Gael Monfils of the Indian Aces walks out for his teams match against the Manila Mavericks during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League fourth leg at the Hamdan Sports Complex, December 12, 2014 in Dubai.
Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill, Getty Images
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers battles Jerome Jordan #9, and Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in New York City.
Photo Credit: Al Bello, Getty Images
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets follows the puck during the first period on December 13, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in a shootout.
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Khaleen Pinkett #2 of the Savannah State Tigers defends against the Miami Hurricanes during second half action on December 8, 2014 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Miami defeated Savannah State 70-39.
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A general view of a line out during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between London Welsh and Edinburgh Rugby at Kassam Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Oxford, England.
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New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington dives into the end zone after recovering a blocked field goal for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during first quarter action at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014.
Photo Credit: Matthew J. Lee, The Boston Globe via Getty Images
A general view of the Mass Start Ladies race on day three of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating held at Thialf Ice Arena on December 14, 2014 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Ivanie Blondin of Canada won the race.
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Lars Helge Birkeland of Norway competes during the IBU Biathlon World Cup Men's and Women's Pursuit on December 14, 2014 in Hochfilzen, Austria.
Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins (25) goes to the floor to try to get a loose ball from Columbia's Maodo Lo at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday Dec. 10, 2014. Kentucky won, 56-46.
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Gareth Bale of Real Madrid heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Real Madrid CF and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
Photo Credit: Angel Martinez, Real Madrid via Getty Images
Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets misses a pass in the end zone of the third quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jets defeated the Titans 16-11.
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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw during the second quarter. The Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 100-94.
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With football, basketball, hockey and soccer seasons all in full swing, it's a great time of year to be a sports fan. To ease your Monday woes, we've put together a collection of the best sports photos of the week.
NFL phenom Odell Bechkam Jr. just can't seem to stay out of the highlight reels and the immortal Kobe Bryant keeps climbing NBA record books. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale's Real Madrid is dominating Europe and just off the Portuguese coast surfers are braving some of the biggest waves you've ever seen.
Like we said, it's a great time to be a sports fan. So kick back, relax and check out the week that was in the wonderful world of sports.
And if you missed it, you can see last week's collection of sports shots below:
Sports PotW - 12/8
Sports photos of the week, Dec. 8 to Dec. 14
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 Credit: Matt King, Getty Images
Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators tracks the puck on a shot by Chris Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks at Canadian Tire Centre on December 7, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Photo Credit: Andre Ringuette, NHLI via Getty Images
Cavs LeBron James drives against Raptors Terrence Ross. Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers during 1st half action at the Air Canada Centre of the NBA season on December 5, 2014.
Photo Credit: Rick Madonik, Toronto Star via Getty Images
The fans from Brondby IF celebrate the 50th birthday of Brondby IF at the 50th minute during the Danish Superliga match between Brondby IF and Silkeborg IF at Brondby Stadion on December 07, 2014 in Brondby, Denmark.
Photo Credit: Jan Christensen / FrontzoneSport via Getty Images
Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reaches out for an overthrown pass while being covered by Terence Newman #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Photo Credit: Andy Lyons, 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
Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy reacts after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo Credit: Victor Decolongon, Getty Images
Jourdon Grandon #26 of the Arizona Wildcats loses his helmet while defending Charles Nelson #6 of the Oregon Ducks in the first half of the PAC-12 Championships at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.
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Gus Kenworthy competes in the final round of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2015 men's ski halfpipe during the USSA Grand Prix on December 5, 2014 in Copper Mountain, Colorado.
Photo Credit: Tom Pennington, Getty Images
Marcel Goc #57 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates during pre-game introductions before the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Consol Energy Center on December 4, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller, Getty Images
Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs attempts a pass around Mason Plumlee #1 of the Brooklyn Nets in the first half at the Barclays Center on December 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.