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. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Kurdish people make the V sign while standing on a tree as they rally near the border with Syria in Sanliurfa on November 30, 2014. Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Sunday pressed Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu over whether a probe had been launched into claims that an attack by jihadists on a border post had been launched from Turkish soil. (ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A surfer rides a big wave during a tow-in surfing session at the Praia do Norte or North beach, in Nazare, Portugal, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. A tow-in is a surf technique in which the athlete is towed into a large wave by a partner driving a jet-ski with an attached tow-line. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Tavon Austin #11, Jared Cook #89, Chris Givens #13 of the St. Louis Rams pay homage to Mike Brown by holing their hands up during their pre-game introduction against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
A police officer sprays pepper spray in a demonstrator's face during a protest outside the Central Government Offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong tussled with police for control of roads leading to government offices in a renewed attempt to get Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to yield to their demands for free elections. (Billy Kwok/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Ben Sumner of Great Britain in action during the Elite Men's race at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Campbell Park on November 29, 2014 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
In this combination of two images the interior of Salisbury Cathedral is illuminated by trails of candles carried by choristers during the annual 'darkness to light' advent procession on November 28, 2014 in Salisbury, England. The service, which begins with the medieval cathedral in total darkness and silence before the Advent Candle is lit at the West End, is one of the most popular services of the liturgical year. The annual advent service, which also takes place over tonight and tomorrow night and is seen by several thousand people, is a mix of music and readings during which two great candlelit processions move around the different spaces in the 12th-century building which, by the end, is illuminated by almost 1300 candles and is a spectacular start to the Christmas season. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A young girl lies on a couch as the woman she was accompanying checks out shoes while shopping on Black Friday at the Garden State Plaza mall Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A herd of buffaloes stand before they are slaughtered during a mass sacrifice ceremony at Gadhimai temple in the jungles of Bara district, about 160 miles (100 miles) south of Katmandu, Nepal, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A festival believed to be the largest animal sacrifice ritual in the world began Friday in southern Nepal, where devotees believe the sacrifices bring good luck and a Hindu goddess will grant their wishes. Organizers and the authorities defend the festival held every five years as a generations-old tradition, though animal rights activists decry it as barbaric. During the 2009 festival, an estimated 200,000 animals and birds were sacrificed. (AP Photo/Sunil Sharma)
Police stand guard in front of a bar on November 29, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. When the grand jury announced on November 24, that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting rioting and looting broke out throughout the area leaving several businesses burned to the ground. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Houston Texans fans celebrate after J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans scored on a touchdown reception against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter in a NFL game on November 30, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Former Prime Minister and leader of the Fatherland party Yulia Tymoshenko, center, and lawmakers from her party vote during a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Ukraine's parliament has approved the formation of a new government, bringing an end to weeks of behind-the-scenes political wrangling following an October election that ushered in a group of ardently pro-Western parties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Smoke blow from bungalows on December 2, 2014 in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia of China. Hulunbuir's minimum air temperature reaches minus 32 degree celcius on Tuesday. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A Ukrainian soldiers fires a missile with a man-portable air-defense system during exercices near the city of Shchastya, north of Lugansk, on December 1, 2014. At least three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 14 injured in the past 24 hours as fighting intensifies for control of Donetsk airport, a military spokesman said on December 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Firemen approach the flames as a fire rages near a mosque on the edge of Lions Head mountain near the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A family walks amid the dust of a country road after dark as they leave the village of Bariyapur after attending celebrations of the Gadhimai festival on November 27, 2014. Millions of Hindu devotees from Nepal and India migrate to the village to honour their goddess of power. The celebrations includes the slaughtering of hundreds of thousands of animals, mostly buffalo and goats. Worshippers have spent days sleeping out in the open and offering prayers to the goddess at a temple decked with flowers in preparation. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator cries while gathering in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall December 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
