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PHOTOS: Top sports shots of 2013

PHOTOS: Top sports shots of 2013

CHAMPION: Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines wears the champion's belt after defeating Brandon Rios of the United States in their WBO international welterweight title fight Sunday, Nov. 24 in Macau. Photo: Associated Press

Some of the most amazing and memorable sports photographs of the year.

Serena Williams, of the U.S, celebrates as she defeats Russia’s Maria Sharapova during the Women’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Saturday, June 8 in Paris. Williams won 6-4, 6-4.
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Boston Red Sox players run aftar Jarrod Saltalamacchia after Saltalamacchia hits the game winning single during Game 2 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 13 in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-5.
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A worker grooms away tracks after an alligator crossed through a sand trap on the 14th hole during the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 25.
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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Diana Nyad, positioned about two miles off Key West, Fla., Monday, Sept. 2, is escorted by kayakers as she swims towards the completion of her approximately 110-mile trek from Cuba to the Florida Keys. Nyad, 64, became the first swimmer to cross the Florida Straits without the security of a shark cage.
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Tiger Woods bites down on his club after missing a putt for par on the 18th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament, Monday, March 25, in Orlando, Fla. Woods won the tournament with a 13-under-par total.
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Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, celebrates with winners milk after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26.indy

New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, Aug. 13.
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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez dodges a stick during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 2.hockey

Costa Rica forward Alvaro Saborio (9) takes a shot on goal against the United States during the second half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. The United States beat Costa Rica 1-0.soccer

Fans and members of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers wait for power to return in the Superdome during an outage in the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3 in New Orleans. super

Kyle Larson (32) goes airborne and into the catch fence in a multi-car crash involving Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Parker Kligerman (77), Justin Allgaier (31) and Brian Scott (2) during the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 23.crash

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates winning gold in the men’s 200-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 17.bolt

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) embraces linebacker Ray Lewis after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, in New Orleans.flacco

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III twists his knee as he reaches for the loose ball after a low snap during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. Griffin had his lateral collateral ligament repaired and his ACL reconstructed for a second time. rg3

Michigan guard Trey Burke (3) shoots over Louisville center Gorgui Dieng (10) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 8, in Atlanta.mich

Juan Manuel Marquez, right, lands a punch against Timothy Bradley in the third round during a WBO welterweight title fight, Saturday, Oct. 12 in Las Vegas. Bradley won by split decision. boxing

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after getting St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter to strike out and end Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. world

The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, right, holds the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy as LeBron James holds his Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championship game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, June 21 in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second straight NBA championship. lebron

Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 24 in Boston. stanley

Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines wears the champion’s belt after defeating Brandon Rios of the United States in their WBO international welterweight title fight Sunday, Nov. 24 in Macau. Pacquiao defeated Rios by unanimous decision on Sunday to take the WBO international welterweight title and return to his accustomed winning ways after successive defeats. manny

A pair of Oracle Team USA catamarans race each other past the Golden Gate Bridge enshrouded in the fog while training for the America’s Cup sailing event on Saturday, Aug. 24 in San Francisco. oracle

Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field-goal attempt 100-plus yards to score the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against No. 1 Alabama in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30. Auburn won 34-28. auburn

Jockey Joel Rosario gallops orb back to the paddock after the 138th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 18 in Baltimore. Oxbow won the race. Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, finished fourth. horse

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series.korea

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