Top 20 Sports Moments of 2020: Nos. 16-20

The 2020 sports world has been perhaps the zaniest in the last 100 years, with a worldwide pandemic and social justice leading the way in the United States.

The year began with an LSU college football championship, a helicopter crash that led to the the perish of an NBA icon and then the Kansas City Chiefs winning their first world championship in 50 years.

Despite early events in 2020, there were lots of events that led Newsweek to creating a Top 20 sports moments of 2020. Don't think there were enough? Well, here's the starting countdown from 20 to 16!

No. 20
U.S. Women's Soccer demands equal pay, but judge dismisses the case
The U.S. Women's National Team soared to victory in the 2019 Women's World Cup, just one year after the men's team had failed to make a World Cup appearance. The women's team then lost a court battle where they sought equal compensation to their male counterparts.

A judge found that the women had "opted" for a fixed income rather than performance bonuses, but declared the men's team got considerable favorability when it came to travel expenses, like costs of flights. Still, it was the only loss for the talented U.S. women's team.

No. 19
NFL's Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas
The Raiders organization of the NFL moved from Oakland to Las Vegas after years of haggling for a new stadium in the Bay Area. The move was approved by a 31-1 vote in 2017 (the Dolphins cast the lone dissenting vote), and the team officially made its move in early 2020.

The Las Vegas Raiders won their first game (on the road), 34-30, at the Carolina Panthers. The Raiders then christened the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas with a 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.

No. 18
NFL injuries
The NFL had no preseason in 2020 because of COVID-19, and it left teams with less time in training camps. Ultimately, there were lots of key injuries in the season. Here are some of the key injuries that impacted the season.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (broken ankle), New York Giants running back Saquon Barkeley (torn ACL), L.A. Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (punctured lung), Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (ankle surgery), Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (high ankle sprain), New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle and hamstring) and a slew of San Francisco 49ers players all got sidelined with injuries in 2020. There were many more injuries, but these were the highest-profile.

No. 17
Dustin Johnson wins the November Masters Tournament
The annual Masters tournament is typically played in April, but COVID-19 pushed the tournament back six months to November. American Dustin Johnson won the tournament in record fashion during the fall weekend at Augusta National.

Johnson set an array of records during his performance. He was the first golfer to reach 20-under par in Masters history, his 16-under par score after three rounds was the lowest in tournament history, he was the first player to score a 65 in two different rounds of one Masters tournament and he became only the second wire-to-wire Masters winner this century, joining Trevor Immelman (2008).

No. 16
LeBron James makes his 10th NBA Finals, wins fourth career title
The NBA season got put on hold during March, and then resumed in the Orlando "bubble" during the summer. LeBron James led his Los Angeles Lakers to the eventual NBA title over the Miami Heat at the COVID bubble.

It was the the 10th NBA Finals of James' career, and it was his fourth NBA title (having two with the Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers). He has done this in 17 years of playing in the NBA.

LeBron James
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts with his MVP trophy and Finals trophy after winning the 2020 NBA Championship over the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Newsweek will unveil the the top 20 throughout this week.