By SoE Staff
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. 14 to No. 1.
This past week, we saw amazing pics from all over, from tennis in the shadows at the U.S. Open to the culmination of preseason NFL games on the gridiron.
Here are the top 14 photos from Aug. 30 - Sept. 4.
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It may have been a preseason game, but the Saints' pregame entrance was in midseason form against the Ravens on Aug. 31. The Ravens won the game 14-13.
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This ambush of the New Zealand Warriors' Simon Mannering at the hands of three Wests Tigers players is indicative of the kind of season that the Warriors are having. Their 28-16 loss against Wests was their ninth straight National Rugby League loss, the first time the club has dropped that many games in a single season.
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The Giants jumped out, literally, to an early advantage over the Cardinals on Sept. 3 thanks to an acrobatic catch by Gorkys Hernandez. The outfielder perfectly timed his leap and scaled the wall to take a home run away from Tommy Pham. In the end, the play was the highlight of the game for San Francisco, as St. Louis would win, 7-3.
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Sparks definitely flew during the tilt between Duke and North Carolina Central in Durham, N.C. The heavily-favored Blue Devils rolled to a 60-7 victory to start the season with an 1-0 record entering next week's tilt against Northwestern.
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Denis Shapovalov serves from the shadows against Great Britain's Kyle Edmund at the U.S. Open on Sept. 1. Shapovalov took the victory against Edmund but fell to Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round.
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Kansas City tight end Gavin Escobar stretches to pull in a pass over Tennessee defensive back D'Joun Smith in the Chiefs' preseason finale against the Titans. Escobar has a history of using every inch of his 6-foot-6 frame, like he did here.
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Angels infielder Cliff Pennington got an impromptu icebath after his performance against Oakland this past weekend. His first career grand slam gave Los Angeles a 10-8 win, and gave Pennington a taste of the lemon-lime limelight.
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Racing against time, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s pit crew rushes to refresh his No. 88 car during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Earnhardt Jr. finished 22nd as Denny Hamlin took the victory, even after the latter missed the entrance to pit road on Lap 313 of 367 and had to come from behind.
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While the world does not revolve around Rafael Nadal, it certainly appeared that way in his third-round matchup against Leonardo Mayer at the U.S. Open. Nadal took down Mayer in four sets to advance to the fourth round. He eventually made it to the semis.
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Keon Broxton goes airborne and becomes the hero in Milwaukee's game against the Cardinals on Aug. 30. The Brewers center fielder took away a potential go-ahead, two-run homer from Randal Grichuk with two outs in the top of the ninth to seal the victory for the Brew Crew.
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The pack gets ready to run after a restart at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 3. There is just one Cup Series race until the playoffs begin later this month.
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A trio of Carolina quarterbacks -- Cam Newton, Derek Anderson and Joe Webb -- rise up to celebrate a big play during their team's preseason tilt against the Steelers on Aug. 31. Pittsburgh grabbed a touchdown in the final seconds to take a 17-14 win, but Cam and Co. are likely excited to exact their revenge when the games actually count.
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Juan Martin Del Potro concentrates on his serve during his first-round matchup against Kenri Laaksonen at the U.S. Open. "Delpo" would win the match and eventually advanced to the semifinals after defeating Roger Federer in four sets.
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Marwin Gonzalez readies himself in the on-deck circle at Tropicana Field in a tilt against the Rangers. The game was moved to St. Petersburg due to the damage done by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, and the Astros played the role of the home team, with all proceeds from ticket and concession sales going towards relief aid for victims back home.