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2014: Sports photos of the year

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Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Al Bello, Getty Images

Ivan Trofimov of Russia swims the Men's 200m Medley heats during the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships at Europa-Sportpark on August 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. 

Photo Credit: Adam Petty, Getty Images

The Ottawa 67's look on from the bench during an OHL game between the Ottawa 67's and the Niagara Ice Dogs at the Meridian Centre on October 30, 2014 in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada. 

Photo Credit: Vaughn Ridley, Getty Images

Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys holds the ball under pressure from the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on November 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images

A second period goal by Jack Skille of the Columbus Blue Jackets (not shown) sends water splashing from the bottle behind goaltender Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Buffalo Sabres on October 9, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Photo Credit: Bill Wippert, NHLI via Getty Images

Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.

Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham, Getty Images

Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball against Josip Drmic (L), Fabian Schar (2nd L), Stephan Lichtsteiner (2nd R) and Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Photo Credit: Matthias Hangst, Getty Images

Ekaterina Petukhova and Yulia Timoshinina of Russia practice prior to the Women's 10m Synchro Platform Final during day one of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series at the London Aquatics Centre on April 25, 2014 in London, England.

Photo Credit: Clive Rose, Getty Images

Norichika Aoki #23 of the Kansas City Royals gets hit from a pitch by Miguel Gonzalez #50 of the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Photo Credit: Ed Zurga, Getty Images

Simon Mignolet of Liverpool fails to prevent Eduardo Vargas of QPR scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool at Loftus Road on October 19, 2014 in London, England.

Photo Credit: Clive Rose, Getty Images

The ball flies over the head of quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images

Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders is hit into the glass by Nick Bjugstad #27 of the Florida Panthers during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 1, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.

Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images

The New Zealand team perform the Haka after winning the Cup Final between England and New Zealand during the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens at Hong Kong International Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Photo Credit: Cameron Spencer, 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

Valentin Cretu of Romania takes part in a men's luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Photo Credit: Julian Finney, Getty Images

Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.

Photo Credit: Sean Gardner, NASCAR via Getty Images

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a forehand against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their third round match during day six of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 8, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill, Getty Images

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses a catch out of bounds during the second quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 5, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Photo Credit: Rob Foldy, Getty Images

Cedric Dubler of Australia gets set in the blocks for the start of the 110m hurdle portion of the men's decathlon during day two of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field on July 23, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

Shaun White of the United States crashes out in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Photo Credit: Cameron Spencer, Getty Images

Lily Zhang of United States in action against Miyu Kato of Japan in their Girls Table Tennis Singles Bronze Medal Competition during day four of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Wutaishan Gymnasium on August 20, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

Photo Credit: Stanley Chou, Getty Images

A local boy plays football on Iracema Beach on June 11, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Photo Credit: Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

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From the Olympics in Russia to the World Cup in Brazil, there's no denying that 2014 was a historical year in sports. Luckily, talented photographers around the world were there to capture it all. As we reach the end of the year, take a few moments to relax and look through some of the best sports photography from the past twelve months.

The photos in our roundup range from the big moments, like Odell Beckham's fingertip catch and Derek Jeter's last hit at Yankee Stadium, to the less talked-about events, such as an Ontario Hockey League game and the Diving World Series in London. These skilled photographers have managed not just to freeze time, but also capture the beauty and emotion that so often come with these high-intensity competitions.

Click through the gallery above to see more of our favorite sports shots from 2014. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

Check out photos from the biggest sports stories from 2014:

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Derek Jeter Retires

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees tips his hat to the crowd during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, September 25, 2014 in the Bronx Borough of New York. 

Photo Credit: Taylor Baucom, MLB Photos via Getty Images

LeBron Returns to Cleveland

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers gets introduced before a game against the New York Knicks on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo Credit: David Liam Kyle, NBAE via Getty Images

Antonio Brown dropkicks a punter

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to hurdle Spencer Lanning #5 of the Cleveland Browns and gets an unnecessary roughness penalty during the second quarter at Heinz Field on September 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images

Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini

Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy react after a clash during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.

Photo Credit: Matthias Hangst, Getty Images

San Francisco wins third World Series in five years

Buster Posey #28 , Madison Bumgarner #40, Pablo Sandoval #48 and the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Photo Credit: Jamie Squire, Getty Images

LA Galaxy win MLS Cup in Landon Donovan's final season

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

Los Angeles Kings win second Stanley Cup in three years

A Stanley Cup banner is raised in front of the Los Angeles Kings during a pre game ceremony before the season opening game against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center on October 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Harry How, Getty Images

Joey Logano's breakout season

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Photo Credit: Sean Gardner, Getty Images

San Antonio Spurs win NBA Championship

The San Antonio Spurs celebrate with the Larry O'Brien trophy after defeating the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

Photo Credit: Andy Lyons, Getty Images

Odell Beckham, Jr.'s fingertip catch

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown in the second quarter against Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Al Bello, Getty Images

Big Papi takes a selfie with President Obama

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (L) poses for a 'selfie' with U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series.

Photo Credit: Win McNamee, Getty Images

Rory McIlroy wins 2014 Open Championship and PGA Championship, sweeps PGA Awards

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland throws his ball into the crowd following his two-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

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