The best photos from the past week in sports: Dec. 15 - Dec. 22

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Sports photos of the week: Dec. 15 - Dec. 22
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MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 20: Kyvon Davenport #0 and Mike Parks Jr. #10 of the Memphis Tigers jump for a rebound against Sammy Friday #35 of the Siena Saints on December 20, 2017 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated Siena 70-66. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
FRISCO, TX - DECEMBER 20: Mikial Onu #4 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs watches the touchdown pass reception by Kam McKnight #15 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the second quarter during the 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl on December 20, 2017 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY - DECEMBER 19: Jacob Evans #1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats dunks the ball against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at BB&T Arena on December 19, 2017 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights blocks a Tampa Bay Lightning shot in the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 4-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Claudio Bravo of Manchester City saves the decisive penalty in the shoot out from Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on December 19, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 19: Jaroslav Tirner of Czech Republic competes in the Freestyle during the UIM-ABP Aquabike Class Pro Circuit - Grand Prix of Sharjah at Khalid Lagoon on December 19, 2017 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Damiere Byrd #18 of the Carolina Panthers catches a touchdown pass against Josh Hawkins #28 of the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 17: Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals leaps over cornerback Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedEx Field on December 17, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Pep Guardiola during training at Manchester City Football Academy on December 18, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Adam Smith of AFC Bournemouth is challenged by Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 16: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Montreal Canadiens high fives a Timbits hockey player before heading out for the third period in a game against the Ottawa Senators during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park on December 16, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo Minas Panagiotakis/NHLI via Getty Images)
LE GRAND BORNAND, FRANCE - DECEMBER 17: Justine Braisaz of France in action during the IBU Biathlon World Cup Men's and Women's Mass Start on December 17, 2017 in Le Grand Bornand, France. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 15: Robert Covington #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts in the first overtime against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Wells Fargo Center on December 15, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Thunder defeated the 76ers 119-117 in triple overtime. 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)
Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Quarter Final - Bristol City vs Manchester United - Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, Britain - December 20, 2017 Bristol City's Joe Bryan scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley 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
Dec 19, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils guard Kodi Justice (left) and Arizona State Sun Devils guard Tra Holder (right) attempt to take the ball from Longwood Lancers forward Jordan Cintron (middle) during the second half at Wells-Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Dec 17, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) wears Equality shoes against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Dec 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) fumbles the ball out of the end zone against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ice Hockey - Euro Hockey Tour - Channel One Cup - Sweden v Czech Republic - VTB Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia - December 17, 2017. Czech Republic's goalkeeper Dominik Furch concedes a goal. REUTERS/Mikhail Korytov/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 22: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Montreal Canadiens checks Michael Stone #26 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 22, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Alex Carey of the Adelaide Strikers bats during the Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval on December 22, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
Dec 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) grabs a rebound against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Dec 22, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes the save against as defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) defends during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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It's the most wonderful time of the year -- for sports. 

Weekends full of Bowl Games in college football and the postseason push in the NFL are keeping the drama at an all-time high as Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Super Bowl inch ever closer. 

Regular-season NHL and NBA action continues as well, with athletes making plenty of headlines, including LeBron James who wore statement shoes while playing in Washington this past week. 

Elsewhere in the world, soccer, cricket and even aquabiking captured the attention of various aficionados. 

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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