By Joe Sparacio; Photos by Getty Images
As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week, from No. 12 to No. 1. Our methodolgy isn't scientific. Do you disagree with the order? Do you have an image of your own to share? Tweet at us @SportsonEarth and let us know your thoughts.
This past week, we saw amazing photographs from all over the globe -- from a milestone home run in Los Angeles to some outstanding tennis matches on clay.
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Reading FC players look dejected after losing a penalty shootout to Huddersfield at Wembley Stadium. The stakes of the match were high, as the winner would move up to the Premier League next season, and Huddersfield ultimately prevailed to advance back to the top echelon of soccer for the first time in 45 years.
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Kevin Durant dunks as Cleveland's Iman Shumpert and Tristian Thompson stand idly by. The Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten humiliated by Golden State's ability to score in transition with ease over the first two games of the NBA Finals -- an effort spearheaded by Durant. The lapses in play have prompted one critic to suggest that Cavs players should instead strategically throw the ball into the stands.
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Members of Real Madrid lift the Champions League trophy for the 12th time in franchise history after defeating Juventus, 4-1, and ending their season on the highest of notes. Real became the first club in 27 years to actually retain the trophy and the first to win back-to-back titles since the competition got its name.
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Dale Finucane is tackled during a Round 13 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights in Australia. Finucane's team won big, as the Storm handed the Knights a definitive 40-12 loss to extend their lead at the top of the ladder.
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Ace Clayton Kershaw throws a pitch in the fourth inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers star set a milestone this past week, recording strikeout No. 2,000. Despite all of his accolades, Kershaw isn't satisfied … it looks like the best pitcher in baseball is still trying to get even better.
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The French Open is known for its stunning shots -- both those served by players on the court and those taken by cameras in the stands -- thanks to the tournament's famous orange clay surface. Here, Aljaz Bedene of Great Britain returns a ball from the Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely.
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the Champions League Final after scoring two goals to beat Juventus and secure the second of back-to-back European titles. And you know what? There's a good chance that he still might be celebrating that victory right now.
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Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe shatters his bat but still manages to knock in a run after getting jammed. Despite losing most recently to Washington in an NLDS rematch, Los Angeles is surging, and they now sit one game behind the Rockies in the NL West with one of the best records in the league.
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Channeling her inner rainbow, Kaylee Kua of New South Wales competes with a ribbon during her rhythmic gymnastics routine at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne. Competitions at the international tournament include trampoline and acrobatic gymnastics, among other forms.
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Durant stands back and watches as his three-pointer hits its mark during Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Durant has helped Golden State ravage the opposition, as his squad has gone undefeated in the postseason. Maybe that is why Paul Pierce said that the former MVP is better than LeBron James is right now.
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Darkness begins to roll in above the court as Australia's Sam Groth and Sweden's Robert Lindstedt face off against Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan on Day 6 of the French Open.
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Congratulations to Albert Pujols! The veteran star reached a rare milestone this week, hitting home run No. 600 against the Twins. What's more is that he did so in miraculous fashion, swatting a grand slam to put the Angels up in the game for good. Pujols joins an exclusive club, becoming just the ninth player in baseball history to reach the 600 homer mark.