We present our favorite photos of the past sports week, our first since the London Olympics (where we ran 20 galleries during the Games).
This week’s offerings include NFL preseason, college football practice, mixed martial arts, English Premier League soccer and Aussie Rules Football players in training sessions.
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Photo 1: Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) at practice at Dedeaux Field. (Photo by: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 2: Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) during warm-ups before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. (Photo by: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 3: DC United midfielder Andy Najar (14) and Philadelphia Union midfielder Brian Carroll (7) chase the ball during the second half at RFK Stadium. (Photo by: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 4: Lumuba Sayers (red shorts) fights Anthony Smith (black shorts) in their Strikeforce MMA Middleweight Bout at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. (Photo by: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 5: Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears won 33-31. (Photo by: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 6: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) congratulates Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) after the game at Soldier Field. (Photo by: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 7: Denver Broncos running back Austin Sylvester (40) on his sidelines during the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field. (Photo by: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 8: Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley (14) on the sidelines during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. (Photo by: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 9: Roger Bowling reacts after getting poked in the eye by Tarec Saffiedine (not pictured) in their Strikeforce MMA Welterweight Bout at the Valley View Casino Center. (Photo by: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)
Photo 10: Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Reading at Stamford Bridge in London. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Photo 11: Matthew Jaensch and David Mackay of the Crows compete for the ball during an Adelaide Crows AFL training session at Max Basheer Reserve in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Regi Varghese/Getty Images)
Photo 12: Jake Melksham of the Bombers looks on during an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at Windy Hill in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)