From the Beijing Winter Olympics to the World Cup in Qatar, 2022 has once again been another memorable year in sports.
Some of the biggest stories in the world involved athletes and teams – for on- and off-thefield reasons.
As part of its "Year of Search," Google released Wednesday its top trending search categories of 2022, including the top trending athletes, teams, matches and more searched this year. The lists are made up of some people who grabbed the biggest headlines and some of the biggest matchups of the year.
Google's data was taken from Jan. 1 through Nov. 27. The company defines trending items as "searches that had a high spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2022 as compared to 2021."
Here are some of the top trending sports searches of the year:
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Google's top trending athlete searches of 2022
The top trending athlete of the year only played one game in all of 2022.
Antonio Brown topped the list, as the former Tampa Bay wide receiver stripped his jersey and pads, threw his gear aside, did jumping jacks and waved to fans as he exited his team's Jan. 2 game against the New York Jets. He has been involved in other off the field instances since then.
Other notable people on the list include Manti Te'o, who had a Netflix documentary about his catfishing scandal debut in August; Brittney Griner, who was arrested and prisoned in Russia after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage; and Kamila Valieva, the Russian figure skater who was at the center of a doping scandal during the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Here's the top 10:
Google's top trending sports team searches of 2022
The Philadelphia Phillies fell just short of winning the 2022 World Series, but it can claim the title of the top trending sports team of the year.
Of the top 10 teams on the list, only two – the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Rams – won titles this year. Despite the list being from U.S. searches only, NHL's Calgary Flames made the list.
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Rams
New York Rangers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco 49ers
Google's top trending games and matches of 2022
The 2022 NBA Finals was the top trending searched matchup of the year, as the two teams played six games in June.
The Rams were the most involved team in games searched, including their Super Bowl LVI victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. Five of the top 10 matches on the list were NFL games.
One matchup not involving teams that made the list was Jake Paul's boxing defeat of UFC fighter Anderson Silva.
Warriors vs Celtics
Rams vs 49ers
Celtics vs Heat
Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva
Rams vs Bengals
Bengals vs Chiefs
Bucks vs Celtics
Rams vs Bucs
Suns vs Mavericks
49ers vs Packers
Google's top trending 'rules of...' searches of 2022
Google also had the rules of certain sports as a category, and the top two spots were taken by sports in the 2022 Winter Olympics – curling and hockey.
A major American sport, baseball, also made the list, which will already be undergoing another set of rule changes in the 2023 season.
Rules of curling
Rules of hockey
Rules of cornhole
Rules of pool
Rules of badminton
Rules of cricket
Rules of baseball
Rules of horseshoes
Rules of kickball
Rules of lacrosse
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Google 2022's top sports trending searches: Manti Te'o, Phillies, more