Pictures of the Year
Quinton Richardson and Darron Thomas
Washington Huskies cornerback Quinton Richardson nearly rips Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas' head off as the latter dashes for the goal line during the second quarter of Oregon's 53-16 victory.
Lance Moore and Jacob Lacey
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore stretches for the goal line during a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Moore's catch was originally ruled incomplete, but after review, the play was overturned, giving the Saints the lead in their eventual 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher
Pau Gasol (16) rejoices with Derek Fisher (2) and Kobe Bryant after the Lakers defeated the Celtics 83-79 to win the NBA Finals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor watches the ball slip away during Kansas' 77-56 victory at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.
Texas Longhorns cornerback Aaron Williams dives for an interception against Oklahoma during the annual Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The Sooners would defeat the Longhorns 28-20 to bring their all-time series record to 41-59-5.
Spanish defender Carles Puyol (left) jumps for a header over Dutch defender John Heitinga during Spain's 1-0 victory in the World Cup final at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, South Africa.
U.S. skier Patrick Deneen keeps his focus after losing his balance on the second ramp of the moguls freestyle skiing final at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Deneen would finish 10th overall in the event.
Ryan Broyles and Chris Randle
Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles leaps over the goal line after eluding Utah State cornerback Chris Randle during the Sooners' 31-24 win over the Aggies in Norman, Okla.
Nikita Kriukov and Alexander Panzhinskiy
Russia's Nikita Kriukov (left) and Alexander Panzhinskiy had a photo finish during the individual sprint cross-country skiing final at the Vancouver Olympics. Kriukov edged out Panzhinskiy, who had led for most of the race.
Swiss skier Dominique Gisin crashes during the women's downhill in the Vancouver Olympics in Whistler, Canada. She would leave the course under her own power.
Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito
As seen on Cowboys Stadium's video screen, Manny Pacquiao (right) lands a right hook on Antonio Margarito during their WBC super welterweight title fight in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao would defeat Margarito in 12 rounds.
Ion Banner loses control of his board while surfing a gigantic wave during the first heat of the Mavericks surfing contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The waves surfed that day were the biggest ever for a paddle-surfing contest.
Monza Superbike world championship
Two riders lay low after while a motorcycle is airborne during the Monza Superbike world championship in Monza, Italy. The race was the fifth round of the Superbike world championship season.
Australian freestyle motocross rider Robbie Maddison jumps into the sunset during a training session in the Sahara desert in preparation for the second stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.
Chinese snowboarder Shi Wancheng falls while competing in the men's halfpipe at the Vancouver Olympics.
Haley Ishimatsu and Mary Beth Dunnichay
U.S. divers Haley Ishimatsu and Mary Beth Dunnichay dive in unison during the synchronized platform final at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The pair finished second behind Chinese duo Shengping Wu and Jiaming Zhu.
Canadian snowboarder Johnny Lyall jumps through the Olympic rings during the Vancouver Winter Olympics opening ceremony. It was the first Olympics opening ceremony to be held indoors.
Butler Bulldogs forward Gordon Hayward heaves a half-court desperation shot as time expires during the NCAA title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Hayward's shot bounced off the rim as the Duke Blue Devils held on to win their fourth national title, 61-59.
Rufus the Bobcat and Brutus the Buckeye
Ohio University mascot Rufus the Bobcat attacks Ohio State mascot Brutus the Buckeye before Ohio State's 43-7 home victory.
James Harrison, Mohamed Massaquoi
Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison (top) decimates Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi during the Steelers' 28-10 victory at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Harrison inflicted a concussion on Massaquoi with the hit, which drew a $75,000 fine and increased vigilance by the NFL in punishing players for such hits.
Thailand Boxing School for Kids
A bout between two children spills out of the ring at the Thai Boxing School for Kids in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi
English boxer Amir Khan nails U.S. boxer Paulie Malignaggi with a left jab during the WBA light welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Khan would win in the 11th round on a TKO.
Glen Davis and Nate Robinson
Glen Davis (below) and Nate Robinson exult during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the NBA finals. The Celtics' reserves were instrumental in Boston's late-game surge against the Lakers in a 96-89 Celtics victory.
Spain's Rafael Nadal rolls around in the clay after winning the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris. Nadal defeated Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to take home his fifth French Open title.
