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Qi Guangpu of China performs an aerial in the Men's Aerials training during the FIS Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, March 9. 




REUTERS/Paul Hanna

Qi Guangpu of China performs an aerial in the Men's Aerials training during the FIS Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, March 9. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

Qi Guangpu of China performs an aerial in the Men's Aerials training during the FIS Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, March 9. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
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Birtukan Fente of Ethiopia falls during a heat of the Women's 3000 Metres Steeplechase during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 9. 



REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Birtukan Fente of Ethiopia falls during a heat of the Women's 3000 Metres Steeplechase during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 9. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Birtukan Fente of Ethiopia falls during a heat of the Women's 3000 Metres Steeplechase during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 9. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her Women's singles third round match against Nicole Gibbs of the U.S. during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 21. 


REUTERS/Jason Reed

Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her Women's singles third round match against Nicole Gibbs of the U.S. during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 21. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her Women's singles third round match against Nicole Gibbs of the U.S. during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 21. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Benfica's Mile Svilar carries the ball over the line as Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (not pictured) scores their first goal during the Champions League match between S.L. Benfica and Manchester United at Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal, October 18. 


Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Benfica's Mile Svilar carries the ball over the line as Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (not pictured) scores their first goal during the Champions League match between S.L. Benfica and Manchester United at Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal,...more

Benfica's Mile Svilar carries the ball over the line as Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (not pictured) scores their first goal during the Champions League match between S.L. Benfica and Manchester United at Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal, October 18. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
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Argentina's Lionel Messi looks on at a match against Venezuela during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers at the Monumental stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 5. 



REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Argentina's Lionel Messi looks on at a match against Venezuela during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers at the Monumental stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 5. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Argentina's Lionel Messi looks on at a match against Venezuela during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers at the Monumental stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 5. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
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Judges watch Hannu Manninen of Finland in the Men's Nordic Combined Team Ski Jumping during the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Lahti, Finland, February, 26. 


REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Judges watch Hannu Manninen of Finland in the Men's Nordic Combined Team Ski Jumping during the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Lahti, Finland, February, 26. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Judges watch Hannu Manninen of Finland in the Men's Nordic Combined Team Ski Jumping during the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Lahti, Finland, February, 26. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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The peloton in action at Stage 4 from Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg to Vittel, France, during the 104th Tour de France cycling race in France, July 4. 


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The peloton in action at Stage 4 from Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg to Vittel, France, during the 104th Tour de France cycling race in France, July 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The peloton in action at Stage 4 from Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg to Vittel, France, during the 104th Tour de France cycling race in France, July 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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A streaker is chased by a steward after invading the track during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, London, August 5. 


REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A streaker is chased by a steward after invading the track during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, London, August 5. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A streaker is chased by a steward after invading the track during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, London, August 5. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in action during a bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, August 26. 


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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in action during a bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, August 26. USA TODAY Sports/Mark J. Rebilas

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in action during a bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, August 26. USA TODAY Sports/Mark J. Rebilas
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Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera gets hit in the face while fouling the ball off the ground in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Chicago, May 30. 


USA TODAY Sports/Patrick Gorski

Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera gets hit in the face while fouling the ball off the ground in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Chicago, May 30. USA TODAY Sports/Patrick Gorski

Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera gets hit in the face while fouling the ball off the ground in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Chicago, May 30. USA TODAY Sports/Patrick Gorski
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates with coaching staff after the UEFA Europa League Final match against Ajax Amsterdam at the Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden, May 5. 


REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates with coaching staff after the UEFA Europa League Final match against Ajax Amsterdam at the Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden, May 5. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates with coaching staff after the UEFA Europa League Final match against Ajax Amsterdam at the Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden, May 5. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses the trophy after winning his Men's Singles Final match against Croatia's Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 16. 


REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses the trophy after winning his Men's Singles Final match against Croatia's Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 16. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses the trophy after winning his Men's Singles Final match against Croatia's Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 16. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Briante Weber comes face to face with Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay under the basket in the second half at Citizens Business Bank Arena in California, October 4. 


USA TODAY Sports/Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Los Angeles Lakers guard Briante Weber comes face to face with Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay under the basket in the second half at Citizens Business Bank Arena in California, October 4. USA TODAY Sports/Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Los Angeles Lakers guard Briante Weber comes face to face with Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay under the basket in the second half at Citizens Business Bank Arena in California, October 4. USA TODAY Sports/Jayne Kamin-Oncea
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North Korea's synchronised swimming team practice under coach supervision during the World Aquatics Championships, Team Technical Final in Budapest, Hungary, July 18. 


REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

North Korea's synchronised swimming team practice under coach supervision during the World Aquatics Championships, Team Technical Final in Budapest, Hungary, July 18. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

North Korea's synchronised swimming team practice under coach supervision during the World Aquatics Championships, Team Technical Final in Budapest, Hungary, July 18. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Pawel Fajdek of Poland reacts after winning gold in the men's hammer throw final during the World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium, London, August 11. 


REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Pawel Fajdek of Poland reacts after winning gold in the men's hammer throw final during the World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium, London, August 11. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Pawel Fajdek of Poland reacts after winning gold in the men's hammer throw final during the World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium, London, August 11. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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Neymar celebrates scoring Paris Saint-Germain's third goal with Dani Alves during a Champions League match against R.S.C. Anderlecht in Brussels, Belgium, October 18. 

REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Neymar celebrates scoring Paris Saint-Germain's third goal with Dani Alves during a Champions League match against R.S.C. Anderlecht in Brussels, Belgium, October 18. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Neymar celebrates scoring Paris Saint-Germain's third goal with Dani Alves during a Champions League match against R.S.C. Anderlecht in Brussels, Belgium, October 18. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A participant dives from the Pont Alexandre III bridge into the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23. Paris transformed into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Day with a variety of sporting events for the public, as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 



REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

A participant dives from the Pont Alexandre III bridge into the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23. Paris transformed into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Day with a variety of sporting events for the public, as the city...more

A participant dives from the Pont Alexandre III bridge into the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23. Paris transformed into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Day with a variety of sporting events for the public, as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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Roma's Francesco Totti is thrown into the air by teammates after his last game during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Genoa at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, May 28. 



REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Roma's Francesco Totti is thrown into the air by teammates after his last game during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Genoa at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, May 28. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Roma's Francesco Totti is thrown into the air by teammates after his last game during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Genoa at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, May 28. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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Usain Bolt of Jamaica falls down injured in the Men's 4 X 100 meters relay final during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 12. 


REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Usain Bolt of Jamaica falls down injured in the Men's 4 X 100 meters relay final during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 12. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Usain Bolt of Jamaica falls down injured in the Men's 4 X 100 meters relay final during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 12. REUTERS/Matthew Childs
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Houston Texans wide receiver Bruce Ellington makes the catch under pressure from the New England Patriots defense in the second half at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, September 24. 


USA TODAY Sports/David Butler

Houston Texans wide receiver Bruce Ellington makes the catch under pressure from the New England Patriots defense in the second half at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, September 24. USA TODAY Sports/David Butler

Houston Texans wide receiver Bruce Ellington makes the catch under pressure from the New England Patriots defense in the second half at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, September 24. USA TODAY Sports/David Butler
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Sergio Garcia of Spain smiles as he is presented the green jacket by last year's champion Danny Willett of England after winning the 2017 Masters golf tournament in a playoff at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, April 9. 



REUTERS/Mike Segar

Sergio Garcia of Spain smiles as he is presented the green jacket by last year's champion Danny Willett of England after winning the 2017 Masters golf tournament in a playoff at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, April 9. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Sergio Garcia of Spain smiles as he is presented the green jacket by last year's champion Danny Willett of England after winning the 2017 Masters golf tournament in a playoff at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, April 9. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is out at second base as Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada throws to first base during the ninth inning in Houston, Texas, September 21. 


USA TODAY Sports/Troy Taormina

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is out at second base as Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada throws to first base during the ninth inning in Houston, Texas, September 21. USA TODAY Sports/Troy Taormina

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is out at second base as Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada throws to first base during the ninth inning in Houston, Texas, September 21. USA TODAY Sports/Troy Taormina
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans after winning the 2017 Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Britain, July 16. 


REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans after winning the 2017 Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Britain, July 16. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans after winning the 2017 Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Britain, July 16. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
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Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scores their third goal against Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff, Wales, June 3. 



REUTERS/Carl Recine

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scores their third goal against Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff, Wales, June 3. REUTERS/Carl Recine

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scores their third goal against Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff, Wales, June 3. REUTERS/Carl Recine
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Boxers Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in action during their bout for the IBF, IBO and WBA Super World Heavyweight Titles at Wembley Stadium, London, April 29. 


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Boxers Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in action during their bout for the IBF, IBO and WBA Super World Heavyweight Titles at Wembley Stadium, London, April 29. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Boxers Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in action during their bout for the IBF, IBO and WBA Super World Heavyweight Titles at Wembley Stadium, London, April 29. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
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San Francisco Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson misses a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Curtis Granderson during the second inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, September 24. 


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San Francisco Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson misses a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Curtis Granderson during the second inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, September 24. USA TODAY Sports/Jake Roth

San Francisco Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson misses a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Curtis Granderson during the second inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, September 24. USA TODAY Sports/Jake Roth
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Justin Gatlin of the U.S. kneels down in front of Usain Bolt of Jamaica after the final of the Men's 100 Metres final during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 5. 


REUTERS/Phil Noble

Justin Gatlin of the U.S. kneels down in front of Usain Bolt of Jamaica after the final of the Men's 100 Metres final during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 5. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Justin Gatlin of the U.S. kneels down in front of Usain Bolt of Jamaica after the final of the Men's 100 Metres final during the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium, August 5. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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A cricket match takes place between England and the West Indies during the Third Test in London, September 8. 


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A cricket match takes place between England and the West Indies during the Third Test in London, September 8. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

A cricket match takes place between England and the West Indies during the Third Test in London, September 8. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
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Some members of the Cleveland Browns team kneel while others stand during the U.S. National Anthem before the start of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, September 24, 2017. 


USA TODAY Sports/Thomas J. Russo

Some members of the Cleveland Browns team kneel while others stand during the U.S. National Anthem before the start of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, September 24, 2017. USA TODAY Sports/Thomas J....more

Some members of the Cleveland Browns team kneel while others stand during the U.S. National Anthem before the start of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, September 24, 2017. USA TODAY Sports/Thomas J. Russo
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