The best photos from the week in sports: 3/31 - 4/7

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Sports photos of the week: 3/31 - 4/7
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Sports photos of the week: 3/31 - 4/7
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Neal Pionk #4 of the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and Nathan Krusko #13 of the Harvard Crimson get tangled up along the boards during game one of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship Semifinal at the United Center on April 6, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
PLOVDIV, BULGARIA - APRIL 6: Natalia Botello of Mexico celebrates winning Mexico's first ever world level fencing gold medal defeating Theodora Glountoura of Greece in a 15-14 victory during the Junior Women's Sabre Event at the Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships on April 6th, 2017 at the Plovdiv International Fair in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (Photo by Devin Manky/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - APRIL 06: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on after the ball got stuck to his chest protector allowing Matt Szczur #20 of the Chicago Cubs to advance to first after a swinging third strike during the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on April 6, 2017 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Horses jump a fence during the Manifesto Novices' Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 6, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: Justin Thomas of the United States reacts on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 4: Albert Almora Jr. #5 of the Chicago Cubs prevents a home run at the wall against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on April 4, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: Charley Hoffman of the United States jogs up the 13th hole during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 06: Danny Valencia #26 of the Seattle Mariners breaks his bat as he grounds out to Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 06: Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores on the powerplay at 7:45 of the second period against Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 05: Troy Williams #14 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket and is fouled by Kenneth Faried #35 of the Denver Nuggets in the first half at Toyota Center on April 5, 2017 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 Tim Warner/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 04: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies steals second base past Orlando Arcia #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning at Miller Park on April 4, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 04: Brayden Schenn #10 of the Philadelphia Flyers misses the attempt against Keith Kinkaid #1 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 4, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Flyers 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs drives to the basket against Theo Pinson #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 03: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers of the MLB Opening Day game at Miller Park on April 3, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, VA - APRIL 02: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, races during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, 2017 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 02: (SPAIN OUT) Isco Alarcon of Real Madrid duels for the ball with Edgar Mendez of Deportivo Alaves during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Castillo/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 1: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center April 1, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. 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 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Dylan Ennis #31 of the Oregon Ducks reacts after being defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. North Carolina defeated Oregon 77-76. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Football Soccer - FSV Mainz 05 v RB Leipzig - German Bundesliga - Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany - 5/4/17 - RB Leipzig's Willi Orban in action REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050.
Football Soccer - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich - German Bundesliga - Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim, Germany - 4/4/17 - Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman and Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric in action REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050.
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 07: Erik Jones, driver of the #77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
NUREMBERG, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Aziz Bouhaddouz of St. Pauli celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Second Bundesliga match between 1. FC Nuernberg and FC St. Pauli at Arena Nuernberg on April 7, 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Well that was fun.

On Monday, the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs to win the NCAA Championship to capture the school's sixth title. This came after a Final Four for the ages, where North Carolina took down Oregon and Gonzaga beat South Carolina.

That wasn't the only highlight from early this week -- Sunday and Monday marked the beginning of the MLB season, which will now carry us all the way through spring and summer.

Elsewhere in the world, golf's iconic Masters Tournament began, though without world No. 1 Dustin Johnson after he fell and injured his back.

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

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