Sports Photos Of 2012 Week 17

Monday means sports photos. The NBA is kicking into play-off gear, baseball is gathering pace, Europe’s football competitions are nearing their conclusions and the Olympics are only 2 months away. Enjoy. [40 photos total]

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The New Jersey Nets play the Philadelphia 76ers in last NBA basketball game in Newark (RAY STUBBLEBINE/REUTERS) #
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Regehr, team captain of new German champion Eisbaeren Berlin, celebrates with the trophy after their victory against Adler Mannheim in Berlin (FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS) #
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Chelsea's Fernando Torres shoots to score past Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes during their Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. grimaces during a media workout at his gym in Las Vegas (STEVE MARCUS/REUTERS) #
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Marcelo after scoring against Bayern Munich during their Champions League soccer semi-final in Madrid (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Bayern Munich's Robben receives a yellow card during their Champions League soccer semi-final against Real Madrid in Madrid (SUSANA VERA/REUTERS) #
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Bayern Munich's Schweinsteiger celebrates at the end of their Champions League soccer semi-final against Real Madrid in Madrid (SUSANA VERA/REUTERS) #
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New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony stuffs ball against Los Angeles Clippers in NBA game in New York (RAY STUBBLEBINE/REUTERS) #
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Tampa Bay Rays' Jennings rounds second base past Los Angeles Angels' Kendrick on a throwing error by third baseman Izturis during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida (STEVE NESIUS/REUTERS) #
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Riders' shadows are cast on the road during second stage of Tour de Romandie cycling race near Delemont (DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS) #
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Finland's Pyorala collides with Russia's Ketov during their Euro Hockey Tour ice hockey game in St.Petersburg (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Sporting's goalkeeper Rui Patricio dives to save a shot during their Europa League semi-final second leg soccer match against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames stadium in Bilbao (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold, Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays (PATRICK SMITH/REUTERS) #
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Canadian Olympic swimmer Francis has a little fun as he trains at the Phoenix Swim Club in Phoenix (DARRYL WEBB/REUTERS) #
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Andrew Luck from Stanford University, waves on stage after being selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the number one overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft in New York (SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS) #
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Barcelona's coach Guardiola reacts during a news conference at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain mounts his bike in his garage during the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera (JON NAZCA/REUTERS) #
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Participant warms up backstage during Eastern European Cup bodybuilding competition in Stavropol (EDUARD KORNIYENKO/REUTERS) #
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Toronto Blue Jays Arencibia is out at home plate with the sweeping tag by Seattle Mariners catcher Olivo in Toronto (FRED THORNHILL/REUTERS) #
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Cielo of Brazil prepares to compete in men's 100m freestyle finals at Maria Lenk Trophy swimming competition to qualify for 2012 London Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS) #
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Participants prepare during the Eastern European Cup bodybuilding competition in Stavropol (EDUARD KORNIYENKO/REUTERS) #
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Suter Moto2 rider Takahashi of Japan crashes during the third free practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera (JON NAZCA/REUTERS) #
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Schalke 04's Raul and his children are cheered by fans after the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Hertha Berlin in Gelsenkirchen (INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS) #
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Olympique Lyon's players celebrate with their trophy after they won against Quevilly in their French Cup final soccer match at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis (BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS) #
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Supporters of Zenit St Petersburg destroy goal post after their team won against Dinamo Moscow at Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg (MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS) #
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AS Roma's Simplico celebrates on the tribune after scoring against Napoli during their Italian Serie A soccer match in Rome (STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS) #
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Canada's Pessoa challenges Brazil's Kitadai in their under 60kg final match at the Pan American Judo Championship in Montreal (OLIVIER JEAN/REUTERS) #
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LA Dodgers Hairston Jr. throws out Nationals' LaRoche as Nationals' Werth slides into second base during MLB baseball game in Los Angeles (ALEX GALLARDO/REUTERS) #
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Boxer Harvell connects to the head of Pietrantonio for a knockout during their light heavyweight boxing fight in Atlantic City (TIM SHAFFER/REUTERS) #
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks' Ian Mahinmi during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff series in Oklahoma City (STEVE SISNEY/REUTERS) #
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Real Madrid's Ronaldo celebrates goal with teammates during Spanish first division soccer match against Sevilla FC in Madrid (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Wrestlers exercise in mud at a traditional Pakistani wrestling training centre called Akhaara in the old city of Lahore (MOHSIN RAZA/REUTERS) #
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Honda MotoGP rider Stoner of Australia celebrates victory at podium of the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera (JON NAZCA/REUTERS) #
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Nadal of Spain holds up the Conde de Godo trophy after winning the Barcelona Open tennis tournament, in Barcelona (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing crashes past Power of Team Penske during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship Sao Paulo Indy 300 race (STRINGER/BRAZIL/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Sharapova hits return to Belarus' Azarenke during final match at tennis tournament in Stuttgart (MICHAELA REHLE/REUTERS) #
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Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie catches a foul ball during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto (MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS) #
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Power, Hunter-Reay and Sato celebrate with champagne after placing at the IZOD IndyCar World Championship Sao Paulo Indy 300 (PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS) #
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Rangers right fielder Cruz breaks his bat after hitting a pitch from Rays pitcher Price in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington (TIM SHARP/REUTERS) #
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Boxers Dawson and Hopkins topple on the canvas during the eleventh round of their WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight title fight in Atlantic City (TIM SHAFFER/REUTERS) #

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