A Romanian soldier sleeps on a bus before taking part in a military parade to mark Romania's national day in Bucharest, Romania, Monday Dec. 1, 2014. Romanians braved the cold weather to watch the traditional armed forces parade, held outside the Palace of Parliament formerly the House of the People, built during the rule of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The KC Wolf in the tunnel before the game. The Denver Broncos played the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on November 30, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A diver in a Santa Claus costume swims near a whale shark in a large fish tank called 'Pacific Ocean' at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan in Osaka on December 1, 2014. The performance is part of a series of Christmas themed events lasting a month. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Drew Stanton #5 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Andre Ellington #38 of the Arizona Cardinals is shown in the foreground. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Indian women protesters from the Indian state fill their bottles with drinking water as they participate in a rally in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Thousands of workers, farmers, pensioners, slum dwellers and other underprivileged people gathered near the Indian parliament raising various economic and social rights including pension, food, employment and healthcare among others. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Students stage a 'die in' at Washington University to draw attention to police abuse on December 1, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 'die in' was part a nationwide protest calling for workers to walk off their jobs and students to walk out of their classes to call attention to the perceived miscarriage of justice sparked by the August 9th death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. When the grand jury announced on November 24, that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting rioting and looting broke out throughout the area leaving several businesses burned to the ground. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks hurdles safety Justin Strong #39 of the Oregon State Beavers during the first quarter of the game at Reser Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
A Hong Kong policewoman removes umbrellas from a tunnel on Lung Wo Road during the clashes with pro-democracy protesters on December 01, 2014 in Hong Kong. Leaders from the Federation of Students called on fellow protesters to attend a rally and come prepared for escalated action. Protesters were asked to bring masks, umbrellas and helmets in a bid to move the protests forward after police successfully cleared the Mong Kok protest site earlier this week. (Photo by Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Images)
Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring telescopic mosaic. The scene is anchored right and left by two bright stars, Mu and Eta Geminorum, at the foot of the celestial twin while the Jellyfish Nebula is the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles below and right of center. (Photo Credit: César Blanco González, NASA)
A man protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case is arrested while marching through the streets on December 1, 2014 in New York City. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, MO police officer, on August 9. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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 by Matt King/Getty Images)
Rescuers battle an ambulance fire outside a pharmacy at Xingqing District on December 1, 2014 in Yinchuan, Ningxia province of China. An ambulance parked outside a pharmacy for emergency situation and transporting medicine caught on fire due to the driver heating its fuel tank in cold winter. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
The last rays of the sun are seen at dusk at a cemetery in Yungay, Peru, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Participants dressed as Perchten roam village streets to chase away evil winter spirits in the annual Perchten gathering in Bavaria on November 29, 2014 near Kirchseeon, Germany. Perchten are the mythical entourage of Perchta, a goddess in ancient southern German alpine pagan tradition, and are usually fearsome creatures with tusks and horns and covered in hair. The tradition dates back at least to the 16th century and is also related to traditions of Krampus, Teifel, Klausen and La Befana, all animal-like creatures in the German, Austrian, Italian and Swiss alpine regions whose duties include instilling fear into naughty children. (Photo by Philipp Guelland/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 by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen with their dog are seen during a photo shoot in East Village on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
Thousands of Honduran people form the biggest human Christmas tree to set a new Guinness World Record at the Plaza La Democracia, in Tegucigalpa, on Dcember 1, 2014. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Happy December! The first few days of the month are in the books, so take a break from your holiday shopping to relax a bit and look back at this past week in photos.
It's not uncommon to see athletes yelling and dancing to celebrate their successes, but soccer player Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City got a little more creative after scoring his first goal of the season this week. Zabaleta scored the third of Manchester City's four goals against Sunderland this past Wednesday, and proceeded to hide the ball under his jersey and suck his thumb - a gesture dedicated to his pregnant wife and unborn baby in the stands. He explained after the game that he hoped to score "at least one goal" before the baby was born.
College football's rivalry week and week 13 of the NFL season also provided us with great pictures, including one of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota hurdling Oregon State safety Justin Strong as part of a convincing victory by the Ducks. Other sporting events featured this week include the Women's World Team Squash Championships in Canada and the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in England.
Several gripping photos also emerged from protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities around the country that showed their solidarity with Ferguson after a grand jury chose not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Another well-known protest rages on in Hong Kong where pro-democracy activists continue to clash with police, as has been the case since late September.
Click through the slideshow above to see more of our favorite shots, like a scuba diving Santa in Japan and a young girl who is just as sick of Black Friday shopping as we are, and make sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photos from the next seven days.