By Allison Duffy-Davis; 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 high-speed action on the baseball diamond to some wet racing at the Canoe Slalom World Cup.
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On June 24, the British & Irish Lions -- a team comprised of eligible players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales -- competed against the All Blacks in their first of three test matches against New Zealand's national rugby team. Here, the Lions' Ben Te'o tackles Sonny Bill Williams at Eden Park in Auckland, but Williams and the All Blacks would not be deterred, ultimately winning 30-15. The teams are scheduled to go head-to-head again on July 1 and July 8, in the second and third test matches of the Lions' New Zealand tour, respectively.
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Rangers southpaw Martin Perez fires a pitch toward the plate during his start at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 22. The veteran got the win, his fourth of the season, against the Blue Jays thanks to his six innings of three-run ball.
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Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan, was the site of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 25, which ended with a victory for Daniel Ricciardo of the Red Bull team. His competitor, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain -- who won the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this month and finished fifth in Azerbaijan -- drives the car shown here through the City of Winds, located on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
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And they're off! From June 22-25, Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium welcomed the 2017 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, which featured the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase shown here. Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager took first place in the event with a time of 8:16:88 to win his sixth straight U.S. steeplechase title.
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The clear blue waters off the coast of Hamilton, Bermuda, provided the backdrop for the 2017 America's Cup, the finals of which came down to Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE TEAM USA from June 17-26. Along the way, the infamous Bermuda Triangle claimed the likes of Artemis Racing, Land Rover BAR, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France, and ultimately it was Emirates Team New Zealand, helmed by Peter Burling, that triumphed in the 35th edition of the regatta to claim yachting's biggest prize.
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It's safe to say that Red Sox manager John Farrell and umpire Bill Miller weren't seeing eye to eye when they faced off in the seventh inning of a game between the Sox and Angels at Fenway Park on June 24. Farrell verbally bashed Miller following a controversial balk call on Boston reliever Fernando Abad, and, according to Red Sox reporters, it wasn't the first time Miller sent Farrell to the showers early. Farrell received a one-game suspension as a result of the altercation.
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All eyes were on the ring when London's York Hall transformed into a Mexican-style arena for a Lucha Libre wrestling match on June 24. Here, the wrestler known as "El Hijo de Fishman" is suspended mid-air while "Silver King" looks on, awaiting the smackdown on "El Hijo del Santo". The performers both dress as and embody iconic Mexican legends and superheroes, and the event represents a fight between good and evil.
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Medusa or long jumper? Either way, Tara Davis falls into the category of mythical winged female, as she captured a pair of titles -- in the women's long jump and 100-meter hurdles -- at the 2017 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships from June 22-25. In February, the all-around track star, who's bound for the University of Georgia this fall, set a national indoor high school record in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 11 inches, breaking a mark that had stood for 36 years.
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Jermaine O'Neal may be retired from the NBA, but the former power forward and center for the Pacers, Trail Blazers and five other NBA teams isn't sitting back in his retirement. He did, however, get some hang time during the inaugural weekend of play for BIG3, the newly established American 3-on-3 professional basketball league. O'Neal now serves as the captain of Tri-State, one of eight teams in the innovative league, which is entirely operated and managed by the players. Week 1 featured four games at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and games will continue weekly throughout the summer, with the championship on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
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White Sox base runner Alen Hanson was denied by Sonny Gray as the Chicago leadoff man tried to swipe home after a wild pitch. Gray raced to the plate after the offering got by catcher Josh Phegley -- the A's designated veteran backstop Stephen Vogt for assignment just days before, amid much controversy -- with Jose Abreu at bat to keep the White Sox off the board in the bottom of the first.
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United States slalom canoeist Devin McEwan tests the waters in Augsburg, Germany, on June 23 before competing in the men's single of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup. The event is part of a series of individual races from June through August, and the athlete to amass the most points becomes the overall champion.
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Just days before taking on the All Blacks (see photo No. 13) the British & Irish Lions went to battle against the Chiefs, a professional rugby team based in Hamilton, New Zealand. After the Lions defeated the Chiefs at FMG Stadium Waikato, a Maori warrior representing an indigenous local culture presented the match Taiaha, a traditional weapon, to Northern Irish rugby player Rory Best.
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Blink and you'll miss it -- at least that's surely how everyone at Marlins Park felt as they watched Nationals ace Max Scherzer work through eight innings on June 21. Even in his team's loss to the Marlins, the right-hander still blew Miami batters away, striking out 11 while allowing just two hits and no earned runs.