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has his feet cut out from under him by Anaheim Ducks rightwinger Troy Bodie in the second period of a Bruins-Ducks game.
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (center), left fielder Mark Derosa (left) and pitcher Tim Lincecum (right) watch from the dugout as teammate Juan Uribe homers during the Giants' 11-7 victory in Game 1 of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson dives for a touchdown following an interception during the Packers' 28-26 victory over Detroit.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton dives over Arkansas Razorbacks defenders for a touchdown during a 65-43 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Newton would score three touchdowns during the game.
U.S. bobsled team
The U.S. bobsled team celebrates after winning gold in the four-man bobsled at the Winter Olympics.
U.S. snowboarder Shaun White seems to be moving in in slow motion in this time-lapse photograph taken during the halfpipe competition in West Vancouver, Canada. White would win gold in the event.
Sidney Crosby and Paul Stastny
Sidney Crosby (87) of Canada jockeys for position with U.S. hockey player Paul Stastny during the gold medal game at the Winter Olympics. Crosby would score the winning goal in overtime as Canada defeated the U.S. 3-2.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel hoists the Stanley Cup over his head after the Blackhawks defeated the Flyers 4-3 in overtime of Game 6 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn races during the Alpine Super G at the Vancouver Olympics. Vonn would win bronze in the event, adding to the gold medal she won in the downhill three days earlier.
Novak Djokovic falls to the Plexicushion surface after trying to play a shot at the Australian Open in Melbournea. Djokovic would lose in the quarterfinals to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
World Cup fan
A World Cup fan blows a vuvuzela before Nigeria played South Korea in the World Cup at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa. The presence of vuvuzelas at the Cup prompted other organizations, including the NFL, UEFA and FIBA, to ban the horns from future events.
Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao
Chinese skaters Xue Shen (left) and Hongo Zhao (right) compete in the pairs free program during the Vancouver Olympics. The pair set a new world record for overall combined score (216.57 points) en route to a gold medal.
College basketball analyst Dick Vitale crowd surfs among the Cameron Crazies before the start of the North Carolina Tar Heels-Duke Blue Devils game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Duke would defeat the Tar Heels 82-50.
The Penn State Nittany Lions players carry head coach Joe Paterno off the field after he won his 400th career game, a 35-21 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.
Ted Piccard and Daron Rahlves
U.S. skier Daron Rahlves (right) and French skier Ted Piccard collide during the men's ski cross event at the Vancouver Olympics. Neither would finish in the top three.
Zach Parise and Roberto Luongo
Zach Parise of the U.S. scores on Roberto Luongo of Canada to tie the gold medal game at 2-2. The U.S. would later fall to Canada in overtime.
New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter streaks for the end zone after intercepting Peyton Manning during the Saints' 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Bryan Kariya and Cort Dennison
BYU Cougars running back Bryan Kariya (left) loses his helmet as Washington Huskies linebacker Cort Dennison and another Huskies defender pull him to the ground. With the Wasatch Mountains providing the backdrop, the Cougars would defeat the Huskies 23-17.
Matt Spaeth and Terrell Suggs
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth (89) lays a vicious block on Baltimore Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs during the Ravens 17-14 victory.
Augsburg College at Bethel University
Augsburg College quarterback Muneer Al-hameed (8) throws a pass over Bethel University defender Trent Pearson as snow blankets the field in Arden Hills, Minn. Bethel would defeat its rival 19-6 to earn a berth in the first round of the Division III playoffs.
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Horses gallop through the snow during the Gübelin Grand Prix in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Buster Posey, Brian Wilson and Aubrey Huff
San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson (center) rcelebrates with rookie catcher Buster Posey (left) and first baseman Aubrey Huff (right) after beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 to win their first World Series in 56 years.
Alabama Crimson Tide running back and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Texas during the fourth quarter of Alabama's 37-21 victory in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
World Cup Ski Jumping
A skier prepares to descend during the ski jumping World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway. Thomas Morgenstern of Austria took first in the individual competition with a combined point total of 283.
U.S. skier Julia Mancuso celebrates after winning a silver medal in the downhill at the Winter Olympics. Mancuso would win her second silver in the women's super-combined a day later.