Sports Photos Of January 2014

For most of us January is just the recovery month after the holiday season, but for the athletes in these photos it’s business as usual. [107 photos total]

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Kei Nishikori of Japan serves in the afternoon light to Matthew Ebden of Australia during their men's singles match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane (JASON REED/REUTERS) #
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Austria's Diethart speeds down the ski jump to win the second jumping of the four-hills tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Chelsea manager Mourinho watches his team during their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton in Southampton (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Arsenal's Walcott celebrates his goal against Cardiff City during their English Premier League soccer match in London (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Buchnevich celebrates after scoring the winning goal in front of U.S. players in their IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship quarter-final match in Malmo (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Australia's Smith celebrates reaching his century during the first day of the fifth Ashes cricket test against England at the Sydney cricket ground (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Azarenka reaches for the ball against Jankovic during their women's singles semi-finals match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament (JASON REED/REUTERS) #
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Austria's Schlierenzauer takes off from the ski jump during the first practice session of the third jumping of the four-hills tournament in Innsbruck (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Candles marking birthday of Schumacher are placed outside at his cart racing track in the western city of Kerpen (INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS) #
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An Omani cavalryman jumps with a horse-drawn cart at an annual Royal Cavalry show in Seeb (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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A man is silhouetted against the setting sun as he plays cricket at a park in Lahore (MOHSIN RAZA/REUTERS) #
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Federer of Switzerland serves to Chardy of France during men's singles semi-final match at Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane (JASON REED/REUTERS) #
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Austria's Diethart soars through the air during the the first jump for the third jumping of the four-hills tournament in Innsbruck (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Manchester City's Negredo reacts after missing a scoring opportunity during their FA Cup third round soccer match against the Blackburn Rovers in Blackburn (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS) #
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Leicester City's goalkeeper Schmeichel catches the ball during their English FA Cup third round soccer match against Stoke City in Stoke-on-Trent (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Arsenal's Walcott gestures to fans as he is stretchered off the pitch during their English FA Cup soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates stadium in London (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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Everton's Barkley celebrates after scoring a goal against Queens Park Rangers during their English FA Cup soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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England's Carberry reacts after his bat broke while trying to play a shot during the third day of the fifth Ashes cricket test against Australia at the Sydney cricket ground (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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West Ham United's Potts and Diarra challenge Nottingham Forest's Halford during their FA Cup third round soccer match at the City Ground in Nottingham (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Austria's Diethart soars through the air during the first training jump for the fourth jumping of the four-hills tournament in Bischofshofen (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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France's Peterhansel and his navigator Cottret compete with their Mini during the first stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 from Rosario to San Luis (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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An employee adjusts a newly-made giant doll of Fuleco the Armadillo, the official mascot of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, at a factory in Tianchang (JIANAN YU/REUTERS) #
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Men carry the coffin of Eusebio at Luz stadium in Lisbon (HUGO CORREIA/REUTERS) #
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Inter Milan's Rodrigo Palacio and Lazio's Senad Lulic jump for the ball during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Rome (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Florida State Seminoles Benjamin catches the game winning touchdown pass while being covered by Auburn Tigers Davis in the fourth quarter during the BCS Championship football game in Pasadena (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS) #
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a basketball game between former U.S. NBA basketball players and North Korean players of the Hwaebul team of the DPRK with Dennis Rodman at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium (KCNA/REUTERS) #
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Bayern Munich's Julian Green fights for the ball with Al-Merrikh's Ramadan Ajab during their friendly soccer match in Doha (FADI AL-ASSAAD/REUTERS) #
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Marco Saldarriaga of Colombia rides his KTM during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 from Chilecito to Tucuman (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Paulo Goncalves of Portugal reacts in front of his Honda on fire during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 from Chilecito to Tucuman (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Federer hits a ball with an oversized tennis racquet during the Kids Tennis Day before the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Haugen of Norway reacts after the second run of the men's World Cup Giant Slalom ski race in Adelboden (RUBEN SPRICH/REUTERS) #
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Hirscher of Austria clears a gate during the second run of the men's World Cup Giant Slalom ski race in Adelboden (RUBEN SPRICH/REUTERS) #
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An inflatable eagle is pictured at the entrance of locker rooms before the Winter Classic Swiss Championship Ice Hockey match between Geneve Servette and Lausanne HC in Geneva (DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS) #
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Barcelona's Sergio Busquets jumps for the ball with Atletico Madrid's David Villa during their Spanish first division soccer match at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Freestyle Skiing: FIS World Cup-Moguls Qualifying (Jim Urquhart/REUTERS) #
