Sports Photos Of 2012 Week 04

This past week in sport was all about the Australian Open as far as I’m concerned. In the women’s tournament Victoria Azarenka completely destroyed Maria Sharapova in 2 sets and in the men’s tournament we were witness to the longest Grand Slam finale ever. It lastes almost 6 hours and after 5 hard fought sets Serbia’s Novak Djokovic beat Rafael nadal by a whisker. Also featured this week are skiing, speed skating, football, NBA and gold. I think next week we’ll be talking about the NFL Super Bowl. [61 photos total]

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch) #
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A Niger soccer fan cheers during their African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match against Gabon at the Stade De L'Amiti Stadium in Libreville January 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya) #
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Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts after making a shot and drawing a foul against Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (R) in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Massachusetts January 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi) #
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Beads of perspiration drips from Rafael Nadal of Spain's head during a break in between games against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside) #
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Marcel Hirscher of Austria crashes into the barrier after winning the Alpine Skiing World Cup Slalom race in Schladming January 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler) #
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Peter Siddle (C) of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of India's Virender Sehwag during the second day of the fourth test cricket match in Adelaide, January 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Brandon Malone) #
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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo stops a shot from Edmonton Oilers' Jordan Eberle during a shootout of their NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia January 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms) #
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The Toyota LMP1 hybrid race car speeds during a test session at the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, January 25, 2012. The new Toyota hybrid powered sports car will compete the World Endurance Championship and the 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race in 2012. (REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier) #
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Germany's Uwe Gensheimer reacts after being defeated by Poland in their Men's European Handball Championship main round group 1 match against Poland in Belgrade January 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica) #
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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus rests her racquet on her head as she reacts during her women's singles semi-final match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne) #
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Indiana Pacers' Dahntay Jones (C) goes to the basket between Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer (L) and Bulls' Joakim Noah during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago January 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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Manchester City's Nigel de Jong (L) shoots past Liverpool's Steven Gerrard to score during their English League Cup semi-final soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England January 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Nigel Roddis) #
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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Daniel Munoz) #
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Erik Guay of Canada skis during the men's Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill race on the Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay) #
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Stina Martini and Severin Kiefer of Austria perform during their pairs free skating programme at the European Figure Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, northern England January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) #
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Britain's Justin Rose and his caddie walk to the third green of the south course at Torrey Pines during first round play at the Farmers Invitational PGA golf tournament in San Diego January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) #
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Participants in the Frisian Shorttrack Championships wear traditional wooden skates in Techendorf, Austria's southern Carinthia province, January 26, 2012. Techendorf is hosting the Alternatieve Elfstedentocht Weissensee (Alternative Eleven City Races Weissensee), a traditional Dutch series of speed skating events for both professionals and amateurs with some 6,000 participants, from January 23 to February 4. (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader) #
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Phil Mickelson of the U.S. hits a driver off the fifth tee of the south course at Torrey Pines during first round play at the Farmers Invitational PGA golf tournament in San Diego January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) #
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Greece's Georgia Lara (R) fights for the ball with unidentified player of Hungary during their semi-final match at the European Water Polo Championships in Eindhoven January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Michael Kooren) #
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Sally Hoolin and James Hunt of Britain perform during their pairs free skating programme at the European Figure Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, northern England January 26, 2012. The championships run from January 23 to 29. (REUTERS/Phil Noble) #
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Rahul Dravid of India drops a catch from Ricky Ponting of Australia during the fourth day of the fourth test cricket match against Australia in Adelaide, January 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Brandon Malone) #
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Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin (2nd L) slam dunks against the Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates breaking serve against Andy Murray of Britain during their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #
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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin slam dunks against the Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
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Skaters, out of some 1100 athletes, compete in the 200 km (124 miles) race in Techendorf in Austria's southern Carinthia province, January 27, 2012. Techendorf hosts the Alternatieve Elfstedentocht Weissensee (Alternative Eleven City Races Weissensee), a traditional Dutch series of speed skating events for both professionals and amateurs with some 6.000 participants from January 23 to February 4. (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader) #
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Pernelle Carron and Lloyd Jones of France perform during their ice dance, free dance routine at the European Figure Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, northern England January 27, 2012. The championships run from January 23 to 29. (REUTERS/Phil Noble) #
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Gabon's Bruno Zita (13) celebrates his goal against Morocco with teammates during their African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match at the Stade De L'Amitie Stadium in Libreville January 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya) #
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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne) #
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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus kisses her trophy in front of photographers as she celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside) #
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People play football during a local winter tournament, with the air temperature at about minus 19 degrees Celsius (minus 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit), in Russia's southern city of Stavropol January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko) #
