of "Pardons!" and facial expressions that have us having fun.
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Ducks keep on winning
The victory over the Sharks on Monday was extra special, and despite a slew of injuries, the Ducks have continued to win. They have the best record in the NHL, too, at 23-8-5 (51 points) through Tuesday. The big-splash trade to acquire Ryan Kesler (pictured) this summer has proved to be invaluable.
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The Fox Sports West talent call the action in such a unique way
From Bob Miller (pictured) to John Ahlers to Ralph Lawler and Victor Rojas, we can't get enough of their awesome calls of the games. These play-by-play voices and all their analysts and reporters are music to our ears. We're lucky to call them our own.