The Week in Sports Pictures: Dec. 26 - Jan. 1
It was a breeze
Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds up his helmet as he runs off the field. Brees broke the NFL's single-season record for passing yards when he completed a nine-yard touchdown pass in the final minutes of their win against Falcons on Monday, Dec. 27, 2011 in New Orleans, La. He would finish the season with 5,476 yards.
Tooting their own horns
Members of the Wisconsin band perform during a pep rally on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif. The Badgers play Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Norway's Tom Hilde crashes during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Hilde gave a thumbs-up sign as he was taken away on a stretcher.
Novak Djokovic goofs off during his match against Gael Monfils. Djokovic won the match on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at the Mubadala Tennis Championship, in Abu Dhabi. He eventually won the tournament.
Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez reaches for the ball against Howard's Simuel Frazier. Rodriguez and the Wildcats won their game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Manhattan, Kan.
Reliable hands at Reliant
Northwestern receiver Rashad Lawrence focuses on the ball after Texas A&M defensive back Coryell Judie tips it during their bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Houston. Texas A&M won the game.
Sarah Schleper skis down the Hochstein course with her 3-year-old son, Lasse. After 15 seasons of World Cup ski racing, Schleper skied the course in a brown dress, then grabbed her son halfway through for "something special" for her final World Cup race on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 in Lienz, Austria.
Penn State's Ross Travis, left, and Matt Glover contest Michigan's Jordan Morgan for a rebound. Morgan and the Wolverines won their Big Ten game on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Much at stake
Jockey Mike Smith races Ismene down the stretch at the $100,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in Arcadia, Calif.
Here's a tip
Martin Schmitt displays fine form during practice for the 60th four hill ski jumping tournament on Dec. 29, 2011, in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano jumps at a call. His Scarlet Knights beat Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in New York.
Michael Neumayer of Germany soars through the air during the second stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
Competitors jump in during the 102nd Barcelona Traditional Christmas Swimming Cup. The Copa Nadal is organized by the Barcelona Swimming Club and was launched in 1908 and involves swimming across some 200 meters of open water in Barcelona harbor.
Green Bay's Brad Jones tackles a fan who ran onto the field. That was one of the few tackles the Packers' defense made during a 45-41 win on Jan. 1, 2012, in Green Bay, Wisc.
Cricket in the cold
Indian boys play cricket near the Jama Masjid mosque on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 in New Delhi. Cold temperatures have been a huge problem in northern India of late.