(United States) Baseball
Won their first World Series for 108 years, ending one of the longest droughts in sport. Manager Joe Maddon's team beat Cleveland Indians 4-3 in the best of seven series, becoming the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit since 1979.
(United States) Basketball
In one of sport’s great success stories, LeBron James went back to his first team Cleveland and led them to the NBA Championship for the first time, beating Golden State Warriors in the Final, who were coming off a regular season record of 73 wins.
(Germany) Motor Racing
In another dominant year, Mercedes AMG Petronas won their third straight Formula One Constructors’ Championship and Nico Rosberg won the drivers’ title. Between them, Rosberg and fellow driver Lewis Hamilton won 19 out of the 21 Grand Prix.
Portugal won their first European Championship after beating host nation France in the final with an extra time goal from Eder, a result all the more remarkable as their inspirational player Cristiano Ronaldo left the field injured after 20 minutes.
Won their first Olympic gold medal thanks to Neymar’s winning kick in the penalty shootout against Germany. Brazil had lost in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012. The win eased the pain of the 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany in the 2014 World Cup.
Under new manager Zinedine Zidane, and inspired by the attacking skills of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, Real Madrid won a record 11th Champions League with victory in the final over local rivals Atletico Madrid for second time in three years.