Sports photos of the week, Dec. 30 to Jan. 5

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Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions fumbles the ball after being sacked by defensive end Demarcus Lawrence #90 of the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter during a NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Stanford forward Kailee Johnson, right, reacts after being called for a foul on Colorado forward Jen Reese (34) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Stanford won 62-55. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Sunderland's Connor Wickham, right, vies for the ball with Leeds United's captain Liam Cooper, left, during their English FA Cup third round soccer match between Sunderland and Leeds United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Boise State running back Jay Ajayi dives for the touchdown as Arizona cornerback Jarvis McCall Jr. defends during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks is sprayed with water prior to the NHL game against the Dallas Stars at the United Center on January 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jermaine Edmondson #39 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a 42-41 win against the Baylor Bears during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on January 1, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe lunges for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Akira Yaegashi of Japan, right, lands left to Pedro Guevara of Mexico during their bout for the vacant WBC Light Flyweight title in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
In this handout image provided by the Volvo Ocean Race, Misty Start of Leg 3 from Abu Dhabi to Sanya on January 03, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)
Roger Federer takes part in the Pat Rafter Arena Spectacular during day one of the 2015 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 4, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Oussama Assaidi of Stoke City battles for the ball with Rob Evans of Wrexham during the FA Cup Third Round match between Stoke City and Wrexham at Britannia Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan goes up for a reverse dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 99-78. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Germone Hopper #5 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a reception against Jordan Thomas #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl on December 29, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Max Domi #16 of Team Canada scores an empty net goal to secure Team Canada's win over Team United States in a preliminary round game during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships at the Bell Centre on December 31, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Spectators watch a competitor jump during Day One of the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup HS 106 Team Competition on January 3, 2015 in Schonach, Germany. (Photo by Michael Kienzler/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals swarm goalie Braden Holtby (70) after their 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Winter Classic at Nationals Park on January 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Jack Nowell of Exeter Chiefs dives over for his side's first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby at Sandy Park on January 3, 2015 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
#301 Nasser Al Attiyah of Qatar and Mathieu Baumel of France for the ALL4 Racing Mini Qatar Rally Team compete during day 1 of the Dakar Rallly on January 4, 2015 between Buenos Aires and Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Emily Sweeney of the United States competes in the 1st run of the Women's FIL Luge World Cup Koenigssee at Deutsche Post Eisarena on January 3, 2015 in Koenigssee, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic serves in the mixed doubles match against Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil of Canada during day one of the 2015 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 4, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)
Severin Freund of Germany during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Vierschanzentournee (Four Hills Tournament) on January 04, 2015 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Stanko Gruden/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
In this handout image provided by the Volvo Ocean Race, onboard Team Alvimedica. Sunrise in the Straits of Hormuz after a busy night of sailing north along the UAE coastline. Dave Swete gets a hand from Seb Marsset while he repairs a rip in the A3 sail January 4, 2015 during Leg 3 between Abu Dhabi, UAE and Sanya, China. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 11, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in 11 countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, the Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier ocean race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)
Adrian Colunga of Brighton celebrates scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion at Craven Cottage on December 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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This week in sports saw confetti fall a day late on Jermaine Edmondson, as the Michigan State Spartans celebrated a nail-biting college football Bowl win over Baylor on New Year's Day. Meanwhile in the professional realm, Matthew Stafford's road woes continued as he and his Lions fumbled away a big lead against the Cowboys in Dallas.

In the NBA, Suns guard Eric Bledsoe showed his commitment to the cause with a reckless full-stretched dive and Stanford's Kailee Johnson confirmed referees are always wrong with her hilarious reaction to the whistle.

So, kick off your year the right way by checking out the best sports photos of the week and, if you missed them, check out the coolest shots of 2014 in the gallery below.

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Sports photos of the week, Dec. 30 to Jan. 5

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Al Bello, Getty Images

Ivan Trofimov of Russia swims the Men's 200m Medley heats during the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships at Europa-Sportpark on August 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. 

