Sports photos of the week, March 2

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Chicago White Sox players warm up before a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher)
OSAKA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 28: General view of action during day two of the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships at Osaka Pool on February 28, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Tom Dulat - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 1: Eddie Lack #31 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a shootout save on T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 1, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 6-5 in a shootout. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat, center, of Poland, and Drew Gooden, left, battle for a rebound against Philadelphia 76ers' JaVale McGee during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 89-81. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (Top) Ronda Rousey grapples with Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down court with only seconds to go during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Westbrook scored 40 points but missed an opportunity to tie the game, making only two of three free throws with just seconds left. Portland won 115-112. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Romelu Lukaku of Everton jumps a tackle from Francis Coquelin of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on March 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - MARCH 01: Yiwei Zhang of China competes during the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2015 Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Final during the U.S. Grand Prix at Park City Mountain on March 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 24: Kris Versteeg #23 of the Chicago Blackhawks collides into goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Florida Panthers as Aleksander Barkov #16 skates in from the side during the NHL game at the United Center on February 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Arizona State forward Eric Jacobsen, left, fouls Utah guard Kenneth Ogbe during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Utah won 83-41. (AP photo/Rick Bowmer)
FALUN, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 28: (FRANCE OUT) Jason Lamy Chappuis of France takes 1st place during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Men's Nordic Combined Team Sprint on February 28, 2015 in Falun, Sweden. (Photo by Stanko Gruden/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Anaheim Ducks falls to the ice during the game against the Detroit Red Wings on February 23, 2015 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 28: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Borussia Dortmund scores his teams second goal next to Atsuto Uchida of Schalke 04 during hte Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park on February 28, 2015 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass goes to the basket past Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut, left, and Klay Thompson (11) during the second half of the Golden State Warriors 106-101 win over the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Maryland's Dez Wells hugs guard Melo Trimble (2) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in College Park, Md. Trimble and Wells contributed a combined 42 points to Maryland's 59-53 upset win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9), of Finland, and Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) battle for the puck in the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The Wild won 4-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 23: Risa Ozaki of Japan serves during a female single match between Risa Ozaki and Louisa Chirico of USA as part of Telcel Mexican Open 2015 at Mextenis Stadium on February 23, 2015 in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 01: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled by Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia returns the ball to Maria Sharapova of Russia during a Mexican Tennis Open during a quarterfinal match in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
Dimitri Isler of Switzerland crashes on landing during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2015 event in Raubichi, on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen, left, fights for the ball with Fiorentina's Micah Richards during a Uefa Europa League, round of 32 second leg soccer match between Fiorentina and Tottenham at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)
Milwaukee Bucks guard Jared Dudley stares at the ball as two players reach for it during the second half of the Bucks' NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Joe Tomane of the Brumbies breaks through a tackle during the round three Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Brumbies at AAMI Park on February 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers dives for the basketball in front of teammate Chris Paul #3 during their game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on February 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. 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 Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 26: Tony Jantschke of Borussia Moenchengladbach and Vitolo of Sevilla battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Sevilla at Borussia-Park on February 26, 2015 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett (21) argues with referee Bennett Salvatore after Garnett was charged with a second technical foul and ejected during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Minneapolis, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Grizzlies won 101-97. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates with his team mates after his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on March 1, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Xavier guard Dee Davis, left, is fouled by Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea lies on the pitch as Chelsea celebrate with the trophy during the Capital One Cup Final match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Baseball's finest are gearing up in training camps from Arizona to Florida, while the playoff push has begun in the NBA and NHL. Hoops superstar Kevin Garnett is decidedly out of the postseason race after his emotional homecoming to Minnesota, but that doesn't mean he's lost any of his competitive fire.

On the pitch, Micah Richards showed his commitment to Fiorentina's cause, going airborne after a challenge with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen. Another athlete who took a rough tumble was Switzerland's Dimitri Isler, landing face first in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup.

Still, Isler and Richards earn no sympathy from Cat Zingano, as the UFC fighter was on the receiving end of a first round knockout from Ronda Rousey in the women's bantamweight championship bout of UFC 184.

So, check out the week's best sports photos in the gallery above and, if you missed them, catch up on last week's collection below.

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Joey Logano celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Boston Red Sox players participate in drills during a Spring Training workout at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida on February 19, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Columbus Blue Jackets' Marko Dano (56) dives for the puck past Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (93), of the Czech Republic, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. Columbus won 5-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Illinois guard Brittany Carter (20) and Rutgers center Rachel Hollivay (1) grab for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers won 80-56. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock (32) in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, eyes a ball at the quarter-finals match of the Rio Open tennis tournament against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Texas Rangers players warm up during spring training baseball practice, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
MEMPHIS, TN - FEBRUARY 19: Chris Hawkins #11, Trahson Burrell #0, Calvin Godfrey #40 and Pookie Powell #3 of the Memphis Tigers celebrate from the bench against the Connecticut Huskies on February 19, 2015 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated Connecticut 75-72. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Alexei Marchenko (47) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg collide after going for a puck in the air during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Chicago. The Red Wings won in a shootout 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
SANYA, CHINA - FEBRUARY 18: In this handout image provided by the Volvo Ocean Race onboard Team Alvimedica, Seb Marsset drives south as equatorial clouds begin to appear on the horizon in every direction, the first signs of ITCZ convergence and volatility during Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland on February 18, 2015 in Sanya, China. 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 Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Troy Bayliss of Australia rides the #21 Aruba.it Racing-Ductati Superbike Team Ducati Panigale R during the practice session for the World Superbikes World Championship Australian Round at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on February 20, 2015 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MALMESBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: A skateboarder jumps from a ramp that has been erected inside the 12th century former Benedictine Malmesbury Abbey on February 18, 2015 in Malmesbury, England. For the seventh year running the abbey's interior has been transformed into a skatepark which will welcome youngsters from across the south west for three days to try the variety of ramps, quarter pipes, grinding rails and trick boxes underneath the famous Norman vaulted stone ceiling. . (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
FALUN, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 22: Irina Avvakumova of Russia competes in the Mixed Team HS100 Normal Hill Ski Jumping during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at the Lugnet venue on February 22, 2015 in Falun, Sweden. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 18: Shanne Braspennincx of the Netherlands Cycling Team competes in the Women's Team Sprint qualifying round as her coach yells during day 1 of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships held at National Velodrome on February 18, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) looks for an open teammate as Houston Rockets forward Joey Dorsey (8) and guard James Harden (13) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Dallas. Dallas won 111-100. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
WARSAW, POLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Jun-Ho Kim of Korea competes in the Men's 500m on day one of the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships at Stegny Ice Rink on February 20, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield - ISU/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Cam Talbot #33 of the New York Rangers stops a shot in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks on February 19, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The Vancouver Canucks defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 22: An athlete competes in the Challenge Wanaka on February 22, 2015 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 20: Paul Millsap #4 defends as Kyle Korver #26 of the Atlanta Hawks blocks a shot by Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena on February 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - FEBRUARY 21: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Team China compete in the Women's Team Sprint during day two of the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships at Stegny Ice Rink on February 21, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield - ISU/Getty Images)
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