Quarterback Darron Thomas of the Oregon Ducks (right) threw for 30 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions this season. The Ducks beat UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship to earn a spot in the Rose Bowl, where they'll face Wisconsin. Steve Dykes/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Haley of the New York Islanders fights Stu Bickel of the New York Rangers in the first period of an NHL game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Dec. 26. Paul Bereswill/Getty Images hide caption

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Barrel racing champion Charmayne James rides during a demonstration at a new arena in Gretna, Fla., that plans to hold wagering on the sport. Brendan Farrington/AP hide caption

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Novak Djokovic smiles with his U.S. Open trophy atop the Empire State Building in New York, Sept. 13, 2011. The Serbian defeated Rafael Nadal to win his first U.S. Open tennis championship and third Grand Slam trophy of 2011. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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These guys aren't playing basketball this season. But they were photographed in the Caucasus region, some time between 1870 and 1886. Library of Congress hide caption

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The Groupama Sailing Team (shown here on Dec. 10 near Cape Town, South Africa) is somewhere out ahead in the "stealth zone." Volvo Ocean Race/Getty Images hide caption

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