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Big Shots for January 20, 2012

Do surfers know what shape a circle is? Best not to ask as Big Shots travels the globe to find the best sports photographs of the week. Elsewhere, cricketers abandon ship, Yao Ming asks the Shanghai legislature for a painted area, and we learn that English soccer referees don't care that it's impolite to point. ( 39 photos total)

Masaki Ito of Japan has decided to hold his breath until you let him have a cookie before dinner during the gymnastics trampoline Olympic qualification round at North Greenwich Arena on January 13, 2012 in London. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Clint Massey (right) skates in front of Martin Klco as they negotiate a jump during the crashed ice world championships ice cross downhill race in St. Paul, Minn. on January 13, 2012. (Ben Garvin/The St. Paul Pioneer Press/Associated Press) #

Skiers perform during the ski cross world cup event on L'Alpe d'Huez, France on January 11, 2012. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

Afghan boys play football in Mazar-i-Shraif on January 10, 2012. Football is one of the most popular games in Afghanistan and is played on dusty dry ground more often than grass. (Qais Usyan/AFP/Getty Images) #

A skier competes during the jumping portion of the nordic combined ski world cup in Chaux-Neuve, France on January 14, 2012. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

A kite surfer takes advantage of high winds and waves on January 12, 2012 in Blackpool, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

Marco Fois dives into the river Tiber from the Cavour Bridge as part of traditional New Year celebrations that date to 1946 on January 1, 2011 in Rome. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images) #

Big Brother is watching. A TV drone flies beside Canada's Erick Guay during a practice run of the Alpine skiing world cup downhill race at the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland on January 12, 2012. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters) #

Ruslan Panteleymonov of Great Britain vaults during the gymnastics Olympic qualification round at North Greenwich Arena on January 10, 2012 in London. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images) #

Antonio Carvalho fights with Felipe Arantes during the Ultimate Fighting Championship Rio, a professional mixed martial arts competition, in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2012. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) #

Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban wonders why he let Tyson Chandler go as he poses for a photo during the NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on January 16, 2012. (Danny Moloshok/Associated Press) #

Ronnie O'Sullivan of England reacts after playing a shot against Ding Junhui of China during the first round match in the BGC Masters snooker tournament at Alexandra Palace in London on January 15, 2012. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #

"I'd rather be dunking on Andrew Bynum," thinks China's former NBA superstar Yao Ming, a newly elected member of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference of Shanghai, as he posts up the meeting of the Shanghai People's Congress in Shanghai on January 10, 2011. Not content with owning a basketball team, studying business and making wine, Yao has now become the youngest -- and tallest -- legislative advisor in Shanghai. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

FC Porto's Alvaro Pereira grimaces on January 14, 2012 during a Portuguese Super League football match against Rio Ave at the Dragao Stadium in Porto. (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis warms up before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans in Baltimore on January 15, 2012. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press) #

Referee Lee Mason lets you know -- yes, you -- that it was all your fault during the English League Cup semifinal football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester on January 11, 2012. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Antony Johnson suddenly wonders if he remembered to turn off the oven before he left the apartment during his middleweight mixed martial arts bout against Vitor Belfort at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Belfort defeated Johnson. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #

The Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton lands a punch on the Winnipeg Jets' Mark Stuart. An NHL hockey game later broke out in Boston on January 10, 2012. (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press) #

Coach Dris Ali Mohammed looks on as Ramzi Abdulhadi al-Haji (center) fights Sofiyan al-Bassar during a boxing training session for young Libyans in Tripoli on January 14, 2012. Boxing, considered a "savage" sport and banned since 1979 by former Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, is making a comeback in the North African country after the strongman's ouster and death. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images) #

France's Luc Abalo (left) scores during their European handball championship match against Spain in Novi Sad on January 16, 2012. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

American Jesse Smith looks to pass over Anthony Martin of Australia during the Water Polo Pan Pacs match between Australia and United States at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on January 11, 2012 in Melbourne. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images) #

Wyomi Masela of The Netherlands performs her floor exercise during the qualification of the Artistic International Gymnastics London 2012 Olympic qualifier at the North Greenwich Arena in London on January 11, 2012. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal (left) appeals and dismisses England's Stuart Broad during their first cricket test match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on January 17, 2012. (Philip Brown/Reuters) #

Either there's a sudden noxious odor, or Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers players collide after chasing a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game on January 9, 2012 in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press) #

Bulgarians dive into icy water as they compete to catch a cross in the middle of a lake in Sofia as part of Epiphany Day celebrations on January 6, 2012. It is believed that the man who is the first to grab the cross, thrown into the water by an Eastern Orthodox priest, will be healthy throughout the year. (Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images) #

Hundreds of surfers form a circle -- okay, it's not exactly a circle, but hey, they're surfers -- in honor of surf forecaster Sean Collins on January 8, 2012, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Collins, who created a system to predict waves, died after suffering a heart attack December 26, 2011. (Gregory Bull/Associated Press) #

Two Chievo supporters attend the Italian Serie A football match between AS Roma and Chievo at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on January 8, 2012. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images) #

Skiers audition for the Rockettes chorus line during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Ski Cross on January 11, 2012 on L'Alpe d'Huez, France. (Vianney Thibaut/Agence Zoom/Getty Images) #

Biathletes compete at the shooting range during the men's 15km mass start event of the IBU biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany on January 8, 2012. (Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images) #

Horsemen ride during a traditional Epiphany celebration race in Pietrosani, Romania on January 6, 2012. According to the local Epiphany traditions, following the religious service, villagers get their horses blessed with the Holy water then compete in a race. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press) #

The peloton rides past spectators in bathtubs during stage one of the Tour Down Under in Clare, Australia on January 17, 2012. (Mark Gunter/AFP/Getty Images) #

Swimmers paddle in 41 degrees Fahrenheit water during the Three Kings swim in the Vltava River in Prague on January 6, 2012. (Petr Josek/Reuters) #

England international cricketer Alistair Cook jumps from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing before the start of leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race on January 14, 2012. Cricketers went for a sail with the team and the only way to leave the boat before the start was to jump into the water to be picked by a support vessel. (Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race/Associated Press) #

Everton's Tim Cahill vies with Aston Villa's James Collins (top) during their English Premier League football match in Birmingham on January 14, 2012. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson guards the net from a puck shot by the Pittsburgh Penguins in their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on January 10, 2012. (Jason Cohn/Reuters) #

Brazil's Bruna Kuroiwa Yamamoto practices a handstand during the international gymnastics Olympics test and qualification event at the North Greenwich Arena in London on January 11, 2012. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press) #

Geoffrey Kipsang (center) of Kenya holds the trophy between Albert Rop (left) of Kenya and Moses Kipsiro of Uganda after winning the Italica cross-country race in Santiponce, Spain on January 15, 2012. (Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters) #

Alessandro Botturi races during the 11th stage of the Dakar Rally between Arica, Chile and Arequipa, Peru on January 12, 2012. (Martin Mejia/Associated Press) #

The moon illuminates McGillivray Pass Lodge in the Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia on January 9, 2012. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/Associated Press) #


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