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. 13 to No. 1.
This past week, we saw amazing pics from all over, from the culmination of one championship run at Oracle Arena to another on the ice in Nashville.
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Sometimes, baseball can just make your hair stand on edge. Astros third baseman Yuli Gurriel celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the ninth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals. Houston continues to roll through the season (despite recent injuries to top starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr.) and are on pace to not only break 100 wins, but actually compete for the best record of all time.
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Cleveland's Kevin Love and Golden State's Draymond Green fight for a rebound during Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Some say that this contest was the turning point of the series, as the Cavs blew a lead at home with three minutes left to ultimately lose the game. Kyrie Irving echoed as much after the game. "It's definitely tough. It hurts … K.D. comes down, hits a big three, puts them up one, iso on the wing. I'll probably be replaying that play for a while. It definitely hurts." The Warriors went on to win the series, 4-1.
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Team captain Sidney Crosby led the Pittsburgh Penguins to their second straight Stanley Cup championship with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators this past Sunday. The last NHL team to win back-to-back titles was the Detroit Redwings, who dominated the sport in the late 1990s.
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Ryan Burton of the Hawks takes the ball during a round 12 AFL match between the Hawthorn and the Gold Coast Suns in Melbourne, Australia. The Suns would win the matchup by 16 points, but they were still looking for more out of their performance. "We let Hawthorn back in and while we hung in there to get the win," Captain Tom Lynch said after the game. "We will take any win we can get, [but] we weren't happy with our performance."
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Pittsburgh winger Patric Hornqvist collides with Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Rinne did his best to keep the Predators in the Finals, standing on his head to hold the Penguins' vaunted offense to one goal in Games 3 and 4. He even stopped 27 of 28 shots on goal in Game 6, but the one he missed would be the game-winner.
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Estonia's Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja kick up plenty of dirt as they drive an M-Sport Ford Fiesta during Day 3 of the World Rally Championship in Italy. The WRC consists of 13 separate races in multiple countries in which drivers compete on off-terrain roads and conditions, including on gravel, tarmac, snow and ice.
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The Friendly Confines are typically full of fans on weekends, and this was again the case as Chicago's Eddie Butler pitched to Miami's Derek Dietrich last week in a Cubs-Marlins showdown.
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Metabo Chevrolet driver Timothy Peters gets into a wreck during the NASCAR winstaronlinegaming.com 400. Part of the Camping World Truck Series, the 250.5-mile race was won by Toyota driver Christopher Bell, and despite the wreckage, Peters escaped unscathed. "I'm fine, sucks really," he said after exiting the race.
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The King of Clay lies in his courtyard. Rafael Nadal -- the greatest tennis player of all time on a clay court -- celebrates the 10th French Open title of his career. The Spaniard defeated Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in straight sets and in fact didn't drop a set in the entire tournament for the third time in his career.
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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel pilots a Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on the track during qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada. The car made its competitive debut on a track at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix, where Vettel finished in first place.
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After securing a first title two years ago and blowing a lead to LeBron James in the Finals last season, the Warriors went out and added Kevin Durant to secure their title hopes. The addition of this fourth superstar worked like a charm.
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Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen saw that his path to the plate was blocked by Marins catcher J.T. Realmuto as he attempted to score. So what did the outfielder do? Go airbone, of course. Miami's catcher still managed to tag the high-flying Pirate to complete the double play, but certainly not because of Cutch's lack of effort.
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Horses exercise during morning workouts in preparation for the Belmont Stakes. The New York race sometimes lacks buzz when there is no potential for a Triple Crown, but that doesn't mean that the action on the track is lacking. This year, Tapwrit overtook favored horse Irish War Cry down the stretch and won by two lengths, taking home $800,000 in the process.