Top 10 sports stories in Alabama for 2012 in pictures (slideshow)

The Alabama Gymnastics team won their second consecutive NCAA National Championship in 2012. (

The Associated Press released the Top 10 sports stories in the state of Alabama for 2012 on Christmas Eve, and they selected the Alabama football team's BCS National Championship victory over LSU in New Orleans as the No. 1 story. The struggles of the Auburn football team and the eventual firing of Gene Chizik checked in at No. 2 on the list.

In the spirit of the AP list, we wanted to give you some images to go along with the top stories they chose.

Check out the slideshow below of this year's most memorable sports stories in Alabama.