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UPI Pictures of the Year: 2022 in sports(50 images)

UPI photographers covering the Winter Olympics in Beijing, Serena Williams' step back from tennis, the World Series, the FIFA World Cup and more captured awe-inspiring and emotional moments in sports in 2022. Here's a look back.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt leaps into the air during introductions before the start of a game against the New Orleans Saints at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh on November 13. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
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Silver medalist Julia Marino of the United States stands on the podium after placing second in the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China, on February 6. Photo by Bob Strong/UPI
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Will Zalatoris reacts after missing a putt for birdie on the 18th green that would send him into a playoff with Matt Fitzpatrick of England in the final round of the U.S. Open Championship in Brookline, Mass., on June 19. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Serena Williams waves to the crowd after losing to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in the third round of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City on September 2. Serena announced that she would be stepping away from tennis to focus on growing her family and other pursuits. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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