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Best Sports Pix of the Week
From home-runs to hard hits on the ice, here are some of the most arresting sports images of the last week. 
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Smoke from pre-game pyrotechnics covers Prudential Center as Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) goes up for a shot against New Jersey Nets' Sundiata Gaines (1) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Newark, N.J. The Heat won 101-98. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 14: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on April 14, 2012 in Valencia, Spain. FC Barcelona won 1-2. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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FARO, PORTUGAL - MARCH 30: Petter Solberg of Norway and Chris Patterson of Great Britain compete in their Ford WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC during day one of the FIA World Rally Championship Portugal 30, 2012 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)
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Nebraska's Hayley Thramer, left, and Hannah Werth team up for a block during an NCAA college volleyball spring match against Wichita State, Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska won in four sets. (AP Photo/The Journal-Star, Kristin Streff) LOCAL TV OUT; KOLN-TV OUT; KGIN-TV OUT; KLKN-TV OUT
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Chris Hoy of Great Britain narrowly defeats Maximilian Levy of Germany to win the Men's Keirin final during day five of the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Hisense Arena on April 8, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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Stanford's Nicole Pechanec competes on the uneven bars at the NCAA college women's gymnastics regional championship, Saturday, April 7, 2012, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robert K. O'Daniell) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Kasey Kahne does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Rockingham Speedway, Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Rockingham, N.C. (AP Photo/Autostock, Matthew T. Thacker)
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Ohio State midfielder Dominique Alexander (23) is hit by Michigan defenseman Mack Gembis (4) during an NCAA college lacrosse game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Cory Luebke throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Joshua Leather (L) in action with Robbie Matthews during their 60kg bout during the 2012 ABA Elite Championship Finals at York Hall on April 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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D.C. United goaltender Joe Willis, top, hangs onto the ball as he falls onto New England Revolution's Benny Feilhaber (22) during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, April 14, 2012. D.C. United won 2-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, right, shoves his glove and stick into the face of Philadelphia Flyers Brayden Schenn during a multi-fight brawl in front of the benches during the third period of Game 3 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series, Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Philadelphia. The Flyers' 8-4 win puts them ahead 3-0 in the series. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Robin Nahas of the Tigers handballs during the round three AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 14, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool shoots during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Liverpool and Everton at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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LONG BEACH, CA - APRIL 15: Scott Dixon of New Zealand drives the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda during the IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the streets of Long Beach on April 15, 2012 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: The Team GB Synchronised Swimming team practices during the LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at the Aquatics Centre on April 16, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: Rich Peverley #49 of the Boston Bruins and Karl Alzner #27 of the Washington Capitals battle against the glass during the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 16: Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Ottawa Senators hip checks Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Place on April 16, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Rangers defeated the Senators 1-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 16: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks in the first quarter against the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on April 16, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket against Kenyon Martin #2 and Nick Young #11 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game at Staples Center on April 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Clippers defeated the Thunder, 92-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 17: Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in action in his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during day three of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on April 17, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Saracens Chris Wyles is tackled by Clermont's Aurelien Rougerie, left, during the Heineken Cup Quarter Final rugby match at Vacarage Road, Watford, England, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo / David Davies, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT
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Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil looks out his rear vision mirror as his team work on his car in pit lane during practice for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, China, Friday, April 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Luke Donald, of England, hits onto the ninth green from the bunker during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
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The pack passes near the city of Gulpen during the 47th edition of the Amstel Gold Cycling race over 256,5 kilometers (159.4 miles) with start in Maastricht and finish in Valkenburg, southern Netherlands, Sunday April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Oakland Athletics' Daric Barton flies out to Los Los Angeles Angels right fielder Torii Hunter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Belgium's Jelle Vanendert, left, beats his bicycle when losing the sprint to Enrico Gasparotto of Italy, right, who crosses the finish line to win the 47th edition of the Amstel Gold Cycling race over 256,5 kilometers (159.4 miles) with start in Maastricht and finish in Valkenburg, southern Netherlands, Sunday April 15, 2012. Center is Slovakia's Peter Sagan who took a third place. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: Braydon Coburn #5 of the Philadelphia Flyers checks Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 15, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 08: Yuumi Iizuka of Japan competes on the Balance Beam during day two of the 66th All Japan Artistic Gymnastics All Around Championships at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on April 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke of Belgium celebrate after winning the Men's Madison during day five of the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Hisense Arena on April 8, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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Competitors jump into the water to start the second lap of the swim leg of the elite men at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) is unable to score past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL Stanley Cup first-round hockey playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2012 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Wesley Korir of Kenya gestures after crossing the finish line to win the men's division of the 2012 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Afghan Hounds race at a dog track near Brands Hatch in Kent, England, Sunday, April 15, 2012. Once a month in the spring and summer the racing track, less than half a mile from the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit and Paralympic cycling venue, hosts Afghan hound enthusiasts who race their dogs. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) collides with Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11), of Yugoslavia to knock Kopitar to the ice during the second period of Game 3 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany heads into the pit lane during practice for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, Friday, April 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
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Luke Donald, of England, hits his ball near the water hazard on the fifth fairway during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
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A competitor participates in the Red Bull Jump and Freeze competition at a ski resort, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez steals second base as Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta applies a late tag during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, April 15, 2012. The Tigers won 5-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Sara Errani from Italy returns the ball to Dominika Cibulkova during the final match of the Barcelona Ladies Open in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 15, 2012. Errani won 6-2, 6-2. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Indiana Pacers guard Dahntay Jones shoots in front of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams obscured, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, April 16, 2012. The Pacers defeated the Timberwolves 111-88. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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USA's Benjamin Bratton, left, competes with Jean-Michel Lucenay of France during a final of the men's team epee at the World Fencing Championship in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, April. 14, 2012. USA won the gold, France silver and Hungary bronze. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels during the home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan slides to score against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 16, 2012, in San Francisco. Pagan scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Aubrey Huff. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Empty water cups lie on the course near a watering station during the Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, April 16, 2012. It was the second-slowest Boston race since 1985, as temperatures rising into the 80s slowed the leaders and may have convinced as many as 4,300 entrants to sit this one out. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Best Sports Pix of the Week

From home-runs to hard hits on the ice, here are some of the most arresting sports images of the last week. 

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