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100 Best Sports Photographs of 2010 (Part 2 of 4)

Part two of the 100 Best Sports Photographs of 2010 features the months of April, May, and June. June especially was a busy month, as major events like soccer's World Cup, basketball's NBA Finals, and hockey's Stanley Cup riveted the attention of sports fans worldwide. But as regular readers of this blog will know, it's not just the major events that catch my eye. There's always room here for dragon boat racing, roller derby, and costumed lunacy of any sort, especially when it involves pond-skimming snowboarders. And yes, I've unilaterally decided that pillow fights are sporting events. Next week I'll continue the 100 Best with an entry featuring pictures from July, August, and September. ( 25 photos total)

Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates with his team after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the West Regional Final of the NCAA basketball tournament March 27 in Salt Lake City. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Supporters of Ghana react as they watch a broadcast of the World Cup between Ghana and Serbia June 13 in Johannesburg. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Boston Celtics' Nate Robinson jumps on the back of teammate Glen "Big Baby" Davis after Davis hit a big shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Boston June 10. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

The Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (right) of celebrates a basket with teammate Kobe Bryant against the Boston Celtics during Game 7 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles June 17. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #

Valencia's Nikola Zigic snacks on the leg of a Xerez player during their Spanish League football match at Mestalla stadium May 4 in Valencia. (JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler is consoled by head coach Bob Huggins after injuring his knee in a collision against Duke in the second half of their NCAA college basketball semifinal game in Indianapolis April 3. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch) #

The Chicago Blackhawks' Dustin Byfuglien (left) holds the Stanley Cup for teammates to drink from after beating the Philadelphia Flyers to win the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals June 9 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #

Christophe Moreau cycles during the third stage time trial of the Tour de Romandie cycling race near Moudon, Switzerland April 30. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) #

Participants compete in the Dragon Boat Festival in Bitan, Xindian, Taiwan June 16. (REUTERS/Nicky Loh) #

A snowboarder participates in a pond-skimming contest at a ski resort in Morgins, Switzerland April 3. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott) #

Craig Davies and Rob Martin pilot a Zapcat power boat in a practice run in the surf at Fistral Beach April 23 in Newquay, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Mike Conway crashes into the fencing in the third turn during the closing laps of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis May 30. (AP Photo/Kurt Bauer) #

A horse runs through some mud during a race before the 136th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 1 in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Rob Carr) #

People enjoy International Pillow Fight Day in Budapest April 3. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #

Rachel Jennings stands in the rain on the 13th green during Curtis Cup match play at the Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. June 13. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole) #

Suzy Shameless, Tiki TimeBomb and Helga Von Beaterdown of the Atomic City Roller Girls take part in a women's flat track roller derby bout in Vancouver April 10. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #

Participants pose during the bodybuilding competition at the 4th All-China Games in Anhui Grand Theatre in Hefei, China May 22. (REUTERS/Stringer) #

Sumo wrestlers Tosayutaka (right) and Toyohibiki fall after Tosayutaka threw his opponent during their bout in the grand summer tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena May 9. (AP Photo/Kyodo News/Naohiko Hatta) #

Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Robin Soderling during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 6. (AP Photo/Laurent Baheux) #

Tammy Tagagi dives during the three meter springboard preliminaries at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center during the USA Diving Grand Prix May 7 in Fort Lauderdale. (Al Bello/Getty Images) #

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) #

A Pakistani family in Karachi watches the Pakistan-Australia T20 cricket match on television May 14, a match that was the semifinal of the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in St. Lucia. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) #

Residents of a squatters' camp in Soweto suburb Kliptown watch on a television fed with illicit electricity as South Africa takes on Uruguay during the World Cup June 16. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A fan watches a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway April 10 in Phoenix. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images for NASCAR) #

South African men play soccer in a field in Diepsloot, outside of Johannesburg, June 27 during the first soccer World Cup on the African continent. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #



Sweet set....re: #16, if that's Suzy Shameless on the left, looks like she needs to learn how to spell :-)

Posted by Chris January 6, 11 09:11 AM

Thanks for showcasing such great work.

Posted by Mark Mirko January 6, 11 09:41 AM
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