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Big Shots for March 18, 2010

So much is happening in the sporting world this week it's difficult to bring it all to you. In addition to this week's earlier posts on the annual Paris - Nice bicycle race and the IAAF Indoor World Championships in athletics in Doha, Qatar, I still need to create posts on the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska and the Paralympics in Vancouver. I'll try to get to those next week, and meanwhile March Madness has begun. I'll bring you a full gallery of pictures of both the men's and women's tournaments at their conclusion. This week features other tournaments like the All England Badminton Championships and the Six Nations rugby union tournament in France. And let's not forget the largest bike race in the world in South Africa. ( 31 photos total)

Owen Wright (left) avoids a collision with Mick Fanning during the final of the Boost Bondi Beach SurfSho at Bondi Beach March 14 in Sydney. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Jerome Randle (right) of the California Golden Bears drives to the basket while being defended by Darnell Gant of the Washington Huskies during the championship game of the Pac-10 Basketball Tournament at Staples Center March 13 in Los Angeles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images) #

Justine Henin serves in her match against Gisela Dulko during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden March 12 in Indian Wells, Calif. (Harry How/Getty Images) #

Pauline Wangui crosses the finish during the 36st edition of the City-Pier-City Run in The Hague March 14. (ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Academica's goalkeeper Rui Nereu reacts to a yellow card during their Portuguese league football match against Porto at Cidade de Coimbra Stadium in Coimbra, Portugal March 13. (FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) #

Denmark's Lars Paaske (left) and Jonas Rasmussen celebrate winning their men's doubles final match against Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen at the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England March 14. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) #

Adam Richards falls to the ground assisted by referee Marc Nelson after he was knocked out by Marco Huck during their WBO cruiserweight boxing world championship fight in Berlin March 13. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) #

Giulia Sergas stands on her hands to ease a back problem during the 2010 Women's Australian Open at The Commonwealth Golf Club March 12 in Melbourne. (Mark Dadswell/Getty Images) #

Michael Rhone of Benton High School grabs the corner of the mat as he is dragged back by Mason Beckman of Reynolds High School in their AA 119lb class championship match March 13 in Hershey, Pa. at the PIAA High School Wrestling Championships. (Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #

A young Chinese gymnast gets help from a trainer as she stretches during training at a sport school in Hefei, China March 10. Young gymnasts from the age of 11 years old train for six to seven hours a day. Beijing has faced criticism for its harsh training regime for young athletes, gymnasts in particular, due to concerns about the well-being of young gymnasts whose bodies are under huge stress when they reach the elite level. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

A young Chinese gymnast works out during a training session at a sport school in Hefei, China March 10. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

A young Chinese gymnast works out during a training session at a sport school in Hefei, China March 10. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) A question from Big Shots to Getty: what's with the anonymous attribution for freelance photographers in China? These are great pictures, and we'd like to know who shot them. Chinese names aren't that long. Would a few extra keystrokes kill you? #

Horses go over the water jump during The William Hill Trophy Handicap Steeple Chase on opening day of the Cheltenham Festival March 16. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Racers get airborne during the men's ski freestyle semi-final cross race at the ski cross World Cup in Grindelwald, Switzerland March 12. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Urs Flueeler) #

Indy car driver Mario Moraes flies over Marco Andrettti's car during the start of Brazil's Indy 300 in Sao Paulo March 14. None of the drivers were hurt in the accident. (ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Simon Ammann wins the ski jumping World Cup event in Holmenkollen, Oslo March 14. (DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Young members of the Sale Cricket Club attend a training session at the walls in Sale March 10. (REUTERS/Rafael Marchante) ( #

Germany's Florian Fuchs (left) and England's Richard Alexander vie for the ball during the first semi-final of their International Hockey Federation World Cup field hockey match in New Delhi, India March 11. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das) #

Missouri's Mike Dixon (left) and Nebraska's Eshaunte Jones hit the floor during an NCAA college basketball game at the Big 12 Conference tournament March 10 in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann) #

Hamburg's Ze Roberto lies on the pitch during their Europa League football match against RSC Anderlecht March 11 in Hamburg. (DAVID HECKER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Italy's Carlo Del Fava scores a try during the Six Nations rugby union tournament match against France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis March 14. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) #

The lion mascot of Industriales team plays during the semi-final baseball game against Habana in the Cuban National Series in Havana March 14. (REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa) #

Russia's Ivan Skobrev kisses his trophy after finishing in second place in the 5000m ISU World Cup Speed Skating finals at the Thialf Stadium in Heerenveen, Netherlands March 13. (REUTERS/Jerry Lampen) #

Lieschentein's Marco Buechel skis in shorts and suit jacket during the Alpine skiing World Cup Super G Slalom finals in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany March 11. Buechel retired from professional skiing that day. (THOMAS LOHNES/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ferrari's Felipe Massa drives during the second practice session at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at Sakhir circuit in Manama March 12. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis) #

Cross country skiers race over the frozen lake Sils during the Engadin Ski Marathon near Sils, Switzerland March 14. More than 10,400 skiers participated in the 42.2 km race between Maloja and S-chanf near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann) #

Cyclists cross the start line as the Cape Argus Cycle Tour gets underway in Cape Town March 14. With over 35,000 participants, organisers claim the 68 mile event around the scenic Cape Peninsula is the world's largest bike race. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings) #

A snowboarder adds tracks to the well-marked Arctic Valley Ski Area in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News) #

Lindsey Vonn competes in the Alpine skiing World Cup giant slalom in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany March 11. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Manchester United's Darren Fletcher (right) beats AC Milan's goalkeeper Christian Abbiati to score during their Champions League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester March 10. (AP Photo/Jon Super) #

Stanford's Kayla Pedersen (center) battles for a rebound against California's DeNesha Stallworth (left) and Lauren Greif during an NCAA college basketball game in the Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles March 13. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) #



Great pics as always. #26 is just stunning. The scale of it all is almost mind-boggling. And of course there's a great sun flare for good measure

Posted by AaronD March 18, 10 11:06 PM

great compilations as usual !
all sports in one post ! what else do we need ?

thanks BOSTON !

Posted by PRESA SPORTIVA March 19, 10 08:01 AM

#17.. ASS cricket. I admit it, I LOL'd

Posted by Marc March 19, 10 11:16 PM
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