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Kiri Baga competes in the women's free skate competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston (BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS) #
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Gracie Gold stands with her gold medal after winning the women's competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston (BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS) #
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Manchester United's Buttner challenges Swansea City's Pozuelo as his manager Moyes watches during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS) #
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A combination of pictures shows Akira Sasaki of Japan falling during the first run of the men's World Cup Slalom ski race in Adelboden (RUBEN SPRICH/REUTERS) #
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A resident of Uyuni drives his quad on Salar salt lake of Uyuni before the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Fenninger of Austria clears a gate during the Slalom part of the World Cup Women's super combined race in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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AS Roma's Mehdi Benatia celebrates with his teammates Dodo and Radja Nainggolan after scoring against Genoa during their Serie A soccer match at Olympic stadium in Rome (STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS) #
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Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland challenges Liverpool's Luis Suarez during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia stadium in Stoke-on-Trent (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Lukas Kaugars competes in the men's free skate competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston (BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS) #
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AC Milan's Robinho is tackled by Sassuolo's Luca Antei during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia (ALESSANDRO GAROFALO/REUTERS) #
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Ana Konjuh of Croatia serves to Li Na of China during their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after being awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 in Zurich (RUBEN SPRICH/REUTERS) #
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Sainz of Spain drives his Buggy during the eight stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 from Uyuni to Calama (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Dominguez Lino of Spain during their women's singles match in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Viladoms rides his KTM motorcycle during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally 2014, from Calama to Iquique (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France serves to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS) #
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Surfer Cole Clisby rides his surfboard off the top of a wave as the sun sets off the shores of Leucadia (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS) #
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A combination photograph shows players Giorgi, Sharapova, Nishikori and Cornet putting ice-packed towel around their neck at Australian Open (BOBBY YIP/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Coma rides his KTM motorcycle during the 11th stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 from Antofagasta to El Salvador (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Barcelona's Neymar falls as he is tackled by Getafe's Alexis during their Spanish King's Cup soccer match in Getafe (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Anderson of the Brooklyn Nets tries to block Teague of the Atlanta Hawks during their NBA basketball game at the O2 in London (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
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Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a return to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (JASON REED/REUTERS) #
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Vartmann and Van Cleave of Germany perform the Pairs Short Program at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Budapest (LASZLO BALOGH/REUTERS) #
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Grigorieva and Maestu of Spain perform the Pairs Short Program at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Budapest (LASZLO BALOGH/REUTERS) #
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Rafael Nadal of Spain takes off his shirt during his men's singles match against Gael Monfils of France at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Janka of Switzerland crosses the finsish line on one ski during men's World Cup downhill race in Wengen (DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS) #
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Arouca's Roberto battles for the ball with Sporting Lisbon's Jefferson during their Portuguese Premier League soccer match in Arouca (MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS) #
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Yuasa of Japan crashes during the first run of the men's World Cup slalom ski race in Wengen (RUBEN SPRICH/REUTERS) #
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Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia hits a return during his men's singles final match against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia at the Malaysian Open Super Series 2014 badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur (SAMSUL SAID/REUTERS) #
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Takayuki Numazaki of Japan races during the men's 500m event at the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Nagano (ISSEI KATO/REUTERS) #
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Manchester United manager Moyes watches from the bench with Neville and Giggs during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic jumps and kicks a corner flag as he celebrates scoring against FC Nantes during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris (BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS) #
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Denver Broncos running back Ball breaks away from New England Patriots Ninkovich during the fourth quarter in the NFL's AFC Championship football game in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Li Na of China celebrates defeating Flavia Pennetta of Italy in their women's quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS) #
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Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic celebrates defeating David Ferrer of Spain in their men's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS) #
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men's quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland serves to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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A bead of sweat drips from Rafael Nadal of Spain during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (BOBBY YIP/REUTERS) #
