The Week in Sports Pictures: Aug. 15 - Aug. 21
Mark Martin, front left, and Greg Biffle lead the field during the Pure Michigan 400. Kyle Busch won the NASCAR race on Sunday, Aug. 21 in Brooklyn, Mich.
U.S. surfer CJ Hobgood rides a wave during a heat at the Billabong Pro surfing competition on on Saturday, Aug. 20. The 12-day event in Teahupo'o, Tahiti, features some of the world's best surfers.
New Dolphins running back Reggie Bush loses his helmet after a tackle. Bush ran eight times for 48 yards and caught two passes during Miami's 20-10 preseason win against the Panthers on Friday, Aug. 19, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Back at it
Sumo wrestlers prepare for a meal after training. They were at a summer camp at their freshly rebuilt stable in Soma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. The wrestlers, eager to give back to the community that has hosted their summer training for 20 years, have returned to the Japanese port district that was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Horses from the rival contrade (teams) of Snail (L), Caterpillar (C) and Wold at San Martino compete in the traditional Palio horse race at the Il Campo square in the Tuscan city of Siena on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The Palio race is held twice a year in Siena and jockeys ride bareback around a makeshift track set up in the city's central square.
A diver twirls off the roof of the Institute of Contempory Art as an airplane takes off from Logan International Airport during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on Saturday, Aug. 20. Boston was the sixth stop on this year's tour and the only urban venue, where divers plunge some 90 feet from the roof of a contemporary art museum into Boston Harbor.
A man holds his friend as they attempt to climb a greased and slippery pole as part of Indonesian Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday, Aug. 17 in Jakarta. Indonesia marked the 66th anniversary this year of its freedom from Dutch rule.
Not so fan friendly
Fans of Santos and Morelia take cover. Shots were fired near Santos Laguna stadium during the Mexican league championship match on Saturday, Aug. 20 in Torreon. The soccer match in Mexico's first division was abandoned.
South African surfer Andy Marr flies through the air. Marr caught a wave by an offshore reef near Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday, Aug. 21. Surfers using waverunners to tow into the Cape's biggest winter swells are eligble for the Rebel Sessions Awards which recognise the best surfing over a season of big waves in Cape Town.
Down by the Bay
San Francisco running back Anthony Dixon is tackled by Oakland defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and safety Michael Huff, bottom, on Saturday, Aug. 20. The 49ers won the preseason game, 17-3.
Georgetown players fight with Chinese pro team the Bayi Rockets during an exhibition game on Thursday, Aug. 18 in Beijing. The game was called because of the melee.
That ain't mutton
Travis Wimberly competes in the mutton bustin' part of the Bernalillo County 4-H Rodeo in Albuquerque, N.M.
Supercross's super setting
Riders clear the second jump during the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Olympic Park in London.
The Dodgers' Trent Oeltjen dives into home on an inside-the-park home run against the Rockies on Saturday, Aug. 20 in Denver.
Los Angeles Angels' Peter Bourjos, left, upends Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler to break up a double play attempt. The Angels' Alberto Callaspo was safe at first during the Tuesday, Aug. 16 game in Anaheim, Calif.
Into the sunset
French skipper Jeremie Beyou sails his monohull on his way to victory in one leg of the Solitaire du Figaro solo sailing race on Wednesday, Aug. 17, off France's western coast.