Most Amazing Sports Photos for the Week of March 2

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 10, 2014

Most Amazing Sports Photos for the Week of March 2

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    Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and if that's true, the sports world just won't shut up.

    From the NBA to dog racing, we are treated to photos every day that are breathtaking, inspiring, emotional, humorous or simply better help tell a story.

    Let's take a look at some of the best from the last week.


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    LeBron James salutes the home crowd in Miami after pouring in 61 points during a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Monday night.

    On his way to career and franchise marks, King James shot a silly 22-of-33 and knocked down eight of 10 from downtown.


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    Ron Baker (center) takes a celebratory photo with Fred VanVleet (left) and Cleanthony Early (right) moments after Wichita State knocked off Indiana State 83-69 to win the Missouri Valley Conference championship.

    The Shockers, 34-0, will become the first team since UNLV in 1991 to enter the NCAA tournament without a blemish on their record.

Adorable Pitch-Invader

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    One ambitious little kid invaded the pitch during Wednesday's international friendly between Brazil and South Africa, only for Barcelona sensation Neymar and the rest of Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad to pick him up and take pictures with him.

    Brazil went on to earn the 5-0 victory behind Neymar's hat trick.

Russell Wilson Changes Sports

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    Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson takes a grounder at second while working out with the Texas Rangers at spring training Monday.

    He had this to say, via's Richard Durrett:

    You never say never. I've always had the dream of playing two sports. If somehow it was a miracle that it could work out, I'd consider it. At the same time, my focus is winning the championship with the Seattle Seahawks and hope to be playing for a long time.

Klay Thompson Buries Pacers

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    As Larry Bird and the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis look on, Klay Thompson knocks down a fadeaway jumper over George Hill with 0.6 seconds remaining to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 98-96 win over the Pacers.

    Thompson finished with a team-high 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting.

Brad Keselowski Completes Weekend Sweep

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    Moments after overtaking Dale Earnhardt Jr.—who ran out of gas—on the final lap of the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, Brad Keselowski celebrates in fine fashion.

    The 30-year-old also won the Boyd Gaming 300, a Nationwide Series event, Saturday, giving him the first weekend sweep of his career.

Wake Forest Stuns Duke

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    Fans at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., storm the court moments after Wake Forest defeated No. 4 Duke 82-72.

    The Demon Deacons went on a 17-0 run in the second half to seal the upset of their in-state rival.

Martin St. Louis Joins Rangers

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    On the same day he was dealt from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers, six-time All-Star Martin St. Louis, who spent the last 11-plus seasons with the Lightning, dons the new uniform and plays over 20 minutes in his debut.

    The St. Louis exchange was one of several big trades during the NHL trade deadline, as 20 deals were finalized Wednesday.

Patrick Reed Wins WGC-Cadillac Championship

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    Patrick Reed creates a silhouette as he poses with his championship trophy after winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Florida Sunday afternoon.

    En route to his third PGA Tour win, Reed finished four under par, holding off Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson by a single stroke.

Canelo Crushes Angulo

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    Referee Tony Weeks steps in to stop Saturday night's fight between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo.

    Canelo, fresh off a defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr., dominated the fight from the opening bell to force the TKO in Round 10.

Cameron Crazies Are Crazy

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    The raucous student crowd at Cameron Indoor attempt to get in the head of center Joel James during Saturday's newest chapter of the North Carolina vs. Duke rivalry.

    Freshman phenom Jabari Parker had 30 points and 11 rebounds as the Blue Devils sent the crowd home happy with a 93-81 victory.

Notre Dame Moves to 32-0

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    Jewell Loyd gets fired up as the Notre Dame Lady Irish take care of No. 10 Duke 69-53.

    Loyd poured in 26 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals, as the Irish finished the season 32-0.

Samuel Eto'o Sheds Walker, Scores Goal

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    Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o, 33, whose real age was questioned by manager Jose Mourinho earlier in the week, brings out the "old man" celebration following a 56th-minute goal against Tottenham Saturday.

    The Blues went on to add three more goals after that, winning 4-0 and further increasing their lead at the top of the EPL table.

