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Big Shots for March 31, 2009

This week Big Shots will bring you three posts, the first being the week's best images as you've come to expect. I'll also be posting later this week on the busy, brutal, and boisterous world of rugby, and on the World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles. But first we head to Pruszkow, Poland for cycling's UCI Track World Championships, move on to Egypt for sand-boarding on the Al Katania dunes, and sail into the sunset in Rio de Janeiro to check on leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race. And next week I look forward to collecting the best work from photographers covering March Madness, the annual college basketball frenzy. ( 32 photos total)

Cyclists compete during the UCI Track World Championships 2009 at the BGZ Arena in Pruszkow, Poland. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahmad Ajtebi, riding Eastern Anthem from Ireland, celebrates after winning the Dubai Sheema Classic during the World Cup horse race at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 28. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) #

Serena Williams serves against Peng Shuai during their match at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida March 29. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #

Competitors hit the water for the start of the ITU Triathlon World Cup season opener in Mooloolaba, Australia March 29. (AP Photo/ITU/Delly Carr) #

Oxford Cox Colin Groshong gets tossed by his team after winning the 155th Oxford & Cambridge University Boat Race on the River Thames March 29 in London, England. (John Gichigi/Getty Images) #

Team Portugal celebrates third place after the women's senior race at the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships at the Bisharat Golf Club in Amman, Jordan March 28. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) #

A Kenyan soccer fan pauses during the World Cup Africa group B qualifier soccer match against Tunisia at the Coca-Cola National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya March 28. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim) #

Supporters carry an injured person in Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast after a wall collapsed and panicked crowds crushed the fallen during the World Cup 2010 and African Cup of Nations qualification match between Ivory Coast and Malawi. 19 died and over a hundred were injured. (ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Top Fuel dragster driven by Urs Erbacher explodes during eliminations at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park March 29 in Baytown, Texas. Erbacher was not injured. (AP Photo/NHRA/Lonnie Gautreau) #

A bull wins this round during the Corralejas Festival in Arjona, Colombia March 21. Traditional games involving fighting bulls are held during this festival. (REUTERS/Fredy Builes) #

A couple ride on a dog sleigh near bronze rhino sculptures during a break in the IBU Biathlon World Cup Final in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia March 27. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) #

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army practice a lion dance at a military base in Wuhan, China March 21. (REUTERS/China Daily) #

Johan Nungaray jumps at the Zocalo in Mexico City March 24 to promote the "Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour." (REUTERS/Joerg Mitter for Global-Newsroom/Handout) #

Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams celebrate after Woods' birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge March 29 in Orlando, Florida. (Doug Benc/Getty Images) #

The Vancouver Canucks' Shane O'Brien, left, fights with the Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook as the teams brawled during their NHL hockey game in Chicago March 29. (REUTERS/John Gress) #

Portugal's Kepler 'Pepe' Ferreira, left, and Tiago Mendes, right, challenge Sweden's Daniel Majstorovic during their World Cup group 1 qualifying soccer match at Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal March 28. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte) #

George Klinesmith grimaces after taking a blow to the head during a 160-pound bout against Manuel Siaca in Bayamon, Puerto Rico March 28. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

Hair-raising performances are provided by (clockwise from left) tennis player Gisela Dulko in Key Biscayne, Fla., Serbia's Milos Krasic in Constanta, Romania, and figure skaters Sinead Kerr and John Kerr in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Bosnia Herzegovina's Boris Pandza, left, walks with Belgium's Eden Hazard as Bosnia Herzegovina's supporters light flares during their World Cup 2010 qualifying match in Genk, Belgium March 28. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Stephani Victor skis to second place in the Women's Sitting Skier Giant Slalom at the 2009 US Adaptive Alpine Nationals at Winter Park Resort March 29 in Winter Park, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Spectators watch Khalid Al Falasi ride during the second leg of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the opening round of the FIA Cross Country World Rally Cup, off Aarjan desert, Abu Dhabi March 24, 2009. (REUTERS/Regi Varghese) #

An Egyptian boy sand-boards on the Al Katania dunes southwest of Cairo March 27. (REUTERS/Tarek Mostafa) #

In this series of three images, Olga Slyusareva of Russia collides with Aksana Papko of Belarus, who had previously fallen from her bike during the Women's Points Race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the BGZ Arena March 29 in Pruszkow, Poland. (Clive Rose/Getty Images) #

The X-ray of seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong after surgery on his right collarbone, showing one steel plate and twelve screws after a crash during the first stage of the Vuelta of Castillo and Leon bicycle race March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Kreutz/CSE) #

Catherine Jolley, left, and Chelsea Leach, both members of the Northeast High School girls' volleyball team, wrestle in a wading tub full of Hershey's chocolate syrup March 27 in Oakland Park, Fla. to mark the end of the girls season and the start of the boys season. (AP Photo/Sun Sentinel/Joe Cavaretta) #

Ichiro Suzuki of Japan is sprayed with champagne in the locker room after defeating Korea in the finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic March 23 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.(Photo by Pool/Getty Images) #

South Korean fans watch the World Baseball Classic championship game between Japan and Korea screened at Chamsil Stadium March 24 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) #

The Boston Celtics' Bill Walker is squeezed by the Oklahoma City Thunder's Jeff Green, left, and Thabo Sefolosha as they battle for position in NBA action. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

The Detroit Pistons' Will Bynum passes while defensed by the Philadelphia 76ers' Theo Ratliff during their NBA game March 29 in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) #

Gregory Bauge of France celebrates winning the Men's Sprint Final at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the BGZ Arena March 29 in Pruszkow, Poland. (Clive Rose/Getty Images) #

St. John's Greg Hopkins takes a practice swing against Georgetown during an NCAA college baseball game March 29 at Citi Field in New York, the first game played in the New York Mets' new stadium. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #

The Ericsson boat arrives first at the completion of leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race at Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro March, 26. (AP Photo/Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race) #


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great collection
real variety and expressions

badminton photos would be welcome

Posted by eden March 31, 09 08:10 AM
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Badminton? Check out Big Shots for March 10, pictures 5, 6, and 7: http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/bigshots/2009/03/big_shots_for_march_10_2009.html


Posted by Lane Turner, Big Shots editor April 1, 09 11:02 AM
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thanks
i had already seen them
thanks for taking a note of my request

keep up the good work

Posted by eden April 2, 09 05:22 AM
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how about one of a disc golfer?

Posted by matt c April 2, 09 09:05 AM
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Matt,

Rest assured, the minute I see a good picture of disc golf, it's going in the blog. Sports that haven't yet appeared or appear infrequently always catch my eye.


Posted by Lane Turner, Big Shots editor April 2, 09 03:30 PM
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