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Eye on sports: Our favorite photos of the week

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We present our favorite photos of the past sports week.

This week’s offerings, on the typically slow early July news week, include Italian soccer players training as only they can (on a beautiful beach); rising stars at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game; Olympic basketball training and a victorious mixed martial artist.

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Photo 1: Parma FC soccer players run in the sea during a preseason training session in Olbia, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Photo 2: Parma FC players run on the beach. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Photo 3: Addae Bright (L), Fabiano Santacroce (C) and Amauri Carvalho De Oliveira (R) of Parma FC run on the beach. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Photo 4: Francesco Valiani of Parma FC trains on the beach. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Photo 5: National League player Bryan LaHair (6) of the Chicago Cubs changes into his batting practice uniform before the 2012 All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. (Photo by: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 6: National League catcher Buster Posey (28) of the San Francisco Giants takes the field for practice for the 2012 All Star Game, (Photo by: ScottRovak/USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 7: American League outfielder Mike Trout (left) of the Los Angeles Angels talks with National League outfielder Bryce Harper (right) of the WashingtonNationals during practice for the 2012 All Star Game. (Photo by: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 8: Team USA guard Chris Paul during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. (Photo by: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE)

Photo 9: UFC fighter Chad Mendez celebrates his win against Cody McKenzie (not pictured) during a featherweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand GardenArena in Las Vegas. (Photo by: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)