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Cane fighting, canoeing, and cricket

Big Shots takes in a busy week in the sports world with so much going on it's hard to fit it all in. This week I'll also have separate posts on golf's PGA Championship and the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. Today we join Indonesia as it celebrates its independence day with unique local sports, we take in the downhill cheese rolling competition in Whistler, Canada, and base jump from an alpine cliff in Switzerland. ( 38 photos total)

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan delivers a ball during a practice session ahead of the first cricket test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Galle, Sri Lanka August 17. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Ramirez reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a MLB baseball game August 15 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) #

Rafael Nadal serves to David Ferrer at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal August 12. (REUTERS/Shaun Best) #

Germany's Max Hoff competes in the men's K11000m at the 2009 ICF Senior Canoe Sprint World Championships on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia August 13. (REUTERS/Paul Darrow) #

Joseph Hagerty performs on the horizontal bar on the second day of the men's competition at the U.S. gymnastics championships August 14 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) #

Chellsie Memmel performs on the balance beam on the second day of the women's competition at the U.S. gymnastics championships August 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) #

Bochum's Anthar Yahia (right) and Schalke's Jefferson Farfan challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and VfL Bochum in Gelsenkirchen, Germany August 16. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) #

Freerunners warm up at the Barclaycard World Free Run Championships August 15 in London. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images For Barclaycard) #

Corey Bohan rides in the BMX dirt finals during the Wendy's Invitational Dew Action Sports Tour August 14 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

Trent Oeltjen of the Arizona Diamondbacks makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Jeff Francoeur of the New York Mets during the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Chase Field August 12 in Phoenix. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) #

Li Juan and Wang Qian (right) of China fall on the court while reaching for the ball during the team's FIVB World Grand Prix women's volleyball match against the Netherlands in Hong Kong August 16. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) #

Base jumpers leap from an alpine cliff in the Lauterbrunnen valley in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland August 13. (REUTERS/Pascal Lauener) #

A man jumps from a bridge to the river Soca during a traditional jumping festival in Kanal ob Soci, Slovenia August 16. (REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic) #

The Mitsubishi car driven by Federico Villagra hits a horse during one of the stages of the Argentine Rally in General Roca, Patagonia August 16. (REUTERS/DyN-Prensa Rally Argentina) #

The Cleveland Browns' Josh Cribbs (right) attempts to fend off a tackle by the Green Bay Packers' Anthony Smith during an exhibition NFL football game August 15 in Green Bay. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching) #

Ryan Roberts (top) of the Arizona Diamondbacks disputes the call after being tagged out at the plate by Omir Santos of the New York Mets during an MLB baseball game at Chase Field August 12 in Phoenix. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) #

Cris "Cyborg" Santos punches Gina Carano in a Strikeforce mixed martial arts middleweight championship match August 15 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) #

Tengger tribesmen perform cane fighting during a celebration of Indonesia's 64th anniversary of independence at the caldera of Mount Bromo, a 7,641-foot active volcano in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Trisnadi) #

Afghan boys play cricket in the Pesh valley in Kunar Province August 14. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #

Sandeep Patil plays a shot as Allvin Kallicharran keeps the wicket during a cricket match on snow at 11,333 ft above sea level in Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland August 15. (PAL PILLAI/AFP/Getty Images) #

People play cricket outside the 16th century Dutch fort that encloses part of Galle, Sri Lanka August 17. (REUTERS/Vivek Prakash) #

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin play badminton as Medvedev's golden retriever Aldo runs over the court during their meeting in the official vacation residence of Bocharov Ruchei in the Black Sea resort of Sochi August 14. (REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov) #

South Korea's Jung Jae-sung (right) and teammate Lee Yong-dae celebrate their quarterfinals win in the World Badminton Championship in Hyderabad August 14. (REUTERS/Arko Datta) #

Divers attempt to break the world record for the most people in a simultaneous dive in the Malayayang waters off North Sulawesi in the capital of Manado August 16. At least 2,400 divers participated in the event, which was also held to mark Indonesia's independence day August 17. (REUTERS/Stringer) #

Women exit the Serpentine and head onto the bike course at the 2009 Triathlon ITU World Championship Series in London August 15. (AP Photo/ITU/Delly Carr) #

Sebastien Berlier (left) and Stephen Bayliss run out the lake August 15 in Embrun, France during the 26th "Embrunman" triathlon, considered one of the hardest triathlon events with a swim of 3.8km followed by a 188km cycle ride and a 42km marathon. (JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Competitors race downhill after an 11-pound wheel of cheese during the 2nd annual Cheese Rolling Festival on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, British Columbia August 15. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward) #

Contestants reach the prizes hung at the top of greased poles during a game to celebrate Indonesia's independence day in Jakarta August 17. (REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni) #

British and Turkish players vie for a rebound during the "Game On At The O2" basketball event at the O2 Arena in London August 15. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi) #

A crowd fills Siena's Piazza del Campo square in Tuscany, Italy August 15 during a practice session of the Madonna dell'Assunta (Virgin of the Assumption) ancient Palio horse race. (AP Photo//Paolo Lazzeroni) #

Runners stream through Times Square during the New York City Half Marathon August 16. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) #

Papuan tribeswomen run with their pigs in a pig race during a Baliem Valley culture festival in Wamena, Papua province, Indonesia August 10. The festival is held annually ahead of the Aug. 17 independence day celebrations to promote local tribal culture. (AP Photo) #

The Green Bay Packers' Donald Driver celebrates a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL exhibition football game August 15 in Green Bay. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching) #

The Indiana Fever's Katie Douglas (left) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (right) battle the Detroit Shock's Deanna Nolan for a loose ball during a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis August 15. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) #

The Houston Texans' Matterral Richardson (left) knocks the ball away from the Kansas City Chiefs' Jeff Webb during their NFL exhibiton football game in Kansas City August 15. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) #

Blackburn Rovers' goalkeeper Paul Robinson is all smiles despite the heavy downpour of rain during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Ewood Park Stadium in Blackburn August 15. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) #

Detroit Tiger fan Seth Fisher cooled off with the aid of a mister set up under the first base grandstand before the game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston August 10. (Bill Greene/Globe Staff) #

Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers paces in the tunnel as he waits to be introduced to the crowd before the game against the Seattle Seahawks August 15 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) #



#14 Poor horsie :(

Can't wait for the athletics photos from Berlin.

Posted by berg August 18, 09 03:31 PM

#19: Indomitable spirit! Good luck, boys. May you find a green, grassy pitch

Posted by August 19, 09 08:39 AM

...and cue all the "How can you show that horse getting hit" picture idiots....NOW.

Posted by Sluggo August 20, 09 09:16 AM
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