July 14, 2009 (Use j/k keys to navigate)   Email to a friend    Permalink

Soccer in Iraq, the Judo World Cup, and the Vermont Death Race

This week Big Shots flies over the Alps in a catamaran racing boat, bicycles up Mount Washington, and skies down a closed slope in Oregon. There's also cliff diving in Croatia, cricket in Sri Lanka, and the U19 basketball tournament in Auckland. Later this week I'll look at track and field events all over the world, and an upcoming post will cover The Ashes, the continuing cricket fight between England and Australia. ( 33 photos total)

Getting the same memo about what to wear to work were (clockwise from left) golfer John Daly at a practice round for the British Open Golf Championship at Turnberry Golf Course in Scotland, cyclist Alberto Contador after the first stage of the Tour de France in Monaco, and tennis player Marin Cilic during a Davis Cup match in Porec, Croatia.

Hayley McGregory competes in the women's 200-meter backstroke preliminary heats during the 2009 ConocoPhillips National Championships & World Championship Trials July 10 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

Teams (from bottom) from Poland, the US, Italy, Netherlands, Great Britain, and China compete in the men's eight - repechage during the FISA Rowing World Cup July 11 in Lucerne, Switzerland. (Alex Domanski/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

Morgan Pressel hits from a sand trap during the 2009 U.S. Women's Open at Saucon Valley Country Club July 9 in Bethlehem, Pa. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) #

Swimmers warm up before the start of a finals session of the 2009 ConocoPhillips Nationals Championships & World Championship Trials July 8 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

Stand-up paddleboarders race during the Jever SUP World Cup 2009 July 10 in Hamburg. (Krafft Angerer/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

Triathletes negotiate the transition from cycling to running during the ITU Women's Triathlon World Championship Series in Kitzbuhel, Austria July 12. (AP Photo/ITU/Delly Carr) #

Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis (right) appeals unsuccessfully for the dismissal of Pakistan's Abdul Rauf (second from left) during their first cricket test match in Galle, Sri Lanka July 7. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) #

A few of the 25,000 Iraqi fans who attended the soccer match against the Palestinian team celebrate in Irbil, Iraq July 10, a contest that was as much about the nation's struggle for stability as it was about sports. (AP Photo/Karim Karim) #

Brazilians Talita Antunes (left) and Maria Antonelli celebrate their victory in the final match at the FIVB Women's Grand Slam volleyball tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland July 11. (AP Photo/Keystone/Peter Schneider) #

Canada's Michal Popiel celebrates as El Salvador's Carlos Figueroa covers his face during a Judo World Cup 66 kg match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil July 12. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio) #

The St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols yells after being tagged out at second base by the Chicago Cubs' Jeff Baker during their MLB baseball game in Chicago July 12. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) #

Kwasi Paul (right) of Grenada looks for a call against Allan Lalin of Honduras during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup competition at Gillette Stadium July 11 in Foxborough, Mass. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) #

Adomas Drungilas of Lithuania is surrounded by United States defenders (left to right) Seth Curry, Terrico White and Howard Thompkins during a U19 Basketball World Championships match at North Shore Events Centre July 8 in Auckland. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #

Athletes in wheelchairs take part in a basketball game in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate July 11 in an event showcasing various Paralympic sports. (BERTHOLD STADLER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Drivers take the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway July 11 in Joliet, Ill. (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images) #

Ji Eun-hee enjoys a champagne bath after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf championship at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. July 12. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) #

Driver Tony Stewart reacts as he listens to a crew member during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. July 10. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) #

Pakistan's Mohammad Yousaf pauses during a batting practice session ahead of the second cricket test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka July 10. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) #

Spain's Fernando Verdasco reacts during a Davis Cup quarter final match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at the bullring in Marbella, Spain July 12. (AP Photo/Paul White) #

Hassan Mouti of France dives off a 26-meter high platform on Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik July 11 during the 2009 Red Bull Cliff Diving Series. (Zeljko Lukunic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ari DeLashmutt jumps over a dirt road in Mount Bachelor, Ore. July 8. Although the season is officially closed, the Pine Marten chairlift at Mount Bachelor is still running to move hikers and sightseers to midmountain. (AP Photo/The Bulleton/Andy Tullis) #

The Alinghi giant catamaran is airlifted at the foot of the Swiss Alps July 8 near Le Bouverets. Swiss America's Cup defenders Alinghi launched their giant catamaran for a duel against US rival Oracle by airlifting it into Lake Geneva. In the 30-minute operation, the 90-foot twin-hull craft was hoisted out of the boatyard at Villeneuve, Switzerland by a Russian MI-26 transport helicopter and brought to its temporary port on the lake. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Steve McGrath tackles the steepest and last part of the Newton's Revenge bicycle race up the 7.6 mile auto road on Mount Washington, N.H. July 11. The road averages a 12% grade. (AP Photo/The Conway Daily Sun/Jamie Gemmiti) #

Alex Perelson completes a 900, or two and a half spins, during the vert competition at the Maloof Money Cup in Costa Mesa, Calif. July 12, 2009. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register/Michael Goulding) #

The Baltimore Orioles' Nolan Reimold slides and misses a fly ball during an MLB baseball game against the Seattle Mariners July 8 at Safeco Field in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) #

The Chicago Cubs' Ryan Theriot gets picked off at first base by the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols during their MLB baseball game in Chicago July 11. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) #

Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke throws to first on a bunt single by the Detroit Tigers' Gerald Laird during their MLB baseball game in Detroit July 8. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook) #

Alan Belcher throws a right at Yoshihiro Akiyama during their middleweight bout during UFC 100 July 11 in Las Vegas. (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) #

Australia's Nicole Arrold (right) makes an unsuccessful attempt from a penalty corner against Argentina during their Women's Champions Trophy hockey match in Sydney July 12. (GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Revellers jump into the sea followed by a bull during the 'Bous a la mar' or "Bulls to the sea" festival in Denia, Spain July 6. The bulls are later brought back to the coast in boats. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz) #

Tom Bevins crawls under barbed wire during the PEAK Death Race in Pittsfield, VT. (Caleb Kenna for The New York Times) #

Iraqi children perform handstands at a gymnasium outside Karbala, Iraq July 12. (MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images) #


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