Sports photos of the week, Dec. 8 to Dec. 14

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By KELSEY DRISCOLL and MATT AVERNA

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Gael Monfils of the Indian Aces walks out for his teams match against the Manila Mavericks during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League fourth leg at the Hamdan Sports Complex, December 12, 2014 in Dubai.

Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill, Getty Images

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers battles Jerome Jordan #9, and Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in New York City. 

Photo Credit: Al Bello, Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown shoots a selfie-type photo with fans after the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Atlanta. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-20.

Photo Credit: David Goldman, AP Photo

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets follows the puck during the first period on December 13, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in a shootout.

Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau, NHLI via Getty Images

Khaleen Pinkett #2 of the Savannah State Tigers defends against the Miami Hurricanes during second half action on December 8, 2014 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Miami defeated Savannah State 70-39.

Photo Credit: Joel Auerbach, Getty Images

San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, left, knocks a pass way from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in San Diego.

Photo Credit: Lenny Ignelzi, AP Photo

Los Angeles Lakers' Jeremy Lin, bottom, and Sacramento Kings' Rudy Gay fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 98-95.

Photo Credit: Jae C. Hong, AP Photo

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders (18) is knocked off his feet by Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken (11) on a kickoff return during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

Photo Credit: Patrick Semansky, AP Photo

Edmonton Oilers' Taylor Hall dives for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 2-1.

Photo Credit: Jae C. Hong, AP Photo

Bullfighter Chuck Swisher, top, gets tossed into the air by bull Cajun Smurf while Swisher was protecting Bull rider Trey Benton III during the seventh go-round of the National Finals Rodeo, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Photo Credit: John Locher, AP Photo

A general view of a line out during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between London Welsh and Edinburgh Rugby at Kassam Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Oxford, England.

Photo Credit: Clive Rose, Getty Images

New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington dives into the end zone after recovering a blocked field goal for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during first quarter action at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014.

Photo Credit: Matthew J. Lee, The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A surfer rides a huge wave during a tow-in surfing session at the Praia do Norte or North beach, in Nazare, Portugal, Thursday, Dec, 11, 2014. The beach has become a famous break point for big waves riders around the world.

Photo Credit: Francisco Seco, AP Photo

A general view of the Mass Start Ladies race on day three of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating held at Thialf Ice Arena on December 14, 2014 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Ivanie Blondin of Canada won the race.

Photo Credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos, Getty Images

Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl, of Austria, scores a goal past Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Khudobin, of Kazakstan, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Photo Credit: Matt Slocum, AP Photo

Monaco's Joao Moutinho, top left, celebrates with teammates their side's 2nd goal during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Monaco and Zenit St. Petersburg at Louis II stadium in Monaco, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Monaco qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League by defeating Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 to finish top of Group C Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Lionel Cironneau, AP Photo

Lars Helge Birkeland of Norway competes during the IBU Biathlon World Cup Men's and Women's Pursuit on December 14, 2014 in Hochfilzen, Austria.

Photo Credit: Stanko Gruden, Agence Zoom/Getty Images

Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins (25) goes to the floor to try to get a loose ball from Columbia's Maodo Lo at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday Dec. 10, 2014. Kentucky won, 56-46.

Photo Credit: Mark Cornelison, Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS via Getty Images

America's Michael Arroyo, left, shoots to score against Tigres during the final of the Mexican soccer league in Mexico City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

Photo Credit: Christian Palma, AP Photo

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a catch against Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Photo Credit: Julio Cortez, AP Photo

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Real Madrid CF and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

Photo Credit: Angel Martinez, Real Madrid via Getty Images

Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets misses a pass in the end zone of the third quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jets defeated the Titans 16-11.

Photo Credit: Wesley Hitt, Getty Images

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw during the second quarter. The Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 100-94. 

Photo Credit: Hannah Foslien, Getty Images

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers celebrates with fans on his way to the locker room after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 43-37.

