What a shot! 31 amazing sports photos

Published 6:38 AM ET, Tue December 2, 2014
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Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam catches a cleat in the face while playing the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, November 30. Patrick Smith/Getty Images
In memory of Australian cricket player Phillip Hughes, cricket bats are placed at Donnelly Welsh Playing Fields in Hughes' hometown of Macksville, Australia, on Friday, November 28. Hughes, 25, died after he was hit by a cricket ball during a match in Sydney. "Without doubt he was a rising star, with his best cricket ahead of him," said James Sutherland, the CEO of Cricket Australia. "He was a hero to kids around the nation and particularly those around his home grounds of New South Wales." Joosep Martinson/Getty Images
Actor Mickey Rourke celebrates after he won an exhibition boxing match Friday, November 28, in Moscow. It was his first boxing match in more than 20 years. YURI KOCHETKOV/EPA/Landov
Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers is tripped during an NHL game in Dallas on Tuesday, November 25. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
From left, St. Louis Rams Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt put their hands up before playing the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, November 30. The gesture was meant to show support for Michael Brown, the teenager who was killed in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Some say that Brown had his arms up when police officer Darren Wilson shot him to death in August. Others, including Wilson, say Brown was actually attacking Wilson. A grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, leading to protests nationwide. Jeff Curry/USA TODAY SPORTS
Arsenal players celebrate after Danny Welbeck, second from right, scored against West Bromwich Albion during a Premier League match Saturday, November 29, in West Bromwich, England. It was the only goal of the match. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
UCLA defensive back Anthony Jefferson upends Stanford running back Remound Wright during a Pac-12 game played Friday, November 28, in Pasadena, California. Stanford won 31-10, ruining UCLA's hopes of a conference title. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Max Verstappen tests his Formula One car Wednesday, November 26, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Verstappen, 17, will race in Formula One next season for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Surfer Kealii Mamala is trailed by a large wave at Praia do Norte, Portugal, on Saturday, November 29. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/Reuters/Landov
A Baltimore Ravens cheerleader performs for the home crowd on Sunday, November 30. Patrick Smith/Getty Images
German ski jumper Andreas Wellinger falls while taking part in a World Cup event in Kuusamo, Finland, on Saturday, November 29. PEKKA SIPOLA/EPA/Landov
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton throws a pass while his teammate in the foreground, Andre Ellington, is upended Sunday, November 30, in Atlanta. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle goes airborne after he was checked by a Tampa Bay player on Wednesday, November 26. Scott Audette/NHLI/Getty Images
Bjarte Myrhol, a handball player with the German club Rhein-Neckar Lowen, is challenged by Nico Budel, left, and Gunnar Dietrich during a Bundesliga match Wednesday, November 26, in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images
A farmer guides his bulls as he competes in a traditional bull race in the Pakistani village of Rawat on Tuesday, November 25. Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Medical personnel attend to college basketball official Rick Crawford after he was accidentally struck by a player's elbow during a game between La Salle and Vanderbilt on Saturday, November 29. He was stretchered off the court and taken to the hospital, but he later returned to the arena and said he was "good," according to Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Rich Schultz /Getty Images
Canadian luger John Fennell crashes at the finish line during a World Cup event in Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, November 30. Simon Hausberger/Bongarts/Getty Images
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Memphis' Quincy Pondexter during an NBA game played Wednesday, November 26, in Los Angeles. Harry How/Getty Images
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez looks for an open receiver during the Eagles' 33-10 victory at Dallas on Thursday, November 27. Sanchez had two touchdowns in the game. Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Tottenham's Roberto Soldado holds the jersey of a man who ran onto the field during a Europa League match Thursday, November 27, in London. SEAN DEMPSEY/EPA/Landov
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck throws the ball while being tackled by Washington cornerback Bashaud Breeland on Sunday, November 30. Luck was called for intentional grounding on the play, but the Colts still rolled to a 49-27 home victory. AJ Mast/AP
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga signs autographs for tennis fans in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday, November 30. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls reaches for a rebound while playing the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, November 30. Al Bello/Getty Images
Georgia Tech's D.J. White tackles Georgia's Jeb Blazevich during a college football game Saturday, November 29, in Athens, Georgia. Georgia Tech won 30-24 in overtime, its first win over its rival since 2008. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Winnipeg's Evander Kane falls into his bench while playing the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, November 25. Jamie Sabau/NHLI/Getty Images
Cruzeiro's Nilton, right, and Atletico Mineiro's Leonardo Silva jump for a header during the second leg of the Brazil Cup final on Wednesday, November 26. Atletico Mineiro won the match 1-0. Reuters/Landov
French skier Tessa Worley scrapes the ground while competing in the giant slalom Saturday, November 29, during a World Cup event in Aspen, Colorado. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images
Polo player Jaime Garca Huidobro hits the ball during a match Saturday, November 29, at the Argentine Polo Open Championship in Buenos Aires. Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images
San Jose State wide receiver Tyler Ervin is tackled by two San Diego State defenders during San Diego State's 38-7 victory on Saturday, November 29. Jake Roth/USA TODAY SPORTS
The net falls on Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith during a home game against Colorado on Tuesday, November 25. Ross D. Franklin/AP
A dog catches a fish from a greenside pond during the King's Cup golf tournament Thursday, November 27, in Kaen, Thailand. Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Getty Images