The Start of the Paralympic Games

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    Sochi springs back to life for the opening ceremony of the 11th Winter Paralympic Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium Friday.

Flying Pole Vaulter Jennifer Suhr

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    American Jennifer Suhr attempts one of her many jumps during Sunday's pole vault event at the IAAF World Championships in Poland.

    Despite the look of determination, Suhr, the world-record holder, finished in a tie for fifth, while Cuba's Yarisley Silva captured gold.

Dee Ford Impresses

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    Auburn edge-rusher Dee Ford sprints past a group of media members during the Tigers' pro day Tuesday.

    Ford, who was medically disqualified from performing at the combine, "turned in unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.53 and 4.59," according to Auburn's official Twitter feed (h/t's Chase Goodbread).

Iditarod 2014

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    After a hard day's work, a dog at the 2014 Iditarod struggles to keep his eyes open.

    As of midday Sunday, two-time defending runner-up Aliy Zirkle held a slight lead over Jeff King in the "Toughest Race on Earth."

Clippers with Historic Rout over Lakers

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    Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol looks on in disbelief as the crosstown Clippers roll to a historic 142-94 victory.

    It was the biggest win in Clippers history and the worst loss in Lakers history.

Amane Gobena Wins LA Marathon

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    Ethiopa's Amane Gobena kisses the Los Angeles ground shortly after crossing the finish line first during a marathon that saw temperatures reach upward of 80 degrees.

    Her time was two hours, 27 minutes and 37 seconds. Compatriot Gebo Burka won on the men's side in a time of 2:10:37.

Tatyana McFadden Reunites with Birth Mother

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    American marathoner and Summer Paralympian Tatyana McFadden reunites with her Russian biological mother in Sochi after her race during the women's 12-kilometer cross-country sit-ski.

    McFadden finished fifth, and she'll also compete in the sprint and five-kilometer races next week.

Fast as a Blur

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    Drivers at the Kobalt Tools 400 turn into blurs as they speed past the camera. The race's winner, Brad Keselowski, averaged a track-record speed of 154.633 miles per hour, notes Jeff Gluck of USA Today.

South Korea Upsets Russia

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    Two South Korean teammates embrace in pure joy moments after upsetting host nation Russia 3-2 in ice sledge hockey on the first day of competition.

    Min-Su Han scored on Mikhail Ivanov in the fourth round of the shootout to help South Korea prevail.

Race Preparation

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    Competitors at the IAAF World Indoor Championships get comfortable at the start line for the women's 60-meter sprint Sunday.

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took first, followed by Murielle Ahoure and Tianna Bartoletta.

Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates

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    Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his impressive vertical after scoring in the 11th minute against Levante Sunday.

    Real Madrid went on to win 3-0, staying at the top of the La Liga table.

Steve Ott and Kyle Brodziak Drop Gloves

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    The St. Louis Blues' Steve Ott gets a shot on the Minnesota Wild's Kyle Brodziak before his glove even makes its way to the ground.

Darin Mastroianni Scores Head First

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Darin Mastroianni slides home through a cloud of dirt during a spring training game.

    He was safe, but it turned out to be the Twins' only run of the game, as they finished in a 1-1 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nacer Bouhanni Overcomes Early Crash for Victory

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    Nacer Bouhanni of France is pumped up after winning the first stage of the Paris-Nice, a week-long race, Sunday.

    He was able to claim the yellow jersey despite suffering a crash at the onset of the 162-kilometer stage.

Cricket Heroics

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    Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne makes a diving catch at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium during Thursday's Asia Cup match.

    Sri Lanka won by three wickets to set up a spot in the final against Pakistan, which they would also win.

Americans Set World Indoor Record

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    The United States' quartet of Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler III and Calvin Smith pose around their record-setting 4x400 relay time.

    In the last event of the three-day competition, the Americans beat out Great Britain and Jamaica to set a world indoor record.


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    A reflection of Sunday's wheelchair curling matchup between South Korea and Great Britain shows in the glasses of a focused player.

    Great Britain eventually captured the 8-4 victory thanks to five points in the seventh end.