Surfer Ion Banner loses control on a giant wave during the 2010 Mavericks Invitational surf contest. The 2013 Mavericks Invitational occurred at the famous Mavericks break for the first time since 2010, when waves reached the required 20 feet. Mavericks' thunderous waves have claimed the lives of two expert big wave surfers.
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Baltimore's Anquan Boldin makes an off-balance catch in front of New England Patriots cornerback Marquice Cole. The Ravens wide receiver took advantage of a diminished Patriots secondary to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to ice the Patriots.
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Seen through multiple exposures, Swiss skier Thomas Lambert flips and spins in the qualification round of the USANA Freestyle World Cup aerial competition at the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex on Jan. 19.
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Distance did not make the hearts grow fonder between Boston Bruins left winger Shawn Thornton and New York Rangers center Michael Rupp. On the first day of the regular season, the two went at it in the second period of the Bruins' 3-1 win.
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Peter Mel rides a wave during the first heat of the 2013 Mavericks Invitational. Mel, 43, has competed in Mavericks since its first year in 1999, but won for the first time this year, even though he is no longer a full-time surfer.
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A surfer catches a big wave at the Mavericks Invitational surf contest at Half Moon Bay, Calif. Peter Mel took the win at the contest, snapping a streak of bad luck at Mavericks for the 43-year-old that dates to the event's first competition in 1999.
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Vitor Belfort (red shorts) kicks Michael Bisping during a UFC fight in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Belfort won the fight when he dropped Bisping with a high kick in the second round.
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Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce runs into the back of his blocker, guard Marshal Yanda, in Baltimore's 28-13 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Pierce carried the ground game for the Ravens, making up for a stifled Ray Rice with a team-high 52 yards on nine rushes.
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Louisville's Montrezl Harrell battles for a rebound with a Syracuse player in the Jan. 19 matchup of the top-10 ranked teams. The Orange got the better of Dieng's Cardinals, knocking off top-ranked Louisville 70-68.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lies flat on the turf at Gillette Stadium during the AFC Championship Game. Brady had a rough game in the loss, tossing two interceptions that helped seal the Ravens' win.
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Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto chases the puck toward Bruins blueliner Johnny Boychuk, whose third-period goal helped put away the New York Rangers on opening day of the NHL season.
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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown breaks up a pass to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones during the second half of the NFC Championship Game. It was a rare pass breakup on Jones, who torched the 49ers for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Despite the second-year receiver's big day, San Francisco defeated Atlanta 28-24 to earn its first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years.
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Arizona forward Brandon Ashley hits the floor as Arizona State's Carrick Felix puts up an off-balance shot in the Pac-12 rivals' Jan. 19 contest. After a close first half, the Wildcats ran away with the game, downing the Sun Devils 71-54.
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Andy Murray plays a forehand in his second-round match against Joao Sousa at the Australian Open. Murray easily dispatched Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 before beating Ricardas Berankis and Gilles Simon to reach the quarterfinals.
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New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov deflects the puck behind the net on a shot from the New Jersey Devils' Mattias Tedenby. The Devils got the win, 2-1, ruining the Islanders' home opener.
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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James goes up for a layup against Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol in a Jan. 19 game at the Staples Center. James' 39 points paced the Heat to a 99-90 victory, dropping the Lakers five games under .500.
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Chicago Blackhawks right winger Andrew Shaw and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske fight for the puck. One hundred twenty six days after the NHL locked out its players, the Kings were finally able to raise the Stanley Cup championship banner on opening day of the 2013 season. The Blackhawks spoiled the celebration though, winning 5-2.
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Inter Milan forward Marko Livaja catches a boot from AS Roma defender Leandro Castan during a Serie A soccer match in Rome's Olympic Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw as Inter's Rodrigo Palacio equalized in the 45th minute following Francesco Totti's 22nd minute penalty kick.
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Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon gets his pass around Georgia Tech's Daniel Miller to teammate Amile Jefferson during the Jan. 17 ACC matchup. The No. 1 Blue Devils knocked off the Yellow Jackets 73-57 behind 24 points from guard Seth Curry.
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Standing in front of a picture poster, Tiger Woods tees off on the 15th hole during the first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. Woods missed the cut at the tournament after incurring a two-stroke penalty for taking an incorrect drop in his second round, pushing his score one above the cut line.
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