Barcelona's Spanish coach, Josep Guardiola, is thrown in the air after his team beat Manchester United to win the Champions League final on May 28. Barcelona won 3-1. Luis Gene / Agence France-Presse
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (center) reacts after a false start in the men's 100 meters final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu on Aug 28. Bolt was disqualified. Olivier Morin / Agence France-Presse
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates a point against the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 12. Dallas claimed its first NBA championship in franchise history. Don Emmert / Agence France-Presse
Belarus hockey players place candles in front of portraits of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team members in Minsk on Sept 8, during a ceremony to commemorate the members of one of Russia's top ice hockey teams, who were among 43 people killed in a plane crash on Sept 7. Maxim Guchek / Agence France-Presse
Fans watch and take photos of Rafael Nadal of Spain as he towels off after defeating compatriot Feliciano Lopez at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Hans Deryk / Reuters
There were some breathtaking highs and shattering lows in a sporting year that is soon to fade away and be replaced by an Olympic one
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