Five best performances of 2014
By Larry Fine
(Reuters) - Five best sporting performances of 2014:
1. MADISON BUMGARNER (BASEBALL)
San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner saved the day and the World Series for the Giants with a Game Seven effort that capped a record-breaking performance in the Fall Classic.
The 25-year-old country boy from North Carolina put a spell over the Kansas City Royals, pitching five shutout innings of relief to preserve a deciding one-run win on two days rest after winning twice as a starting pitcher.
The 6-foot-5 lefty was credited with the longest save in Series history and totaled 21 innings, nine hits, one run, 17 strikeouts and one walk in the best-of-seven. In winning a third championship ring he set all-time career World Series marks for lowest ERA (0.25) and fewest hits per nine innings (3.5).
2. LIONEL MESSI (SOCCER) Continued...