The 25 Most Infamous Cheating Scandals In Sports History

24. 1972 Olympic Men’s Basketball Final

Almost 50 years later and there’s still debate. The Soviet Union stunned the heavily-favored and undefeated United States team 51-50 on a last-second shot. However, the USSR had five questionable extra seconds put back on the clock in the crazy final moments of the game to pull off the upset. Exactly who did the cheating? Did the Soviets, perhaps, pressure the timekeeper or game officials? U.S. protests and appeals fell short, and to this day the silver medals are still sitting in an IOC vault in Switzerland.

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