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Sunderland's Gardner and Johnson celebrate after winning their penalty shootout against Manchester United in their English League Cup semi-final second leg soccer match at Old Trafford (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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Atletico Madrid's Godin celebrates after scoring a goal against Athletic Bilbao during their Spanish King's Cup quarter-final first leg soccer match in Madrid (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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A Coventry City supporter gestures to Arsenal's Wilshere as he walks onto the pitch to protest the fact that they are playing their home games 35 miles away in Northampton, during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match at The Emirates (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
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Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia reacts during her women's singles final match against Li Na of China at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (JASON REED/REUTERS) #
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Li Na of China poses with The Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in their women's singles final match in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Miller of the U.S. reacts after competing in the men's downhill race on Streif ski piste at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in the Austrian alpine skiing resort of Kitzbuehel (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Lindstedt of Sweden and Kubot of Poland celebrate after winning their men's doubles final match against Butorac of the U.S. and Klaasen of South Africa at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Reichelt of Austria competes in the men's downhill race on Streif ski piste at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in the Austrian alpine skiing resort of Kitzbuehel (WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS) #
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Real Madrid's Ronaldo holds his Ballon d'Or trophy with his teammates after winning the FIFA World Player of the Year 2013 award, before their Spanish first division soccer match against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Yeovil Town's goalkeeper Stech makes a save during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Southampton at St Mary's stadium in Southampton, southern England (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Everton's Oviedo has his leg broken as he tackles Stevenage's Heslop during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match at Broadhall Way in Stevenage (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Li Na of China encounters a young girl playing in the water as she poses with her Australian Open trophy during a photo call in Melbourne (JASON REED/REUTERS) #
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Rafael Nadal of Spain walks past Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men's singles final match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (BOBBY YIP/REUTERS) #
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Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne (JASON REED/REUTERS) #
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Competitor falls into muddy water during the Tough Guy event in Perton (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Hirscher of Austria clears a gate on the famous Ganslern during the slalom part of the men's Super Combined competition of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup at the Hahnenkamm mountain of the Austrian alpine skiing resort Kitzbuehel (WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS) #
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AS Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere celebrates after scoring against Olympique Marseille during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at Louis II stadium in Monaco (ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS) #
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Wawrinka of Switzerland arrives to pose with Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on banks of Yarra River in Melbourne (JASON REED/REUTERS) #
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Manchester United's new signing Mata holds a club shirt with club manager David Moyes during a photocall at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS) #
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Aspiring boxers exchange punches during their training session at a boxing school in the indigenous community of Pacayita in Masaya (OSWALDO RIVAS/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One drivers Vettel of Germany and Ricciardo of Australia pose with the new RB10 at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain (Marcelo del Pozo/REUTERS) #
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The New York skyline and the Empire State Building are seen in the distance as a woman tries to take a picture of Roman numerals for NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in Hoboken (EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS) #
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Sri Lanka's Jayawardene congratulates teammate Vithanage for scoring a century during the third day of their first test cricket match of the series against Bangladesh in Dhaka (ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany takes a curve with his RB10 during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain (Marcelo del Pozo/REUTERS) #
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People stand outside the Bolshoy Ice Dome as its roof is illuminated as preparations continue at the Olympic Park for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS) #
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Tottenham Hotspur's Adebayor challenges Manchester City's Kompany during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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Atletico Madrid players celebrate a goal during their Spanish King's Cup match against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames stadium in Bilbao (VINCENT WEST/REUTERS) #
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Members of Russia's speedskating team practice at the Adler Arena on the Olympic Park as preparations continue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS) #
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Fans of Chile's Universidad de Chile light flares during their Copa Libertadores soccer match against Paraguay's Guarani in Santiago (IVAN ALVARADO/REUTERS) #
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Members of the German speedskating team practice at the Adler Arena on the Olympic Park as preparations continue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS) #
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French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 102, reacts with Gerard Mistler, President of the Ardechoise Cycling Club, after he covered 26.98 kms in one hour at the indoor Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux (JACKY NAEGELEN/REUTERS) #
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Woods of the U.S. watches his shot on the 13th fairway during the second round of the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai (CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS) #

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