Horse racing – 2014: The year in sports photos – Pictures

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Ahmed Kenzi Saidia of Algeria, center, competes in the Men’s 2000m Steeplechase Final of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre in Nanjing, China, Aug. 3.

Hughes died after a fatal injury caused by being struck by a ball in the back of the head. 28.

The “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture became symbolic during protests over the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer who wasn’t indicted for Brown’s death.

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Strong safety Matt Elam #26 of the Baltimore Ravens is kicked in the face by wide receiver Eddie Royal #11 of the San Diego Chargers as they collide in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, Nov. 28.

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Miron Bococi practices with his horses before performing during Madrid Horse Week in Madrid Nov. 20.

Praia do Norte beach has gained popularity with big wave surfers since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke a world record for the largest wave surfed here in 2011. Howard was selected Man of the Match.

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Germany’s Mario Goetze, left, and teammate Thomas Mueller celebrate after Goetze scored the winning  goal in extra time in their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13.

World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko knocked out Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev with a fierce left hook in the fifth round to retain his IBF title and end his opponent’s unbeaten record.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia enters the court in the singles semi-final match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Day Seven of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, Nov. 18.

The Kings clinched their second Stanley Cup Championship in three years.

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Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell celebrates with the match ball after scoring against Uruguay during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, June 14.

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Lucy Li of the U.S., only 11-years-old, plays her tee shot at the par 4, 16th hole during the first round of the 69th U.S. celebrates with the trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win their women’s singles final match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, did not make the 36-hole cut.

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Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini reacts to being bitten by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal, June 24.

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Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. Davis is also the first little league baseball player to appear on the cover of “Sports Illustrated”.

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Scott Dixon of New Zealand drives the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet during qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, Aug. 15.

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South Williamsport, PA, USA; Mid-Atlantic Region pitcher Mo’ne Davis (3) throws a pitch in the first inning against the West Region at Lamade Stadium, Aug. 30.

Seattle Seahawks Malcom Smith makes an angel in the confetti after his team defeated the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII  in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 2.

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A biathlete trains ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center in Sochi, Russia, Feb.

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Kei Nishikori of Japan serves during his men’s singles tennis match against David Ferrer of Spain at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Nov. 11, 2014.

The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. 25.

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Irina Annenkova of Russia competes in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All-Around Qualification on day ten of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing OSC Gymnasium in Nanjing, China, Aug. 23.

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Japan’s Ken Terauchi competes in the Men’s 3m Springboard diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Oct. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sept. 11.

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Third-placed Italy’s Christof Innerhofer, second from right, does a somersault on the podium as winner Switzerland’s Sandro Viletta, second from left,  and second-placed Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic, left, laugh after the men’s alpine skiing super combined event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Sochi, Russia, Feb.

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Shaun White of the U.S. 2.

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Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates after a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game before retirement at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, Sept. 13.

Hanyu became the first skater to score more than 100 points in a short program and went on to become the 2014 Olympic champion, winning Japan’s first-ever Olympic gold in men’s figure skating.

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From left: Havard Lorentzen, Havard Bokko and Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway compete during the Men’s Team Pursuit Quarterfinals Speed Skating event on day fourteen of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7.

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Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates with Marianne St-Gelais after winning the Short Track Men’s 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia, Feb. Caivano/AP Photo

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown with an incredible catch in the second quarter against Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Nov. 14.

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Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu reacts in the “kiss and cry” area during the Figure Skating Men’s Short Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19.

California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but failed in its bid for the Triple Crown, losing to Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes.

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San Antonio Spurs fans taunt Miami Heat’s LeBron James during the third quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 8.

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Fireworks explode over Olympic Park during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 20.

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Williams defeated Wozniacki in two sets by a score of 6-3, 6-3.

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Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in their men’s singles final match at the 2014 U.S. 13.

2014 was a year filled with memorable moments in sports. Here are some of our favorite moments of the year.

