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Big Shots for April 9, 2010

Cycling's "Spring Classics" on the cobblestones in Belgium, opening week in Major League Baseball, and a four-goal game from Lionel Messi in the Champions League highlight this week's Big Shots. There's also spelunking, marbles, and goat racing to make us all more well-rounded sports fans. Coming up on the 19th, I'll be posting live updates here as the Boston Marathon hoofs up Heartbreak Hill and into Boston. ( 27 photos total)

Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, riding Casall La Silla, competes during the International Jumping Competition April 4 at The Grand Palais in Paris. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Robbie Maddison jumps over the 279-foot-wide Corinth Canal at a height of nearly 328 feet in Greece April 8. (REUTERS/Joerg Mitter/Global-Newsroom/Handout) #

Kelly Slater competes at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach surfing competition in Torquay, Australia April 3. (REUTERS/ASP/Kirstin Scholtz/Handout) #

A snowboarder joins a pond-skimming event at the ski resort of Morgins, Switzerland April 3. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott) #

Yani Tseng (right) and her caddie jump into the lake at the eighteenth hole to celebrate winning the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif. April 4. (REUTERS/Gus Ruelas) #

A Newcastle United supporter reacts after his team gained promotion back to the Premier League ahead of their English League Championship soccer match against Sheffield United at St James' Park in Newcastle, England April 5. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) #

Players catch the ball during the annual Lelo match in the village of Shukhuti, Georgia April 4. The villagers of Zemo Shukhuti and Kvemo Shukhuti have played the game every Easter Sunday for generations, with each side trying to carry the 16-kilogram ball to their end of the neighboring villages. (REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili) #

David Haye throws a punch at John Ruiz during their WBA Heavyweight World Championship boxing match at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England April 3. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson) #

An Italian Kabaddi player (right) is tackled by a US opponent during the 1st Pearls World Cup Kabaddi Punjab-2010 tournament at Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar April 8. Kabaddi, a team sport which originated in the Indian sub-continent, involves team members making 'raids' into the opposing team's territory on a playing field in an attempt to 'tag' opponents while holding one's breath. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images) #

Blues' Rene Ranger is taken high in a tackle by Bulls' Morne Steyn in a Super 14 Rugby match at Eden Park in Auckland April 3. (AP Photo/NZPA/Wayne Drought) #

People fight with pillows during International Pillow Fight Day in Budapest April 3. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #

Belgium native Tom Boonen of the Quick Step team climbs the cobblestoned Wall of Geraardsbergen during the Tour of Flanders in Geraardsbergen, Belgium April 4. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) #

The Boston Celtics' Glen Davis leaps over fans chasing a loose ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers April 4. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

The Boston Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury makes a diving catch to rob the New York Yankees' Mark Teixiera of a hit in Fenway Park in Boston April 6. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) celebrates one of his four goals against Arsenal during their Champions League quarterfinal match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona April 6. (REUTERS/Albert Gea) #

Devan Dubnyk (right) and Dean Arsene of the Edmonton Oilers dive for the puck against Loui Eriksson of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center April 2 in Dallas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

A cave explorer squeezes through a steel tube during an international competition among speleologists in Raubichi, Belarus April 3. The competition is held every year to practise skills needed when exploring caves. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko) #

A player takes a shot at the British and World Marbles Championship April 2 in Tinsley Green, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

German bicycle designer Didi Senft, better known as Tour de France super fan "El Diablo", rides a self-made bike before embarking on a tour honouring Michael Jackson in Philadelphia, Germany April 6. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) #

Grant Snow performs during the Rocky Valley motocross weekend April 4 in Mudgee, Australia. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #

A dog named "Coffee," dressed for opening day by his owner Charlie Fernandez of Queens, sits outside Citi Field before the New York Mets baseball home opener against the Florida Marlins in New York April 5. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) #

Goats and their trainers race during the annual Buccoo Goat Race in Buccoo, Tobago April 6. Goat and crab racing originated about 75 years ago as the islanders response to the upper-class pastime of thoroughbred horse racing. (REUTERS/Andrea De Silva) #

Paradise Bound, with Kent Desormeaux riding, crosses the finish line to win the seventh rack on opening day at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. April 2. Third-placed Robby Albarado is reflected in the finish line mirror. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) #

Norway third Thomas Lovold delivers a stone during their game against the US at the World Men's Curling Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo April 5. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #

Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners warms up during batting practice before their game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum April 6 in Oakland. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

Cambridge crew members (from left) Peter McClelland, George Nash and Geoff Roth find their own unique ways to celebrate after winning the 156th annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge University on the River Thames in London April 3. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #

A competitor freshens up at a checkpoint in a dried lake April 7 during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150 mile Marathon des Sables in Morocco. The race includes a one-day full marathon, a 55-mile stage as well as other races over seven days. Competitors must carry all their equipment. Only about two gallons of water and tents are provided by organizers. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images) #



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It was a great race, Camebridge-Oxford. Great picture as well, I mean pictures!!!

Posted by EVERHARD April 11, 10 03:28 AM
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no 26, i know the feeling. beautiful to see that somebody gave his best and more.

Posted by Interpunctie April 11, 10 10:59 AM
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n° 26 beautiful to see that somebody (in the back) gave his best puke and more, I know the feeling

Posted by Zerga April 15, 10 04:57 PM
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I# 21 - It is told that he shocks the dog --you can see the wires to get him to sit still for the game..this is animal abuse..no water...something is wrong here...

Posted by Trisha May 21, 11 01:56 AM
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