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Eye on sports: Our favorite photos of the week


We present our favorite photos of the past sports week.

This week’s offerings include a lot of football, the American pro and American college version, and football, the international version we call soccer.

It's a fairly quiet time on the sports calendar (outside of football), with baseball ending, the NBA just starting and the NHL still in a lockout that shows no signs of ending.

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Photo 1: Francesco Pisano of Cagliari Calcio celebrates victory at the end of the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Photo 2: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the second goal with Ashley Young during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Photo 3: Tom Kingston runs the ball during a Waratahs training session at Victoria Barracks in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Photo 4: San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo (right) and catcher Buster Posey (left) celebrate after game four of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The Giants won 4-3 to sweep the series. (Photo by: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 5: San Francisco 49ers quarterback (11) Alex Smith following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. (Photo by: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 6: Columbus Crew defender Carlos Mendes (4) chases down a loose ball ahead of Toronto FC midfielder Luis Silva (11) at Columbus Crew Stadium. The Crew won the game 2-1. (Photo by: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 7: Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy (52) awaits a decision by the officials in a game against the Indianapolis Colts during overtime at LP Field. The Colts beat the Titans 19-13. (Photo by: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 8: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks off the field after losing to the Detroit Lions 28-24 at Ford Field. (Photo by: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 9: Liam McFerlane #102 (CAN), Guillaume Bastille #96 (CAN) and Michael Gilday #98 (CAN) respectively won the bronze, the gold and the silver medal at the Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup 500m(2) men's final at the Arena Maurice-Richard. (Photo by: Jean-Yves Ahern-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 10: Vanderbilt Commodores quarter back Jordan Rodgers (11) warms up before a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores beat the Minutemen 49-7. (Photo by: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 11: exas El Paso Miners running back Nathan Jeffery (25) celebrates with a teammate after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium. (Photo by: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 12: Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o (5) celebrates after Notre Dame defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 30-13 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (Photo by: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 13: Ohio State Buckeyes players and coaches sing the alma mater following the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23. (Photo by: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 14: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at a press conference at the Grosvenor House hotel ballroom in London. (Photo by: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE)