The Rundown

Sand, surf and kung-fu Zlatan: 12 of the week’s best sports photos

The Rundown

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1) KAPOW! Reports that this corner flag raised Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ire by claiming the striker had no right winning a 2013 award for a goal he scored in 2012 are unfounded.

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2) BEYOND REACH: And that's exactly what the top three are to United after Samuel Eto'o put them to the sword - including this peach of a goal.

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3) LOWER LEAGUE GAMES ARE CALLED OFF FOR LESS: Arouca v Sporting Lisbon was a bit of a challenge for the participants.

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4) ON THE SUBJECT OF CRAZY WEATHER... The Australian Open in Melbourne has had it all so far. We can only hope that this lightning bolt bought a ticket for that view.

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5) SLOANE STEPHENS, THE ANIMATED SERIES: Action shots can generally be a pain for photographers. Except when they look as awesome as this.

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6) SERVICE OVER: Enjoy this photo of Maria Sharapova for the time being - there won't be any in next week's gallery after she was knocked out Down Under.

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7) SHADOW SURFER: Cole Clisby has a Facebook profile photo for life, taken during a tournament in California.

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8) LONG AND WINDING PATH: Spain's Marc Coma rides his KTM motorcycle during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally.

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9) 'AWW, NOBODY WANTS TO PLAY WITH ME': You wouldn't want to see Andrey Karginov of Russia and his Kamaz Dakar truck making a beeline for the sandpit in your back garden.

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10) THE GLOVES ARE OFF (AGAIN): Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust plays the role of windscreen to Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Troy Bodie's fly.

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11) ONE WAY OF GETTING A FREE HAIRCUT: Veronica Grigorieva and Aritz Maestu of Spain perform at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Budapest.

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12) WHY SKIING AT NIGHT IS AWESOME, PART 857: Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic looks uber-cool at the World Cup Women's Slalom race in Flachau.

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