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Big Shots for September 22, 2011

This week we learn that Sir Alex Ferguson talks to a cartoon figurehead (no, not the Queen), men aren't allowed to watch soccer in Turkey, and chickens can enter camel races. Victor Ortiz learns that leading with his face is a marginal boxing strategy. We also learn, too late, that watching the Nude Blacks rugby club burns painful images into our retinas. There's also mountain biking in Pakistan, triathlon in Japan, and the UCI World Championships in cycling in Copenhagen. Big Shots will not publish next week, but will return October 6. ( 32 photos total)

A Maori warrior performs during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and Japan at Waikato Stadium on September 16, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson (yes, the guy on the left) talks to club mascot Fred the Red (that would be the guy on the right) before the English Premier League football match between Man U and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on September 18, 2011. (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images) #

Philadelphia Phillies players celebrate in the locker room after the Phillies defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game to clinch the NL East title September 17, 2011, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP) #

The Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows rides a stationary bike during a fitness test on the opening day of the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver September 16, 2011. The clamp keeps the smell of losing the Stanley Cup out of his nostrils. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/AP) #

Victor Ortiz hits Floyd Mayweather in the fist with his face during their WBC welterweight bout in Las Vegas September 17, 2011. (John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP) #

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is sacked by the Washington Redskins' Brian Orakpo during their NFL football game in Landover, Md. September 18, 2011. (Evan Vucci/AP) #

American Cael Norman Sanderson (left) wrestles with Russia's Albert Saritov during their freestyle 84 kg bronze medal match at the Senior Wrestling World Championship in Istanbul September 17, 2011. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images) #

Fulham's Pajtim Kasami heads the ball during their Europa League soccer match against FC Twente at Craven Cottage stadium in London September 15, 2011. (Matt Dunham/AP) #

Cameron Miller (left) hurdles over competitor Oscar Karis' chicken during the chicken races at the 52nd Annual International Camel Races in Virginia City, Nev. on September 9, 2011. So wait, there's chicken races at the camel races, and humans can enter? (Cathleen Allison/AP) #

X marks the spot where Austin Dillon celebrates after winning a NASCAR truck race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR) #

Russia's Evgenia Kanaeva performs with the ball during the 31st Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships on September 20, 2011 in Montpellier, France. (Sylvain Thomas/AFP/Getty Images) #

A baseball game seems an ill-advised moment to audition for the Rockettes, but that doesn't stop the Boston Red Sox' Conor Jackson from trying during a game against the Baltimore Orioles on September 19, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

Rikke Skov (right) of Denmark tries to pass the ball while being challenged by Nadezda Muravyev of Russia during their World Cup handball match at the NRGI Arena in Aarhus, Denmark September 20, 2011. (Henning Bagger/Scanpix/Reuters) #

New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt celebrates with the crowd en route to winning the Triathlon ITU World Championship Yokohama in Japan on September 19, 2011, the first major international sporting event in Japan since the earthquake and tsunami in March. (Delly Carr/ITU/AP) #

Bulgarian players concentrate (see, they're miming putting on their thinking caps) during their Volleyball European Championship quarterfinal match against Russia in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic September 15, 2011. (David W Cerny/Reuters) #

Naked rugby players from the Nude Blacks huddle (and cause spectators to poke themselves in the eyes with sharp sticks) before their match against Spanish team Las Conquistadoras ahead of the Rugby World Cup match between England and Argentina in Dunedin, New Zealand September 10, 2011. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #

The England (left) and Georgia scrums battle for the ball during their Rugby World Cup match at the Otago stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand September 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #

A young fan attempts to catch a home run hit by Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park September 17, 2011 in Boston. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) #

Fans of Malmo wave their flags at the start of the Europa League soccer match against AZ Alkmaar in Alkmaar, Netherlands September 15, 2011. (Olaf Kraak/Reuters) #

NO MEN ALLOWED: More than 41,000 women and children filled Sukru Saracoglu Stadium to watch Fenerbahce play against Manisapor in a Turkish League soccer match in Istanbul September 20. 2011. Turkey came up with a radical solution for tackling crowd violence at football matches -- ban the men and let only women and children in. Under new rules approved by Turkey's football association, only women and children under the age of 12 will be admitted to watch games -- for free -- involving teams which have been sanctioned for unruly behavior by their fans. (TURKPIX/AP) #

Cyclists compete during the second stage of the Himalayas 2011 International Mountain Bike Race in the Lake Saif-ul-Maluk area in Pakistan's Naran region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province September 17, 2011. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images) #

Competitors cast shadows during the 2011 Triathlon ITU World Championship Yokohama in Japan on September 19, 2011. (Delly Carr/ITU/AP) #

Slovenia's Jan Polanc is blurred by a slow shutter speed on the camera as he rides in the under 23 time trial in Copenhagen September 19, 2011. (Jens Dresling/Polfoto/AP) #

Dario Franchitti drives during practice for an IndyCar Series race on the road course at Twin Ring Motegi September 18, 2011 in Motegi, Japan. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images) #

Casey Stoner steers his motorbike on his way to clock the fastest time during the qualifying practice at the Motorland racetrack in Alcaniz, Spain September 17, 2011 ahead of the Aragon Motorcycle Grand Prix. (Manu Fernandez/AP) #

Racers in the modified class of the Port-A-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship at Texas Motor Speedway speed away September 17, 2011 in Fort Worth. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images for TMS) #

Courageous Cat, with assistant trainer Neil Poznansky up, gallops at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto early September 16, 2011. (Michael Burns/AP) #

Camels race through the streets of Tilburg, Netherlands September 16, 2011. Despite protests from organizations like the Animal Protection group and the Party for Animals, the Camel Race continues. (Marco De Swart/AFP/Getty Images) #

Competitors race up one of the world's steepest streets in Dunedin, New Zealand on September 18, 2011. The race up Baldwin Street has an average gradient of 1 in 3.41. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Artemis race team from Sweden compete on the fourth day of the America's Cup in Plymouth, England September 15, 2011. (Reuters/Kieran Doherty) #

Athletes swim during the Challenge Henley-on-Thames Triathlon Ironman on September 18, 2011 in Henley-on-Thames, England. (Tom Shaw/Getty Images) #

Roger Federer of Switzerland pauses during his Davis Cup World Group playoff tennis match against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in Sydney September 16, 2011. (Reuters/Daniel Munoz) #


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@Discription photo 5
Doesn't het hit him in the face with his fist in stead of hitting him in the fist with his face?

Posted by Acridian September 29, 11 06:10 PM
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In picture #3, the Phillies didn't beat the Cardinals they beat the Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals had a similiar celebration after clinching the National League Wild Card with their victory over the Houston Astros. Great picture though!

Posted by Chip September 30, 11 08:22 AM
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