Photo Credit: Mike Roemer, AP Photo

America's coach Antonio Mohamed is tossed up in the air by his players celebrating their defeat of Tigres at the end of the Mexican league final soccer match in Mexico City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

Photo Credit: Christian Palma, AP Photo

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With football, basketball, hockey and soccer seasons all in full swing, it's a great time of year to be a sports fan. To ease your Monday woes, we've put together a collection of the best sports photos of the week.

NFL phenom Odell Bechkam Jr. just can't seem to stay out of the highlight reels and the immortal Kobe Bryant keeps climbing NBA record books. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale's Real Madrid is dominating Europe and just off the Portuguese coast surfers are braving some of the biggest waves you've ever seen.

Like we said, it's a great time to be a sports fan. So kick back, relax and check out the week that was in the wonderful world of sports.


And if you missed it, you can see last week's collection of sports shots below:

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With Whiteface Mountain in the background, Kimberley McRae, of Canada, takes a training run for the luge World Cup on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Competition begins on Friday. 

Photo Credit: Mike Groll, AP

Daniel Geale throws a punch at Jarrod Fletcher during the IBF Pan Pacific, WBA Oriental and WBO interim Asia Pacific Middleweight Title bout between Daniel Geale and Jarrod Fletcher at Hordern Pavilion on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

Photo Credit: Matt King, Getty Images

Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams, bottom, dunks the ball past San Antonio Spurs' Aron Baynes, of Australia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Photo Credit: Matt Slocum, AP Photo

Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators tracks the puck on a shot by Chris Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks at Canadian Tire Centre on December 7, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Photo Credit: Andre Ringuette, NHLI via Getty Images

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates his goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

Photo Credit: Scott Heppell, AP Photo

Cavs LeBron James drives against Raptors Terrence Ross. Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers during 1st half action at the Air Canada Centre of the NBA season on December 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: Rick Madonik, Toronto Star via Getty Images

The fans from Brondby IF celebrate the 50th birthday of Brondby IF at the 50th minute during the Danish Superliga match between Brondby IF and Silkeborg IF at Brondby Stadion on December 07, 2014 in Brondby, Denmark.

Photo Credit: Jan Christensen / FrontzoneSport via Getty Images

Matteo Marsaglia, of Italy, reacts after finishing his run at the men's World Cup super G skiing event Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Photo Credit: John Locher, AP Photo

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown (14) trips over Miami Dolphins free safety Louis Delmas (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Photo Credit: Wilfredo Lee, AP Photo

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce, right, looks for an opening around Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, left, and center Kelly Olynyk, behind, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Boston.

Photo Credit: Steven Senne, AP Photo

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reaches out for an overthrown pass while being covered by Terence Newman #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Photo Credit: Andy Lyons, Getty Images

Coline Aumard of France competes against Low Wee Wern of Malaysia during a quarterfinal match at the Mark Sachvie Squash Centre at White Oaks Resort during day four of the Women's World Team Squash Championships on December 4, 2014 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Photo Credit: Vaughn Ridley, Getty Images

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) is sacked by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Cleveland. 

Photo Credit: Tony Dejak, AP

Arkansas's Michael Qualls, top, tumbles into Clemson's Sidy Djitte (50) while shooting a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.

Photo Credit: Richard Shiro, AP

Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy reacts after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Victor Decolongon, Getty Images

Jourdon Grandon #26 of the Arizona Wildcats loses his helmet while defending Charles Nelson #6 of the Oregon Ducks in the first half of the PAC-12 Championships at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.

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Gus Kenworthy competes in the final round of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2015 men's ski halfpipe during the USSA Grand Prix on December 5, 2014 in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Photo Credit: Tom Pennington, Getty Images

Marcel Goc #57 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates during pre-game introductions before the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Consol Energy Center on December 4, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller, Getty Images

Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs attempts a pass around Mason Plumlee #1 of the Brooklyn Nets in the first half at the Barclays Center on December 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Photo Credit: Alex Goodlett, Getty Images

TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson (9) breaks a tackle by Iowa State defensive back Nigel Tribune (34) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Photo Credit: Brandon Wade, AP Photo

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