Sports photos of the week, Jan. 26

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While fans had a chance to collect their breath in the pre-Super Bowl bye week, there was still plenty of sports action to be had.

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Algeria's Rafik Halliche, right, controls the ball in front of South Africa's Sibusiso Vilakazi, during the African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match between Algeria and South Africa in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 24: Sammie Coates #18 of the South team catches a pass in front of Josh Shaw #16 of the North team during the second quarter of the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd Peebles stadium on January 24, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
New York Knicks' Langston Galloway (2) celebrates after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in New York. New York won 113-106. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Chievo Verona goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri, top left, and Juventus' Martin Caceres go for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Chievo Verona at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
Jeremy Abbott performs during an exhibition after the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 25: Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues and Team Foligno defends against Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames and Team Toews during the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on January 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
KREISCHBERG, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 17: An athlet competes during Snowboard Slopestyle training for the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships on January 17, 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, left, and Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson battle for control of the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 92-86. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Australia's Tim Cahill performs an overhead kick to score Australia's first goal during the AFC Asia Cup quarterfinal soccer match between China and Australia in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was rotated from its original perspective.) Daria Gavrilova of Australia plays a forehand in her first round match against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during day one of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry, second from left, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers forward Ed Davis, second from right, as forward Donatas Motiejunas, left, of Lithuania, watches along with guard Jeremy Lin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Fidel Maldonado Jr., left, reacts after sending Amir Imam to the mat during their boxing bout Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. Imam won when the fight was stopped in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 24: Chris Kandu of Great Britain on his way to winning the mens high jump during the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match at Emirates Arena on January 24, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Tom Shaw - British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images)
Venus Williams of the U.S. eyes on the shot to Camila Giorgi of Italyduring their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: Emma Keleher of ES competes in Women Hammer Throw during the Briggs Athletics Classic at Domain Athletic Centre on February 23, 2013 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
Maryland players celebrate after guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, bottom, scored a basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 85-56. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 20: The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers mix it up in the corner as Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lays injured on the ice at the Wells Fargo Center on January 20, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Fans watch Alan Clyne, of Scotland, center, return a shot to Saurav Ghosal, of India, right, during the Tournament of Champions squash tournament at Grand Central Terminal Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves in his first round match against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia during day two of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Equatorial Guinea's players warm up for their African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match against Gabon in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 22: Anthony Collins #11 of the USF Bulls wrestles for the ball with Jaylen Bond #15, Quenton DeCosey #25, and Will Cummings #2 of the Temple Owls on January 22, 2015 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Owls defeated the Bulls 73-48 (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 25: Team Carter defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans tries to sack Team Irvin quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the second half of the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
OBERSTDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 25: Eva Pinkelnig of Austria competes during day two of the Women Ski Jumping World Cup event at Schattenberg-Schanze Erdinger Arena on January 25, 2015 in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21: Jan Hejda #8 of the Colorado Avalanche puts a hit on Carl Soderberg #34 of the Boston Bruins and up ends him at Pepsi Center on January 21, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Bruins 3-2 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 25: The field in the Karaka Million approach the finish line during the Karaka Million race meet at Ellerslie Racecourse on January 25, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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Hockey's brightest stars showed that defense is overrated in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star Game ever, while the NFL Pro Bowl was a far more competitive contest than in recent seasons.

Down under, the Australian Open featured a series of riveting upsets, but the best sports play of the week belonged to another Kangaroo, Australian soccer star Tim Cahill, who buried a remarkable bicycle kick in Asian Cup play.

Start your week right by checking out all the best sports photos in the gallery above and, if you missed it, you can see last week's collection in the gallery below.

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Oregon's Troy Hill is called for pass interference going after a pass intended for Ohio State's Devin Smith (9) during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings high-fives fans as he exits the ice after warmups before a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at STAPLES Center on January 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Nikolay Kulemin #86 of the New York Islanders shoots against Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, CANADA - JANUARY 13: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets hits the ice prior to puck drop against the Florida Panthers on January 13, 2015 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 13: Matt Ellis #37 of the Buffalo Sabres is checked by Luke Glendening #41 of the Detroit Red Wings on January 13, 2015 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Detroit won, 3-1. (Photo by Rob Marczynski/NHLI via Getty Images)
Boston Bruins left wing David Pastrnak gives his stick to a young fan as he was named "No. 1 star of the game" after the Bruins' NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. The Bruins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
KREISCHBERG, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 13: A competitor in action during Women's Snowboard Cross training ahead of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships on January 13, 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14: Al Sahlawi Mohammed of Saudi Arabia celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2015 Asian Cup match between DPR Korea and Saudi Arabia at AAMI Park on January 14, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Amer Almatoug Alfadhel of Kuwait and Lee Keun Ho of Korea Republic contest possession during the 2015 Asian Cup match between Kuwait and Korea Republic at Canberra Stadium on January 13, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Players battle for the ball as snow falls during the FA Cup third round replay match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham at Molineux on January 13, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Stephen Parry of the Brisbane Heat drops a catch during the BIg Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Brisbane Heat at Etihad Stadium on January 13, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 13: Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots while falling backwards after being fouled by Jeff Newberry #22 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the game at Allen Fieldhouse on January 13, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Kris Humphries #43 of the Washington Wizards passes the ball around the defense of Jeff Ayres #11 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Verizon Center on January 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ed Davis, right, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov, of Russia, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 14: Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits his approach shot on his last hole watched by his coach Pete Cowen during the pro-am for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 14, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Maryland guard/forward Dez Wells (44) is fouled by Rutgers forward/center Greg Lewis, back, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 73-65. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
WINCANTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: A runner trails the field down the back straight in The Higos Insurance Services Somerton Handicap Hurdle Race at Wincanton racecourse on January 15, 2015 in Wincanton, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using multiple exposure in camera.) Ze Zhang of China plays a forehand in his first round match against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during day two of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a catch against LaRon Landry #30 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter of the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse catches the game-winning touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Tramon Williams during overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola cannot catch a pass while being defended by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler (20) during the first half of the NFL football AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) blocks a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Bermane Stiverne takes a punch from Deontay Wilder during their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. Wilder won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Honda rider Paulo Goncalves, from Portugal, races through the Canyons during the eleventh stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Salta and Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The race returned to Argentina after passing through Bolivia and Chile and will finish on Jan. 17 in Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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