The best photos from the week in sports: Nov. 24 - Dec. 1

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Sports photos of the week: Nov. 24 - Dec. 1
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Trey Flowers #98 and Kyle Van Noy #53 of the New England Patriots recover a fumble during the third quarter of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Nov 29, 2017; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) and Long Beach State 49ers guard Deishuan Booker (left) battle for the ball during the first half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball past Robert Covington #33, Dario Saric #9, Joel Embiid #21, and Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on November 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cavaliers defeated the 76ers 113-91. 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 Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 26: James O'Shaughnessy #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is unable to complete the pass against Budda Baker #36 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on November 28, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball to score a touchdown against outside linebacker Bruce Carter #54 of the New York Jets during the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Allen Lezard #5 of the Iowa State Cyclones dives for a pass against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first half on November 25, 2017 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 25: Jamal Johnson #1 of the Memphis Tigers jumps for a rebound against Tre Cobbs #3 of the Northern Kentucky Norse on November 25, 2017 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated Northern Kentucky 76-74. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 25: AJ Dillon #2 of the Boston College Eagles celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter that makes the score 14-7 Boston College leading Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on November 25, 2017 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Byron Marshall #34 of the Washington Redskins leaps over Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys on a run in the first quarter of a football game at AT&T Stadium on November 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
LAKE PLACID, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim of the United States perform during the Pairs Short program on Day 1 of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating at Herb Brooks Arena on November 24, 2017 in Lake Placid, United States. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Canada's Michelle Li eyes a return against Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament in Hong Kong on November 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City vs Southampton - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - November 29, 2017 Manchester City's Kyle Walker spits out water Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 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
SAN ANTONIO,TX - NOVEMBER 27: Pau Gasol #16 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after a basket and a foul by Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks at AT&T Center on November 27, 2017 in San Antonio, 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 Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: Roberto Luongo #1 and Aaron Ekblad #5 of the Florida Panthers defend the net against Stefan Noesen #23 of the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the Prudential Center on November 27, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 26: Nick Richards #4 of the Kentucky Wildcats and Tai Odiase #21 of the Illinois-Chicago Flames battle for the ball during the tip-off to the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Illinois-Chicago Flames at Rupp Arena on November 26, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 26: Drew Stanton #5 of the Arizona Cardinals takes the field wearing a costume prior to the NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. Stanton had to wear the costume after losing a skills competition during practice the prior week. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Los Angeles Rams runs onto the field prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 24: Dredrick Snelson #5 of the UCF Knights catches a pass for a touchdown as Nico Sawtelle #54 of the South Florida Bulls looks on in the first quarter at Spectrum Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)
Nov 30, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) is striped of the ball by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) and guard JR Smith (5) during the second half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Chris Estrella #79 blocks while Tevaka Tuioti #16 of the New Mexico Lobos passes under pressure from Dakota Turner #41 of the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on November 24, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Nov 30, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) blocks the shot of Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - Copa Libertadores Final - Argentina's Lanus v Brazil's Gremio - Ciudad de Lanus stadium, Lanus, Argentina - November 29, 2017 - Gremio players react as they win the match. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Tryptophan may have put you to sleep, but it sure didn't seem to affect any athletes in the days after Thanksgiving. 

Last weekend provided football fans, especially those of the college variety, with a hugely important slate of games during Rivalry Weekend. The consequential matchups came just over a week ahead of College Football Playoff Selection Day this Sunday when bowl game pairings will be announced. 

SEE ALSO: The 2018 World Cup draw is set — Here is where all 32 teams are grouped

Not to be outdone, many NFL teams find themselves in the midst of a playoff hunt after 12 weeks of action. 

Elsewhere in sports, basketball and hockey commanded attention across the U.S., while soccer, figure skating and tennis captivated audiences worldwide. 

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 shots from the coming week's action. 

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