Unfortunately, the 11-year-old sixth grader, who is the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. President Barack Obama laughs with UConn women’s basketball stars Stefanie Dolson (L) and Bria Hartley (2nd L) as he poses with them and men’s team star Ryan Boatright (R) and the jerseys of the NCAA basketball champion University of Connecticut Huskies men’s and women’s basketball teams in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., June 9.

Madrid Horse Week is an equestrian show that includes the Longines World Cup Show Jumping as well as non-competitive activities such as horse vaulting, horse carriage shows, pony races and horseball games. During the heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Belgium in the round of 16 Howard made a record-breaking 16 saves, the most in a World Cup Match. crashes during the men’s snowboard halfpipe final at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in Rosa Khutor in Sochi, Russia, Feb. Many members of the team joined as part of their rehabilitation process and the team has won the world championship three times, from 1987 to 1989.

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Boca Juniors’ fans cheer as fireworks explode before the start of the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana semi-final soccer match against River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. Maciel Cicchetti driving, Tony Rae on mainsheet and Nicolai Sehestead on trim as the boat surfs at 25 knots on the morning of Day 8 during Leg 1 between Alicante, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 5.

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Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Feb.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, right, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, center, on their first trip to the U.S., and retired Houston Rockets player Dikembe Mutombo, left, watch the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 26.

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Serena Williams of the U.S. 28.

Thirteen-year-old Davis, pitching for the Taney Dragons, is one of two girls who played in the 2014 Little League World Series and is the first girl to earn a win and pitch a shutout in series history. 26.

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Paolo Dal Molin, left, of Italy competes with Abdulaziz Al Mandeel of Kuwait during the men’s 60m hurdles heats on day two of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Ergo Arena in Sopot, Poland, March 8.

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Serbia’s Jugoslav Milosevic skis during the Men’s Standing Skiing event of the Giant Slalom at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Sochi, Russia, March 15.

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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 in Buffalo, New York, March 20.

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

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

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Meb Keflezighi (USA) wears an American flag at the finish line after winning the men’s division of the 2014 Boston Marathon, April 21.

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European Ryder Cup player Martin Kaymer, left, kicks his ball as he walks with teammates Rory McIlroy, center, and Sergio Garcia along the seventh fairway during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, Sept.

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Athletes practice during a fencing class at the “Martyrs of Barbados” gymnasium in downtown Havana, Nov. 10. 23.

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Maria Sharapova of the Manila Mavericks team signs an autograph for a fan on a large tennis ball after beating Kristina Mladenovic of the UAE Royals team in their women’s singles tennis match at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) competition in Manila, Nov. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey (12) and wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) and tight end Jared Cook (89) and wide receiver Chris Givens (13) and wide receiver Kenny Britt (81) put their hands up, as politics spilled over into the sports world, to show support for Michael Brown before a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome, Nov. 15.

Germany won the match 1-0 in extra time at the famed Maracana stadium.

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Mahindra Moto3 rider Bryan Schouten of the Netherlands fights with compatriot Kalex KTM Moto3 rider Scott Deroue, right, after they crashed during the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring circuit in the eastern German town of Hohenstein-Ernstthal, July 13.

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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 in Eugene, Oregon, July 23.

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Kenya’s Denis Okoth lands a punch on England’s Samuel Maxwell during their men’s Light Welterweight boxing fight at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 27.

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Ifeoma Nwoye of Nigeria is carried away by her coach after she lost her women’s freestyle 55kg wrestling semi-final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 31.

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Athletes compete in the Men’s 10,000 meters final at Hampden Park during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, United Kingdom, Aug. 25.

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Onboard Team Vestas Wind. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean race for professional racing crews.

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Motorcyclists tumble at the start of the Nordic Extreme Biking event of the 2014 Gotland Grand National at Gotland island, Sweden, Oct. 7.

The El Salvador Amputee National Football team was founded in 1987 by veterans who lost their limbs during the civil war in the Central American nation. competes in the Men’s 200m Freestyle Final on day one of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha, Qatar, Dec.