Photo Credit: Adam Petty, Getty Images

The Ottawa 67's look on from the bench during an OHL game between the Ottawa 67's and the Niagara Ice Dogs at the Meridian Centre on October 30, 2014 in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada. 

Photo Credit: Vaughn Ridley, Getty Images

Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys holds the ball under pressure from the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on November 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images

A second period goal by Jack Skille of the Columbus Blue Jackets (not shown) sends water splashing from the bottle behind goaltender Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Buffalo Sabres on October 9, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Photo Credit: Bill Wippert, NHLI via Getty Images

Baylor's Isaiah Austin (21) has his face covered by the ball as Nebraska's Leslee Smith's arm reaches for the ball during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Antonio. Baylor won 74-60.

Photo Credit: David J. Phillip, AP Photo

Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly, left, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba (62) battle for the puck along the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

Photo Credit: Elise Amendola, AP Photo

Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.

Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham, Getty Images

Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball against Josip Drmic (L), Fabian Schar (2nd L), Stephan Lichtsteiner (2nd R) and Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Photo Credit: Matthias Hangst, Getty Images

Ekaterina Petukhova and Yulia Timoshinina of Russia practice prior to the Women's 10m Synchro Platform Final during day one of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series at the London Aquatics Centre on April 25, 2014 in London, England.

Photo Credit: Clive Rose, Getty Images

Norichika Aoki #23 of the Kansas City Royals gets hit from a pitch by Miguel Gonzalez #50 of the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Photo Credit: Ed Zurga, Getty Images

Simon Mignolet of Liverpool fails to prevent Eduardo Vargas of QPR scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool at Loftus Road on October 19, 2014 in London, England.

Photo Credit: Clive Rose, Getty Images

San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan dives back to third after advancing from first on a Joe Panik double against the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Denver.

Photo Credit: Jack Dempsey, AP Photo

Zoe Mahan, center, pushes the trophy as her mother Kandi Mahan, left, grabs her while they pose with Hunter Mahan, husband, father and winner of The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Paramus, N.J.

Photo Credit: Mel Evans, AP Photo

The ball flies over the head of quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images

Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders is hit into the glass by Nick Bjugstad #27 of the Florida Panthers during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 1, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.

Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images

The New Zealand team perform the Haka after winning the Cup Final between England and New Zealand during the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens at Hong Kong International Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Photo Credit: Cameron Spencer, 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

Valentin Cretu of Romania takes part in a men's luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Photo Credit: Julian Finney, Getty Images

Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.

Photo Credit: Sean Gardner, NASCAR via Getty Images

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a forehand against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their third round match during day six of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 8, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill, Getty Images

Claudia Fragapane of Britain keeps her eyes on the balance beam as she competes in the women's qualifying round of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Photo Credit: Andy Wong, AP Photo

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses a catch out of bounds during the second quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 5, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Photo Credit: Rob Foldy, Getty Images

Cedric Dubler of Australia gets set in the blocks for the start of the 110m hurdle portion of the men's decathlon during day two of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field on July 23, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, bottom, of Turkey, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Mark J. Terrill, AP Photo

Cleveland Indians right fielder Carlos Moncrief catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Kristopher Negron at the right field wall in the seventh inning of an exhibition baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The wall displays an advertisement for a homebuilder.

Photo Credit: Paul Sancya, AP Photo

Shaun White of the United States crashes out in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Photo Credit: Cameron Spencer, Getty Images

Lily Zhang of United States in action against Miyu Kato of Japan in their Girls Table Tennis Singles Bronze Medal Competition during day four of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Wutaishan Gymnasium on August 20, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

Photo Credit: Stanley Chou, Getty Images

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter jumps after hitting the game-winning single against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in New York. The Yankees won 6-5.

Photo Credit: Julie Jacobson, AP Photo

A local boy plays football on Iracema Beach on June 11, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Photo Credit: Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

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