Leading Off: Pictures of the Week
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers gets fouled as he goes up for a shot between LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 21 at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Cavs won 93-87.
Rachel Flatt performs during the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash., on Jan. 21. Flatt finished first in the competition.
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his first-round match against Igor Andreev of Russia at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Federer won 4-6, 6-2, 7-6, 6-0.
Othman Al Mulla of Saudi Arabia hits out of the sand on the 9th hole during the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Jan. 22 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
New Orleans running back Pierre Thomas stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFC Championship game at the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 24. The Saints will face the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Feb 7.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon makes a catch in front of Jets cornerback Lito Sheppard during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Jan. 24. The Colts defeated the Jets 30-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLIV.
DeJuan Blair of San Antonio drives to the hoop during a 105-98 loss to Utah at the AT&T Center in the Alamo City on Jan. 20.
Serena Williams returns to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their second-round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Jan. 21. Williams won 6-2 6-1.
Texas guard Damion James gets smacked by Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly during the Wildcats' 71-62 upset win over the top-ranked Longhorns at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kans., on Jan. 18.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Philip Wheeler tackles New York running back Thomas Jones during the AFC Championship game.
Luis Scola helped the Houston Rockets defeat Tim Duncan and the Spurs 116-109 on Jan. 22 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto perform their free dance routine at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.. The pair finished in second place.
Clair Bidez practices on the half pipe on Jan. 20 during a training run for the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix competition in Park City, Utah.
Moumouni Dagano of Burkina Faso runs after a ball during their African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Ghana at the November 11 stadium in Luanda, Angola, on Jan. 19. Ghana won 1-0.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was on his backside a lot during the NFC Championship game against the Saints in New Orleans.