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It was the royal couple’s first trip to the U.S. 8.

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Umpire Russ Pulley falls down on a play during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina, Sept. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center  in Queens, New York, Sept. 21.

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Japan’s Yukiko Inui and Risako Mitsui perform in the women’s duet technical routine synchronized swimming competition at Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sept. 30.

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Ryan Lochte of the U.S.

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David Kirisia, a Masaai moran athlete, celebrates after winning the 5000m race in the Masaai Olympics 2014 at the Sidai Oleng wildlife sanctuary at the base of Mt. 23.

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An animation is projected on the track during the opening ceremony of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Alcides Nieto Patino velodrome, in Cali, Colombia, Feb. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals is doused with water by teammates, after he hit an RBI double to score two runs to tie the game in the ninth inning, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., April 23.

Germany defeated Argentina in the third final between the two countries, a World Cup record. saves a shot during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Belgium at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador, Brazil, July 1.

About 100 students train at the gymnasium, which was named after 73 Cuban fencers, known as the “Martyrs of Barbados” who were killed in a 1976 attack when a bomb blew up a Cubana airliner in Barbados.

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A wave crashes behind Todd Linehan on the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., Dec.10.

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A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, Portugal, Dec. Kilimanjaro near the Kenya-Tanzania border, Dec. 25.

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A streaker runs across the pitch as a security guard prepares to tackle him during the Asian Champions League final first-leg soccer match between Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers and Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney, Oct. 16.

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Francisco Ascencio, a member of the Salvadorean national amputee soccer team, is massaged before a training session at Jorge “Magico” Gonzalez National Stadium in San Salvador Nov. 3.

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Australian cricket team captain Michael Clarke pauses as he speaks in front of the Baggy Green and other state representative caps belonging to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes during his funeral service in the town of Macksville, north of Sydney, Dec. 9. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 11, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in 11 countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, the Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. 13.

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Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots is tackled during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass, Sept. 25.

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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 in Kansas City, Missouri, Oct 29.

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Sevilla’s Victor Machin “Vitolo,” right, is congratulated by teammate Ever Banega after scoring against Levante during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Nov. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 19.

The men’s team won their fourth NCAA Tournament Championship. 15.

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Spain’s Javier Fernandez performs during the exhibition gala at the Rostelecom Cup ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Moscow, Nov. This was Germany’s fourth World Cup title.

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Argentina fans mourn their loss to Germany on Copacabana Beach in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final match pitting Argentina against Germany in Rio de Janeiro, July 13.

The Nationals won, 5-4.

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Terezinha Guilhermina and guide, Guilherme Santana, of Brazil compete in the Women’s 200m T11 final during day one of the Open Caixa Loterias 2014 Paralympics Athletics competition at Ibirapuera Sports Complex in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 24.

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Victor Espinoza leads California Chrome, wearing a breathing strip, across the finish line winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, May 17.. 3.

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A spectator dressed as Spiderman approaches Manchester City player Gael Clichy during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England, Dec. 13.

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Ukrainian WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight boxing world champion Vladimir Klitschko reacts as he leaves the arena after defeating his challenger Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev during their title fight in Hamburg, Nov. The Maasai Olympics is a biennial event focused on ending Masaais’ enduring cultural tradition of killing lions. 1.

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Ukraine’s Anna Voloshina performs in the synchronized swimming solo free routine preliminaries during the European Swimming Championships in Berlin, Aug. In the NCAA the women’s team won a record-tying eighth national championship.

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Los Angeles Kings pose for a team photo with the Stanley Cup after defeating the New York Rangers in Game 5 of their NHL Stanley Cup Finals hockey series in Los Angeles, Calif., June 13.

Scores of young Masaai representing four manyattas – a barrack for warriors aged about 16-25 – competed against each other for prestige, bragging rights and a prized breeding bull for their manyatta

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