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Second placed Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany (L-R) first placed Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. and third placed Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein pose on the podium after the women's Alpine skiing World Cup downhill race in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Pascal Lauener) #
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Olympique Lyon's Jimmy Briand (R) kicks the ball in front of Zie Diabate of Dijon during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Gerland stadium in Lyon January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Robert Pratta) #
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Italy's Christof Innerhofer reacts during the men's Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill race on the Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler) #
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Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt shoots at goal during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England, January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) #
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Germany's Robert Seifert (R) reacts after crashing with Britain's John Eley during the men's 500 meters race at the European Short Track Speed Skating Championship in Mlada Boleslav January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/David W Cerny) #
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts during their Spanish first division soccer match against Villarreal at the Madrigal Stadium in Villarreal, January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Heino Kalis) #
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Canada's Mikael Kingsbury wears a sticker with the initials SB honouring fallen freestyle teammate Sarah Burke during the World Cup Freestyle moguls finals competition in Calgary January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber) #
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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus poses with her Australian Open tennis tournament women's singles trophy and the trophy for being WTA world number one beside the Yarra River in Melbourne January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #
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Los Angeles Lakers' Derek Fisher drives against Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings (L) in the first half during their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Darren Hauck) #
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Marc Quest is pulled off a jump by Veron Kiser and horse Chance during the World Skijoring Championships in Whitefish, Montana January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight) #
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Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany speeds down during the Super G event at the Alpine skiing World Cup super combined race in the Swiss mountain resort of St.Moritz January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) #
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Christine Nesbitt of Canada competes to set a new world record in the women's 1000m event at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Alberta, January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Todd Korol) #
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Tiger Woods of the U.S. reacts after teeing off on the 15th hole during the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Philip Brown) #
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Daniel Munoz) #
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Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon (L) is challenged by Middlesbrough's Marvin Emnes during their English FA Cup soccer match in Sunderland, northern England January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Nigel Roddis) #
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Racers compete during the women's 1000 meters race at the European Short Track Speed Skating Championship in Mlada Boleslav January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/David W Cerny) #
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia falls to the floor after a long rally in the fifth set against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Daniel Munoz) #
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A competitor exits the water during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England, January 29, 2012. The annual event to raise cash for charity challenges thousands of international competitors in a cross country run followed by an assault course consisting of obstacles including water, fire and tunnels. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) #
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Niels Albert of Belgium competes in the men's event at the 2012 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Koksijde, January 29, 2012. Albert won the race ahead of Rob Peeters of Belgium, who finished second and compatriot Kevin Pauwels who took the third place. (REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule) #
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Denmark's players celebrate with the trophy as they won the men's European Handball Championship final match against Serbia in Belgrade January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica) #
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Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny (C) is tackled by Aston Villa's Darren Bent during their FA Cup soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) #
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Yu Jing of China reacts to setting the new world record during the women's 500m event at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Alberta, January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Todd Korol) #
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Libya's goalkeeper Samir Aboud (in blue) and his team look at the ball after Dembe Ndiaye of Senegal scores a goal during their African Nations Cup Group A soccer match at Estadio de Bata Bata Stadium, in Bata January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
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Judith Hesse of Germany competes during the women's 500m event at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Alberta, January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Todd Korol) #
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Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Rhona Wise) #
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New York Rangers Marian Gaborik of Team Chara celebrates after scoring on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist of Team Alfredsson during the NHL All-Star hockey game in Ottawa January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie) #
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Toronto Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless (5) and New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams (8) collide in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey, January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine) #
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Alex Morgan of the U.S jumps in the air celebrating her goal against team Canada during their final CONCACAF Women's Olympic qualifying soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms) #
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San Antonio Spurs guard Daniel Green (R) watches his shot at the buzzer in regulation as Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry defends during second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas January 29, 2012. Green hit the shot but after a review on instant replay, it was ruled that the shot was after the clock had expired and the teams went into overtime. (REUTERS/Mike Stone) #
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AFC wide receiver Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins catches a touchdown pass as NFC corner back Charles Woodson of the Chicago Bears (R) and safety Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks (L) react during the third quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Hugh Gentry) #
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with his trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch) #

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