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  1. Sports Dominate Social

  2. Sports stories dominated the headlines and trending topics throughout the year, and accounts like Sports Illustrated could often be found Storifying the action. From live coverage of Seattle's Super Bowl win at the beginning of the year:
  3. To the San Francisco Giants' epic Game 7 win in the World Series near the end:
  4. Elsewhere, Derek Jeter, facing retirement, made his final at-bat in Yankee Stadium a storybook ending:
  5. And the Winter Olympics in Sochi captivated the world, as many tuned in to see host country Russia ultimately top the medal count (while enduring a few controversies along the way):
  6. But who could forget the World Cup? While Germany eventually won over Argentina, much of the focus here was on the United States surviving their "group of death" and goalkeeper Tim Howard's Internet-breaking performance to become a national hero:
  7. SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Tim Howard of the United States defends against Belgium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
    SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01: Tim Howard of the United States defends against Belgium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
  8. Unrest at Home and Abroad: A Year of Protests

  9. On a much more serious note, 2014 was marked by a number of incidents triggering unrest and protest around the world.
  10. Beginning in February, devastation and deaths dotted the scene from protests in Ukraine as clashes with Russia ensued.
  11. Countless outlets such as Newsweek provided live coverage as the events unfolded:
  12. In September, Hong Kong's incredible images surfaced from the "Umbrella Revolution," a pro-democracy protest demanding free elections in the country:
  13. And in the United States, the shooting of a young man by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri triggered immediate protests and discussion about police militarization and racial divide:
  14. The situation became even more tense in December when it was found a police officer would not face trial after being recorded using a chokehold that led to Eric Garner's death during an arrest attempt:
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