CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21: A group of Cleveland Browns players kneel in a circle in protest during the national anthem prior to a preseason game against the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 24: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers lays on the ground during a bench clearing fight with the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
WESTBURY, NY - AUGUST 24: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the 13th hole during round one of The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club on August 24, 2017 in Westbury, New York. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 24: Zack Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds forces out Rene Rivera #7 of the Chicago Cubs at second base to complete a double play in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park on August 24, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Chicago 4-2. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 22: Kelly Brazier of New Zealand dives over to score her team's final try during the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 Semi Final match between New Zealand and the United States at the Kingspan Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Belfast, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 23: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles misses a ball off the bat of Boog Powell #3 (not pictured) of the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 23, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 22: Elias Diaz #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tags out Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after a dropped third strike call in the fifth inning during the game at PNC Park on August 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros comes up short on a diving attempt on a line drive by Michael Taylor #3 of the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park on August 22, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Badminton - Badminton World Championships - Glasgow, Britain - August 24, 2017 Spain's Beatriz Corrales in action versus China's Sun Yu REUTERS/Russell Cheyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 20: Ronald Torreyes #74 of the New York Yankees reaches for a ball in the second inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 20, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 20: A scorekeeper pops his head out of the Green Mosnter while Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox makes a catch in the sixth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 20, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 21: Minor league baseball players Dash Winningham (34) and Justin Brantley (4), with the Columbia Fireflies, watch a solar eclipse at Spirit Communications Park August 21, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. The astrological occurrence marked the first transcontinental total solar eclipse in 99 years. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: Marcus Johnson #84 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a touchdown against Lafayette Pitts #40 of the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter in the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 24, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Dolphins 38-31. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Ronald Torreyes #74 of the New York Yankees warms up before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Alfred Morris #46 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against Tarell Basham #58 of the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter of a Preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 18: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers makes the out on Yolmer Sanchez throwing to first for the double play in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 18, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Football Soccer - Europa League - Playoffs - HNK Hajduk Split vs Everton - Split, Croatia - August 24, 2017 Everton's Tom Davies in action with Hajduk Split's Josip Juranovic Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cheers during a charity boxing event in Montreal, Quebec Canada August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
World Wrestling Championships - Semi-Final - Women's Wrestling 55 kg - AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France - August 23, 2017 - Haruna Okuno of Japan competes with Bilyana Zhivkova Dudova of Bulgaria. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Football Soccer - Premier League - Manchester City vs Everton - Manchester, Britain - August 21, 2017 Everton's Wayne Rooney scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Badminton - Badminton World Championships - Glasgow, Britain - August 21, 2017 General view of Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in action REUTERS/Russell Cheyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Fiorentina - Milan, Italy - August 20, 2017 Fiorentina's Nenad Tomovic in action with Inter Milan's Danilo D'Ambrosio REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth vs Watford - Bournemouth, Britain - August 19, 2017 Watford's Richarlison in action REUTERS/Peter Nicholls EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 20: Kevin Pillar #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields a fly ball off the center field wall during the eighth inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 20, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 22: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox asks for time out from the first base umpire after diving back to first during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 22, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers did their part this week to make sure people know baseball isn't boring -- the teams combined for eight total ejections after pitches and punches were thrown and the benches cleared in a massive brawl.
Those same Yankees also still remain in a heated division race as they faced off against the rival (and first place) Boston Red Sox over the weekend.
In football news, the Cleveland Browns partook in the largest-yet national anthem protest, during which 12 players kneeled for the playing of the song.
Elsewhere in the world, multiple showdowns attracted attention from golf to badminton and beyond.
Click through the slideshow above to see shots from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photos from the coming week's action.