The best photos from the week in sports: 9/2 - 9/9

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Norwood (11) can't make the catch as Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 09: Denise Grahl of Germany competes in the Women's 50m Freestyle S7 on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Centre on September 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Dansby Swanson #2 of the Atlanta Braves slides into home plate with an inside-the-park home run for his first career home run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 09: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters.) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 9, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)
Fresno State running back Dontel James, bottom right, is tackled by Nebraska safety Kieron Williams (26) and linebacker Josh Banderas (52) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, center, greets relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) after the Red Sox defeated the San Diego Padres 7-2 in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 04: Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns and Sharni Layton of the Diamonds compete for the ball during the International Test match between the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns at Margaret Court Arena on September 4, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Zheng Tao of China warms up before the men's 100-meter backstroke S6 swimming event at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Wheelchair athlete Aaron Wheelz flies through a giant number zero signaling the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
New York Mets' Jose Reyes celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their Women's Singles Semifinal Match on Day Eleven of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)
Fans cheer during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Gael Monfils, of France, waits for the serve from Marcos Baghdatis, of Cyprus, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, left, chases the wide throw from left as Kansas City Royals pinch-runner Terrence Gore scores on a single by Alcides Escobar during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Indiana Fever forward Erlana Larkins, right, passes the ball off after a floor scramble with San Antonio Stars center Astou Ndour, left, during a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 8: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers walks off the field after losing to the Broncos 21-20 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch to Colorado Rockies batter DJ LeMahieu during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot to Madison Keys of the United States during her fourth round Women's Singles match on Day Seven of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar swings for a strike during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Brazil's Willian, left, controls the ball followed by Colombia's James Rodriguez during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016. Brazil won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Milwaukee Brewers' Jake Elmore (7) reaches to touch home plate after sliding around the tag by Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Elmore was called safe, the Pirates challenged, and safe call stood. The Brewers won 7-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 03: Running back Jamaal Williams #21 of the Brigham Young Cougars falls into the endzone after a 33 yard rush during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The play was called back because of an illegal block on the offense. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kei Nishikori of Japan serves against Andy Murray of Great Britain during their Men's Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 05: Dee Gordon #9 of the Miami Marlins flosses his teeth with a piece of chewing gum in the dugout during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 5, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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It was an exciting week in the world of sports as NFL football finally returned to our lives -- in Thursday night's Super Bowl 50 rematch, Denver once again came out on top over Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Elsewhere, the U.S. Open was full of long matches and upsets, and we saw Serena Williams get knocked out of the competition in the semifinals. The baseball season is also nearing a close, and the push for the playoffs is heating up, especially for teams in the hunt for a Wild Card spot.

For anyone missing Olympic action, the Paralympics also began this week, with an Opening Ceremony for the ages.

Click through the slideshow above for photos from all of these events and more, and be sure to check back next week to see the best shots from the coming week's best action.

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